MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
TOWN OF LUSK
AUGUST 3, 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 August 3, 2021.
Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Becky Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson
Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Desirae Matthews-LeLeux, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
Attorney Dennis Meier
Chief of Police Bo Krein
Doug Jergenson, Animal Control Officer
Barbara Cushman, Pool Manager
Sean Duffy, Golf Course Supervisor
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, to approve the agenda, second by COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT
AFLAC Payroll Deduction $1,107.75
Allbright’s True Value Supplies $1,426.68
ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $195.35
American Red Cross Life Guard Training Certification $40.00
AVI PC Engineering Infrastructure Engineering Fee $21,544.32
Baker & Associates Inc. Groundwater Monitoring $1,800.00
BankCard Center 0344 Supplies/Subscriptions/
BankCard Center 1960 Ambulance Supplies $198.54
BankCard Center 4359 Supplies/Training/New Equipment $3,201.89
Black Hills Energy Gas Service $1,361.41
Boiler Combustion Specialist Pool Operation and Maintenance $300.00
Boldon Welding & Repair Services Streets and Cemetery Equipment Repair $26.04
Border State Industries Electric Line Upgrade $1,893.62
Caselle Inc. Office Support & Maintenance $1,100.00
CenturyLink Phones/Internet $1,380.29
Command Ballistics, Inc PD Ammunition $665.00
Connecting Point Copier Lease $571.43
Decker’s Food Center Supplies $123.92
Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $895.65
Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge/Supplies $1,203.50
Eaton Sales & Services Airport Parts & Supplies $551.91
Emergency Medical Products Inc. Ambulance Supplies $10.75
Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc. Streets Sealing Oil & Chips $9,364.64
Ferguson Waterworks Water Maintenance, Parts & Supplies $1,530.18
Foterra Pipe & Precast Lusk Phase 1 Infrastructure Supplies $25,552.72
Franks Parts Company Equip. Repair/Parts/Supplies/New Equipment $2,253.93
GasFire Services Electric & Airport Equipment Repair $1,368.00
GovOffice LLC Website Hosting $660.00
Great American Financial Services Copier Lease $337.00
Great West Trust Co WRS 457 Plan Deferred $300.00
Hawkins, Inc. Pool/Water Chemicals $4,197.77
Heartland Embroidery, Inc. Police Dept. Uniforms $181.86
HomeTown Printed Apparel Recreation Uniforms $1,032.00
Honnen Equipment Transfer Station Equipment $111.33
Ideal Linen/Bluffs Shop Supplies $45.99
Interstate Batteries Equipment Repair/Vehicle Repair $515.70
Jergenson, Doug Monthly Wage Animal Control $1,400.00
Kurtzer’s Parks Equipment Repair $258.07
Lumen Phone, Long Distance $23.66
Lusk Herald Legal Advertising/Directory/Calendar/Ad. $2,631.00
Lusk Housing Authority Utilities Refund $237.43
Lusk Lodging Tax Board Tax Distribution $4,141.19
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. Ambulance Supplies $96.85
Meier Building Rent $800.00
Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00
Midland Implement Co. New Equipment/Equipment/Irrigation Repairs $884.05
Municipal Emergency Services Fire Dept. New Equipment $1,981.04
Nio. County Weed & Pest Parks Fertilizer $60.70
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce Promotion $187.50
Niobrara County Library Internet Service $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer Communications Contract $6,301.50
Niobrara Electric Assoc. Utilities $40.39
Normont Equipment Streets Equipment Repair $125.24
Northwest Pipe Fittings of Rapid CityParks Building Maintenance $103.84
Northwest Pipe Fittings of ScottsbluffCemetery Irrigation $133.70
Patrone’s Landscaping Electric Line Upgrade $3,000.00
R&R Products, Inc. Golf Course Equipment $45.14
Ranchers Feed & Supply Parts & Supplies $62.84
Rock Solid SST Police Dept. New Equipment $666.85
Smith, Linda Utility Deposit Refund $166.19
Spic & Span Cleaners Streets Paint $745.00
Stream, Tyler Reimbursement NASRO Certification $40.00
TDS Trash Collection Tipping Fees Transfer Station $7,166.51
Titan Machinery - Rapid City Water Dept. Backhoe $114.00
Torrington Office Supplies Office Supplies $40.12
Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Haul $2,250.00
Valley Motor Supply Parts & Supplies $95.12
Visionary Communications Inc. Internet/Fire Dept./Ambulance $195.79
WAM Membership Dues $2,015.51
W.E.B.T. Employee Life Insurance $69.75
W.M.P.A. Electrical Power Purchase $113,545.66
WAM/WCCA Lease Payment, Shop $786.55
Warne Chemical Sewer Weed Control/Water Parts & Supplies $2,359.56
Whitaker Oil, Inc. Fuel & Oil $5,506.55
Winnelson Sewer Parts & Supplies $1,646.88
WY Dept. of Revenue Wyoming Sales Tax Payable $9,715.24
WY Dept. of Workforce Services Worker’s Compensation $2,422.32
WY First Aid and Safety Supply Parts and Supplies $563.72
WY Machinery Corp Streets Dept. Equipment Repair $224.53
WY Public Health Lab. Quarterly Water Samples $24.00
Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $23,789.00
Total Vouchers $287,807.61
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, 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 July 6, 2021. MOTION CARRIED.
Stacie McDonald representing Visionary Broadband has requested a franchise agreement with the Town of Lusk for fiber optics. Also joining the meeting by phone was Andrew Eubank Vice President of Broadband and Greg Wortham Special Contracts Engineer. Ms. McDonald explained the reason they are wanting a franchise agreement and that they have agreements with other Towns and Cities in Wyoming. Visionary has won a grant for funding to put fiber optics in the Town. Mr. Eubank explained that they received federal funding to help the Town with fiber optics and that they are in the design phase. Visionary is interested in use of poles, the pole load on them and getting them cleaned up. Visionary wants to come in at this time due to the Town working on the infrastructure project. Mr. Eubank stated that they have agreements with CenturyLink. Mayor Lytle will get Visionary in contact with Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer.
Ms. McDonald gave information on all the services that Visionary provides. Visionary would be putting in 10gig conduit to be ready for future use.
Barbara Cushman, Pool Manager reported that Alexandra Blackburn requested the use of the pool Thursday August 12th for the discovery group from Wyoming Child and Family. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve that Wyoming Child and Family be allowed to use the pool on Thursday August 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at no charge and have family night free swim. MOTION CARRIED. The pool will be closing at 4:30 p.m. this week because of the county fair. The pool’s last day to be open this season will be Friday September 3rd, due to the lack of staff.
Sean Duffy updated the Council on the golf course. He is getting the course ready for upcoming golf tournaments. The pump system is not working correctly and Todd will contact someone to look into this.
Linda Frye reported that the Town has received notification of the amount of money being received from the Wyoming Community Gas Project Designations in the amount of $5,698.81. The Council will bring their project suggestions to the next meeting. The Auditors will be in the office starting August 23rd and will be here 3 or 4 days. The Council was reminded of the State Lands and Investment Board zoom meeting on Thursday August 5th starting at 8:30 a.m. The Town has submitted applications for phase II of the infrastructure project and requested additional funds for the phase I street loan.
Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works reported on the street department working on dura-patching potholes, irrigation repairs are being made at the cemetery, well #9 has a sand issue, the crews are trimming trees in the alley and the crew has washed the overpass. The infrastructure project is moving forward and 5th street is scheduled to be wrapped up by September 1st.
The Council reviewed the engagement letters for revenue bonds required by USDA Rural Development for the infrastructure project from Rick Thompson and Barbara Bonds. Mayor Lytle stated that he would call Ms. Bonds on Thursday to ask for more information. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to allow the Mayor and Clerk to move forward with acquiring revenue bonds and go with what is best for the Town. MOTION CARRIED.
The list of golf tournaments requested are Niobrara Country Club Golf Championship August 28th & 29th, Niobrara County High School Golf Tournament August 20th and 21st, and Legend of the Rawhide Golf Tournament September 18th. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to do a consent agenda under New Business a., b., and c. and approve the golf tournaments listed. MOTION CARRIED.
The Silver Dollar Bar applied for a temporary open container permit for August 6th – 14th, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Council asked Mr. Starkey the specifics on the location. Mayor Lytle put under other information: South side of Silver Dollar Building (121 S. Main St.), will be partitioned with orange fence for travel to and from front to back of building. No Loitering.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Temporary Open Container Permit as amended under other information. Mayor Lytle, Council Members Nelson, Blackburn, and Dooper voted aye, Council Member Carstensen voted nay. MOTION CARRIED.
Luke McConnell and Carrie Olson applied for a livestock permit within the Town limits for chickens. One owner of property was missing and Todd stated that he had a call into them. Animal Control Officer Doug Jergenson stated that they have turkeys with the chickens and is requesting that they be required to put a top over the coop so the turkeys will not fly out. The Council tabled their decision until the Clerk can contact the person(s) applying for the permit.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Livestock Permit Renewal for Chris Trudeau. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER SECOND, to convene into executive session at 6:00 p.m. Council Member Carstensen opposed. MOTION CARRIED.
The Council reconvened into regular session at 6:25 p.m.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday September 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned
at 6:25 p.m.
Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor
Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 5667. Published in The Lusk Herald on September 8, 2021.