April 7, 2020
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Kelley, CM Whitworth, CM Harris, CM Augustyn
Staff: K. Farmer
Guests: Twelve guests participated through Zoom
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 Harris moved to approve the regular minutes for March 17, 2020, seconded by CM Augustyn. 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 $309,260.32, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Airgas USA – 463.95, ALS Environmental – 200.00, Anode Sales Company – 475.17, BA Lawrence – 1085.00, Baker & Associates – 54.00, Benzel Pest Control – 80.00, Black Hills Energy – 1370.85, Blueline Custom Vinyl’s – 100.00, Bluffs Facility Solutions – 98.55, Burns Insurance Agency – 40.00, Capitol Communications – 112.50, Caselle – 570.00, CenturyLink – 1113.20, CPS Distributors – 194.35, Dahlgren Consulting – 2697.60, Dana J. Lent Law Office – 752.90, Ferguson Waterworks – 335.70, Guernsey Employee Deducts – 780.00, Guernsey Gazette – 2461.58, Guernsey Super Foods – 133.47, Howshar Hardware – 365.02, Laramie Peak Motors – 1218.59, McGuire – 302.50, Mindieta, Matthew – 587.81, Mobius Communications – 7116.16, Mosley, Sarah – 440.00, O’Reilly Automotive – 26.74, Purchase Power – 208.99, Rocky Mountain Sand & Gravel – 53846.13, Ron’s Equipment – 1482.75, Staples Credit Plan – 283.46, TDS – 14705.81, Tri-City Parks & Rec – 25000.00, USPS – 177.88, Verizon Wireless – 390.74, WAMCAT – 195.00, Westco – 425.66, Wheatland Automotive – 177.47, Wheatland REA – 36.95, Windbreak Cable – 54.94, Wright Express – 2104.51, WMPA – 87548.08, Wyoming Public Health – 40.00, WRS – 180.00, Wyoming State Firemen’s Assoc. – 75.00, Vouchers follow in entirety: Payroll – 56,431.15, Taxes & Benefits – 41,994.16, Total Vouchers – $309,260.32.
Ordinance 2020-002 – Optional Tax – 2nd Reading: CM Kelley moved to approve ordinance 2020-002, seconded by CM Harris. The vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. The ordinance follows in title only: AN ORDINANCE TO CONTINUE THE IMPOSITION OF THE OPTIONAL ONE CENT SALES TAX PURSUANT TO W.S.§39-15-203(a)(i)(F)
Ordinance 2020-003 – Nuisance Amendment – 2nd Reading: CM Whitworth moved to approve ordinance 2020-003, seconded by CM Augustyn. The vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. The resolution follows in title only: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE No. 02-10-003, 1-2-2002, 2019-004 DECLARATION OF A NUISANCE; WRITTEN NOTICE.
Sargent Drilling – Well #4 Approval of Work: CM Augustyn moved the work with Sargent Drilling for $15,476.85, seconded by CM Whitworth. The vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Chief McGuire – Training in Utah: CM Kelley moved to approve the training in Utah, seconded by CM Whitworth. CM Harris asked if things get goofy and he can’t come back to work? CM Whitworth said he could come back and do all the administrative work. The vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
TDS – Green Dumpsters: CM Kelley moved $1400 per month for a 30-yard roll-off. Seconded by CM Augustyn. The vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Public Comment: JD asked why would we send the Chief out of state when Douglas offers it for free? Mayor Paustian said good question and we will investigate the academy next time. Jen asked if the sanitation rates would increase. The roll-off would not increase sanitation rates.
Department Reports: Mike Montgomery’s report stated that the electrical department is running well. Well, #4 is getting work done to fix the hole in the casing and repairs to the pump and drive. The sewer department is running smoothly, and they have temporarily suspended the routine sewer jetting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The street department has received the new light poles and they are working on repairing streets and potholes around town. Chief McGuire’s report stated the police department had 193 calls for service from March 3 through April 7, 2020. They are fully staffed with two new officers, David Smith and Trampas Glover. Both officers are certified and will be great assets to the town. Judge Conner’s report for March state 12 cases from the previous month, 4 new cases, disposing of 8 and carrying over 8 into April with a total fine and forfeiture collection of $1,023.00. Kate Farmer let the council know that she had turned in her resignation to Mayor Paustian on March 30, 2020, and her last day will be April 10, 2020. She thanked the council for allowing her to be a part of Guernsey and she enjoyed her time here.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Harris would like an audit done to make a clean slate for the new person.
Announcements: 4/21-5/1 – Spring Clean Up
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 6:32 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. 1856 published in the Guernsey Gazette, April 14, 2020.