MINUTES OF BUDGET WORKSHOP &
SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
APRIL 26, 2019
The Town Council of the Town of Lusk met for budget workshop and special meeting on Friday April 26, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Council Chambers of Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to meet with departments on the 2019-2020 fiscal year budgets and accept the bid for the water well project.
Present at the meeting were Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Becky Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper and Dean Nelson. Also present was Linda Frye Clerk/Treasurer.
Mayor Lytle called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.
Council Member Blackburn led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the agenda as printed.
Chief of Police Bo Krein presented to the Council the goals and plans he has for the police department and the reasons for his budget requests. Chief Krein stated that “predictable is preventable”. This goes along with training and officer awareness. The police department is working on a Mission Statement and has a motto of “Guardian Heart, Warrior Spirit”. A new item that Chief Krein would like to see implemented is a School Resource Officer. Superintendent George Mirich, High School Principal Phil Garhart, and Counselor Anna Skeen were present. The school board was presented the information and is looking into help with funding. There was further discussion on this matter and some questions were, future funding, total package cost, and support from the school. The Council went through get line item of the police department budget.
Animal Control Officer Doug Jergenson joined the group. The Council requested that new line items of vehicle repair and new vehicle be added. Money will be moved from parts and supplies, and new equipment to fund these ledger accounts.
Director of Public Works Todd Skrukrud joined the meeting.
James Santistevan, Cemetery/Parks, and Emergency Management gave information on his budget requests. He has in the budget a new Walker Mower to split between Cemetery and Parks. The Council made some changes to the Cemetery and Parks budgets due to money being left over from this year’s budget. The Parks miscellaneous is to crack seal the walking path at Northside Park. The Emergency Management stayed the same with the exception of fuel and oil.
Cory Wilcox, Shop Mechanic and Ambulance Director gave his budget request information.
The Ambulance revenue was down so an adjustment was made on the revenue collected and the runs in expenditures. The Ambulance budget was increased for the meal reimbursement and utilities/cell phone. The shop was given an increase in utilities.
John Eddy, Water/Sewer Superintendent, and Fire Department Chief explained his budget to the Council. There was one change in the Water Department in utilities.
Bruce Himes, Streets/Sanitation/Recycling Superintendent requested extra money for equipment repair to purchase tires for the loader and more money is needed for street paint. Recycling and Sanitation budgets were reviewed and few changes were made.
Royce Thompson, Electric Superintendent and Airport Manager explained his requests. Changes were made to decrease fuel & oil, and increase Meters & Equipment, and Line Upgrade.
Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent presented his budget requests to the Council. Council Member Dooper asked about the salary increase. Sean explained he would like to have an employee help with maintenance of equipment. The Council decided to reduce salaries and increase the miscellaneous line item.
Linda Frye reported on the General Government requests. Public Relations Miscellaneous and Equipment Lease Expense were increased due to overages from this year. The Town will also get bids for Auditors to try and reduce this cost.
Shawn Leimser Recreation Director presented his budget requests. A few changes were made to be in line with money not expended in this year’s budget.
Todd Skrukrud reviewed the Swimming Pool’s budget with the Council. The Council requested to inquire what other small Town’s pool fees are. A few changes were made due to repairs on the pool from this year’s budget.
Todd read the bids that were received for the Well No. 1 & Miscellaneous Tank Improvement at the bid opening on April 9, 2019. The Town received two bids, D.C. Drilling LLC in the amount of $289,122.00 and Sargent Drilling in the amount of $690,525.00. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to accept the bid from D.C. Drilling in the amount of $289,122.00 and move forward with the project. MOTION CARRIED.
There being no further business to come before the Town Council, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to adjourn the meeting. MOTION CARRIED.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5254. Published in The Lusk Herald on May 8, 2019.