The County Commissioners’ meeting was called to order on February 16, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Patrick H. Wade, Vice-Chairman John Midkiff, Commissioner Elaine Griffith, and County Clerk Becky L. Freeman present.
Chairman Wade led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Road & Bridge- Road and Bridge Foreman Fred Thomas met with the Commissioners and discussed road and bridge business.
He said he has received a few calls about snow removal.
2021 Assessed Valuation, Tax Estimates and Senate File 60 Discussion- Several members of boards and special districts were in attendance to receive information about the projected changes to the 2021 assessed valuation and tax estimates due to the projected economic downturn as well as the effects that Senate File 60 (Enrolled Act No. 9) ad valorem taxation of mineral production will have on the FY 2021-2022 budget.
Chairman Wade welcomed the group and explained the purpose of the meeting. He turned the meeting over to Treasurer Keri Thompson and Assessor Teri Stephens.
They gave an overview of the property tax definition and calculations, the definition of a mill levy and how the tax money is distributed and projections due to the economic downturn as well as SF 60 and how this may affect budgets.
Dispatch Supervisor L. D. Stone and Sheriff’s Secretary Keri Bennett met with the Commissioners to discuss an E-911 Vesta maintenance agreement with Lumen (fka CenturyLink). The cost for one year is $8,661.00. Chairman Wade asked Supervisor Stone to visit with Lumen to see if they would reduce the cost any and report his findings.
County Attorney- County Attorney Anne Wasserburger met with the Commissioners to discuss county business. Tyler Richardson was also in attendance to hear the status of her request to declare Niobrara County as a 2nd amendment sanctuary county. The group reviewed a resolution the county attorney drafted for this purpose.
Resolution 21-04 - Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved to approve Resolution 21-04, a resolution declaring Niobrara County a 2nd amendment sanctuary county. Commissioner Griffith seconded, and the motion carried. A complete copy of the resolution is on file with the County Clerk’s office and is posted on the County’s website at www.niobraracounty.org/commissioners/resolutions.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Wyoming Dept. of Health (WDOH) and Niobrara County- Commissioner Griffith moved to sign the MOU between the WDOH and Niobrara County for COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Activites for $25,244.00 with a performance period of December 31, 2020 through December 31, 2021, CFDA# 21.019. Vice-Chairman Midkiff seconded, and the motion carried.
Charitable Relief Program- The Commissioners received applications for the Charitable Relief Program, which was funded by the State, from the Rawhide FFA with a request of $2,500.00 and from Wyoming Child and Family Development with a request of $70,487.15. The Commissioners reviewed the applications and decided to award $5,457.00 to the Rawhide FFA. This is the difference in funds that the FFA was able to raised in 2019 ($7,052.00) versus what they were able to raise in 2020 ($1,595.00) due to the fundraisers being cut drastically as a result of COVID-19. Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved to award $5,457.00 to the Rawhide FFA and $19,173.96 to Wyoming Child and Family Development. Commissioner Griffith seconded, and the motion carried. This closes out the grant.
Consent Agenda- Vice- Chairman Midkiff moved to approve the consent agenda. Commissioner Griffith seconded, motion carried. Items on the consent agenda were the minutes of the February 2, 2021 meeting and a tax roll supplement from Balidor Oil and Gas, LLC., for the 2020 tax year resulting in an increase of taxes for $92.46.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
NIOBRARA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Patrick Wade, Chairman
Becky L. Freeman, County Clerk
and Clerk to the Board of Commissioners
Public Notice No. 5582. Published in The Lusk Herald on March 10, 2021.