October 20, 2020
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Kelley, CM Augustyn, CM Harris, CM Whitworth
Staff: L. Bryant, K. Farmer, Chief Smith, M. Allred, Town Attorney Frank Jones, Judge Conner
Guests: Shawna Reichardt, Greg Martinez, Kevin Frank
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 Whitworth moved to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Minutes: CM Kelley moved to approve the regular minutes for October 6, 2020, as presented, seconded by CM Harris. 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 $310,911.37 seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Angel – 53.88, B.A. Lawrence, LLC – 1085.00, BHE – 904.53, Capital Business Systems – 432.50, Ideal Laundry & Cleaners – 376.47, John Deere Financial – 13.99, LL Johnson Distributing – 204.00, Laramie Peak Motors – 1716.58, Mountain State Pipe & Supply – 1972.78, One-Call of Wyoming – 12.75, Pocket Press, Inc – 40.46, Purchase Power – 3.89, Rocky Mountain Sand & Gravel, LLC – 133194.42, Sam’s Club – 545.18, Syncb/Amazon – 143.45, Verizon Wireless – 529.57, Vistabeam – 449.55, Wheatland REA – 38.75, Wright Express – 2426.92, WMPA – 92372.78, Wyoming Public Health Laboratory – 72.00, WRS – 281.25, Wyrulec – 421.11, Payroll – 35227.16, Taxes & Benefits – 38392.40, Total Vouchers – $310,911.37
Landfill Public Meeting: Kate Farmer told the attendees that the Town of Guernsey has applied for a loan through the Wyoming Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund for $500,000 with approximately $107,000 loan forgiveness. All the environmental compliance letters have been returned with no concerns. The landfill will have a cap to stop the pollution that is in the closed landfill. There were no questions about the loan.
Ordinance 2020-006 – Bulk Water Rates – 3rd and Final Reading: CM Whitworth moved to approve Ordinance 2020-006 Bulk Water Rates on third and final reading, seconded by CM Augustyn. Vote take and motion carried with 5 ayes. The ordinance follows in its entirety: AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING AMENDING BULK WATER RATES ORDINANCE 08-11-001
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING:
Ordinance 08-11-001 is hereby amended to read as follows:
SECTION 1: Definition
BULK WATER - Water intended for non-potable use and transported by bulk tank.
LARGE QUANTITY – Quantity of one thousand (1,000) gallons or more per purchase and purchased more than twice per calendar month.
SMALL QUANTITY – Quantity of less than one thousand (1,000) gallons per purchase and purchased no more than twice per calendar month.
SECTION 2: Bulk Water Rates and Fees
For large quantity purchases, water may be purchased in bulk from the Town for a minimum fee of fifty dollars ($50) after five thousand gallons has been purchased water will be charged at ten dollars ($10.00) per one thousand (1,000) gallons for users not residing within Platte County and eight dollars and fifty cents ($8.50) per one thousand (1,000) gallons for users residing or doing business within Platte County. Amounts purchased that fall between one thousand (1,000) gallon increments shall be charged at the next one thousand (1,000) gallon increments. Prerequisites for purchasing bulk water are that the purchaser must first obtain a permit from the Water Superintendent by paying a permit fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), paying a four hundred dollars ($400.00) deposit, and establishing a billing account with the Town of Guernsey. The issued permit must be in the physical possession of the bulk tank operator/driver. Further, all bulk tank operators must utilize a backflow prevention device or open-air spout with a minimum clearance of three (3) inches. All metering devices shall be furnished by and installed at a location specified by the Town of Guernsey.
For small quantity purchases of bulk water, the Water Superintendent may approve the purchase for a fixed rate of not less than ($0.0065) cents per gallon and no meter will be required. The Water Superintendent must be notified, and an employee of the Town of Guernsey must be present at the time water is pumped. A backflow prevention device or an open-air spout with a minimum clearance of three (3) inches is required.
Damage to hydrants and/or other town property resulting from any bulk water purchase shall be the responsibility of the bulk water purchaser.
SECTION 3: Penalty for Violation
Any person, firm, or corporation violating this ordinance shall be charged with a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount not to exceed $750.00, plus costs. Violation of this ordinance shall be deemed a separate offense on each day that a violation shall occur.
SECTION 4: Repealer Clause
All other ordinances, resolutions, or by-laws, or parts of any ordinances, resolutions, or by-laws in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed.
SECTION 5: Severability
If any section, paragraph, clause, or provision of this ordinance shall for any reason be held to be invalid or unenforceable, the invalidity or unenforceability of such part shall not affect any of the remaining provisions of this ordinance.
SECTION 6: Effective Date
This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage, approval, and publication.
Passed and approved this 15th day of September 2020 on first reading.
Passed and approved this 6th day of October 2020 on second reading.
Passed and approved this 20th day of October 2020 on third reading.
Chamber Report: Thank you for helping and participating in the scholarship golf tournament. They raised approximately $5,000 for the tournament. There will be a ribbon-cutting for the Camp Guernsey Connection on the 22nd of October at 9:30 am and Twister’s on the 27th of October at 4 pm. They will be starting a weekly news update to provide more information to the communities. 576 visitors were through the chamber in September. The Chamber has 7 ribbon cuttings in the new 2 weeks.
Public Comment: N/A
Department Reports: Matt Allred informed the council that we have 3 interviews on November 19th for the landfill remediation project. He has most of the plans finalized for the food pantry relocation project. Kate Farmer let the council know that the Camp Guernsey Connector will be completed by tomorrow and the ribbon cutting with be on the 22nd at 9:30 am. The auditor will have additional information requests to Kate by this Thursday.
Mayor and Council Report: Mayor Paustian introduced Frank Jones as one of the Town Attorney’s, his son Eric Jones will be assisting the town as well. He said we will miss Dana Lent but hope she is happy at her new location. Frank thanked the council and said he has been in contact with Dana to create a smooth transition of information. Mayor Paustian thinks it will be a great relationship. He is happy with the town crews; Judge Conner has been doing great with his full PD staff. Chief Smith is doing an amazing job and his crew is doing just as well.
Announcements: 10/16-23 – Clean-Up Week, 10/22 – Camp Guernsey Connector Ribbon Cutting @ 9:30 am, 10/22 – Community Advisory Panel @ 1 pm, Camp Guernsey, 10/24 – Mobile Pantry @ FSB parking lot 11 am to 4 pm, 10/25 – VFW Breakfast, 10/27 – Flu Shot Clinic @ VFW, starts at 9 am, 10/27 – Twister’s Ribbon Cutting @ 4 pm, 10/30 – Treat Street, 1:30 to 4 pm, 10/30 & 10/31 – Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department Haunted House @ Town Hall Shop, 6 to 10 pm, 11/3 – Town Council Meeting @ 6 pm, 11/4 – Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department Meeting @ 6 pm, 11/21 – Winter Farmer’s Market & Holiday Bazaar @ VFW from 9 am to 2 pm, 12/2 – Winter’s Eve Parade
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 6:31 pm, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1888 published in the Guernsey Gazette on October 27, 2020