May 17, 2022
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Harris, CM Kelley, CM Augustyn, CM Delgado.
Staff: P. Hebbert.
Registered Guests: J. Michaels, P. Wells, S. Thomas, V. Hood, S. Mosley, C. Hort.
Call to Order: Mayor Paustian called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. He welcomed and thanked the assembly for attending. All joined in the Pledge of Allegiance
Agenda: CM Harris moved to approve the agenda as written. CM Kelley seconded. The motion carried 5-0.
Minutes: CM Augustyn moved to approve the minutes for May 3, 2022. CM Kelley seconded. The motion carried 5-0.
Consideration of Claims: Mayor Paustian presented the vouchers for approval. CM Augustyn moved to approve the Considerations of Claims in the amount of $244,344.08 seconded by CM Kelley. The motion carried 5-0. Vouchers follow in their entirety: Dana Bell, $110.25; Bob Ruwart Motors, $150.04; Border States, $124.04; Bunkhouse Motel, $149.39; Capital Business Systems, $150.58; Caselle, $600.00; CenturyLink, $1,160.75; CNA Surety, $350.00; William M. Conner, $150.21; Fat Boys Tire, $52.10; Guernsey Gazette, $936.20; Hillside Rental, $102.60; William Holtz, $190.00; Howshar Hardware, $935.58; L L Johnson Distributing, $217.69; Local Government Liability Pool, $7,589.00; Northwest Pipe Fittings, $52.25; One-Call of Wyoming, $1.50; Paymentech, $180.00; Pitney Bowes, $231.12; R & R Products, $208.80; Railroad Management Company, $313.34; Sam’s Club/SYNCB, $1,573.36; Stanley Access Tech, $2,982.03; Stotz Equipment, $1,156.53; Swank Motion Pictures, $1,860.00; SYNCB/Amazon, $328.06; TDS Collection Services, $18,264.78; The Supply Cache, $774.90; Verizon Wireless, $375.90; Vistabeam, $491.50; Westco, $490.93; Western Research and Development, $36,500.00; Wex Bank, $4,382.91; Wheatland REA, $39.35; Julie & Erin Williams, $1.14; Wyoming Department of Transportation, $15.00; Wyoming Fire Chiefs’ Assoc., $130.00; WMPA, $79,607.10; Wyoming Retirement System, $225.00; WYOPOTS, $180.00; WYRULEC, $665.92. Total Invoices, $164,000.21. Payroll, $33,556.28. Taxes/Benefits Payable, $46,787.59. TOTAL CLAIMS: $244,344.08.
Community/Organization Reports: C. Bartel reported upcoming activity for Camp Guernsey and provided the status of the Lucindy Rollins and JTEC projects. As chair of the Guernsey Community Food Pantry, J. Michaels read a letter of appreciation to the Town of Guernsey.
Department Reports: P. Hebbert provided an update on the budget process and the status of recruitment for the town planner position. J. Michaels reported WMPA prices are expected to remain steady and demand availability should not be an issue. S. Thomas reported on activity for the Volunteer Fire Department. Mayor Paustian reported the library door has been repaired.
Cemetery Entrance: Mayor Paustian provided an update on the cemetery entrance. CM Augustyn reported on discussions with Mr. Bohannon about design and materials. John Bunning Transfer has donated pipe to use for the pillars.
Water Account/Customer #40290: The council discussed a waterline break for account #40290 during the time the meter-read system was down. CM Delgado motioned to reduce the amount due on the account for the April billing to $1000.00. CM Harris seconded. The motion carried 5-0.
Firework Display/Liability Insurance: After a discussion about the projected cost to insure the town for the fireworks display, Mayor Paustian reported the town will advertise for donations to help defray the cost before making a decision on the event.
Public Comment: P. Wells asked if town employees would receive free golf memberships and/or pool passes to town employees this year. After discussion, CM Augustyn motioned that the town provide town employees access to the golf course and pool at no cost. No second was given and the motion died. J. Michaels expressed concern that a Special Meeting will be required for the third reading of the budget, which is an added expense to the town. R. Martinez spoke about the effect of the increase in the minimum rate of pay for seasonal employees. B. Cook provided information about recent actions involving a large rock in the river bed. S. Cook spoke about the attraction of floating the river for her family and the larger economic affect to the community. S. Mosley inquired about the permit process to rent tubes for river floating.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Delgado inquired about the ambulance contract and next steps with Vistabeam. Mayor Paustian outlined communications with Banner Health. A workshop with Vistabeam is to be scheduled. CM Augustyn reported work undertaken at the golf course and thanked volunteers and the VFD. CM Harris expressed concern about weeds and inquired about stricter ordinances. Mayor Paustian thanked the volunteers and staff for their work at the golf course and thanked public works for the library door repair. He also expressed appreciation for the many efforts of volunteers in the community.
Adjournment: With no further business, CM Kelley motioned that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by CM Harris. The motion carried 5-0. The meeting adjourned at 7:18 pm.
Kellie Augustyn, Mayor Pro Tem
Pam Hebbert, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1982 published in the Guernsey Gazette on June 7, 2022.