MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
APRIL 7, 2020
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 April 7, 2020.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Rebecca Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
Dennis Meier, Town Attorney via phone
Bo Krein, Chief of Police
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:08 PM.
The Town attempted to broadcast the meeting via Facebook Live and Zoom.
Everyone participated 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
Absolute Solutions Equipment Repair $300.00
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $599.78
Albright’s True Value Supplies/Misc./New Equipment $1,737.79
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $156.58
AVI PC Engineering Engineering Fees $10,725.46
Axon RIMS Police Dept. $1,551.00
BankCard Center Postage/Supplies/Office Support/Training/Fuel $2,153.55
Boldon Welding & Repairs Services Supplies/Parts & Supplies $410.58
CAN Surety Bond Fee $50.00
Caselle Inc. Office Support Software $2,200.00
Century Link Business Long Distance Phone $29.62
Connecting Point Copier Lease/Overage Fee $457.29
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $34.27
Dell Marketing L.P. Officer New Equipment $2,721.85
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $323.80
Emergency Medical Products Inc. Ambulance Supplies $493.81
Filener, Chantry Office Support/Maintenance $40.00
Global Propane Fuel & Oil $513.67
Great American Financial Copier Lease $337.00
Great West Trust Co WRS 457 Plan Deferred $200.00
Franks Parts Company Parts/Repairs/Snow Removal/Supplies $3,115.26
Interstate Batteries Repairs/Parts/Supplies/New Equipment $260.90
Jergenson, Doug Monthly Wage Animal Control $900.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $619.37
Meier Building Monthly P.D. Rent $800.00
KGOS-AM/KERM-FM Public Relations Advertising $485.00
Black Hills Energy Gas Service $1,222.72
Leetch, Laura Utility Deposit Refund $27.64
Lusk Herald Advertising $4,838.69
Lusk Lodging Tax Tax Distribution $6,555.54
M.C.Schaff & Assoc. Airport Improvement Engineering $65,827.50
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
Midland Implement Equipment Repair $1,750.74
Munoz, Nicholas & April Utility Deposit Refund $76.96
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract/Property Tax $11,130.95
Nio. Electric Assoc. Landfill Utilities $42.09
O.K. Wrecking Towing Cost $285.00
One-Call of Wyoming Tickets $21.00
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel and Oil $5,064.68
Pitney Bowes Global Financial Equipment Leasing $219.90
Century Link Phones/Internet $1,393.67
Ranchers Feed & Supply Supplies $49.03
Rawhide Drug Co. Supplies $48.62
Rose Brothers Cemetery Equipment Repair $222.68
Safety-Kleen Systems Shop Supplies $199.00
Sanitation Products Parts and Supplies $730.16
Security Insurance Municipal Judge Expense $170.00
Silver Cliff Vet Supplies $32.02
Spic & Span Cleaners Streets Supplies $5,577.54
Stensaas, Randy Supplies $10.00
Stryker Ambulance New Equipment $48,486.00
TDS Trash Collection Transfer Station Tipping $3,707.09
Torrington Office Supplies $246.11
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Hauling Fee $1,500.00
Valley Motor Supply Parts/Supplies/Repairs $1,017.68
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Misc. Internet $92.74
Verizon Wireless PD, Ambulance, & Mayor Cell Phone $443.15
WAMCAT Membership Dues Cassandra Matney $65.00
W.E.B.T. Employee Life Insurance $68.75
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $119,584.00
Ferguson Waterworks Water & Electric Annual Fee $7,325.00
Western Medical Management Ambulance Billing/Access Fee $201.19
WY Airport Operators Supplies $50.00
WY Child & Family Services Rendered $1,000.00
Wyoming Dept. of Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax $6,347.14
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $15,094.73
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services Employee Worker’s Compensation $2,156.25
Total Vouchers $348,535.04
MANUAL CHECKS March 2020
Ft. Collins Protection Dogs & Training Deposit for K-9 & Handler Training $3,000.00
CenturyLink Replaces Lost Check #42092 $1,355.29
Honnen Equipment Replaces Check #42285 $1,646.87
Lish Murphy Return of Golf Course Trail Fees $125.00
Lusk Post Office Utility Billing $242.82
Tyler Stream Mileage/Per Diem Meeting In Cheyenne $181.40
Jacob Gordon Per Diem Meeting In Cheyenne/Supplies $44.15
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, to approve the list of vouchers as presented, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN 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.
There was a correction in the Emergency Town Council Meeting Minutes on March 19, 2020. “If the bars do not comply, their liquor license will be pulled”, should read “If the bars do not comply, their liquor license could be pulled”. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held March 3, 2020, Special Meeting held March 11, 2020 and Emergency Meeting held March 19, 2020 as amended. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle asked Chief Krein to give an update on Coronavirus 19 as to how we are doing in the Town of Lusk. Chief Krein stated that there are no confirmed cases in Niobrara County. They are urging citizens to continue to protect themselves. The Governor did come out with a directive on April 3rd that if you travel out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days to slow the progression of the virus. The orders that came down from the State Department of Health are being enforced. The only issue has been businesses wanting to remain open against the State Orders.
Mayor Lytle presented the first reading of the 2020-2021 budget. Revenues are $6,041,900.00, and Expenditures are $6,327,490.50 making a difference of negative $285,590.50. The Council set the budget workshop for Friday May 1st, 2020, which will be open to the public.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON to approve the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget on first reading. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle gave information on Resolution No. 20-6, A Resolution of the Governing Body of the Town of Lusk, Wyoming Approving the Recommendation of M.C. Schaff & Associates, Inc. to Accept the Bid of American Road Maintenance for WYDOT Project ALS001A, Seal Coat & Marking Airside Pavement at the Lusk Municipal Airport. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve Resolution 20-6. American Road Maintenance of Tucson, AZ was the lone bidder in the amount of $78,282.00. The total cost of the project will be $94,040.00 which includes engineering fees. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to convene into Executive Session at 5:23 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to reconvene into regular session at 5:31 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
The next regular meeting will be Tuesday April 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. to conduct regular business.
There was a discussion on the Municipal Election to be held on May 5th, 2020 to elect two (2) Council Members and vote on the continuation of the 3% Lodging Tax. The Council decided to have the Election on May 5th, 2020 as scheduled and advertise that absentee ballots are available if citizens do not wish to vote at a public place. The Town will follow all safety guidelines for the election judges and voters. The May meeting was also changed to Wednesday May 6th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
The Town will work on having the meetings broadcast so the public can participate.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5426. Published in The Lusk Herald on April 15, 2020.