MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
MARCH 2, 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 March 2, 2021.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Becky Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
Kimberly Harris, Deputy Clerk
Desirae Matthews-LeLeux, Utility Billing Clerk
Attorney Dennis Meier
Chief of Police Bo Krein
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Bruce Perryman led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, to approve the agenda, second by COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $738.50
Allbright’s True Value Supplies $27.89
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $162.66
AVI PC Engineering Infrastructure Engineering Fee $1,932.00
Baker & Associates Inc. Groundwater Monitoring $4,500.00
BankCard Center 1613 Credit due - $51.30
BankCard Center Repair/Parts/Fees $185.61
BankCard Center 0344 Supplies/Subscriptions/Uniforms/Postage/Misc. $2,181.98
BankCard Center 1960 Supplies/Maintenance $244.57
Black Hills Energy Gas Service $1,894.85
Border State Industries Electric Line Parts/Supplies $390.00
Caselle Inc. Office Support & Maintenance $1,100.00
CenturyLink Phones/Internet $1,318.20
Connecting Point Copier Lease $43.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $5.58
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $822.95
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge/Supplies $1,000.00
Farwest Line Specialties Electric Supplies $102.55
Franks Parts Company Equip. Repair/Parts/Supplies/Misc. $1,586.07
Global Propane Fuel $120.00
Great West Trust Co WRS 457 Plan Deferred $200.00
Great American Financial Services Copier Lease $363.00
Herren Bros. True Value Shop Maintenance $371.29
HomeTown Printed Apparel Recreation Misc. $441.00
Honnen Equipment Snow Removal $430.21
Ideal Linen/Bluffs Supplies $38.97
Jergenson, Doug Monthly Wage Animal Control $1,400.00
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $619.37
Krein, Johnny Meal Reimbursement $30.08
Kurtzer’s Equipment Repair $416.65
Lumen Phone, Long Distance $25.06
Lusk Herald Legal Advertising/Directory/Calendar $1,879.20
Lusk Lodging Tax Board Tax Distribution $1,730.00
Marc Supplies $297.00
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. Ambulance Supplies $91.99
Meier Building Rent $800.00
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $250.00
Niobrara County School District Rec. Dept. Transportation $1,623.17
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract $6,301.50
Nio. Electric Assoc. Sanitation Landfill Utilities/Poles $499.55
Normont Equipment Sweeper Parts $2,441.80
Northwest Pipe Fittings Repairs $670.47
One-Call of WY Tickets $31.75
Owren, Jay Postage $5.50
Peterson Construction Shelter Washington Park $8,892.00
Rawhide Drug Store Office Supplies $50.42
Safety-Kleen Systems Shop Dept. Supplies $199.00
Silver Cliff Vet Clinic Animal Expense $143.00
Sinclair Pine Bluffs Airport Fuel $3,148.29
Stella-Jones Corp. Poles $10,185.00
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Haul $1,500.00
Valley Motor Supply Parts/Repairs $65.12
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Internet/Ambulance Internet $195.79
W.E.B.T. Employee Life Insurance $64.00
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $120,877.60
Westco Fuel $692.08
Western Medical Management, Inc. Ambulance Billing $345.91
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel & Oil $4,478.35
WY Dept. of Workforce Services Worker’s Compensation $1,843.41
WY Dept. of Revenue Sales Tax $6,136.41
WY Machinery Corp Snow Removal $1,191.84
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $14,242.40
Total Vouchers $216,700.79
MANUAL CHECKS February 2021
Pete Kruse Per Diem $19.00
Royce Thompson Per Diem $19.00
WY Child Support Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $184.61
Alyssa Barnsdale Airport Supplies for New Terminal $200.00
Postmaster Utility Billing $221.45
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.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on February 2, 2021 and the February 22, 2021 Special Meeting. MOTION CARRIED.
Lexi Ashurst voiced her concern over Ordinance No. 11-25-130, which states that the owner of the property would be liable for their tenant’s delinquent charges. She stated that she could respect and understand the Town striving to do business better, but does not want to see landowners on one side and the Town on the other. Her concerns are that the landowner does not know if the tenant is in arrears and subject to shut-off. Ms. Ashurst would like to see credit checks, credit history, ACH transfers, larger deposits and would encourage to make this work for all landowners including the city.
L.D. Stone and Tennille Henry shared their concern about property owner of the premises liable of delinquent charges incurred by tenants. Mr. Stone stated that his concern is that everyone is in a crunch and people will not be able to pay their bills and he is not going to pay someone else’s bills . He stated that he won’t rent his property because he doesn’t see how anyone would believe that he is responsible for someone else’s bills.
Ritchie Hoy asked what are we doing making someone responsible for a bill because they are the one with the money? He said that this seems communist, socialist to him and if that is the road, we are going down what hope is there for this country. There has to be a better way. Mr. Hoy stated that you are taking responsibility away from someone who is being irresponsible all ready and throwing that responsibility on to someone who is responsible. He said that it doesn’t make any sense at all and there has to be a better way.
Chief Krein gave information on the number of incidents for February. The United States Police Canine Association regional trials will be held in Lusk May 14th, 15th & 16th and 20 different teams will be attending. K-9 Loki will be doing training next week to keep up his certification.
Linda Frye said that the Town is starting to think about budgets and the department heads will receive their worksheets next week.
Todd Skrukrud stated pot holes in the streets will be filled as soon as the ground dries. The shelter at Washington Park is finished except for painting the posts. There have been several mechanical issues and public works employees are getting these fixed. There was another water main break yesterday. Airport hangar is complete, and just needs a punch list done.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve Charter Ordinance 1-1004 Amended, An Ordinance Amending Charter Ordinance 1-1004 Adopted the 2nd Day of June 2020 Providing for the Appropriations of Money to Defray all the Necessary Expenses and Liabilities of the Town of Lusk, Wyoming, Specifying the Objects, Purposes and Amounts of Such Appropriations and Fixing the Same as the Appropriations for the Year Ending June 30, 2021, on Third and Final reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Ordinance No. 11-20-800, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-20-800 Providing for Delinquent Account Procedures and Repealing Ordinance 11-20-810, on Second Reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL CARSTENSEN, to approve Ordinance No. 11-25-130, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-25-130, Which Establishes the Payment Date; Penalty; Disconnect Procedure and Owner Responsibility for Payment of Tenant Utilities, on Second Reading. Mayor Lytle read the ordinance. Mayor Lytle responded to the concerns of the visitors. Attorney Meier gave information on Wyoming State Statue Title 1-21-Article 12, rental property. After a lengthy discussion a vote was called for. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Ordinance No. 11-25-140, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-25-140 Providing for Electric Account Deposits, Reconnect and Temporary Service Connect Fees, and Payment of Arrearages, on Second Reading. Mayor Lytle read the ordinance. MOTION CARRIED.
Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer gave information to the Council on the Infrastructure Project and Phase II Applications. Phase I design plans are 95% complete. There will be another community meeting on March 22nd. The applications for Phase II of the project have been submitted and the Town is moving forward with seeking funds.
Information was given to the Council on the costs of phase I of the infrastructure project and the loan amounts that will come in from the SRF Loans. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to pursue information on bonds for the remainder of the money needed for the project. MOTION CARRIED.
Chief Krein read the Mission Statement for Animal Control. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to adopt the Mission Statement as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Airport Hangar Lease Renewal for Dan Hanson. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN to convene into Executive Session for personnel matters at 6:47 p.m.
The Council reconvened into regular session at 7:05 p.m.
There was no action needed from the executive session.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday April 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned
at 7:05 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5587. Published in The Lusk Herald on March 10, 2021.