MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
MAY 4 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 May 4, 2021.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Becky Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, and Tom Dooper
Absent: Council Member Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
Desirae Matthews-LeLeux, Deputy Clerk
Attorney Dennis Meier
Chief of Police Bo Krein
Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent
Royce Thompson, Electric Superintendent/Airport Manager
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Todd Skrukrud led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, to approve the agenda, second by COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
21 Electric, LLC Airport Improvement Project $1,907.71
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $738.50
Allbright’s True Value Supplies $1,281.85
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $162.66
AVI PC Engineering Infrastructure Engineering Fee $168,184.48
Axon Police Dept. Office Supplies $2,844.50
BankCard Center 0344 Supplies/Subscriptions/Equip./Postage/Misc. $504.78
BankCard Center 4359 New Equipment/Supplies $570.70
Barco Products Co. Park Supplies $2,270.80
Best Tugs, LLC Airport New Equipment $6,534.20
Black Hills Energy Gas Service $819.75
Boldon Welding & Repair Services Shop Supplies $74.06
C&H Tire+Trailer Repair LLC Water Dept. Tire Repair $20.00
Caselle Inc. Office Support & Maintenance $1,100.00
CenturyLink Phones/Internet $1,359.53
Communication Tech. Radio Repairs/Equipment Repairs $196.00
Connecting Point Copier Lease $100.00
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $84.43
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $888.20
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge/Supplies $1,110.00
Energy Laboratories Inc. Water Samples $125.00
Filener, Chantry Fire Dept. New Equipment/Snow Removal $818.86
Fired Up Rescue Fire Dept. New Equipment $1,910.00
Franks Parts Company Equip. Repair/Parts/Supplies/Misc. $2,152.67
Gefaller, Melissa Utility Deposit Refund $66.87
Global Propane Fuel and Oil $597.03
Golf & Sport Solutions Golf Course Top Dressing $1,475.38
Great West Trust Co WRS 457 Plan Deferred $200.00
Great American Financial Services Copier Lease $437.00
Greenough, Joanne Ambulance Refund $72.62
Hamilton Associates Electric Meters & Equipment $137.50
Herren Bros. True Value Police Dept. Training Equipment $877.40
Ideal Linen/Bluffs Park & Shop Supplies $233.24
Jergenson, Doug Monthly Wage Animal Control $1,400.00
Jirdon Agri Chemicals Cemetery/Parks Fertilizer $2,054.04
John Deere Financial Golf Course New Equipment $619.37
Jordan Automotive Vehicle Tow $91.00
Krein, Bo Per Diem for Training $110.00
Lexipol Ambulance Training $912.00
Lumen Phone, Long Distance $27.83
Lusk Herald Legal Advertising/Directory/Calendar $2,256.89
Lusk Lodging Tax Board Tax Distribution $1,185.65
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. Ambulance Supplies $96.85
Meier Building Rent $800.00
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
Midkiff Water Well Service Club House Maintenance $199.00
Midland Implement Co. Equipment Repair $733.79
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract/Property Taxes $12,976.54
Niobrara Electric Utilities $40.81
Normont Equipment Supplies/Parts $2,900.69
Northwest Pipe Fittings Supplies $385.16
One-Call of Wyoming Tickets $3.00
Owren, Jay Postage $5.50
Pitney Bowes Purchase Power Postage $520.99
PostMaster Utility Bill Mailing $241.14
Pro Force Law Enforcement New Equipment $2,863.00
QTPod Annual Maintenance Fee $1,402.00
R&R Products, Inc. Parts & Supplies $945.53
Richardson Construction Airport Improvement Project $55,121.76
Safety-Kleen Systems Shop Supplies $199.00
Silver Cliff Vet Clinic Animal Control Expense $80.00
Simplot Partners Fertilizer/Chemicals/Seeds $6,269.55
Spic & Span Cleaners Streets Supplies $952.00
TDS Trash Collection Tipping Fees Transfer Station $8,415.13
Torrington Office Supplies Office Supplies $144.94
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Haul $2,250.00
USA Blue Book New Equipment/Parts/Supplies $185.01
Valley Motor Supply Parts/Supplies $212.23
Verizon Wireless Cell Phones $435.85
Visionary Communications Fire Dept. Internet/Ambulance Internet $195.79
W.E.B.T. Employee Life Insurance $65.25
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $110,776.74
Western Medical Management, Inc. Ambulance Billing $808.63
Western United Electric Parts/Supplies $1,307.59
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel & Oil $6,839.66
WY Dept. of Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax Payable $5,536.26
WY Dept. of Transportation Outdoor Advertising $30.00
WY Dept. of Workforce Services Worker’s Compensation $1,816.36
Wyoming First Aid and Safety Supply Shop/Office Supplies $318.20
Wyoming Machinery Street Dept. Equipment $332.79
WY Office of State Lands & Investments Sanitation Debt Service $21,885.75
WY Public Health Lab. Quarterly Water Samples $32.00
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $14,453.98
Total Vouchers $474,728.47
MANUAL CHECKS April 2021
Pete Kruse Per Diem $19.00
Royce Thompson Per Diem $19.00
Aflac Payroll Deduction $738.50
Verizon Wireless P.D./Ambulance/Mayor Cell Phones $871.64
WY Child Support Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $184.61
WY Child Support Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $184.61
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, 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 BLACKBURN, to approve the minutes of the regular Council meeting on April 6, 2021. MOTION CARRIED.
Katrina Skibicki approached the Council on the Alumni Golf Tournament. She requested that the Town have the trail fees for the 24 out of town carts be waived and the fee to play be $45.00 per team (3-person team), which is the same as last year. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the fees for the Alumni Golf Tournament be the same as last year, out of town cart trail fees waived and $45.00 for a 3-person team. Mayor Lytle, Council Members Blackburn and Dooper voted aye, Council Member Carstensen voted nay. MOTION CARRIED.
Sean Duffy Golf Course Superintendent reported that they are starting to mow, weed spraying, and gathering supplies for the coming golf season.
Royce Thompson Electric Superintendent/Airport Manager, stated that the pole contractors are changing out 10 to 13 poles in Town and will be finished on Thursday. The Airport building project is complete.
Police Chief Krein gave the incident report to the Council. The K-9 trials will be in Lusk May 15th and 16th. At that time K-9 Loki will be re-certified. The Side by Side will be available this week, which is being purchased with Homeland Security money. The department received three applications for the Police Officer position. All applicants are certified and live in-State.
Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer read the Letter from Wyoming Community Gas for the 2020 Community Contribution in the amount of $5,540.62. Natalie Flood Senior Business Development Manager for Wyoming Community Gas, invited the Council or a Representative for the Town of Lusk to attend their next board meeting on Thursday June 17th. Linda and Council Member Carstensen participated in a zoom meeting with Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer, several people from State Lands and Investment and DEQ. There was clarification on the application requirements. Beth Blackwell from SLIB will contact Lorraine Werner of USDA and explain the question on the RD Apply application. Bruce Perryman also asked about the increase in materials and if the bids come in above the estimate. SLIB will send a letter on how to ask for increased funding. Mayor Lytle voiced his concerns, if the requirements are not met to USDA standards, that they will not approve the loan after the project is complete. Council Member Carstensen stated that going forward, if the costs go up, we need to have all the information for the SLIB meeting in August.
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works reported that clean-up week will be May 28th through June 5th. Todd met with the school and they will be doing a community clean-up on the May 19th in the morning. The crack-seal machine that was put out for bid takes a certain kind of material that is not sold in Wyoming. The pool will be prepped in the next week or two. Baseball field material and new dumpsters have been ordered.
Royce informed the Council on the Vistabeam Tower progress in the Business Park. The power outage will be May 9th 12:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 a.m. and May 15th 12:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 a.m.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the second reading of the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget with revenues of $13,904,841.00, and expenditures of $13,904,841.00. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to affirm the Amendments to the Agreement between Owner and Engineer for Professional Services with AVI Engineering. This does not change the dollar amount from the first agreement, but some requirements for the RUS USDA application. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the Livestock Permit Renewal for Bernard B. & Connie R. Volk. MOTION CARRIED.
The In-Home Business Permit request for Bliss.ful Herbals by Sabrina Broberg was tabled until she could attend a meeting.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve Resolution No. 21-4, A Resolution Authorizing Transfers in the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Budget to Comply with Wyoming State Statute 16-4-108, Limitation on Expenditures or Encumbrances, Documentation of Expenditures; and Revenues Collected not Foreseen. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to accept the Engagement Letter from Carver Florek & James, CPAs for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Audit. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve Ordinance No. 8-10-100, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-10-100 of the Lusk Municipal Code to Include Bar and Grill Liquor Licenses to the List of Annual Licenses Which the Town of Lusk is Authorized to Issue, on first reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Ordinance No. 8-10-110, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-10-110 of the Lusk Municipal Code to Set Liquor License Fees, on first reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN to move into Executive Session for personnel matters at 5:30 p.m. MOTION CARRIED.
The Council reconvened into regular session at 6:15 p.m.
The Council directed Todd to contact the person that they decided on for Pool Manager. Todd is instructed to hire the summer help for the golf course and to inform the Golf Course Superintendent to leave the Town vehicle at the golf course and use it for Town golf course business only. The Council stated that Seasonal employees have no overtime.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday June 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned at 6:20 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5624. Published in The Lusk Herald on May 12, 2021