Public Notice No. 5483


AUGUST 4, 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 August 4, 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
                Kimberly Harris, Utility Billing Clerk
                Todd Skrukrud, Director of Public Works
                Dennis Meier, Town Attorney
                Chief of Police Bo Krein
                Doug Jergenson, Animal Control
                Royce Thompson, Electric Superintendent/Airport Manager
                Barbara Cushman, Pool Manager
                MacKenzie Lyons, Assistant Manager Pool
                Sean Duffy, Golf Course Superintendent
                James Santistevan, Cemetery/Parks, Emergency Management
MAYOR LYTLE called the meeting to order.
Ed Tirado led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.    
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, to approve the agenda as amended with the addition of Ed Tirado under visitors, second by COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN. MOTION CARRIED.
VOUCHERS FOR PAYMENT                                
AFLAC                    Payroll Deduction            $899.67
Allbright’s True Value        Supplies/Equipment Repair/Maintenance    $2,519.22
ALSCO/American Linen            Mat Rental                $156.58
AVI PC Engineering                Infrastructure Engineering Fees    $1,061.45
GovOffice LLC                Website Hosting            $660.00
BankCard Center                Postage/Supplies/Office Support/
Training/ Equipment/Misc.        $3,027.91
Benzel Pest Control                Maintenance Washington Park    $173.60
Calabiese, Luigi                Utility Deposit Refund        $59.68
Century Link Business            Long Distance Phone            $25.54
C & H Tire                    Ambulance Vehicle Repair        $403.26
Doyle J. Davies                Municipal Judge            $1,000.00
Decker’s Food Center                Supplies                $41.41
Frye, Linda                    Reimb. Office Dues & Fees        $18.00
Delta Dental Plan                Employee Paid Insurance        $757.70
Farwest Line Specialties            Electric New Equipment        $152.61
Fairbanks Scales, Inc.                Sanitation Equipment Repair        $784.50
Falkena, Geoff                    Utility Deposit Refund        $27.70
Gordon,                     Jacob    Reimbursement, K-9 Loki    $52.99
Great American Financial Svcs.        Copier Lease                $211.00
Great West Trust Co                 WRS 457 Plan Deferred        $300.00
Rothenbuehler, Heidi                Office Support and Maintenance    $1,832.38
Hawkins, Inc.                    Pool Operations & Maintenance    $2,856.74
Frank Parts Company                Parts/Equipment Repair/Supplies    $2,103.04
Homax    Airport                 Fuel                    $2,048.47
Ideal Linen/Bluffs                Supplies                $132.99
Jergenson, Doug                Monthly Wage Animal Control    $900.00

Jirdon Agri Chemicals            Cemetery/Parks Seed and Sod    $589.10
John Deere Financial                Golf Course New Equipment        $619.37
Meier Building                Monthly P.D. Rent            $800.00
Black Hills Energy                Gas Supply                $1,448.38
Border State Industries            Parts/Supplies/Line Upgrade        $493.23
Kurtzer’s                    Cemetery/Parks Equipment Repair    $261.12
Lund, Greg                    Utility Deposit Refund        $49.83
Lusk Appliance                Office Maintenance            $120.00
Lusk Herald                    Legal Advertising/Public Relations    $3,203.38
Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.            Ambulance Supplies            $99.28
Meier Law Office                Monthly Retainer            $3,000.00
Midland Implement                Irrigation/Equipment Repairs        $4,754.12
Newman Traffic Signs            Street Signs                $514.67
Niobrara Chamber of Commerce        Promotion                $187.50
Niobrara Conservation            Park Trees                $585.00
Niobrara County Library            Internet Service            $250.00
Niobrara County Treasurer             Communications Contract/
Mapping Expense            $7,476.75
Nio. Electric Assoc.                Landfill Utilities/Line Upgrade    $7,402.84
Normont Equipment                Sweeper Parts                $790.48
Northwest Pipe Fittings            Golf Course Irrigation Repairs    $103.04
One-Call                    Ticket Payment            $60.90
Whitaker Oil, Inc.                Fuel & Oil                $3,562.08
Panhandle GeoTechnical            Airport SPCC Plan            $1,600.00
Pitney Bowes Purchase Power        Postage                $520.99
Print Express                    Office Supplies            $313.54
Century Link                    Phones/Internet            $1,392.82
R&R Products, Inc.            Golf Course Equipment Repair/Supplies    $803.03
Rawhide Drug Co.                Pool Supplies                $28.88
Relentless LLC                Police Dept. Training            $599.00
Rose Brothers Inc.                Cemetery Equipment Repair        $207.02
Sanitation Products                Parts & supplies            $1,246.43
Savin, Joelene                    Utility Refund                $69.39
Simplot Partners                Golf Course Chemicals        $930.00
Spring Castle Veterinary Dentistry        K-9                     $2,124.47
Stryker    Ambulance                 New Equipment            $751.22
Stream, Tyler                    Reimbursement Dues & Fees        $40.00
Sun Ridge Systems                RIMS                    $7,152.00
TDS Trash Collection                Tipping Fees                $4,844.01
Torrington Office Supply            Supplies                $259.98
Underground Enterprises            Transfer Station Hauling Fee        $1,875.00
Visionary Communications        Fire Dept. Internet/Ambulance Internet    $731.26
Verizon Wireless            PD, Ambulance & Mayor Cell Phone        $447.11
W.E.B.T.                    Employee Life Insurance        $72.25
W.M.P.A.                    Electrical Power Purchase        $107,356.75
Western Medical Management        Ambulance Billing/Access Fee    $590.17
WESCO Receivables                Electrical Line Upgrade        $240.00
Wyoming Dept. of Revenue            Wyoming Sales Tax            $5,840.22
WY Public Health                Quarterly Water Samples        $32.00
Wyoming Retirement                Government Contribution        $23,539.33
Wyoming Dept. of Workforce Services    Employee Worker’s Compensation    $3,549.54
Total Vouchers $225,733.92        
MANUAL CHECKS     July 2020    
Clerk of Circuit Court                Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $288.91
Wyoming Child Support            Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $207.69
Clerk of Circuit Court                Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $237.98
Justin Lashmett            Refund for overpayment on garnishment    $50.93
Postmaster                    Utility Billing                $235.41
Wyoming Child Support            Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $207.69
Pete Kruse                Mileage/Per Diem Denver PCB Conference    $485.08
Wyoming Child Support            Garnishment, Writ of Wages        $207.69
Niobrara County Clerk             Filing Fee                $63.00
Total    $1,984.38
COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER 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 BLACKBURN MOVED, COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN SECOND, to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting held July 7, 2020. MOTION CARRIED.
Larry Halligan proposed to the Council to allow children in the bar for the purpose of eating when the kitchen is open and serving. Mayor Lytle stated that Mr. Halligan’s drawing shows a non-smoking area and asked about smoke in the bar and how to keep it from traveling. Mr. Halligan stated that he has a hepa-filter system. The hours for minors would be from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. with an adult over 21 years of age. Mr. Halligan stated that he would expect customers with children to be in the area no longer than 1 to 1½ hours. Mayor Lytle gave information on a Bar and Grill License. Mr. Halligan stated if he gave up his retail liquor license another bar could come into Town. Mayor Lytle voiced his concerns over the number of calls that have been made for assistance at the Silver Dollar. Mayor Lytle also stated that if the ordinance is changed, any bar could say they are serving food and it opens up minors in all bars. There was no motion to amend the ordinance to allow minors in the bars.
Ed Tirado addressed the Council on the Veterans Memorial at the Cemetery. It is in need of repair and a committee has been formed to address this issue. There is a short-term plan and a long-term plan. Mr. Tirado gave an update on the plans the VFW has to make repairs and would like the Council’s blessing. There is some confusion on who owns the memorial. The Council is in favor of the VFW making repairs to the Memorial.
Department Updates:
MacKenzie Lyons gave an update on the pool numbers. They are planning a back to school splash for August 16th and will have more information for the public next week. The pool will not be staffed over the Labor Day weekend, they will be open on Friday and Monday and closed Saturday and Sunday.
Royce Thompson reported that Pete Kruse attended a PCB Compliance School. The PCB records were lost in the flood. There is a company that is going to get these records up to date. The department is working on an underground project in Frontier Addition.
Chief Krein gave information on the incidents for the month of July and on K-9 Loki. There has been reports of people putting items in dumpsters. Mayor Lytle asked what we could do to keep people from putting items in dumpsters that they do not own. There were suggestions on putting signs on the dumpster and/or putting it on the website that dumpsters are privately owned.
Kimberly Harris was introduced as the new part-time Utility Billing Clerk. Linda reported on the public meeting held Thursday July 30th to receive public comment on the applications to State Lands and Investments Board for Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Bruce Perryman from AVI gave a power point presentation and answered any questions. The Town has copies of the power point and a survey to be filled out by Town citizens.
Todd gave information on the request for a zoning change by Joseph Bleming. The Council will take public comment on the change at the start of the next Council meeting on Tuesday September 1st, 2020 starting at 5:00 p.m. Todd and Royce will do a walk through with WYDOT on top of the hill to check for electrical. Todd is still working on the DEQ permit and requested an extension to the August 8th deadline. There was a request to have the name of Ballengee Avenue consistent. Attorney Meier stated that the plat map has the street in front of the Hospital has Bel-Aire, and two different spellings for Ballengee/Ballancee Avenue. It was decided that Attorney Meier would do a resolution so it could be recorded at the Courthouse to have the name Ballancee Avenue from 8th Street to 10th Street. The Town received a letter from WYDOT that states that they are no longer giving snow removal money to the Town starting January 2021. The Town will have to come up with a plan to get emergency vehicles around. Mayor Lytle stated that come January it will be the states responsibility to plow and pick up snow on the main highways through Town. There are a lot of businesses that push snow out into the middle of the street which could be against state statute, and in the past the town picked it up. The businesses will probably not be able to do this come January 2021.
Old Business:
Mayor Lytle read Ordinance No. 6-20-100, An Ordinance Prohibiting Metal Detecting and Digging or Probing the Ground on Public Property within the Town of Lusk, Wyoming without a Permit, on first reading. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 6-20-100. There was a discussion on if it is a onetime permit, the depth of digging, and if they should contact one-call. Attorney Meier stated that this could be put in the permit. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER amended his motion to state no metal detecting and digging or probing at all. COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN second the motion. MOTION CARRIED. Mayor Lytle said that they should make a motion to accept on first reading as written and then amend on second reading. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER withdrew his motion. COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Ordinance No. 6-20-100 on first reading. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER NELSON MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Ordinance No. 8-15-150, An Ordinance Amending Existing Ordinance No. 8-15-150, Deleting the Works “Dispensing Room” and “Brewing Area” and Inserting the Words “Any Area of the Licensed Building Where Alcohol is Served and/or Consumed”, on first reading. Attorney Meier stated that he added “In the event the governing body of the Town of Lusk should grant an exception to this section, the same shall be by written permit which shall specify all terms and conditions to the permit”, so if the Council wants to allow minors in the area it can be done by permit. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve Ordinance No. 9-10-100, Forbidding Livestock within the Town of Lusk, Wyoming Without a Permit. Included in the listing, “Hived Bees” within the listing of livestock for which a permit is required, and to include registering “hived bees” with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture as a condition to receiving a permit, on first reading. Mayor Lytle abstained. MOTION CARRIED.
New Business:
There was a discussion on cashing a CD and putting it in a more accessible account, and possibly pay off the USDA loan. COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER CARSTENSEN, to approve the cashing of the CD at Bank of the West and pay the $154,197.39 on the USDA loan after August 11th. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN, to approve Resolution No. 20-13, A Resolution Authorizing and Directing the Mayor and Town Clerk of the Town of Lusk to Execute, on Behalf of the Town, that Certain “Communications/911/Dispatch Services Operations Agreement”. MOTION CARRIED.
COUNCIL MEMBER BLACKBURN MOVED, SECOND BY COUNCIL MEMBER DOOPER, to approve the reduced fees for the “Legend of the Rawhide” golf tournament of $15.00 per person. MOTION CARRIED.
Mayor Lytle gave his opinion for the Town of Lusk on enforcing the state orders for CoVid 19. It is too hard for the small businesses to survive during this time. He would like to let the department of health and county enforce the orders.
The next regular Council meeting will be Tuesday September 1, 2020 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. 5483. Published in The Lusk Herald on August 12, 2020.