January 7, 2020
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Kelley, CM Whitworth, CM Harris, CM Augustyn
Staff: K. Farmer, Judge Conner, Chief VanDam, Sergeant Clevenger, Officer Holt, J. Michaels, Fire Chief Thomas, M. Allred, M. Perkins, Attorney Lent
Guests: Shane Clevenger, Mark Flohr, Mistina Smith, Aliyah Smith, Anne Olsen,
Tamalya Bartow, Ada Pulos, Shawna Reichert, Rebecca Simpson, Elizabeth Pallow, Jim Pallow, Steve Knight, Kristi Rietz, Malcolm Ervin, Bailey Rutt, Shawn Stroud, Bill Patton, Rob Cain, Christa Bartel, Frank Jones, Mark Borders, Leonard Anderson, Stacia Cook, Brad Cook, Tom Moore, Jamie Beatty, Rose Martinez, Jack Joecks, Lisa Lycan, Doug Lycan, Danielle Noggle, Shenna Thomas, Sarah Mosley, Clay Hort, Michelle Roberts, Brandi McCoid, Blaine Ayers, Katie Clark, Marion Rotz, David Warner, Bob Case, Pam Case, Charlene Carbajal, Karla Robbins, Ray Baker, Magda Estrada, Sonja Klipstine, Lakiesha Foggie-Harriman, Mike Kipstine, Julie Warner, Tanya Lema, Dan Tonjes, Marene Lewis, Kristy Lewis
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 Harris. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Minutes: CM Augustyn moved to approve the regular minutes for December 17, 2019, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Whitworth moved to approve the Considerations of Claims for $169,903.14, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: ALS Environmental – 200.00, Anton Collins Mitchell, LLP – 700.00, APT US&C – 145.00, Baker & Associates – 1625.00, Benzel Pest Control – 80.00, Black Hills Energy – 1275.06, Bob Ruwart Motors – 119.68, Briggs – 381.36, Caselle – 570.00, CenturyLink – 1049.53, CNA Surety – 100.00, Driver’s License Guide – 102.00, Garner – 381.36, Glover – 381.36, Guernsey Gazette – 37.95, Holtz – 230.00, Howshar Hardware – 433.55, Ideal Linen – 593.36, Lent – 1096.30, Mobius Communications – 40.00, Montgomery – 275.00, Nebraska Printworks – 425.41, Offe – 381.36, O’Reilly Automotive – 203.90, Platte County memorial Hospital – 70.00, Roy’s Tree Service – 2500.00, Scherger – 381.36, Stales Credit Plan – 765.22, Sterling Codifiers – 500.00, TDS – 14185.03, USPS – 168.28, Wheatland REA – 36.41, Windbreak Cable – 54.94, WMPA – 96970.81, WRS – 240.00, Payroll – 29,403.09, Taxes & Benefits – 13,800.82, Total Vouchers – $169,903.14.
Public Comment: Pat Russell came tonight to say thank you for cleaning the walking paths during the storms and the holidays. There is one low spot on the bridge that goes over the slough and it is very slick. Is there some way to lift the cement so that it will drain better? Brandi McCoid has concerns regarding the police department that happened in August. She was notified by Pam McClure that her lock had been cut off of her storage unit. Brandi contacted the police PD requesting they give her a call back about the incident. She has never been contacted by the Guernsey Police. The gentlemen called the Guernsey PD and they said to call Pam and let her know what had happened. Brandi contacted the PD multiple times and never received a call back from any officers. She then notified Mayor Paustian that she had not had any calls back from the PD. She is concerned why she never had her call returned by the PD and she needed some resolution to this situation. Mayor Paustian said he would have someone get back to Brandi after the meeting. Shawna Reichert notified the council that the Ag Banquet is February 6th. Blue Line Property Management will be hosting the Chamber Banquet on January 16, 2020 at 5 pm.
Liquor License Renewals: CM Whitworth moved to approve all of the renewing liquor licenses for Kelley’s Bar, Ben’s Bar, Crazy Tony’s Bar, Lake Guernsey VFW, and Twister’s Eatery, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 5 ayes.
Resolution 2020-001 – Bank Designation: CM Augustyn moved to approve the Bank Designation resolution, seconded by CM Kelley. Vote taken and motion carried with 5 ayes. Resolution follows in title only: A RESOLUTION BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF GUERNSEY WYOMING DECLARING BANNER CAPITAL BANK AND FIRST STATE BANK AS THE OFFICIAL DEPOSITORIES OF THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY WYOMING.
Resolution 2020-002 – Newspaper Designation: CM Augustyn moved to approve the Newspaper Designation resolution, seconded by CM Kelley. Vote taken and motion carried with 5 ayes. Resolution follows in title only: A RESOLUTION BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF GUERNSEY WYOMING DECLARING THE GUERNSEY GAZETTE AS THE OFFICIAL LEGAL PUBLICATION FOR THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY WYOMING.
Sarah Cowan: Sarah Cowan thanked the crowd for coming tonight. She said that if here voice shakes its for a reason. She is not from around here and has spent her time in Guernsey in a loving marriage for the last 10 years. Now she can’t think of a reason to stay. On Halloween of 2019 her life changed forever. Her 5-year-old child was diagnosed with a life threating illness that required surgery. She would have to reteach her child to speak for the second time in her life. She had stuck with her gut and knew what was going on with her child. Days before her son’s surgery she had a medical crisis herself and went to Torrington’s Emergency Room. She was physically and emotionally abused by Banner Health. After this visit she had an unusual call from DFS, and the women stated that they would taking her children away. The horror was unimaginable to her family and they wouldn’t tell her why. A few hours later 2 armed officers forced their way into her house under false pretenses. They forced her to take a drug test and harassed in her house. Her house has been stocked by 2 other agencies and received no help from the police department when she has made complaints.
Department Reports: Matt Allred reported that the Town had a preconstruction meeting with Rocky Mountain Sand and Gravel, and they will be getting started. The water line project is moving forward and Kate has contacted BNSF about boring under the railroad. WyDot is doing the final review on phase one of the rail spur. Chugwater Street housing is exciting and Matt, Kate and CM Augustyn had a meeting with a potential developer. Matt did mention that we cannot go 3 stories high to the developer. The developer asked if the Town could accept a donation of a ladder truck so that the new buildings could go up to 3 stories. Matt is about 90% completed with the chip seal project manual. Mike Montgomery has provided Matt with everything that he needs to finish the plan for the remodel and resurfacing of the water tank. Kate Farmer let the council know that she included the published salaries for the staff and council. She did get in touch with the auditor and they are in final review of the financials and they will be here January 21, 2020 to present the review. Chief VanDam reported 180 calls for service in the month of December. For the entire year the police department responded to 3,275 calls for service. Judge Conner carried over 30 cases from November, 7 new cases in December and he disposed of 22 cases and carried over 15 cases into the new year. He received $2,755.00 from the citations. The total fines and forfeitures for 2019 was just under $25,000.00 and that goes into the general fund.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Augustyn has been working with Matt and Kate on getting the housing project moving forward. We hope to keep moving forward with the housing and bringing good ideas to the town. Mayor Paustian said that the council has looked at housing for many years. It has started to move forward in the last year and we are going to get something going. If we can get this housing up that is friendly to all demographics in our area we will be doing what Guernsey needs. We closed out this last year and he is really proud of the town crew. He said thank you to Kate for working really hard to make things right in Guernsey. She is open minded and smart and is willing to talk with anyone about the progress the town is making. He thanked the council for all of their hard work and donations this year to help the Guernsey community.
Announcements: 1/8 – Fire Department Meeting, 1/20 – Martin Luther King Day, Town Hall Closed, 1/21 – Town Council Meeting, 2/4 – Council Meeting, 2/17 – Presidents Day, Town Hall Closed, 2/18 – Town Council Meeting
Adjournment: With no further business to come before the Council, Mayor Paustian called for a motion to adjourn. CM Augustyn moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:48 pm, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1837 published in the Guernsey Gazette, January 14, 2020.