First reading 25 mph ordinance for all of Lusk

Brandie Collins
Posted 5/16/24

The Town of Lusk held their monthly meeting on May 8. There were several town ordinances, an approval of a liquor license renewal, an approval of land leases and the sale of an old fire truck.

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First reading 25 mph ordinance for all of Lusk

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The Town of Lusk held their monthly meeting on May 8. There were several town ordinances, an approval of a liquor license renewal, an approval of land leases and the sale of an old fire truck.

One of the town ordinances that underwent its first reading by Mayor Doug Lytle was an amendment to the existing ordinance 7-15-100, which pertains to the speed limits within the town of Lusk. The amendment will change the maximum speed limit of 30 mph to 25 mph unless otherwise posted.  This was the first reading of this ordinance. The amendment was recommended by Lusk Police Department (LPD) because of the high traffic through town. According to Lytle, he had met with the LPD and Director of Public Works Todd Skrukrud to discuss the proposed speed limit reduction. Signs with the new speed limit will be posted. This was approved by the council.

The council had their second reading of the town fiscal year budget for 2024-2025. Department request, Revenues: $24,507,560 with the expenditures: $24,498,205.67 and a difference of $9,345.33. This was approved by the council. By the third reading, the town will have to have a balance of zero.

Mayor Lytle signed a proclamation declaring May 5 to May11 as Municipal Clerks Week. The council and Lytle thanked both Town Clerk/Treasurer Desi LeLeux and Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Taylor Willis for their service.

Department updates began with Lusk-Niobrara Ambulance Service Director Mike Mayville, who stated that it had been a very slow month for the Emergency Medical Service (EMS). There were 17 patient contacts and four transports. Mayville said that the month of May has witnessed a slight uptick in action. Mayville said that there were two more donations that were made for the ambulance fund. The Sportsmen’s Club donated $250 and Linda Frye contributed $500 in the memory of her father, Tom.

Trevor Barner reported that the pro shop renovations have been completed at the Lusk Municipal Golf Course. Barner said that they would be tackling the men’s bathroom to fix something that hasn’t worked in over 20 years. Barner stated that the golf course’s water had been turned on with no major leaks. Mowing will be delayed for a few more days to allow the course to dry a little longer.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Desi LeLeux reported that her department is starting an auditing process. They are also working on the budget. She will be meeting with the department’s IT person to discuss cyber security. The Town of Lusk is required by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to have a reserve account for the water and sewer maintenance. She did receive a quote from Lusk State Bank for a business checking account with a 4.75-percent interest rate for one year.

Public Works Director Todd Skrukrud reported that his department will be doing some patching on the streets. The cemetery crews are preparing for Memorial Day. The Phase II sewer project is now complete and preparations are being made for the next phase on Popular and 7th and 8th streets. These will not begin until after school is out. The painting of the pool at Tiger Plunge is delayed until the Fall because of the weather.

The council listened to a presentation given by Luc Delavoye and Josh Casperson of TextMyGov Company. They proposed an app that would text community members about various events in Lusk. For example, texts would automatically go to people about road closures, special projects or meetings and so on. The proposal would cost $3,000 annually for a two-year contract. The council will make their decision about this at a later date. The council discussed the possibility of examining other providers of similar services.

The Pizza Place Liquor License renewal was approved. The limited liquor license for the Niobrara County Country Club was approved. Niobrara County will clean the restrooms during the golf season. This arrangement was negotiated between the Clubhouse and Country Club.

The Lusk Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) has named Chantry Filiner as the Fire Chief again. The council approved this appointment.

The council approved the sale of LVFD fire truck to Travis Smith. He had made a bid in the amount of $7,250.

A new livestock permit was approved for Ashley Clark to have chickens and goats.

A Pasture Lease Renewal for Josh Keller was approved by the council. The lease pertains to approximately 80 acres in conjunction with the Sewer/Lagoon Cells. An “L” shaped parcel adjoins the lagoon cells.

A Land lease Renewal for the Predator Control Board at the airport land for a hangar and storage was approved.

The next Town of Lusk meeting will be held on June 4 at 5 p.m. at town hall.