November 5, 2019
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Kelley, CM Whitworth, CM Harris
Absent: CM Augustyn
Staff: Chief VanDam, Sergeant Clevenger, Officer Holt, Officer Gilmore, K. Montgomery, D. Lent, M. Allred, Michaels, Judge Conner
Guests: Lt. Colonel Patton,
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 Kelley moved to approve the agenda as written, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Minutes: CM Harris moved to approve the regular minutes for October 15, 2019, seconded by CM Kelley. 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 $236,265.84, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 4 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Artistic Sign Design – 1102.44, Baker & Associates – 1730.42, Benzel Pest Control – 80.00, BHE – 192.16, Capital Business Systems – 403.88, Farmer – 2495.00, Fisher Roofing & Restoration – 9862.00, Guernsey Gazette – 2805.43, Hawkins – 445.90, Hincklease – 41352.00, Itron – 2584.96, Laramie Peak Motors – 24984.00, Lent – 750.00, Long’s Excavation & Construction – 8925.00, Safeguard Business – 1060.95, Safeway – 219.95, TDS – 14875.68, USPS – 171.01, Wheatland Automotive – 198.67, WRS – 240.00, ZR1 Motor Company – 1115.00, Payroll – 78030.70, Taxes & Benefits – 42640.69, Total Vouchers – $236,265.84.
Ordinance 2019-008 – Water Rates: CM Whitworth moved to approve resolution 2019-008 Water Rates on second reading, seconded by CM Kelley. 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 Kelley moved to approve resolution 2019-009 Utility Disconnect on second reading, seconded by CM Whitworth. 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 Kelley moved to approve resolution 2019-010 Utility Deposit on second reading, seconded by CM Whitworth. 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 Kelley moved to approve resolution 2019-011 Franchise Agreement with IntTec on second 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.
Proposed Policy & Procedure Manual Amendment: A recommendation to cover volunteers of the Town of Guernsey to be included in the Policy & Procedure Manual.
Chugwater Street Appraisal: Matt Allred let the Council know that the survey and appraisal has been completed.
Public Comment: Lt Colonel Patton let the Council know that there is a meeting tomorrow to discuss the burn pile with the Town. The military is looking at having mobilizing groups coming through Camp Guernsey through the winter and into the spring and summer. Joe Michaels had a question on the water rates ordinance and how the numbers were derived. Matt let him know that the rates were suggested in the Water Master Plan Level I done by AVI. He thinks the rates are expensive and Matt let him know that they are less than what is being suggested in the study. Matt said he would provide Joe with a copy of the study.
Department Reports: Chief VanDam reported 296 calls for service, traffic offenses were at 111 for October. The Meet and Greet turnout was good and they are planning another one at the beginning of the year. The police department handed out about 12 pounds of candy at Trunk or Treat. The Chief presented Mayor Paustian with an award for being a Supportive Employer for the guard and reserve. Matt Allred reported that phase 1 of the rail spur is completed except for the loading dock. He has a meeting with BNSF to approve the rail spur so that it can be put in use. Phase 2 numbers are coming in good for the project, but we are still waiting on the cost of the switch. Lucindy Rollins road is still going to be getting worked on when all the players can make it work. The Golf Course Well drawings are all complete and the pre bid meeting is November 15th. The grant for the pipeline will be heard on November 14th in Casper in front of the Wyoming Water Development Commission. The Camp Guernsey Connector has been slower because we are having to move the fence on the guard property, and we are currently working on a MOU to get that accomplished. Joe Michaels said turbine 2 is down until mid-January. There is a study being done at Dry Forks for carbon capture by UW and the State of Wyoming. His term is up at WMPA in February and would like to do this one more time for a 3-year period. He needs your recommendation prior to the February 20th meeting. Judge Conner reported 93 cases, disposed of 43, and carried over 50 for October and revenue of $4,391.00. Kathy Montgomery let the council know that the pump testing for the engines will be completed on Thursday.
Mayor and Council Reports: Mayor Paustian said the rail spur is amazing. Lucindy Rollins road needs to be taken care of but we own less than half of it, so we must work with all of the entities to get it done.
Announcements: Winter’s Eve – 12/4, Neighborhood Watch Training – January 2020
Adjournment: With no further business to come before the Council, Mayor Paustian called for a motion to adjourn. CM Whitworth moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:56 pm, seconded by CM Kelley. Vote taken, and motion carried with 4 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1828 published in the Guernsey Gazette, November 26, 2019.