NIOBRARA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING
NIOBRARA COUNTY, WYOMING
July 16, 2019
The County Commissioners’ meeting was called to order on this date at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Patrick H. Wade, Vice-Chair John Midkiff, Commissioner Elaine Griffith, and County Clerk Becky L. Freeman, present. Also in attendance were Jerimiah Rieman, Executive Director for the Wyoming County Commissioners’ Association (WCCA), Brooke Hamilton, Extern for the WCCA, Jackie King, Deputy State Director for US Representative Liz Cheney, field representatives for Senators John Barrasso and Mike Enzi and Mike Larson, WYDOT Transportation Commission Chair.
The regular meeting recessed into a public hearing at 9:00 a.m. to receive public input on the FY 19 budget adjustments as follows: $198,780.62 from unanticipated revenues to 1% Option Tax - $47,446.04, Facilities-Justice Center Maintenance- $1,798.85, Facilities-Jail Improvements- $7,141.25, and Road & Bridge Road Improvements - $142,394.48. There were no comments in favor of or opposition to the proposed adjustments. The public hearing recessed at 9:10 a.m.
Resolution 19-09 FY19 Budget Amendment – Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved and Commissioner Griffith seconded, to approve
FY 2019 Budget Amendment
WHEREAS Niobrara County adopted the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget in accordance with the Wyoming Uniform Fiscal Procedures Act; and
WHEREAS the Board of Niobrara County Commissioners wishes to amend the adopted budget in accordance with the same Act; and
WHEREAS, no protests were received regarding such transfer.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the following budget amendments are made.
FROM: Unanticipated Revenues
10.000.4200.00000 1% Option Tax $ 47,446.04
10.000.4900.00000 Miscellaneous General Co. Rev. $142,394.48
10.000.4275.00000 Inmate Housing $ 8,940.10
TO: 10.407.5233.00000 1% Option Tax $ 47,446.04
10.413.5204.00000 Facilities- Justice Center Maintenance $ 1,798.85
10.413.5453.00000 Facilities- Jail improvements $ 7,141.25
10.414.5261.00000 Road & Bridge- Road Improvements $142,394.48
Approved, passed and adopted this 16th day July 2019.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN
AND FOR NIOBRARA COUNTY, WYOMING
BY: /s/ Patrick Wade, Chairman
/s/ John Midkiff, Vice-Chairman
/s/ Elaine Griffith, Commissioner
/s/ Becky L. Freeman, County Clerk
Road and Bridge- Fred Thomas, Road and Bridge Foreman met with the Commissioners and Chairman Larson and the group discussed the Industrial Road Program road project the County has been trying to get started.
Chairman Wade gave a brief overview of the IRP for Director Rieman and explained our dismay with the lack of progress the project has made.
Chairman Larson also expressed his disappointment with how the project has stalled due to a variety of issues. He said he has a meeting with individuals associated with the IRP to discuss the program and he will report his findings to the Commissioners. Chairman Wade stressed how Chairman Larson had been an asset throughout this project.
The group discussed various aspects of the project, such as funding, whether or not there would be any assistance from oil companies, easements, engineering and how the cost per mile of road repair was determined. Director Rieman offered his help with contacting oil companies to assist with cost-share for the project if we so choose.
The decision to move forward with the IRP was tabled until they receive an update from Chairman Larson’s meeting with WYDOT IRP representatives.
Foreman Thomas discussed other road and bridge business and said he would be picking up the millings from WYDOT in Douglas. Chairman Wade said he had a conversation with Jim Meng who extended his appreciation for blade work being done on Redbird Road.
Foreman Thomas then discussed One Call and said he had been told that before any blade work on any road could be done, One Call would need to be contacted to do a utility line locate. Director Rieman said that a law passed which went into effect on July 1 regarding this matter, however, he thought there were exemptions about the general maintenance of the roads for municipalities. Director Rieman said there is a meeting of the pipeline and contractor’s associations working group on August 5 in Casper about this issue and everyone is invited to attend.
Director Rieman took a moment and explained his reason for visiting with the Commissioners and said his goal was to get a better understanding of how our operations worked.
He asked if there were any concerns or questions and Chairman Wade inquired about the Natural Resource Planning Grant and how to apply for the funds.
Director Rieman explained that the Commissioners needed to submit a letter listing the project description, total cost requested, projected budget, anticipated project duration, previous use of FNERPA funds if applicable, indicate if a third party contractor will be used, and note if the project crosses county lines.
He said the dates to request funds are July 1, 2019 - July 1, 2020. If there are unused funds statewide, then the county can apply for additional funds from July 2020 – July 2021.
The group also discussed updating the county’s existing personnel policies and asked Director Rieman if he had any suggestions on whom to contact for assistance.
County Attorney- Anne Wasserburger, County Attorney, met with the Commissioners and discussed county business.
She updated them on the status of Sharon Adam’s lawsuit against the Sheriff, deputy, herself and others. She said Ms. Adams filed a new complaint but no one has been served as of yet. She said she didn’t have anything new to report on the snow fence project.
Foreman Thomas stopped back in to discuss information he received from Converse County about Call 811.
Kerry Steward - Prevention Maintenance- met with the Commissioners and updated them on how things went during the Legend of Rawhide and the use of the ID scanners. She said there were a few issues with the scanners not reading out of state licenses correctly, but overall, things went smoothly.
She presented a contract extension between Community Consulting and Advocacy for the Commissioners to sign. The contract will be forwarded to the county attorney for review.
Commissioner Griffith discussed a meeting she attended at the hospital regarding a Community Service Board Grant. She said the hospital was looking into sponsoring a VISTA volunteer who would be doing a needs assessment.
Kenny Jensen stopped in and visited with the Commissioners about doing maintenance work at the fairgrounds. Mr. Jensen said he was interested and would be able to work on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Commissioners agreed to hire Mr. Jensen to work at the fairgrounds.
Consent Agenda- Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved and Commissioner Griffith seconded to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried. Items on the consent agenda were the minutes of the July 2, 2019 meeting.
FY 2020 Budget- After some discussion, Commissioner Griffith moved and Vice-Chairman Midkiff seconded to adopt the FY 2020 Budget. Motion carried.
Resolution 19-10- Appropriation Resolution- Commissioner Griffith moved and Vice-Chairman Midkiff seconded to adopt Resolution 19-10 Appropriation Resolution for the FY 19-20 Budget. Motion carried.
Resolution 19-11 Income Necessesary to Finance Budget- Vice Chairman Midkiff moved and Commissioner Griffith seconded to adopt Resolution 19-11 Income Necessary to Finance Budget for the FY 19-20 Budget. Motion carried.
The following vouchers were approved for payment: Canon Financial Services- Copier service agreement- $418.00; Fusion Cloud Services, LLC.- Telephone- $913.56; Local Government Liability Pool- Liability insurance premium- $15,789.00; Niobrara Electric Association- Fairgrounds improvements for beef, pig and horse barns- $7.993.92; Wyoming Assoc. of Risk Mgmt.- Property insurance premium- $34,152.47. Grant total- $59,266.95
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
NIOBRARA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
/s/ Patrick Wade, Chairman
/s/ Becky L. Freeman, County Clerk
Public Notice No. 5311. Published in The Lusk Herald on August14, 2019.