MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
JULY 2, 2019
The Town Council of the Town of Lusk met in regular session at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Town Hall on Tuesday July 2, 2019.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, and Tom Dooper,
Absent: Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer, Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk, Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works, Dennis Meier, Town Attorney, Bo Krein, Chief of Police, James Santistevan, Parks/Cemetery, Emergency Management, Doug Jergenson, Animal Control, John Eddy, Water/Sewer Superintendent, Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent, Barbara Cushman, Pool Director
MAYOR Lytle called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
J.V. Boldon led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, second by COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
Adams, Devlon Deposit Refund $ 92.19
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $ 618.62
Allen, Ronald Reimbursement for Overpayment $ 132.51
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $ 150.84
BankCard Center Training/Support/Supplies/New
Equipment/Irrigation/Samples/Fuel $ 3,310.28
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $ 23,828.93
Boldon Welding Streets Equipment Repairs $ 260.00
Brown Co New Equipment, Parks/Cemetery $ 13,825.00
CNA Surety Insurance Bond Deputy Clerk $ 350.00
Caselle Inc. Office Support Software $ 1,100.00
Century Link Phone Bill; Long Distance $ 25.05
C&H Tire Equipment Repair $ 784.92
Connecting Point Copier Lease $ 43.00
Cushman, Barbara Lifeguard Training $ 944.00
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $ 1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $ 55.06
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $ 673.20
Emergency Medical Prod Ambulance Supplies $ 114.00
FJ Turner Company Inc. Sewer Parts & Supplies $ 2,767.88
Golf & Sport Solutions Top Dressing $ 1,552.97
Grissom, Mechelle Deposit Refund $ 1.05
Great American Financial Copier Lease $ 351.00
Goddard, Heather Deposit Refund $ 71.16
Great Western Trust Co. WRS 457 Plan Deferred Comp $ 200.00
Green, Dennis Golf Shop Supplies $ 61.90
Hawkins, Inc. Pool Maint. & Operations $ 2,189.43
Franks Parts Company Parts/Supplies/Repairs $ 1,516.91
Hiway Brake & Align. Vehicle Repairs/New Vehicle $ 1,160.90
Homax, Airport Fuel $ 3,876.17
Jergenson, Doug Animal Control Salary $ 900.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $ 619.37
Johnson, Ona & Jeff Deposit Refund $ 5.84
Meier Building Monthly P.D. Rent $ 800.00
Jordan Automotive Ambulance Towing Bill $ 750.00
Jordan, Dale Refund for Ambulance Service $ 469.00
Black Hills Energy Gas Service $ 1,494.33
Border State Industries Parts & Supplies $ 183.90
Lacal Sweeper Parts $ 508.96
Local Govt. Liability Liability Insurance $ 12,893.00
Lusk Herald Advertising $ 2,136.06
Lusk Lodging Tax Tax Distribution $ 2,576.60
LuskWyoming.com Public Relations Advertising $ 100.00
MARC, Streets Parts & Supplies $ 85.10
Matney, Danny Police Dept. Ammunition $ 266.98
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $ 3,000.00
Midland Implement Co. Golf Course Irrigation & Supplies $ 5,135.48
Newman Traffic Signs Street Signs $ 65.51
Nio. County Weed & Pest Street Chemicals $ 234.00
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $ 187.50
Niobrara Conservation District Cemetery & Animal Control Trees $ 540.00
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $ 250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract $ 6,301.50
Nio. Electric Assoc. Landfill Utilities/Electric Line Upgrade $ 302.20
Northwest Pipe Cemetery/Parks Irrigation Repairs $ 400.58
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel and Oil $ 5,364.43
Century Link Phones/Internet $ 1,332.85
R & R Products Supplies/Irrigation Repairs $ 530.97
Ranchers Feed & Supply Golf Course Supplies $ 24.26
Rawhide Drug Co. Supplies $ 42.50
Safety-Kleen Systems Shop Supplies $ 199.00
Safe Life Defense Police Dept. Uniforms $ 834.30
Straight Shot Striping Street Paint $ 3,549.75
Stotz Equipment Golf Course New Equipment $ 28,900.00
Squaw Mountain Consulting LLC Economic Development, Market Value $ 300.00
Taylor, Jerry Deposit Refund $ 22.62
TDS Trash Collection Transfer Station Tipping Fees $ 7,369.63
Torrington Office Supply Supplies $ 225.60
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Hauling Fee $ 1,500.00
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $ 92.74
Verizon Wireless PD & Ambulance Cell Phone $ 325.42
W.A.R.M. Property Ins. Property Coverage, Pool Insurance $ 27,080.49
W.E.B.T. Employee Life $ 66.50
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $102,937.52
Walt’s Lathe & Machine Equipment Repair/Supplies $ 84.16
Warne Chemical & Equipment Chemicals for Spraying $ 2,245.00
Westco Golf Course Fuel & Oil $ 1,593.77
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing $ 878.86
Wyoming Dept. Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax $ 4,484.91
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $ 12,614.93
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services Employee Worker’s Compensation $ 2,238.69
Zerbe Gun Works LLC Police Department Ammunition $ 273.00
Total Vouchers $306,374.78
MANUAL CHECKS June 2019
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services Worker’s Comp. Amended Summary $ 23.80
Linda Frye Mileage & Per Diem WAM Meeting $ 427.50
Bo Krein Mileage $ 183.28
Cash/Tiger Plunge Startup Money $ 100.00
Big Iron Purchase of Animal Control Van $ 4,925.00
Knife River Invoice 9613 True Value Parking Lot $ 34,480.00
Knife River Invoice 9612 Santistevan Shop Alley $ 27,766.00
Knife River Invoice 9614 Yesway Alley $ 23,775.00
Knife River Invoice 9615 Decker’s Alley $ 3,979.00
Heidi Rothenbuehler Office Support & Maintenance $ 137.50
Linda Frye Mileage WEBT Annual Meeting $ 118.32
WMPA Electric Power Purchase $100,950.50
Post Master Utility Billing Mailing $ 216.16
Cassandra Matney Mileage, WY Community Gas Meeting $ 57.76
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, to approve the list of vouchers. Mayor Lytle noted the change of Underground Enterprises from $150.00 to $1,500.00. There was a question on the bill from Jordon Automotive for the transporting of the Ambulance, if that was a two-way charge? Todd Skrukrud stated that it was a one-way charge. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN SECONDS THE MOTION. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER 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 BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held June 4, 2019 and the Special Meeting held June 14, 2019. MOTION CARRIED.
Verlene Matney representing the EMS Benefit Committee asked the Council to waive the transient merchant fee for their benefit. The EMS Committee is charging a booth fee of $25.00. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve to waive the transient merchant fee for vendors participating in the EMS Benefit and charge at least as much as the Town requires for the transient merchant fee. MOTION CARRIED.
Hannah Swanbom representing the Childcare Committee approached the Council about the Town gifting two lots for the building of a facility. The land could be used as a match for a Wyoming Business Council grant. They are requesting lots 13 & 14 on the corner of 12th and Thompson Street in the Business Park. They are asking for two lots so they can partner with the YMCA and have room for a parking lot. The Committee is looking at forming a foundation. The Town would be the entity requesting the grant. Mayor Lytle requested that Ms. Swanbom attend the executive session.
Lisa Williams presented information on YMCA and how it works for each community. With her were Roger Gallimore from Rapid City and Kelsey Babb from Edgemont. Ms. Williams explained that YMCA meets the needs of the communities and there is a vast umbrella of opportunities. It was explained how each program is different in each community. Ms. Williams presented her ideas to the Childcare Committee and asked to partner with them. Lu Kasper the principal of LEMS stated that there is a need for after school programs and the school is willing to provide a building without cost. Council Member Carstensen and Council Member Dooper asked questions about the school district partnering, the YMCA competing with other programs and the financial condition. There is the questions of money issues and a building. Mr. Gallimore explained that each YMCA sets up it owns costs and activities, and that partnering is the way to do it. Council Member Dooper stated that the School can’t commit to funding but the Town can commit and it is a great thing that she is trying to do but the money issue is the question. Mayor Lytle stated another concern is that a building is built at the Business Park and five years down the road it is setting empty. They were asked to join the Council in executive session.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
Chief Krein informed the Council on the department’s calls for the month, seeing some larger cases, and clean-up letters are being sent out. Officer Stream is the new School Resource Officer and will be starting July 15th. They are advertising for an officer, as Joe Burns will not be joining the force. Animal Control has a van for transporting animals. The cars that were ordered are on the assembly line and will be picked up soon.
Barbara Cushman gave information on the pool. She stated that she has an exceptional staff and the water quality is exceptional. The pool is open 7 days a week and 88 hours of swim time. Ms. Cushman gave information on a possible punch card for grandparents. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve a punch card with 10 punches for $22.50. MOTION CARRIED.
Todd Skrukrud reported that he is getting an estimate on the striping of the parking lot behind True Value and touch up on the others. There was a conversation about making the alleys one way behind Bank of the West and Yesway. Todd stated that the alley behind Yesway is used both ways by the people who have a garage there. This could be pursued if need be. Paul Swartz is working on the bridge at Northside Park. D.C. Drilling has received its permits to proceed with the water well project. Golf Course signs are up. The Town has started clean up on the Swenson property on the corner of Pine Street.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, move to approve Charter Ordinance 1-1004 for the 2019-2020 budget, second by COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the Renewal of Pasture Lease for Willis Stallman at $200.00 and for J.V. Boldon in the amount of $75.00. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to convene into execution session at 5:50 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to reconvene into regular session at 6:50 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve salary raises for employees as discussed during budget session. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve to move forward on a Resolution and Agreement with the two lots in the Business Park. MOTION CARRIED.
Attorney Meier and Todd were instructed to move forward with Vistabeam. Attorney Meier will put in the deed and agreement the changes that Vistabeam requested
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday August 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Council, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER to adjourn the meeting at 7:00 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5297. Published in The Lusk Herald on July 10, 2019