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April 3, 2018 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                   LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                     OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                  APRIL 3, 2018

 

 

FULL DETAILED REPORT

 

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, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Ray Price was absent for personal reasons.  Fremont County Clerk Julie A. Freese was present for the meeting.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Agenda as amended.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on March 20, 2018.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to accept the regular bills for payment.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
2 M Construction Inc.
1% Gravel Projects
Gravel
$11,330.00
A & I Distributors
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies/Services
$146.40
American Family & Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$10,009.63
American Heritage Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$35.62
AmeriGas
County Buildings
Propane
$634.02
Anderson, Troy M.
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
AXA Equitable PEDC
Segregated
Annuity
$250.00
B & B Enterprises LLC
Road Material Inventory
Crushing Services
$158,125.50
Bailey, Michael C.
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Bank of the West Acct Analysis
Investment Pool
Bank Charges
$677.17
Bauder, Keith
District Court
Jury Duty
$420.00
Becker, Travis
County Commission
Reimburse Expenses
$347.20
Black Hills Energy
Segregated
Utility Service
$11,004.06
Blankenship, Steven
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.80
Blue Cross Blue Shield of WY
Co Admin
Health Insurance Claims
$240,592.04
Blue Cross Blue Shield of WY
Co Admin
Health Insurance
$34,216.91
Bourquin, Travis Eugene
District Court
Jury Duty
$429.60
Bove, Christopher Vincent
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Bradbury, Chance H.
District Court
Jury Duty
$52.00
Brubaker, Carolyn
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.80
Bullington, Shaun
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$6,270.00
Business Mailing Solutions, Inc.
Support Services
Postage Machine Ink
$234.00
Carroll, Melissa
District Court
Jury Duty
$51.60
Charter Communications
Segregated
Internet Services
$357.88
Child Support Services/ORS
Payroll
Child Support
$564.00
Cole, David F.
District Court
Jury Duty
$61.20
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$165.22
Countryman, Chance
District Court
Jury Duty
$34.40
Cunningham, Michael W.
District Court
Jury Duty
$460.80
Dell’Orco, Thomas Andrew
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
Denevan, Danny L.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$9,212.50
Donohue, Kimberly
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Dubois Telephone Exchange
Segregated
Telephone Services
$647.85
Dynamic Controls, Inc.
Segregated
Services/Repairs
$304.79
Electrical Dynamics, Inc.
County Buildings Detention
Services/Repairs
$1,767.98
E Spear Ranch
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$5,225.00
Federal Express Corp
County Attorney
Shipping Fees
$118.06
Finlayson, Brett A.
District Court
Jury Duty
$53.60
Fleak, Lynette
District Court
Jury Duty
$52.40
Fossen, Ronald D. Jr
District Court
Jury Duty
$32.40
Franks, Michael J.
District Court
Jury Duty
$424.80
Fremont Chevrolet GMC
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Repairs
$23.65
Fremont Counseling Lander
Health & Welfare
Title 25
$2,755.00
Fremont County Solid Waste
County Buildings Detention
Dump Fees
$12.40
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Health Insurance
$319,706.00
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Withholding/FICA
$193,646.93
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Section 125 Benefits
$42,494.86
Fremont Motor Riverton Inc.
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$715.70
Fremont Motors Lander
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$46.76
Fremont Toyota
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$79.95
Frericks, Ryan
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Galloway, Jason Allen
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.80
Gannett Grill
District Court
Jury Meal
$174.91
Gaudern, Chad M.
District Court
Jury Duty
$59.20
Graham, Edward Trevor
District Court
Jury Duty
$74.00
Grainger
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$280.66
Great West Trust
Segregated
Wyoming Benefits
$5,705.00
Griffith, John W.
District Court
Jury Duty
$54.00
Gutierrez, Tia Rae
District Court
Jury Duty
$40.00
Hackett, Tiffini
District Court
Jury Duty
$56.00
Hanson, Benman
District Court
Jury Duty
$46.80
Harris, Brittany Ladawn
District Court
Jury Duty
$58.80
Hayes, J.T.
District Court
Jury Duty
$56.80
Healthsmart Benefit Solutions
Segregated
Insurance
$944.00
Heil Electric LLC
Transportation
Services
$267.00
Higgley Gibb, Roberta
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
Hill, Traci Samara
District Court
Jury Duty
$472.80
Hlavnicka, Glenda
District Court
Jury Duty
$300.00
Holden, Jeramiah Wayne
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Hopkin, Justin
Segregated
County Health Officer
$1,400.00
HTO Chemical Company, LLC
County Buildings
Services
$500.70
Hust, Sandra L.
District Court
Jury Duty
$652.80
Injury Prevention Resources
CAST
Monitoring Expenses
$279.50
Jace Water Service Inc.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$9,295.00
Jack’s Truck & Equipment
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts
$441.42
James Gores & Associates, P.C.
1% Infrastructure Projects
Professional Services
$1,170.60
Jerry Bornhoft Construction Inc.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$9,047.50
Kail, Jared O.
County Attorney
Court Recordings
$781.25
Kamminga, Bruce Lee
District Court
Jury Duty
$54.00
Kane, Scott C.
District Court
Jury Duty
$300.00
Killebrew, Howard E & Princess R
Road Material Inventory
Culvert Pipe
$420.00
Larsen, Greg
District Court
Jury Duty
$66.00
Lawson Products, Inc.
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$1,306.00
Lazzari, Bailey
Public Defender
Office Rent
$450.00
Lee’s Operating Service Inc.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$9,267.50
Leisy, Ashtyn
District Court
Jury Duty
$420.00
Leseberg, Shaylene Marie
District Court
Jury Duty
$62.00
Lipps, Jennifer
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Loomis, Kris Ann
District Court
Jury Duty
$59.20
Mailfinance, Inc.
County Attorney
Rental
$266.52
Marlow, Bradley L.
District Court
Jury Duty
$94.00
Mason, Darala
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.40
McConnaughey, Jody
District Court
Jury Duty
$51.60
Meyer’s Gambles
District Court
Jury Room Refrigerator
$259.99
Mickelson, Matthew Allen
District Court
Jury Duty
$54.00
Miller, Margaret
District Court
Court Appointments
$1,072.50
Mora, Omar G.
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Morgan, Grover Michael
District Court
Jury Duty
$693.60
Mosbrucker, Kathleen
Detention Center
Reimburse Expenses
$112.50
Moskovitz, Amy Marie
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$346.85
Mr. D’s Food Center Inc.
District Court
Supplies
$385.09
National Business Systems Inc.
County Treasurer
Postcards/Postage
$2,695.65
Navarre Hiser, Dana
Segregated
Instructor Fees
$396.00
Nelson, Jane Ann
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
New York Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$261.03
NMS Laboratories
County Coroner
Toxicology Services
$405.00
Northern Arapaho Child Support
Payroll
Child Support
$598.78
Olson’s Auto Body & Towing
Vehicle Maintenance
Repairs
$2,648.72
OR Dept. of Justice
Payroll
Child Support
$500.94
Osage Industries, Inc.
Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle Repairs
$1,276.67
Osborne Trucking Co. Inc.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$3,905.00
Overhead Door Inc.
County Buildings
Services/Parts/Supplies
$242.51
Page, Andrew
District Court
Jury Duty
$48.40
Perfect Power Electric Inc.
County Buildings
Parts/Services
$431.25
Perspective Enterprises Inc.
Fremont County WIC
Medical Supplies
$395.00
Peterbilt of Wyoming
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts
$174.88
Phifer Law Office
District Court
Court Appointed Repr
$321.16
Pitt, Rickey D.
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Quill Corporation
Segregated
Office Supplies
$239.66
R C Lock & Key
County Buildings Detention
Keys/Supplies/Services
$10.60
R R Brink Locking Systems Inc.
County Buildings Detention
Inspection of Power Systems
$614.00
R T Communications
Segregated
Telephone Services
$537.11
Rambo, Michelle L.
District Court
Jury Duty
$54.00
Ratigan, Daniel, M.D.
Detention Center
P.A. Supervisor Contract
$4,500.00
Ray, Ted Michael
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
Raymond, Kimberly K.
District Court
Jury Duty
$59.20
Reed’s Moghaun Office Supply
County Attorney
Office Supplies
$24.64
Riverton, City of
County Buildings
Water/Sewer
$714.81
Schatza, Mark J.
District Court
Jury Duty
$58.00
Schoneberger, Valerie
Public Defender
Office Rent
$450.00
Scott, Jared D.
District Court
Jury Duty
$300.00
Sea, Griffith
Attorney Victim Services
Travel Expenses
$266.40
Shanley, Juliana
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Sharp, Terry G.
District Court
Jury Duty
$78.00
Sharpston, Tyler L.
District Court
Jury Duty
$540.00
Spencer, Ronald J.
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Spoonhunter, Leslie
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$28.34
State Disbursement Unit
Payroll
Child Support
$1,119.00
State of Wyoming
Public Defender
Office Rent
$1,650.00
Stevens, Cynthia B. MD
CAST
Clinical Supervision
$300.00
Stroupe Pest Control Inc.
County Buildings
Pest Control
$315.00
Suhn, Karie L.
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
Terrance R. Martin PC
Public Defender
Office Rent
$450.00
Throckmartin, Bryon D.
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
Total Net Salaries
Segregated
Salaries
$629,650.26
Traveling Computers
Computer Services
Supplies/Services
$178.00
Triple L Inc.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$5,170.00
Union Telephone Company
Segregated
Cellphone Services
$737.96
USPS Hasler
County Attorney
Postage
$750.00
Valley Lumber & Supply Co Inc.
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$40.15
Van Vleet, Randall R.
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.80
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Cellphone Services
$170.67
Vis, Lisa L.
District Court
Jury Duty
$52.40
Watson, Darce M.
District Court
Jury Duty
$420.00
Watson, Kay J.
District Court
Jury Duty
$50.00
Wayt, Pamela
District Court
Jury Duty
$30.00
Western Business Solutions Inc.
Clerk of District Court
Equipment/Supplies/Services
$325.00
Whiting Law, P.C.
District Court
Professional Services
$1,305.00
Wind River Awards
County Treasurer
Recognition Awards
$85.00
Witzel, Alvin J.
1% Gravel Projects
Contract Services
$7,755.00
Wooten, Jessica L.
Detention Center
Services/Repairs
$28.00
WY SDU
Payroll
Child Support
$830.00
Wyo Child Support Enforcement
Segregated
Child Support
$800.00
Wyo Dept of Workforce Services
Co Admin
Workers Comp
$20,062.65
Wyoming Financial Insurance
County Clerk
Notary Bond
$50.00
Wyoming Forensic Conference
County Coroner
Forensic Conference
$200.00
Wyoming Retirement System
Co Admin
Contributions
$141,875.18
Wyoming Supreme Court
District Court
Salary Reimbursement
$6,742.00
Wyoming.com
Segregated
Internet Services
$1,074.12
Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to accept a voucher from Fremont Counseling Service in the amount of $3,915.00 for Title 25 patients.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Get well card; 2) Two reply letters to the BIA regarding their questions regarding application for the acquisition of land by the United States to be held in trust for the use and benefit of the Northern Arapaho Tribe; 3) Abatement Summary cover sheet; and 4) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a letter to Wyoming Office of Homeland Security requesting an extension on Project No. 2632 for FEMA reimbursement on emergency protective measures in the Little Wind River.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a BlueCross BlueShield Plan Change update for the Travel Medical Benefit to allow $200 per day for food, lodging, and travel expenses (limited to $2,500) to be paid at 100% of charges, with deductible and coinsurance waived.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Amended Certified Resolution 2018-01which added a new investment firm by the County Treasurer who is authorized to obligate the county with respect to the purchase, sale, transfer and exchange of U.S. Government Agency Securities.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  E-mail from former Executive Director Susan Shipley recommending Melinda Cox be appointed interim executive director of the Fremont County Treatment Courts until a final decision can be made.  Clarence Thomas moved, Larry Allen seconded, to appoint Melinda Cox as interim executive director of the Fremont County Treatment Courts.  Motion carried unanimously.  A Sandbag Policy for 2018 was reviewed, as updated by the Fremont County Emergency Management Agency.  Clarence Thomas moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the 2018 policy as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.  A request from Lou’s Midvale Store to apply to the City of Lander for a Catering Permit was reviewed.  Clarence Thomas moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the request to apply to the City of Lander for a Catering Permit for the Enos/Hinman wedding reception at the Museum of the American West on June 15, 2018.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton presented a Department report.  He updated the Board on the status of the 2nd notice from BLM regarding expired Jack Huff Road Right-of-Way (Co. Road #446), better known as Oregon Buttes Road.  He further referenced Resolution 2010-21 that Fremont County approved titled “Acceptance of Roadways on Federal Public Lands as Public County Highways” which included this road.  After that time, BLM sent an updated agreement that incorporated additional requirements, and if approved as is, the County cannot blade the road until mid-July and the document does not distinguish between maintenance and construction.  Chairman Becker asked Pendleton to work with Deputy Civil Attorney Darrough to send the County’s concerns directly to the State BLM Director.

 

Dave Pendleton reviewed the status of emergency protective measures that were taken last year to place “barbs” or boulders in the Little Wind River along Wilderness Road.  The Commissioners stated they had earlier approved a letter to the Office of Homeland Security asking for an extension of this project (No. 2632) which was necessary due to their requirements, all protective measures put in place must be removed within a period of six months.  A meeting will be held Thursday to discuss the County’s appeal of this project and one other one as $17,153 was disallowed because the work was done before the 2017 flood declaration dates.  Pendleton will present information of why it was important to get the work done prior to actual flooding.  FEMA environmentalists have spoken with tribal cultural resource staff and a written document will need to be sent to the state if they are all in agreement to leave the barbs in place as continuing preventative measures.

 

HDR Engineer Kyle Lehto joined Dave Pendleton to discuss the status of the bridge replacement project for South Fork Road.  A bid opening will be held on April 24th and presented to the Commission at their May 1st meeting for approval.  Work will not begin on the bridge this spring before high water much to the Commissioners’ disappointment.  Lehto has been contact with the BIA Dams Program staff to discuss dam flow rates.  They stated the current snowpack does not bring concern that there will be high water this spring and less than last year, and even said they may not have enough water for the entire irrigation season.  Chairman Becker stated his concern there could still be more damage to the bridge with spring runoff, and the men stated there is some rip rap in place to provide some scour protection but the bridge itself is safe.  Possible preventive measures for further damage were not know at this time.  Temporary rip rap could be added; however, would need to be removed when the project begins.

 

Dave Pendleton updated the Board on the Peterson Road Bridge replacement at the Pilot Canal crossing.   HDR Engineer Kyle Lehto was present. Total project cost is $800,000 and two Big R bridges (60’ and 70’) have already been purchased, one of which will be used for this project (60’).   HDR Engineering, Inc. has been selected to provide the Design, Bidding and Construction Administrative services for the installation of a Big R bridge for a cost of $187,100.  A canal bank ROW will be required and a guard rail will be wrapped to make for safer travel.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve HDR Engineering, Inc. Task Order No. 5 for the Peterson Road Bridge replacement project, not to exceed $187,100, with 1% funding.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Next year, Dave Pendleton stated the other Big R bridge is planned to replace the Harris Bridge.  He stated recent law changes will not require WYDOT to approve county bridges as in the past; however, they will have to have an engineer’s stamp of approval.  This project will cost approximately $800,000 as well and is to be funded with 1% money.  However, the Moneta Lysite Road Improvement Project may require additional funding due to right-of-way issues.  If this happens, he recommended putting the Harris Bridge replacement project on hold and use that funding to complete the Moneta Lysite project.  James Gores and Associates is currently working on the right-of-way issues and will report back in the near future.  Pendleton is compiling costs and options to do one or both of the projects after the right-of-way issue is known.

 

Dave Pendleton stated the majority of employees have attended mandatory Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and Mining Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) training.  As a result of safety requirements, he distributed an updated Uniform, Appearance & Hygiene Policy for the Fremont County Transportation Department.  Specifically discussed was that steel toed boots are required to be work at all times for all personnel working in the field.  Already part of the Policy is the requirement for hard hats, florescent orange vests and safety glasses must be worn at all times while outside of vehicles.  The Policy also states that the County will provide $300 per biennium for employees to purchase safety glasses, steel toe boots & gloves.  Discussion took place regrading whether it was the County’s responsibility to furnish safety items.  Deputy Civil Attorney Jodi Darrough will need time to thoroughly research the issue.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the amended Uniform, Appearance & Hygiene Policy as presented.  Voting against the motion: Clarence Thomas.  Motion carried.  This will also affect contractual gravel haulers, they will not be able to get out of their vehicles at the pit area anymore; however,  there will be designated safety areas they can use.

 

In closing, Dave Pendleton stated a Right-of-Way Agreement with Philp Sheep Company should be arriving soon and he has submitted a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the County and Popo Agie Ranch Estates Homeowners Association to Darrough for review.

 

Assessor Tara Berg updated the Board on recent personnel changes within her office.  As tax protest season is coming up shortly, she was able to hire a recently hired part-time employee in the Treasurer’s Office to her full-time position immediately.  She now has another opening for a full-time field appraiser which came up suddenly and she would like to begin recruiting for immediately.  Jennifer McCarty moved, Larry Allen seconded, to fill the vacant Field Appraiser position.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

A Public Hearing was held at 10:15 a.m., as advertised, regarding Unanticipated Revenues for the County Sheriff.  Present were County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2018-13, FY 2017-18 Budget Amendment No. 4.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Planning Department Supervisor Steve Baumann presented a plat of the Fowler Subdivision, a proposed three lot subdivision located approximately two miles north of Lander on Tweed Lane.  The Fremont County Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposed plat.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the Fowler Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Steve Baumann presented the O’Connor Subdivision, Resubdivision of Lot 3, which is located north and west of the intersection of Alaska and Burma Roads, approximately five miles north of Riverton.  The Subdivision is currently platted as a three lot simple subdivision and the request proposes to take current Lot 3 and divide into three new lots, leaving the O’Connor Subdivision with a total of five platted lots.  The Fremont County Planning Commission approved the proposed plat.  Jennifer McCarty moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve O’Connor Subdivision, Resubdivision of Lot 3.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Steve Baumann informed the Board that changes brought about with the completion of the Regular Subdivision Regulations in September 2017 made it necessary for the Fremont County Planning Commission to recommend changes to the Simple Subdivision Regulations to insure that common areas of both Regulations are the same.  He reviewed the recommended changes and noted all changes, with one exception, are exact copies of the new Regular Subdivision Regulations.  He asked the Commissioners to review the revisions so that the revised Simple Subdivision Regulations can be placed on the next Commission meeting agenda to be accepted in order to begin the 45 day comment period.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

Jennifer McCarty:  attended the Planning Commission meeting and Healthy Rivers Popo Agie Watershed Initiative on March 22-23, 2018.

 

Clarence Thomas:  An interview committee consisting of himself, Susan Shipley and Melinda Cox, conducted two interviews for the Executive Director of Treatment Courts of Fremont County vacancy.  Two other applicants had withdrawn prior to interviewing for personal reasons.  Thomas stated the two individuals interviewed either did not have the education or experience for the administrative position.  He felt that appointing Melinda Cox as interim director was the appropriate way to go at this time.

 

Travis Becker:  Asked for a Commissioner to fill in for Commission Price at the upcoming Library Board meeting the next day.  Commission Thomas volunteered to attend the meeting.  Chairman Becker stated the Wyoming Department of Health will no longer be administering the Preventive Management Specialist position and the responsibility will be the County’s.  He will be participating in a conference call with the Wyoming County Commissioners Association to determine what the process will be during the transition.  A budget will need to be developed for the new position.  The Fremont County Public Lands Initiative Committee will meet April 9 and 12th and finalize all their WSA recommendations and then schedule a time to present to the Commission.

 

Interim director of Treatment Courts of Fremont County Melinda Cox distributed a handout indicating Wyoming Department of Health State Funding for the Juvenile Treatment Court and Court Assisted Supervised Treatment from 2015 through 2019.  Additional funding was received mid 2018 which takes that total to more than anticipated in 2019.  State funding is based on client numbers and she discussed her plans to increase them.  She then reviewed salary and benefits for the Treatment Court Director (vacant position) and hers for Director of Juvenile Services for comparison.  She then provided two options for the Commission to consider.  Option 1 being combining the Juvenile Justice and Treatment Court Director position; and Option 2 is to re-advertise for the Treatment Court Director position.  Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve Option 1 to combine Juvenile Justice with the Treatment Court Director position on a temporary basis for six months.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session for personnel.  Motion carried unanimously.  Melinda Cox was present for a portion of the session.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to amend the motion naming Melinda Cox as the Juvenile Justice and Treatment Court Director on a temporary basis to an interim basis as an at will employee.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

County Coroner—Mark Stratmoen, Coroner was present.  Last year’s budget was $370,809 with this year’s request at $360,726.  Mark noted that he still does not have final figures for Dispatching services.  The County Clerk will get those updated numbers for Mark.  Case numbers went up 19% but his staffing changes have helped a great deal with those changes.  Over all wages since 2015 are down 12% due to moving to 2 full time staff rather than having 26 occasional staff.  Mark proposed a raise for the chief deputy to better reflect her actual duties and to be in accordance with what other chief deputies are making with respect to the elected officials.  The commissioners commented on the salary adjustment for the Chief Deputy stating that a salary freeze is still in effect and they may not allow it.  Mark responded that he only felt it was right to shift the salary amounts around as he is responsible as the Coroner but realized the Commissioners were in charge of giving money to budgets.  After the deputy retires (from the Dubois area), this position will not be filled and will be handled by the current staff.  Mark added more money to the overtime line item.  This budget is considered a “baseline” budget which does not predict any emergent event.

 

County Attorney—Patrick LeBrun, County and Prosecuting Attorney was present.  Last year’s budget was $1,301,800 and this year’s request is $1,285,370.  Pat stated that his staff is still down a secretarial position which he still intends not to fill at this time.  However, this budget shows an increase for his part-time (35 hour) employee to full time status.  But if things were to get busier, he wanted to retain the right to approach the commissioners to fill the other full time secretarial position in the future.  The salary line item is reduced (even with this increase for the part time position going full time) by $31,251.  Pat expects to return about $30,000 to the general fund due to their diligence in spending over the last year.  Commissioner Becker asked Pat to explain the Lexis Nexis contract change.  Pat stated that the move from Westlaw was a large reduction last year and the new contract is still less than Westlaw, but will be more than last year as he told the commissioners last year.  There will still be a savings of $2500.  Per IT Director Kevin Shultz, some computers were changed last year for $7400 and Pat has budgeted $9000 for 12 desk top computer replacements this year.  Commissioner Becker asked if Pat was comfortable with the amount the state has reimbursed for the County Attorney wages in the amount of $225,000 to which Pat stated he was comfortable for the current year.

 

District Court—Judge Norman Young and Annette Bregar Court Administrator were present.  Last year’s budget was $140,218 and this year’s request is $140,018.  Judge Young state they just concluded the first jury trial in 6 months under his court.  Judge Tyler also holds court and had also had a jury trial in this budget year.  Discussion on the West Payment Center for the law library materials was held.  Judge Young noted the budget in 2015, the costs of the law library were $53,246 and $21,184 in 2016.  With the changes they have made they have decreased this to $6,500.  This reduction is from moving from books to online resources.  Discussion continued as to the requirement by law to fund a law library.

 

Clerk of District Court—Kristi Green, Clerk and Cora Gist, Chief Deputy were present.  Last year’s budget was $427.680 and this year’s request is $409,282.   The budget reduction is due to an employee going off of the health insurance and $1200 for copier maintenance that is being picked up by the IT department.  Other reductions is in Worker’s compensation for some employees listed as hazard that should be clerical.

 

Public Health Nursing Program—Kathy Laidlaw, Manager was present.  General Fund budget for last year was $362,275 and this year’s request is $351,205.  Kathy stated that the Wyoming reimbursement cost is expected to be decreased this year to $185,000 for the state nurses cost.  This decreased cost is due to nurses being hired at a lower rate.  Kathy noted that she had applied to the Capital Revolving Fund for a vehicle replacement.  Commissioner Becker stated that the CRF was looking at options for these type of replacements and would meet soon to decide these.  Ryan White clients have increased over this last year.

 

Maternal Child Health.  Last year’s budget was $149,167 and this year’s request is $180,794.  This is a grant funded program.  This grant award is no longer on a pay per visit mode and is now a reimbursement fund.  This budget funds 1 full time Registered Nurse with an average caseload of 25 clients.  Commissioner Becker asked how success is measured in this program.  Kathy said that many clients have had their children taken into foster care.  Through this program, they teach the parents how to be successful parents in taking care of their children and move to get children back in their homes.  The copier service agreement was discussed.  And it was relayed that IT was trying to keep costs down by putting together a county funded service agreement for all county copiers.  This may work for this department as it is formulated.

 

Public Health Emergency Preparedness.  Last year’s budget was $88,682 and this year’s request is $94,040.   This program supports 1 full time employee.  This fund is to establish working partnerships and advisory boards across the county to assist entities in the implementation and strengthening of facility specific and county-wide emergency response plans.  This money is given in an advance payment of $21,500 and then on a monthly invoice system.  They will focus on strengthening Community resilience, incident management, information management, countermeasures and mitigation, surge management and bio-surveillance.

 

Family Planning.  Last year’s budget was $57,125 and this year’s request is $4,020.  This program has been discontinued as of 3-31-18.  After the final grant payment is received and all billing is completed and received, there will be no additional revenue.  Dr. Hopkin will continue to be paid a stipend from this grant for FY 18-19 as this is necessary for him to review ongoing charts until all clients’ cases are closed.  Costs for the computer program will also be continued for a year.

 

Public Health.  Last year’s budget was $105,050 and this year’s request is $78,500.  This fund is a revolving fund which goes to purchase vaccines and vaccine administration supplies etc.  They charge fees for the items that are billable.  Commissioners asked why the county is in competition with private providers of these type of items.  They have reduced the amount of these items due to the private sector providing them, but it’s convenient for those clients who are already using some of their services.  About $12,000 is dedicated to be transferred to the MCH fund if necessary.

 

Emergency Management—Kathi Metzler, Director was present.  Last year’s budget was $137,567 and this year’s request is $135,111.  Revenues are behind so Kathi expects $70,178 in revenue from the State Emergency Management for their FY 18-19 reimbursement.  IT is taking over the copier agreements, which is reduced from this budget.  Travel is also decreased as well as training.  They were able to get a couple of computers in the current budget by not using as much travel costs.

 

County Treasurer—Scott Harnsberger, Treasurer and Jim Anderson, Chief Deputy was present.  Last year’s budget was $748,880 and this year’s request is $740,600.  Most of his budget is salaries and benefits.  Biggest increase in the upcoming budget is to increase the Deputy Treasurer’s salary to where it was 2 years ago for the previous Deputy Treasurer.  The salary increase for the Deputy would go from $63,000 to $70,800.  Scott said his deputy is currently the lowest paid deputy in the county.  Due to his job description and duties, he should be making the amount of the former deputy.  Scott also requested his part time position back (which is included in this budget amount).  Commissioner Becker stated that Scott had the money last year to keep his part time person and chose not to re-hire.  Scott stated, that everyone knows that he had used it for salary increases to meet what his people had made (with bonuses) in the previous year.  The replacement hire is requested in this budget to allow Scott to re-hire that position for the next fiscal year.  Scott is now having to replace a part time person since this budget was presented due to a resignation.  The biggest decrease is in the postage line item which is due to the plate year being over.  The current budget had money for computer replacements which did not happen.  It is re-budgeted for this next year.  Dues and subscriptions were discussed as $200 was listed in other with no description.  Scott stated it was for anything not foreseen.

 

There being no further business, Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 4:05 p.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on April 10, 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 www.fremontcountywy.org.

 

 

/s/      TRAVIS BECKER, CHAIRMAN

FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

ATTEST:

 

/s/      JULIE A. FREESE, FREMONT COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

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