March 2, 2021
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Harris, CM Augustyn, CM Kelley, CM Delgado
Staff: K. Farmer, J. Michaels, S. Thomas
Guests: Shane & Misty Clevenger, Ali Watkins with the NY Times
Via Zoom: Christa Bartel, Tim & Melissa Howe, Cassie Wells
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 with a change to number 8 description, Noggle Building Variance, 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 February 16, 2021, with the addition, CM Harris asked if any other officers needed this training and Chief Smith said they did not need this training, under Department Reports, 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 Augustyn moved to approve the Considerations of Claims for $94,867.39 seconded by CM Delgado. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Vouchers follow in entirety: Black Hills Energy – 2225.14, Charlies Repair – 475.55, CNA Surety – 1250.00, EPoliceSupply.com – 664.89, Guernsey Super Foods – 16.99, Howshar Hardware – 64.44, Local Government Liability Pool – 8070.00, Mobius Communications – 40.00, Mosley – 350.00, Reserve Account – 150.00, Sterling Codifiers – 303.00, TDS – 12680.07, Wyoming Retirement Systems – 300.00, Payroll – 30346.21, Taxes & Benefits – 37931.10, Total Vouchers – $94,867.39.
Camp Guernsey Back Brief: On March 18, 2021, in building GIB, room 121 there will be a synchronization meeting with local fire departments to discuss equipment, staffing, and training. Soldiers and technicians have been receiving COVID vaccinations. Masks are still required in all buildings located at the camp.
Ordinance 2021-001 – Sewer Rates, 2nd Reading: CM Delgado moved to approve Ordinance 2021-001 on 2nd reading, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. The ordinance follows in title only: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE 2016-06; ESTABLISHING RATES FOR SEWER SERVICE FOR THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF GUERNSEY, WYOMING.
Noggle Building Exception: Kate Farmer presented the council with a request for a building variance. She let them know that Gordon Noggle had acquired all the required documents and received approval from the planning and zoning board to build a red iron building on his property on Burlington Street. CM Harris moved to approve Gordon and Danielle Noggle’s building exception, seconded by CM Kelley. The vote was taken and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Public Comment: N/A
Department Reports: Joe Michaels reported as of February 1st WMPA is no longer producing power but purchasing it and reselling it under the agreed tariff that we currently have. Kate Farmer reported the reconciliation report for February was included in the council packets. Western Research and Development was the high scorer and low bid for the water transmission pipeline project. Matt and Western are reviewing the proposal for accuracy and then will work through the contract that is required by the Wyoming Water Development Office. Kate had written a letter to Guernsey Economic Development asking if they would pay for the match to complete the second phase of the rail spur at the industrial park. They agreed to pay the match. Matt Allred has started working with BNSF and the contractor for the project to get it moving forward. The landfill loan is at the AG’s office, we are still waiting to break ground on the landfill cap. The bids for the Pool Operator are due to Town Hall on March 10th by 2 pm. It was advertised in the Gazette and I let Tri-City Parks and Rec know that we were accepting RFP’s. The pet clinic has been rescheduled for this Saturday, March 6th from 9-11:30 am. The Guernsey Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 3rd at Gordon Davis Park. All attendees will be required to wear a mask and the PD will be enforcing it. Flyers will be going out around town later this week letting the community know. We are not asking for donations this year as we will use what we received last year. If anyone wants to donate, we will not turn them away.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Delgado wished the Vikings good luck at the State Tournament tomorrow. Mayor Paustian said congratulations to the Vikings basketball team for making it to the state tournament.
Announcements: 3/3 - Guernsey Volunteer Fire Meeting @ 6 pm, 3/6 – Guernsey Pet Clinic from 9-11:30 am, 3/16 – Town Council Meeting, 3/20 - 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 Augustyn moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:20 pm, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Nicholas Paustian, Mayor
Kate Farmer, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1911 published in the Guernsey Gazette on March 9, 2021.