City of Torrington )
County of Goshen )
State of Wyoming )
The Torrington City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in the City Council Chambers at 436 East 22nd Ave. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Mayor Varney, Council Members Adams, Hill, Kelly and Law. Also Present: Clerk/Treasurer Strecker, Attorney Eddington, Engineer Harkins, Chief of Police Hurd, Building Official Estes, Water/Wastewater Supervisor Troxel and Deputy City Clerk Anaya.
Mayor Varney called the meeting to order.
Councilman Law led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Varney announced that in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all City of Torrington offices would be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23, 2018 and stated that business will resume as usual on Monday, November 26, 2018.
Mayor Varney announced that he received a Notice of Mass Layoff from The Western Sugar Cooperative. The notice indicated that the facility located at 400 Main Street intends to permanently layoff employees based on current and projected business plans and needs. The decision will result in the mass layoff of approximately 92 employees, with the initial layoffs commencing on 1/10/2019 or within 14 days after that date.
Councilman Kelly moved and Councilman Adams seconded to approve the consent agenda which includes the minutes from the 11-06-18 Council meeting as published and all actions therein be ratified. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Law seconded to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Tom Milstead who resides at 3001 Monte Vista Road addressed the Mayor and Council. He inquired if it would be possible to close off the streets that are regularly closed off for the Christmas Parade early in the day in order to block traffic to prevent cars from parking along the parade route down the heart of Main Street. Mr. Milstead strongly urged the Mayor and Council to consider the request as it would be in the best interest of the City in terms of public safety and a method to give all parade goers a pleasurable experience to be able to watch the parade without any impediments. Mayor Varney suggested that Mr. Milstead meet with Chief of Police Hurd to further address the issue.
Attorney Eddington presented for approval a request from Aman Hospitality, LLC DBA Days Inn for a retail liquor license at 1555 Main Street. He stated that the owner, Kuldip Singh, is requesting that the license be approved as non-operational until the remodeling phase of the building is complete and indicated that the remodeling project is anticipated to be substantially complete by January of 2019. Attorney Eddington commented that Wyoming State Statutes allow a license to be in a non-operational status for a time period of up to one year and also permit the licensee to request an additional one year extension if necessary. Councilman Law stated that he physically inspected the premises and that per his observation, he is not positive that the schematic of remodeling being complete by January of 2019 is an accurate representation based on items that have been completed to date. Kuldip Singh addressed the Mayor and Council. He commented that the building has been severely neglected for quite some time and indicated that he has a history of buying neglected buildings and restoring them rapidly. Mr. Singh stated that he has an in-house crew consisting of 15-20 members working on the project. He is extremely confident that a crew that size can get a lot done in a short period of time as his previous restoration projects with similar time constraints have all been successful. Mr. Singh explained to the Mayor and Council that the building is currently operating a full-time motel; the only portion of the building that is under construction/renovation is the roof of the entire building and the areas of the building where he is proposing the addition of a restaurant and liquor store. Councilwoman Hill inquired about the specific restrictions that would apply to a license that is approved as non-operational. Attorney Eddington replied that essentially, the licensee is being granted the approval of a license that cannot be utilized in any way including not being able to purchase alcohol until a final blueprint of the remodeled building is presented to the Mayor and Council and the license approved as operational. He stated that the issuing of the license will not only be contingent upon the actual completion of the remodeling of the building and the submittal of final plans, but also contingent upon the compliance with City Building Official requirements. Mayor Varney opened the public hearing for consideration of the retail liquor license request. He asked for public comments for or against the approval of the retail liquor license. There being no one to speak for or against the approval of the retail liquor license, the public hearing was closed. Councilman Law moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve the retail liquor license for Aman Hospitality, LLC DBA Days Inn at 1555 Main Street as non-operational. Motion carried unanimously.
Building Official Estes stated that Gary and Rita Felton requested a zone change from R-2 to C-1A for the property located at 601 Niobrara Avenue. He commented that C-1A zoning allows for offices, businesses professional and public, and offices for medical, dental and health clinics having the principal occupation for the treatment and examination of people. Building Official Estes indicated that the Planning Commission approved the request at their 11-13-18 meeting, staff recommends approval and that he has received only one public comment from Tiffany Hartman with Hartman Family Dentistry who spoke more so in concern of the off street parking situation that could potentially be created with the approval of the zone change request. He stated that specific stipulations for off street parking would need to be complied with when the use of the property is identified. Gary and Rita Felton addressed the Mayor and Council. Mr. Felton commented that the property has been marketed as residential for the previous 14 months and has unsuccessfully sold. He indicated that they have been told that there is interest in the medical community for commercial type properties zoned for medical use and that the strategy behind the zone change request is to assist with the sale of the property. Mr. Felton stated that the property is high end and fully ADA compliant, therefore it is already suitable for a commercial type use. Mayor Varney opened the public hearing for consideration of the zoning request. He asked for public comments for or against the approval of the zoning request, none were heard. The public hearing was closed. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the zone change at 601 Niobrara Avenue from R-2 to C-1A as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING SECTION 18.68.020 OF THE TORRINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE, 2018 REVISIONS, RELATING TO THE CITY OF TORRINGTON, WYOMING, AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP BY ESTABLISHING “C-1A” ZONING FOR A TRACT OF LAND. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the ordinance on first reading as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Pro-Tem Adams stated that since the next item up for discussion directly involved Mayor Varney, he would need to be excused so that the Council could consider the approval of an ordinance on second reading relating to re-naming a City street pursuant to City ordinance 12.08.060.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE RE-NAMING A CITY STREET PURSUANT TO CITY ORDINANCE 12.08.060. He stated as a reminder that the ordinance re-names “Industrial Park Avenue” to now be known as “Varney Boulevard” in honor and recognition of Mayor Michael E. Varney’s dedication and commitment to the City of Torrington. Councilman Law moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the ordinance on second reading as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING SECTION 3.04.040 F. OF THE TORRINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE, 2018 REVISIONS, RELATING TO WATER FEES. He stated that the amendment is primarily a clarification approach to define the sub-customer unit fee and clearly designate it as a per unit charge. Councilman Adams moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve the ordinance on second reading as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read Resolution No. 2018-15 authorizing the City of Torrington to make application for and, upon approval, to enter into an agreement with the FEMA/Wyoming Homeland Security (SHSP), to execute any documents which are deemed necessary by FEMA/Wyoming Homeland Security to facilitate and administer the project and to act as the authorized correspondent for this project. Water/Wastewater Supervisor Troxel stated that the resolution is in support of submitting an application to receive grant funding though FEMA for a backup generator for Well No. 15 which is located on 14th Avenue and West A Street. He indicated that Well No. 15 is the City’s only backup well and that it is in the best interest of the City to have a backup power source for it. Councilman Adams asked what the grant amount total would be. Water/Wastewater Supervisor Troxel replied that the amount being requested to be granted is $85,000.00. Councilman Kelly moved and Councilman Adams seconded to approve Resolution No. 2018-15 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Engineer Harkins presented for approval a Sale/Purchase Agreement between the City of Torrington and Jirdon-Wyoming LTD C/O Deb Beede. He stated that the agreement is for the purchase of one of the three pieces of property that are essential in order to complete the project to relocate the existing parallel taxiway and extend Runway 02 at the Torrington Municipal Airport. The property is 0.45 acres (more or less) located on the west end of the airport. Engineer Harkins indicated that the property was appraised by an appraiser certified by the Wyoming Real Estate Commission & Appraisal Board, Robert J. Brockman with Keyhole Land Company of Wheatland, Wyoming, and that it was valued at $2,630.00. Ms. Beede agreed to sell the property to the City for that appraised amount. Engineer Harkins commented that Section 9 of the agreement will need to be modified to state that the City of Torrington will pay all closing costs associated with the transaction as that is what was initially presented to Ms. Beede during property acquisition negotiations. Councilman Adams moved and Councilman Law seconded to approve the Sale/Purchase Agreement with Jirdon-Wyoming LTD C/O Deb Beede with the modification to Section 9 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Building Official Estes presented the bid results for the sale of a tract of land located at 3601 Goshen Street. He stated staff recommended awarding the bid to Joshua Garner who resides at 709 Albany Avenue as bid: $1.00 per square foot plus the reimbursement for the cost of advertising and filing fees to the City. If awarded the bid, Mr. Garner will also be required to pay for a legal survey of the tract of land. Building Official Estes indicated that Mr. Garner is interested in the 30’ x 115’ strip of land located directly to the north of his lot for the purpose of enlarging his back yard. He commented that the City does not utilize that specific portion of the property and that staff sees no need for the strip of land in the future. Councilman Law moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to award the bid to Joshua Garner who resides at 709 Albany Avenue as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Engineer Harkins presented for approval an office addition request for Hangar No. 1A at the Torrington Municipal Airport. He stated that Dean McClain with A G Flyers, Inc. is requesting approval of a 15’ x 15’ office addition to Hangar No. 1A. The hangar is City property and the addition to the building once complete will become City property as well. Mr. McClain is fully aware of those terms. Engineer Harkins indicated that the project will be funded 100% by Mr. McClain per his proposal. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the 15’ x 15’ office addition request for Hangar No. 1A at the Torrington Municipal Airport as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Clerk/Treasurer Strecker presented for approval the 2019 Health Insurance Renewal Proposal. She indicated that the Health Insurance Committee met with Brian Hillier of Health Benefit Advisors who is the City’s third party administrator and health benefit consultant to review the condition of the City’s self-funded health insurance plan and to renew the City’s policy with its stop-loss insurance carrier. Clerk/Treasurer Strecker stated that Mr. Hillier relayed that due to the rising cost of inflation and the history of the City’s claims over the last 10 months, the plan needs an increase of 10.3% or $159,000.00 in 2019. She commented that the Health Insurance Committee considered the need at great length and is making the recommendation to use $100,000.00 of the Health Insurance Reserve and to generate the remaining $59,000.00 by plan design changes. Clerk/Treasurer Strecker indicated that the committee will re-evaluate the condition of the plan during the budget process in May of 2019 and make recommendations for any changes, if needed, at that time. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Law seconded to approve the 2019 Health Insurance Renewal Proposal as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
The bills from 11-07-18 to 11-20-18 were presented for payment. Councilman Law moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve the bills for payment as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Law seconded that there being no further business to come before the Council to adjourn at 8:11 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
The following bills were approved for payment: 64165 Void;64324 CITY OF TORRINGTON payroll withholding 89.34;64325 DENT, DAVID A. Golf Pro Payable 467.48;64326 FAMILY SUPPORT REGISTRY payroll withholding 235.97;64327 GREAT-WEST TRUST CO LLC payroll withholding 1516.00;64328 MERIDIAN TRUST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION payroll withholding 2123.00;64329 MUNICIPAL ENERGY AGENCY OF NE wholesale power, monthly rita installment 510496.93;64330 NEW YORK LIFE payroll withholding 359.37;64331 TOUCHTONE COMMUNICATIONS INC. long distance 94.17;64332 VERIZON WIRELESS TVFD cell phones 96.26;64333 WASHINGTON NATIONAL INSURANCE CO payroll withholding 32.70;64334 WY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT payroll withholding 202.45;64335 WY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT payroll withholding 262.61;64336 WYRULEC CO Landfill Electric 333.08;64337 HIGH PLAINS APT final bill-credit/deposit return 132.69;64338 BELL PARK TOWER final bill-deposit return 55.62;64339 COLEMAN, SHAWNA final bill-deposit return 172.90;64340 LOVERCHECK, BRENDA final bill-credit/deposit return 133.41;64341 OTERO, ROBERT refund-overpayment 450.00;64342 PARDUS, JUDY refund-service fee 20.00;64343 BLACK, RACHEL final bill-deposit return 43.51;64344 LANCASTER, MICHAEL J. final bill-deposit return 66.12;64345 FIROUZEH, MOTAZEDI final bill-deposit return 1502.55; 64346 BUNNING, PHILENE final bill-deposit return 16.80;64347 21ST CENTURY EQUIPMENT LLC acoustical upholstery 687.46;64348 ARROW ELECTRIC OF TORRINGTON supply&install-outlets/covers/J-box/float switches, troubleshoot short/control circuit, outlets 1378.00;64349 ACTION COMMUNICATIONS INC. repair radios, terminate coaxes/cruisers, check antenna,trimmed rod 106.15;64350 ADAMS, RANDY mileage reimb 76.30;64351 ADVERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS LLC digital theatre ad 228.00;64352 ALLWATER SUPPLY LLC spare parts kit 387.46;64353 ALTEC INDUSTRIES INC. 2018 Dodge Ram Bucket Truck,wire rope slings 119651.19;64354 ANDERSON CARPET SALES INC. floor tile, adhesive, trowels, finish 914.24;64355 AT&T MOBILITY transmission fees-cardiac monitor 33.46;64356 TORRINGTON TREADS tire repair, dismount/mount 634.04;64357 BENCHMARK OF TORRINGTON P.C. Frontage Road Water Line Replacement Project 6507.75;64358 BLACK HILLS ENERGY utilities-gas 2776.96;64359 BROWN CO engine oil 14.94;64360 C H GUERNSEY & CO electric/PSC complaint-investigation 1045.00;64361 CANON FINANCIAL SERVICES INC. copier contracts 839.00;64362 PRODUCTIVITY PLUS ACCOUNT idler pulls, blades 148.80;64363 CITY OF TORRINGTON usps, notary, title 59.35;64364 CITY OF TORRINGTON c/o Platte Valley Bank Lid Bond Payment 18632.51;64365 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ambulance supplies 134.12;64366 DANA KEPNER CO INC. adjustable risers 86.54;64367 DANA SAFETY SUPPLY INC. antennas, mounts 755.00;64368 DIVERSIFIED SERVICES INC. recycle crew, cleaning visits 4585.00;64369 HERSTEAD MONUMENT CO reset stones 500.00;64370 NORTHERN EXPOSURE COMPUTER CENTER ink cartridges 380.00;64371 CUES GNET premium support, office support 2150.00;64372 EMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS INC. gastric access kits/cases 131.86;64373 ENERGY LABORATORIES INC. lab testing 873.00; 64374 EREPLACEMENTPARTS.COM LLC blade clamp kit, barrel cam 26.70;64375 FARRIER, RODNEY gutter repair 55.50;64376 FIRERESQ INC. brass inlet/outlet, alum female-males 180.39;64377 FRENCHMAN VALLEY FARMERS COOP INC. blue def bulk 253.50;64378 PRO QUALITY PEST CONTROL rodent/pest control 130.00;64379 GALLS LLC uniform shirts/badges 847.59;64380 GOSHEN CO ECONOMIC monthly contribution 2500.00;64381 GOSHEN CO PUBLIC HEALTH flu season shots 1040.00;64382 GOSHEN CO WEED & PEST gopher bait 161.36;64383 SKILLPATH/NST SEMINARS training seminar 299.00;64384 GREATAMERICA FINANCIAL SERVICES CORP copier leases 448.00;64385 GUARDIAN SAFTEY & SUPPLY LLC winter gloves 88.87;64386 USABLUEBOOK fire hydrant gauges, hydrant flushing elbow, hydrant wrench 129.58;64387 HICKEY & EVANS LLP Council training,PSC attorney e-mails, calls-complaint 8478.00;64388 J HARLEN CO INC. harnesses, lanyards, vinyl apron 1192.13;64389 PROAUDIO.COM downtown sound system 2690.00;64390 JAMES A. EDDINGTON PC City Attorney extended hours 330.00;64391 JAMES A. EDDINGTON PC City Attorney 6666.00;64392 KNUDSEN LAW OFFICES Municipal Court Judge 2000.00;64393 MCCONAHAY, SHELBY TPD vehicle uplift packages, decals 3875.00;64394 MCI A VERIZON CO long distance/911 call backs 4.40;64395 MCMASTER-CARR SUPPLY CO low pressure pipe fitting, female valve, pressure gauge, pipe nipple 138.71;64396 M.C. SCHAFF & ASSOCIATES INC. East N Street Project-survey 5500.00;64397 MERITAIN HEALTH INC. premium-ins/life admin 32614.07;64398 NEWMAN SIGNS INC. traffic signs 261.82;64399 NORTHWEST PIPE FITTINGS INC. washers, water pipe, pipe lube, pipe fittings 1075.55;64400 OFFICE OF STATE LANDS & INVEST DWSRF loan payments 28065.62;64401 OLSON TIRE CO tire repairs, rad patches, dismount/mount 176.50;64402 PANHANDLE CONCRETE adapter ring,riser/lid,joint seals 173.00;64403 ENVIRO SERVICES INC. lab analysis 267.00; 64404 CITY OF TORRINGTON c/o PINNACLE BANK health reserve non-insured employer premium 7571.94;64405 PINNACLE BANK usps, seat covers, retirement party supplies, travel expenses-meals/fuel/ lodging/toll fees, battery repl, Halloween treats-daycare children, led surface mount light head, periodical, filters, cell phone case,vest/stocking hat, calendar refills, flow meter calibration container,CDL license test, binder, saw chains,TVFD meals 3936.76;64406 PRESENTATION SOLUTIONS INC. printing tape 414.49; 64407 REGIONAL CARE INC. select flex admin 90.00;64408 SIRCHIE ACQUISITION CO LLC nark tests, gloves,test wands 293.08;64409 SHOPKO STORES OPERATING CO LLC foil roasting pan,Christmas lights 83.93;64410 SUEZ WTS USA INC. monthly chemical management 7748.79;64411 SZYMANSKI, DANIEL JAMES Airport Operator Contract 1562.50;64412 TORRINGTON EMPLOYEES INSURANCE premium 96619.29;64413 TRANSWEST FORD LLC 2019 Ford Pickup 30346.00;64414 TROXEL, TOM mileage reimb 156.96;64415 U S POSTMASTER first class presort/annual fee,credit-postage 1075.00;64416 VOT INC. garland, decorations 17.44;64417 GRAINGER valves,repl lens/light cover, thermostat covers, pail 594.69; 64418 WALTON, JAMES H. Airport Operator Assistant Contract 970.00;64419 WEGLIN JR., EDWARD H. mow/trim 210.00;64420 WEST WINDS TREE SERVICE powerline clearance 7000.00;64421 WESTERN PATHOLOGY CONSULTANTS CDL management 200.00;64422 WY DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION license plate transfer 2.00;64423 WY HEALTH FAIRS chemistry panel/psa 72.00;64424 WY LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY advanced communications 220.00;64425 TORRINGTON TELEGRAM ads, legals 2173.13;64426 YOUNGER, TOD M. museum ground maint 200.00
Public Notice No. 6897 published in the Torrington Telegram November 30, 2018.