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July 18, 2017 (OFFICIAL MINUTES)

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JULY 18, 2017

 

OFFICIAL MINUTES

 

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.

 

Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the Agenda.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held July 11, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
71 Construction
Road Material Inventory
Materials
$89,916.75
Ace Hardware-Lander
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$168.86
Ahlers & Company
Family Planning Services
License/Support
$707.68
Airgas USA LLC
Vehicle Maintenance
Supplies
$38.56
Arcasearch Corporation
Clerk of District Court
Annual Support
$2,800.00
B I Inc
Detention Center
Monthly Charges
$60.00
Bank of the West
Segregated
Credit Card Purchases
$22,540.24
Boyle Electric, Inc
County Buildings – Detention
Services
$75.00
Campbell, Gerald R.
Segregated
Lysite Road Maintenance
$8,866.31
Carquest Auto Parts
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$1,523.47
Carroll Septic Service
Transportation
Services
$150.00
Caselle, Inc
Segregated
Annual Support
$29,104.00
Centurylink
Segregated
Phone Service
$4,158.56
Clifford, Gregory P. MD PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,583.01
Communication Technologies, Inc
Support Services
Mtce Agrmt/Repairs
$3,489.54
Corporate Benefits Consortium LLC
Health Benefit Plan
Insurance Services
$4,677.00
County Clerks Assoc. of Wy
County Clerk
Dues
$100.00
Crane, Peter, MD
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$339.00
DOWL LlC
Mortimore Lane Recon-Phase I
Contractual Services
$26,179.50
Eagle Uniform & Supply Co
Vehicle Maintenance
Laundry Services
$174.31
Election Systems & Software, Inc
County Elections
Maintenance Agreement
$29,661.00
Eyes on Fremont LLC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$130.00
First Interstate Bank
Victim Services – Attorney
Trial Expense
$573.95
Food Services of America
Detention Center
Prisoner Board
$102.38
Fremont Ears Nose & Throat
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$848.00
Greenwood Mapping, Inc
County Assessor
Mapserver Cloud Hosting
$4,800.00
Guardian EMS, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,666.50
Hague Auto Body
Health Nurse
Repairs/Parts
$2,217.75
Hammer Electronics
County Sheriff
Electronics/Equipment
$29.93
Harrell, Kass
Culture & Recreation
Reimburse Expenses
$263.38
HDR Engineering, Inc
Segregated
Contractual Services
$56,824.45
High Plains Power, Inc
Segregated
Utilities
$1,132.69
Homax Oil Sales, Inc
County Sheriff
Fuel
$28.12
Inberg-Miller Engineers
Segregated
Contractual Service
$17,265.91
Jack’s Saw Shop, Inc
County Buildings
Repairs/Parts
$40.00
John Deere Financial
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$121.95
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,161.56
Lander Valley Physicians Practice
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$846.00
Local Govt Liability Pool
Support Services
Membership Renewal
$91,034.00
McKay, Katherine G.
District Court
Court Appointment
$135.00
Mr D’s Food Center, Inc
Detention Center
Supplies
$622.19
Norco, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Rentals/Oxygen/Supplies
$291.46
Office Shop Inc, The
County Coroner
Copier Service/Repair
$46.10
Phillips, Adam E.
District Court
Court Representation
$187.50
Post, Raymond
Segregated
Car Wash
$81.12
Quick Set Auto Glass
Vehicle Maintenance
Windshields/Repairs
$380.00
Quill Corporation
County Attorney
Office/Computer Supplies
$102.04
R C Lock & Key
County Buildings
Keys/Supplies/Services
$9.95
Relias Learning LLC
Segregated
Subscriptions/Services
$1,552.50
Riverton Physician Practices LLC
Segregated
Drug Testing
$533.00
Riverton Ranger, Inc
Segregated
Advertising
$177.94
Rocky Mountain Applicators, Inc
Detention Facility Trust Fund
Detention Center Roof
$26,685.00
Rocky Mountain Boilers, Inc
County Buildings
Services
$4,000.00
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$12,583.95
Shirts & More, Inc
Dispatch Center
Uniform Supplies
$203.00
Skaggs Companies, Inc
Segregated
Uniforms/Supplies
$10,050.00
Stroupe Pest Control, Inc
Segregated
Pest Control
$415.00
Sysco Montana, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$341.80
Talkington, Kay
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$120.00
Tritech Forensics, Inc
County Sheriff
Training Fees
$629.00
Tweed’s Wholesale Co
Detention Center
Inmate Board
$1,088.49
T-Y Excavation, Inc
Segregated
Road Maintenance
$9,512.50
Tyler Technologies, Inc
Segregated
Annual Software Support
$56,085.80
Valley Lumber & Supply Co., Inc
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$14.33
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Cellphone Service
$275.53
W C C A
County Commission
Dues
$23,539.00
West Payment Center
District Court
Law Library
$1,488.90
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$280.01
Wind River Transportation Authority
CAST
Bus Pass
$3.00
Wy Public Health Laboratory
Family Planning Services
Lab Fees/Supplies
$355.00
Wy State Lands & Investments
Transportation
Filing Fees
$67.00
Wyoming Behavioral Institute
Health & Welfare
Title 25
$3,425.00
Wyoming Dept of Transportation
Segregated
Fuel
$1,798.62
Wyoming G A L Program
District Court
Guardians Ad Litem Fees
$3,856.63
Wyoming State Forestry Division
Support Services
Emergency Fire Premium
$16,740.13

$585,075.85
The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) 2017/2018 Subaward Agreement between Volunteers of America Northern Rockies and Fremont County (taken under advisement); 2) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County (taken under advisement); and 3) Record of Proceedings.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a US. Department of Agriculture Risk Compliance – County Option and Price Loss Coverage Contract on behalf of Steve Husted for agricultural property on the former Major Property.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve quarterly payroll reports for the Commissioners and Vehicle Maintenance covering the months of April, May and June 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-17 that reaffirms Resolution No. 2001-02 “Setting Forth the Hours and Days of Sale for all Liquor Licenses Approved by the Board of Fremont County Commissioners”.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  1) State Board of Equalization certification of 2017 Assessed Values; 2) Fremont County Museum Systems 2016/2017 Donations; 3) Shoshone National Forest Travel Management ATV/UTV Field Trip, Washakie Ranger District; 4) Draft EIS Comment Period for the Normally Pressured Lance Natural Gas Development Project; and 5) Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs and Rawlins Field Offices notice of 30-day public review for environmental assessment on a proposed wild horse gather in the Salt Wells Creek, Adobe Town and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (Commissioner Becker will review and respond if necessary).

 

The Public Comment period was held with nobody present.

 

Lander BLM Assistant Field Manager Curtis Bryan introduced Acting Field Manager Kyle Cowan to the Board.  Also present was Ben Kniola, Assistant Field Manager, and Rich Zimmerlee, Fire Management Officer.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton presented Change Order No. 1 from Jerry Bornhoft Construction for the Mortimore Lane Reconstruction – Phase I project.  The Contract modification is as follows:  1) Additional construction days due to weather (1 day) and WYDOT review time (7 days); and 2) Relocation of a culvert at an additional cost of $1,123.00 (1 day).  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve Change Order No. 1 as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.  Pendleton stated a pre-paving meeting will be held on August 7th for the project.

 

Dave Pendleton distributed a photo of the landslide on the Wind River west of Dubois, located on private land.   He further reviewed several bridge projects being completed with 1% funding through the Multiple Bridge Project:

 

Updates related to the recent flood activity was given by Dave Pendleton.  HDR Engineering is compiling a cost estimate for repairs to South Fork Bridge.  This, along with the major repairs to the Riverton Valley Irrigation District system, may be eligible for FEMA funding and awaits approval by the President for a disaster declaration.

 

Undersheriff Ryan Lee had relayed concerns to Dave Pendleton regarding the upcoming Eclipse, and specifically GPS capabilities within vehicles.

 

The Commissioners asked Dave Pendleton for updates on several Roads.

 

County Coroner Mark Stratmoen presented a 2017 Mid-Year Summary (as of July 3, 2017) Report.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

Guardian EMS Program Director Andrea Abbas presented a monthly report.

 

Fremont County Museums Director Scott Goetz provided a FY 2016/2017 Annual Report.

 

Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough stated a renewal Fremont Counseling Service contract will be coming soon for the new fiscal year, with the same terms and rates.

 

Five Departments responded to the Commissioners’ inquiry regarding surplus items.  Vice-Chairman Allen will visit with local auctioneers to see if would be feasible to go this route vs. a bidding process for the items.

 

There being no further business, Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 11:25 a.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on July 25, 2017 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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

July 18, 2017 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JULY 18, 2017

 

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

 

Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the Agenda.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held July 11, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
71 Construction
Road Material Inventory
Materials
$89,916.75
Ace Hardware-Lander
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$168.86
Ahlers & Company
Family Planning Services
License/Support
$707.68
Airgas USA LLC
Vehicle Maintenance
Supplies
$38.56
Arcasearch Corporation
Clerk of District Court
Annual Support
$2,800.00
B I Inc
Detention Center
Monthly Charges
$60.00
Bank of the West
Segregated
Credit Card Purchases
$22,540.24
Boyle Electric, Inc
County Buildings – Detention
Services
$75.00
Campbell, Gerald R.
Segregated
Lysite Road Maintenance
$8,866.31
Carquest Auto Parts
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$1,523.47
Carroll Septic Service
Transportation
Services
$150.00
Caselle, Inc
Segregated
Annual Support
$29,104.00
Centurylink
Segregated
Phone Service
$4,158.56
Clifford, Gregory P. MD PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,583.01
Communication Technologies, Inc
Support Services
Mtce Agrmt/Repairs
$3,489.54
Corporate Benefits Consortium LLC
Health Benefit Plan
Insurance Services
$4,677.00
County Clerks Assoc. of Wy
County Clerk
Dues
$100.00
Crane, Peter, MD
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$339.00
DOWL LlC
Mortimore Lane Recon-Phase I
Contractual Services
$26,179.50
Eagle Uniform & Supply Co
Vehicle Maintenance
Laundry Services
$174.31
Election Systems & Software, Inc
County Elections
Maintenance Agreement
$29,661.00
Eyes on Fremont LLC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$130.00
First Interstate Bank
Victim Services – Attorney
Trial Expense
$573.95
Food Services of America
Detention Center
Prisoner Board
$102.38
Fremont Ears Nose & Throat
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$848.00
Greenwood Mapping, Inc
County Assessor
Mapserver Cloud Hosting
$4,800.00
Guardian EMS, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,666.50
Hague Auto Body
Health Nurse
Repairs/Parts
$2,217.75
Hammer Electronics
County Sheriff
Electronics/Equipment
$29.93
Harrell, Kass
Culture & Recreation
Reimburse Expenses
$263.38
HDR Engineering, Inc
Segregated
Contractual Services
$56,824.45
High Plains Power, Inc
Segregated
Utilities
$1,132.69
Homax Oil Sales, Inc
County Sheriff
Fuel
$28.12
Inberg-Miller Engineers
Segregated
Contractual Service
$17,265.91
Jack’s Saw Shop, Inc
County Buildings
Repairs/Parts
$40.00
John Deere Financial
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$121.95
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,161.56
Lander Valley Physicians Practice
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$846.00
Local Govt Liability Pool
Support Services
Membership Renewal
$91,034.00
McKay, Katherine G.
District Court
Court Appointment
$135.00
Mr D’s Food Center, Inc
Detention Center
Supplies
$622.19
Norco, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Rentals/Oxygen/Supplies
$291.46
Office Shop Inc, The
County Coroner
Copier Service/Repair
$46.10
Phillips, Adam E.
District Court
Court Representation
$187.50
Post, Raymond
Segregated
Car Wash
$81.12
Quick Set Auto Glass
Vehicle Maintenance
Windshields/Repairs
$380.00
Quill Corporation
County Attorney
Office/Computer Supplies
$102.04
R C Lock & Key
County Buildings
Keys/Supplies/Services
$9.95
Relias Learning LLC
Segregated
Subscriptions/Services
$1,552.50
Riverton Physician Practices LLC
Segregated
Drug Testing
$533.00
Riverton Ranger, Inc
Segregated
Advertising
$177.94
Rocky Mountain Applicators, Inc
Detention Facility Trust Fund
Detention Center Roof
$26,685.00
Rocky Mountain Boilers, Inc
County Buildings
Services
$4,000.00
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$12,583.95
Shirts & More, Inc
Dispatch Center
Uniform Supplies
$203.00
Skaggs Companies, Inc
Segregated
Uniforms/Supplies
$10,050.00
Stroupe Pest Control, Inc
Segregated
Pest Control
$415.00
Sysco Montana, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$341.80
Talkington, Kay
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$120.00
Tritech Forensics, Inc
County Sheriff
Training Fees
$629.00
Tweed’s Wholesale Co
Detention Center
Inmate Board
$1,088.49
T-Y Excavation, Inc
Segregated
Road Maintenance
$9,512.50
Tyler Technologies, Inc
Segregated
Annual Software Support
$56,085.80
Valley Lumber & Supply Co., Inc
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$14.33
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Cellphone Service
$275.53
W C C A
County Commission
Dues
$23,539.00
West Payment Center
District Court
Law Library
$1,488.90
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$280.01
Wind River Transportation Authority
CAST
Bus Pass
$3.00
Wy Public Health Laboratory
Family Planning Services
Lab Fees/Supplies
$355.00
Wy State Lands & Investments
Transportation
Filing Fees
$67.00
Wyoming Behavioral Institute
Health & Welfare
Title 25
$3,425.00
Wyoming Dept of Transportation
Segregated
Fuel
$1,798.62
Wyoming G A L Program
District Court
Guardians Ad Litem Fees
$3,856.63
Wyoming State Forestry Division
Support Services
Emergency Fire Premium
$16,740.13

$585,075.85
The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) 2017/2018 Subaward Agreement between Volunteers of America Northern Rockies and Fremont County (taken under advisement); 2) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County (taken under advisement); and 3) Record of Proceedings.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a US. Department of Agriculture Risk Compliance – County Option and Price Loss Coverage Contract on behalf of Steve Husted for agricultural property on the former Major Property.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve quarterly payroll reports for the Commissioners and Vehicle Maintenance covering the months of April, May and June 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-17 that reaffirms Resolution No. 2001-02 “Setting Forth the Hours and Days of Sale for all Liquor Licenses Approved by the Board of Fremont County Commissioners”.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  1) State Board of Equalization certification of 2017 Assessed Values; 2) Fremont County Museum Systems 2016/2017 Donations; 3) Shoshone National Forest Travel Management ATV/UTV Field Trip, Washakie Ranger District; 4) Draft EIS Comment Period for the Normally Pressured Lance Natural Gas Development Project; and 5) Bureau of Land Management Rock Springs and Rawlins Field Offices notice of 30-day public review for environmental assessment on a proposed wild horse gather in the Salt Wells Creek, Adobe Town and Great Divide Basin Herd Management Areas (Commissioner Becker will review and respond if necessary).

 

The Public Comment period was held with nobody present.

 

Lander BLM Assistant Field Manager Curtis Bryan introduced Acting Field Manager Kyle Cowan to the Board.  Also present was Ben Kniola, Assistant Field Manager, and Rich Zimmerlee, Fire Management Officer.  Cowan stated that he is here from the BLM State Office in Cheyenne, and is temporarily replacing Rick VanderVoet who recently retired.  He stated he would be here at least four months until the State Director names a permanent manager.  The Board discussed the current County Fire Ban and they stated BLM implemented the same.   Zimmerlee stated he works closely with the County Fire Warden and Emergency Management Coordinator.  The Fire Prevention Team has done some projects (prescribed burn on Green Mountain) and also reviewed community calendars so they can be ready for large events (holidays, Eclipse, etc.).  Zimmerlee noted that an abandoned campfire blaze near the Popo Agie Falls spread rapidly and was quickly extinguished with three slurry drops from the Riverton-based Single Engine Air Tankers which are located in Riverton.  Bryan updated the Board on a recent field trip last week with permittees and others regarding the Sweetwater area and discussion was geared towards process and data collection.  Commissioner McCarty expressed her ongoing concern regarding dead trees in the Atlantic City and South Pass areas.  Zimmerlee stated BLM is a partner in the Save Quakies Foundation Program and will look into the situation.  They stated Craig Bromley is doing stabilization efforts on the old Miner’s Delight site and he is further working with local permittees to get a fence repaired.  McCarty, liaison to the Fremont County Historic Preservation Commission, asked to be kept in the loop on behalf of that board.  Chairman Becker expressed his appreciation of BLM Recreation Planner Jared Oakleaf’s involvement in the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative and his knowledge of the areas and unbiased information he presents.  Vice-Chairman Allen asked for an update on the Moneta Divide Natural Gas Project, and further stated Cooperator Meetings have been on hold for several years.  Kniola stated the change in ownership in the field from Encana to Aethon Energy has caused some delay, but stated the draft Environmental Impact Statement should be released by the end of the year.  He stated Cooperators should be receiving updates in the near future.  Chairman Becker encouraged the project to move forward quickly to help with the local economy and help put people to work again.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton presented Change Order No. 1 from Jerry Bornhoft Construction for the Mortimore Lane Reconstruction – Phase I project.  The Contract modification is as follows:  1) Additional construction days due to weather (1 day) and WYDOT review time (7 days); and 2) Relocation of a culvert at an additional cost of $1,123.00 (1 day).  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve Change Order No. 1 as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.  Pendleton stated a pre-paving meeting will be held on August 7th for the project.

 

Dave Pendleton distributed a photo of the landslide on the Wind River west of Dubois, located on private land.  The water is being forced into a narrow channel and a lake is forming behind it.  He further reviewed several bridge projects being completed with 1% funding through the Multiple Bridge Project:  1) High strength concrete was applied to the Lysite Bridge and will be completed before the Eclipse; 2) Construction on the Sweetwater River Bridge, north of Jeffrey City on Ore Road, will begin by the end of August.  He briefly reviewed the status of the Dry Creek Road project and stated Inberg-Miller Engineers is doing the design work and taking into account snow drift areas and making adjustments accordingly.  Materials in the vicinity will be used and must meet WYDOT specs to have a clay binder which will reduce maintenance.  He reviewed other County roads that received an application of the clay binder gravel and noted they are holding up well and have not had to have magnesium chloride as a result.   The Diversion Dam Bridge repairs may be eligible for Bureau of Reclamation funding; however, the Bridge is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and the character of the Bridge must remain after structural improvements.  The Board was in agreement to encourage the Bureau of Reclamation to pursue grant funding for improvements for the Bridge.  Pendleton stated there are approximately 30 regulatory signs either ruined from graffiti damage or removed along the North Fork, South Fork, Ethete and Trout Creek Roads, all County maintained roadways located on the Wind River Indian Reservation.  Commissioner Thomas stated that the total cost to replace these signs would most likely amount in federal charges for perpetrators.

 

Updates related to the recent flood activity was given by Dave Pendleton.  HDR Engineering is compiling a cost estimate for repairs to South Fork Bridge.  This, along with the major repairs to the Riverton Valley Irrigation District system, may be eligible for FEMA funding and awaits approval by the President for a disaster declaration.

 

Undersheriff Ryan Lee had relayed concerns to Dave Pendleton regarding the upcoming Eclipse, and specifically GPS capabilities within vehicles.  Lee’s concerns are if the visitor’s rely on their GPS units and leave paved roads for graveled or two track roads (or sometimes non-existent roads) and experience difficulties.

 

The Commissioners asked Dave Pendleton for updates on several Roads.   He stated moisture is needed before repairs can be made to Beaver Creek Road.  Zig Zag Road is not a County Road, but is a school bus route.   The majority of Bass Lake Road has been patched.  Bid documents are being assembled for a supply of hot plant mix to include Bass Lake Road. Quantities and locations are being firmed up.

 

County Coroner Mark Stratmoen presented a 2017 Mid-Year Summary (as of July 3, 2017) Report.  He prefaced his report by informing the Board that Fremont County experienced its first heroin death this year.  There were 175 recorded deaths in the first six months of 2017, of these 54% were Coroner Cases (95); and increased compared to 2016 by 21.  So far, the total of cases “non-natural” in manner is 32% of the total Coroner Cases as follows:  Accidental deaths is 18, 4 more than last year; Suicide is 5, five less than last year; Homicide is 7, five more than last year.   Motor-vehicle/Traffic deaths totaled 13 vehicular deaths, 11 more than last year.  All of the deaths were drug and/or alcohol related, with one pending toxicology; one ATV and two motorcycle deaths had no helmets on; only one person was using their vehicular seatbelt; and one incident accounted for five deaths and another incident three deaths. Of note, accidental death are trending higher again this year (42 in 2015 and 30 in 2016).  Suicides appear to be trending lower after a three year continual rise and are currently at the national average for our population.  Homicides are up, but six of those were two motor vehicle incidents.  Drugs and Alcohol related deaths account for 31% of Coroner Cases and 77% of non-natural deaths.  This is up slightly from the 73% reported last year, and will rise pending toxicology results.  Drugs and/or Alcohol were involved in 6 of 7 homicides, 4 of the 5 suicides and 89% of the accidental deaths.  Alcohol remains the number one drug in related deaths (20 of 30 non-natural) but Cannabis related deaths have not moved to No. 2 over prescription drugs for the first time since tracking began in 2005.  Cannabis was related in 12 of 30 non-natural deaths versus 4 for prescription drugs.  This is mostly due to being an intoxicant while driving (8 of the 12).  Stratmoen reported that he anticipates being 8% under budget at the close of FY 2016/17 (about $30,000).  He cautioned the Commissioners that the newly approved budget for FY 2017/18 is based on averages, and we are already above 2016 in case numbers, with an anticipated surge in August for the Eclipse event.  Any other unusual fatality events outside his average case load will be dealt with on an individual basis for costs.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

Commissioner Jennifer McCarty:  attended the Solid Waste Disposal District monthly meeting.  Among their budget review, they are dealing with water issues with AML and looking and property and vehicle insurance needs.

 

Vice-Chairman Larry Allen:  attended the Fremont County Fair Board meeting where preparations continue for the upcoming Fair, only two weeks away.  Due to budget cuts, the Fair will be reduced from seven to five days this year.  The Fair has available camper spaces available for the Eclipse event.

 

Chairman Travis Becker:  Has participated in several conference calls related to the recent flood event and he noted all paperwork has been turned in to FEMA and awaiting President Trump’s approval of a Disaster Declaration which will provide federal funding for Riverton Valley Irrigation Canal and South Fork Bridge, and others if applicable.  He has also participated in calls involving the slide on the Wind River.  It is impossible to get machinery to the location as it is in a canyon.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese reminded the Board they will be setting mill levies the first Monday in August.  All proposed Special District budgets have been posted on the County website for review by the Board prior to setting the mill levies.  She is posting the approved budgets at this time, with a deadline of July 20th.  All County budgets are also posted on the website.

 

Guardian EMS Program Director Andrea Abbas presented a monthly report.  She distributed three different reports for the same time frame (June 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017) that showed varying statistics in the categories.  Her intent was to show that different filters produce different statistics and the Category discussed was Unit Arrived on Scent to Unit Left Scene in Minutes with the following: Medical Transport that is Non-Emergent – 30.63; 911 Emergent – 16.99 or All Calls – 17.87.  She further stated that their policy is to provide as much treatment on scene prior to transport, so a longer time in this area is not necessarily a negative.  Fractile Times Report in all categories for All Calls (as reported in previous months) is as follows based on minutes:

Unit Notified by Dispatch to Unit Arrived on Scene                                  9.98

Unit Notified by Dispatch to Unit En Route                                                1.83

Unit En Route to Unit Arrived on Scene                                                     7.73

Unit Arrived on Scene to Unit Left Scene                                                   17.87

Unit Left Scene to Patient Arrived at Destination                                      10.14

Patient Arrived at Destination to Unit Back in Service                             14.16

Out of the total June calls of 488, the top three call areas are Riverton area (206); Lander area (89) and City of Lander (47).  Abbas stated the GPS units are still not installed pending the recent buy out; however, she expects that to be finalized soon and they will be back on track to get one installed as a demo in the near future.  She stated training in the extended areas needs more development.  A Field Training Manual has been developed and she stated there are a lot of positive things going on.  Vice-Chairman Allen affirmed that Guardian is providing a lot of training and he asked Abbas to research why Guardian EMS Ground is out of network for Blue Cross Blue Shield enrollees and she provided contact information for personnel in the corporate office who would be able to answer that question.  She has been attending Eclipse meetings and she stated their intent to request the use of the Lysite Fire Hall as a First Aid Station.  Staff will not be allowed any vacation time during the event and they hope to strategically place ambulances based on geographical issues.  NOLS will provide staff to help at the First Aid stations in both Lander and Riverton.  She will order adequate supplies to have on hand.

 

Fremont County Museums Director Scott Goetz provided a FY 2016/2017 Annual Report.  Programs include the Discovery Speaker Series (sponsored by Wyoming Community Bank); Adventure Trek Series (sponsored by Wind River Visitor’s Council); Children’s Exploration Series (sponsored by McDonalds); Wind River Explorer Guide; Historic Walking Tours and Traveling Exhibits.  Acquisitions/Accessions were reported on all three Museums, Training, and Self-Generated Revenues were reviewed.  Marketing efforts includes Public Relations, Print Media and Online Media efforts.  Visitation for the Dubois Museum was 4,326 (prior fiscal year 4,823); Lander Museum was 8,610 (prior year 10,152); and Riverton Museum was 1,586 (prior year 1,707) for a total in all three Museums of 9,482 visits.  Exhibits/Interpretation has continued in all three Museums with Eclipse related displays being the current theme.  Chairman Becker inquired whether other private museums (Mountain Man, etc.) had been in contact to try to merge all the facilities together and Goetz was aware of the idea and had asked them to provide proposals.  Feedback cards are being developed for all the sites as well.  In other business, Goetz stated they have vacancy for a part-time (16 hr/week) position in the Lander Museum which is a budgeted position.  Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve filling the part-time budgeted position at $10/hour.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough stated a renewal Fremont Counseling Service contract will be coming soon for the new fiscal year, with the same terms and rates.

 

Five Departments responded to the Commissioners’ inquiry regarding surplus items.  Vice-Chairman Allen will visit with local auctioneers to see if would be feasible to go this route vs. a bidding process for the items.

 

There being no further business, Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 11:25 a.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on July 25, 2017 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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

July 11, 2017 (OFFICIAL MINUTES)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JULY 11, 2017

 

OFFICIAL MINUTES

 

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, Ray Price seconded, to approve the Agenda as amended.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting held on June 26, 2017 and the Regular Meeting held on June 27, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
4-H Extension
Agriculture Department
Camp Registration
$100.00
A & I Distributors
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Service
$1,850.89
Ace Hardware-Riverton
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$71.76
Airgas USA LLC
Vehicle Maintenance
Supplies
$7.32
Alsco, Inc
Segregated
Laundry
$228.05
American Family & Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$10,340.07
American Heritage Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$35.62
American Pizza Partners, L.P.
Search & Rescue
Meals
$120.00
Arapahoe County Government
County Attorney
Subpoena Service
$84.00
AXA Equitable PEDC
Segregated
Annuity
$250.00
Bailey Enterprises, Inc
Segregated
Fuel
$18,227.04
Bank of the West Acct Analysis
Investment Pool
Bank Charges
$1,019.42
Biddle Consulting Group
Dispatch Center
Maintenance Agrmt
$599.00
Black Hills Energy
Segregated
Utility Service
$2,753.57
Bloedorn Lumber-Lander
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$894.69
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Co Admin
Health Insurance
$290,538.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Co Admin
Health Ins Claims
$246,034.61
Bob Barker Company, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$3,780.70
Bowdel Steven P.
Detention Center
Medical Services
$1,237.50
Bull’s Service & Towing LLC
Vehicle Maintenance
Service
$102.14
Business Mailing Solutions, Inc
Support Services
Supplies
$260.00
Carroll Septic Service
Transportation
Services
$150.00
Caselle, Inc
County Clerk
Software/Training
$1,522.50
Centurylink
Agriculture Department
Phone Service
$317.04
Charter Communications
Segregated
Internet Service
$138.62
Child Support Services/ORS
Payroll
Child Support
$564.00
Clifford, Gregory P. MD PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,694.00
Collection Professionals Insurance
Payroll
Garnishment
$100.00
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$188.22
Communication Technologies, Inc
Dispatch Center
Mtce Agrmt/Repairs
$466.00
Cooper, Danyne
CAST
Reimburse Expenses
$72.00
Cowboy Chemical, Inc
Detention Center
Laundry/Supplies
$499.10
Crane, Peter, MD
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$890.00
Dubois Telephone Exchange
Segregated
Phone Service
$647.40
Electrical Dynamics, Inc
County Buildings
Services/Repairs
$377.89
Emergency Power Systems LLC
County Buildings – Detention
Services
$1,571.75
Federal Express Corp
Detention Center
Shipping Fees
$40.24
Food Services of America
Detention Center
Prisoner Board
$1,587.51
Foutz, Traci L
Public Health – Emergency Prep
School/Mileage
$65.40
Freese, Julie
County Clerk
Petty Cash Reimbursement
$7.25
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Witholding/FICA
$214,966.57
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Section 125 Benefits
$47,755.47
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Health Insurance
$0.00
Fremont Motor Riverton, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$66.07
Fremont Motors – Lander
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$815.43
Fremont Toyota
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$12.00
Fyler, John
Search & Rescue
Reimbursement
$89.51
Gerard, Jonathan M.
District Court
Court Representation
$1,110.00
Gist, Cora L.
Clerk of District Court
Reimburse Expenses
$30.00
Globalstar USA
Search & Rescue
Satellite Phone Service
$142.27
Grainger
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$321.46
Great West Trust
Segregated
Wyoming Benefits
$6,955.00
Griebel, Adrianne
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$289.10
Hague Auto Body
Victim Services – Sheriff
Victim Services
$100.00
Healthsmart Benefit Solutions
Segregated
Insurance
$928.00
Heller, Kayelene
Clerk of District Court
Reimburse Expenses
$36.00
Hockett, Rachel
Clerk of District Court
Reimburse Expenses
$54.00
I-State Truck Center
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts
$108.68
Laidlaw, Kathleen
Health Nurse
Reimburse Expenses
$187.20
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Segregated
Inmate Med/Family Plng
$2,061.34
Lander Valley Physicians Practice
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$6,235.00
Lander, City of
Segregated
Water/Sewer
$2,624.16
Lincare, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,391.04
Linton’s Big R Store
County Sheriff
Uniforms/Supplies
$109.93
Liturgical Publications, Inc
Public Health
Advertising
$1,100.00
Lyles, Jesse
County Sheriff
Reimburse Mileage
$15.60
Majdic, Thomas
County Attorney
Reimburse Expenses
$16.80
Matthew Bender & Co., Inc
Segregated
Subscriptions
$1,757.43
McKay, Katherine G.
District Court
Court Appointment
$105.00
Miller, Margaret
District Court
Court Appointment
$525.00
Motorola Solutions Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Radio Equip
$3,631.25
Mr D’s Food Center Inc
Segregated
Supplies
$209.72
NAPA Auto Parts-Riverton
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$696.57
National Business Systems, Inc
County Treasurer
Postage Prepayment
$2,000.00
National Food Group, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Board
$4,090.64
New York Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$276.60
NMS Laboratories
County Coroner
Toxicology Services
$524.00
NOLS
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue Supplies
$195.84
Norco Inc
Segregated
Rentals/Oxygen/Supplies
$4,987.36
Office Shop Inc, The
Segregated
Service Agreements/Copies
$506.94
One Stop Market
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue
$238.13
OR Dept. of Justice
Payroll
Child Support
$500.94
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc
County Buildings
Parts/Supplies
$10.99
Osage Industries, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle Repairs
$295.97
Parkins, Becky
Public Health
Reimburse Expenses
$91.20
Paws for Life
County Sheriff
Animal Boarding
$420.00
Quill Corporation
County Treasurer
Office/Computer Supplies
$199.90
R C Lock & Key
Segregated
Keys/Supplies/Services
$161.28
R T Communications
Segregated
Phone Service
$536.81
Ratigan, Daniel, M.D.
Detention Center
Supervisor Contract
$3,150.00
Reed’s Moghaun Office Supply
Vehicle Maintenance
Office Supplies
$8.05
Reiman Corp.
Bridge Repair
Contractual Services
$202,424.16
Riverton Ranger, Inc
Segregated
Advertising
$2,343.78
Riverton Tire & Oil Co., Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Tires/Parts/Supplies
$15,343.10
Riverton, City of
County Buildings
Water/Sewer
$863.25
Rocky Mountain Power
Segregated
Utilities
$13,619.50
Safeway, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$979.67
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$10,890.83
SDI Construction
Riverton Library Roof & Drainage
Riverton Library Drainage
$49,732.00
Shoshoni, Town of
Transportation
Water/Sewer
$50.00
Skaggs Companies, Inc
Segregated
Uniforms/Supplies
$1,527.95
Smith Medical Partners LLC
Family Planning Services
Medical Supplies
$24.66
Snider, Yvonne
Victim Services – Sheriff
Reimburse Mileage/Exp
$151.20
Spoonhunter, Leslie
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$114.47
State Disbursement Unit
Payroll
Child Support
$1,522.00
Stevens, Cynthia B. MD
CAST
Clinical Supervision
$150.00
Stock Doc, PC The
County Sheriff
Dog Boarding
$271.92
Stroupe Pest Control Inc
County Buildings
Pest Control
$115.00
Sweetwater County Sheriff
Detention Center
Inmate Housing
$3,895.00
Sweetwater Court
Payroll
Garnishment
$999.37
Sysco Montana, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$15,897.87
Terrance R. Martin PC
District Court
Court Appointment
$581.25
Thompson, Codi S., RD
Detention Center
Contract Services
$231.60
Total Net Salaries
Segregated
Salaries
$627,877.44
Traveling Computers
Computer Services
Computer Supplies/Services
$400.50
TW Vending, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$88.95
Tweed’s Wholesale Co
Segregated
Supplies/Inmate Board
$10,821.02
Various
Health Promotion
Wellness Reimbursements
$9,048.00
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Phone Service
$138.46
WCS Telecom
Segregated
Phone Service
$716.25
Whiting Law, P.C.
District Court
Professional Services
$3,465.00
William H. Smith & Associates Inc
Bridge Repair
Lost Wells Pit
$431.00
Wilson, Desiree
District Court
Public Defenders Court
$83.48
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,276.00
WY County Assessors Assoc.
County Assessor
Registration/Assoc Dues
$290.00
WY SDU
Payroll
Child Support
$830.00
Wyo Child Support Enforcement
Segregated
Child Support
$750.00
Wyo Dept of Workforce Services
Co Admin
Workers Comp
$21,053.31
Wyoming D.A.R.E
County Sheriff
Training Fees
$200.00
Wyoming Retirement System
Co Admin
Contributions
$144,215.70
Wyoming Supreme Court
District Court
Salary Reimbursement
$6,742.00
Wyoming Waste Systems
Segregated
Trash Removal
$2,577.12
Wyoming.com
Segregated
Internet Service
$1,074.12
Zimmer, Tom
Search & Rescue
Reimburse Expenses
$243.00
Zoro Tools, Inc
County Buildings – Detention
Tools/Equipment/Supplies
$554.71

$2,057,678.19
Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to accept a voucher from Wyoming Behavioral Institute in the amount of $3,425.00 for Title 25 patients.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Adjustment to Assessment Summary; 2) Abatement Summary; 3) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County (on hold pending revisions by UW); and 4) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-15 “Appropriation Resolution” for FY 2017-18.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve an Englert Fifteen-Year Limited Weathertightness Warranty for the Riverton Library Mechanically Seamed Roofing System.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Grant of Permanent Easement to Operate, Maintain and Replace a Portion of Pebble Drive with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve an Application/Permit to Construct Access Driveway from Paul Wardner for Union Pass Road and from Amy Federer for Lyons Valley Road.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an Addendum to that Certain Temporary Easement Agreement with Rodger S. Hitshew for construction of improvements to Mortimore Lane.  Motion carried unanimously.   Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Exhibit A, Modification No. 1 to the Cooperative Law Enforcement Annual Operating Plan and Financial Plan between the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA, Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Contract Among Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division, Fremont County Health Office (Dr. Justin Hopkin) and Fremont County.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an Application for 24 Hour Malt Beverage Permit for the Jim Moss Arena for Eclipse 2017 events for August 19-21, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  1) Wyoming Governmental Claims Act Notice of Claim to Fremont County Commissioners et al. by Harley Wells (the county will be represented by the Local Government Liability Pool); 2) The Secretary of the Interior notice of Payment in Lieu of Taxes program payment to Fremont County in the amount of $2,661,948; 3) Wyoming Association of Municipalities Memorandum regarding WAM-WCCA Energy Lease Program Request for Proposals (to be distributed among County officials and Social Services).

 

W.S. 18-3-515 was reviewed, stating “each board of county commissioners at their regular July meeting shall request a statement of the receipts and expenditures of the county during the preceding twelve (12) months setting for the source and amount of all receipts and the purpose and the amount of all expenditures to be prepared upon reconciliation of all accounts by the county treasurer and county clerk, not later than September 30th “.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to request such statement as required by W.S. 18-3-515.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Public Comment period was held.

 

Kevin Harrington, Mark’s Auto Sales, expressed concern with the closure of the Riverton County Clerk’s Annex Office.

 

Mortimore Lane resident Carol Sanders continued relaying her concerns over the construction work currently taking place.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton reported a recent resignation and retirement which will result in two Truck Driver vacancies in the Lander area.  He requested permission to fill both positons, which are part of the approved budget.  Jennifer McCarty moved, Ray Price seconded, to authorize permission to advertise the two Truck Driver vacancies at the entry level salary.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Sheriff Skip Hornecker presented a monthly report.

 

Sheriff Hornecker reported on the flooding that took place in June.

 

In another matter, Commissioner Thomas stated he would like to be a member on the task force on the Reservation related to gang activity.

 

Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session regarding potential litigation with Sheriff Hornecker and County Planning Director Steve Baumann.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Popo Agie Conservation District Supervisor Kelsey Beck reported on the co-sponsored County projects for Emergency Watershed Protection for the spring 2017 flood events.

 

A Public Hearing was held at 10:30 a.m., as advertised, to hear comments on proposed changes to the draft Regular Subdivision Regulations.  Present was Planning Department Supervisor Steve Baumann who stated the 45 day comment period has elapsed and he submitted two additional proposed changes to the draft Regulations as submitted by the Fremont County Planning Commission.  Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough stated the proposed changes were material changes and that an additional 45 day advertising period should commence to allow for comment on the two proposed changes to the draft Regular Subdivision Regulations.

 

Fremont County Planning Department Supervisor Steve Baumann presented a proposed plat for Sage View Subdivision, a proposed lot split of a current 10.47 acre parcel located ¾ mile northwest of the city limits of Riverton on Highway 26.  A WYDOT Commercial Access permit has been granted off Highway 26.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the Sage View Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Steve Baumann presented a proposed plat for the Spike Estates Subdivision, a proposed two lot subdivision northwest of the city of Lander near the intersection of Longview Lane and Highway 287.   Because the east and south edges of the subdivision abut the previously approved Northridge Estates Subdivision, there is no need for an additional twenty (20’) foot utility and drainage easement along that common boundary line.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve a variance to Chapter III Section 3(B)(XIV) of the Fremont County Simple Subdivision Regulations allowing the removal of the utility and drainage easement along the common east and south lot lines of Lot 2 due to the already existing easement along that boundary from the Northridge Estates Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the final plat of the Spike Estates Subdivision. Motion carried unanimously.

 

A Fremont County Personnel Policy Handbook requirement regarding annual renewal of the Death Benefit was reviewed.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve the Death Benefit as stated.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Fremont County Fire Warden Craig Haslam informed the Commission that it is time to implement a fire ban in Fremont County due to dry conditions.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-16 “Establishing Fire Restrictions for Fremont County” effective July 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

In other business, Commissioner Thomas updated Fire Warden Haslam of the proposed new fire hall in Fort Washakie and the subsequent vacation of the current site which is a proposed location for Guardian EMS to be located.  Haslam stated grants are being sought for the new Fort Washakie Fire Station.

 

Several appointments to County-appointed Boards were tabled until a full quorum was present.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Ray Price seconded, to reappoint Janet Hulbert-Young and Lois Herbst and new appointment Julia Stuble to three year terms on the Fremont County Historic Preservation Commission.  Motion carried unanimously.  One position is still vacant and will be re-advertised, along with one vacancy on the Fremont County Library Board.

 

Following a weighted vote, Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to re-appoint Kristin Paulsen and Harold Albright to three year terms on the Fremont County Planning Commission.  Voting against the motion: Clarence Thomas.  Motion carried.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

 

The Commission was presented with an updated list from several departments of surplus property.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese reviewed an e-mail she sent to Departments regarding the closure of the County Clerk’s Riverton Annex stating the County Treasurer has informed her that she can no longer collect his registration, sales tax and property tax fees in the Riverton Office, effective July 3, 2017.

 

Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with County Attorney Patrick LeBrun and Deputy Jodi Darrough regarding legal advice.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 12:05 p.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on July 18, 2017 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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

July 11, 2017 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JULY 11, 2017

 

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

 

Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve the Agenda as amended.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting held on June 26, 2017 and the Regular Meeting held on June 27, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
4-H Extension
Agriculture Department
Camp Registration
$100.00
A & I Distributors
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Service
$1,850.89
Ace Hardware-Riverton
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$71.76
Airgas USA LLC
Vehicle Maintenance
Supplies
$7.32
Alsco, Inc
Segregated
Laundry
$228.05
American Family & Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$10,340.07
American Heritage Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$35.62
American Pizza Partners, L.P.
Search & Rescue
Meals
$120.00
Arapahoe County Government
County Attorney
Subpoena Service
$84.00
AXA Equitable PEDC
Segregated
Annuity
$250.00
Bailey Enterprises, Inc
Segregated
Fuel
$18,227.04
Bank of the West Acct Analysis
Investment Pool
Bank Charges
$1,019.42
Biddle Consulting Group
Dispatch Center
Maintenance Agrmt
$599.00
Black Hills Energy
Segregated
Utility Service
$2,753.57
Bloedorn Lumber-Lander
County Buildings
Materials/Supplies
$894.69
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Co Admin
Health Insurance
$290,538.00
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
Co Admin
Health Ins Claims
$246,034.61
Bob Barker Company, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$3,780.70
Bowdel Steven P.
Detention Center
Medical Services
$1,237.50
Bull’s Service & Towing LLC
Vehicle Maintenance
Service
$102.14
Business Mailing Solutions, Inc
Support Services
Supplies
$260.00
Carroll Septic Service
Transportation
Services
$150.00
Caselle, Inc
County Clerk
Software/Training
$1,522.50
Centurylink
Agriculture Department
Phone Service
$317.04
Charter Communications
Segregated
Internet Service
$138.62
Child Support Services/ORS
Payroll
Child Support
$564.00
Clifford, Gregory P. MD PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,694.00
Collection Professionals Insurance
Payroll
Garnishment
$100.00
Colonial Life & Accident Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$188.22
Communication Technologies, Inc
Dispatch Center
Mtce Agrmt/Repairs
$466.00
Cooper, Danyne
CAST
Reimburse Expenses
$72.00
Cowboy Chemical, Inc
Detention Center
Laundry/Supplies
$499.10
Crane, Peter, MD
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$890.00
Dubois Telephone Exchange
Segregated
Phone Service
$647.40
Electrical Dynamics, Inc
County Buildings
Services/Repairs
$377.89
Emergency Power Systems LLC
County Buildings – Detention
Services
$1,571.75
Federal Express Corp
Detention Center
Shipping Fees
$40.24
Food Services of America
Detention Center
Prisoner Board
$1,587.51
Foutz, Traci L
Public Health – Emergency Prep
School/Mileage
$65.40
Freese, Julie
County Clerk
Petty Cash Reimbursement
$7.25
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Witholding/FICA
$214,966.57
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Section 125 Benefits
$47,755.47
Fremont County Treasurer
Co Admin
Health Insurance
$0.00
Fremont Motor Riverton, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$66.07
Fremont Motors – Lander
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$815.43
Fremont Toyota
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$12.00
Fyler, John
Search & Rescue
Reimbursement
$89.51
Gerard, Jonathan M.
District Court
Court Representation
$1,110.00
Gist, Cora L.
Clerk of District Court
Reimburse Expenses
$30.00
Globalstar USA
Search & Rescue
Satellite Phone Service
$142.27
Grainger
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$321.46
Great West Trust
Segregated
Wyoming Benefits
$6,955.00
Griebel, Adrianne
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$289.10
Hague Auto Body
Victim Services – Sheriff
Victim Services
$100.00
Healthsmart Benefit Solutions
Segregated
Insurance
$928.00
Heller, Kayelene
Clerk of District Court
Reimburse Expenses
$36.00
Hockett, Rachel
Clerk of District Court
Reimburse Expenses
$54.00
I-State Truck Center
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts
$108.68
Laidlaw, Kathleen
Health Nurse
Reimburse Expenses
$187.20
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Segregated
Inmate Med/Family Plng
$2,061.34
Lander Valley Physicians Practice
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$6,235.00
Lander, City of
Segregated
Water/Sewer
$2,624.16
Lincare, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,391.04
Linton’s Big R Store
County Sheriff
Uniforms/Supplies
$109.93
Liturgical Publications, Inc
Public Health
Advertising
$1,100.00
Lyles, Jesse
County Sheriff
Reimburse Mileage
$15.60
Majdic, Thomas
County Attorney
Reimburse Expenses
$16.80
Matthew Bender & Co., Inc
Segregated
Subscriptions
$1,757.43
McKay, Katherine G.
District Court
Court Appointment
$105.00
Miller, Margaret
District Court
Court Appointment
$525.00
Motorola Solutions Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Radio Equip
$3,631.25
Mr D’s Food Center Inc
Segregated
Supplies
$209.72
NAPA Auto Parts-Riverton
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$696.57
National Business Systems, Inc
County Treasurer
Postage Prepayment
$2,000.00
National Food Group, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Board
$4,090.64
New York Life Insurance
Segregated
Insurance
$276.60
NMS Laboratories
County Coroner
Toxicology Services
$524.00
NOLS
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue Supplies
$195.84
Norco Inc
Segregated
Rentals/Oxygen/Supplies
$4,987.36
Office Shop Inc, The
Segregated
Service Agreements/Copies
$506.94
One Stop Market
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue
$238.13
OR Dept. of Justice
Payroll
Child Support
$500.94
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc
County Buildings
Parts/Supplies
$10.99
Osage Industries, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle Repairs
$295.97
Parkins, Becky
Public Health
Reimburse Expenses
$91.20
Paws for Life
County Sheriff
Animal Boarding
$420.00
Quill Corporation
County Treasurer
Office/Computer Supplies
$199.90
R C Lock & Key
Segregated
Keys/Supplies/Services
$161.28
R T Communications
Segregated
Phone Service
$536.81
Ratigan, Daniel, M.D.
Detention Center
Supervisor Contract
$3,150.00
Reed’s Moghaun Office Supply
Vehicle Maintenance
Office Supplies
$8.05
Reiman Corp.
Bridge Repair
Contractual Services
$202,424.16
Riverton Ranger, Inc
Segregated
Advertising
$2,343.78
Riverton Tire & Oil Co., Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Tires/Parts/Supplies
$15,343.10
Riverton, City of
County Buildings
Water/Sewer
$863.25
Rocky Mountain Power
Segregated
Utilities
$13,619.50
Safeway, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$979.67
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$10,890.83
SDI Construction
Riverton Library Roof & Drainage
Riverton Library Drainage
$49,732.00
Shoshoni, Town of
Transportation
Water/Sewer
$50.00
Skaggs Companies, Inc
Segregated
Uniforms/Supplies
$1,527.95
Smith Medical Partners LLC
Family Planning Services
Medical Supplies
$24.66
Snider, Yvonne
Victim Services – Sheriff
Reimburse Mileage/Exp
$151.20
Spoonhunter, Leslie
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$114.47
State Disbursement Unit
Payroll
Child Support
$1,522.00
Stevens, Cynthia B. MD
CAST
Clinical Supervision
$150.00
Stock Doc, PC The
County Sheriff
Dog Boarding
$271.92
Stroupe Pest Control Inc
County Buildings
Pest Control
$115.00
Sweetwater County Sheriff
Detention Center
Inmate Housing
$3,895.00
Sweetwater Court
Payroll
Garnishment
$999.37
Sysco Montana, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$15,897.87
Terrance R. Martin PC
District Court
Court Appointment
$581.25
Thompson, Codi S., RD
Detention Center
Contract Services
$231.60
Total Net Salaries
Segregated
Salaries
$627,877.44
Traveling Computers
Computer Services
Computer Supplies/Services
$400.50
TW Vending, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$88.95
Tweed’s Wholesale Co
Segregated
Supplies/Inmate Board
$10,821.02
Various
Health Promotion
Wellness Reimbursements
$9,048.00
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Phone Service
$138.46
WCS Telecom
Segregated
Phone Service
$716.25
Whiting Law, P.C.
District Court
Professional Services
$3,465.00
William H. Smith & Associates Inc
Bridge Repair
Lost Wells Pit
$431.00
Wilson, Desiree
District Court
Public Defenders Court
$83.48
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,276.00
WY County Assessors Assoc.
County Assessor
Registration/Assoc Dues
$290.00
WY SDU
Payroll
Child Support
$830.00
Wyo Child Support Enforcement
Segregated
Child Support
$750.00
Wyo Dept of Workforce Services
Co Admin
Workers Comp
$21,053.31
Wyoming D.A.R.E
County Sheriff
Training Fees
$200.00
Wyoming Retirement System
Co Admin
Contributions
$144,215.70
Wyoming Supreme Court
District Court
Salary Reimbursement
$6,742.00
Wyoming Waste Systems
Segregated
Trash Removal
$2,577.12
Wyoming.com
Segregated
Internet Service
$1,074.12
Zimmer, Tom
Search & Rescue
Reimburse Expenses
$243.00
Zoro Tools, Inc
County Buildings – Detention
Tools/Equipment/Supplies
$554.71

$2,057,678.19
Ray Price moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to accept a voucher from Wyoming Behavioral Institute in the amount of $3,425.00 for Title 25 patients.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Adjustment to Assessment Summary; 2) Abatement Summary; 3) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County (on hold pending revisions by UW); and 4) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-15 “Appropriation Resolution” for FY 2017-18.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve an Englert Fifteen-Year Limited Weathertightness Warranty for the Riverton Library Mechanically Seamed Roofing System.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Grant of Permanent Easement to Operate, Maintain and Replace a Portion of Pebble Drive with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve an Application/Permit to Construct Access Driveway from Paul Wardner for Union Pass Road and from Amy Federer for Lyons Valley Road.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an Addendum to that Certain Temporary Easement Agreement with Rodger S. Hitshew for construction of improvements to Mortimore Lane.  Motion carried unanimously.   Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Exhibit A, Modification No. 1 to the Cooperative Law Enforcement Annual Operating Plan and Financial Plan between the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and the USDA, Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Contract Among Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division, Fremont County Health Office (Dr. Justin Hopkin) and Fremont County.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an Application for 24 Hour Malt Beverage Permit for the Jim Moss Arena for Eclipse 2017 events for August 19-21, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The following items in the Priority Mail were reviewed:  1) Wyoming Governmental Claims Act Notice of Claim to Fremont County Commissioners et al. by Harley Wells (the county will be represented by the Local Government Liability Pool); 2) The Secretary of the Interior notice of Payment in Lieu of Taxes program payment to Fremont County in the amount of $2,661,948; 3) Wyoming Association of Municipalities Memorandum regarding WAM-WCCA Energy Lease Program Request for Proposals (to be distributed among County officials and Social Services).

 

W.S. 18-3-515 was reviewed, stating “each board of county commissioners at their regular July meeting shall request a statement of the receipts and expenditures of the county during the preceding twelve (12) months setting for the source and amount of all receipts and the purpose and the amount of all expenditures to be prepared upon reconciliation of all accounts by the county treasurer and county clerk, not later than September 30th “.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to request such statement as required by W.S. 18-3-515.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Public Comment period was held.

 

Kevin Harrington, Mark’s Auto Sales, expressed concern with the closure of the Riverton County Clerk’s Annex Office.  He requested the Commission reverse the decision of the County Treasurer to not allow the County Clerk’s Office to collect his registration, sales tax and property tax fees in the Riverton Office.    Chairman Becker stated Treasurer Harnsberger’s decision was not a budget decision made by the Commissioners, the Treasurer was given an approved budget which did not affect the Riverton Office at all.  The County Commission do not have oversight on how another elected official runs their office.  The County Clerk’s Office has staffed and maintained the Riverton Office for over 20 years as a convenience to citizens on that side of the County, collecting over $1million for the Treasurer’s Office during the last fiscal year.  It has also provided a courier service for other offices within the County.  The Treasurer has announced his decision as it is not a statutory responsibility of his office.   Chairman Becker further encouraged Mr. Harrington and other concerned citizens to contact Treasurer Harnsberger directly to relay their concerns.

 

Mortimore Lane resident Carol Sanders continued relaying her concerns over the construction work currently taking place.  She reported stolen items, continually barking of her dogs related to the increased activity, and wants a high wooden fence installed.  She further stated she was unable to leave her residence while a large culvert was being installed in her driveway prohibiting ingress and egress.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton reported a recent resignation and retirement which will result in two Truck Driver vacancies in the Lander area.  He requested permission to fill both positons, which are part of the approved budget.  Jennifer McCarty moved, Ray Price seconded, to authorize permission to advertise the two Truck Driver vacancies at the entry level salary.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Sheriff Skip Hornecker presented a monthly report by stating June statistics were 176 total and 159 in house, compared to one year ago of 165 total and 142 in house.  Of the total 176 inmates, 70 inmates (65 in house and 5 out of facility) are sentenced.  There were 254 recorded intakes in June and 106 inmates in Detention are pre-adjudicated.    Communications:  there is one vacant position.  One former employee has returned and filled another vacancy.  They are expecting a resignation this week and the position vacancy has already been approved to refill by the Commission.  Detention:  Since the last report, there are three open positions (one control, one certified and one open certified).  The certified position recently became vacant and has not been authorized by the Commissioners to refill.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve refilling the open certified position for Detention.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Sheriff Hornecker reported on the flooding that took place in June and stated there was minimal overtime for his deputies as the Undersheriff and himself took the majority of the calls over the weekend and evening hours which would have otherwise resulted in overtime to non-exempt employees.  He stated the pre-mitigation efforts taken by the community were amazing and other than the issue with Riverton Irrigation District, reports of damage were minimal.  He did report on an issue in the Dubois area of a large slide taking place on the west side of Dubois.  Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton joined Sheriff Hornecker to provide an update on the slide area and potential impacts to state and county structures.  Other agencies are involved or on scene (Homeland Security, WYDOT Geologist, Army Corps of Engineers, etc.).

 

In another matter, Commissioner Thomas stated he would like to be a member on the task force on the Reservation related to gang activity.  He reported on the huge destruction and theft of regulatory signs on the Wind River Indian Reservation and stated there are several youth groups who have volunteered to help remove paint, etc.  Sheriff Hornecker welcomed his participation on the task force which is chaired by the Riverton Police Chief.    Pendleton acknowledged the destruction of signs is a long and continuing problem in this area and will see if graffiti can be removed on the signs with the aid of the volunteer help.

 

Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session regarding potential litigation with Sheriff Hornecker and County Planning Director Steve Baumann.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Popo Agie Conservation District Supervisor Kelsey Beck reported on the co-sponsored County projects for Emergency Watershed Protection for the spring 2017 flood events.  The EWP is a Natural Resource Conservation Service program that provides up to 75% cost assistance for construction that protects structures and is subject to Congressional approval. The program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural occurrences.  Sponsor’s obligations are to provide land rights to do the repair work, secure the necessary permits, furnish the local cost share and accomplish the installation of work.  2017 pending projects include:  Ruby Ditch – exigency projects as Popo Agie River bank collapsed and threatened the Ruby Ditch from the June 6th runoff event.  Estimated project cost is $76,000 and a second project is for the Ruby Ranch access road repair at an estimated cost of $35,000; Snavely/Grant Young Ditch – Ditch is currently breached into the Popo Agie River.  Pending EWP qualification until ditch is functioning again.  Estimated cost is $16,000; Millard Ditch – there are five impacted sites due to soil erosion and streambank stabilization on the Little Popo Agie River, estimated project cost is $158,000.  2017 completed projects include Little Popo Agie – non exigency project from 2016.  Little Popo Agie River streambank stabilization to protect house structure completed at a cost of $11,040; Lyons Ditch – exigency project as Little Popo Agie River bank collapsed and threatened the Lyons Ditch from high runoff on June 6th.  Project completed in June at a cost of $89,170; Davies Ditch – exigency project on the North Fork of the Popo Agie River to protect irrigation infrastructure impacted by February runoff event and completed in May at a cost of $12,960; and Twin Creek – exigency project from February runoff event to stabilize Twin Creek streambank to protect access road, completed in June at a cost of $25,570.

 

A Public Hearing was held at 10:30 a.m., as advertised, to hear comments on proposed changes to the draft Regular Subdivision Regulations.  Present was Planning Department Supervisor Steve Baumann who stated the 45 day comment period has elapsed and he submitted two additional proposed changes to the draft Regulations as submitted by the Fremont County Planning Commission.  The first recommended change was to remove one of the components requiring a Re-Plat of “any addition of an Ingress/Egress easement”.  The second suggested change was made following input from the surveyor community to allow for flexibility on internal lot line easement locations.  Additionally, the Planning Commission would like to add verbiage to eliminate the need for a variance in situations where a subdivision abuts an already existing subdivision with a twenty (20’) foot easement.  In that case, no easement is necessary within the new subdivision.  The Commissioners did not agree with the removal of the first recommended change but did agree with the second suggested change.  Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough stated the proposed changes were material changes and that an additional 45 day advertising period should commence to allow for comment on the two proposed changes to the draft Regular Subdivision Regulations.

 

Fremont County Planning Department Supervisor Steve Baumann presented a proposed plat for Sage View Subdivision, a proposed lot split of a current 10.47 acre parcel located ¾ mile northwest of the city limits of Riverton on Highway 26.  A WYDOT Commercial Access permit has been granted off Highway 26.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the Sage View Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Steve Baumann presented a proposed plat for the Spike Estates Subdivision, a proposed two lot subdivision northwest of the city of Lander near the intersection of Longview Lane and Highway 287.  The intention of the subdivision is to allow the construction of a small home on the smaller lot for resale.  WYDOT has grandfathered the Longview Lane access.  Because the east and south edges of the subdivision abut the previously approved Northridge Estates Subdivision, there is no need for an additional twenty (20’) foot utility and drainage easement along that common boundary line.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve a variance to Chapter III Section 3(B)(XIV) of the Fremont County Simple Subdivision Regulations allowing the removal of the utility and drainage easement along the common east and south lot lines of Lot 2 due to the already existing easement along that boundary from the Northridge Estates Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the final plat of the Spike Estates Subdivision. Motion carried unanimously.

 

A Fremont County Personnel Policy Handbook requirement regarding annual renewal of the Death Benefit was reviewed.  The beneficiary(ies) of a full time employee is entitled to receive the total sum of $10,000 within 45 days after the death of the employee.  The beneficiary(ies) of a part-time employee is entitled to receive the total sum of $5,000.  The section is to be approved annually (July) by the Commissioners, which is funded through the Health Benefit Fund.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve the Death Benefit as stated.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Fremont County Fire Warden Craig Haslam informed the Commission that it is time to implement a fire ban in Fremont County due to dry conditions.  He stated the BLM, Forest Service and BIA are in agreement and are considering doing the same on their respective lands.  Chairman Becker relayed a concern he received from a landowner to ask that fireworks only be allowed in approved areas for limited time frames for upcoming years.  The Commission was not in favor of implementing that restriction at this time.  Following discussion, Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-16 “Establishing Fire Restrictions for Fremont County” effective July 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  Motion carried unanimously.  Haslam will distribute the ban information immediately, to also include both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.  Commissioner McCarty expressed her concern for fire dangers existing in the South Pass and Atlantic City area and she has also contacted local legislators and state agencies.

 

In other business, Commissioner Thomas updated Fire Warden Haslam of the proposed new fire hall in Fort Washakie and the subsequent vacation of the current site which is a proposed location for Guardian EMS to be located.  Haslam stated grants are being sought for the new Fort Washakie Fire Station.

 

Several appointments to County-appointed Boards were tabled until a full quorum was present.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Ray Price seconded, to reappoint Janet Hulbert-Young and Lois Herbst and new appointment Julia Stuble to three year terms on the Fremont County Historic Preservation Commission.  Motion carried unanimously.  One position is still vacant and will be re-advertised, along with one vacancy on the Fremont County Library Board.

 

Following a weighted vote, Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to re-appoint Kristin Paulsen and Harold Albright to three year terms on the Fremont County Planning Commission.  Voting against the motion: Clarence Thomas.  Motion carried.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

Commissioner Price relayed discussion with the Fremont County Library Board regarding the outreach libraries, which the Library Board voted to discontinue due to budget cuts.

 

Commissioner McCarty attended the Weed and Pest District monthly meeting which was combined with an employee picnic.  The Board finalized the budget for FY 2017-18.

 

Vice-Chairman Allen reported on the meeting he attended at the Lander BLM Field Office with Transportation Superintendent Pendleton regarding shoulder widening for the Moneta/Lysite Road project.

 

Commissioner Thomas has been working on funding for a new Fire Station in Fort Washakie which would leave the current site for a potential site to house a Guardian EMS ambulance.  He has been working with Eastern Shoshone Tribal Chairman Clinton Wagon on the project.  The second issue is to pursue two youth programs that can provide assistance on cleaning graffiti from regulatory signs.  He would also like to see prosecution take place for those defacing or damaging regulatory signs.

 

Chairman Becker has fielded phone calls regarding concerns with the closure of the Riverton County Clerk’s Annex Office as well as the slide area in the Dubois area.  He also has heard concerns regarding fireworks and other related concerns.  Commissioner Thomas reminded the Board of a fireworks incident in the Fort Washakie area that resulted in total destruction of a haystack.  He stated the Board might consider regulating fireworks in the future.

 

The Commission was presented with an updated list from several departments of surplus property.  The Commissioners are considering an on-line auction if there are enough items.  They will take the information under advisement.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese reviewed an e-mail she sent to Departments regarding the closure of the County Clerk’s Riverton Annex stating the County Treasurer has informed her that she can no longer collect his registration, sales tax and property tax fees in the Riverton Office, effective July 3, 2017.  She stated that it is unfortunate that it is not fiscally responsible for her to keep the Office open to do a few marriage licenses and voter registrations.  She informed the Departments that in the past, many have used her services as a free courier to bring things back and forth from Riverton to Lander, and that as of July 13th, that service will no longer be available.  She requested the Commissioners keep the Clerk’s Office intact in the Riverton Annex as she would like to use it next year for voter registrations and absentee (early) voting.  She suggested the Commissioners give their side of the story on the Morning Buzz show in Riverton as a follow up to Treasurer Harnsberger’s visit that morning.  She expressed frustration that 50% of Fremont County citizens live on that side of the County and closure of the office provides negative impacts.  It is unfortunate; however, it is not a County Commissioner issue, it is a County Treasurer issue.  Commissioner Thomas stated his belief that the actions of the Fremont County Treasurer have negatively affected the citizens of Riverton, Arapaho, St. Stephens and Shoshoni and reiterated the closure is not based on County Commission action but by the County Treasurer’s action.  The bonus issue was a totally separate issue and in light of what the County is facing, many residents are experiencing layoffs, etc.  The Commission needs to be conservatively correct in the budgeting and look at needs and not wants.  We need to work together to produce a budget to keep employees working.  Fremont County is experiencing hard times and we need to know that and we don’t need to explain our reduction of the bonuses from the Treasurer’s budget any further. Chairman Thomas has also heard the Treasurer will not fill an authorized and budgeted part-time position, which he stated he needed in order to keep the office open during the noon hour.  Any decision by the Treasurer not to fill the part-time position is totally on him and not the Commissioners.  In closing, Commissioner Thomas stated he would expect Treasurer Harnsberger to act like an elected official who is in public service due to those that elected him and he needs to serve the people rather than serving himself.

 

Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with County Attorney Patrick LeBrun and Deputy Jodi Darrough regarding legal advice.  Motion carried unanimously.  Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 12:05 p.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on July 18, 2017 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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

June 27, 2017 (OFFICIAL MINUTES)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JUNE 27, 2017

 

OFFICIAL MINUTES

 

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 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 that was held on June 20, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
71 Construction
Bridge Repair
Contractual Services
$11,611.05
Ace Hardware-Lander
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$215.81
B & B Enterprises LLC
Planning
Signs/Supplies
$120.75
B & T Fire Extinguishers Inc
County Buildings – Detention
Extinguisher Services
$100.75
B I Inc
Detention Center
Monthly Charges
$62.00
Bailey Enterprises, Inc
Inventory
Bulk Fuel Account
$17,911.48
Bill’s Quality Auto Glass
Vehicle Maintenance
Windshield Repair
$239.61
Bomgaars Supply Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Materials/Supplies
$602.95
Capital Business Systems Inc
Transportation
Supplies/Service Contracts
$157.17
Carquest Auto Parts
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$2,417.79
Central WY Outpatient Surgery Center
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,471.00
Charter Communications
Detention Center
Internet Charges
$213.25
Clifford, Gregory P. MD PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$7,242.00
Communication Technologies Inc
Dispatch Center
Maintenance Agreement/Repairs
$469.30
Courtney Sexton
Bridge Repair
Road Repair Project
$11,603.00
Cowboy Chemical Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Laundry/Supplies
$436.50
DeGraw, Larry R
County Sheriff
Bailiff
$240.00
Emblem Enterprises, Inc
Segregated
Uniform Patches
$477.68
Emergency Power Systems LLC
Segregated
Services
$930.54
Food Services of America
Detention Center
Prisoner Board
$928.17
Fremont Orthopaedics PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$429.00
Gem City Bone & Joint PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$881.00
Grainger
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$1,153.58
Griffin, Bette J.
Victim Services – Attorney
Travel
$23.20
Hague Auto Body
Victim Services – Attorney
Repairs/Parts
$150.00
Headsets.com, Inc
Clerk of District Court
Phone Headset
$295.90
Herman, Dale A.
Victim Services – Attorney
Trial
$24.81
Inberg-Miller Engineers
Segregated
Dry Creek Road/Riverview Road
$16,194.26
Information Systems Consult Inc
Dispatch Center
Service Agreement
$1,100.00
Int’l Academies of Emergency Dispatch
Dispatch Center
Training
$320.00
Lander Journal
County Attorney
Subscription Renewal-Attorneys
$39.95
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,194.62
Lander Valley Physicians Practice
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$7,880.00
Majdic, Thomas
County Attorney
Reimburse Expenses
$15.60
Matthew Bender & Co., Inc
Clerk of District Court
Wy Court Rules
$157.10
Mazet Enterprises, Inc
County Sheriff
Uniform Equipment
$348.85
Moore Medical, LLC
Fremont County WIC
Medical Supplies
$101.09
Mr D’s Food Center Inc
Detention Center
Supplies
$494.05
National Business Systems Inc
County Treasurer
Postcards
$671.31
NMS Laboratories
County Coroner
Toxicology Services
$1,215.00
Office Shop Inc, The
Segregated
Service Agreements
$2,141.16
Post, Raymond
Agriculture Department
Car Wash
$20.00
Quill Corporation
Segregated
Office/Computer Supplies
$449.70
Red Canary, Inc.
Computer Services
Security Software
$6,100.00
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$66,022.76
Sweetwater County Sheriff
Detention Center
Inmate Housing/Medical
$11,739.15
Sysco Montana Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$6,695.52
Tweed’s Wholesale Co
Detention Center
Inmate Board
$1,635.61
Tyler Technologies Inc
County Treasurer
Tax Reminder Notice
$1,500.00
Union Telephone Company
County Sheriff
Cellphone Charges
$954.79
Urgent Care of Casper LLC
County Sheriff
Contract Services
$116.00
Wind River Power Sports
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue
$94.84
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,421.02
Wy Peace Officers Association
Segregated
Annual Membership Dues
$450.00
Wyoming Division of Victim Services
Victim Services – Attorney
Registration
$375.00
*Redacted
Health Benefit Plan
Wellness Reimbursement
$200.00

$192,055.67
The following items in the Signature File were acknowledged:  1) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County (taken under advisement); and 2) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve an Application/Permit to Construct Access Driveway from Lucy A. Milham for Atlantic City Road and Gannett Construction for Atlantic City Winter Road.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division and Fremont County to assist with the provision of home visitations services.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a Contract between Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division and Fremont County to develop public health emergency preparedness and response capability.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve a National Association of Counties 2017 Credentials Voting form for Harry Harnsberger.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-10 declaring a state of emergency on behalf of Fremont County from flood related events that occurred on June 10th and continues.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to allow participants in the Fremont County Health Benefit Plan, whether employee and spouse, retiree and spouse, or COBRA participant, to be allowed to receive a reduction in their premium or incentive as long as they participate per the Wellness Program Plan.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

A Public Hearing was held at 9:15 a.m., as advertised, regarding Unanticipated Revenues and Budget Transfers.  Present were County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-14 “FY 2016-17 Budget Amendment No. 10”.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve a new authorization within the Capital Revolving Fund for Buildings (Air Compressor) for $11,000 and an additional authorization for Emergency Repairs for $12,000 for a new total authorization of $157,000.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Fremont County Fair and Rodeo Manager Barney Cosner requested authorization to hold a budget hearing during a special meeting that evening.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to authorize the Fair Board’s request to amend their budget.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix were present to discuss the budget as advertised and developments since that time.

 

Financial Assistant Joe Felix reviewed budgets as amended from the Sheriff, Detention, Search and Rescue and Transportation.

 

County Assessor:  Tara Berg was in the audience and stated she was seeing the dilemma that the Board was in and she would forego her fuel request as long as considerations of departments and their roles were taken into account across the board when the Commission was allocating money to departments and boards.  She stated she would likely have to come back for an infusion later in the year, but would be prepared to explain that need.  No changes were made to the Assessor budget.

 

County Treasurer:  No motions were made to adjust this budget and it stands as cut.

 

Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence:  Discussion of giving some amount so she could continue to get her outside funding was important.  An amount of $2500 was approved for this program.

 

Injury Prevention Resources:  Commissioner Allen had talked with Undersheriff Lee regarding the bracelet idea for those on probation and while they were interested in learning more, the Sheriff’s Office is not affected; however, the courts and probation offices may be affected more.  No money was allocated for this program.

 

Volunteers of America/Center of Hope:  Commissioner Allen stated this program is very important to the county, and suggested another $5,000.  Commissioner Thomas stated that the county has taken on a lot more than some cities and towns and tribes (excluding the City of Riverton)  and hoped that more conversations of bringing more governmental agencies to help support this important program.  No more money was approved for this program.

 

Discussion was held on the E-911 fees and Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to continue the fee of $.75 per line for cell phones for the next FY 17-18.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Discussion was then held on which funds should be used to balance the budget.  Commissioner McCarty was not in favor of just using savings to balance the budget and suggested further cuts of the Library in the amount of $80,000, another $25,000 from the Recreation Commission and more cuts from the Capital Revolving Fund.  No other Commissioner was in favor of any of these actions.

 

Commissioners Allen and Becker suggested deferring the Transportation Department pickups until FY 18-19 for a cut to the Transportation budget of $4,524.  Then to split the remaining needed between the Capital Revolving Fund ($184,550) and Road Construction Fund ($184,550).  This balanced the budget.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the FY 17-18 Fremont County Budget.   Motion carried unanimously.

 

Chairman Becker thanked the Departments, Elected Officials and Off Line Boards for helping them get to a balanced budget.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton regarding personnel.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.  Discussion was held on another personnel matter.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to accept the recommendation from the Fremont County Transportation Superintendent to adjust personnel as necessary by promoting a Truck Driver to an Operator position and moving an Operation to a Truck Driver position, with the recommended salary adjustment to be effective July 1, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board was in receipt of the 2017/18 Wind River Visitor’s Council Budget Plan and had requested approval no later than June 30, 2017.  Clarence Thomas moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the Budget Plan as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.  The Board will follow up with a letter identifying ongoing concerns.

 

Following several interviews the previous meeting, remaining interviews were held for vacancies on several County appointed boards:

Fernando Roman (Planning Commission)

Carla Crofts (Museum Board)

Harold Albright (Planning Commission)

Kristin Paulsen (Planning Commission)

 

Commissioner Allen was excused from the remainder of the meeting to attend a BLM meeting at the Lander Field Office with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton regarding the Moneta-Lysite road project.

 

Further interviews were held:

Ron Cunningham (Recreation Commission)

Joshua McNary (Recreation Commission)

Paula Shankle (Library Board)

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to reappoint Carla Crofts to a three year term on the Fremont County Museum Board.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to re-appoint Cy Lee to a three year term on the Wind River Visitor’s Council.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to re-appoint Ron Cunningham and Joshua McNary to three year terms on the Fremont County Recreation Commission.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to appoint Paula Shankle to a three year term on the Fremont County Library Board.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clarence Thomas moved to reappoint Harold Albright and new applicant Fernando Roman to the Fremont County Planning Commission.  Motion died for lack of a second.  Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to table a decision on the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission appointments until the July 11, 2017 meeting when a full quorum would be present.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:00 p.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on July 11, 2017 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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

June 27, 2017 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING           )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JUNE 27, 2017

 

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.  Commissioner 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 that was held on June 20, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
71 Construction
Bridge Repair
Contractual Services
$11,611.05
Ace Hardware-Lander
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$215.81
B & B Enterprises LLC
Planning
Signs/Supplies
$120.75
B & T Fire Extinguishers Inc
County Buildings – Detention
Extinguisher Services
$100.75
B I Inc
Detention Center
Monthly Charges
$62.00
Bailey Enterprises, Inc
Inventory
Bulk Fuel Account
$17,911.48
Bill’s Quality Auto Glass
Vehicle Maintenance
Windshield Repair
$239.61
Bomgaars Supply Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Materials/Supplies
$602.95
Capital Business Systems Inc
Transportation
Supplies/Service Contracts
$157.17
Carquest Auto Parts
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$2,417.79
Central WY Outpatient Surgery Center
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,471.00
Charter Communications
Detention Center
Internet Charges
$213.25
Clifford, Gregory P. MD PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$7,242.00
Communication Technologies Inc
Dispatch Center
Maintenance Agreement/Repairs
$469.30
Courtney Sexton
Bridge Repair
Road Repair Project
$11,603.00
Cowboy Chemical Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Laundry/Supplies
$436.50
DeGraw, Larry R
County Sheriff
Bailiff
$240.00
Emblem Enterprises, Inc
Segregated
Uniform Patches
$477.68
Emergency Power Systems LLC
Segregated
Services
$930.54
Food Services of America
Detention Center
Prisoner Board
$928.17
Fremont Orthopaedics PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$429.00
Gem City Bone & Joint PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$881.00
Grainger
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$1,153.58
Griffin, Bette J.
Victim Services – Attorney
Travel
$23.20
Hague Auto Body
Victim Services – Attorney
Repairs/Parts
$150.00
Headsets.com, Inc
Clerk of District Court
Phone Headset
$295.90
Herman, Dale A.
Victim Services – Attorney
Trial
$24.81
Inberg-Miller Engineers
Segregated
Dry Creek Road/Riverview Road
$16,194.26
Information Systems Consult Inc
Dispatch Center
Service Agreement
$1,100.00
Int’l Academies of Emergency Dispatch
Dispatch Center
Training
$320.00
Lander Journal
County Attorney
Subscription Renewal-Attorneys
$39.95
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,194.62
Lander Valley Physicians Practice
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$7,880.00
Majdic, Thomas
County Attorney
Reimburse Expenses
$15.60
Matthew Bender & Co., Inc
Clerk of District Court
Wy Court Rules
$157.10
Mazet Enterprises, Inc
County Sheriff
Uniform Equipment
$348.85
Moore Medical, LLC
Fremont County WIC
Medical Supplies
$101.09
Mr D’s Food Center Inc
Detention Center
Supplies
$494.05
National Business Systems Inc
County Treasurer
Postcards
$671.31
NMS Laboratories
County Coroner
Toxicology Services
$1,215.00
Office Shop Inc, The
Segregated
Service Agreements
$2,141.16
Post, Raymond
Agriculture Department
Car Wash
$20.00
Quill Corporation
Segregated
Office/Computer Supplies
$449.70
Red Canary, Inc.
Computer Services
Security Software
$6,100.00
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$66,022.76
Sweetwater County Sheriff
Detention Center
Inmate Housing/Medical
$11,739.15
Sysco Montana Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$6,695.52
Tweed’s Wholesale Co
Detention Center
Inmate Board
$1,635.61
Tyler Technologies Inc
County Treasurer
Tax Reminder Notice
$1,500.00
Union Telephone Company
County Sheriff
Cellphone Charges
$954.79
Urgent Care of Casper LLC
County Sheriff
Contract Services
$116.00
Wind River Power Sports
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue
$94.84
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$2,421.02
Wy Peace Officers Association
Segregated
Annual Membership Dues
$450.00
Wyoming Division of Victim Services
Victim Services – Attorney
Registration
$375.00
*Redacted
Health Benefit Plan
Wellness Reimbursement
$200.00

$192,055.67
The following items in the Signature File were acknowledged:  1) Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County (taken under advisement); and 2) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve an Application/Permit to Construct Access Driveway from Lucy A. Milham for Atlantic City Road and Gannett Construction for Atlantic City Winter Road.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division and Fremont County to assist with the provision of home visitations services.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve a Contract between Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division and Fremont County to develop public health emergency preparedness and response capability.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve a National Association of Counties 2017 Credentials Voting form for Harry Harnsberger.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-10 declaring a state of emergency on behalf of Fremont County from flood related events that occurred on June 10th and continues.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to allow participants in the Fremont County Health Benefit Plan, whether employee and spouse, retiree and spouse, or COBRA participant, to be allowed to receive a reduction in their premium or incentive as long as they participate per the Wellness Program Plan.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner meeting reports were given:

 

Commissioner Thomas has had discussion with individuals regarding the land donation by the Hines family for a new fire station at Fort Washakie.  Eastern Shoshone Tribal Chairman Wagon stated that the old fire station could be a place to house the Guardian Ambulance Service.

 

Commissioner McCarty attended the monthly Fremont County Planning Commission meeting and stated three proposed subdivisions were approved and will be presented to the Commissioners for final approval.

 

A Public Hearing was held at 9:15 a.m., as advertised, regarding Unanticipated Revenues and Budget Transfers.  Present were County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-14 “FY 2016-17 Budget Amendment No. 10”.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to approve a new authorization within the Capital Revolving Fund for Buildings (Air Compressor) for $11,000 and an additional authorization for Emergency Repairs for $12,000 for a new total authorization of $157,000.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Fremont County Fair and Rodeo Manager Barney Cosner requested authorization to hold a budget hearing during a special meeting that evening.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to authorize the Fair Board’s request to amend their budget.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix were present to discuss the budget as advertised and developments since that time.   Freese stated that County Assessor Tara Berg had reported to her that although she didn’t have a certified Assessed Valuation, the amount that could be used was $630,956,774.  The amount advertised was $631,220,630.  This made the budget short $2,500.  Freese then mentioned that she had some concerns regarding the revenue projections.  The Commission had been very clear to departments that revenue was just as important as expenditures and that the expectation was that they look at their proposed revenue and to project this themselves.  In doing that, she had noted some amounts that were significantly less than the Treasurer had estimated.  She reviewed the entire revenue picture and adjusted the revenue projection by -$109,579.  The Treasurer had also included the full $2.4 in savings that was available and Freese noted that the Commission had not wanted to spend that amount.  All department budgets for the current year were also reviewed for money returning to the general fund and this ended up being reduced by $99,924.  Finally, the cash reserve also got a good look and Freese reminded the Board she had started with $6,060,000, subtracted $1 million from that for use for the offline boards.  Freese said that the amount finally used for offline’s was a total of $880,000 and would be returning $120,000 to the General Fund Cash Reserve.  The Commissioners’ payment of $200,000 for the Justice Center repayment was added.  The amount of Cash Reserve used for transfers is $128,100 which the Commissioners would need to determine if they wanted it to be backfilled.  With all this said, the budget is short of being balanced by $371,076.  Julie presented options to balance the budget:  Defer all Capital Revolving Fund purchases to the FY 18-19 budget.  This would save $35,801 in rental payments if all is deferred.  More cuts can be made from budgets.  There is still savings that can be taken from as well as the General Fund Cash Reserve.

 

Freese gave a list of departments that had responded to cuts made by the Commissioners:  Assessor (fuel $2000), Treasurer (Bonuses $19,835), Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence ($0), Injury Prevention Resources ($0), Volunteers of America/Center of Hope ($15,000 cuts $60,000 total), Buildings (compressor rentals added).

 

Financial Assistant Joe Felix reviewed budgets as amended from the Sheriff, Detention, Search and Rescue and Transportation.  The Commission reviewed the adjustments to the Sheriff budget and noted that half of an employee’s salary and benefit was moved to the Homeland Security Grant which gave them $23,304 more in their budget and was reallocated to other line items in the operating section of the budget.  Undersheriff Lee was placed on speakerphone to discuss the uniforms, safety, and ammunition line items that had been placed back to a larger amount.  No further changes were made to the budget after listening to Undersheriff Lee’s responses.

 

Transportation’s budget showed a switch between two employees and the overage had been taken out of the fuel line item.

 

County Assessor:  Tara Berg was in the audience and stated she was seeing the dilemma that the Board was in and she would forego her fuel request as long as considerations of departments and their roles were taken into account across the board when the Commission was allocating money to departments and boards.  She stated she would likely have to come back for an infusion later in the year, but would be prepared to explain that need.  No changes were made to the Assessor budget.

 

County Treasurer:  No motions were made to adjust this budget and it stands as cut.

 

Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence:  Discussion of giving some amount so she could continue to get her outside funding was important.  An amount of $2500 was approved for this program.

 

Injury Prevention Resources:  Commissioner Allen had talked with Undersheriff Lee regarding the bracelet idea for those on probation and while they were interested in learning more, the Sheriff’s Office is not affected; however, the courts and probation offices may be affected more.  No money was allocated for this program.

 

Volunteers of America/Center of Hope:  Commissioner Allen stated this program is very important to the county, and suggested another $5,000.  Commissioner Thomas stated that the county has taken on a lot more than some cities and towns and tribes (excluding the City of Riverton)  and hoped that more conversations of bringing more governmental agencies to help support this important program.  No more money was approved for this program.

 

Discussion was held on the E-911 fees and Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to continue the fee of $.75 per line for cell phones for the next FY 17-18.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Discussion was then held on which funds should be used to balance the budget.  Commissioner McCarty was not in favor of just using savings to balance the budget and suggested further cuts of the Library in the amount of $80,000, another $25,000 from the Recreation Commission and more cuts from the Capital Revolving Fund.  No other Commissioner was in favor of any of these actions.

 

Commissioners Allen and Becker suggested deferring the Transportation Department pickups until FY 18-19 for a cut to the Transportation budget of $4,524.  Then to split the remaining needed between the Capital Revolving Fund ($184,550) and Road Construction Fund ($184,550).  This balanced the budget.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the FY 17-18 Fremont County Budget.   Motion carried unanimously.

 

Chairman Becker thanked the Departments, Elected Officials and Off Line Boards for helping them get to a balanced budget.  He expressed appreciation to former Commissions that had kept the Cash Reserve intact to be used as a bank when needed.  He further thanked County Clerk Freese and staff for their help through the budget process.  The Commissioners will continue the hiring freeze and the requirement that any vacant position must be presented to the Commissioners to receive authorization to refill.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton regarding personnel.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.  Discussion was held on another personnel matter.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to accept the recommendation from the Fremont County Transportation Superintendent to adjust personnel as necessary by promoting a Truck Driver to an Operator position and moving an Operation to a Truck Driver position, with the recommended salary adjustment to be effective July 1, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Board was in receipt of the 2017/18 Wind River Visitor’s Council Budget Plan and had requested approval no later than June 30, 2017.  Clarence Thomas moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the Budget Plan as presented.  Motion carried unanimously.  The Board will follow up with a letter identifying ongoing concerns.

 

Following several interviews the previous meeting, remaining interviews were held for vacancies on several County appointed boards:

Fernando Roman (Planning Commission)

Carla Crofts (Museum Board)

Harold Albright (Planning Commission)

Kristin Paulsen (Planning Commission)

 

Commissioner Allen was excused from the remainder of the meeting to attend a BLM meeting at the Lander Field Office with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton regarding the Moneta-Lysite road project.

 

Further interviews were held:

Ron Cunningham (Recreation Commission)

Joshua McNary (Recreation Commission)

Paula Shankle (Library Board)

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to reappoint Carla Crofts to a three year term on the Fremont County Museum Board.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to re-appoint Cy Lee to a three year term on the Wind River Visitor’s Council.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to re-appoint Ron Cunningham and Joshua McNary to three year terms on the Fremont County Recreation Commission.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to appoint Paula Shankle to a three year term on the Fremont County Library Board.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Clarence Thomas moved to reappoint Harold Albright and new applicant Fernando Roman to the Fremont County Planning Commission.  Motion died for lack of a second.  Clarence Thomas moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to table a decision on the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission appointments until the July 11, 2017 meeting when a full quorum would be present.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, Jennifer McCarty moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 3:00 p.m. and reconvene for a Regular Meeting on July 11, 2017 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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

June 26, 2017 (OFFICIAL MINUTES)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING           )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JUNE 26, 2017

 

OFFICIAL MINUTES

 

The Board of Fremont County Commissioners met in Special Session at 5:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Chairman Travis Becker, Vice-Chairman Larry Allen, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Commissioner Price was absent for personal reasons.  Fremont County Clerk Julie A. Freese was present for the meeting.

 

A Public Hearing was held, as advertised, to hear comments regarding the E-911 Special Revenue Fund and Fremont County’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 proposed budget.  Eleven people were present in the audience (a complete list is on file in the Commissioners’ Office).

 

The hearing opened with the E-911 Budget hearing.   Communications Supervisor Carl Freeman gave an update on both the E-911 and Dispatch budget, and stated all anticipated revenue will come from User Fees from agencies for which Dispatch provides a service for and from the 911 surcharge money collected from each traditional and wireless devices.  Effective July 2016, pre-paid wireless collection began.  Freeman gave his recommendation to keep this surcharge at $.75 per line for a projected total of $315,000.  FY 2017-18 will have all agencies paying at 100% of actuals.  There were no comments from the audience on the proposed budgets for E-911.

 

Chairman Becker asked County Clerk Julie Freese to give an overview of the budget process to date.

 

Public comment was held:

 

Sydney Moller, director of the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence, asked the Board reconsider their decision not to provide any funding to the program for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

Shelly Mbonu, Volunteers of America Center of Hope Director, requested the Board reconsider their budget request of $75,000.  The Board had approved funding of $60,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

Noel Cooper, Injury Prevention Resources, stated the County funded the program $15,000 the previous year but had not provided any funding in the proposed budget for the new fiscal year.

 

There being no further comments from the audience, Chairman Becker expressed appreciation from the Commissioners for the cooperation from the Elected Officials and Department Heads to look at cuts they could make to their departments to help balance the budget for FY 2017-2018.

 

Commissioner McCarty and Thomas reflected on the budget as well.

 

There being no further business, the Public Hearing closed at 6:25 p.m.

 

 

/s/      TRAVIS BECKER, CHAIRMAN

FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

ATTEST:

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

 

 

 

June 26, 2017 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JUNE 26, 2017

 

FULL DETAILED REPORT

 

The Board of Fremont County Commissioners met in Special Session at 5:30 p.m. with the following members present:  Chairman Travis Becker, Vice-Chairman Larry Allen, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Commissioner Price was absent for personal reasons.  Fremont County Clerk Julie A. Freese was present for the meeting.

 

A Public Hearing was held, as advertised, to hear comments regarding the E-911 Special Revenue Fund and Fremont County’s Fiscal Year 2017-18 proposed budget.  Eleven people were present in the audience (a complete list is on file in the Commissioners’ Office).

 

The hearing opened with the E-911 Budget hearing.   Communications Supervisor Carl Freeman gave an update on both the E-911 and Dispatch budget, and stated all anticipated revenue will come from User Fees from agencies for which Dispatch provides a service for and from the 911 surcharge money collected from each traditional and wireless devices.  Effective July 2016, pre-paid wireless collection began.  Freeman gave his recommendation to keep this surcharge at $.75 per line for a projected total of $315,000.  FY 2017-18 will have all agencies paying at 100% of actuals.  There were no comments from the audience on the proposed budgets for E-911.

 

Chairman Becker asked County Clerk Julie Freese to give an overview of the budget process to date.  Budget work began in February with County retreats for Elected Officials and Department Heads as the County would be looking at another year of bare bones budgets and perhaps a worse year than the previous fiscal year.  All budgets were due to the County Clerk by April and, at that time, the Commissioners asked all Departments to not spend more than absolutely necessary and also self-impose a 10% cut if possible.  Even with those efforts, budgets submitted had totals that put the County $2.15 million in the hole as compared to anticipated revenue projections.   Revenue streams from the Investment Pool, Road Construction Fund, Capital Revolving Fund and Health Insurance Fund were again offered from the County Treasurer.  The Commissioners did not want to use all this funding to balance the budget (since these are not a long term sustainable revenues) and looked at individual budgets one by one and cut an additional $1.1 million.   County Clerk Julie Freese reviewed her e-mail to the Departments following last week’s budget session where the Commissioners made cuts starting from a deficit of $2.155 million down to $1 million.  She stated that the Commissioners made some suggested changes to most all budgets, but they could take the bottom line and move the line items (except to increase wages or add additional personnel) as needed.  She further advised that if cuts were made in an area that you absolutely could not live with, to request time on the Agenda to discuss further this date.  She stated that Treasurer Harnsberger presented his concerns during the June 20th meeting and she further noted comments she had received from Departments and Social Services.  Assessor Berg had sent a written request for the Board to reconsider the cuts to her fuel line item, as they now have parcels in rural areas that are at their six year statutory requirement to re-visit.   The Library’s revised budget was reduced by the Commissioners and they subsequently balanced by removing all Library outposts in outlying areas.  Presently, the Commissioners are considering using the following revenue streams to balance the budget:  Capital Revolving Fund – $500,000; Health Insurance Fund – $300,000; Investment Pool – $304,321 and Road Construction Fund – $600,000.    The advertised budget is based on an assessed valuation of $631,220,630; however, a slight change of $630,956,774 was affirmed by Assessor Berg.  She stated the Commissioners worked very hard to maintain all employee positions and no layoffs were needed; however, one full time staff would be going to part-time, and said staff member subsequently resigned and took a position elsewhere.  Last year the Commissioners had stated they would consider employees paying an additional 2% into their retirement account; however, the Board did not implement the increase to employees.

 

Public comment was held:

 

Sydney Moller, director of the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence, asked the Board reconsider their decision not to provide any funding to the program for the upcoming fiscal year.  She stated the program is 30 years old and further presented posters with statistics for the current fiscal year.  Year after year increases continue to rise 20%.  The Agency provided 745 shelter nights last year (average shelter stay 30 days).  They strive to provide clients with a home, job, etc., in order to sustainable after leaving the shelter.  They are increasing efforts in primary prevention by visiting schools, and have assisted 173 children.  County funding helps the Agency receive other funding if they can show a local match.  She stated the importance of helping this population as the economic downturn tends to increase the need for their Agency.  She again requested some funding to help the program remain sustainable.

 

Shelly Mbonu, Volunteers of America Center of Hope Director, requested the Board reconsider their budget request of $75,000.  The Board had approved funding of $60,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.  Mbonu read a written statement expressing appreciation of the County’s partnership over the years and their awareness of the County’s budget challenges; however, in order to assist with the safety of the public by eliminating potential risks and to protect the vital service provided at the Center of Hope, she asked to keep the current requested amount intact.  She outlined the program modifications and areas of enhancement during this last fiscal year.  Close observation beds are funded by the City of Riverton and Fremont County.  This year the Center of Hope served 375 unique individuals (46 individuals have sought some form of substance abuse treatment, 80 individuals have been referred to other local community partners to assist with their recovery).  If the County continues with the 20% reduction, Volunteers of America will have to reduce its Close Observation Beds by at least one, which will have a direct impact on the Sheriff’s Department budget.  In closing, Mbonu stated the reduction would be a disadvantage to the County and clients served.  It is her hope that the County reconsider the budget cut as the Center is providing a critical and valued service.

 

Noel Cooper, Injury Prevention Resources, stated the County funded the program $15,000 the previous year but had not provided any funding in the proposed budget for the new fiscal year.  There are three main areas of service priorities – DUI Supervised Probation, DUI Monitoring and Safe Communities; with the main focus being the DUI Supervised Probation Program.  Due to a large amount of DUI probation clients living in poverty, collecting client service fees is a constant challenge and the program continued to adapt to fit the needs of the program.  They utilize other funding sources (Community Service Block Grants) to pay the salary for a second full-time probation agent.  A Traffic Crash Statistics Comparison was provided for review.  He also provided a SCRAMx House Arrest Cost Comparison for Fremont County, and stated the technology is currently being used for Court Assisted Supervised Treatment clients, at a cost of $150 month for the unit.

 

There being no further comments from the audience, Chairman Becker expressed appreciation from the Commissioners for the cooperation from the Elected Officials and Department Heads to look at cuts they could make to their departments to help balance the budget for FY 2017-2018.  However, it is not a rosy picture as the County will still require an additional $1 million in deficit spending to balance the budget.  The Commissioners goals were to keep all employees, keep as many programs intact as possible, not raise health insurance premiums and not increase employee retirement contributions.  He praised the County employees who continue to keep things running smoothly, and noted they had not received any raises for the past three years.  County Clerk Julie Freese stated there are a number of Departments who have elected to not fill positions and are working short staffed.  Attrition totaled eight full-time positions.

 

Sydney Moller stated there are amazing partnerships in this community, and the Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence works cooperatively with both the Volunteers of America Center of Hope and Injury Prevention Resources.  They programs have streamlined services and there are no overlaps of duplication of services.

 

Commissioner Thomas informed the audience that the cuts being seen now within the County are nothing new to the district he represents, the Wind River Indian Reservation.  These include cuts to programs, road maintenance, etc.  This area has also seen reduction in work days from five to four and RIF’s.  What is happening now to the rest of the County is equalizing what the Reservation has been dealing with for years.

 

Commissioner McCarty stated that even though the County is experiencing tough times, the employees of the County need to be commended for their efforts.  The County is having to do more with less and many tough decisions have to be made.

 

There being no further business, the Public Hearing closed at 6:25 p.m.

 

 

/s/      TRAVIS BECKER, CHAIRMAN

FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

 

 

ATTEST:

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

 

 

 

June 20, 2017 (OFFICIAL MINUTES)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JUNE 20, 2017

 

OFFICIAL MINUTES

 

The Board of Fremont County Commissioners met in Regular Session at 9:00 a.m. with the following members present:  Chairman Travis Becker, Ray Price, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Commissioner Allen joined the meeting later. 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.

 

Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting that was held on June 13 & 14, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
Ace Hardware-Lander
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$555.94
Ahlers & Company
Family Planning Services
License/Support
$707.68
Bailey Enterprises, Inc
Segregated
Parts/Service
$18,570.92
Beydler, Sandra M
County Attorney
Witness
$15.00
Bill’s Quality Auto Glass
Vehicle Maintenance
Windshield Repair
$298.60
Campbell, Gerald R.
Segregated
Lysite Road Maintenance
$8,868.75
Capital Business Systems, Inc
Segregated
Supplies/Service Contracts
$134.27
Center for Education
County Sheriff
Publications
$124.95
CenturyLink
Segregated
Telephone
$4,158.56
Cowboy Chemical, Inc
Detention Center
Laundry/Supplies
$238.80
Crisis Education Systems, Inc
Search & Rescue
Training
$395.00
Dubois Frontier, The
County Sheriff
Advertising
$40.00
Eagle Uniform & Supply, Co
Vehicle Maintenance
Laundry Services
$32.96
Electrical Dynamics, Inc
County Buildings
Services/Repairs
$108.00
Emergency Power Systems LLC
County Buildings
Services
$471.75
Fairfield Tree and Lawn
County Buildings
Services – Court House
$2,887.00
Federal Express Corp
Detention Center
Shipping Fees
$35.41
Fleetpride, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts
$239.52
Fremont Communications
Computer Services
Equipment/Repair
$262.50
Fremont Orthopaedics PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$467.00
Gerard, Jonathan M.
District Court
Court Representation
$1,065.00
Globalstar USA
Search & Rescue
Satellite Phone Service
$142.27
Griebel, Adrianne
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$297.57
Hasco Industrial Supply
Vehicle Maintenance
Materials/Supplies
$172.74
Herman, Dale A.
County Attorney
Witness
$30.00
High Plains Power, Inc
Segregated
Utilities
$1,148.64
Hotsy Equipment of Wyoming Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Supplies
$225.00
Jerry Bornhoft Construction Inc
Segregated
Contractual Services
$155,383.56
KONE, Inc
Segregated
Elevator Maintenance
$1,136.25
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,660.73
Lander Valley Physicians Practices
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$6,690.00
Lawson Products, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$179.45
Linton’s Big R Store
Segregated
Uniform Supplies
$373.89
Mark’s Auto Sales & Towing
County Sheriff
Vehicle Towing
$154.00
Mountain Dental PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$791.00
Mountain West Towing LLC
Abandoned Vehicles
Vehicle Towing
$276.40
Mr D’s Food Center Inc
Search & Rescue
Supplies
$50.27
Neopost USA, Inc
Support Services
Postage Machine Meter Rental
$217.79
Noble Medical, Inc
County Sheriff
Drug Testing Supplies
$300.00
Office Shop Inc, The
Segregated
Service Agreement
$320.47
One Stop Market
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue
$73.57
Overhead Door, Inc
County Buildings
Door Parts/Repairs/Labor
$1,165.00
Palace Pharmacy
Detention Center
Inmate Prescriptions
$11,928.03
Pavillion, Town of
County Buildings
Water
$111.00
Post, Raymond
Segregated
Car Wash
$147.63
Postmaster
Segregated
Box Rent/Delinquent Tax Notices
$116.00
Quill Corporation
Health Nurse
Office/Computer Supplies
$618.95
Reed’s Moghaun Office Supply
County Attorney
Office Supplies
$20.77
RELX, Inc.
County Attorney
Research Subscription
$120.00
Remote Satellite Systems
Search & Rescue
Equipment
$97.90
Riverton Physician Practices LLC
Segregated
Drug Testing
$682.00
Riverton Ranger, Inc
Victim Services – Sheriff
Advertising
$723.36
Rocky Mountain Wash LLC
County Sheriff
Wash Time
$65.75
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$310.17
Skaggs Companies, Inc
Detention Center
Uniforms/Supplies
$231.90
Spoonhunter, Leslie
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$197.60
Stitches Embroidery, Inc
Segregated
Embroidering
$250.00
Taylor Creek Exxon
County Sheriff
Car Wash
$7.00
Telewest IV, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$4,067.32
Traveling Computers
Computer Services
Computer Supplies/Services
$1,069.00
T-Y Excavation, Inc
Segregated
Road Maintenance
$8,315.54
Union Telephone Company
Segregated
Cellphone
$518.67
University of Wyoming
Agriculture Department
4-H Showdown
$125.00
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Cellphone
$299.97
Western Printing, Inc
Detention Center
Printed Supplies
$578.35
Wilkerson, James A, IV, MD, PC
County Coroner
Autopsy
$1,175.00
Wind River Gallery & Framing
County Sheriff
Employee Recognition
$95.00
Wind River Gear, Inc.
Search & Rescue
Supplies
$299.95
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$235.00
Wind River Towing
Abandoned Vehicles
Tow Abandoned Vehicle
$180.00
Wind River Transportation Authority
CAST
Bus Pass
$6.00
Wy Public Health Laboratory
Family Planning Services
Lab Fees/Supplies
$317.00
Wyoming Dept of Transportation
Segregated
Fuel
$1,504.24
Wyoming Division of Victim Services
Victim Services – Sheriff
Registration
$250.00
Wyoming Financial Insurance
Clerk of District Court
Bond
$100.00
Wyoming Machinery, Co
Segregated
Parts/Service
$38,537.83
Wyoming.com
County Sheriff
Internet Services
$999.95

$284,768.09
The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Memorandum of Understanding between University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County to conduct Extension educational programs  (taken under advisement pending discussion between UW and County Attorney’s Office); 2 ) Collection Agreement between Fremont County, Wyoming and the United States Department of Agriculture, US. Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest, for 2017 Flood Assistance (no action on the Agreement will be taken this year); and 3) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Licenses for New Construction of Utility Crossing or Encroachment from Rocky Mountain Power for North Smith Road, Riverton; Aethon Energy for Castle Gardens Road; and High Plains Power, Inc. for Country Garden Road.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an Application/Permit to Construct Access Driveway from Brett Freese on North 2nd Street.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Blue Cross Blue Shield ASO Group Plan Change form.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve an Agreement for the Sale of Land from Courtney Dale Sexton and Fremont County for .82 acres for right-of-way for the Cooper Road project.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an End User Technical Services Agreement with Red Canary, Inc. for Managed Threat Detection Services.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Fremont County Bank of the West Credit Card Application for Hattie Calvert with a credit limit of $2,500.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Public Comment period was held.

 

Treasurer Scott Harnsberger read from a prepared statement requesting the Board consider the decision to eliminate $19,835 from the Treasurer’s budget related to compensation given to the Deputy Treasurer and other staff within the Treasurer’s Office.    Ray Price moved to reinstate the bonus amount of $19,835 back into the Treasurer’s salary line item.  Motion died for lack of a second.  Following the failed vote, Harnsberger stated he plans to keep his obligation of attending the National Association of Counties meeting in July as one of Wyoming’s voting delegates; however, the Board could expect his resignation effective August 1st.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix presented a preliminary budget hearing.

 

Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session regarding personnel with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton reviewed the recent 1% Committee meeting held, and presented a Proposed New Projects One Percent Fund FYE 2018.

 

Dave Pendleton provided a history of the Burris-Lenore Road.

 

Dave Pendleton stated that to date, the most flood related issue has been Wilderness Road.

 

A Public Hearing was held at 10:00 a.m., as advertised, to discuss new legislation regarding Fremont County liquor licenses, specifically related to hours and days of operation.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-13 affirming Resolution 2001-02 “Setting Forth the Hours of Sale for all Liquor Licensees approved by the Board of Fremont County Commissioners”.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Fremont County Planning Director Steve Baumann presented a proposed plat for Kummer Subdivision, a lot split of a current four acre parcel near the intersection of Mortimore Lane and Highway 789.    The split will allow for the sale of a towing business that is located on the property and separate it from the home on the parcel.  Per the Planning and Transportation Department, an access easement to Lot 1 through Lot 2 was added and the Planning Commission has recommended approval of the plat.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve Kummer Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner Meeting Reports were given:

 

The Wind River Visitor’s Council Joint Powers Board representative for Fremont County, Shannon Batenhorst, was joined by McCormick Marketing staff member Casey Adams, to review the proposed budget and operating plan, effective July 1, 2017.

 

Chairman Becker closed as the Board of Fremont County Commissioners and opened the Fremont County Board of Equalization.  Assessor Tara Berg and Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough reviewed a Motion to Dismiss in the Matter of the Protest of Sears Holdings, Docket No. 2017-02.  Assessor Deputies Angie Wilson and Mike Klaassen were present in the audience.  Three reasons were outlined in the Motion to Dismiss:  Protester has no Standing, Protester provided no Proof of Delegation and Statement of Appeal is Insufficient Pursuant to the Uniform County Board of Equalization Practice and Procedure Rules.  Berg distributed a Timeline of Appeal events, outlining the lack of response from Protestor after four failed attempts via phone, e-mail and mail.  Protester had also been informed of the hearing this date and had not followed up by phone or was not present in the audience.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the Dismissal Order in the Matter of the Protest of Sears Holdings, Docket No. 2017-02.  Motion carried unanimously. Chairman Becker adjourned as the Fremont County Board of Equalization and returned to the Board of Fremont County Commissioners.

 

Commissioner Thomas was excused for personal reasons.

 

Interviews were held for the following County appointed Boards:

 

Cy Lee – requesting reappointment to the Wind River Visitor’s Council

Janet Hulbert-Young – requesting reappointment to the Fremont County Preservation Commission

Lois Herbst – requesting reappointment to the Fremont County Preservation Commission

Julia Stuble – new applicant requesting appointment to the Fremont County Historic Preservation Commission

 

Public Health Nurse Manager Kathleen Laidlaw stated budget cuts made the previous meeting to the Public Health budget are fine; however, they have received a small indirect federal grant from the Center for Disease Control specifically for the Immunization Program in the amount of $2,800 and she presented an amended budget with the change.

 

The Board adjourned for lunch to attend the second annual employee picnic in the Courtyard.  The event is hosted by the Fremont County Christmas Committee as part of their summer fun events.

 

Commissioner Thomas was present for the remainder of the meeting.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese reviewed her e-mail to the Departments following last week’s budget session where the Commissioners made cuts starting from a deficit of $2.155 million down to $1 million.

 

Commissioner Thomas requested County Clerk Julie Freese respond to the Treasurer’s written documentation presented earlier in the meeting, specifically regarding the COLA amounts.

 

BLM Field Manager Rick VanderVoet, Assistant Field Manager Bryan Curtis and Range Management Specialist Tim Cramer were present to review the Silver Creek Grazing Permit Renewal Public Scoping document published on April 20, 2017.  Present in the audience were Doug Thompson, Julia Stuble and Shane Sanderson.

 

Commissioner Ray Price was excused from the remainder of the meeting.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with Jim Massman and Julia Willoughby regarding personnel.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton regarding personnel.  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, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 5:30 p.m. and reconvene for a Special Meeting on June 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

June 20, 2017 (FULL DETAILED REPORT)

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

STATE OF WYOMING            )                                                                                                                 LANDER, WYOMING

) ss.                                    OFFICE OF THE FREMONT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

COUNTY OF FREMONT         )                                                                                                                 JUNE 20, 2017

 

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, Ray Price, Jennifer McCarty and Clarence Thomas.  Commissioner Allen joined the meeting later. 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.

 

Ray Price moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting that was held on June 13 & 14, 2017.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

Name
Department
Description
Total Cost
Ace Hardware-Lander
Segregated
Materials/Supplies
$555.94
Ahlers & Company
Family Planning Services
License/Support
$707.68
Bailey Enterprises, Inc
Segregated
Parts/Service
$18,570.92
Beydler, Sandra M
County Attorney
Witness
$15.00
Bill’s Quality Auto Glass
Vehicle Maintenance
Windshield Repair
$298.60
Campbell, Gerald R.
Segregated
Lysite Road Maintenance
$8,868.75
Capital Business Systems, Inc
Segregated
Supplies/Service Contracts
$134.27
Center for Education
County Sheriff
Publications
$124.95
CenturyLink
Segregated
Telephone
$4,158.56
Cowboy Chemical, Inc
Detention Center
Laundry/Supplies
$238.80
Crisis Education Systems, Inc
Search & Rescue
Training
$395.00
Dubois Frontier, The
County Sheriff
Advertising
$40.00
Eagle Uniform & Supply, Co
Vehicle Maintenance
Laundry Services
$32.96
Electrical Dynamics, Inc
County Buildings
Services/Repairs
$108.00
Emergency Power Systems LLC
County Buildings
Services
$471.75
Fairfield Tree and Lawn
County Buildings
Services – Court House
$2,887.00
Federal Express Corp
Detention Center
Shipping Fees
$35.41
Fleetpride, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts
$239.52
Fremont Communications
Computer Services
Equipment/Repair
$262.50
Fremont Orthopaedics PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$467.00
Gerard, Jonathan M.
District Court
Court Representation
$1,065.00
Globalstar USA
Search & Rescue
Satellite Phone Service
$142.27
Griebel, Adrianne
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$297.57
Hasco Industrial Supply
Vehicle Maintenance
Materials/Supplies
$172.74
Herman, Dale A.
County Attorney
Witness
$30.00
High Plains Power, Inc
Segregated
Utilities
$1,148.64
Hotsy Equipment of Wyoming Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Supplies
$225.00
Jerry Bornhoft Construction Inc
Segregated
Contractual Services
$155,383.56
KONE, Inc
Segregated
Elevator Maintenance
$1,136.25
Lander Medical Clinic PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$1,660.73
Lander Valley Physicians Practices
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$6,690.00
Lawson Products, Inc
Vehicle Maintenance
Parts/Supplies
$179.45
Linton’s Big R Store
Segregated
Uniform Supplies
$373.89
Mark’s Auto Sales & Towing
County Sheriff
Vehicle Towing
$154.00
Mountain Dental PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$791.00
Mountain West Towing LLC
Abandoned Vehicles
Vehicle Towing
$276.40
Mr D’s Food Center Inc
Search & Rescue
Supplies
$50.27
Neopost USA, Inc
Support Services
Postage Machine Meter Rental
$217.79
Noble Medical, Inc
County Sheriff
Drug Testing Supplies
$300.00
Office Shop Inc, The
Segregated
Service Agreement
$320.47
One Stop Market
Search & Rescue
Search & Rescue
$73.57
Overhead Door, Inc
County Buildings
Door Parts/Repairs/Labor
$1,165.00
Palace Pharmacy
Detention Center
Inmate Prescriptions
$11,928.03
Pavillion, Town of
County Buildings
Water
$111.00
Post, Raymond
Segregated
Car Wash
$147.63
Postmaster
Segregated
Box Rent/Delinquent Tax Notices
$116.00
Quill Corporation
Health Nurse
Office/Computer Supplies
$618.95
Reed’s Moghaun Office Supply
County Attorney
Office Supplies
$20.77
RELX, Inc.
County Attorney
Research Subscription
$120.00
Remote Satellite Systems
Search & Rescue
Equipment
$97.90
Riverton Physician Practices LLC
Segregated
Drug Testing
$682.00
Riverton Ranger, Inc
Victim Services – Sheriff
Advertising
$723.36
Rocky Mountain Wash LLC
County Sheriff
Wash Time
$65.75
Sagewest Health Care
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$310.17
Skaggs Companies, Inc
Detention Center
Uniforms/Supplies
$231.90
Spoonhunter, Leslie
Fremont County WIC
Reimburse Expenses
$197.60
Stitches Embroidery, Inc
Segregated
Embroidering
$250.00
Taylor Creek Exxon
County Sheriff
Car Wash
$7.00
Telewest IV, Inc
Detention Center
Inmate Supplies
$4,067.32
Traveling Computers
Computer Services
Computer Supplies/Services
$1,069.00
T-Y Excavation, Inc
Segregated
Road Maintenance
$8,315.54
Union Telephone Company
Segregated
Cellphone
$518.67
University of Wyoming
Agriculture Department
4-H Showdown
$125.00
Verizon Wireless
Segregated
Cellphone
$299.97
Western Printing, Inc
Detention Center
Printed Supplies
$578.35
Wilkerson, James A, IV, MD, PC
County Coroner
Autopsy
$1,175.00
Wind River Gallery & Framing
County Sheriff
Employee Recognition
$95.00
Wind River Gear, Inc.
Search & Rescue
Supplies
$299.95
Wind River Radiology PC
Detention Center
Inmate Medical
$235.00
Wind River Towing
Abandoned Vehicles
Tow Abandoned Vehicle
$180.00
Wind River Transportation Authority
CAST
Bus Pass
$6.00
Wy Public Health Laboratory
Family Planning Services
Lab Fees/Supplies
$317.00
Wyoming Dept of Transportation
Segregated
Fuel
$1,504.24
Wyoming Division of Victim Services
Victim Services – Sheriff
Registration
$250.00
Wyoming Financial Insurance
Clerk of District Court
Bond
$100.00
Wyoming Machinery, Co
Segregated
Parts/Service
$38,537.83
Wyoming.com
County Sheriff
Internet Services
$999.95

$284,768.09
The following items in the Signature File were reviewed:  1) Memorandum of Understanding between University of Wyoming and Commissioners of Fremont County to conduct Extension educational programs  (taken under advisement pending discussion between UW and County Attorney’s Office); 2 ) Collection Agreement between Fremont County, Wyoming and the United States Department of Agriculture, US. Forest Service, Shoshone National Forest, for 2017 Flood Assistance (no action on the Agreement will be taken this year); and 3) Record of Proceedings.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Licenses for New Construction of Utility Crossing or Encroachment from Rocky Mountain Power for North Smith Road, Riverton; Aethon Energy for Castle Gardens Road; and High Plains Power, Inc. for Country Garden Road.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an Application/Permit to Construct Access Driveway from Brett Freese on North 2nd Street.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Blue Cross Blue Shield ASO Group Plan Change form.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to approve an Agreement for the Sale of Land from Courtney Dale Sexton and Fremont County for .82 acres for right-of-way for the Cooper Road project.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve an End User Technical Services Agreement with Red Canary, Inc. for Managed Threat Detection Services.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve a Fremont County Bank of the West Credit Card Application for Hattie Calvert with a credit limit of $2,500.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

The Public Comment period was held.

 

Treasurer Scott Harnsberger read from a prepared statement requesting the Board consider the decision to eliminate $19,835 from the Treasurer’s budget related to compensation given to the Deputy Treasurer and other staff within the Treasurer’s Office.  Deputy Treasurer Jim Anderson was present in the audience.  Harnsberger indicated the elimination is the bonus amount in this line item.  He further discussed the Deputy Treasurer position and the Clerks Salaries within his Office and further presented a chart that was a salary line item comparison with other departments (Treasurer, Clerk, Assessor and Clerk of District Court).  He stated he is not requesting more than what has been in the salary line item over the last three years and stated those who have performed at a higher level receive additional compensation from the funds the Board has eliminated.  He stated he would appreciate reconsideration based on the facts he presented.  Ray Price moved to reinstate the bonus amount of $19,835 back into the Treasurer’s salary line item.  Motion died for lack of a second.  Following the failed vote, Harnsberger stated he plans to keep his obligation of attending the National Association of Counties meeting in July as one of Wyoming’s voting delegates; however, the Board could expect his resignation effective August 1st.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese and Financial Assistant Joe Felix presented a preliminary budget hearing.  Unanticipated Revenues and Budget Transfers will be advertised for the final hearing this fiscal year during the June 27th meeting.

 

 

 

Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session regarding personnel with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton reviewed the recent 1% Committee meeting held, and presented a Proposed New Projects One Percent Fund FYE 2018.  Anticipated revenue is $3,200,000 and total expenditures for the following projects are $2,725,237: Flood Repair (Materials Only); Flood Preparation (Materials and Rental Equipment Only); County Wide Projects including Gravel, Delineator Replacement, Asphalt Patching FYE2018 and Asphalt Patching FYE2017 (Bass Lake Road).  Harris Bridge Road Bridge Replacement is on the list; however, the cost of $820,000 does not fit into the budget at this time.  The Committee will continue to meet as needed.

 

Dave Pendleton provided a history of the Burris-Lenore Road.  The County had maintained this Road up until 1999 when it was discovered the County did not have a right-of-way on the Road.  WYDOT indicated the Road was relinquished back to the Tribes and adjacent landowners.  Pendleton stated the County had tried to get permission to survey through the Tribes and was declined.  The County Commission, in 1999, made the decision to discontinue maintenance because the County did not have a R.O.W.

 

Dave Pendleton stated that to date, the most flood related issue has been Wilderness Road.  He reminded the Board that crews had been installing barbs and more rock was installed to prevent the road wash out.  Bunker Road has had standing water anywhere from 6” to 18” on a low spot in the roadway for a week.  Ore Road experienced water on it and remaining debris has been removed.  Pipes are still functional and no washouts occurred.  He and the Lander and Riverton Foremen handled the nightly inspections with Operators and Truck Drivers on call.  Overtime costs are being forwarded to the Emergency Management Coordinator for compilation in her report to the State.

 

A Public Hearing was held at 10:00 a.m., as advertised, to discuss new legislation regarding Fremont County liquor licenses, specifically related to hours and days of operation.  Vice-Chairman Allen stated the State of Wyoming has given full authority to the municipalities and counties to set their own hours and days of operation.  Allen indicated this has been a topic at several Fremont County Association of Governments meeting which is comprised of all Fremont County mayors and himself as Commissioner representative.  They are all in agreement to leave the hours as currently set within their individual licensing areas and nobody was interested in expanding the hours of operation to 24 hours/day which is now allowed by the State, if approved by the licensing authority.  Fremont County allows liquor establishments to be open from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., the following day, for seven days per week.  Several municipalities have shorter hours on Sundays, but basically all of Fremont County is similar in hours and days of operation.  B & K Shoreline Stop proprietor Bruce Davison stated the hours currently set by Fremont County are adequate and he advised they stay the same.  Currently in Fremont County, minors accompanied by an adult can remain in a dining or waiting area that is part of a licensed building, but no later than 10:00 p.m.  New legislation will also remove the hour limitation if voted upon by the licensing authority.  Larry Allen moved, Ray Price seconded, to approve Resolution No. 2017-13 affirming Resolution 2001-02 “Setting Forth the Hours of Sale for all Liquor Licensees approved by the Board of Fremont County Commissioners”.    Motion carried unanimously.

 

Fremont County Planning Director Steve Baumann presented a proposed plat for Kummer Subdivision, a lot split of a current four acre parcel near the intersection of Mortimore Lane and Highway 789.    The split will allow for the sale of a towing business that is located on the property and separate it from the home on the parcel.  Per the Planning and Transportation Department, an access easement to Lot 1 through Lot 2 was added and the Planning Commission has recommended approval of the plat.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve Kummer Subdivision.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner Meeting Reports were given:

 

Jennifer McCarty:  Attended the monthly Solid Waste Disposal District Board meeting and stated they are still working on the budget and have tabled salary adjustments at this time.

 

Clarence Thomas:  Still has flood concerns and stated the citizens need to be reminded to keep vigilant as the danger is not over and conditions can change very quickly.

 

Vice-Chairman Allen attended the monthly Riverton Airport Board meeting and stated enplanements continue to climb.  He has been involved in numerous calls and meetings regarding the flood event.

 

Chairman Becker stated the GIS Committee met to review a Mapserver issue.  He attended a Wyoming Public Lands Initiative meeting last night and stated the next tour is set for July 8th to visit Sweetwater Rocks WSA.  He has also participated in numerous phone calls and meetings regarding the flood.

 

The Wind River Visitor’s Council Joint Powers Board representative for Fremont County, Shannon Batenhorst, was joined by McCormick Marketing staff member Casey Adams, to review the proposed budget and operating plan, effective July 1, 2017.  Chairman Becker reiterated his question as to why Fremont County was not receiving lodging tax revenue in the form of Tourism Asset and Development (TAD) funding, as part of the Joint Powers Board.  This funding is distributed to the municipalities only and they have the sole responsibility of distributing the funding to tourism related events at their discretion.  Batenhorst stated the County should make a formal request for funding to the Wind River Visitor’s Council as they had previously stated their contribution to the Riverton Airport should qualify.  Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough was prepared to give legal advice upon request.   Discussion on the budget carry over was held and the Board reiterated their request for the last three years actual budget for their review.  The actual expenses as related to carry over was of particular interest.   In closing, Darrough was asked to write a letter expressing the Board’s concerns to the WRVC.

 

Chairman Becker closed as the Board of Fremont County Commissioners and opened the Fremont County Board of Equalization.  Assessor Tara Berg and Deputy County Attorney Jodi Darrough reviewed a Motion to Dismiss in the Matter of the Protest of Sears Holdings, Docket No. 2017-02.  Assessor Deputies Angie Wilson and Mike Klaassen were present in the audience.  Three reasons were outlined in the Motion to Dismiss:  Protester has no Standing, Protester provided no Proof of Delegation and Statement of Appeal is Insufficient Pursuant to the Uniform County Board of Equalization Practice and Procedure Rules.  Berg distributed a Timeline of Appeal events, outlining the lack of response from Protestor after four failed attempts via phone, e-mail and mail.  Protester had also been informed of the hearing this date and had not followed up by phone or was not present in the audience.  Ray Price moved, Larry Allen seconded, to approve the Dismissal Order in the Matter of the Protest of Sears Holdings, Docket No. 2017-02.  Motion carried unanimously. Chairman Becker adjourned as the Fremont County Board of Equalization and returned to the Board of Fremont County Commissioners.

 

Commissioner Thomas was excused for personal reasons.

 

Interviews were held for the following County appointed Boards:

 

Cy Lee – requesting reappointment to the Wind River Visitor’s Council

Janet Hulbert-Young – requesting reappointment to the Fremont County Preservation Commission

Lois Herbst – requesting reappointment to the Fremont County Preservation Commission

Julia Stuble – new applicant requesting appointment to the Fremont County Historic Preservation Commission

 

Public Health Nurse Manager Kathleen Laidlaw stated budget cuts made the previous meeting to the Public Health budget are fine; however, they have received a small indirect federal grant from the Center for Disease Control specifically for the Immunization Program in the amount of $2,800 and she presented an amended budget with the change.

 

The Board adjourned for lunch to attend the second annual employee picnic in the Courtyard.  The event is hosted by the Fremont County Christmas Committee as part of their summer fun events.

 

Commissioner Thomas was present for the remainder of the meeting.

 

County Clerk Julie Freese reviewed her e-mail to the Departments following last week’s budget session where the Commissioners made cuts starting from a deficit of $2.155 million down to $1 million.  She stated that the Commissioners made some suggested changes to most all budgets, but they could take the bottom line and move the line items (except to increase wages or add additional personnel) as needed.  She further advised that if cuts were made in an area that you absolutely could not live with, to request time on the Agenda to discuss further this date.  She stated that Treasurer Harnsberger presented his concerns earlier in the day, and she proceeded to read the comments she had received.  Public Health Nurse Supervisor Kathy Laidlaw will be in later to provide an update on additional revenue she received for the immunization program, and Assessor Berg had sent a written request for the Board to reconsider the cuts to her fuel line item, as they now have parcels in rural areas that are at their six year statutory requirement to re-visit.   The Library’s revised budget was reduced by the Commissioners and subsequently balanced by removing all Library outposts in outlying areas.  The following did not request a re-hearing with the Board regarding budget cuts but their responses were acknowledged:  Sheriff Hornecker, Brad Meredith (Vehicle Maintenance), Kevin Shultz (IT Department), RaJean Strube-Fossen (Popo Agie Flood Study), Kyle Butterfield (Riverton Airport), Patrick LeBrun (Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney), Annette Bregar (District Court), and JR Oakley (Building Maintenance).  Freese distributed a spreadsheet listing numbers of employees per Departments since 2000, which is down eight overall across all county offices for 2017.

 

County Clerk Freese stated the proposed Fremont County FY 2017-2018 budget has been advertised and they will be monitoring budgets very closely this week as the next meeting will be the final time to hold a budget hearing.  Any overage after that time will become an audit violation.  County Assessor Tara Berg gave an update on assessed valuation for the first quarter, which is up slightly from projections.  She is closely monitoring oil and gas valuations and will have a final assessment next week for the budget setting.

 

Commissioner Thomas requested County Clerk Julie Freese respond to the Treasurer’s written documentation presented earlier in the meeting, specifically regarding the COLA amounts.  The statement further stated the County Clerk’s salary budget increased 14% in 2015, while the other comparable offices (Assessor, Treasurer and Clerk of District Court) received 3%, 4% and 6% increases respectively.  She updated the Board on the 2015 COLA increases where the Commissioners at that time allowed 2% across the board and then another 2% discretionary fund to allocate as they wished (merit, longevity, etc.).  In regards to the 14% County Clerk salary line item mentioned, she outlined the following:  Financial Assistant resigned and had a vacation pay off of $11,000; took over Museum Bookkeeping duties which resulted in an $10,000 salary adjustment for bookkeeping personnel for additional work load; reinstated a Supervisor position on the main floor resulting in $5,600; filled a vacant position with a floater who works wherever needed; and moved a position from Elections to the Clerk’s Office where the position is actually located.  She noted this is the first year the Treasurer has broken down salary vs. bonus in that line item so it is easier to understand.  Commissioner Thomas reviewed the action taken for the Treasurer which was to reinstate a part-time position used in conjunction with the other part-time position to cover the lunch hour and work on extra busy days (end of month, tax deadlines, etc.), and do away with the bonus amount.  Commissioner McCarty stated the salary line item only, without bonuses, in that Department, are in line with the other offices with comparable positions, however, the bonus amounts would kick the Treasurer’s staff over what the other clerks are making.  Commissioner Price stated the bonus’ in this Department have been controversial for many years and he stated his mind had been changed with the subsequent information presented about salary comparisons among the clerks in other offices doing relatively the same duties.

 

BLM Field Manager Rick VanderVoet, Assistant Field Manager Bryan Curtis and Range Management Specialist Tim Cramer were present to review the Silver Creek Grazing Permit Renewal Public Scoping document published on April 20, 2017.  Present in the audience were Doug Thompson, Julia Stuble and Shane Sanderson.  VanderVoet stated District Manager Kim Liebhauser had been scheduled to attend as well; however, was unable to attend due to a family emergency and will reschedule at a later date for a meet and greet with the Board.  The Commissioners had formally objected in a letter dated May 19, 2017 “to the prejudicial and inflammatory nature of the Scoping Notice for the Silver Creek Common allotment, and restated serious concern over the Rangeland Health Assessment process.”  The letter further stated “the questions posed in the Scoping document lead us to believe a determination has been made that livestock are the cause of the assessment failures, if they are indeed true failures in this allotment.”  VanderVoet stated the Scoping Statement had been designed to help people focus their comments so BLM could receive substantive comments and find a balance between a blank slate vs. pertinent questions; however, had the opposite effect as they had also received letters of concern from many others besides the County Commissioners (Grazing Board, Department of Agriculture, Stockgrowers Association, Permittees, Wyoming Legislators, etc.).  As a result of the contents and wording of the Silver Creek Grazing Scoping Notice, the following Scoping Notice for Frasier Draw was modified back to earlier wording, and a copy was presented for review.  Chairman Becker stated the Silver Creek Scoping document seemed to be pre-loaded, pre-prejudicial and agreed that the wording and tone should go back to the earlier method of a more general document. VanderVoet stated the Silver Creek Scoping is high priority and they expect a decision some time during the spring of 2018.   Curtis stated the next Public Scoping document will be for Government Draw that includes the area from Hudson and south towards Beaver Rim and Gas Hills, and he is currently working with permittees.  Cramer proceeded to review the Rangeland Health Assessment process.  Public comment was taken and Thompson stated permittees want a fair assessment representative of the allotment.  A failed standard was the riparian areas, which also included recreation and trekker activity, and is causal factor of failure.  Vice-Chairman Allen stated the importance of listening to allottees and weigh their answers heavily.  The Lander Field Office is sponsoring an Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring field day on July 13th and will meet at the Sweetwater Station Rest Area before heading to a field location.  In closing, VanderVoet stated he is retiring effective July 7 and a temporary replacement will be Kyle Cowan.  The Board expressed their pleasure in working with VanderVoet on BLM issues during his tenure.

 

Commissioner Ray Price was excused from the remainder of the meeting.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with Jim Massman and Julia Willoughby regarding personnel.  Motion carried unanimously.  Larry Allen moved, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

Larry Allen moved, Clarence Thomas seconded, to adjourn into Executive Session with Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton regarding personnel.  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, Jennifer McCarty seconded, to adjourn the meeting at 5:30 p.m. and reconvene for a Special Meeting on June 26, 2017 at 5:30 p.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, COUNTY CLERK AND CLERK OF THE BOARD

 

 

 

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