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Thursday, May 24th, 2018

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                    LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                      OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                      MAY 8, 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, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Commissioner Ray Price was absent for personal reasons.  Fremont County Clerk Julie A. Freese was present for the meeting.


Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Agenda as amended.  Motion carried unanimously.


Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held April 17, 2018.  Motion carried unanimously.


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


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


Ace Hardware Riverton-County Buildings-Materials/Supplies-$56.56; Alsco Inc.-Segregated-Laundry-$189.88; AmeriGas-County Buildings-Supplies-$408.56; Bailey Enterprises, Inc.-Segregated-Fuel/Supplies-$23,749.05; Bill Jones Plumbing & Heating-County Buildings-Materials/Services/Repairs-$141.82; Black Hills Energy-Segregated-Utilities-$6,997.90; Bloedorn Lumber Lander-Segregated-Materials/Supplies-$407.94; CenturyLink-Agriculture Department-Telephone-$350.20; Charter Communications-Segregated-Internet-$143.57; Cina & Cina Forensic Consulting-County Coroner-Autopsy-$1,175.00; Cockle Printing Co-County Attorney-Printed Office Supplies-$656.19; Eagle Uniform & Supply Co-Vehicle Maintenance-Laundry Services-$67.63; Federal Express Corp-County Attorney-Shipping Fees-$90.80; FleetPride Inc.-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts-$675.24; Fremont Motors Lander-Segregated-Parts/Supplies-$5,778.91; Honnen Equipment-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts/Supplies-$264.49; Hopkin, Justin-Segregated-County Health Officer-$1,400.00; Lander Journal-County Clerk-Subscription Renewal-$39.95; Lander Valley Auto Parts-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts/Supplies-$1,076.62; Lander, City of-County Buildings-Water/Sewer-$2,138.58; Lazzari, Bailey-Public Defender-Rent-$450.00; Master’s Touch LLC-County Assessor-Postage Property Tax Billing-$11,710.25; Meyer’s Gambles-Fremont County WIC-Furniture-$1,049.97; Moskovitz, Amy Marie-Fremont County WIC-Expenses Reimbursement-$12.96; Napa Auto Parts Riverton-Vehicle Maintenance-Parts/Supplies-$283.79; Norco Inc.-Segregated-Rentals/Supplies-$4,361.71; Office Shop Inc., The-Segregated-Service Agreements-$1,358.98; Osage Industries, Inc.-Vehicle Maintenance-Vehicle Repairs-$251.26; Perspective Enterprises Inc.-Fremont County WIC-Medical Supplies/Equipment-$716.00; Public Safety Dive Supply LLC-Search & Rescue-Training-$4,740.00; Quill Corporation-Segregated-Office Supplies-$93.67; Reed’s Moghaun Office Supply-Clerk of District Court-Office Supplies-$130.31; Riverton Ranger, Inc.-Segregated-Advertising-$1,362.90; Rocky Mountain Logistics Inc.-1% Gravel Projects-Contract Services-$7,645.00; Rocky Mountain Power-Segregated-Utilities-$10,984.87; Schoneberger, Valerie-Public Defender-Rent-$450.00; Shoshoni, Town of-Transportation-Water/Sewer-$50.00; State of Wyoming, Public Defenders Office-Public Defender-Rent-$1,650.00; Stevens, Cynthia B. MD-CAST-Clinical Supervision-$150.00; Terrance R. Martin PC-Public Defender-Rent-$450.00; Traveling Computers-Computer Services-Supplies/Services-$144.00; Valley Lumber & Supply Co Inc.-County Buildings-Materials/Supplies-$182.04; WCS Telecom-Segregated-Telephone-$727.35; Western Printing, Inc.-County Assessor-Printed Supplies-$94.10; Wyoming G A L Program-District Court-Guardians Ad Litem Fees-$9,171.21; Wyoming State Lands & Investments-Spencer Home Sites Debt Service-Annual Loan Payment-$1,615.66; Wyoming Waste Systems-Segregated-Services-$2,611.84


The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Record of Proceedings.  Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2018-16 “Appointment of a Special Prosecutor”.  Motion carried unanimously.


The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  1) Eastern Shoshone Tribe invitation to dedication ceremony for the Eastern Shoshone Business Park in Riverton on May 30th; and 2) Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust 17th annual Roundup Fundraiser and Barbeque reservation information.


The Public Comment period was held.


Shoshoni librarian Wanda Weisz clarified a recent newspaper article that stated all the outpost libraries had closed.  She stated there are still libraries in Shoshoni, Crowheart, Hudson, Jeffrey City and Fort Washakie.  They are not called outpost libraries and do not have an agreement with the County Library system; however, they are still open and doing business.  They are supported by the local municipalities at various levels and staffed by volunteers, such as herself.


County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix presented a preliminary budget hearing for Unanticipated Revenues.  The formal public hearing information will be advertised and the hearing held on May 22nd.


Meeting reports and concerns were given:


Sheriff Hornecker presented a monthly report.  Since the Sheriff’s last report, there is one additional certified position open, totaling three.  Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve refilling the latest vacancy.  Motion carried unanimously.  He stated the Nurse position has not been filled.  Communications:  Long term employee Sharma Sonntag has announced her retirement, effective May 25, 2018.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve refilling the vacant position.  Motion carried unanimously.


County Coroner Mark Stratmoen presented a monthly report.  The options for establishment of a Riverton storage facility cooler were discussed. Stratmoen’s preferred option is a shipping container inside the Emergency Management Agency garage. Vice-Chairman Allen suggested the additional wiring and insulation be done at this time in case the storage location changes in the future.  Stratmoen stated the entire cost of the project, with additional wiring and insulation, will not exceed $7,000 and funding exists within the current budget.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the recommendation for a shipping container to be placed inside the Emergency Management Agency garage space, not to exceed $7,000.  Motion carried unanimously.  Discussion was held on two four-wheelers and a trailer stored within the EMA bay area.   Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Fixed Asset Transfer from EMA to Search and Rescue for the items.  Motion carried unanimously.


Guardian EMS Director Diane Lane and Carol Harper provided a report to the Board.


Injury Prevention Resources Executive Director Noel Cooper provided an agency update.


Building Maintenance Supervisor J.R. Oakley presented a written request from the Sheriff’s Office to replace the stoves in the Fremont County Detention Center.   Treasurer Scott Harnsberger was present in the audience.   Jennifer McCarty moved, Larry Allen seconded, to accept the recommendation from the Building Maintenance Supervisor to purchase the stoves from Bar Store Restaurant Design and Supplies for a total cost of $35,047.13 with funding from the Detention Center Permanent Trust Fund.  Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to table the motion until an accounting of the Trust Fund can be made available.  Motion to table carried unanimously.  Later in the meeting, Financial Assistant Joe Felix informed the Commission that the Trust Fund has a balance of $119,000.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve purchasing the four ovens from BSR Design and Supplies for a total cost of $35,047.13.  Motion carried unanimously.


Fremont County Clerk Julie Freese, County Attorney Patrick LeBrun and County Treasurer Scott Harnsberger were present regarding continuing discussion of Elected Officials salaries. Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to bring the County Coroner salary up to the same as other County Elected Officials, other than County Attorney, no salary adjustment for 2019 and then $1,000/year increments for 2020-2022. Voting against the motion: Larry Allen.  Motion carried.   County Commissioner salaries were discussed separately, as they are different due to being part time positions.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to keep the County Commissioner salary the same at $34,000 for the next four year terms of office.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2018-17 setting Elected Officials salaries for the next four year term (2019-2022).  Voting against the motion: Larry Allen.  Motion carried.


Executive Health Insurance Committee members Jim Anderson, Margy Irvine and Julie Freese reviewed Health Insurance premiums for FY 2018-19.  Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to accept the Committee recommendation for an aggregate 2% increase for the plan year 2018-2019.  Motion carried unanimously.


Wyoming Statute changes effective July 1, 2017 allowed the County Commissioners to request Special District Boards to present their upcoming budgets for the FY 2018-19 budgets.  Fremont County Commissioners opted to see all Fremont County Special Districts in this upcoming FY18-19 budget season.  The following Special Districts presented their proposed budgets.  Commissioners went over the required list of things each Special District should do and those responses are also included per Special District below.


Dubois Fire District.  Present was Reg Phillips.


Dubois Crowheart Conservation District.  Present was Reg Phillips.


Fremont County Fire Protection District.  Present were Craig Haslam, Fire Warden, Paul Downey, Board President, Colleen Forbis, Office Manager and their accountant.


Fire Warden.  Craig Haslam was present.  Last year’s allocation was $10,000.  This year’s request is $15,000.


Riverton Fire District.  Present were Dave Bartel President and Jeff Kehl, Business Manager.


Raintree Improvement District.  Present was Jeff Kehl.


Jeffrey City Water and Sewer District.  Present was Beckie Darnell, Phillip Moody, and Tony Sowell.


Dubois Cemetery District.  Present was Gary Shavlik and Margaret Wells.


Mountain View Cemetery District.  Present was Robert Davis, Mike Martin, Dennis Tippets and Carmen Milbury.


Shoshoni Lysite Cemetery District.  Present was David Mansfield and Carmen Milbury.


Warm Springs Water District.  Present was Jane Graveline and David Woodward.


Redd Fox Water and Sewer District.  Present was Margaret Pugh.


Farview Water and Sewer District.  Present was Harold Hutson.


Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session for legal advice with Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.


There being no further business, Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on May 22, 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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