Public Notice No. 5705


MINUTES OF THE REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING

TOWN OF LUSK

JANUARY 4, 2022 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 January 4, 2022.

Council Members Present: Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Dean Nelson, Becky

        Blackburn, Chantry Filener, and Tom Dooper 

Also Present: Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer

Desirae Matthews-LeLeux, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer 

Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works 

Attorney Dennis Meier

Chief Bo Krein

MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

Dennis Meier led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, to approve the agenda, second by COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN. MOTION CARRIED. 

VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT

AFLAC Payroll Deduction $1,147.08

Allbright’s True Value Supplies $480.85

ALSCO/American Linen Mat Rental $253.14

AVI PC Engineering Inc. Engineering Fees $67,183.38

Baker & Associates Inc. Groundwater Monitoring Fees $1,800.00

BankCard Center 0344 Supplies/Subscriptions/Postage $320.35

BankCard Center 1952 Annual Fee $35.00

BankCard Center 1960 Annual Fee $35.00

BankCard Center 2477 Electric Dept. Parts & Supplies/Annual Fee $304.29

BankCard Center 4359 Supplies/Postage $78.72

Black Hills Energy Gas Service $1,615.22

Bloomers, LLC Public Relations Misc. $59.95

Boldon Diesel Services Water Dept. Equipment Repair $1,979.70

Boldon Welding & Repair Services

Electric Dept. Vehicle Repair $8.84

Border State Industries Parts and Supplies $386.12

Caselle Inc. Office Support & Maintenance $4,850.00

CenturyLink Phones/Internet $1,368.13

CNM Plumbing & Heating, LLC

Camera Sewer Line/Infrastructure Project $350.00

Communication Technologies

Police Dept. Radios $51.50

Connecting Point Copier Lease $57.00

Dana Kepner Co. Water Parts & Supplies $50.00

Doyle J. Davies Municipal Judge $1,000.00

Delta Dental Plan Employee Paid Insurance $895.65

Driven Powersports and Marine

PD Fuel & Oil $103.93

Emergency Medical Products Inc.

Ambulance Supplies $304.26

Energy Labs. Inc. Water Samples $740.00

Forkner, Jocelyn Utility Deposit Refund $42.72

Franks Parks Company Parts/Supplies/Repairs $3,722.95

Great American Financial Services

Copier Lease $356.22

Great West Trust Co WRS 457 Plan Deferred $300.00

Hawkins, Inc. Chemicals $1,317.33

Heartland Embroidery Police Dept. Uniforms $375.00

Hiway Brake & alignment Police Dept. Vehicle Repairs $105.00

Hotel Laminates Golf Course Misc. $300.00

Hubbard, Jason & Andie Reimbursement Football Equipment $50.00

Ideal Linen/Bluffs Supplies $75.98

Interstate Batteries Vehicle Repairs/Parts & Supplies $394.85

Jergenson, Doug Monthly Wage Animal Control $1,400.00

Lumen Phone, Long Distance $20.90

Lusk Herald Legal Advertising/Directory/Ad. $2,103.13

Lusk Lodging Tax Board Tax Distribution $5,531.26

Lytle, Doug & Kayte Reimbursement Football Equipment $50.00

Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. Ambulance Supplies $99.28

Meier Building Rent $800.00

Meier Law Office Monthly Retainer $3,000.00

Newman Traffic Signs Street Signs $118.63

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/Parts & Supplies $58.42

Northwest Pipe Fittings of Rapid City

Parts and Supplies $109.28

Oftedal Construction Inc. Phase I Payment #5 $411,557.74

One-Call of Wyoming Tickets $12.75

Owren, Jay Reimbursement PD Fees $10.00

Pitney Bowes Global Financial

Leasing Charges $163.53

Print Express Office Supplies $382.77

Ranchers Feed & Supply Parts & Supplies $60.80

Stream, Tyler Reimbursement Fuel $60.37

TDS Trash Collection Tipping Fees Transfer Station $4,973.27

Titan Machinery – Rapid City

Water Dept. Equipment Repair $164.70

Torrington Office Supplies

Office/Shop Supplies $492.43

Underground Enterprises Transfer Station Haul $1,800.00

USA Blue Book Emergency Medical New Equipment $113.93

Valley Motor Supply Parts/Supplies/Vehicle Repair $178.77

Visionary Communications Inc.

Internet Service $200.16

WAM Winter Conference Fees $430.00

W.E.B.T. Employee Life Insurance $69.75

W.M.P.A Electrical Power Purchase $92,675.62

Westco Golf Course Fuel & Oil $481.35

Whitaker Oil, Inc Fuel & Oil $3,882.93

WY Dept. of Environmental Quality

Tank Registration Fees $200.00

WY Dept. of Revenue WY Sales Tax $5,627.63

WY Dept. of Workforce Services

Worker’s Compensation $3,170.41

WY Machinery Corp Snow Removal $1,181.28

Wyoming Office State Lands & Investments

Loan Payment DW219 $6,750.49

Wyoming Retirement Government Contribution $24,249.61

Total Vouchers $671,418.35

MANUAL CHECKS December 2021

Clerk of District Court Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $348.56

WY Child Support Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $184.61

Angry Irishman BBQ, LLC

Public Relations $1,427.00

Stuart Coxhead Per Diem/Training $38.00

Jeremiah Fink Per Diem/Training $38.00

Pete Kruse Per Diem $19.00

Royce Thompson Per Diem $19.00

Clerk of District Court Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $348.56

WY Child Support Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $184.61

Postmaster Utility Billing $260.14

Clerk of Circuit Court Niobrara County

Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $301.71

WY Child Support Garnishment, Writ of Assignment $184.61

Total $3,353.80

COUNCIL MEMBER FILENER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the list of vouchers as presented. MOTION CARRIED.

COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON 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 BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER FILENER, to approve the minutes of the regular Council meeting on December 7, 2021. MOTION CARRIED.

Department Updates: 

Chief Krein gave the Council information on stats from 2020 and 2021 and the incidents for December. The police department is looking into updating their internet service.

Linda reported on the zoom meeting held Wednesday December 29th with Brenda Allen and Lorraine Werner from USDA, Bruce Perryman AVI Engineer, Todd, Linda and Desi. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss funding from USDA RD Apply for Phase II of the infrastructure project. The Town is requesting $1,000,000.00 in construction money for Phase II. Linda will be contacting lenders for interim financing for USDA and Barbara Bonds for bonding on Phase I of the infrastructure project. We have submitted RD Apply USDA funding for Phase II. Sheila Youngquist is the Part-Time Utility Billing Clerk and Courtney Rowley is temporarily helping in the office before she goes back to college. 

Todd Skrukrud Director of Public Works informed the Council that the contractors on the infrastructure project are scheduled to begin work again on January 10th. On January 14th,Todd and Daniel Bebo AVI Engineer will be meeting with the school to discuss the infrastructure project. The department heads are going through the 50% plans for Phase II and bids are scheduled to go out sometime in February or March. We are having issues with water pumps and Todd is addressing this with D.C. Drilling. There was a discussion on the funding for the remainder of the infrastructure project and to keep USDA involved in the construction portion.

New Business:

COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Shawn Leimser as Lusk Volunteer Fire Department Chief. MOTION CARRIED.

COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Resolution No. 22-1, A Resolution Designating a Depository of the Funds of the Town of Lusk, Wyoming, A Municipal Corporation Existing Under and by Virtue of the Laws of the State of Wyoming. Town of Lusk funds are deposited in Lusk State Bank, Bank of the West, and Wyoming Government Investment Fund. MOTION CARRIED.

COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve Livestock Permit Renewal for Robyn Jefcoat, 408 S. Diamond for hens (layers). MOTION CARRIED. 

COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve the Airport and Business Park Haying Contract with Louis Hammer for the 2022 season. MOTION CARRIED.

COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER FILENER, to approve the Golf Course “Pro-Shop” Management Contract with Dennis Green. Council Member Dooper asked about people paying green fees after the season is over and how this is being collected. Todd stated that there is no collection of fees. MOTION CARRIED.

Mayor Lytle presented the Council an amendment to an Ordinance for food service for minors in bars. Mayor Lytle stated that he does not feel that it was his job to “police” other people’s children. There will be a work session on Friday January 14th, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Town Hall to discuss changes or have comments on the ordinance. This work session is open to the public and interested citizens are urged to attend. 

COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON AND DOOPER, to approve Ordinance No. 8-15-150, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-15-150 at Paragraph (F) to Allow Food Services for Minors in Retail Liquor Establishments by Permit. 

Katie Krein, Niobrara Prevention Coalition Coordinator was present and asked questions about the bar atmosphere, smoking and other concerns. Owners and bartenders will be required to go through TIPS training. Chief Krein stated that they would like to know who has the liability if this ordinance is violated. This will be discussed at the work session. MOTION CARRIED. Attorney Meier commented on what he put in the ordinance.

The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday February 1, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 

There being no further business to come before the Council, the meeting was adjourned 

at 5:45 p.m.

Douglas E. Lytle, Mayor 

ATTEST:

Linda M. Frye, Clerk/Treasurer

Public Notice No. 5705. Published in The Lusk Herald on January 12, 2022.

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