February 4, 2020
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Kelley, CM Whitworth, CM Harris, CM Augustyn
Staff: K. Farmer, Judge Conner, Sergeant Clevenger, Officer Holt, M. Montgomery, J. Thomas, M. Allred
Guests: William Moore, David Salazar, Shawn Stroud, Bailey Rutt, Malcolm Ervin, Melissa Howe, Trampas Glover, Anna Glover, Christa Bartel, Roby Cain, Cassee Wells, Christopher Martinez, Ada Pulos, Shane Clevenger
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 January 21, 2020, 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 $119,075.87, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Ameri-Tech Equipment – 605.00, Baker & Associates – 1972.33, Banner Health – 56.00, CenturyLink – 1318.43, Dahlgren Consulting – 2056.60, Energy Laboratories – 780.00, Fire Truck Certification – 5238.16, Galls – 284.41, Howshar Hardware – 674.86, Inberg-Miller Engineers – 5597.36, LL Johnson Distributing – 50.13, Lent – 1100.00, Menards – 37.92, Mobius Communications – 40.00, Montgomery – 700.00, O’Reilly Automotive – 99.98, Purchase Power – 227.98, Respond Systems – 269.51, Rocky Mountain Sand and Gravel – 16653.60, Staples Credit – 264.74, Stotz Equipment – 71.75, TDS – 14,975.53, USPS – 171.64, Walker – 18.99, Windbreak Cable – 54.94, WRS – 195.00, Wyoming Water Association – 250.00, ZR1 Motor Company – 1,2987.01, Payroll – 37,198.35, Taxes & Benefits – 15,125.65, Total Vouchers – $119,075.87.
Financial Review: Abbey Hagerman with Anton, Collins, Mitchell, LLP, informed the council that the financials in are good condition. There is no suspicion of any fraud affecting the entity involving management, employees who have significant roles in internal control, or others where the fraud could have a material effect on the financial statements. She asked if there were any questions and there were none. CM Augustyn asked Kate Farmer to address a letter from the police department regarding concerns about their budget. She let everyone know that invoices are put in by the Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, payroll is completed by two employees for accuracy, and that a $45,000 budget amendment was completed on November 19, 2019. The budget amendment funds came from the community development budget and were put toward the police wages line item. It increases that amount from $229,000 to $274,000 for total wages for the fiscal year.
Public Comment: N/A
Department Reports: Matt Allred showed the council the Chip Seal Project Manual that will be available for bid by the end of the week. CM Whitworth asked if we could have a study done of Sunrise Street within a month to address the narrow street. The council is looking on only allowing parking on one side or making the street a one-way street. Matt said he will get right on that for them. Mike Montgomery reported that everything is running well in the public works department. Judge Conner reported 15 carryover cases, 5 new cases, 12 disposed of cases, and $1,507.00 in fines collected for January.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Whitworth wants the public to know if they have an issue with the town or an employee that they should not be worried about bringing it to the attention of the council. If the employee retaliates against the person making the complaint the council will handle that employee.
Announcements: 2/5 – Camp Guernsey Environmental 5 pm Town Hall, 2/5 – Fire Department Meeting 6 pm, 2/8 – Pet Clinic 9 am to 11:30 am, 2/17 – Presidents Day, Town Hall Closed, 2/18 – Town Council Meeting, 3/3 – Council Meeting, 3/4 – Fire Department Meeting
Executive Session – Personnel: CM Kelley moved to go into executive session at 6:33 pm, seconded by CM Harris. Vote taken and motion carried with 5 ayes. CM Kelley moved to come out of executive session at 6:40 pm, seconded by CM Whitworth. Vote taken and motion carried with 5 ayes. Mayor Paustian announced that the Town had dismissed Misty Clevenger from her duties with the Guernsey Police Department.
Adjournment: With no further business to come before the Council, Mayor Paustian called for a motion to adjourn. CM Kelley moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:43 pm, seconded by CM Whitworth. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1841 published in the Guernsey Gazette, February 11, 2020.