City of Torrington )
County of Goshen )
State of Wyoming )
The Torrington City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in the City Council Chambers at 436 East 22nd Ave. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Former Mayor Varney, Mayor Adams, Council Members Hill, Kinney and Law. Also Present: Clerk/Treasurer Strecker, Attorney Eddington, Engineer Harkins, Chief of Police Hurd, Building Official Estes, Deputy City Treasurer Triplett and Deputy City Clerk Anaya.
Former Mayor Varney called the meeting to order.
Clerk/Treasurer Strecker led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Paul Puebla led God Bless America.
Attorney Eddington administered the Oaths of Office to newly elected officials Councilwoman Deanna Hill, Councilman Ted Kinney and Mayor Randy L. Adams.
Mayor Adams acknowledged that Council Members Hill, Kinney and Law had visitors in the audience for the evening and asked them to individually introduce their guests. He then introduced the guests that were present on his behalf. Mayor Adams also recognized former Councilman Dennis Kelly in the audience and thanked him and everyone present for attending.
Mayor Adams paid tribute to former Mayor Varney and indicated that he has big shoes to fill. He recognized the forty years of dedication and service to the City of Torrington of outgoing Mayor Varney by highlighting some of his major accomplishments while in office such as the acquisition of the Lincoln Community Complex building, the achievement of the Sports Complex facility, the Scenic Byways designation, the attainment of the Public Works facility which houses the Water and Wastewater Departments, the accomplishment of the Water Treatment Plant and the completion of the overpass. Mayor Adams stated that former Mayor Varney has been a mentor to Council Members and City staff and commented that he has provided calm and thoughtful interpretation as to what needed to get accomplished throughout his years of service which has greatly benefited the City. All present gave outgoing Mayor Varney a standing ovation.
Mayor Adams announced that the City of Torrington is seeking to fill the vacant seat on the City Council. All interested candidates who are registered voters and reside within City limits may submit a Resume and a Letter of Interest describing why they wish to fill the vacant City Council seat to the City of Torrington on or before January 31, 2019. The governing body anticipates making a decision via a majority vote of all remaining elected officials at the February 19, 2019 City Council meeting.
Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the consent agenda which includes the minutes from the 12-18-18 Council meeting as published and all actions therein be ratified. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilman Law moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Adams presented for approval the following appointments: Municipal Judge – Nathaniel Hibben. Expiration of Term: 12/31/2019; Municipal Associate Judge – Herbert Doby. Expiration of Term: 12/31/2019; Airport Board – John Ellis, Dean McClain and Ted Kinney. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2022; Committee To Extend West C Street to Road 47 – Wally Wolski and Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Community Utility Advisory Committee – Sandra Hansen and Silvia Anaya. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2020. Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Consolidated Wyoming Municipality Electric Joint Powers Board – Randy L. Adams. Expiration of Term: 12/31/2020. Lynette Strecker. Expiration of Term: 12/31/2021; Council Committee Assignments – Deanna Hill (Water, Sewer, Wage, Electric), Randy L. Adams (Streets, Sanitation, Museum, Investment, Parks, Pool, Golf, Care Center Board), William Law (Fire, Police, Ambulance, Health Insurance) and Ted Kinney (Vehicles, Buildings, Airport, Industrial Park, Wage); Economic Development Board – Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Health Insurance Committee – William Law and Randy L. Adams. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2021; Heartland Express – William Law and Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Industrial Park Committee – Lynette Strecker, Ashley Harpstreith and Lucas Moore. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2022; Information Technology Committee – MOU – Ted Kinney, Indefinite; Investment Committee – Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Museum Board – Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; NMPP/MEAN Board Members – Dana Youtz and Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Planning and Advisory Board – Judy Daily. Expiration of Term: 12/31/2020. Bonnie Butler, Lou Kuhnel, David Cronk and Gary Korell. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2022; Safety Committee – Tammy Cearns. Expiration of Term: 12/31/2019. Matthew Hickman, Teresa Forrest, Mark Weis and Gene Burt. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2020; Torrington Urban Systems Committee – Todd Peterson, Buck Klemola and Gary Korell. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2022. Bobbi Dockins and Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Wage Committee – Deanna Hill and Ted Kinney. Expiration of Terms: 12/31/2022. Randy L. Adams, Indefinite; Wyoming Community Gas Joint Powers Board – Randy L. Adams, Indefinite. Councilman Law moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the appointments as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilman Kinney moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to appoint Councilman William Law as Mayor Pro-Tem for calendar year 2019. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Law seconded to designate Randy L. Adams as a Full-Time Mayor for calendar year 2019. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilman Kinney moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to appoint Mayor Randy L. Adams as the Official Voting Delegate and Councilman William Law as the Alternate Delegate for the 2019 Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM) Winter Conference Business Meeting to be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Cheyenne. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read Resolution No. 2019-1. Mayor Adams indicated that the resolution designates a representative and alternate representative to the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) Management Committee. Electrical Supervisor Dana Youtz and Mayor Randy L. Adams were appointed as representative and alternate representative respectively. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Law seconded to approve Resolution No. 2019-1 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read Resolution No. 2019-2. Mayor Adams stated that the resolution designates a representative and alternate representative to the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) Members’ Council. Electrical Supervisor Dana Youtz and Mayor Randy L. Adams were appointed as representative and alternate representative respectively. Councilman Law moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve Resolution No. 2019-2 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read Resolution No. 2019-3. Clerk/Treasurer Strecker commented that the resolution approves the institutions as bank depositories and/or security broker/dealers for the City of Torrington during calendar year 2019. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve Resolution No. 2019-3 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING SECTIONS 13.16.007. AND 13.16.050. C. OF THE TORRINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE, 2019 REVISIONS, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS AND PROHIBITED SEWER CONNECTIONS. Councilman Kinney inquired if the ordinance would allow any particular City user to be grandfathered in. Attorney Eddington replied no, the ordinance will be in full force and effect for all City users after its passage and approval and publication as required by law. Councilman Kinney moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve Ordinance No. 1207 as presented on third reading. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE CREATING AND ENACTING SECTIONS 13.16.140., 13.16.150. AND 13.16.160. OF THE TORRINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE, 2019 REVISIONS, RELATING TO BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES (BMPs), COST RECOVERY, AND ENFORCEMENT, VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve Ordinance No. 1208 as presented on third reading. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING SECTION 18.04.060 OF THE TORRINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE, 2019 REVISIONS, RELATING TO THE CITY OF TORRINGTON, WYOMING, AMENDING THE ZONING DISTRICT MAP BY ESTABLISHING “R-3” ZONING FOR A TRACT OF LAND. Building Official Estes stated staff recommends approval and he has received no public comment. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Law seconded to approve the ordinance on second reading as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read by title AN ORDINANCE AMENDING AND RE-ENACTING SECTIONS 5.12.070. A. AND B. OF THE TORRINGTON MUNICIPAL CODE, 2019 REVISIONS, RELATING TO LIQUOR LICENSES. He indicated that the ordinance adopts specifically by reference Wyoming Statute 12-4-412(b)(iii) in its entirety and stated that the adoption of the statute by reference allows the dual holding of a microbrewery permit and a retail liquor license as requested by The Open Barrel Brewing Company, LLC at the 12-18-18 Council meeting. Councilman Law moved and Councilwoman Hill seconded to approve the ordinance on first reading as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Engineer Harkins presented for approval the Wyoming Platte Alliance Water Supply Joint Powers Agreement. He stated that the purpose of the agreement is to secure and plan for the management of a potable water source from the surface water, stream flow, and storage reservoirs of the North Platte River. Water from the North Platte River will be stored and treated at one common source (in and around the Guernsey, Wyoming area) and then distributed to the members of the joint agreement for their municipal water supply. Engineer Harkins indicated that the water being proposed to be used is lower in concentrations of arsenic, uranium and nitrates which will result in a cost-effective treatment approach. The water supply will be available to members of the joint powers agreement along the distribution route of Guernsey, Wyoming to Bridgeport, Nebraska as a primary source of water or an alternate source of water. Engineer Harkins commented that the City of Torrington would utilize the source of water as an alternate since the City is currently undergoing a Level I Study which will evaluate the current water system, identify needs, recommend improvements, develop conceptual designs, develop estimated costs and plan for future developments. He stated that the benefit of becoming a member of the joint powers agreement is the difference in elevation from Guernsey to Torrington. There will be no pumping of water required to distribute the water to the City’s storage tanks due to the gravity feed and that will save in pumping and treatment costs. Mayor Adams indicated that the primary reason that the joint powers agreement was drafted was due to the fact that several communities along the proposed route have experienced and anticipate experiencing poor water quality in their sources of potable water. He commented that the City resolved its poor water quality issues several years ago with the installation of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Units, but that the North Platte River is the most appropriated water stream in the State, therefore the City has to anticipate and plan for the future to ensure that a supply of water is always readily available. Mayor Adams stated that becoming a member of the joint powers agreement will give the City the opportunity to participate in the planning phase of the project. No financial commitment will be required of the City for becoming a member of the joint powers agreement and future costs generated from the advancement of the project will be divided among all members of the agreement. Mayor Adams indicated that any member may voluntarily terminate their participation in the agreement via written notice at any time, therefore the approval of the agreement is not legally binding. Councilman Law moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the Wyoming Platte Alliance Water Supply Joint Powers Agreement as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
The bills from 12-19-18 to 01-02-19 were presented for payment. Councilwoman Hill moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the bills for payment as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Adams asked for public comments, questions or concerns. None were heard.
Councilman Law moved and Councilman Kinney seconded that there being no further business to come before the Council to adjourn at 7:50 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
The following bills were approved for payment: 64621 AFLAC payroll withholding 564.52;64622 AT&T MOBILITY transmission fees-cardiac monitor 33.46;64623 CIRCUIT COURT OF GOSHEN CO payroll withholding 322.55;64624 CITY OF TORRINGTON payroll withholding 1488.38;64625 DENT, DAVID A. Golf Pro Payable 889.57;64626 FAMILY SUPPORT REGISTRY payroll withholding 235.97;64627 GREAT-WEST TRUST CO LLC payroll withholding 1516.00;64628 882-NCPERS GROUP LIFE INS. payroll withholding 160.00;64629 MCI A VERIZON CO long distance/911 call backs 11.26;64630 MERITAIN HEALTH INC. premium-ins/life admin 33533.77;64631 MERIDIAN TRUST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION payroll withholding 2023.00;64632 NEW YORK LIFE payroll withholding 359.37;64633 CITY OF TORRINGTON c/o PINNACLE BANK health reserve non-insured employer premium 10121.94;64634 REGIONAL CARE INC. select flex admin 85.50;64635 SOUTH TORRINGTON WATER & SEWER DISTRICT museum-water/sewer 65.98;64636 SZYMANSKI, DANIEL JAMES Airport Operator Contract 1562.50;64637 TORRINGTON EMPLOYEES INSURANCE premium,select flex contributions 96859.51;64638 WALTON, JAMES H. Airport Operator Assistant Contract 970.00;64639 WY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT payroll withholding 202.45;64640 WY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT payroll withholding 262.61;64641 WY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS Torr Vol EMT Pension 60.00;64642 STANDARD INSURANCE CO premium-long term disability 1982.03;64643 WY DEPT OF REVENUE sales/use tax 18030.75;64644 HIGH PLAINS APT final bill-deposit return 227.90;64645 BENNETT, RONI final bill-deposit return 41.06;64646 CALLAHAN, DEBRA final bill-deposit return 136.29;64647 STERKEL, BETTY JANE final bill-deposit return 80.10;64648 RYAN, WILLIAM final bill-deposit return 43.53;64649 GALLOWAY, CHAYTON final bill-deposit return 53.22;64650 FRONAPFEL, DAVID M. final bill-deposit return 31.35;64651 21ST CENTURY EQUIPMENT LLC air/oil filters,seal,filter elements 160.14;64652 A & C SHEET METAL black foam filters 138.50;64653 AED EVERYWHERE INC. battery 413.75;64654 BARCO MUNICIPAL PRODUCTS INC. jackets 726.13;64655 BENCHMARK OF TORRINGTON P.C. color print maps 20.00;64656 BLOEDORN LUMBER CO-TORRINGTON breaker,glides/cushions,scraper knife,shockwave drive/fasten set,blade sets,door strike plate,paint/ scrapers,utility hooks,paint remover,gorilla glue,wireless chime,chip brush,wood filler,oak casing,plastic container,fence staples,buckets,cement board saw,hammer,hex lags/washers,rental fees,tarp,sand/ cement topping mix,lubricant,screws,foam sealant 784.10;64657 BLUFFS SANITARY SUPPLY INC. trash bag liners,tuberculocidal 161.84;64658 BOMGAARS SUPPLY INC. ice melt,mat grip,extension cords,tape, thermometers,office chairs,area rug,liquid nail,tool kit,light set,stud finder,grinding wheel,surge strips, outlet cube,tank top heater,christmas party items,spray paint,cleaner,led lights,stain remover,saw,brace corners,screws,brush cup crimp wire 934.91;64659 BORDER STATES INDUSTRIES INC. enclosure locks, fire resistant clothing,lights,pole brackets,coding tape,insulators,lugs,photo control/bracket,clamps, bolts,kv hlps/gain bases,fuse links,tap connectors,couplings,elbows,standoff tri-units,racks,galvanized h-slots 9624.04;64660 CNA SURETY WY Blanket Notary Errors/Omissions Policy 100.00;64661 CENTURY LUMBER CENTER screws,nails,fasteners 12.40;64662 CITYSERVICEVALCON LLC terminal maint fee 16.00; 64663 CITY OF TORRINGTON usps,travel expense-meal,water 28.90;64664 CITY OF TORRINGTON 2019 Cart Tags-15 City Rental Carts/Golf 2625.00;64665 CLARKE, JOSEPH A. airport-clean out main line 200.00;64666 THERMALROLL.COM paper credit card rolls 27.90;64667 CO CHAPTER ICC OF THE registration-code training 2019 400.00;64668 CO GOLF & TURF INC. repair parts 514.63;64669 CUMMINS INC. planned maintenance 410.42;64670 DECKER, STEVE antifreeze,citra spray 150.00;64671 ENERGY LABORATORIES INC. lab test 100.00;64672 FASTENAL CO screwdriver set,hand cleaner,floor dry clay 181.74;64673 FIREHOSEDIRECT double jacket mill hose,alum fem cam/groove 151.46;64674 FIVE STAR PRINT & PROMO tax forms,window envelopes,1095 documents 316.34;64675 GOSHEN CO TREASURER IT Agreement,laptop 51218.29;64676 GOSHEN DIESEL SERVICE repair fees 16.00;64677 HICKEY & EVANS LLP Council training 4917.75;64678 INSIGHT PRECISION ARMS LLC rifle cases,slings, degreaser,lube,shot patches 538.46;64679 KELLYS SUPERMARKET refreshments 64.90;64680 MATLOCK, KELLY reimb-paper plates,dish soap 25.26;64681 MCCONAHAY, SHELBY sirens,amp,radio,lights,graphics 875.00;64682 MCMASTER-CARR SUPPLY CO metal stamp number set,wall mount heater,mount frame, press switch,line volt 635.90;64683 THE METAL SHOP used strap winches,medical oxygen 82.00;64684 NORTHWEST PIPE FITTINGS INC. adapters 81.48;64685 OFFICE OF STATE LANDS & INVEST DWSRF loan payments 112265.88;64686 ENVIRO SERVICES INC. lab analysis 30.00;64687 PANHANDLE GEOTECH & ENVIRO INC. concrete testing/cylinders/breaks 678.75;64688 PETROLEUM TESTERS LLC operator training 200.00;64689 PETERBILT OF WY valve-air rocker 163.93;64690 PRINT EXPRESS INC. labels,door decals, ups 372.51;64691 QUILL CORPORATION wall calendar,plastic cutlery 50.98;64692 RAILROAD MANAGEMENT CO III LLC license fee 439.23;64693 RAILROAD MANAGEMENT CO III LLC land lease 1187.59;64694 SAM’S CLUB/SYCHRONY BANK coffee,spray bottles,tape,mop heads,air fresheners,paper plates,heavy duty shelves,copy paper 460.80;64695 VALLEY MOTOR SUPPLY clutch pack ceramic/pilot bearing,bearing,led light,air/fuel/oil filters,lube,hydraulic hoses/connectors,seat cover,head rest opening,elbows,universal switch,thermometers,pto rock switch,wiper blades 1148.99;64696 SNELL SERVICES INC. labor/repair fees 4437.10;64697 SNOW CREST CHEMICALS LLC hot water closed loop contract 125.00;64698 SZYMANSKI, DANIEL JAMES air fuel,reimb-hangar rent 412.06;64699 SZYMANSKI, DANIEL JAMES Airport Operator Contract 1562.50;64700 TBS ELECTRONICS INC. light repl 293.60;64701 TIMBERLINE ELECTRIC & CONTROL CORP labor,computer programming,install/repair fire alarm 641.25; 64702 TITAN MACHINERY INC. guide roller assy 1024.55;64703 TORRINGTON FIRE DEPT professional services 800.00;64704 TORRINGTON OFFICE SUPPLY envelopes,label tape/batteries,wall calendar, toners,planners,pens,file/storage cabinets,receipt paper,hanging file folders,thank you cards,binder clips 2382.24;64705 TRANE U.S. INC. parts,installation,mileage 4207.43;64706 CENTURYLINK data lines 3846.36;64707 VALLEY MERCANTILE CO INC. drive flex handle ratchet/hex bit,ratchets,spark plugs,fuel/ oil filters,lubricant,oil,led light,grinder discs,wipers 231.71;64708 VERIZON WIRELESS cell phones,data-tablets/hotspot/EM,credit 1182.39;64709 GRAINGER lifting magnet 805.88;64710 GRAINGER industrial pvc strip door 227.28;64711 WALTON, JAMES H. Airport Operator Assistant Contract 970.00;64712 WY MOSQUITO MNGT ASSOC WMMA Annual Meeting/Registration 75.00;64713 WY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS retirement 57695.20;64714 WY DEPT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES workers compensation 13952.67
Public Notice No. 6936 published in the Torrington Telegram January 16, 2019.