Mayor reappoints Farmer Guernsey clerk, treasurer


GUERNSEY – The Town of Guernsey bi-monthly council members and those in attendance at the meeting witnessed the welcoming back of former clerk/treasurer Kate Farmer and the official swearing in with the oath of office. 

Farmer is returning to her former position as clerk/treasurer and at the same rate of pay and benefits that she had when she resigned her position earlier this year.

At a meeting where COVID-19 prompted town officials to adhere to stricter guidelines due to the pandemic, chairs in the council room were placed 6-feet apart to practice social distancing and due to a lack of space, there were a limited amount of people allowed into the meeting.

Besides Farmer being sworn in by Mayor Nick Paustian, other items on the agenda moved quickly and without incident.

Items of interest covered:

A one day open container permit was granted to First State Bank for an outdoor company function.

The police policy manual was completed and being distributed to members of the Guernsey police force to read and sign off on. Other than terminology being changed within the document to list the positions of officers rather than specific names, the document is being distributed this week.

Trail Ruts Golf & Camp rates will go up 20% as of July 1 to help pick up the slack and deficit caused by the recent coronavirus.

Because of a fire ban imposed by the county commissioners, fireworks are limited to within the incorporated area of Guernsey. Sale dates for purchasing fireworks are June 20 through July 4, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Discharge dates for fireworks are July 1 and 2 from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and July 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to midnight. Fireworks are permitted within the city limits excluding all parks, Larson Park Golf and Camp, Rodeo Grounds and Hub City.

Hub City will provide a slide in the park and will be providing their own treated water and sanitation.

Guernsey Economic and Tourism Development Corporation president, Craig Frederick has written a letter to Michael Engstrom of the BNSF Railway Company expressing his views on how the eliminating of railroad jobs will adversely affect the Town of Guernsey. He invites as many people as would to add signatures to his letter or write their own personal letters. For more information, please contact Craig Frederick.

Movies in the Park are featuring the following movies, June 26 – Detective Pikachu, July 10 – Playing with Fire, July 31 – The Peanut Butter Falcon, Aug. 14 – Sonic the Hedgehog. Movies will start at dusk and social distancing will be practiced.

 Concerts in the Park schedule features July 4 – Timberline, July 23 – Todd Dreemer Band, Aug. 10 – Party in the Park with beer, brats and music 7-10 p.m. 

The citywide garage sales will take place on Saturday, June 27, the Farmer’s Markets are planned for Thursdays starting July 30 and Duck Daze will be held August 22.

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