Public Notice No. 5559

PUBLIC NOTICE

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
JANUARY 5, 2021 5:00 P.M.
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 January 5, 2021.
Council Members Present:     Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Becky Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson     
Also Present:    Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
    Kimberly Harris, Deputy Clerk
    Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
    James Santistevan, Cemetery/Parks, Emergency Management
    Royce Thompson, Electric Supervisor, Airport Management
    Attorney Dennis Meier
    Chief of Police Bo Krein
Police Chief Bo Krein lead the Pledge of Allegiance.    
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.    
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, to approve the agenda, second by COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT    
AFLAC    Payroll Deduction    $738.50
Allbright’s True Value    Supplies    $368.76
ALSCO/American Linen    Mat Rental    $234.87
AVI PC Engineering    Infrastructure Engineering Fee    $72,123.84
BankCard Center    Annual Fee    $35.00
BankCard Center 0344    Notary Bond/Supplies/Postage    $642.50
BankCard Center 1613     PD Uniforms/Misc./Postage    $435.79
BankCard Center 1952    Training/Annual Fee    $120.89
BankCard Center 1960    Annual Fee    $35.00
BankCard Center 4389    Golf Course Superintendent Membership    $432.57
Black Hills Energy    Gas Service    $1,279.11
Body Builders Body Shop     Vehicle Repair, Police Department    $16,379.07
Boldon Welding & Repair Services    Shop Supplies    $29.58
Border State Industries    Electric Line Upgrade    $716.44
C&H Tire Repair    Equipment Repair    $785.28
Caselle Inc.    Office Support & Maintenance    $1,100.00
CenturyLink    Phones/Internet    $1,276.25
Century Link Business    Long Distance Phone    $22.11
City of Casper    Tire Disposal    $2,412.45
Connecting Point    Copier Lease    $86.00
Cullen, Sherri    Utility     Deposit Refund    $88.97
Davis, Julia & Rick    Refund, Garbage Account    $213.78
Decker’s Food Center    Supplies    $108.82
Delta Dental Plan    Employee Paid Insurance    $822.95
Doyle J. Davies    Municipal Judge/Supplies    $1,000.00
Franks Parts Company    Equip. Repair/Parts/Supplies/Misc.    $2,410.62
Garhart, Phil    Utility Deposit Refund    $38.80
Great American Financial Svcs. Copier Lease    $327.43
Great West Trust Co     WRS 457 Plan Deferred    $300.00
Honey Badger Towing    P.D. Towing    $98.75
Ideal Linen/Bluffs    Sanitation Supplies    $203.97
Interstate Batteries    Equipment Repair    $142.95
Jergenson, Doug    Monthly Wage Animal Control    $1,400.00
John Deere Financial    Golf Course New Equipment    $619.37
KGOS-AM/KERM-FM    Public Relations Advertising    $45.00
Lusk Herald    Legal Advertising/Directory    $1,607.05
Lusk Lodging Tax Board    Tax Distribution    $7,269.60
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.    Ambulance Supplies    $99.28
Meier Building    Rent    $800.00
Meier Law Office    Monthly Retainer    $3,000.00
Miller, Alex    Rec. Uniform Refund    $50.00
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.    Sanitation Landfill Utilities    $42.62
Northwest Pipe Fittings    Irrigation Repairs    $1,648.98
Nuun Utility Locating    Water Parts & Repairs    $676.00
Owren, Jay    Postage Reimbursement    $3.80
Pitney Bowes Inc.    Postage Purchase    $520.99
Post Master    Renewal, Permit Mailing    $240.00
Print Express    Office Supplies    $375.07
The Radar Shop    Recertification    $454.00
Richardson Construction    Airport Improvement Project    $285,957.16
Silver Cliff Vet Clinic    Supplies/Postage    $47.66
Smylie Animal Clinic    Supplies    $130.00
TDS Trash Collection    Tipping Fees    $5,848.88
Torrington Office Supply    Supplies    $95.92
USA Blue Book    Supplies    $156.81
Valley Motor Supply    Vehicle Repairs    $278.70
Visionary Communications    Fire Dept. Internet/Ambulance Internet    $195.79
W.E.B.T.    Employee Life Insurance    $71.00
W.M.P.A.    Electrical Power Purchase    $104,329.20
Walker, Shay    Utility Deposit Refund    $86.94
Whitaker Oil, Inc.    Fuel & Oil    $3,219.60
WY Dept. of Environmental Quality    Tank Registration Fee    $50.00
WY Dept. of Revenue    Sales Tax    $4,794.86
WY Dept. of Transportation    Airport Improvement    $1,525.99
WY Dept. of Workforce Services    Worker’s Compensation    $2,893.02
Wyoming Machinery    Equipment Repair    $75.66
WY Office State Lands & Investment    Loan Fee    $28,686.51
Wyoming Retirement    Government Contribution    $23,779.21
Total Vouchers     $592,824.72    

MANUAL CHECKS     December 2020    
W.E.B.T.    Employee Premium, 2 Months    $142.00
WY Child Support    Garnishment, Writ of Assignment    $184.61
WY Dept. of Revenue    WY Sales Tax    $5,005.16
Pete Kruse    Per Diem    $19.00
Royce Thompson    Per Diem    $19.00
Postmaster    Utility Billing    $227.12
WY Child Support    Garnishment, Writ of Assignment    $184.61
Total    $5,781.50
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve the Treasurers Report, Financial Condition and Manual Checks. The report will be filed for audit. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle moved item f. Bids for Police Department ATV on the agenda above item e. Request for Budget Changes First Reading.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on December 1, 2020. MOTION CARRIED.
Department Updates:
Royce Thompson reported that the Airport Improvement Project is 90% complete.
James Santistevan stated that there would be a drive through vaccination clinic January 12th from Noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in the beef barn for section 1B. The wind storm that came through before Christmas did some damage to the Silver Cliff, trees, and fences. James will let the weather service know about this.
Chief Krein gave information on the number of incidents for December. There will be some spring training and employee evaluations.
Linda informed the Council on the RD Apply through the USDA, Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer will be here for a meeting Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., and the first neighborhood meeting for the infrastructure project will be Tuesday January 12th at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the shooting sports building at the Fairgrounds. There is an application out for a transfer of a retail liquor license.
Todd stated that the shelter at Washington Park is approximately 75% complete, there is one more load of tires to be shipped out, and the Town has been working with AVI on the infrastructure project, at the neighbor meeting Bruce Perryman should have 50% of the design plan and they have started working on the numbers for Phase II.
Old Business:
The Christmas gathering is cancelled. There is a possibility of having something during the summer. The service awards will be given out at the next Council meeting.
New Business:
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve Resolution No. 20-18, A Resolution Establishing a Policy for Discharging Certain Account Receivable Balances that are Determined Uncollectable by the Town of Lusk. The Council had questions on the process that the Office uses to collect past due accounts. The Town uses two collection agencies and if no contact information is available, the account is turned over to collections. The Ambulance billing company suggests to the Town when an account needs to be turned over to collections and the office makes the final decision. There was a discussion on the property owner being responsible for the utility bill. Mayor Lytle asked Attorney Meier to write up an Ordinance for the property owner to be responsible for the bill if the renter does not pay. The Town will look at raising the deposit and reconnect fees. Mayor Lytle, Council Members Blackburn, Carstensen, and Dooper voted aye, Council Member Nelson voted nay. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Livestock Permit Renewal for Robyn Jefcoat. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the Wyoming Association of Risk Management amended and restated Joint Powers Agreement. MOTION CARRIED
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Resolution No. 20-19, A Resolution Establishing Rates Pursuant to Chapter Nine, Title 5 of the Lusk Municipal Code, Entitled “Dogs and Cats”. MOTION CARRIED.
Chief Krein received two bids for 2021 Polaris Ranger. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to accept the low bid of $38,176.28 from Drive Powersports and Marine of Casper.     MOTION CARRIED.
Linda presented to the Council a request for changes to the 2021 budget to include line items for the infrastructure project and increase the budget for the police department vehicles that were damaged by another driver and received hail damage. Mayor Lytle read the amounts. COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to accept the budget changes as presented on the first reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN to move into executive session for legal matters at 5:45 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
The Council reconvened into regular session at 6:20 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned
at 6:23 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
ATTEST:
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5559. Published in The Lusk Herald on January 13, 2021.