January 19, 2021
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Harris, CM Augustyn
Excused: CM Kelley
Present via Zoom: CM Delgado
Staff: K. Farmer, Officer Chavez
Guests: Shawna Reichardt, Pat Russell
Via Zoom: Christa Bartel, Rob Cain, Melissa Howe
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 Harris moved to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes.
Minutes: CM Augustyn moved to approve the regular minutes for January 5, 2021, as presented, seconded by CM Harris. 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 $64,374.96 seconded by CM Harris. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Baker & Associates - -26304.40, Bargreen Ellingson – 306.00, Bob Ruwart Motors – 714.15, Brown – 52.50, Capital Business Systems – 455.82, Caselle – 570.00, Fast Stop – 203.34, Guernsey Economic Development – 250.00, Guernsey Gazette – 2398.50, Mobius Communications – 360.00, Nebraska Printworks – 256.72, One-call of WY – 1.50, Rocky Mountain Sand & Gravel – 26304.40, Sam’s Club – 153.00, Smith – 52.50, Syncb/Amazon – 71.05, TDS – 220.60, Verizon Wireless – 530.87, Vistabeam – 449.55, Wex Bank – 2456.51, Wheatland REA – 38.76, WWQ & PCA – 180.00, Wyoming Departmen of Environmental Quality – 250.00, Wyoming Office of State Land & Investment – 11084.32, Wyoming Public Health Laboratory – 208.00, Wyrulec – 1231.43, Payroll – 32229.61, Taxes & Benefits – 9650.23, Total Vouchers – $64,374.96.
Chamber of Commerce Annual Report: Shawna Reichardt reported $28,140 was spent in Platte County by using Pride Certificates. 4.2 million people were reached through the Chamber’s FaceBook presence. The Chamber successfully completed 42 events with the Ag Banquet, Let’s Go On a Bear Hunt, Golf Tournament and many more. The Platte County Chamber of Commerce promotes a business climate that provides a quality of life for all citizens while preserving traditions and values.
Camp Guernsey Back Brief: Camp Guernsey has ended telework and all staff are back at work today. They are continuing to plan for the Field Artillery Exercies that will be in June and July this summer. Wyoming National Guard is supporting the Presidential Inauguration mission with approximately 100 soldiers.
Public Comment: Pat Russell said the construction is almost complete on the food pantry. The freezer is on its way and will hopefully will be here on Friday. Brad Cook is aware of that and will be ready to install it. The heating might need to be upgraded because it is pretty cold. On Friday’s it would be nice to have it heated by 11 am to 66 or 68 degrees. She is thrilled with the space and they have space to spare. It will make it really nice for the community. She hasn’t decided on an open house due to COVID. She is happy to open it up if someone wants to take a look at it. They will be open on Friday’s from 1 pm to 3 pm. The mobile food pantry was a success and it was the toughest one yet. Volunteers had to divide the bulk items into smaller boxes and the volunteers did amazing. Mayor Paustian asked where the pantry’s are being advertised. The pantry has a FaceBook page and it is there as well as the Food Bank of the Rockies. She puts the event on the pantry FaceBook page and it is out the month prior. If the number of people increase from month to month, we can increase the pounds of food that is supplied. Please do not bring your pets with you and make sure that your vehicle is large enough to accept 2 to 3 large boxes. Please have proxys filled out prior to picking up food for additional families.
Department Reports: Kate Farmer reported that the Landfill loan has been approved by the Office of State Lands and Investments. The only requirement is that the town open a bank account that is designated for the repayment of the loan in the amount of $24,329.00 with ninety days of the executed loan agreement. Kate informed the council that the Town has a CD for the landfill in the amount of $122,000 and a savings account in the amount of $13,949.00. She said that the Town can pull from the CD, savings account, or the general fund to meet the requirement. The water pipeline project has been published in the Guernsey Gazette and we will need 3 councilmembers on the selection committee to choose an engineering firm for the project. The bids will be opened on February 17th at 2 pm in the Council Chambers. She reported that the audit is moving forward quickly and should be completed by February 15th. Officer Chavez said that the PD received their 4 defibulators and they are located in all 4 vehicles. There is a dog being cared for in the pound from a traffic stop last week.
Mayor and Council Report: N/A
Announcements: 2/2 – Town Council Meeting @ 6 pm, 2/3 – Guernsey Volunteer Fire Meeting @ 6 pm, 2/13 – Guernsey Pet Clinic @ Town Hall Shop from 9 am to 11:30 am, @ 1 pm to 3 pm, 2/15 – Presidents Day & Town Hall Closed, 2/16 – Town Council Meeting @ 6 pm, 2/20 - Mobile Food Pantry @ Town Hall Parking Lot
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 6:30 pm, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 3 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1906 published in the Guernsey Gazette on January 26, 2021.