August 4, 2020
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Kelley, CM Augustyn
Absent: CM Whitworth
Excused: CM Harris
Staff: L. Bryant, K. Farmer, Sergeant Smith, J. Michaels, via Zoom – Attorney Lent, J. Thomas, S. Thomas
Guests: Shawn Stroud, Mark Borders, Christa Bartel, Mark & Beverly Spungin,
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 Augustyn moved to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes.
Minutes: CM Kelley moved to approve the regular minutes for July 21, 2020, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes.
Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Augustyn moved to approve the Considerations of Claims for $111,977.18, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: APT US&C – 159.00, Baker & Associates – 3107.52, Benzel Pest Control – 80.00, BioLynceus, LLC – 1848.17, BHE – 29.48, Burns Insurance – 350.00, CenturyLink – 1139.14, Croell Redi-Mix – 265.00, Crystal Ice Company – 120.00, Dana J. Lent law Office – 755.50, Ferguson Waterworks - 335.70, Grainger – 46.48, Guernsey Super Foods – 76.17, Hawkins – 2845.60, Howshar Hardware & Appliance – 756.14, KATH Broadcasting – 32.00, Mobius Communications – 40.00, Molly – 25.00, Montgomery – 200.00, Productivity Plus – 116.23, Purchase Power – 355.99, Roy’s Tree Service – 5000.00, TDS – 15294.97, The Tire Shop – 1084.32, USPS – 177.58, WAMCAT - -550.00, Waving at you.com – 1370.00, Wheatland Automotive – 812.27, WRS – 262.50, Payroll – 36446.15. Taxes & Benefits – 39396.27, Total Vouchers – $111,977.18.
Ordinance 2020-005 – Electric Rates 3rd & Final Reading: CM Kelley moved to approve Ordinance 2020-005 Electric Rates on third and final reading, seconded by CM Augustyn. The vote was taken and the motion carried with 4 ayes. The ordinance follows in entirety: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2019-05; ESTABLISHING RATES FOR ELECTRICAL SERVICE FOR THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY; BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING;
There is hereby established the following monthly rates for electricity provided to consumers by the Town of Guernsey.
09/1/2020 11/1/2021 11/1/2022
SECTION 1: Residential customers requiring single-phase service at standard voltage:
Monthly Rate Blocks
Energy Fee per kWh $ 0.1110 $ 0.10740 $ 0.1110
SECTION 2: Single Phase Commercial Customers
Monthly Rate Blocks
Energy Fee per kWh $ 0.1110 $ 0.10892 $ 0.1110
SECTION 3: Three Phase Commercial Customers
Monthly Rate Blocks
Energy Fee per kWh $ 0.1110 $ 8.37 $ 11.00
Demand Fee per kW – First 25kW $ 0.1130 $ 4.74 $ 11.00
Excess kW $ 0.1150 $ 1.00 $ 11.00
SECTION 4: Monthly Meter Fee (per month per meter)
Residential $ 15.25 $ 19.25 $ 40.00
Single Phase Commercial $ 17.00 $ 25.00 $ 70.00
Three Phase Commercial $ 17.00 $ 25.00 $ 80.00
SECTION 5: All other ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed. This ordinance shall become effective for the September billing periods as noted above.
Passed and approved on this 7th day of July 2020 on 1st reading.
Passed and approved on this 21st day of July 2020 on 2nd reading.
Passed and approved on this 4th day of August 2020 on 3rd and final reading.
Public Comment: Shawn Stroud said that on July 24th Camp Guernsey had a medical emergency and rumor has it that it took the ambulance over an hour to get there. An hour is unacceptable. He doesn’t know what the agreement is between the Town of Guernsey and Banner’s Ambulance. He understands that the ambulance sometimes has to be at Dwyer when there are other calls. He can make it from Wheatland to his home, which is 10 miles north of Guernsey, in 39 minutes doing the speed limit. The ambulance should be able to make it to Guernsey in 18 to 19 minutes. A young man, 33 was vomiting and sweating profusely and died of a heart attack during his PT at Camp Guernsey. And the ambulance couldn’t respond in a timely fashion.
Department Reports: Kate Farmer let the council know that the ambulance contract is up in January 2021. She suggested looking at charging rent for the use of the building. The senior center pays rent for the building and Banner needs to as well. They are a nonprofit which equates to no shareholders being paid out but they are still making money and should be able to pay for the use of the building. She scheduled an ambulance workshop with the council on August 13th at 6:30 and she will invite some other individuals to the workshop. Joe Michaels said that WMPA has done a 10-year forecast and they need to use something other than coal. California will not accept coal electric and it is projected that Colorado will possibly not accept coal electric and that is where WMPA sells most of its excess electricity. They are looking at alternatives for the future. All 5 member towns will have an executive session with WMPA. Sergeant Smith said 11 citizens are not compliant with the nuisance ordinance. They have mailed out 5 of the notices and the rest will be mailed out later this week.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Kelley said he contacted the railroad and they will get the weeds taken care of. Mayor Paustian said that COVID is keeping things slow.
Announcements: 8/5 – Guernsey Volunteer Fire Dept. Meeting @ 6 pm, 8/6 – Farmer’s Market in Gordon Davis Park @ 4 pm, 8/14 – Sonic the Hedgehog, Movie in the Park, 8/18 – Town Council Meeting, 8/22 – Duck Daze
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 6:23 pm, seconded by CM Whitworth. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes.
Dale Harris, Councilmember
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1877 published in the Guernsey Gazette on August 11, 2020.