June 21, 2022
Town of Guernsey
Platte County, Wyoming
Present: Mayor Paustian, CM Harris, CM Delgado. Absent: CM Augustyn, CM Kelley.
Staff: L. Ballard, Chief Thomas, P. Hebbert.
Registered Guests: P. Russell, P. Wells, C. Troesh, A. Pulos.
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. CM Delgado seconded. The motion carried.
Minutes: CM Harris moved to approve the minutes for June 7, 2022. CM Delgado seconded. 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 $262,974.23 seconded by CM Harris. The motion carried. Vouchers follow in their entirety: Alan Baldy, $4.26; Banner Capital Bank, $44,204.05; Brown Company, $439.98; Caselle, $600.00; $66.67; Charlie’s Repair, $334.78; Contractors Materials, $824.96; CPS Distributors, $1,220.10; Frank Parts, $361.95; Charles Holt, $45.96; Mark Jespersen, $480.00; Jirdon-Agri Chemicals, $86.58; National Fire Fighter Wildland, $1,665.00; Nebraska Printworks, $430.78; Sam’s Club MC/SYNCB, $1,763.46; Travelers, $23,367.00; USPS, $265.00; Valley Motor Supply, $78.21; Verizon Wireless, $375.90; Vistabeam, $491.50; WSGA, $100.00; Wyoming Department of Agriculture, $50.00; Wyoming Municipal Power Agency, $73,622.67; Y2 Consultants, $41,819.25. Total Invoices, $192,716.06. Payroll, $43,412.16. Taxes/Benefits Payable, $26,846.01. TOTAL CLAIMS: $262,974.23.
Community/Organization Reports: P. Russell reported that the June 18 Mobile Food Pantry started distributing food after set up was completed at 12:20 pm. All attendees received a food bundle. R. Martinez reported that Economic Development approved the contribution of up to $2000 toward the dog park.
Department Reports: L. Ballard provided an update of golf course activity. A discussion about the Pro Shop landscaping and golf course complex opportunities followed. Fire Chief Thomas reported the fire ban in Platte County and provided information about recent call activity and July 4th preparation. P. Hebbert reported on ARPA fund receipts and the status of the pool and movie/concert contracts with Tri-City Parks.
Ordinance 2022-001 -- Fiscal Year 2023 Budget/2nd Reading: CM Delgado motioned to accept the second reading of Ordinance 2022-001, the Budget for Fiscal Year 2023. CM Harris seconded. The motion carried.
Resolution 2022-003 Banner Capital Bank Signatures: CM Delgado motioned to approve the removal of Lynne Bryant from the signature cards at Banner Capital Bank. CM Harris seconded. The motion carried.
Resolution 2022-004 First State Bank Signatures: CM Harris motioned to approve the removal of Lynne Bryant from the signature cards at First State Bank. CM Delgado seconded. The motion carried.
Open Container Permit Request – Crazy Tony’s Bar – July 4th: CM Harris motioned to approve Crazy Tony’s Open Container Permit Request for July 4th. CM Delgado seconded. The motion carried.
Landfill Remediation Project Cost/Funding: P. Hebbert reported that the total projected cost for the Landfill Remediation Project is expected to increase from $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. The Town’s share of the cost is 25%. DEQ forwarded an agreement outlining the cost-share of the additional expense which the Town attorney has reviewed. The Town previously secured an SRF loan in the amount of $500,000 for its share of the initial $2,000,000. The Town will apply for $250,000 more in SRF funds. The first step is to hold a Public Meeting which will be targeted to coincide with the July 19 council meeting. CM Delgado motioned to table the matter until the Public Meeting. CM Harris seconded. The motion carried.
Public Comment: A. Pulos inquired about the cemetery entrance. Mayor Paustian reported that CM Augustyn presented a bid packet to three contractors and is awaiting response. An initial donation from Mr. Bohannan has been received. She also commented on abandoned vehicles/trailers and weeds on selected properties. P. Wells asked about the ambulance contract. Mayor Paustian reported he has no new information. A discussion about Larson Park revenue followed to include cart rental prices, campground expansion and food vendors.
Mayor and Council Report: CM Harris complimented the Police Department for recent community engagements with a youth car wash and tire change assistance for a resident. He expressed frustration with the Mayor about things not getting done. A discussion about weed concerns followed. CM Delgado inquired about unlicensed golf carts being driven in town.
Mayor Paustian asked that the Town check into having a contractor pump the septic tank at the golf course. He will also look into cart shed fees in the region and report back. P. Wells asked about a final budget workshop before the third reading. A workshop was scheduled for 2:00 pm on Friday, June 24th.
Adjournment: With no further business, CM Harris motioned that the meeting be adjourned, seconded by CM Delgado. The motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:17 pm.
Kellie Augustyn, Mayor Pro Tem
Pam Hebbert, Clerk/Treasurer
Public Notice No. 1985 published in the Guernsey Gazette on July 12, 2022.