The Buffalo City Council met in Regular Session in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Present were Mayor Schrader, Councilman Camino, Councilman Hart, Councilman Haskins and Councilman Madsen. Mayor Schrader called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Haskins moved to approve the agenda. Councilman Hart seconded. Motion carried. Councilman Hart moved to approve the September 21, 2021 regular meeting minutes. Councilman Madsen seconded. Motion carried.
Craig Cope addressed council about a recent media article outlining the plans the Bighorn National Forest has for weeds and sagebrush. Cope called attention to one of the proposed methods to control mountain sagebrush which would use aerial sprayed chemicals that could affect the city water supply. Cope asked council to consider how they would ensure the chemicals don’t end up in the city water supply, what monitoring would be done to ensure the water supply isn’t affected, and how the city would share concerns with the Forest Service to protect the municipal watershed. Cope also asked if the Forest Service had contacted the city council or staff for input on the control of sagebrush through the use of chemicals.
Mayor Schrader recommended the city implement the following items with regard to the trailhead parking lot on Turkey Lane: 1) post no parking signs on the portion of Turkey Lane crossing lands owned by the City; 2) post a closure of the trail parking lot from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.; 3) post a “No Overnight Camping” sign at the parking area; 4) move the sign on HWY 16 west to the next existing trail access point or a newly constructed parking lot at the City’s discretion; 5) remove the Turkey Lane Access Point information from the Buffalo Trails maps and online trail information; 6) apply dust mitigation material on Turkey Lane. Councilman Haskins moved to approve the recommendations. Councilman Madsen seconded. Motion carried.
Ben Kirven, City Attorney, answered council questions about the energy contract for the hydroelectric generator and confirmed the Buell lot split had been approved by the Planning & Zoning Board.
Terry Asay, Building Inspector, announced 29 building permits had been issued in September and two proposed County subdivisions that lie in the extraterritorial zone of the City would be presented for Council consideration at the Oct 19 council meeting.
Police Chief Jason Carder presented a written monthly report of department activities.
Mayor Schrader gave the following updates on the major construction projects: bore drilling on the Buffalo Wells project would begin next Thursday; punch list items are being addressed on the Fetterman/Burritt project, storm drain has been installed on Flatiron to the Flagstaff/Flatiron intersection and paving continues on Cinema and Flagstaff and the required contract documents had been signed for the Bozeman Waterline Project.
Mark Bedford, Big Horn Surveying, announced the pulverizing on Klondike Drive Overlay Project was completed today and the emulsion additives would be processed Friday with a scheduled project completion date of Oct 27.
There being no oral or written comments Mayor Schrader announced a City/County meeting Oct 19 @ 7 a.m, a City Council meeting Oct 19 @ 5 p.m., a Planning & Zoning Board meeting Oct 26 @ 1 p.m., and City Hall will be closed Oct 11.
Councilman Haskins moved to approve the following bills for payment: NCPERS Wyoming, insurance – 144.00; Ace Hardware, supply – 458.82; Aflac, agreement – 424.80; American Linen, supply – 229.88; Bald Mountain Sanitation, contract – 2,800.00; Barnum Inc., contract – 206,293.35; Big Horn Tire, supply – 828.59; Bloedorn Lumber, supply – 69.60; Blue Cross/Blue Shield, insurance – 43,855.00; Buffalo Athletic Club, contract – 300.00; Buffalo Bulletin, supply – 678.50; Buffalo Children’s Center, agreement – 798.43; Capital Business Systems, supply – 386.92; Centurylink, supply – 41.63; Chappell’s Windows & Cleaning, service – 36.00; CHS Inc By-Products, supply – 20,096.36; Clear Creek Printers, supply – 232.85; Contractor’s Supply – 23.42; Dana Kepner Company, supply – 8,530.76; Kerry Diefenderfer, service – 360.00; DJ’s Thriftway, supply – 245.44; Delta Dental of Wyoming, insurance – 2,076.00; Range, supply – 371.00; Jefferson Glass, reimbursement – 139.25; Nancy Hall, service – 260.00; Jo Co Solid Waste District, supply – 19,596.75; KBJ Economic Development, agreement – 13,457.72; Macomb County Friend of the Court, agreement – 257.70; Metron-Farnier, supply – 615.15; Michelena Automotive, supply – 777.51; Kathy Money, supply – 48.00; Montana Dakota Utilities, supply – 1,025.98; Mountain Auto Supply, supply – 676.98; MTR Ranch Supply, supply – 573.30; Nelson Engineering, contract – 58,998.30; NorMont Equipment, supply – 383.99; Oil X Change, supply – 145.76; Orchard Trust, agreement – 1,215.00; O’Reilly Auto Parts, supply – 145.00; PDS, supply – 345.25; Reese and Rays IGA, supply – 12.13; Rocky Mountain Power, supply – 5,593.87; Servall Uniform & Linen, supply – 134.00; Smith Psychological Services, supply – 400.00; St Francis Animal Shelter, agreement – 12,629.00; Top Office Products, supply – 46.66; Visa, supply – 208.77; Visionary Broadband, supply – 175.17; VSP of Wyoming, supply – 471.76; WWC Engineering, contract – 4,228.11; WY Child Support Enforcement, agreement – 563.47; WY Retirement System, retirement – 32,440.11; WY Workers’ Safety & Comp, insurance – 2,876.21; WY Educators’ Benefit Trust, insurance – 354.38; Wyoming APCO Chapter, supply – 150.00.
Councilman Madsen seconded. Motion carried.
Councilman Camino moved to adjourn the meeting at 5:17 p.m. Councilman Haskins seconded. Motion carried