Public Notice No. 5468


JULY 7, 2020
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 July 7, 2020.
Council Members Present:     Mayor Doug Lytle, Council Members Becky Blackburn, Calvin Carstensen, Tom Dooper, and Dean Nelson             
Also Present:            Linda Frye, Clerk/Treasurer
                Cassandra Matney, Deputy Clerk
                Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
                Dennis Meier, Town Attorney
                Chief of Police Bo Krein
                Officer Jacob Gordon
                Officer Jeremiah Fink
                MacKenzie Lyons, Assistant Manager Pool
                Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent
                James Santistevan, Cemetary/Parks, Emergency Management
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order.
Linda Frye led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.    
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT                                
AFLAC                    Payroll Deduction            $599.78
Allbright’s True Value        Supplies/Equipment Repair/Maintenance    $1,761.72
ALSCO/American Linen            Mat Rental                $188.13
GovOffice LLC                Email                     $50.00
BankCard Center                Postage/Supplies/Office Support/
Training/ Equipment/Misc.        $1,411.74
Blue Line Custom Vinyl            Vehicle Repair            $500.00
Body Builders Body Shop            Streets Equipment Repair        $95.00
Boldon Welding & Repair Service        Shop Supplies                $38.28
Brian Brooks                    Utility Deposit Refund        $85.31
CNA Surety                    Bond, Cassandra Matney        $350.00
Caselle                        Office Support                $2,200.00
Century Link Business            Long Distance Phone            $25.17
Children’s Advocacy Project            Operating Expenses            $1,000.00
City of Douglas                Police Dept. New Equipment        $200.00
Collection Professionals            Percentage of Collections        $30.03
Connecting Point                Copier Lease                $86.00
Cushman, Barbara                Lifeguard Training            $800.00
D.C. Drilling                    Golf Course Irrigation Repairs    $1,430.64
Doyle J. Davies                Municipal Judge            $1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center                Supplies                $346.81
Delta Dental Plan                Employee Paid Insurance        $757.70
Energy Laboratories                Landfill Well Monitoring        $3,282.00
Geographic Innovations            Cemetery Parcel Viewer Update    $150.00
Gordon, Jacob                    Reimbursement            $197.97
Granite Peak Pump Serv.            Irrigation Repairs            $3,715.01
Great American Financial Svcs.        Copier Lease                $311.00
Great West Trust Co                 WRS 457 Plan Deferred        $200.00
Hawkins, Inc.                Pool Operations & Maintenance/Chlorine    $4,462.77
Frank Parts Company                Parts/Equipment Repair/Supplies    $1,472.76
Herren Bros. True Value            Supplies/Building Maintenance    $587.00
Heth, Heather                    Rec. Dept. Reimbursement        $10.00
Homax                        Aviation Fuel Purchase        $2,731.29
Ideal Linen/Bluffs                Supplies                $75.98
Jergenson, Doug                Monthly Wage Animal Control    $900.00
John Deere Financial                Golf Course New Equipment        $619.37

Meier Building                Monthly P.D. Rent            $800.00
Black Hills Energy                Gas Supply                $1,722.46
Krein, Bo                    Reimbursement            $28.74
Border State Industries            Parts/Supplies/Line Upgrade        $3,998.34
Kurtzer’s                    Cemetery Parts/Supplies        $92.88
Local Govt. Liability                Insurance Renewal            $12,212.00
Lusk Herald                    Legal Advertising/Public Relations    $3,854.67
Lusk Lodging Tax                 Tax Distribution            $4,939.00
Marc                        Shop Supplies                $404.69
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.            Ambulance Supplies            $351.26
M.C. Schaff & Assoc.                Airport Improvement            $6,386.00
MBKEM Enterprise                Equipment Repair            $166.00
Meier Law Office                Monthly Retainer            $3,000.00
MES-Rocky Mountains            Fire Truck Testing             $1,585.42
Midland Implement                Irrigation Repairs            $345.84
Newman Traffic Signs            Street Signs                $117.45
Niobrara County Weed & Pest        Chemicals and Spraying Supplies    $424.20
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce        Promotion                $187.50
Niobrara County Library            Internet Service            $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer             Communications Contract        $6,301.50
Nio. Electric Assoc.                Landfill Utilities/Line Upgrade    $439.90
Normont Equipment                Equipment Repairs            $3,791.71
Northwest Pipe Fittings            Golf Course Irrigation            $120.04
One-Call                    Ticket Payment            $5.25
Whitaker Oil, Inc.                Fuel & Oil                $3,440.80
Pitney Bowes Global Financial        Leasing                 $219.90
Century Link                    Phones/Internet            $1,404.22
R&R Products, Inc.                Golf Course Misc./Supplies        $1,076.59
Ranchers Feed                    Supplies/Uniforms/Equipment    $873.35
Riter, Gwen                    Utility Deposit Refund        $80.89
Simplot Partners                Golf Course Fertilizer            $3,295.00
Spic and Span Cleaners            Streets Oil & Chips            $10,639.25
Straight Shot Striping                Street Paint                $2,866.00
Stryker                        Ambulance New Equipment        $139.40
TDS Trash Collection                Tipping Fees                $11,280.41
Underground Enterprises            Transfer Station Hauling Fee        $1,500.00
USA Blue Book                Sewer Supplies            $245.80
Valley Motor Supply                Equipment Repair            $180.61
Visionary Communications            Fire Dept. Internet            $92.74
Verizon Wireless            PD, Ambulance & Mayor Cell Phone        $441.90
WAM                        2021 Membership Dues        $2,015.51
WAMCAT                Municipal Clerks & Treasurer Membership    $65.00
W.A.R.M. Property Ins.            Property Insurance            $23,631.25
W.E.B.T.                    Employee Life Insurance        $72.25
W.M.P.A.                    Electrical Power Purchase        $97,494.65
WAM/WCCA                    Loan Repayment            $1,611.55
Ward Electric                    Electric Line Upgrade            $35,000.00
Warne Chemical & Equipment    Equipment Repair & Sewer Weed Control    $2,178.92
Waterloo Tent & Tarp                Pool New Equipment            $1,048.22
Westco                        Fuel & Oil                $890.50
Western Medical Management        Ambulance Billing/Access Fee    $426.55
Wyoming Dept. of Revenue            Wyoming Sales Tax            $4,805.13
Wyoming Dept. of Transportation        Outdoor Advertising            $30.00
Wyoming Retirement                Government Contribution        $15,085.18
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services    Employee Worker’s Compensation    $2,661.94
Total Vouchers $307,989.82        
June 2020    
Clerk of Circuit Court                Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $300.67
Wyoming Child Support            Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $207.69
AFLAC                    Payroll Deductions            $599.78
Children’s’ Advocacy Program        Operating Expenses    $        1,500.00
Royce Thompson                Per Diem, Safety Meeting in Lingle    $19.00
Pete Kruse                    Per Diem, Safety Meeting in Lingle    $19.00
Body Builders Body Shop        Streets & Sanitation Vehicle Repairs        $1,051.02
Cassandra Matney            Mileage, WY Community Gas Meeting    $54.17
Clerk of Circuit Court                Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $288.91
Wyoming Child Support            Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $207.69
Postmaster                    Utility Billing                $230.85
Brown Company                Cemetery/Parks New Equipment    $2,725.00
Fort Collins Protection
Dogs & Training            Canine Loki/Officer Gordon Training    $10,000.00
Total $17,203.78
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the Treasurer’s report that includes the financial condition and manual checks. MOTION CARRIED. The Treasurer’s report will be filed for audit.
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held June 2, 2020. MOTION CARRIED.
Larry Halligan asked the Council for approval for children with a parent during kitchen hours in the bar. He would also like clarity of the Town law. Attorney Meier explained the State Statute. The dispensing area is the whole building according to State Law. Mayor Lytle stated that Town ordinance states no minors in the dispensing room. If the Ordinance is changed it needs to go through three readings and a public meeting. It was requested that Mr. Halligan present a proposal to the Council with a drawing of the area and Council will decide whether or not to direct Attorney Meier to change the existing ordinance.
Joseph Bleming approached the Council on a zoning change for his property on 727 S. Linn Street. Mr. Bleming would like to change the zoning from Residential to Industrial. The reason for the change is to have a storage and salvage yard to store vehicles that he has towed. He would build a fence around the property for privacy. Mayor Lytle stated that the Council is the zoning board at this time. The property would have to be Limited Industrial or Industrial. Attorney Meier read the ordinance pertaining to how to proceed with a zoning change. Letters need to be sent to neighbors in 140 feet and adjacent property owners, a public hearing held and the hearing published in the newspaper at least seven days prior to the hearing. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to nominate Todd Skrukrud with the help of Linda Frye to assist on the zoning change. Mr. Bleming will work with Todd and Linda on the specifics and he will be required to reimburse the Town for costs.
Department Updates:
MacKenzie Lyons gave an update on the pool numbers, which are up this year. The lifeguards are doing trainings on a regular basis. Swimming lessons will be starting next week for the second session.
Sean Duffy reported on the golf course conditions. He stated that the pump for the irrigation has a tendency to shut off at night due to not enough pressure. He suggested a pond with a pump which would fill the pond during the day and drain it at night. Todd will have Curtiss Christianson check the pump and get his opinion.
James Santistevan stated that there was vandalism at Washington Park over the 4th of July weekend and the cameras at the Park quit working. There is not enough power to run the cameras, so the electric service needs to be rebuilt. For Emergency Management James will call a meeting to get the second half of THIRA done before the first of October.
Chief Krein gave information on the incidents for the month of June, which is slightly down from last month, but up from last year. There have been issues with bees, metal detecting in the parks, and concerns with dogs at the Golf Course. Mayor Lytle stated that the Golf Course is in Town Limits and people should adhere to the Lease Law Ordinance. The Ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash. Wyoming State Statute states that bees are considered livestock and should be registered with the Ag Department. The issue with the bees, owners should apply for a livestock permit and have permission from their neighbors. The Cemetery has an ordinance that no person is allowed to do any digging, weeding or mowing except for Town personnel. James suggested that this may be extended to the parks. Chief Krein stated that he could look into these issues and give information on ordinance changes.
Linda reported that the Auditors will be here starting August 24th for about three days. We have advertised for a part-time Utility Billing Clerk and have received 9 applications. There will be a public meeting on Thursday July 30th, at 6:00 p.m. to give the public information on the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan that the Town of Lusk is applying for.
Todd gave information on the electric and streets departments. He received the WYDOT agreement today and gave it to Attorney Meier to review. He is still working with DEQ on the permit for the transfer station. At the cemetery, there is some question on who owns Flanders Field. The American Legion would like to have improvements done to the walkway and have received an estimate from Will Boldon. They may ask the Town for help in funding the project. Mayor Lytle asked about the pump station motors. They have the back up in place and have ordered a new pump with a cost of $11,000.00.
Attorney Meier asked for clarification on metal detecting, bees as livestock and revising the dispensing area of a bar. Mayor Lytle instructed Mr. Meier to make the changes in the ordinances and bring them before the Council for approval.
Old Business:
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER SECOND, to approve Ordinance No. 11-20-740, an Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-20-740, as Amended, Establishing Water Usage Rates on third reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve Ordinance No. 11-15-410, an Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-15-410, Which Establishes Amended Sewer Rates to Consumers Utilizing the Sewer System of the Town of Lusk on third reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve Ordinance No. 11-5-200, an Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 11-5-200, as Amended, Establishing Garbage and Refuse Collection Rates and Creating a New and Separate Category for Recycling Rates on third reading. MOTION CARRIED.

COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON, to approve Resolution No. 20-12, A Resolution approving the proposition for imposition of a 1% Specific Purpose Excise Tax in Niobrara County, Wyoming, for the Purpose of Funding Specific Projects, Said Proposition to be Placed on the Ballot at the General Election to be Held in Niobrara County on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The Niobrara County Commissioners approved to have it on the ballot at the General Election. Mayor Lytle read the numbers that each Town is asking for. MOTION CARRIED.
New Business:
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON presented to the Council a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City Decree” for the Town of Lusk. COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, to approve the “Second Amendment Sanctuary City Decree” for the Town of Lusk. The motion died for a lack of a second.
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve Resolution No. 20-11, A Resolution Authorizing Transfers in the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget to Comply with Wyoming State Statue 16-4-108, Limitations on Expenditures or Encumbrances, Documentation of Expenditures; and Revenues Collected not Foreseen. MOTION CARRIED.
The Town received two bids for the property at 1003/1005 W. Eleventh Street Building located in the Lusk Business Park, one from Skeeter and Carla Shoults for $80,000.00 and one from R&T Partnership for $70,000.00. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to accept the bid from Skeeter and Carla Shoults in the amount of $80,000.00. Mayor Lytle, Council Members Blackburn, Carstensen, and Dooper voted aye, Council Member Nelson voted nay. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the Temporary Open Container Permit for Kathy Coon for a Church Picnic at Washington Park on July 9th. Mayor Lytle, Council Members Blackburn, Nelson and Dooper voted aye, Council Member Carstensen voted nay. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL BLACKBURN, to approve the Temporary Open Container Permit of Rec. Adult Softball at Northside Park requested by Danny Matney on Monday nights from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for July and August. MOTION CARRIED.
Linda gave information to the Council on the Asset Management Plan Draft for the Cleaning Water State Revolving Fund Loan. The Town is seeking a loan to replace sewer lines and this is part of the requirement. She will work with John Eddy and Todd on this. Mayor Lytle asked about the Capital Construction Loan. We will contact Bruce Perryman about the status of this application.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday August 4, 2020 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. 5468. Published in The Lusk Herald on July 15, 2020