April 20, 2021
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Harris, CM Augustyn, CM Kelley, CM Delgado
Staff: K. Farmer, J. Michaels
Guests: Lori Ibarra, Geraldine Delgado, Kathy Sierra, Shawna Reichart, Rose Martinez
Via Zoom: Christa Bartel, 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 as written, 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 April 6, 2021, as written, seconded by CM Delgado. 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 $178,399.38 seconded by CM Harris. A vote was taken, and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Vouchers follow in their entirety: Allred – 147.02, Black Hills Energy – 917.86, Capital Business Systems – 436.92, Central Business Forms – 459.00, Econo Signs – 219.56, Fast Stop – 50.00, Forensic Pierces – 595.00, Guernsey Gazette – 1599.00, Guernsey Petty Cash – 147.26, Martinez – 141.38, Niles – 520.75, Northern Toll & Equipment – 449.00, Offe – 478.75, On-Call of Wyoming – 13.50, Sam’s Club – 2038.42, Smith – 192.54, Swihart – 478.85, Syncb/Amazon – 1639.58, Thomas, J – 156.75, Thomas, S – 156.75, Torrington Beverage – 321.35, Verizon Wireless – 355.82, Vistabeam – 449.55, Wex Bank – 3536.69, WY Dept. of Ag – 50.00, WYDOT – 15.00, WMPA – 91972.48, WY Public Health Lab – 40.00, Wyrulec – 739.51, Payroll – 31141.16, Taxes & Benefits – 38866.33, Total Vouchers – $178,399.38.
Camp Guernsey Back Brief: Camp Guernsey provided a flyer with available temporary positions to the audience. April 29th is the planned burn in the north training area. Approximately 26% of the force is vaccinated. Mandatory vaccinations are expected to start once the federal government emergency use ends. Vaccination will be a qualifier for deployments. Large groups will require masks, for smaller groups who can social distance, masks will be optional. Wyoming Military Department is executing its extremism training. The community should anticipate an increase of soldiers in the community as activity on camp increases, especially in June and July.
Ordinance 2021-001 – Sewer Rates, 3rd Reading: CM Augustyn moved to approve Ordinance 2021-001 on 3rd reading, seconded by CM Delgado. The vote was taken and the motion carried with 5 ayes. The ordinance follows in its entirety: ORDINANCE NO. 2021-001
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. There is hereby established the following monthly rates for sewer provided to consumers by the Town of Guernsey. ALL sewer connections to the Town of Guernsey system will incur a Connection Fee of $4.00 per month until services are severed.
SECTION 5: All other ordinances in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed. This ordinance shall become effective for the May 2021 billing periods as noted above.
Passed and approved on this 16th day of February 2021 on 1st reading.
Passed and approved on this 2nd day of March 2021 on 2nd reading.
Passed and approved on this 20th day of April 2021 on 3rd and final reading.
Resolution 2021-006 – Banner Capital Bank CD Renewals: CM Delgado moved to approve Resolution 2021-006 Banner Capital Bank CD Renewals, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken and the motion carried with 5 ayes. The resolution follows in title only: A RESOLUTION FOR RENEWING CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT WITH BANNER CAPITAL BANK.
Platte County Lodging Tax Board Appointment – Shawna Reichert: CM Harris moved to appoint Shawna Reichert to the Platte County Lodging Tax Board through December 31, 2023, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Tri-City Parks & Rec – Baseball Field: Lori Ibarra, Administrator, for Tri-City Parks and Recreation District spoke with the Council about the baseball field. CM Delgado moved to pay for a truckload of dirt and Tri-City pay for a truckload of dirt to replace the dirt that was removed, seconded by CM Augustyn. A vote was taken and the motion carried with 5 ayes. Lori presented the council with the proposal to administer the movies and concerts for the summer of 2021 for $2,175. CM Harris moved to approve the Summer Series in the park for 2021, seconded by CM Kelley. A vote was taken and the motion carried with 5 ayes.
Public Comment: N/A
Department Reports: Jeff Thomas’s report was read to the Council. The fire department has responded to several gas leaks and a few agency assists. Training has been Line of Duty Death, Team Building, Safety, Air Pak, and Limited Visibility Search Patterns. The first part of April they hosted a joint extrication training with Hartville and Camp Guernsey, courtesy of Lee’s Towing. The department will be sending 5 firefighters to the Cody Fire School. Joe Michaels reported that all of the documents for Dry Forks have been signed. WMPA has a verbal on the 30 megs at Laramie River Station, documents should be signed by the end of the month. He will have more information at the next council meeting. We are doing this to provide reliable and stable prices for electricity. There is a drought in the western United States and there might not be enough water to generate electricity at Hoover Dam in October and November. We do not get our 5 meg from Hoover Dam for hydro, we get it out of Loveland and that seems to be okay. We do not know how that will affect us in the future if it does affect our hydro generation.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Delgado thanked Shawna for stepping up and volunteering for the Lodging Tax Board and thanked the council for everything they do for the town. They deserve a pat on the back because they do a good job. Mayor Paustian said the last mobile food pantry went extremely well.
Announcements: 4/23 to 4/30 – Spring Cleanup, 5/4 – Town Council Meeting,
5/5 - Guernsey Volunteer Fire Meeting @ 6 pm, 5/15 - Mobile Food Pantry @ Town Hall Parking Lot, 5/18 – Town Council Meeting
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 6:30 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. 1919 published in the Guernsey Gazette on April 27, 2021.