October 15, 2019
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Augustyn, CM Whitworth, CM Harris
Absent: CM Kelley
Staff: K. Farmer, Chief VanDam, S. Clevenger, Sergeant Clevenger, Officer Holt, Officer Gilmore, K. Montgomery
Guests: Christa Bartel, Charles Randolph, Mark Borders, Sarah Mosley, DeLaney Holt, Dave Cole
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 Whitworth moved to approve the agenda as written, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Minutes: CM Harris moved to approve the regular minutes for October 1, 2019, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Augustyn moved to approve the Considerations of Claims in the amount of $182,115.59, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Absolute Solutions – 80.00, Accuvalue, LLC – 2500.00, BA Lawrence – 1085.00, Baker & Associates – 135.00, Barco Municipal Products – 152.81, Ben’s Bar – 110.00, Bloedorn Lumber – 325.59, Business Solutions Group – 135.35, Camp Guernsey Billeting – 140.00, Caselle – 570.00, CenturyLink – 1177.20, Chief Supply Corp – 42.00, DLT Solutions – 1225.00, Drube Supply – 169.98, Energy Labs – 1287.00, Ferguson Waterworks – 1534.50, Frank Parts – 652.74, Galls – 209.43, GEDC – 25.00, Guernsey Gazette – 2383.96, Guernsey Super Foods – 103.99, Hach Company – 156.66, Howshar Hardware – 389.81, Ideal Linen – 836.40, IIMC – 195.00, Interstate All Batter y – 64.80, LL Johnson – 304.00, Mobius Communications – 10669.78, My Shop Angel – 189.88, Nebraska Printworks – 160.46, One-Call of WY – 11.25, Oriental Trading – 265.32, Pocket Press – 101.92, Positive Promotions – 305.95, Praetorian Digital – 515.00, Pro Overhead Door – 2509.00, Productivity Plus Account – 106.05, Public Health Division – 72.00, Respond Systems – 122.87, Ron’s Equipment – 193.76, Roy’s Tree Service – 800.00, Safariland – 229.85, Sam’s Club – 1450.52, Soapy Suds – 90.00, Syncb/Amazon – 1056.06, TDS – 460.35, Verizon Wireless – 396.17, Vistabeam – 417.55, WamCat – 130.00, WCBO – 150.00, Wear Parts – 596.48, Weiner’s LTD – 229.92, Wheatland REA – 36.27, Wright Express Fleet – 2573.83, WMPA – 86611.91, WY Secretary of State – 30.00, WyoPots – 240.00, Wyrulec – 379.07, Payroll – 43703.94, Taxes & Benefits – 11319.21, Total Vouchers – $182,115.59.
Ordinance 2019-007 – Fire Lanes – 3rd and Final Reading: CM Whitworth moved to approve Ordinance 2019-007 – Fire Lanes on third and final reading, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Ordinance follows in its entirety: AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING FIRE LANE WITHIN THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY.
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING:
Ordinance No. 2019-007 is hereby enacted as follows:
SECTION 1: Definitions
The words “fire lane” shall mean the area within any public right-of-way, easement or private property designated for fire trucks and other firefighting or emergency equipment to use, travel upon and/or park.
SECTION 2: STOPPING OR PARKING
(a) It shall be unlawful for any person who stops or parks a vehicle in, allows the parking of a vehicle in, obstructs or allows the obstruction of a designated fire lane.
(b) Penalty: The violation of this section by any person (present or not) is hereby declared to be a misdemeanor.
(c) First Conviction: The maximum fine for first conviction shall be not more than $150.00 dollars plus court costs.
(d) Any conviction beyond the first conviction shall have a maximum penalty of not more than $750.00 each day or part of day during which the unlawful act or violation occurs plus court costs.
SECTION 3: IMPOUNDMENT
Any vehicle or object obstructing a designated fire lane is hereby declared a traffic and fire hazard and may be immediately impounded pursuant to the applicable state law, and Uniform Fire Code, without prior notification to its owner. Pursuant to state law, the owner shall be held responsible for all impound fees.
SECTION 4: MARKING
All designated fire lanes shall be clearly marked in one of the following manners:
(1) Vertical curbs six inches in height shall be painted yellow on the top and side, extending the length of the designated fire lane. The pavement adjacent to the painted curbs shall be marked with a six-inch yellow stripe extending the length of the designated fire lane.
(2) Rolled curbs or surface without curbs shall have a yellow six-inch-wide stripe painted extending the length of the designated fire lane.
(3) Fire lane signs shall be as follows;
(a) Reflective in nature.
(b) Use red letters on white background.
(c) Use three-inch lettering to read “No Parking-Fire Lane”
(d) A minimum of 12 inches wide by 18 inches tall.
(e) Placed within 25 feet of an intersection or corner of the road and Spaced no more than 100 feet apart and posted on or immediately next to the curb or side of the road.
(f) Top of the sign to be not less than four feet nor more than six feet from the ground.
(g) Signs may be placed on a building when approved by the fire chief in coordination with the building official.
(h) When posts are required for signs, they shall be a minimum of two-inch galvanized steel or four- by four-inch pressure treated wood.
(i) Signs are to be placed so they face the direction of vehicular travel.
(j) Placed near the bottom signs shall also read “Vehicle may be Towed” and shall have the Ordinance number.
SECTION 5: PROPERTY OWNER RESPONSIBILITY
The owner, manager or person in charge of any property upon which designated fire lanes have been established shall be responsible for, and not allow, vehicles or other objects to park in such fire lanes.
SECTION 6: SEVERABILITY
If any section, paragraph, clause or provision of this ordinance shall for any reason be held to be invalid or unenforceable, the invalidity or unenforceability of such part shall not affect any of the remaining provisions of this ordinance.
SECTION 7: EFFECTIVE DATE
This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval and publication.
Passed and approved this 17th day of September 2019 on first reading.
Passed and approved this 1st day of October 2019 on second reading.
Passed and approved this 15th day of October 2019 on third reading.
Ordinance 2019-008 – Water Rates: CM Whitworth moved to approve resolution 2019-008 Water Rates on first reading, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Ordinance follows in title only: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2016-005 PERTAINING TO WATER RATES FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USERS IN THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING.
Ordinance 2019-009 – Utility Disconnect: CM Whitworth moved to approve resolution 2019-009 Utility Disconnect on first reading, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. AN ORDINANCE REPLACING ORDINANCE 08-07-002 PERTAINING TO CHAPTER 8, SECTION 8-7: DUE DATE FOR MONTHLY UTILITY CHARGES; DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS AND RECONNECTION FEES.
Ordinance 2019-010 – Utility Deposit: CM Whitworth moved to approve resolution 2019-010 Utility Deposit on first reading, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. AN ORDINANCE REPLACING ORDINANCE 08-1-5 PERTAINING TO CHAPTER 8, SECTION 8-1: DEPOSITS FOR UTILITY SERVICE.
Ordinance 2019-011 – Franchise for IntTec: CM Augustyn moved to approve resolution 2019-011 Franchise Agreement with IntTec on first reading, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. AN ORDINANCE GRANTING A FRANCHISE TO INTTEC, INC. TO INSTALL, OPERATE, AND MAINTAIN A FIBER OPTIC COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM IN THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING RIGHTS-OF-WAY, SETTING FORTH CONDITIONS ACCOMPANYING THE GRANT OF THE FRANCHISE; PROVIDING FOR REGULATION AND USE OF THE SYSTEM; AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR THE VIOLATION OF ITS PROVISIONS.
Chugwater Street Appraisal: The council would like to wait for CM Kelley to be back. CM Whitworth wants to have a public meeting during a normal council meeting. Kate will put out additional advertising for November 5, 2019.
Railroad Resolution: Charles Randolph spoke with the council about the resolutions. He can’t stress enough the safety issue of having less than 2 crew members on a train at a time. He would like the council to support the resolution to mandate 2 crew members on all trains. Resolution died for a lack of a motion.
Public Comment: Sarah Mosley and DeLaney Holt wanted to bring attention to the tube launch at Hwy 26 and River Road. They would like to see extra tables, a sign, and add some rocks in the area. If some of the trees could be removed so that access would be enlarged and made more accessible that would allow more tubers to use it. The river is a great draw and access could be improved.
Department Reports: Chief VanDam reported 637 total calls for August and September. She urges citizens to be pro-active and take your keys out of your vehicles and lock all of your doors. They had the Tips training today and things went very well. Chief VanDam thanked Kathy Montgomery for coming over and answering questions. The Police Meet & Greet will be on October 24th at First State Bank from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. On October 26th will be the DEA Drug Take-back Day and can be dropped off at the Guernsey Police Department from 10 am to 2 pm. Operation Warm Hands will be coming where hats, gloves, mittens and coats for the community’s youth will be collected. Donkey Basketball Fundraiser to raise funds for a cause in Guernsey. Dave Cole asked about Lucindy Rollins road and it is getting too rough to drive his trucks around it. Dave is having stacks fall off of his truck and something needs to be done. Mayor Paustian said that we will get on it tomorrow and see that we get it taken care of in the next couple weeks. He is upset with the Rail Spur; he had been contracted by the contractor to do the dirt work and then the Town rented a dirt mover and now he has a sour taste in his mouth.
Mayor and Council Reports: CM Harris asked about the dirt work at the Rail Spur and why Dave Cole wasn’t contracted. CM Whitworth suggested going to one council meeting a month. Kate said that she would prefer to leave it at two meetings per month so that bills can be paid in a timely manner. CM Whitworth said it was okay to leave it at two times per month. Mayor Paustian said that the Tips training was very helpful and well received.
Announcements: Fall Clean Up Week – 10/11-10/18, Police Meet & Greet – 10/24 @ FSB 6:30- 8pm, Drug Take-back Day – 10/24 @ Police Department 10-2 pm, Treat Street, Trunk or Treat, Halloween Carnival – 10/31 3:30 to 8 pm, Identity Theft/Scammers Seminar -11/4 @ FSB 6 pm, Neighborhood Watch Training – 12/5 @ FSB 3:30 pm
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 4 ayes. CM Augustyn moved to come out of executive session with back pay being paid to Officer Gilmore, police shifts going back to 24/7 coverage, and to bring a budget amendment to the Council on November 5, 2019, seconded by CM Whitworth. 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 8:16 pm, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken, and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1824. To be published in the Guernsey Gazette on October 22, 2019.