MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
OCTOBER 1, 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 October 1, 2019.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Rebecca Blackburn, Tom Dooper, Dean Nelson (joined the meeting in executive session)
Absent: Calvin Carstensen,
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; John Eddy, Water/Sewer Supervisor, Fire Chief; Royce Thompson, Electric Supervisor/Airport Manager; Bruce Himes, Streets/Sanitation Supervisor
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 PM.
Royce Thompson led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, to approve the agenda as printed, second by COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $ 651.14
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $ 150.84
AVI PC Engineering Mapping Expense $ 4,158.70
BankCard Center Street Signs/Supplies/New Equipment/
Training/PR/Uniforms/Misc. $ 4,704.53
Bloomers, LLC Public Relations Misc. $ 53.95
Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance $ 25,224.32
Bob Ruwart Motors Animal Control Vehicle $ 475.95
Caselle Inc. Office Support Software $ 1,100.00
Casper Fire Extinguisher Service Building Maintenance $ 243.75
Century Link Phone Bill; Long Distance $ 34.30
Connecting Point Copier Lease $ 43.00
Creative Displays, Inc. Christmas Decorations $ 3,100.00
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $ 1,000.00
DBT Transportation Services, LLC AWOS Maintenance $ 5,769.75
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $ 178.68
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $ 400.35
Emergency Medical Prod Ambulance Supplies $ 51.69
Energy Laboratories Property Acquisition Ground Test $ 332.00
Great American Financial Copier Lease $ 351.00
Hamilton Assoc. Inc. Electric Meters & Equipment $ 779.87
Hawkins, Inc. Pool Maint. & Operations $ 123.84
Frank Parts Company Supplies/Snow Removal/Repairs $ 1,064.87
Herren Bros. True Value Building Maintenance $ 272.26
Himes, Bruce Streets Uniforms/Supplies $ 138.13
Homax Aviation / Fuel $ 3,989.12
Hometown Country Uniforms $ 264.00
Interstate Batteries Shop Parts/Supplies $ 111.95
JP Cooke Company Pet License $ 69.00
Jergenson, Doug Animal Control Salary $ 900.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $ 619.37
Johnson, Gail Utility Deposit Refund $ 57.27
Meier Building Monthly P.D. Rent $ 800.00
Black Hills Energy Gas Service $ 1,670.98
Knife River Streets Repairs Consensus $ 30,231.99
Border State Industries Parts & Supplies $ 1,176.07
Kurtzer’s Cemetery Equipment Repair $ 143.26
Skogen Cometto & Associates Audit Expense $ 285.00
Lusk Herald Advertising $ 1,513.56
Lusk Lodging Tax Tax Distribution $ 10,365.21
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $ 3,000.00
MES-Rocky Mountains Fire Dept. Misc. $ 61.67
Mountain Pine Custom Design Recreation Dept. Misc. $ 571.50
Newman Traffic Signs Street Signs $ 160.03
Niobrara Co. Weed & Pest Streets Chemicals $ 58.00
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $ 187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $ 250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract/Property Tax $ 11,130.97
Nio. Electric Assoc. Landfill Utilities $ 41.35
One-Call of WY Membership Dues $ 16.50
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel and Oil $ 4,223.41
Pitney Bowes Purchase Power Postage Meter Rental $ 520.99
The Pizza Place EMT’s Meals $ 51.17
Post, Jerry Pre-Employment Exam $ 400.00
Print Express Office Supplies $ 978.79
Century Link Phones/Internet $ 1,379.14
Ranchers Feed Parts/Supplies/Uniforms $ 90.09
Respond First Aid System Shop Supplies $ 37.96
Safetech, Inc. Property Acquisition $ 45,900.00
Safety-Kleen Systems Shop Supplies $ 199.00
TDS Trash Collections Transfer Station Tipping Fees $ 12,070.23
Torrington Office Supply Supplies $ 383.52
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Hauling Fee $ 1,500.00
Valley Motor Supply Cemetery Equipment Repair $ 101.47
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $ 92.74
Verizon Wireless PD & Ambulance Cell Phone $ 354.13
W.E.B.T. Employee Life $ 74.50
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $113,014.07
Walt’s Lathe & Machine Parks New Equipment $ 68.60
Ferguson Waterworks Water Parts/Supplies $ 318.21
Westco Golf Course Fuel & Oil $ 1,300.10
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing $ 192.33
WY Disposal Systems Recycling Storage $ 400.00
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $ 13,815.12
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services Employee Worker’s Compensation $ 2,193.42
Total Vouchers $317,736.21
WY Dept. of Workforce Services Correction on August Payroll,
Amended Summary $ 16.26
Bob Ruwart Motors New Vehicle & Uplift Police Dept. $ 35,699.45
WY Department of Transportation License Plate Police Department $ 5.00
Post Master Utility Billing Mailing $ 227.64
Cassandra Matney Mileage, WY Community Gas Meeting $ 65.66
WY Secretary of State Notary Renewal $ 30.00
AVI Engineering Water Maint. Water Well Number 1 $ 22,904.56
D.C. Drilling Water Maint. Water Well Number 1 $ 61,380.00
Royce Thompson Per Diem $ 142.00
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, to approve the list of vouchers as presented, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN. 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 DOOPER SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held September 3, 2019. MOTION CARRIED.
The department heads gave updates on their respective departments:
Bruce Himes reported that the streets department is preparing for winter.
John Eddy informed the Council that he is working with contractors on the tank project and the water well project was pumped today and is getting closer to being finished.
Royce stated that they had the line school last week at WMPA. WMPA had a meeting in Powell and an O&M meeting in Powell the week before. There will be a conference call with FAA and M.C. Schaff engineer Jeff Wolfe on the New FBO Hangar and Terminal Building Project.
Chief Krein talked about the MOU between the Niobrara County School District #1 and the Town of Lusk for the position of School Resource Officer (SRO). The Police Department has hired a new officer, Jeremiah Fink. The police department received a donation of a K-9.
Todd stated that the Town advertised for bids on the property/building on Pine Street, but the ad was ran for one week and needs to be advertised for two weeks. The Council decided to run the ad again for two weeks and state that the property and building can be bid separate or together. Bid opening will be September 18th at 3:30 p.m. Abatement was finished on the last two properties for the Hazard Mitigation Property Acquisition Grant and one property will be demolished and the other, the Town will apply to the State for a burn permit. There was a discussion on transporting of recycling. The loads have to be all the same recyclable. At this time cardboard is the only recyclable that is feasible and storing of recycling is not cost efficient. There is not an avenue for plastics, so the Town will not take plastic at this time. Royce and Todd will be attending the Wyoming Rural Broadband summit on the 10th of October. Work is continuing on the bridge at Northside Park. There is a roll-off at the transfer station for animal hides. The Town will wait until spring for a free dump week.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, 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 third reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the livestock renewal permit for Ty Thompson. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the Temporary Open Container Permit for Holiday Event on December 7th, by Hannah Swanbom. There was a discussion on the legality of having open container in a vehicle on a state highway. The permit will only allow for people on the sidewalks and not in vehicles to have an open container. MOTION CARRIED.
MAYOR LYTLE read the Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation proclaiming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, after which Mayor Lytle signed the proclamation.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to use the Wyoming Community Gas money to finish putting the bridge across the Niobrara River at Northside Park, which includes abutments and placing of the bridge. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the Temporary Open Container Permit for the Fire Department Rib Cook-Off in The Pub parking lot. MOTION CARRIED.
Chief Krein introduced the K-9 that the Town received from Von Morehouse Kennels out of Louisiana. Officer Gordon is caring for K-9 Sasha and will be trained as a detection dog. Sasha will go through training either in Nebraska or Colorado. New Officer Jeremiah Fink was introduced to the Council. He will be attending the next academy starting in January.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN TO AMEND THE AGENDA, to include the MOU between the Town of Lusk and Niobrara County School District for the School Resource Officer. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN to approve the MOU between the Niobrara County School District #1, and the Town of Lusk Police Department for the School Resource Officer. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve Ordinance No. 13-5-110, Ordinance No. 13-5-120, Ordinance No. 13-5-130, Ordinance No. 13-5-140, Ordinance No. 13-5-150, by adding “the Most Recent Version of Said Code”, on first reading. MOTION CARRIED.
MAYOR LYTLE requested an Executive Session for personnel matters. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER to convene into Executive Session at 5:40 p.m.
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON joined the meeting at 5:43 p.m. in executive session.
The Council reconvened into regular session at 6:05 p.m.
Mayor Lytle stated that the Town will interview for the Recreation Department Director on Friday September 18th and will be interviewing three people.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday November 5, 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 6:10 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
TOWN OF LUSK, WYOMING
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5336. Published in The Lusk Herald on October 16, 2019