MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
MARCH 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 March 5, 2019.
Council Members Present: Council Members Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Absent: Mayor Doug Lytle,
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer, Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk, Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works, Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent, Bo Krein, Chief of Police, James Santistevan, Parks/Cemetery, Emergency Management, Doug Jergenson, Animal Control
MAYOR PRO-TEM Calvin Carstensen called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
Chief Krein led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, second by COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
Absolute Solutions Police Department Radio Repair $261.47
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $618.62
Allbright’s True Value Supplies/ New Equip./Maint./Repairs $887.91
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $150.84
Axon Police Department, RIMS Expense $1,536.00
BankCard Center Postage/Supplies/Homeland Security/
Repairs/New Equip./Support $2,321.93
Black Hills Energy Gas Utilities $1,523.82
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $30,525.03
Brott, Nolan Rec. Dept. Uniform Refund $25.00
C&H Tire/Trailer Repair Equipment Repair $170.00
Carstensen, Calvin Meal Reimbursement $63.05
Caselle Contract Support $1,100.00
Century Link Phone/Internet $1,219.84
Century Link Phone Bill; Long Distance $32.32
Connecting Point Copier Lease $43.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $43.26
Delta Dental Dental Insurance $673.20
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $1,000.00
Eaton Sales & Services Airport Parts & Supplies $921.26
Ferguson Waterworks Metering System/Parts & Supplies $14,008.11
Finchers Findings Recreation Uniforms $117.44
Franks Parts Company Parts/Supplies/Repairs/Misc. $1,690.11
Goodwin, Jody Rec. Dept. Uniform Refund $25.00
Great American Financial Copier Lease $351.00
Great Western Trust Co. WRS 457 Plan Deferred Comp $200.00
Great Western Tire, Inc. Police Dept. Vehicle Maintenance $769.88
Hiway Super Service Fuel $1,395.10
Interstate Batteries Sanitation Equipment Repair $315.90
Jensen, Kenny Rec. Dept. Uniform Refund $25.00
Jergenson, Doug Animal Control Salary $900.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $619.37
KGOS-AM/KERM-FM Public Relations Advertising $270.00
Lusk Herald Advertising $1,222.50
Lusk Lodging Tax Lodging Tax $3,150.48
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. Ambulance Supplies $196.22
Meier Building Monthly P.D. Rent $800.00
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
MES-Rocky Mountain Fire Dept. New Equipment/Parts/Supplies $1,274.37
Motorola Homeland Security $12,579.45
Nelson, Dean Meal Reimbursement $92.64
Newcomb’s Heating and Cooling Economic Development/Repairs $516.89
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 $42.83
One Call of Wyoming Dig Tickets $25.00
Rawhide Drug Co. Supplies $2.99
Safetech, Inc. Hazard Mitigation Property Acquisition $77,306.00
Scott, Leah Meter Deposit Refund $39.18
Skogen, Cometto & Associates Audit Expense $7,250.00
Solid Waste Professionals Engineers, Landfill Closure $196.03
Spic and Span Cleaners Street Blacktop $1,040.00
TDS Trash Collection Transfer Station Tipping Fees/Supplies $3,951.06
Team Lab. Chemical Shop Supplies $289.00
Torrington Office Supply Supplies $59.99
Trihydro Landfill Closure $2,714.75
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Fee $1,500.00
Valley Motor Supply Supplies/Vehicle Repair $110.88
Verizon Wireless Ambulance Cell Phone $85.87
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $92.74
WEBT Employee Life Insurance $66.50
WMPA Electrical Power Purchase $124,639.32
Walt’s Lathe & Machine Supplies/Parts/Equip. Repair $92.56
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing $253.39
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel/Oil/Snow Removal $3,721.87
Wieser, Danielle Meter Deposit Refund $75.81
WYCO Recycling Recycling Rent $200.00
Wyoming Dept. Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax $6,831.34
Wyoming Dept. of
Workforce Services Workers Comp $1,943.86
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $12,995.67
Total Vouchers $338,901.65
MANUAL CHECKS February 2019
BlueCross BlueShield Back Payment for Employee Change $624.40
Pete Kruse Per Diem Electric Safety Training $19.00
Royce Thompson Per Diem Electric Safety Training $19.00
Calvin Carstensen Mileage WAM Conference $162.40
Dean Nelson Mileage WAM Conference $162.40
Doug Lytle Mileage WAM Conference $162.40
Linda Frye Mileage WAM Conference/
Per Diem & Mileage Caselle Training $342.04
Jay Owren Per Diem Police Training $168.00
Lusk Post Office Utility Billing $218.68
Office of State Lands and 75% for Easement 9572 & 9598,
Investment Water Well Project $2,724.75
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON SECOND, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER 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 BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held February 5, 2019. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Pro-Tem Carstensen informed the group that a number of items may be tabled due to the fact that Town Attorney Meier could not be present.
Bill Bauer, President and CEO of WindBreak Cable stated that they are in the process of purchasing the cable company from Vyve. They are asking the Council for a transfer of the franchise. Mayor Pro-Tem Carstensen stated that legal counsel needs to be present to conduct such a transfer so this is tabled until next meeting.
Tom Wasserburger representing Lusk “ROCS” informed the Council on the old Hospitality House building on Main Street. They approached Ken Martin owner, about giving them the property. There is also someone looking at purchasing the property. The Town of Lusk would have to own the property to receive grants for demolition and reconstruction of the property. The group is requesting the Council’s blessing and then they would have to contact the owner. Mr. Wasserburger stated that there are grants available but that does not mean they would get them.
Dell Atkinson gave information on the Brownfields Program which is grants for land revitalization through the EPA. Council Member Dooper asked if the Town needs to own the property before they can get grants and does this need to happen before they apply for the grants, and second question, is it the Town’s responsibility to maintain it? Mr. Wasserburger stated that he was unsure of the town owning the property before the grants are applied for and the Town would be responsible for maintaining the property. Twila Barrett said that business owners struggle with there being enough parking for patrons. The Council asked the group to keep them updated.
Sabrina Kruse, Executive Director of Helpmate Crisis and Crime Victim Program presented information on the program and the services they provide for the community.
Richard Ladwig approached the Council about the American Legion Post #1, 100 year celebration. Mr. Ladwig gave information on the event to be held June 28th and is requesting financial support.
Ron and Terry Bukowski attended the Council meeting to discuss the Community Garden. The Town is making changes to the requirements to use the Community Garden. Ron Bukowski stated that the increase of use for the garden from $20.00 for the season to $21.45 per plot per month was a little ridiculous. Terry Bukowski gave his reasons for disagreeing with the changes. They would like to come to an agreement with the Town on a more reasonable price. Council Member Dooper mentioned that the rules for the garden should be given to each person.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
Chief Krein gave a report on the calls received by the Police Department and Animal Control. The Tahoe was having electrical issues and it has been put up for bids. Chief Krein has put a request for bids for a new vehicle. He stated that the department has received three applications for the officer position. The officers are continuing to go to training. The Police Department is also working with the school on some projects.
Todd reported that the abatement of three of the properties in the Hazard Mitigation Project is complete, and there are two more that the Town has not purchased yet. The DEQ has accepted Safetech Inc. abatement report and is requesting information on the demolition of the buildings. Todd and John Eddy are working with Wyoming Department of Corrections and Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer on the easements for the new water well. The water well project will be put out for bids this month. Todd received an email from Nathan Smolinski from WYDOT stating they will be here the 18th of March and start some bores so they can do a geological study for WYOLINK. Todd will mention that there is no written agreement with WYDOT. Council Member Nelson and Todd meet with WYDOT representative on grants for the walking path and bridge at Northside Park. The airport S-10 Blazer was put out for bids and the opening will be Monday March 11th at 2:00 p.m.
Linda gave information on budget, changes to the BlueCross BlueShield and Wyoming Retirement. She updated the Council on the extension for the demolition of the properties in the Hazard Mitigation Property Acquisition and the increase in the grant funds provided by FEMA.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Resolution No. 19-3, A Resolution Adopting the Region 2 WY Hazard Mitigation Plan. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve the renewal of the Hanger Lease with Dan Hanson. MOTION CARRIED.
The Commercial Building Lease with Wyoming Newspaper, Inc. d/b/a “The Lusk Herald” was tabled until a later date. The Town will honor a month to month agreement until a new contract can be agreed upon.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY BLACKBURN, to approve the cashing of CD #4483 and transfer the money to Wyoming Government Investment Fund and earmark it for the purchase of equipment and repairs. MOTION CARRIED.
There being no further business to come before the Council, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to adjourn the meeting at 5:45 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday April 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5228. Published in The Lusk Herald on March 13, 2019.