MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
FEBRUARY 5, 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 February 5, 2019.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members, Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer; Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk; Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works; Bruce Himes, Streets/Sanitation/Recycling Superintendent; Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent; John Eddy, Water/Sewer Superintendent; Royce Thompson, Electric Superintendent/Airport Manager; Bo Krein, Chief of Police; James Santistevan, Parks/Cemetery, Emergency Management; Jacob Gordon, Police Officer; Doug Jergenson, Animal Control
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
Sarah Jo Goddard age 7, Maggie Goddard age 5, and Cora Goddard age 3, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, second by COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
Absolute Solutions Police Department Homeland Security $468.00
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $580.46
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $147.79
AVI Engineer Water Maintenance/Repair $6,832.41
Axon PD New Equipment/Ammunition $3,551.00
GovOffice LLC Office Support $450.00
Baker & Associates Groundwater Monitoring $4,500.00
BankCard Center Office Support/Reimb./Supplies/Equip. Repair/Meters/Equipment $957.94
Blackburn, Lexi Rec. Dept. Ref. $150.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $30,525.03
Bruch, Bryan Rec. Dept. Ref. $150.00
Bruegger, Hailey Rec. Dept. Ref. $150.00
Caselle Contract Support $1,100.00
Casper Fire Extinguisher Animal Control Supplies $140.00
Century Link Phone Bill; Long Distance $29.81
C&H Tire/Trailer Repair Equipment Repair $40.00
Connecting Point Copier Lease $43.00
Copsey, Kyler Rec. Dept. Ref. $150.00
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies/ Maintenance $39.85
Delta Dental Dental Insurance $673.20
Emergency Medical Products Ambulance Supplies $373.18
Finchers Findings Recreation Uniforms $525.38
Global Propane of Lusk Sewer Fuel and Oil $120.00
Great American Financial Copier Lease $377.00
Great Western Trust Co. WRS 457 Plan Deferred Comp $200.00
Rothenbuehler, Heidi Office Support $60.00
Frank Parts Company Supplies/Vehicle/Equipment Repair/Snow Removal $505.74
Hiway Super Service Fuel $1,002.19
Homax Airport Fuel $4,189.34
Hometown Country Police Uniforms $37.50
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 $1,399.41
Border State Industries Electrical Parts and Supplies/New Equip. $1,880.62
Leimser, Shawn Rec. Dept. Ref. $150.00
Lusk Fire Dept. Benefits/Pension/Training/Misc./New Equipment $18,933.37
Lusk Herald Advertising $240.99
Lusk Lodging Tax Lodging Tax $2,027.44
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
MES-Rocky Mountain Fire Dept. New Equipment $60,800.00
Midland Implement Equipment Repair $803.76
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $187.50
Niobrara County Library Monthly $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Monthly $6,301.50
Nio. Electric Assoc. Landfill Utilities $47.16
One Call of Wyoming Dig Tickets $1.50
Whitaker Oil Fuel $2,416.37
Pitney Bowes Global Financial Leasing Charges $219.90
Pitney Bowes Purchase Power Postage $520.99
Platte County Recreation Rec. Dept. Entry Fee $180.00
Century Link Phones $1,333.06
The Radar Shop Radio Repairs $162.50
Ranchers Feed and Supply Snow Removal $9.02
Safety-Kleen Systems Shop Supplies $199.00
Sea Isle Corporation Ambulance Supplies $384.07
Shaw, Denton Rec. Dept. Ref. $150.00
Solid Waste Professionals Engineers, Landfill Closure $6,631.10
TDS Trash Collection Transfer Station Tipping Fees $3,532.32
Torrington Office Supply Supplies $128.41
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Fee $1,500.00
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $92.74
WAM WAM Conference Registrations $625.00
WAMCAT Caselle Training $150.00
WEBT Employee Life Insurance $70.00
WMPA Electrical Power Purchase $126,573.97
WAM/WCCA Lease Payment $1,611.55
Ferguson Waterworks New Equipment $853.25
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing $434.74
Willard, Lisa Meter Deposit Refund $100.00
WYCO Recycling Recycling Rent $200.00
Wyoming Dept. Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax $6,842.37
Wyoming Public Health Water Sample $48.00
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $13,201.94
of Workforce Services Workers Comp $1,976.04
Total Vouchers $327,557.78
MANUAL CHECKS January 2019
Clerk of Circuit Court Assignment of Wages $256.65
MES Depository Account Replaces Ck #41119 Fire Dept. Freight $22.98
Monica Wilcox CPR Instructor $260.00
Bo Krein Per Diem for Training in Douglas $55.00
Doug Jergenson Per Diem for Training in Douglas $55.00
Canine Aggression Consulting Animal Control Training Douglas $120.00
Clerk of Circuit Court Assignment of Wages $143.93
Lusk Post Office Utility Billing $218.40
Lusk State Bank Transfer of Funds to WGIF $100,000.00
Lusk State Bank Transfer of Funds to WGIF $100,000.00
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN SECOND, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the Treasurer’s report that includes the financial condition and manual checks. 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 January 8, 2019. MOTION CARRIED.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
James Santistevan reported that there will be a meeting on Monday February 11th, at 6:00 p.m. to
review the All-Hazard Plan for a state-wide power outage in the Town Council Chambers. Elected Officials will be in attendance to go through the plan.
Todd Skrukrud stated that Safetech Inc. is here doing the asbestos removal on the Hazard Mitigation Acquisition Properties and Linda DeWitt from DEQ is overseeing the project. Todd has been in touch with Ron Brown about a survey of the property he is interested in behind his building on Pine Street. Bruce Perryman, Engineer with AVI will be giving an update on the water well project 90% design and information on infrastructure improvements next week. Todd had a meeting with Dan Shannon from the Wyoming Department of Corrections and the Warden to shore up some utilities easements with the water well project.
Mayor Lytle asked for public comment on the amending of existing Ordinance No. 8-15-150, allowing minors in the bar for the limited purpose of dining. Tom Wasserburger, owner of the Best Western believes that the passage of this ordinance would give travelers more choices of places to dine, and this is part of the lodging experience. He stated that it is important that this pass so we could have more choices for guests in the summer time. Lindsey Gill who is involved in Prevention Coalition and with youth group commented on the ordinance and said that there is underage drinking in the community and our resources would be better spent elsewhere. Lindsey also stated that she felt the risk was not worth the reward. George Mirich Superintendent of Schools and on the Prevention Coalition has a concern of any person 21 years old can bring a minor in a bar. Mr. Mirich stated that he would like to see some wording change on who can take a minor in the bar. Chief Krein stated that if this passed, there may be an enforcement issue as written. Stephanie Scott stated that she requested that a minor be allowed to come into the bar with a 21 year old and as far as the parent and legal guardian, she would hope that the person would get permission from the parent or legal guardian for their minor to be in the bar. She also stated that this is for dining not to watch TV. As a parent, Sarah Sampers expressed that this would give more options for dining. Mayor Lytle read a letter from School Board President Joel Richardson in opposition to the passing of the amending of Ordinance No. 8-15-150. No further comments were heard.
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 as Amended, was up for consideration on third reading. The Ordinance died for lack of a motion on the third reading. There will be no further action on this ordinance.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Golf Course “Pro Shop” Contract with Dennis Green. There was a brief discussion. Sarah Sampers is also interested in the position. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Extension of the Solid Waste Haul Contract with Underground Enterprises, LLC, Owner Lorn E. Frye. Mayor Lytle asked Todd if there have been any issues. Todd stated that it has worked well for the last two years and there were some mechanic issues in last couple of months, which Mr. Frye has addressed. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN to convene into executive session at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion on the purchase of property. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to reconvene into regular session at 5:35 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
The property issue discussed in executive session was tabled until a later date.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday March 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas L. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No 5209. Published in The Lusk Herald on February 13, 2019.