July 16, 2019
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Harris, CM Kelley, CM Augustyn
Excused: CM Whitworth
Absent: CM Kelley
Staff: K. Farmer, Chief VanDam, M. Montgomery, S. O’Donnell, M. Clevenger
Guests: Kit Armour, Dave Berg, Mark Borders, Craig Frederick, Renee Boomhower, Holly Montgomery
Mayor Paustian called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. The assembly joined in the Pledge of Allegiance and was welcomed to the meeting.
Agenda: CM Harris moved to approve the agenda, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes.
Minutes: CM Augustyn moved to approve the regular minutes for July 2, 2019, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes.
Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Augustyn moved to approve the Considerations of Claims in the amount of $189,372.90, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Ascent Aviation – 24601.66, Bluffs Sanitary Supply – 867.60, Caselle – 570.00, Cash-Wa Distributing – 208.00, Century Lumber – 222.00, CenturyLink – 1861.80, Chief Supply – 113.00, CPS Distributors – 337.19, Cramer – 1000.00, Crystal Ice – 210.00, Dominquez Plumbing – 135.00, Fired Up Rescue – 7500.00, Gene Davis – 39.85, Go Keyless – 159.20, Guernsey Petty Cash – 178.83, Guernsey Public Library – 6000.00, Guernsey Senior Center – 8000.00, Guernsey Super Foods – 37.88, Holtz – 70.00, Howe – 932.96, Instrument & Supply West – 1818.29, Landscaping Plus – 3150.00, Masek Golf Car – 6.25, Menards – 24.99, Mobius Communications – 4136.73, Offe – 66.80, On-Call of WY – 17.25, Peak Wellness – 3000.00, Pitney Bowes – 254.97, Project Safe – 3000.00, Public Health Division – 80.00, Respond Systems – 160.26, Roy’s Tree Service – 3450.00, Sam’s Club – 450.71, Simply Creative – 53.00, TDS – 462.00, Team Laboratory Chemical – 160.00, Torrington Beverage – 292.15, Tri-City Parks & Rec – 12000.00, VanDam – 91.16, Verizon Wireless – 405.70, Vistabeam – 575.37, WAM – 1474.91, Westco – 1438.30, Wheatland Automotive – 679.31, Wheatland REA – 36.81, Wy Food Bank of the Rockies – 3500.00, Wyo-Braska Irrigation & Supplies – 4.34, Wyoming Child & Family – 12000.00, WRS – 165.00, Wyrulec – 384.34, Payroll – 52245.37, Taxes & Benefits – 32218.83, Total Vouchers – $189,372.90.
Ordinance 2019-004 – Amendment to Ordinance 02-10-003, 1-2-2002, 2nd Reading: CM Harris moved to approve Ordinance 2019-004 – Amendment to Ordinance 02-10-003, 1-2-2002 on second reading, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes. Ordinance follows in title only:
Open Container Permit: CM Harris moved to approve the WYARNG 213th RTI Family Event at the Pool Park on August 10, 2019 from 9 am to 7 pm, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes.
Catering Permit: CM Harris moved to approve the catering permit for JWPerks during the Party in the Park on August 9, 2019, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes.
Swear in Police Officers: Misty Clevenger, Stephen O’Donnell, and Andrew Gilmore were sworn in by Mayor Paustian.
Public Comments: Kit Armour let the Council know about the Community Mixer and the pancake breakfast that will be going on in Wheatland. She handed the Chamber Newsletter around. Kit let the Council know that she is retiring from the Platte County Chamber of Commerce on November 1st. They have had some good applicants apply for the position. Craig Frederick with Guernsey Economic Development and Tourism Development Corporation. He thanked the council for their general support of Economic Development. Kate and Kellie have been very active and it has been very beneficial for both entities. Thank you for the support over July 4th from all of the departments at the Town. Craig is concerned about the street dance and how it was closed at the end of the evening. We need to consider all impacts when a decision is made. The loss of that last hour was crippling to the businesses and not being allowed to sell their package sales and cost them money. We don’t want to have bad publicity out there about the celebration and want to see it remedied. He felt like things were safe and it was a good street dance. Duck Daze will hold the 5K in the morning, the Duck race and now a Blue Grass Festival will be put on by Platte County Memorial Hospital Foundation at Hub City. The bands will start a 12 pm and play until 6 pm. They would like to have a beer garden, kid’s activities, corn hole tournament and other events. Mayor Paustian said that he thinks that Economic Development has been really on the ball and doesn’t think the community knows all that they do for the community. Wayne Perkins, owner of Ben’s Bar, he comes to get a permit every year with specific times and the last 3 years have been shut down early. The police spent more time in his bar more than he did. They were checking all ID’s and thought that allowing the kids in the street dance went very well. If fights are breaking out and kids are running wild, shut us down but that was not the case. It did cost both establishments money and he hasn’t ever seen a full street dance take place since he purchased his business. It’s ridiculous to keep doing this when they keep losing money. Hopefully things will change and get better. Maybe it will be better next year with a Friday evening dance. You can control so much and it wasn’t as good as it could be. Wayne has a retirement party August 10th for 3 railroaders and will have over 200 people in attendance. Wayne will be back on August 6th to discuss it more with the Council. Renee Boomhower with Kelley’s Bar and has worked 38 street dances. This is the worst street dance she has ever had in the 38 years she has been putting the street dance on. At the end of the evening she had a police officer shut her bar down and didn’t let her know, only talked to her employees. She let him know that she has a permit that allowed her to serve in the street and the bar until 2 am. She had people yelling at her and telling her that they will not be back for this event ever again. Police officers were parked for extended periods of time and it seemed like total overkill. She has always had a good relationship with the police and she thinks that it should have been handled differently. She doesn’t want to have another street dance again after this year. Dave Berg was taking money at the gate and he said it was very well organized. The red bands showed that they were minors and green bands showed of age adults. They carded people who were 30 years old. The lady that passed out during the dance, they sat her down by his chair and went to a Game Warden to ask if they could bring a car in to get the young lady home. The Game Warden said that was a great idea and they brought the car around and loaded her in and took her home. After the band shut down, he went into Kelley’s to help clean. There were people at each door carding. When they were shut down it was a little ridiculous and people were upset. Dave was asked to leave and he was an employee that evening and he feels sorry for the bar owners and thinks they lost out on additional sales from the evening.
Department Reports: Mike Montgomery reported that we are waiting on a report on the 3-phase metering. The 2” meter at the railroad has been fixed and they are working on the 6” and a new meter at Sticker Stadium. The street department has been working hard to fix potholes and painting has been being done. Mosquito spraying is in place and it has been a tough season with all the moisture. The brush pile by the pool has been an issue all summer with dumping of trash that is not accepted there. Kate placed an article in the paper and is working on getting cameras set up to monitor the area. It’s a good facility for the community and he doesn’t want to take it away. Mike thanked his crew for all the work and thanked the council for all the incentives that have been given to everyone. Kate Farmer reported that the grants for the Abandoned Mines have been submitted. The Fire Department received a grant from Enbridge for an extrication tool to use on vehicle rollovers. Chief VanDam reported that Misty Clevenger will joining the Guernsey Police Department as Sargent and will start August 5th. Officer Holt will be graduating from the WLEA on August 2nd and should graduate in the top 5 of his class. The PD has 2 great dogs that have been turned in by the family and are looking for a good home. 52 nuisance letters that were sent, some were addressed, some extensions have been granted. There are still 5 properties that will be moving to the next step of the ordinance. There are 8 abandoned homes that the PD has been paying attention to them regularly. The crime watch program will be implemented soon.
Mayor and Council Reports: CM Harris said the town properties look great and wished the rest of the properties in town looked as good. Mayor Paustian said that the Town lawyer is no longer with us. We are seeking a new attorney. CM Augustyn has been working with Matt on the rail spur extension. They have been discussing ideas and will continue to do so. Mayor Paustian said that this rail spur will help the military a lot when they move equipment in by rail and this will be great for the Town and John Bunning. He thanked Dave Lycan and the air force for furnishing the fencing for the street dance. He would like to make it better and wants input from the community and the businesses. He thought that the plans were good and that it was monitored well. He has been approached by members of the community thanking him for all the hard work the Town employees have been putting forward. Mayor Paustian addressed the racoons and that they cannot open a dumpster lid and the lids need to be kept closed. Game and Fish will be contacted to see what we can do with the overabundance of racoons.
Announcements: Mary Poppins Returns Movie in the Park – 7/19, Hank Cramer in Concert – 7/26, How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World Movie in the Park – 8/6, Code Blue, Party in the Park – 8/9, Spiderman – Into the Spider-Verse Movie in the Park – 8/23.
Executive Session – Police Personnel: CM Harris moved to go into executive session after a short break, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 3 ayes. Council came back into regular session with no decisions made.
Adjournment: With no further business to come before the Council, Mayor Paustian called for a motion to adjourn. CM Harris moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:09 pm, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken, and motion carried with 3 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1812. To be published in the Guernsey Gazette on July 23, 2019.