MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
SEPTEMBER 3, 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 September 3, 2019.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Dean Nelson and Tom Dooper
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, Doug Jergenson, Animal Control, Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent, Barbara Cushman, Pool Director, James Santistevan, Cemetery/Parks, Emergency Management, Cory Wilcox, Mechanic/EMS Director, Royce Thompson, Electric Supervisor/Airport Manager
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:05 PM.
Mya Goodwin 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
Abbott, Jyl Utility Credit Reimbursement $ 108.98
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $ 927.93
Allbrights True Value Supplies/Maint./Equipment Repair/Misc. $ 1,902.67
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $ 150.84
Aquaflow Int’L, Inc. Water Supplies and Lines $ 1,295.95
APT US & C Dues $ 145.00
AVI PC Engineering Mapping Expense $ 6,175.90
GovOffice LLC Email Setup $ 50.00
BankCard Center Support/Supplies/New Equipment/
Training/Vehicle Repair $ 2,337.92
Baumann, Kodi Customer Deposit Refund $ 43.99
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $ 26,619.71
Bob Ruwart Motors Animal Control Vehicle $ 249.71
Brown, Carla Streets Dept. Uniforms $ 304.61
CNA Surety Bond Insurance $ 50.00
Caselle Inc. Office Support Software/Annual Conference $ 1,595.00
Century Link Phone Bill; Long Distance $ 34.47
C&H Tire Equipment Repair $ 7,600.96
Communications Technologies Emergency Management Siren Testing $ 387.25
Connecting Point Copier Lease $ 743.49
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $ 1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $ 880.55
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $ 764.15
Emergency Medical Prod Ambulance Supplies $ 54.56
Energy Laboratories Water Samples $ 302.00
Fairbanks Scales, Inc. Scale Maintenance Agreement $ 784.50
Filener, Chantry Police Dept. Office Support/Maint. $ 180.00
Graham, Julianne Pool Supplies Reimbursement $ 197.38
Great American Financial Copier Lease $ 351.00
Great Western Trust Co. WRS 457 Plan Deferred Comp $ 300.00
Hansen Equip. Co. Inc. Equipment Repair/New Equipment $ 439.96
Harper, Justin Utility Deposit Refund $ 43.40
Hawkins, Inc. Pool Maint. & Operations/Chlorine $ 2,774.60
Hiway Super Service Shop Vehicle Repair $ 12.00
Hometown Country Sanitation Uniforms $ 200.00
Interstate Batteries Ambulance/Cemetery Equipment Repair $ 243.90
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 Service $ 1,147.28
Border State Industries Parts & Supplies/Electric Meters $ 1,177.82
Lusk Lodging Tax Tax Distribution $ 10,374.83
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $ 3,000.00
Midland Implement Co. Cemetery Equipment Repair/
Golf Course Irrigation Repair $ 381.73
MillIron TJ Armory Police Dept. New Equipment $ 325.00
Niobrara Co. Weed & Pest Streets Chemicals $ 32.00
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $ 187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $ 250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract $ 6,301.50
Nio. Electric Assoc. Landfill Utilities $ 40.82
Northwest Pipe Cemetery Irrigation $ 612.24
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel and Oil $ 4,648.13
Paul’s Welding Parks New Equipment/Bridge $ 13,000.00
Pitney Bowes Inc. Office Supplies $ 237.97
Century Link Phones/Internet $ 1,383.64
R & R Products Golf Course Supplies/Equipment Repair $ 1,168.38
Rawhide Drug Co. Supplies $ 460.51
Respond First Aid System Pool Supplies $ 59.00
ROC DOC Mobile Windshield Shop & Electric Vehicle Repair $ 90.00
Cassandra Matney Reimbursement for AirFair $ 100.59
Simplot Partners Golf Course Fertilizer & Chemicals $ 1,828.00
Smith, Matt Reimbursement for Fuel $ 103.57
Stotz Equipment Golf Course Equipment Repair $ 157.75
Swank Motion Pictures Movie License $ 570.00
Timber Line Electric Water Parts & Supplies $ 1,337.50
Titan Machinery Water Dept. Backhoe $ 391.08
Torrington Office Supply Supplies $ 599.43
Torrington Sod Farms Cemetery Sod $ 324.00
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Hauling Fee $ 1,875.00
Valley Motor Supply Supplies $ 78.51
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $ 92.74
Verizon Wireless PD & Ambulance Cell Phone $ 367.58
W.E.B.T. Employee Life $ 70.00
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $117,262.36
WY Dept. of Revenue Uniform Assessment Tax $ 191.73
WY Law Enforcement Academy Police Dept. Training $ 1,332.70
Wyoming Dept. Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax $ 5,931.53
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $ 21,301.05
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services Employee Worker’s Compensation $ 3,445.20
Total Vouchers $263,810.42
Bo Krein Per Diem DCI Training $ 303.00
Bob Ruwart Motors New Vehicle & Uplift Police Dept. $ 35,699.45
Jacob Gordon Per Diem Police Dept. Training $ 193.00
Matthew Smith Per Diem Police Dept. Training $ 193.00
AVI Engineering Mapping Expense $ 4,364.25
WY Dept. of Transportation New License Plate Police Dept. $ 5.00
Post Master Utility Billing Mailing $ 226.24
Brown Company Cemetery/Parks New Equipment $ 2,500.00
Total $ 43,483.94
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, to approve the list of vouchers as presented, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN 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 CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held August 6, 2019. MOTION CARRIED.
Verlene Matney thanked the Council for their support with the EMS Benefit. Mrs. Matney made a request of the Council to allow the Committee to hold a Rib Cook-Off for the Volunteer Fire Department, which would not be a fund raiser but more of an event. The event would take place in the parking lot behind The Pub. She has talked to several of the business owners and has a few more to contact. The event will be held October 12th. The Committee is requesting to block off the alley and parking lot, and receive an open container permit. Mrs. Matney showed the Council a drawing of the proposed area. Mayor Lytle stated that the blocking of the alley would have to go through the Chief of Police and the Open Container Permit would need to be applied for and approved by the Council.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
Todd reported on the Pine Street property and the Recycling changes. WACO is doubling the cost of taking our recycling and will not reimburse the Town. Todd is looking at different options and has contacted other Cities and recycling centers.
There has been some interest in the Bradford Swenson property that the Town purchased. The Council has decided to put it out for bid, with a minimum bid of the Town’s costs.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Ordinance No. 11-25-120, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-25-120, Which Establishes Amended Electric Rates to Consumers of Electricity from the Town of Lusk, on second reading. Before today’s meeting the Town had a Conference call and Power Point presented by Dan Kasbohm Rates Manager, Utility Financial Solutions, LLC. Also present was Rosemary Henry Director of WMPA. Royce stated that the Town is close on their rates. Mayor Lytle gave the recommendations on the increases from Utility Financial Solutions. Royce’s recommendation is that the Town do a two tenth of a penny rate increase on the energy charge per month and a two dollar increase across the board for the customer service charge and revisit it again next year. Mayor Lytle asked Rosemary Henry to explain the “Right of Way Transfer”. Mrs. Henry stated that some Towns and Cities have an enterprise fund for electric, water, streets, etc. and are separate accounts. Money is put into separate accounts and expenses flow out of these funds. Mayor Lytle said the way he understands it, the Town would have a resolution to put the increase in a fund for that enterprise. This increase would be re-visited every year. The first motion died due to no vote taken. COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to amend Ordinance No. 11-25-120, to increase Energy Charge per month two tenths and Customer charge across the board Two Dollars. MOTION CARRIED.
The WYOLINK Agreement was tabled so some changes can be made before sending the agreement to the appropriate person.
MAYOR LYTLE read a Proclamation declaring September “Suicide Prevention Month”, after which Mayor Lytle signed the Proclamation.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the livestock renewal permits for R.Dean Nelson and Terry Allbright, Phoebe and Tia. Council Member Nelson abstained from voting. MOTION CARRIED.
Pat Wade asked the Council to review a Joint Powers Board Agreement between Niobrara County, Goshen County, and Platte County pertaining to the implementation of regional high-speed internet service for public and private usage. COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to support the creation of a Joint Powers Board by Goshen, Niobrara, and Platte Counties. MOTION CARRIED.
MAYOR LYTLE requested an Executive Session for personnel matters. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN to convene into Executive Session at 5:55 p.m.
The Council reconvened into regular session at 6:20 p.m.
MAYOR LYTLE stated that in Executive Session it was talked about updating employee responsibilities when the Town hires seasonal employees so they have something to follow.
The Legend of the Rawhide Golf Tournament is this weekend and the proceeds go toward the scholarship fund. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to reduce the green fees for the golf tournament for 18 holes from $25.00 to $15.00. MOTION CARRIED.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday October 1, 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 6:25 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5321. Publish in The Lusk Herald on September 11, 2019.