Public Notice No. 1961

December 7, 2021

Town of Guernsey

 Regular Meeting

Platte County, Wyoming

Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Augustyn, CM Delgado, CM Harris, CM Kelley. 

Staff:  M. Fronapfel, P. Hebbert, M. Allred, Chief Smith, Officer Mangan, J. Thomas, Judge W. Conner, F. Jones, Town Attorney.  

Guests: P. Russell, J. Condos, C. Bartel, R. Butz, P. Wells, A. Pulos, C. Martinez, T. Van Dam, R. Martinez, S. Reichert, C. Riley, D. Benz, T. Reichert, J. Michaels, K. Montgomery, M. Clevenger, S. Clevenger. Via Zoom:  S. Thomas.

Call to Order: Mayor Paustian called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. He noted the good crowd and thanked everyone for attending.  All joined in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Agenda: CM Kelley moved to approve the agenda as written. CM Harris seconded. Motion carried. 

Minutes: CM Harris moved to approve the minutes of the regular meeting on November 16, 2021, as written, seconded by CM Augustyn. The motion carried. 

Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Delgado moved to approve the Considerations of Claims in the amount of $318,994.07 for the period of 11/17/21 to 12/07/21, seconded by CM Harris. The motion carried. Vouchers follow in their entirety: Biolynceus, $3338.77; Black Hills Energy, $997.27; Blueline Custom Vinyls, $1500.00; Border States Industries, $44.18; Capital Business Systems, $300.46; Caselle, $600.00; Casper College, $249.00; CenturyLink, $1184.53; Charlie’s Repair, $50.00; Energy Laboratories, $375.00; Fast Stop 1132, $30.31; Frank J. Jones, Attorney At Law, $2028.10; Guernsey Community Food Pantry, $901.39; Guernsey Gazette, $663.00; Guernsey Super Foods, $4.54; Masek Golf Car Co., $80.56; Menards, $192.64; One-Call of Wyoming, $18.75; Platte County, $24,447.99; Platte County Chamber of Commerce, $2730.00; Productivity Plus, $1.00; Ramkota Hotel, $252.00; RRTC of Colorado, $111,491.01; Sandberg Implement, $29.16; Sarah Mosley Cleaning Services, $180.00; Smith Psychological Services, $400.00; Staples Credit, $132.46; Stotz Equipment, $169.11; TDS Collection Services, $16,346.28; U. S. Postal Service, $181.72; Van Pelt Fencing, $520.00; Verizon Wireless, $519.04, Vistabeam, $491.50; WARWS, $450.00; Wheatland Automotive, $142.02; Wheatland R.E.A., $78.69; WMPA, $79,445.66; WYOPOTS, $280.00. Total Invoices paid: $250,846.14. Payroll, $29,425.17. Taxes & Benefits, $38,722.76. 

Oath of Office:  Christina Mangan was introduced as the new Police Officer for the Town of Guernsey. Judge William M. Conner administered her Oath of Office. 

Community/Organization Reports: Christa Bartel reported that Camp Guernsey is in the process of changing email addresses. She will send a complete list of new addresses to the Town as soon as they have them. She encouraged town officials to contact the Governor or Wyoming House or Senate representatives with questions about the status of Lucinda Rollins Road.  Shawna Reichert reported Chamber holiday activities: Charlie the Chamber Elf, the Twinkle Tour, and Santa’s Mailbox. The next Chamber Board meeting is December 9th at Noon; the Chamber Open House is December 17th from 2-5 pm. The Lodging and Tax Board is working to build a tourism app. A discussion followed regarding approaches for Platte and Goshen County to work together to promote all communities.  Pat Russell reported that the partnership between the Food Pantry and Town to re-surface the shop floor went well and it looks nice. She reminded the council that in 2022 the mobile pantry will be every other month starting the 3rd Saturday in February.  Ft. Laramie will be assisting with the food pantry by volunteering on Fridays and promoting the delivery service.  Chris Martinez reported the Toy Run was successful. He thanked everyone for donating and commented on the generous spirit of the community. John Condos reported that KERM/KGOS will be broadcasting Guernsey-Sunrise boys’ and girls’ basketball games on December 14, January 8, and January 21. CM Delgado motioned to approve payment of $270 for the Town to provide sponsorship for these broadcasts. CM Augustyn seconded. The motion carried. 

Water Tank/Waterline Transmission Pipeline Contracts:  Attorney Jones reported that he and Matt Allred met with engineering firm representatives on November 29th and agreed to changes for the Water Tank and Water Transmission Pipeline contracts. Council Members Harris, Kelley and Delgado were in attendance. He discussed that the contracts are pending an execution date and a revision to Exhibit I but are ready otherwise. CM Delgado motioned to approve the Water Tank contract with final edits as noted. CM Kelley seconded. The motion carried. CM Augustyn motioned to approve the Waterline Transmission contract with noted edits. CM Harris seconded. The motion carried. Attorney Jones requested to be excused for travel. Prior to his departure he provided a status report regarding the ambulance contract and the Haynes covenant issue. Discussion followed. 

Department Reports: Chief Jeff Thomas reported calls for the department, including a recent diesel spill, and outlined training that members will be participating in.  Judge Conner provided the council a copy of the Municipal Court Monthly Summary for November. He reported that citations were down due to limited officer staffing for the month.  Matt Allred reported that well drilling for the landfill remediation is complete and that a working route for Phase 2 of the railspur may have been determined. Planning and Zoning will be communicating with the Mansfields to outline next steps. He is researching the status of the road at the north end of town for potential platting, and a pillar design for the cemetery entrance is complete and ready for print.  Joe Michaels informed the council that according to Basin’s recent report that stable rates can be expected for the next year. In January he will be working with the Town to identify efficient approaches for energy use.  Pam Hebbert stated the 2021 F-66 report has been submitted. She was not able to clarify beginning balances with the auditor because of their limited availability. She will solicit bids for FY 2021 financial review services plus agreed upon procedures to assist the Town with identifying balances and present those for approval by the council at the next meeting. The liquor license renewal process is on track. The notice is currently being published and protests will be heard at the January 4th meeting. Christmas coloring contest entries are on display at the Town Hall. Residents are asked to stop in and vote.

Public Comment: Penny Wells inquired about the cost to the Town for the November 29th meeting to review the water contracts. P. Hebbert will contact WAM for information about special meetings and workshops. Penny also asked about the Christmas lighting of the tree in Gordon Davis Park.  Joe Michaels expressed concern for the delay in fixing the ADA doors at the library. A lengthy discussion followed.  Kathy Montgomery addressed the Council to share concerns she has about the Town of Guernsey.  Ada Pulos inquired about the issuance of citations when traffic does not yield to pedestrians. Mayor Paustian will ask the police department to watch the crosswalks.  Joe Michaels inquired about police vehicle use by officers who reside and travel from outside the community. 

Mayor and Council Report: CM Harris conveyed comments he has received that the new police vehicle markings render them unidentifiable to residents who may look to officers for assistance. People have also inquired with him about council meeting minutes not including fuller commentary from meeting content. CM Harris expressed his frustration with the time it takes for action on agenda items.  CM Kelley stated that he has also received comments regarding the police vehicle markings.  CM Augustyn reported that many people showed up to prepare 32-35 Thanksgiving dinners that were delivered to community families. Donations covered all costs and $112 remaining was donated to the Food Pantry. CM Augustyn also invited residents to attend the bonfire at Madison Beach on December 8th to commemorate Madison Cook’s 21st birthday.  CM Delgado inquired about follow up on the ambulance contract with Banner and the status of employees working from home. A discussion followed about tracking employee hours and potential of using time clocks.  Mayor Paustian inquired with Chief Thomas about options for the Town to support an EMS crew. More discussion will follow. The Mayor expressed his appreciation for the large number of Town residents who have responded to participate in Thanksgiving and Christmas community events. 

Announcements: The Mobile Food Pantry is December 18th from 1-3 pm at the Town Hall.  The next council meeting is at 6 pm on December 21st. 

Adjournment: With no further business before the Council, Mayor Paustian called for a motion to adjourn. CM Augustyn motioned, CM Harris seconded. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:41 pm.


Nicholas Paustian, Mayor 

Pamela Hebbert, Clerk/Treasurer

Public Notice No. 1961 published in the Guernsey Gazette on December 14, 2021.