NIOBRARA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING
NIOBRARA COUNTY, WYOMING
November 8, 2018
The County Commissioners’ meeting was called to order on this date at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Richard A. Ladwig, Commissioners Patrick H. Wade, John Midkiff and County Clerk Becky L. Freeman, present.
Road and Bridge- Fred Thomas, Road and Bridge Foreman, met with the Commissioners to discuss road and bridge business.
The group discussed plans for the 2018 Road Rehabilitation project, which will include Kirtley and Boner Roads.
The Commissioners then addressed concerns they had received regarding blade work being done on Kirtley and N. Van Tassell Roads.
County Attorney- Doyle J. Davies, Deputy County Attorney, met with the Commissioners and the group discussed the Niobrara County Services Prevention agreement between Sylvestri Customization, Niobrara County Prevention Coalition and Niobrara County. The contract will provide graphic design and social media services as it relates to the Niobrara County Prevention Coalition. There were some terms that needed amended and language added before this contract can be signed.
Executive Session- Mr. Wade moved to enter into executive session with Deputy Attorney Davies at 9:45 a.m. to discuss personnel matters. Mr. Midkiff seconded, motion carried.
Mr. Wade moved to reconvene the regular session at 9:55 a.m. Mr. Midkiff seconded, motion carried. No action was taken.
BenchMark of Torrington- Brian Wakefield, engineer with BenchMark of Torrington, met with the Commissioners and Road and Bridge Foreman Fred Thomas to discuss the plans for the 2018 Road Rehabilitation project. The plan is to improve 3.5 miles of Kirtley Road and 2.5 miles on Boner Road. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for November 28, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Courthouse and bids will be opened on December 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Courthouse.
Elected Officials & Dept. Heads- Dell Atkinson, Long Term Recovery Manager, Keri Thompson, Treasurer, and Doyle J. Davies, Deputy County Attorney, met with the Commissioners and discussed office operations and county business.
Mrs. Thompson and Mr. Davies addressed the $15,000.00 check that was received from Thunder Basin Resources and whether it should be dispersed between all the taxing entities or just applied to the General Fund. In the past, any royalties received have been dispersed amongst the entities and both Thompson and Davies believed that would be the correct way to continue with this payment. It was also noted that if the County starts receiving overriding royalty interests, they will be dispersed in the same manner.
Mrs. Thompson went on to discuss her office and said they are busy with tax collections.
Mr. Atkinson discussed an ENDOW meeting he attended as well as noting that he will be attending a broadband summit next week.
Mr. Atkinson also presented a letter he drafted to the EDA requesting an additional six month no-fee extension of the Long Term Recovery Grant. The original award period of the grant was December 30, 2016 - December 30, 2018, however, Mr. Atkinson was not hired until June 26, 2017, resulting in a loss of 6 months of the grant time. This request, if approved by the EDA, would extend the grant until June 30, 2019.
Shawn Leimser met briefly with the Commissioners and updated them on maintenance items.
Consent Agenda- Mr. Midkiff moved to approve the consent agenda. Mr. Wade seconded, motion carried. Items on the consent agenda were the minutes of the October 16, 2018 meeting and receipts for the month of October from the County Clerk for $4,213.25; from the Sheriff for $1,644.89; from the Clerk of Court for $686.71; and from the Public Health Nurse for $165.00.
Broadband Discussions – Chad Rupe, State Director, USDA Rural Development, Russ Elliott, Wyoming Business Council Broadband Manager, Chad Stovall, USDA Community Economic Development, Kirk Keyser (by phone) and representatives from Vista Beam Communications, met with the Commissioners to continue discussions on rural connectivity and broadband options for Niobrara County.
Ratify Johnson Control Contract- Mr. Wade moved to ratify the contract between Johnson Controls and Niobrara County for the purchase of an air conditioning unit for the Sheriff’s Department for a cost of $27,250.00. Mr. Midkiff seconded, motion carried.
TruGreen Prepay Service Agreement- Mr. Wade moved to approve the prepayment of $612.00 for lawn services from TruGreen for the upcoming year. Mr. Midkiff seconded, motion carried.
Long Term Recovery Manager Request for a No-Cost Extension- Mr. Midkiff moved to sign the request for a no-cost extension for the Local Disaster Recovery Manager Grant. Mr. Wade seconded, motion carried. Discussion: Mr. Midkiff asked if a different grant writer could be hired using funds from this grant and it was explained that this grant is specifically for the long term recovery manager.
Payroll and the following vouchers were approved for payment:
Vendor Amount Description
Allbright's True Value Hardware $659.28 Supplies, maintenance
Alsco $43.90 Shop towels & coveralls
ArcaSearch Corporation $5,907.00 Annual maintenance fee
Barnes Law, LLC. $540.00 Court appointed attorney
Becky Blackburn $40.27 Supplies
Becky L. Freeman $113.36 Mileage
Benzel Pest Control, Inc. $283.02 Pest control
Birch Communications $863.26 Telephone
Black Hills Chemical & Janitorial $1,230.74 Supplies
Black Hills Energy $799.08 Utilities
BlueTarp Financial, Inc. $39.99 Supplies
Body Builders Body Shop $963.03 Vehicle repairs
Brown Family Property Trust $45.00 Storage unit rental
Cally Lund $500.00 Office rent
Canon Financial Services $380.00 Copier service agreement
Century Link $1,751.37 Telephone
Century Link Business Services $91.23 Telephone
Clarke Plumbing Service $1,184.28 Maintenance
Connecting Point Computer Centers $946.87 Copier service agreements
Control Solutions, Inc. $58.00 Calibration of vaccine refrigerator
Decker's Market $49.43 Supplies, inmate meals
Dell C. Atkinson $6,507.26 Contract & travel expense
Dennis C. Meier $1,000.00 Office rent
Dept. Of Health $1,131.09 Co. share of P. H. nurse salary
Doyle J. Davies $59.72 Supplies
Election Systems & Software, Inc. $5,188.56 Ballots for General Election
Frank Parts Company $25.49 Parts
Galls $416.96 Uniforms
Geographic Innovations $1,550.00 Professional mapping
GreatAmerica Financial Svcs. $354.00 Copier service agreement
Herbert K. Doby $645.00 Court appointed attorney
Hiway Brake & Alignment $57.82 Vehicle repairs
Hiway Super Service $6,623.00 Fuel & tractor tires
Hometown Country $30.00 Uniforms
Honnen Equipment Company $5,387.13 Equipment repairs
Jameson Cleaning & Maintenance $6,800.00 Fairgrounds contract
Jerry Post, Psy.D., PC d/b/a $1,125.00 Employee medical
Jordan Towing $191.00 Abandoned vehicle
Kerry Steward $448.61 Operational supports- prevention mgr.
Long Building Technologies, Inc. $5,441.27 Building maintenance
Lusk Herald $792.83 Publications
MailFinance $1,197.00 Quarterly ppostage meter payment
MasterCard $5,031.32 Travel, schools, supplies,
Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. $104.43 Law library
Melanie Pearce $7.20 Postage
Monika D. Davies $500.00 Office rent
Niobrara County Health Fair $665.00 Employee basic blood draw
Niobrara County Hospital District $24,203.86 1% Option tax
Niobrara County Library $1,725.00 Deferred Comp.
Niobrara County Sheriff's Office $38.26 Postage
Niobrara Electric Association $49.60 Radio tower
Onsolve, LLC. $2,500.00 E911 computer expense
Palen Law Offices, LLP $381.56 Court appointed attorney
Patrone's Landscaping & Tree Care $845.00 Tree limb removal
Pine Ridge Enterprises, LLC. $4,768.83 Courthouse contract and supplies
Professional Dispatch Management 911 $900.00 Schools
Rancher's Feed & Supply, Inc. $106.58 Supplies
Rawhide Drug Company $358.69 Inmate medical
Respond First Aid $98.95 Supplies
Rocky Mountain Information Network $25.00 Subscriptions
Sheet Metal Specialties, Inc. $602.76 Equipment repairs
Slafter Oil $479.70 Fuel/oil/antifreeze
Team Laboratory Chemical Corp. $104.90 Supplies
Thomas Y Pickett $4,000.00 Professional appraisal
Torrington Office Supply $1,100.88 Supplies
Town Of Lusk $2,187.47 Utilities
Transwest Ford $132.10 Parts
Tyler Technologies $82.69 Computer expense
UW Extension $6,180.00 Co share 4-H educator qtrly salary
Valley Motor Supply $694.62 Parts
Verizon Wireless $308.43 Cell phones & I T expense
Visionary Broadband $612.77 I T Expense
Wal Mart Community $30.19 Supplies
WALT'S LATHE & MACHINE $69.16 Parts
Westco $7,089.79 Dyed Diesel
Whitaker Oil D/B/A Outpost Truck Stop $3,336.64 Fuel
WY Enterprise Technology Services $8.95 Computer expense
Wyoming Dept. Of Transportation $30.57 LANCE CREEK BROS CN14063
Wyoming Lawn Sprinklers $189.90 Maintenance
Wyoming Machinery Company $114.66 Parts
Wyoming Network, Inc. $230.00 I T Expense
Wyoming Signs, LLC. $728.95 Parts
Xerox Corporation $132.30 Copier service agreement
Grand Total $137,448.88
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
NIOBRARA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Richard A. Ladwig, Chairman
Becky L. Freeman, County Clerk
Public Notice No. 5188 Published in The Lusk Herald January 2, 2019