September 3, 2019
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Augustyn, CM Whitworth, CM Harris
Absent: CM Kelley
Staff: K. Farmer, Sergeant Clevenger, J. Michaels, M. Montgomery, K. Montgomery, D. Griffith, J. Thomas, Officer Holt
Guests: Katie Scherger, Cris Baker, Christa Bartel, Mark Borders
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 as written, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Minutes: CM Augustyn moved to approve the regular minutes for August 20, 2019, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Whitworth moved to approve the Considerations of Claims in the amount of $158,191.52, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: A&M Electric – 119.54, Anton Collins Mitchell – 1060.00, Arrowhead Forensics – 227.63, Bagspot – 99.90, Baker & Associates – 9153.92, Benzel Pest Control – 185.00, BHE – 846.32, Bluffs Sanitary Supply – 423.06, Burns Insurance – 300.00, Camp Guernsey Billeting – 140.00, Cash-Wa Dist. – 415.80, Crystal ICE – 102.00, Dell Marketing – 4472.05, Dewco – 481.38, Energy Laboratories – 1287.00, Eso Solutions – 240.00, Fat Boys Tire – 2941.26, Fred Pryor Seminars – 199.00, Hawkins – 1027.00, Holt – 437.99, Home Depot – 1150.22, Howshar Hardware – 880.48, Ideal Linen – 982.68, Interstate All Battery – 139.32, Itron – 2584.96, Jirdon-Agri Chemicals – 823.18, Masek Golf Car – 351.94, Mindieta – 90.00, Mobius Communications – 415.66, Partsmaster – 796.77, Plate County Treasurer – 12460.37, Purchase Power – 208.99, Roy’s Tree Service – 2000.00, Sargent Drilling – 5728.16, Staples – 501.97, Sterling Codifiers – 339.00, Syncb/Amazon – 2539.78, TDS – 15129.81, Thomson Reuters – West – 201.00, USPS – 172.48, Watchguard Video – 847.00, Willoughby – 55.55, Windbreak Cable – 54.94, Wyoming Law Enforcement – 1484.50, WRS – 195.00, Payroll – 48,078.62, Taxes & Benefits – 35,820.29, Total Vouchers – $158,191.52.
Rural Fire Department – Overnight Parking in Industrial Park: Cris Baker addressed the overnight parking at the industrial park between the hours of midnight and 5 am. They turn off Hwy 270 and park on both sides of antelope road which does not leave enough room for fire trucks to pass through. They would like to have a fire lane designated on Eagle Road and Antelope Road. Cris would like for the council to allow the planning and zoning board to draft an ordinance to address the parking and designate a fire lane on those streets. He would also like to designate a fire lane for the Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department on South Dakota Avenue. Mayor Paustian would like the planning and zoning board to draft an ordinance and map with Matt Allred and Mike Montgomery’s help.
Resolution 2019-018 – Level III Water Grant Application: CM Harris moved to approve Resolution 2019-018 for the Level III Water Grant Application with Wyoming Water Development Commission, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Resolution follows in title only: A Resolution authorizing the submittal of a Wyoming Water Development Commission Level III Grant Application for the purpose of designing and constructing a main transmission line from Wells 3, 4, and 5 with a chlorination system to the 1-million-gallon water tank. Rehabilitation of the tank and miscellaneous piping and valves will be included with this project. This grant will provide for clean drinking water to the citizens of Guernsey, Wyoming.
Resolution 2019-019 – Operation Scooby Park: CM Whitworth moved to approve Resolution 2019-019 – Operation Scooby Park, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Resolution follows in title only: A RESOLUTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ALLOWING PAMELA MCCLURE TO SOLICIT DONATIONS FOR THE CREATION OF A DOG PARK.
Ordinance 2019-005 – Electric Rates: CM Harris moved to approved Ordinance 2019-005 – Electric Rates on first reading, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Ordinance follows in title only: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2017-01; ESTABLISHING RATES FOR ELECTRICAL SERVICE FOR THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY.
Ordinance 2019-006 – Liquor Laws: CM Augustyn moved to approved Ordinance 2019-006 – Liquor Laws on first reading, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Ordinance follows in title only: AN ORDIANANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF AMENDING TITLE 2 CHAPTER 2-1-20 ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OF THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING
Public Comment: Christa Bartel reported that Colonel Huss extended the invite to everyone for the Public Meeting at the All Ranks Club on September 11, from 5 to 7 pm with Major General Porter.
Department Reports: Mike Montgomery reported that the electric system is working well, and they have almost finished up the electric install at John Bunning Transfer Stations new building and Muswell’s building. Sewer Jetting is being done routinely and streetlights are being changed. Mosquito spraying has been extended to the streets as well as the alleys. CM Augustyn asked Mike about the stop sign that he requested for Kansas Avenue and Wheatland Street. Mike said that there is a yield sign on Wheatland turning onto Kansas. Mike said he can put one up. They decided to put one on Kansas and one on Wheatland at that intersection. Diane Griffith thanked the Council for another wonderful year at the Visitor Center. She has closed for the season and gave the stats for the year with 1,090 visitors from all over the United States and serval other countries around the world. Sales were over $1,000 and $45 in donations. She thanked all the Town staff for their prompt response to her requests. Fourth of July and Labor Day were great visitor days, but Duck Daze was not as good as it has been in years past. This is one of the largest Labor Days that she has had in the 25 years she has been with the Town. Sergeant Clevenger reported that they have been making contacts with residents and businesses about being out of town and to let the police department know and they will pick up patrol in their area. They had several good cases for August and a lot of positive things happening in the department. The department has lots of training set up that will save the Town money in the long run because of being able to do it in house. On October 24, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at First State Bank the Guernsey Police Department will hold a meet & greet. Jeff Thomas reported that it has been a quite couple months. They have taken ownership of the extrication tool and it seems to work great. He thanked the Council for the updates to the rec room. Kate let the council know that hiring a town attorney is going to raise the cost of what we had been paying. Mayor Paustian said he met an attorney in Torrington and will get Kate their number and if that doesn’t work, we will negotiate of price with Sturgeon.
Mayor and Council Reports: CM Augustyn asked about parking on other streets around town that need to be addressed along with the Industrial Park. The council and staff will discuss this in more detail before deciding.
Announcements: Full-Time Staff Meeting – 9/10 @ 8 am, Camp Guernsey Operations Public Meeting – 9/11 @ All Ranks Club from 5-7 pm, 67th Army Band Concert in the Park & Ice Cream Social – 9/7 @ 2 pm, Meet & Greet the Guernsey Police Department – 10/24 @ 6:30- 8:30 pm
Executive Session – Personnel: CM Harris moved to go into executive session after a short break seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken, and motion carried with 4 ayes. CM Whitworth moved to come back into regular session with no decisions made, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken, and motion carried with 4 ayes
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 8:15 pm, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken, and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1820. To be published in the Guernsey Gazette on September 10, 2019.