MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
JANUARY 8, 2019
The Town Council of the Town of Lusk met in regular session at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall on Tuesday January 8, 2019.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Absent: Council Member Rebecca Blackburn
Also Present: Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk; Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works; Cory Wilcox, Shop Mechanic/EMT Director; Dennis Meier, Town Attorney; Bo Krein, Chief of Police; Jay Owren, Police Officer; Matthew Smith, Police Officer; Jacob Gordon, Police Officer; Doug Jergenson, Animal Control
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00PM.
Chief Bo Krein led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, SECOND BY
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $618.62
Allbrights Supplies $1,941.96
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $211.11
AVI Engineer Water Maintenance/Repair $8,133.80
BankCard Center Supplies/Instruction/Investigation/Equip $1,221.74
Bauerkempers Shop Tools $80.50
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $30,525.03
Boldon Welding & Repair Snow Removal $406.90
Edgar J. Boner Revocable Trust Refund on Hanger Lease $600.00
Bruegger, Thompson Recreation Misc. $8.99
Caselle Contract Support $1,100.00
Casper Star Tribune Property Acquisition $165.48
Century Link Phone Bill; Long Distance $32.75
C&H Tire/Trailer Repair Equipment Repair $980.28
Connecting Point Copier Lease $43.00
D.C. Drilling Landfill Closure $10,600.00
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $1,000.00
Deckers Supplies $63.85
Delta Dental Dental Insurance $673.20
Emergency Medical Products Ambulance Supplies $410.56
Finchers Findings Recreation Uniforms $335.50
Grainger Sewer Parts/Supplies $946.00
Great American Financial Copier Lease $377.00
Great Western Trust Co. WRS 457 Plan Deferred Comp $200.00
Frank Parts Company Supplies/Vehicle/New Equipment/Snow $991.89
Hickory Creek Catering Catering for Christmas Party $1,450.00
Hiway Super Service Fuel $2,669.72
Hometown Country Police Uniforms $37.50
Interstate Batteries Police Vehicle Repair $118.95
Jergenson, Doug Animal Control Salary $900.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $619.37
Meier Building Monthly P.D. Rent $800.00
Black Hills Energy Gas Utilities $1,115.99
Kirkikis, George Customer Refund $84.65
Border State Industries Electrical Parts and Supplies $1,186.99
Kurtzers Parks Equipment Repair $33.09
Lusk Herald Advertising $2,875.06
Lusk Lodging Tax Lodging Tax $6,651.16
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
MES-Rocky Mountain Fire Dept. New Equipment $662.98
Munoz, April Refund on Girls Basketball $50.00
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion/Golf Course Signs $892.50
Niobrara County Library Monthly $250.00
NCHS Police Dept. Training $200.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Monthly $6,301.50
NEA Utilities $53.31
One Call of Wyoming Dig Tickets $3.75
Whitaker Oil Fuel $3,878.86
The Pizza Place Ambulance Meals $89.70
Postmaster Annual Box Renewal $225.00
QT Technologies Airport Supplies $1,695.00
Century Link Phones $1,333.22
The Radar Shop Radio Repairs $391.00
Ranchers Feed and Supply Snow Removal $624.75
Rawhide Drug Ambulance Supplies $57.95
Safety Solutions Electrical Safety $160.00
Safety-Kleen System Shop Dept. Supplies $199.00
Same As It Once Was Eddy Funeral Flowers $50.00
TDS Trash Collection Transfer Station Tipping Fees $4,484.74
Torrington Office Supply Supplies $339.28
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Fee $2,250.00
USA Blue Book Emergency Medical Supplies $70.07
Valley Motor Supplies Supplies/Vehicle Repair $41.22
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $92.74
Verizon Wireless Phones $453.08
WAM WAM Conference Registrations $450.00
WEBT Employee Life Insurance $70.00
WMPA Electrical Power Purchase $114,370.96
Walt’s Lathe & Machine Equipment Repair/Supplies/Snow Removal $538.19
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing $210.83
WYCO Recycling Recycling Rent/Haul $450.00
Wyoming Dept. Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax $5,772.04
Wyoming Machinery Snow Removal $1,920.68
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $13,108.57
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services Workers Comp $1,959.24
Total Vouchers $246,910.80
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER SECOND, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON SECOND, to approve the Treasurer’s report that includes the financial condition and manual checks with the adjustment of $2.50 from a manual check. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED. The Treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held December 4, 2018 and Special Meeting held December 12, 2018. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
Jim Hollen/Benchmark: Re-platting Hollen’s duplex properties. Mr. Hollen was not present, a representative for Benchmark of Torrington, Brian Wakefield, presented to the Council. Mr. Hollen would like to change the current lot lines of the duplex so that it splits the lot into two separate lots of equal size. To do so, he would like to change the lot line dividing the properties by moving the lot line slightly south and angling it. Additionally, the way the current lots lines sit, the utilities do not fall into the easement, they are slightly south. Utilities were installed by the Town. Todd Skrukrud, Public Works Director, advised the change in lot lines will have no effect on the Town and will correct the easement. Another 20’ easement dedication will go to the Town and will be recorded on the plat map. Legal Counsel, Mr. Meier, advised that pending the correct filing, signatures, and marks, there should not be an issue.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the change. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
Jim Jordan: Citizens Moving Snow. Mr. Jordan presented to the Mayor and Council that anyone doing snow removal commercially within the Town of Lusk provide the Town of Lusk with a certificate of insurance. Legal Counsel, Mr. Meier, will do research on any liability the town may or may not be held for.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
Chief Krein reported that Homeland Security approved his request to re-allocate grant funds to that of new radios and a possible repeater to be placed on Water Tower Hill. He has received a first bid of $24,000.00 for radios and accessories. He is waiting to hear from another company as well.
Two Officers are signed up to attend the Desert Snow training in August. Training will take place in Cheyenne and is drug training.
Chief Krein and Doug Jergenson, Animal Control, will be attending a dog/animal control police training in Douglas on January 17, 2019.
Cory Wilcox told the Council that the State test for the EMT trainees was taken—all five passed state level. They will be required to take national test at either the Casper or Cheyenne on their own. Four—five senior EMTS will start an Advanced EMTS in a few weeks for better patient care and allow them to do more on the service including transports.
Cassandra Matney reminded the Mayor and Council that anyone wanting to attend the WAM Winter Workshop needed to decide soon so reservations could be made.
Todd Skrukrud stated the methane wells should be closing at the end of this month. Abatement and asbestos, Safe Tech, should start Monday, January 14, 2019. The company is currently estimating 1 week per house. Water well—bids will begin this month. EPA—John Eddy filed for extension which was accepted. Beginning discussions with AVI for waste water/water and possibly streets are underway for future funding purposes of possible 1% money.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Ordinance No. 8-15-150, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-15-150, “Dispensing Room Restrictions” to Include an Exception Allowing Minors in the Bar for the Limited Purpose of Dining on second reading as amended. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, VOTED AYE, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER VOTED NAY, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Resolution No. 19-1, A Resolution Designating a Depository of the Funds of the Town of Lusk, Wyoming, a Municipal Corporation Existing under and by Virtue of the Laws of the State of Wyoming. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER, VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Resolution No. 19-2, “A Resolution of the Governing Body of the Town of Lusk, Wyoming, authorizing and Directing the Mayor, Town Clerk, and Director of Public Works of the Town of Lusk, Wyoming, to Comply in all Respects with the Requirements of Wyoming Statue Section 24-2-111 Pertaining to Maintenance of Highways within Municipalities. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
Voting Delegates for the 2019 WAM Winter Conference February 20 – 22, 2019. Council Members Nelson and Carstensen will also be attending. Voting delegate will be Doug Lytle with alternate Dean Nelson.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON to approve the Livestock Permit Renewal for Robyn Jefcoat. COUNCIL MEMBERS NELSON, CARSTENSEN, DOOPER VOTED AYE, MAYOR LYTLE ABSTAINED. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON to convene into executive session for personnel and land purchasing contract matters at 6:05 p.m.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to reconvene into regular session. MOTION CARRIED.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday February 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas L. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No 5208. Published in The Lusk Herald on February 13, 2019.