The County Commissioners’ meeting was called to order on June 1, 2021, at 9:03 a.m. with Chairman Patrick H. Wade, Vice-Chairman John Midkiff, Commissioner Elaine Griffith, and County Clerk Becky L. Freeman present.
Chairman Wade led 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 there was a washout on Wilson Road. He said it is passable, but they will go and fix it when it dries out.
Josh Harkins with BenchMark of Torrington joined the meeting. He submitted a pay request for Timberline Services Inc. for the 2020 Winter Road Rehabilitation Project.
Mr. Harkins said that BenchMark plans on going to the stockpiles at the Ruffing and Manville Pits to conduct measurements of the County’s gravel stockpiles in approximately two weeks for auditing purposes.
Assessor Teri Stephens met with the Commissioners to discuss hiring a full time person now even though she hired a part time person for the summer. They authorized her to hire immediately if the opportunity arises.
Elected Officials and Dept. Heads- Assessor Teri Stephens discussed office business and said that her staff is performing property reviews.
4-H Extension Educator Kellie Chichester introduced Kylie Strauch, who is the UW intern for the summer. Mrs. Chichester said that the extension office is preparing for fair and it is getting busy.
Clerk of Court Chrisanna Lund updated the Commissioners on office operations.
Treasurer Keri Thompson said that she attended a treasurer’s association meeting and there was much discussion surrounding SF60.
Emergency Management Coordinator James Santistevan said he had been busy monitoring storms. He said that he had reviewed disaster recovery plans and will need to write one for the fairgrounds. Once complete, he will submit it to the fair board for review.
Sheriff Cary Gill said detention would be receiving an out of county inmate to house for approximately six months.
Public Health Nurse Regional Supervisor Dr. Melanie Pearce appeared via telephone and updated them on public health matters.
Commissioner Griffith said the historical sign for the courthouse design is done and will be ordered.
Chairman Wade discussed courthouse security.
Sheriff Gill remained after the elected officials meeting to request increasing hours and pay for a part-time employee currently working 30 hours a week. Sheriff Gill would like to increase the hours to 40 hours per week. The group discussed the wage and the Commissioners agreed to increase the hours to 40 per week and raise the pay to $16.36 per hour.
County Attorney- County Attorney Anne Wasserburger met with the Commissioners and discussed county business. She said the contract amendment she received from Dr. Pearce appeared to be in order and that the Commissioners could approve it.
American Rescue Plan- Commissioners Griffith attended a virtual meeting regarding the American Rescue Plan funds and explained the requirements to sign up for the funds.
Dr. Melanie Pearce called in to the meeting to discuss the Amendment One to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Wyoming Dept. of Health, Public Health Division and Niobrara County. This amendment extends the performance period of original agreement from June 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021. This agreement allows the County to use grant funds for public health personnel expenses to support COVID contact tracing and surveillance. She explained that all other terms of the original contract remain in effect.
Amendment #1- Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved to approve Amendment One to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Wyoming Dept. of Health, Public Health Division, and Niobrara County. Commissioner Griffith seconded, motion carried.
Old Business- Chairman Wade discussed the status of the Natural Resource Policy Plan update. He said that the plan has been reviewed with Falen Law and Y2 Consultants and is being finalized. The plan will be advertised and there will be a 45 day comment period. The draft plan will also be available on the County’s website. A public meeting is scheduled for June 29, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The goal is to have the plan completely finalized after the comment period, make any necessary changes, and have it ready to adopt at the August 17, 2021 meeting.
Commissioner Griffith discussed a Zoom meeting she attended with Treasurer Thompson regarding SF60.
Catering Permits- Vice-Chairman Midkiff moved to approve four (4) catering permits for 3 Sisters Truck Stop to sell alcoholic beverages at the Alumni Banquet being held June 26, 2021, and at the Legend of Rawhide Pageant being held July 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2021. Commissioner Griffith seconded, motion carried.
As a result of a different vendor having been chosen and at the request of Craig Christianson, Commissioner Griffith moved to revoke the catering permit issued to Sprits on May 18, 2021, for the June 19th Christianson wedding reception and issue a 24-hour catering permit to Open Barrel Brewing of Goshen County for the reception on June 19, 2021. Vice-Chairman Midkiff seconded, motion carried.
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 May 18, 2021 meeting and receipts for May from the County Clerk for $4,202.15 and from the Clerk of Court for $536.00.
Payroll and the following vouchers were approved for payment:
7383.93 Aflac Insurance; 229.41 Alsco; 111.22 Anne Wasserburger; 73.25 Ashley Clark; 381.95 Barnes Law, LLC.; 29.39 Becky Blackburn; 60.48 Becky L. Freeman; 89.02 Benzel Pest Control, Inc.; 331.13 Black Hills Chemical & Janitorial; 1077.20 Black Hills Energy; 17616.00 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming; 24.53 Canon Financial Services, Inc.; 1418.75 Century Link; 87.81 Century Link Business Services; 110.00 Colby K. Sturgeon; 300.00 Connecting Point Computer Centers; 100.00 Cory Wilcox; 3.59 Decker's Market; 1143.30 Delta Dental of Wyoming; 1000.00 Dennis C. Meier; 4196.16 Dept. Of Health; 1000.00 Double A Properties, LLC.; 2026.31 Edge Networks; 3513.30 Equature; 16774.25 Falen Law Offices, LLC.; 853.84 Fusion Cloud Services, LLC.; 1300.00 Geographic Innovations; 524.99 Goshen County Court; 18740.00 Great-West Trust Company, LLC.; 150.00 Harris Govern Ft. Collins User Group Inc; 765.42 Hiway Brake & Alignment; 6800.00 Jameson Cleaning & Maintenance, LLC.; 34922.04 JW Services, LLC.; 135.03 Katie Krein; 136.64 Kellie Chichester; 130.00 Ken Brown; 116.48 Keri Thompson; 1880.40 Lusk Herald; 1778.00 MasterCard; 6700.00 Mountain Diversified Services, LLC.; 819.00 New Jersey Family Support Payment Center; 14714.66 Niobrara County Hospital District; 1725.00 Niobrara County Library; 534.69 Niobrara County Public Health; 51.10 Niobrara Electric Association; 30.44 Rawhide Drug Company; 1282.14 Schindler Elevator Corporation; 650.77 The Master's Touch, LLC.; 159.14 Thomson Reuters-West; 100294.49 Timberline Services, Inc.; 2218.79 Town Of Lusk; 4500.00 Traci Bruegger; 3729.21 Tyler Technologies; 6205.50 UW Extension; 408.55 Valley Motor Supply;
320.44 Verizon Wireless; 433.90 Vision Service Plan - (Wy); 530.34 Visionary Broadband; 211.50 WEBT; 2469.47 Westco; 2303.17 Whitaker Oil; 202.00 WY Department of Workforce Services; 68.00 WY Dept. of Health Public Health Lab; 36100.21 Wyoming Machinery Company; 200.00 Wyoming Network, Inc.; 130.20 Xerox Corporation;
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE: 314306.53
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
NIOBRARA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Patrick Wade, Chairman
Becky L. Freeman, County Clerk
Public Notice No. 5639. Published in The Lusk Herald on June 23, 2021