City of Torrington )
County of Goshen )
State of Wyoming )
The Torrington City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 in the City Council Chambers at 436 East 22nd Ave. at 7:00 p.m. Present: Mayor Adams, Council Members Kelly, Kinney, Patterson and Steinbock. Also Present: Clerk/Treasurer Strecker, Attorney Eddington, Director of Public Works Harkins, Chief of Police Johnson, Electrical Supervisor Youtz and Deputy City Clerk Anaya.
Mayor Adams called the meeting to order.
Councilman Patterson led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mayor Adams led the session with informational announcements on the following items: 1. Weather updates; 2. COVID-19 updates and recommendations; 3. COVID-19 vaccine clinic update; 4. Reminder to the public to be cautious and mindful of the presence of children on the streets as schools are back in session. Request to the public to refrain from using their cell phones while driving; 5. Rotary Club/City of Torrington additional crosswalk and signage project update; 6. Request to the public to please refrain from putting garbage in the grass bins; 7. Reminder to the public that the Elk Eco Cycle Recycling Center is open and is accepting cardboard, separated paper products and aluminum cans. The site is located at 310 Curtis Avenue and is open Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 8. Homesteader’s Museum Boo-Seum update; 9. Safety Treat Night and Trunk or Treat event update; 10. City project/ARPA funding update; 11. General Election (11-08-22) reminder; 12. Mayor and City Council candidate update; 13. Storm water utility/November 2022 ballot update; and 14. Announcement that Chief of Police Matthew Johnson and Apprentice Lineman IV Michael Schuler have been nominated for Goshen County Economic Development Community Awards.
Councilman Kelly moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the consent agenda which includes the minutes from the 10-18-22 Council meeting as published and all actions therein be ratified. Motion carried unanimously.
Councilman Patterson moved and Councilwoman Steinbock seconded to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Adams presented for approval the following appointments: Health Insurance Committee – Christine Nichols, Indefinite; Investment Committee – Christine Nichols, Indefinite; and Wage Committee – Christine Nichols, Indefinite. Councilman Kinney moved and Councilwoman Steinbock seconded to approve the appointments as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Adams presented for approval the following appointment: Performance Evaluation Committee – Silvia Anaya. Expiration of Term: 12-31-22. Councilman Patterson moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the appointment as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Ethan Fitch with the Mint Bar requested approval of a catering permit for a Farm Girls Boutique Holiday Open House to be held on 11-03-22 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 134 East 21st Avenue. Chief of Police Johnson stated that due to an advertising miscommunication, the applicant is requesting to adjust the permit times to commence at 6:00 p.m. and terminate at 8:00 p.m. Councilman Patterson moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the catering permit as amended. Mr. Fitch addressed the Mayor and Council. He asked for the City of Torrington to consider providing a bus service for the residents of the community to utilize as a safe ride home option. Mayor Adams thanked Mr. Fitch for his comment and advised that it would be taken into consideration. Motion carried unanimously.
Ethan Fitch with the Mint Bar requested approval of a catering permit for a Goshen County Library 100 Year Celebration to be held on 12-01-22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 2001 East A Street. Councilwoman Steinbock moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the catering permit as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Jan Harvey with BZ Hospitality, LLC requested approval of a catering permit for a Goshen County Start Up Program Event to be held on 11-10-22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 3200 West C Street. Councilman Kinney moved and Councilman Patterson seconded to approve the catering permit as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Jan Harvey with BZ Hospitality, LLC requested approval of a catering permit for a Goshen County Economic Development Annual Meeting to be held on 11-17-22 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 2042 Main Street (21st & Main). Councilwoman Steinbock moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the catering permit as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read a proclamation declaring November 14-20, 2022 as National Apprenticeship Week in the City of Torrington, Wyoming. It raises awareness of the vital role Registered Apprenticeships provide in creating opportunities by allowing apprentices to earn while they learn and preparing a pathway to well-paying careers in the City of Torrington, Wyoming and across the nation. Electrical Supervisor Youtz introduced his apprentice, Benseslado Cantu, to the Mayor and Council. Councilwoman Steinbock moved and Councilman Kinney seconded to approve the proclamation as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Director of Public Works (DPW) Harkins presented for approval an Agreement for Professional Services with M.C. Schaff and Associates, Inc. He stated that the agreement is to provide services in response to a Request for Qualifications that the City advertised on 09-14-22 and 09-21-22. The agreement will retain M.C. Schaff and Associates under a five (5) year contract to perform engineering services for the Torrington Municipal Airport. DPW Harkins indicated that the selection committee’s recommendation to retain M.C. Schaff and Associates is due to their familiarity with the airport and the fact that they are currently performing very well in that capacity. Councilman Steinbock inquired about the costs associated with the services outlined in the agreement. DPW Harkins responded that the agreement is strictly a contract to perform services, it is not financially binding. Costs will be determined as work is established and addendums to the agreement will be created to cover the scopes of the work identified. The Mayor and Council will then have the opportunity to review and approve or deny the addendums as they are created and presented for approval. Councilman Kinney moved and Councilman Kelly seconded to approve the Agreement for Professional Services with M.C. Schaff and Associates, Inc. as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Attorney Eddington read Resolution No. 2022-13. Clerk/Treasurer Strecker stated that the resolution will amend the FY23 Budget for expenditures in excess of the budgeted amount. The amended amount will account for the following: GF: Parks – Acquisition Expense ($50,000.00) and Water Fund: Misc. Revenue ($50,000.00). Clerk/Treasurer Strecker commented that the amendment will compensate for the transfer of the building located at 3695 Bighorn Street from the Water Department to the Parks Department that was approved at the 10-18-22 Council meeting. Councilman Patterson moved and Councilwoman Steinbock seconded to approve Resolution No. 2022-13 as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Clerk/Treasurer Strecker presented for approval the 2023 Health Insurance Renewal Proposal. She stated that the Health Insurance Committee met with Brian Hillier of Health Benefit Advisors 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 indicated that the City’s employee health plan has had a heavy claim year thus far. She commented that the stop-loss carriers have not completed the medical review of the City’s account yet, but they gave preliminary renewal numbers that indicate that the City will see a minimum increase of $30,000.00 in its specific premium. Clerk/Treasurer Strecker stated that the committee would like to propose a health plan design change increasing the out-of-pocket maximum of employees by $500.00 for single and $1,000.00 for family. She indicated that the proposed increase would bring the single out-of-pocket maximum to $4,000.00 and the family out-of-pocket maximum to $8,000.00. Clerk/Treasurer Strecker commented that Mr. Hillier estimates that the proposed plan change will reduce costs by about $30,000.00. She stated that the committee has been proactive in keeping up with anticipated increases to the City’s plan, and indicated that the committee believes that the City’s current reserve level is sufficient to cover future unexpected losses until the next fiscal year budget. Councilman Patterson moved and Councilwoman Steinbock seconded to approve the 2023 Health Insurance Renewal Proposal as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
The bills from 10-19-22 to 11-01-22 were presented for payment. Councilwoman Steinbock moved and Councilman Patterson seconded to approve the bills for payment as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Mayor Adams asked for public comments, questions or concerns.
A student from Eastern Wyoming College greeted the Mayor and Council and introduced himself. He stated that he was observing the Council meeting for his political science class.
Ryan Kath thanked the City of Torrington for their 2022 2Shot Pit Sponsorship.
Councilwoman Steinbock moved and Councilman Kinney seconded that there being no further business to come before the Mayor and Council to adjourn at 7:41 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
The following bills were approved for payment: 68810 Void;68811 Void;69095 Void;69282 Void;69414 Void;69506 Void;69705 Void;69830 Void;70111 Void;70137 Void;70569 Void;70570 Void; 74703 AFLAC payroll withholding 453.48;74704 AT&T MOBILITY cardiac monitor transmission fees 33.46;74705 BLACK HILLS ENERGY utilities-gas 1184.73;74706 NCPERS GROUP LIFE INS payroll withholding 80.00;74707 CIRCUIT COURT OF GOSHEN CO payroll withholding 393.57;74708 CITY OF TORRINGTON payroll withholding 45.00;74709 CO STATE TREASURY unclaimed property 30.69;74710 DENT, DAVID A. Golf Pro Payable 2298.36;74711 GOSHEN CO DISTRICT COURT CLERK payroll withholding 100.00;74712 GREAT-WEST TRUST CO LLC payroll withholding 1293.00;74713 MERITAIN HEALTH INC. premium-ins/life admin 45553.43;74714 VIAERO WIRELESS cell phones,wireless hotspots 691.56;74715 NEW YORK LIFE payroll withholding 359.37;74716 CITY OF TORRINGTON c/o PINNACLE BANK health reserve non-insured PR employee premium/MT positions 10386.25;74717 REGIONAL CARE INC. select flex admin 96.00;74718 SOUTH DAKOTA STATE TREASURER unclaimed property 9.58;74719 STANDARD INSURANCE CO premium-long term disability 2290.58;74720 STATE OF INDIANA unclaimed property 5.48;74721 TORRINGTON EMPLOYEES INSURANCE premium 100686.72;74722 WY DEPT OF REVENUE sales tax 27914.24;74723 WY STATE TREASURER unclaimed property 166.86;74724 HOWELL, SARAH J. deposit refund 35.66;74725 GIESE, MARLON deposit refund 121.35;74726 MCDANIEL, JOE & TERI credit refund 178.65;74727 GASSELING, BRANDON reimb-work boots 160.00;74728 CHEYENNE BEVERAGE deposit refund 1125.28;74729 STURGEON, RUSTY reimb-proof of rabies vaccination 50.00; 74730 STERKEL, DUSTY property cleanup 118.75;74731 HUNT, TROY reimb-proof of rabies vaccination 50.00;74732 PEREZ, MARK deposit refund 86.52;74733 TROXEL, TOM mileage reimb 166.72;74734 TORRINGTON SAGE APT deposit refund 96.78;74735 ARROW ELECTRIC OF TORRINGTON repairs on river pump 368.00;74736 ACCENT WIRE-TIE baler repair parts 304.38;74737 ACCUSCREEN MOBILE DRUG TESTING SERVICES rapid screen drug test 28.00;74738 ACTION INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO work boots 202.49;74739 AMAZON CAPITAL SERVICES candy,projector bulb,safety glasses,file folders,wrench tool 339.74;74740 AT&T MOBILITY modem for ambulance 40.04;74741 EAC SUBMISSIONS electronic claims submission 85.80;74742 PET WASTE ELIMINATORS steel mesh waste receptacle 131.99;74743 BARNES LAW LLC Court Appointed Attorney 280.00;74744 BENCHMARK OF TORRINGTON P.C. Torr-Hoch-Wasser Addition Project 756.75;74745 BLACK HILLS ENERGY gas line to shop & purchasing 4532.94;74746 BLOEDORN LUMBER CO-TORRINGTON screws,stakes,screwdriver bit,nails,fasteners,rug doctor rental/ cleaner,expansion joint,cable ties,poly insert coupling 161.45;74747 BOB RUWART MOTORS latch decklid 74.45;74748 BOMGAARS SUPPLY INC. push brooms,diesel can,pump,elbows,sleeve/stop/ thimble,pants,solar salt,cut off wheels,inkzall marker,ear tag,sawzall blades,adapters,nipple,wick, flashlights,hi-viz knife,bait stations,organizer,hole saw kit,drill bits,nuts,washers,control,slip hook,quick links,chains,soldering iron,hose barb,spray paint,hog panels,cat litter,antifreeze,heater 1424.57;74749 CITY OF TORRINGTON recording fees 105.00;74750 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ambulance supplies 15.64; 74751 COMPUTERSHARE TRUST CO CWMEPS bond/interest payment 233042.89;74752 FLATHEAD COMMUNICATIONS radios,antenna,rechargeable batteries 3986.05;74753 CUMMINS INC. troubleshoot genset/repair 4024.77;74754 DANA KEPNER CO INC. mcdonald plugs w/ lids,water meter 7142.30;74755 DECKER, STEVE paint,insecticides,herbicides,fertilizer 6165.00;74756 DEINES IRRIGATION INC. wedge tite dresser couplers,pvc pipe 279.20;74757 DOOLEY OIL INC. oil 799.83;74758 E P CONSTRUCTION curb & gutter 2255.76;74759 ECI LLC Cold Springs 15kV UG Distribution Feeders Project 25052.38;74760 ENERGY LABORATORIES INC. lab testing 297.70;74761 ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS & ACCES heavy duty pressure washer 220.92;74762 FASTENAL CO batteries,ear plugs 59.44;74763 FUEL MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS airport-fuel tank testing,new cap 1114.56;74764 PRO QUALITY PEST CONTROL rodent control 60.00;74765 HACH CO equitransferrant ph7 buffer 264.52;74766 IDEAL LINEN/BLUFFS FACILITY SOLUTION trash bags,paper towels,toilet paper 1205.52;74767 J-BUILT HOMES INC. FY23 Golf Course Parking Lot Improvements Project 59166.90;74768 JCG TECHNOLOGIES INC. support services-Liberty Court/Meeting Recorder 975.00;74769 JOE JOHNSON EQUIPMENT LLC air cleaner cap 178.87;74770 KOIS BROTHERS EQUIPMENT CO roller & bushing 961.72;74771 NE SAFETY AND FIRE EQUIPMENT INC. fire extinguisher inspections/hydrotests/recharges 3194.00;74772 ENVIRO SERVICES INC. lab analysis 74.00;74773 THE L L JOHNSON DIST CO air cleaner assy 285.47;74774 REGENCY MIDWEST VENTURES LIMITED PARTNER lodging-WWQPCA Conference 792.00;74775 RICHEY, MICHAEL Airport Operator Contract 1666.66;74776 ROSE BROTHERS INC. washer,idler,hex bolt,stabilizer,flange nut 61.01;74777 SAM'S CLUB/SYCHRONY BANK dust off compressed gas dusters 44.98;74778 SNELL SERVICES INC. repair to shop heaters 270.00;74779 SOUTH TORRINGTON WATER & SEWER DISTRICT museum-water/sewer 409.19;74780 STUART C IRBY CO stand off arms/brackets 1023.00;74781 SOUTHWESTERN EQUIPMENT CO coil/air valve,spring latch,air actuator,diode,pressure switch 1017.72;74782 TORRINGTON FIRE DEPT professional services 800.00;74783 TORRINGTON OFFICE SUPPLY planner,sharpies,toner cartridge,pens, copy paper 133.35;74784 TRANE U.S. INC. inspection/repair 1997.00;74785 TWO SHOT GOOSE HUNT 2022 2shot pit sponsorship 150.00;74786 CENTURYLINK TVFD phone,data lines 2592.19;74787 VERIZON WIRELESS cell phones 566.05;74788 W A M C A T caselle training 200.00;74789 GRAINGER fire extinguisher cabinet 98.99;74790 WY BRAND INDUSTRIES business cards 30.00;74791 DEPT OF FAMILY SERVICES return ERAP payment 53.26;74792 RESPOND FIRST AID SYSTEMS OF WY 1st aid kit supplies 334.51;74793 WY LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY FTO development training 616.00;74794 WY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS Torr Vol EMT Pension 37.50;74795 WY RETIREMENT SYSTEMS retirement 72261.23;74796 DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES workers compensation 4806.54;74797 ZELL HEATING & COOLING LLC service & repair 316.43
Public Notice No. 8384 published in the Torrington Telegram on November 11, 2022.