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March Minutes

Minutes of the Proceedings
Board of County Commissioners
Prepared by the Office of the Clerk of Laramie County



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

00 The Laramie County Commissioners met in regular
session Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Those
in attendance were Commissioner Amber Ash,
Chairman; Commissioner K.N. Buck Holmes, Vice-
Chairman; Commissioner Troy Thompson;
Commissioner Linda Heath; Commissioner Ron Kailey;
County Attorney Mark Voss; County Clerk Debbye
Lathrop and Deputy County Clerk Rhonda Bush.

Those signing the register were Rob Geringer, Laramie
County Public Works; Brett Walker, Planning &
Development; Rich Hillegas, Sheriff's Department;
Sandra Newland, Laramie County Grants; Glen
Crumpton, Combined Communication; Tara Rohwer;
Tracy Navarro, UW Extension; Kristi Nagy, UW
Extension; Ellie Riley, UW Extension; Brittany
Johnson, UW Extension; Bill Hassler, Boys & Girls Club;
Tim Barth, Cheyenne Airport; Chuck Rohwer; Mark
Rohwer; Rick Fortney, I.T.; Molly Kruger, CLIMB
Wyoming; Carey Hartmann, Laramie County Library
Sys.; Sue Hollingshead, Laramie County Library Sys;
Chad Rohwer; Bonnie Reider, SCCDA; Tammy
Howard, WYFHOP; Donna Nelson, CLIMB Wyoming;
Ray Fleming Dinneen, CLIMB Wyoming; Boyd
Wiggam, Wyoming Liberty Group; Joe Dougherty, City Transit, Nancy Olson, MPO.

01 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve the
Minutes of Proceedings for March 3, 2015.
Commissioner Holmes seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously.

02 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve mortgage
releases under the WCDA grant program for the
following properties: 4585 Canvas Back Lane, Burns;
10816 Roundtop Road, Cheyenne; and 304 5th
Avenue, Albin. Commissioner Thompson seconded
the motion, which passed unanimously. The releases
are recorded in the Recording Department.

03 Commissioner Holmes moved to ratify a grant
application to the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) for FY 2016 in the amount of
$28,400.36. (Grant funds will be used to pay for
overtime costs associated with selective traffic
enforcement and provide radar equipment to the
Sheriff's Office.) Commissioner Thompson seconded
the motion, which passed unanimously. The
resolution is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

04 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve Amendment
Number One to the Wyoming Department of Family
Services Subgrantee Agreement between Laramie
County and The Boys and Girls Club of Cheyenne
(140902-08) to allow for increased funding in the
amount of $10,000 bringing the total grant award to
$50,000. Commissioner Thompson seconded the
motion, which passed unanimously. The amendment
is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

05 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve Amendment
Number One to the Wyoming Department of Family
Services Subgrantee Agreement between Laramie
County and CLIMB Wyoming of Cheyenne (140902-
09) to allow for increased funding in the amount of
$2,500 bringing the total grant award to $75,360.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. The amendment is filed in
central files with the County Clerk.

06 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a one-year
service contract for the Laramie County Combined
Communications Center between Laramie County and
Grabar Voice & Data for maintenance, repair, and
technical support of the Eventide Recording
Equipment in the amount of $5,180 ending February
24, 2016. Commissioner Thompson seconded the
motion, which passed unanimously. The agreement is

filed in central files with the County Clerk.

07 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a
Maintenance Agreement Renewal for fingerprint
machines in the Booking area of Laramie County
Detention Center in the amount of $5,821 beginning
July 1, 2015 and ending March 31, 2016.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. The agreement is filed in central
files with the County Clerk.

08 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve a
Memorandum of Understanding among Laramie
County, the City of Cheyenne, and Cheyenne Transit
Program in the amount of $19,375 per quarter for a
total amount of $77,500 for Fiscal Year 2016, with the
potential to increase that amount as the budget
process goes forward. Commissioner Holmes seconded
the motion, which passed unanimously. After
obtaining all signatures, the MOU is to be filed in central files with the County Clerk.

09 Commissioner Holmes moved to ratify a grant
application from Laramie County to the Wyoming
Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division
for the DUI Court program to host an Impaired Driver
Assessment (IDA) training, in the amount of $10,000.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. Documentation is filed in central
files with the County Clerk.

10 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve the disposal
of a salvaged mower/broom/trailer by sale to highest
bidder, Bud's Wrecking, in the amount of $635. (Claim
under the WARM property pool) Commissioner
Thompson seconded the motion, which passed
unanimously. Documentation is filed in central files
with the County Clerk.

11 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a
Maintenance Agreement and Addendum between
Laramie County and Meridian Fire & Security to test
and inspect the Fire Alarm detection system at the
Laramie County Juvenile Detention Center in the
amount of $1,137 for a period of one year beginning
July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. The agreement and addendum
is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

12 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a
Maintenance Agreement Renewal and Addendum to
test and inspect the Fire Alarm detection system at the
Laramie County Detention Center in the amount of
$2,912 for one year beginning July 1, 2015 and
ending June 30, 2016. Commissioner Thompson
seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The
agreement and addendum is filed in central files with
the County Clerk.

13 Chairman Ash opened the meeting as a PUBLIC
HEARING to take comment regarding potential
projects for which funding may be applied under the
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Community
Partnership Initiative (TANF/CPI) for Program Year
2016 to run October 1, 2015 through September 30,
2016. Molly Krueger, Climb Wyoming, stated the
purpose of their organization is to provide training to
women and then place them in jobs, so they might
earn a higher wage and make a contribution to the tax
base. She introduced Kristina Kirk who recently
graduated from Climb Wyoming. Ms. Kirk gave an
overview of how her training has helped advance her
career. Climb Wyoming will be requesting funding to
continue their program. Bill Hassler, 1941 E 18th
Street, representing the Boys and Girls Club, stated
they will be requesting funding to continue their after
school and summer programs. They currently serve
over 100 boys and girls and have a waiting list of
another 100. Tammy Howard, Wyoming Home
Ownership Program, stated that since 2007, 21
families and 94 children are now living in their own
homes. The program will be seeking funding again to
continue their services. Hearing no further comment, the Chairman closed the PUBLIC HEARING.

14 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve a
resolution proclaiming April 2015 the Month of the
Military Child. Commissioner Holmes seconded the
motion, which passed unanimously.

15 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve an
Intergovernmental Agreement between the U.S.
Department of Transportation and the Cheyenne
Regional Airport Board for a Small Community Air
Service Development Grant in the amount of
$200,000. Commissioner Heath seconded the motion,
which passed unanimously. The resolution is filed in
central files with the County Clerk.

16 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a
Memorandum of Understanding between Laramie
County, on behalf of the Laramie County Combined
Communications Center, and American Medical
Response Ambulance Service, Inc. for provision of
emergency medical dispatch services, ambulance
dispatch series, and dispatch software to run March 17,
2015 to January 1, 2020. Commissioner Heath
seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The
MOU is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

17 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve an
amendment to contract #131119-08 between Laramie
County and Tyler Technologies, Inc. to change one
module of the Document Pro Software from iDoc Web
Interface to iDoc Market at no cost for the software,
$145 additional for annual maintenance, $1,200
annually for hosting, $300 for staging and up to 10
hours for project management, training, and
implementation. Commissioner Kailey seconded the
motion, which passed unanimously. The amendment
is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

18 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve an
agreement between Laramie County and the Laramie
County Library for point-to-point connectivity of not less
than one gigabit between the Library and County to
include internet services for the Library. (County will
receive monthly fee of $2,000 per month and one time
set-up fee of $1,500) Commissioner Heath seconded
the motion, which passed unanimously. The
agreement is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

19 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a software
and maintenance agreement and addendum between
Laramie County and Brazos Technology Corp. for
website eCitation processing that interfaces with New
World and the State of Wyoming Supreme Court in the
amount of $35,310 for 40 software licenses,
configuration and installation and extended training;
annual maintenance will begin upon completion of
the first year of this agreement. Commissioner Heath
seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The
agreement and addendum is filed in central files with
the County Clerk.

20 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve
agreement between Laramie County and Front Range
Roofing Systems, Inc., for the re-roofing of the Laramie
County Historic Courthouse in the amount of
$197,800. Commissioner Kailey seconded the motion,
which passed unanimously. The agreement is filed in
central files with the County Clerk.

21 Chairman Ash opened the meeting as a PUBLIC
HEARING to take comment on an application for a
Seasonal Fireworks Permit submitted by Jim Landis
d/b/a USA Fireworks located at 102 West College
Drive. Hearing no comment, the Chairman closed the
PUBLIC HEARING. Commissioner Kailey moved to
approve the application. Commissioner Thompson
seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Documentation is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

22 Brett Walker presented an Administrative Appeal of the
Planning Director's decision to not allow a 1950's
vintage mobile home to be replaced with a 2015
manufactured home on property located at 3820
South Greeley Highway. According to Mr. Walker, the
older mobile home was abandoned in 2011; therefore,
the property does not qualify to have another home or

accessory building placed on the property. The
applicants stated that last August they started the
process of removing the old mobile home from the site
in preparation of the lot for placing a new
manufactured home. The older mobile home had
been vacant since 2011. They were informed by the
Planning Department that they had six months to
remove the existing mobile home. As they started to
prepare to do that, they learned they needed to install
water and sewer line and hook up to South Cheyenne
Water and Sewer District. The cost for that was
$20,000 and by the time the applicants acquired the
financing, they had exceeded the 180-day period
specified on the building permit. Mr. Walker clarified
that the document the applicants had was the
application for the building permit and that an actual
building permit had not been issued at this time. The
applicants question why an existing address from the
early 1970's is no longer valid and why they would
have to subdivide the land in order to just replace one
home with a newer home. Mr. Walker stated that the
initial mobile home was installed legally in the 1970s,
however, current code states that once a manufactured
home ceases to be used for housing for a period of
one year, the legal grandfathered use is no longer
good. Mr. Walker stated that the conversations being
referred to between the applicants and the Planning
Department occurred prior to his employment.
Commissioner Thompson clarified for the applicants
that once the mobile home was vacated in 2011, the
grandfather rights ceased. Commissioner Holmes
asked if this could be accomplished by a simple
subdivision and Mr. Walker stated that yes the
applicants would need to do a subdivision. The
applicants asked about the fact that each of the lots
has its own legal description. The question went
unanswered. The applicants asked that they be
allowed to move their new home onto the property and
then be given a year to complete the subdivision of
the property. Commissioner Thompson asked to
discuss without a motion and then went on to state that
there could be no more clear cut case for denial by
the Planning Director but common sense says
otherwise and he is inclined to oppose the Director's
decision. County Attorney Mark Voss said that the
decision for the Board is to reverse or confirm the
decision of the Planning Director and he was providing
that information for a motion. Commissioner Holmes
said he has done some homework on this matter and
that he has a local engineer who is willing to do the
work necessary for subdividing the land at a nominal
fee and he is therefore inclined to confirm the decision
of the Planning Director. Commissioner Kailey stated
the purpose of the appeal process is to hear these
matters on a case by case basis and he supports
Commissioner Thompson's desire. Commissioner
Holmes asked if the subdivision could be accomplished
for $500 or less, would they be willing to go forward
with that. The applicants responded that the property
is owned by their grandfather and that sometime in the
future they may wish to address the entire property
rather than just do a lot split at this time. Commissioner
Thompson moved to reverse the decision of the
Planning Director. Commissioner Kailey seconded the
motion. Commissioner Holmes suggested the
applicants take the time between now and the next
meeting to meet with the property owner and see if he is agreeable to subdividing the property.

The motion passed unanimously.

CERTIFICATION

I, Debra K Lathrop, Clerk of Laramie County, do hereby certify the above to be a true and correct
copy of the Minutes of the Proceedings for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Approved by : Debra K. Lathrop
County Clerk

Reviewed by : Amber Ash, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners

 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

00 The Laramie County Commissioners met in regular
session Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. Those
in attendance were Commissioner Amber Ash,
Chairman; Commissioner K.N. Buck Holmes, Vice-
Chairman; Commissioner Troy Thompson;
Commissioner Linda Heath; Commissioner Ron Kailey;
County Attorney Mark Voss; County Clerk Debbye
Lathrop and Deputy County Clerk Rhonda Bush.

Those signing the register were Bonnie Reider,
SCCDA; Seth Frentheway, CBTPE; Jim Cochran,
LCCD; Gary M. Hickman, CLCHD/Environmental
Health; Nick Trautner, CLCHD/Environmental Health;
Sarah Cook, CLCHD/Environmental Health; Russ
Dahlgren Dahlgren Consulting; George Moser,
Wyoming SEO; Sandra Newland, Laramie County
Grants; Todd Eldridge; Casey Palma, Steil Surveying;
Mike Smith; Lucas High, Wyoming Tribune Eagle;
Elizabeth Lanier

01 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve the
Minutes of Proceedings for February 17, 2015.
Commissioner Holmes seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously.

02 Commissioner Heath moved to approve the following
part-time salaries in the amount of $27,986.82 for
February 2015: Planning, $630.00; Public Works,
$200,00; Shooting Sports Center, $3,731.06;
Buildings/ Grounds, $13,617.74; Sheriff Operations,
$1,390.00; Detention Operations, $6,685.62; Coroner,
$1,150.00; Drug Court, $582.40. Commissioner
Thompson seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.

03 Commissioner Heath moved to approve warrants in the
amount of $1,364,180.15 for February 2015.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. Documentation is filed in central
files with the County Clerk.

04 Commissioner Heath moved to approve the following
fees collected by various County entities for January
2015: Clerk of District Court, $9,265.55; Circuit Court,
$54,032.00; Planning and Development, $32,797.12;
County Clerk, $130,130.71; Drug Court, $475.00; DUI
Court, $760.00; Shooting Range, $19,596.38; Sheriff's
Department, $202,308.99. Commissioner Thompson
seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.
Documentation is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

05 Commissioner Heath moved to approve a Malt
Beverage Permit submitted by Cheyenne Therapeutic
Equestrian Center for a fund raiser to be held April 25,
2015 at the Archer Complex. Commissioner
Thompson seconded the motion, which passed
unanimously. Documentation is filed in central files
with the County Clerk.

06 Commissioner Heath moved to approve a
Memorandum of Understanding among Laramie
County, City of Cheyenne, and the Cheyenne Board of
Public Utilities to continue coordination of the GIS
services within the Cooperative GIS Program.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. The MOU is filed in central files
with the County Clerk.

07 Commissioner Heath moved to approve a resolution
recommending the appointment of Rendy Lemke as
an assistant public defender. Commissioner
Thompson seconded the motion, which passed
unanimously. The resolution is filed in central files
with the County Clerk.

08 Commissioner Heath moved to approve a Right-of-
Way, Utility, and Railroad Certificate regarding the
pavement overlay work on County Road 162 from the

intersection of Highways 215 and 216 to the Goshen
County Line. Commissioner Thompson seconded the
motion, which passed unanimously. The certificate is
filed in central files with the County Clerk.

09 Commissioner Heath moved to approve an agreement
between Laramie County and Safehouse Services, Inc.
for the donation of a 1996 Ford Windstar van
(VIN#2FMDA5147TBB60839) to Safehouse Services,
Inc. Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion,
which passed unanimously. The agreement is filed in
central files with the County Clerk.

10 Commissioner Holmes moved to approve a Grant
Agreement between the State of Wyoming State Loan
and Investment Board and Laramie County to increase
grant funds for the Historic Courthouse Roof project in
the amount of $75,000 bringing the total grant funds
to $181,430 along with the $20,000 from insurance
funds to bring the total project balance to $201,430.
Commissioner Thompson seconded the motion, which
passed unanimously. After obtaining all signatures,
the agreement is to be filed in central files with the County Clerk.

11 Commissioner Thompson moved to approve an
addendum to agreement #140218-07 between
Laramie County and the City of Cheyenne to increase
the reimbursement amount of Laramie County's share
of costs on the Polk Avenue Project for those portions
that have not been annexed into the City by
$45,943.24, brining the reimbursement amount from
$277,958.36 to $323,901.60. Commissioner Holmes
seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The
addendum is filed in central files with the County Clerk.

12 Commissioner Heath moved to approve the Laramie
County Liquor License fees for 2015/2016 as
presented. Commissioner Thompson seconded the
motion, which passed unanimously. Documentation is
filed in central files with the County Clerk.

13 Brett Walker, Planning Manager, presented a
Subdivision Permit and Plat for Meadowlark Ridge
Estates, a portion of the East 1/2 of Section 31,
T.15N., R.67W., of the 6th P.M., Laramie County,
Wyoming. (located adjacent to and north of Horse
Creek Road, east of County Road 118A) Mr. Walker
reviewed the staff report that was originally presented
at the previous Board meeting. Mr. Walker stated the
department still recommends the following conditions:
1) prior to signatures being affixed to the Final Plat,
the applicant shall provide a "non-adverse" letter
indicating WYDEQ concurrence with the proposed plat;
2) Prior to signatures being affixed to the Final Plat,
the applicant shall provide
"Proposed Road Construction Standards" for all public
rights-of-way within this plat (including existing CR
216) AND the applicant shall provide a "Maintenance
Plan" meeting the approval of the County Engineer
and County Public Works
Director; 3) Clerical errors on the plat shall be
corrected, to include: all dates on the plat shall be
changed to 2015, and metes and bounds surrounding
the proposed platted area shall be added, prior to
recordation. Casey Palma, agent for the applicant,
stated that the density has been reduced on the
revised plan and that the developer has met with
Planning and Public Works on the road standards, but
there is not yet anything in writing. He further stated
that the southern most cul de sac adjacent to lots 2, 3,
and 4 could be built to an 80-foot ROW.
Commissioner Thompson stated that he does not
believe the revised plat meets the recommended
minimum lot size of 5.17 acres and asked if one more
lot could be removed to meet the recommended
standard. Mr. Palma stated he believed the reduction
could be accomplished. Commissioners Kailey and
Holmes asked about water usage. Mr. Jim Cochran,
Laramie County Conservation District, stated their
recommendation of a minimum lot size of 10 acres
was only applicable to the Laramie County water
control area. At the request of Commissioner
Thompson, George Moser, State Engineer's Office,

spoke to the AMAC memo about minimum lot size
recommendation. Commissioner Thompson asked Mr.
Moser to talk about the science and modeling behind
the AMAC study. Mr. Moser stated the model is
intended to address the control area, however, it can
be applied to the geology and demands of wells
placed into the aquifer with the intent of calibrating
toward an estimated recharge. Based on precipitation
trends and geology, the model comes up with
infiltration rates and they are then asked how the
consumptive use demands in a rural setting could be
offset by lot size. There are a number of assumptions
that are noted in the AMAC memo based on
consumptive uses if there was no water being used
outside the home. However, the model indicated that
an average size of five acres can be believable, but it
is variable across the county. Commissioner
Thompson asked if the AMAC memo is the best
available data to use in reviewing subdivisions. Mr.
Moser stated he supposed it is. Commissioner Holmes
asked if the model took into account some average
size of lawn area or livestock of any type. Mr. Moser
stated the memo comes to the conclusion that the area
to be watered is 6500 square feet with a one foot
column of water, but no livestock watering. In response
to a question about gray water infiltration into the
ground water from Commissioner Kailey, Mr. Mosher
stated he is not qualified to speak to water quality.
Gary Hickman, Environmental Health, gave statistics
on how septic tank size is determined. He further
stated there is no gray water in the county, it is all
black water. The Health Department/Environmental
lot size recommendation comes from the amount of
area needed to separate the well from the septic tank
and at this time it is 5 acres gross, not net of rights of
way or other public space. Chairman Ash opened the
meeting as a PUBLIC HEARING. Todd Eldridge
referred to Chapter 23 of a report by Russ Dahlgren
that stated there may be some nitrate infiltration into
the water system and that there is expectation of
contamination from the chloride and nitrate
concentrations in North Cheyenne and that the area
residents are asking for lot sizes to be between 7 and 8
acres to reduce the proximity of leech fields. Mr. Russ
Dahlgren stated he had done the Chapter 23 feasibility
report and some of the language in his report is CYA
language and is included in all his reports. He stated
there is at least 200 foot of soil to provide for adequate
filtration of the effluent. He does not believe there Is
any more of an imminent threat to area homeowners
than there own private water and sewer systems. The
Ogallala formation is the best in the county and
beneath it is the White River formation that does not
have as much sand. He stated water supply really isn't
an issue other than how deep a well might be drilled.
Fairly typical is 500 or 600 foot deep. Commissioner
Thompson asked about the existing wells on the
property and Mr. Dahlgren stated those wells were
studied and that the DEQ requires one percolation test
per every three lots and those tests determine how the
water goes into the soils for determining the size of the
leech field. Hearing no further comment, the
Chairman closed the PUBLIC HEARING.
Commissioner Thompson moved to approve the
Subdivision Permit and Plat for Meadowlark Ridge
with the following conditions: 1) Prior to signatures
being affixed to the Final Plat, the applicant shall
provide a "non-adverse" letter indication WYDEQ
concurrence with the proposed plat; 2) Prior to
signatures being affixed to the Final Plat, the
applicant shall provide "Proposed Road Construction
Standards" for all public rights-of-way within this plat
(including existing CR 216) AND the applicant shall
provide a "Maintenance Plan" meeting the approval of
the County Engineer and County Public Works
Director. Furthermore, all access easements intended
and constructed as private roads will be 80' wide and
constructed to County standards; 3) Clerical errors on
the plat shall be corrected, to include: all dates on the
plat shall be changed to 2015, and metes and bounds
surrounding the proposed platted area shall be added,
prior to recordation; 4) The subdivision will contain 37 residential lots. Commissioner Holmes seconded the motion, which passed by a vote of three in favor and two opposed with Commissioners Heath and Kailey casting the dissenting vote.

 

CERTIFICATION

I, Debra K Lathrop, Clerk of Laramie County, do hereby certify the above to be a true and correct
copy of the Minutes of the Proceedings for Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Approved by : Debra K. Lathrop
County Clerk

Reviewed by : Amber Ash, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners


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