Public Notice No. 5632

JUNE 1, 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 June 1, 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
    Desirae Matthews-LeLeux, Deputy Clerk
    Attorney Dennis Meier
    Chief of Police Bo Krein
    Barbara Cushman, Pool Manager
    James Santistevan, Cemetery/Parks Manager, Emergency Management
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Mayor Lytle led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.    
AFLAC    Payroll Deduction    $738.50
Allbright’s True Value    Supplies    $458.40
ALSCO/American Linen    Mat Rental    $81.33
APT US & C    Annual Conference    $598.00
AVI PC Engineering    Infrastructure Engineering Fee    $54,554.95
BankCard Center 0344 Supplies/Subscriptions/Equip./Postage/Misc.    $416.14
BankCard Center 1937    Parts & Supplies    $434.80
BankCard Center 1960    Supplies    $369.24
BankCard Center 4359    Supplies/Training/Uniforms    $1,267.45
Bauerkemper’s Inc    New Equipment    $1,450.00
Black Hills Energy    Gas Service    $681.33
Boldon Welding & Repair Services   Golf Course New Construction    $604.80
Border State Industries Inc.    Parts & Supplies    $167.91
C&H Tire +Trailer Repair LLC    Ambulance/Cemetery Vehicle Repair    $981.06
Caselle Inc.    Office Support & Maintenance    $1,100.00
CenturyLink    Phones/Internet    $1,361.20
Connecting Point    Copier Lease     $100.00
Crossed Timbers Investments, Inc   Ambulance Barn Maintenance    $870.97
Decker’s Food Center    Supplies    $100.43
Delta Dental Plan    Employee Paid Insurance    $864.20
Doyle J. Davies    Municipal Judge/Supplies    $1,000.00
Driven Powersports & Marine    New Equipment Homeland Security Grant    $1,340.00
Eddy, John    Pool Parts    $36.66
Emergency Medical Products Inc.     Ambulance Supplies    $428.66
Fair Manufacturing, Inc.    New Equipment    $13,313.00
Ferguson Waterworks    Equipment Repair/Electric Metering    $7,133.07
Franks Parts Company    Equip. Repair/Parts/Supplies/New Equipment    $6,195.58
Geographic Innovations    Software Cemetery Parcel Viewer    $150.00
Great American Financial Services     Copier Lease    $211.00
Great West Trust Co    WRS 457 Plan Deferred    $200.00
Hanson, Dan Henry & Lacy    Utility Refund, Final Bill    $6.26
Hawkins, Inc.    Pool Maintenance & Supplies    $2,508.13
Herren Bros. True Value    Cemetery Supplies & Equipment    $29.94
Ideal Linen/Bluffs    Shop Supplies    $72.99
Jergenson, Doug    Monthly Wage Animal Control    $1,400.00
John Deere Financial    Golf Course New Equipment    $619.61
Kovarna, Andy    Ambulance Refund    $4,118.00
Kurtzer’s    Parks/Cemetery Equipment Repair    $746.71
Lumen    Phone, Long Distance    $29.92
Lusk Fire Dept.    Retirement/Training    $1,544.99
Lusk Herald       Legal Advertising/Directory/Calendar/Ad.    $2,166.90
Lusk Lodging Tax Board    Tax Distribution    $1,594.84
LUSKWYOMING.COM    Public Relations Advertising    $100.00
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.    Ambulance Supplies    $299.16
Meier Building    Rent    $800.00
Meier Law Office    Monthly Retainer    $3,000.00
Merback Awards    Engraving    $25.68
Midland Implement Co.    Irrigation Repairs/Supplies    $1,602.53
Municipal Emergency Services Dep. Acct.    Fire Dept. New Equipment    $4,294.00
Nio. County Weed & Pest    Streets Chemicals    $1,423.61
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce        Promotion    $187.50
Niobrara County 4H Junior Leaders   K-9 Trails    $58.68
Niobrara County Library    Internet Service    $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer     Communications Contract    $6,301.50
Niobrara Electric Assoc.    Utilities/Electric Dept. Supplies    $241.52
Northwest Pipe Fittings of Rapid City  Parks/Water Dept. Repairs    $2,990.15
Northwest Pipe Fittings of Scottsbluff    Cemetery Irrigation Repairs/
Water Maintenance & Repairs    $792.26
Peterson Construction    Picnic Shelter/Shop Maintenance    $6,525.31
Pro Force Law Enforcement    New Equipment    $610.62
R&R Products, Inc.    Parts & Supplies    $385.01
Rawhide Drug Co.    Ambulance Supplies    $5.97
Sanitation Products Inc.    Dumpster Purchase    $4,675.00
TDS Trash Collection    Tipping Fees Transfer Station    $5,315.81
Torrington Office Supplies    Office Supplies    $307.68
Underground Enterprises    Transfer Station Haul    $1,800.00
Visionary Communications    Fire Dept. Internet/Ambulance Internet    $195.79
W.E.B.T.    Employee Life Insurance    $69.75
W.M.P.A.    Electrical Power Purchase    $99,872.06
Warne Chemical & Equipment    Water Parts & Supplies/
Sewer Weed Control    $1,735.30
Western Medical Management, Inc.    Ambulance Billing    $1,073.99
Whitaker Oil, Inc.    Fuel & Oil    $3,588.09
Wilcox, Cory    Reimbursement for Supplies    $398.82
WY Dept. of Revenue    Wyoming Sales Tax Payable    $4,938.07
WY Dept. of Agriculture    Consumer Health License    $50.00
WY Dept. of Workforce Services    Worker’s Compensation    $1,957.18
WY Fire Chief’s Association    Membership Dues    $130.00
Wyoming Retirement    Government Contribution    $14,854.15
Total Vouchers $282,902.16    
MANUAL CHECKS     May 2021    
Driven PowerSports & Marine    P.D. New Equipment, Homeland Security    $38,575.79
WY Child Support    Garnishment, Writ of Assignment    $184.61
Doug Jergenson    Animal Control Supplies    $221.80
Royce Thompson    Per Diem    $124.25
USPCA Region 14    2021 Detector, Tracking & PD1 Cert.    $120.00
BlueLine Custom Vinyls    K-9 Trails    $649.00
Post Master     Utility Billing    $238.51
Pete Kruse    Per Diem    $35.00
Royce Thompson    Per Diem    $35.00
WY Child Support    Garnishment, Writ of Assignment    $184.61
North Central International, Inc  Electric Dept. Vehicle Repairs    $2,582.73
Total    $42,951.30

COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the Treasurers Report, Financial Condition and Manual Checks. The report will be filed for audit. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the minutes of the regular Council meeting on May 4, 2021. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle asked for public comment on the 2021-2022 fiscal year proposed budget. There was no public comment.
Department Updates:
Barbara Cushman, Pool Manager gave the Council an update on the status of the pool and life guard training. Due to limited staff, the schedule for pool is Monday – Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed Sunday, morning swim, swimming lessons and rental of the pool. Life guard training will be done as soon as the pool is in working order.
James Santistevan stated that the siren will go through testing in the coming week.
Police Chief Krein gave the incident report for May to the Council. Stuart Coxhead was introduced as the new officer for the Town.
Linda Frye reported that Courtney Rowley is working in the office as seasonal employee. The Office is still taking applications for a part-time Utility Billing Clerk and will conduct interviews at a later date.
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works stated that the clean-up week will continue through Friday June 4th. The grates around the trees on main street have been altered so they are flush with the sidewalk and should not be a hazard. The pool is being filled and the boiler will be worked on in the coming days. The crew is working on mowing and repairing streets. The highway department will stripe on main street when paint is available.
Old Business:
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve the third 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 CARSTENSEN, 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 second reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, 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 second reading. Representatives from Elks, Lusk Liquor Store, The Pub, and Silver Dollar were present. Joe Carpenter from Lusk Liquor Store asked how the Town could raise the fee by 60%. There was a discussion on the reason for the increase and the amount of the increase. Connie Starkey asked questions on the bar and grill license and the retail liquor license. The Council stated that a Bar and Grill license minimum is $1,500.00 and the Council wanted to bring all the license up to be the same amount. Club license is $100.00 and is being raised to $1,500.00. Council Member Nelson commented that the prices need to be looked at before there is a change. Council Member Dooper called for a vote. Mayor Lytle, Council Members Blackburn, Carstensen and Dooper voted aye, Council Member Nelson voted nay. MOTION CARRIED.
The Town received one bid for Phase 1 Infrastructure Project from Oftedal. Oftedal’s total bid is $13,114,011.72.  COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve bid base one from Oftedal. Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer, gave information on the bid for phase 1 of the infrastructure project from Oftedal Construction. The bid was approximately 3 million dollars over what has been budgeted. USDA has requested to increase funding for the project to the National Office. COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN to amend their motion to state, to approve to award the bid to Oftedal and accept the base bid plus alternate 1, plus deductive alternates 2 through 6 and not to exceed current funding levels that are in place. MOTION CARRIED. There will be a value meeting with all parties and a pre-construction meeting.
New Business:
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the Livestock Permit Renewal for Royce Thompson, Cloe and Ryder. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the temporary open container permit for Niobrara Electric Association. Mayor Lytle abstained. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the Temporary Open Container Permit for Adult Softball Scheduled Games and Tournaments. MOTION CARRIED.

COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to Direct and Authorize the Mayor to Sign a Resolution Approving the Phase 1 Water/Sewer Cost Overrun. MOTION CARRIED.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday July 6, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned
at 6:15 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5632. Published in The Lusk Herald on June 9, 2021