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March 13, 2018 (OFFICIAL MINUTES)

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                   LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                     OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                             MARCH 13, 2018





The Board of Fremont County Commissioners met in Regular Session at 9:00 a.m. with the following members present:  Chairman Travis Becker, Vice-Chairman Larry Allen, Ray Price, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Fremont County Clerk Julie A. Freese was present for the meeting.


Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the Agenda as amended.  Motion carried unanimously.


Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held March 6, 2018.  Motion carried unanimously.


Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to accept the regular bills for payment.  Chairman Becker abstained from voting on The Print Shop voucher.  Motion carried unanimously.


Each of the bills are listed below in the following format: Vendor Name-Department-Description-Total Cost.


Airgas USA LLC-1% Infrastructure Projects-Cattle Guard Supplies-$137.91; Anda Inc.-Public Health-Vaccine-$2,267.18; Arcasearch Corporation-County Clerk-Support-$4,861.00; Bailey Enterprises, Inc.-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts/Service-$284.90; Bill Jones Plumbing & Heating-County Buildings-Materials/Services-$202.50; Bloedorn Lumber Lander-County Buildings-Materials/Supplies-$352.68; Bloedorn Lumber Riverton-County Buildings-Materials/Supplies-$6.79; CenturyLink-Agriculture Department-Phone Services-$351.07; Communication Technologies Inc.-Support Services-Maintenance Agreement/Repairs-$3,489.54; Dowl LLC-Mortimore Lane Reconstruction-Construction Management-$532.50; Eagle Uniform & Supply Co-Vehicle Maintenance-Laundry Services-$67.63; Emergency Power Systems LLC-Segregated-Services-$517.87; Freese, Julie-County Clerk-Reimburse Expenses-$35.45; Fremont Motors Lander-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts/Supplies-$871.91; Gebes, Jeannie-Public Defender-Transcript-$97.50; Information Systems Consulting Inc.-Computer Services-Subscription-$2,631.85; James Gores & Associates, P.C.-Moneta Lysite Road Shoulder-Shoulder Widening-$14,300.20; John Deere Financial-Vehicle Maintenance-Materials/Supplies-$349.95; Lander Valley Auto Parts-Segregated-Parts/Supplies-$249.56; Lander, City of-Segregated-Water/Sewer-$1,922.03; LCI Trucking & Construction LLC-1% Gravel Projects-Contract Services-$11,027.50; Lee’s Operating Service Inc.-1% Gravel Projects-Contract Services-$1,870.00; Majdic, Thomas-County Attorney-Reimburse Expenses-$39.20; McCarty, Jennifer-County Commission-Reimburse Expenses-$274.00; Napa Auto Parts Riverton-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts/Supplies-$985.64; Norco Inc.-Segregated-Rentals/Oxygen/Supplies-$4,768.72; Novo Benefits-Health Benefit Plan-Insurance Services-$9,354.00; Office Shop Inc., The-Agriculture Department-Service Agreement-$342.79; Post, Raymond-County Buildings-Car Wash-$26.00; Postmaster-Segregated-Box Rent-$188.00; Print Shop, The-County Coroner-Office/Notary Stamp-$49.50; Quill Corporation-County Attorney-Office Supplies-$310.72; R C Lock & Key-County Buildings-Keys/Supplies/Services-$8.25; Riverton Ranger, Inc.-Segregated-Advertising-$1,539.40; Rocky Mountain Power-Segregated-Utilities-$10,898.21; Schoneberger, Valerie-District Court-Court Appointment-$367.50; Shoshoni, Town of-Transportation-Water/Sewer-$50.00; Sweetwater Aire LLC-County Buildings Detention-Services/Materials-$45.53; Traveling Computers-Computer Services-Computer Supplies/Services-$222.50; University of Wyoming-Agriculture Department-Contract Salary-$7,891.50; Verizon Wireless-Segregated-Cellphone Services-$278.51; WCS Telecom-Segregated-Phone Services-$690.44; Western Printing, Inc.-Segregated-Printed Supplies-$135.59; Wilkerson, James A., IV, M.D., P.C.-County Coroner-Autopsy-$1,175.00; Wyoming Behavioral Institute-Health & Welfare-Title 25-$4,317.00; Wyoming Waste Systems-Segregated-Waste-$2,601.92


The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Liquor Licenses for all renewal liquor licensees previously approved; 2) letter of appreciation to Mr. James Bousman for donation of earthern fill materials for Tunnel Hill and South Muddy Roadways; and 3) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to transfer fixed assets (three County pool cars) from the Vehicle Maintenance Department to the Board of County Commissioners, effective July 1, 2018 with applicable capital revolving loan payment on one vehicle to also transfer accordingly.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Petition to Approve the Appointment of Robert A. Bundy as Part-Time Magistrate for the Circuit Courts, Ninth Judicial District, Fremont County, State of Wyoming.  Motion carried unanimously.


The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  1) High Plains Power, Inc. proxy votes (no proxy submitted).  Jennifer McCarty moved, Ray Price seconded, to accept the Executive Health Insurance Committee’s recommendation to opt out of the BCBS Value Based Care Programs and Managed Care Arrangements.  Motion carried unanimously.


There was nobody present for the public comment period.


Building Maintenance Supervisor J.R. Oakley was joined by Detention Deputy Phil Holder to update the Commissioners on technology available for an improved sound system within the Chambers.  The Board was in agreement that an upgrade was needed; however, asked the men to get a cost on the microphones as well so they could proceed with the package as a whole.


J.R. Oakley informed the Board that the rooftop air conditioning/heating unit for the Commission Chambers had quit working at the end of last summer.  Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve purchasing an AC/heating unit for the Commissioners Chambers with funding through the Building Maintenance Department.  Motion carried unanimously.


County Clerk Julie Freese joined J.R. Oakley to recommend changes to accommodate increased room for the Election Department in the basement of the Courthouse.  The Commissioners asked for firm costs on the office improvements and Oakley will report back.


Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a Cooperative Law Enforcement Annual Operating Plan and Financial Plan between Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA, Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest, for 2018.  Motion carried unanimously.


Sheriff Skip Hornecker provided a monthly update.  Since his last report, there are positions open for a certified Deputy, nurse and kitchen worker.  Communications has three open positions and Patrol/Enforcement has one vacancy in the Riverton Patrol area.  They are currently soliciting interest within the agency for advancement or lateral transfers to backfill the position.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve filling all the vacant positions.  Motion carried unanimously.


Sheriff Hornecker stated Fremont County will be one of three counties participating in a pilot program known as 24/7.  He joined several other Sheriffs’ in visiting the Detention Center in Pierre, South Dakota to see how their program is run.


In a final matter, Sheriff Hornecker stated the spring season is upon us and he encouraged people to call in their controlled burns so that the fire departments are not needlessly dispatched.


County Coroner Mark Stratmoen reviewed options for the establishment of a Riverton storage cooler facility.


Sydney Moller, Executive Director of the Fremont County Alliance against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, provided a program update.


Two Request for Proposals for the County’s agricultural property located on 1249 Major Avenue, Riverton, consisting of 105 acres, was discussed.  The proposals had been received by the deadline of March 5th and taken under advisement.  Chairman Becker provided a synopsis of each as follows:

Price/Acre                 Price/Year                 Use

Steve Husted              $122                           $12,810                      Hay/alfalfa and winter pasture

Dave Long                  $125.37                      $13,163.85                 Hay/alfalfa and winter pasture

Jennifer McCarty moved, Ray Price seconded, to accept the Proposal from current lessee Steve Husted for a three year lease, with the option for three yearly renewals.  Abstaining from the vote due to conflict of interest: Larry Allen.  Motion carried.


County Clerk Julie Freese reviewed recent legislative changes regarding election issues.


In other business, County Clerk Julie Freese stated that candidates often come to the Courthouse to hand out pamphlets, etc. and wanted to make sure the Commissioners approved.  The Commissioners stated they would discuss this with fellow Elected Officials when they next meet in April.  Freese also stated she would like to again use County employees at the polling places at both the Primary and General Election, as done two years ago.


Commissioner meeting reports were given:


There being no further business, Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to adjourn the meeting at

11:55 a.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on March 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.   Motion carried unanimously.


A full detailed report and the official minutes are posted on Fremont County’s website at











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