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City Council Special Meeting Minutes

May 20, 2019

The Special Council meeting of the Douglas City Council was held on Monday, May 20, 2019 9:55 a.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 101 N. 4th Street, Douglas, Wyoming. CALL TO ORDER/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/ROLL CALL: Mayor Kemper called the meeting to order and led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Upon roll call the following were present: Mayor: Rene’ Kemper; Council Members: John Bartling; Monty Gilbreath; Kim Pexton; Karl Hertz. Others Present: City Administrator, Jonathan Teichert; City Clerk, Karen Rimmer; City Treasurer, Mary Nicol; Community Dev. Director, Clara Chaffin; IT Director, Gary Schwarz. Disclosures by City Councilmembers: Mayor Kemper asked for disclosures of any conflicts of interest for Council members. Councilmembers Gilbreath and Pexton both declared conflicts with Council Item 4.I. Joint Powers Board Structure and Funding Terms Determination, Rec Center. Consent Agenda: Councilmember Bartling moved to approve the Consent Agenda as presented: Item 2.I. Corrections, Additions, and Approval of Agenda for May 20, 2019; Item 2.II. Consideration of Resolutions and Ordinances by Title Only; Councilmember Hertz seconded; no discussion and motion approved 5-0. Public Comments: None. Council Items: Item 4.I. Joint Powers Board Structure and Funding Terms Determination, Rec Center: 1. That the City of Douglas, Converse County Commissioners, and Converse County School District #1 develop a new joint Memorandum of Understanding of the operation and maintenance of a new Recreation Center in Douglas; 2. That the preferred organization of the new Recreation Center Joint Powers Board be a 7-member board and have a various composition of seats, which will determine the level of compensation to make up the annual shortfall based on the operations model; 3. That the term of the Joint Powers Board funding model be for the length of the bond issue with the agreement ending on that fiscal year, and that review of the funding model occur every third full fiscal year: Councilmembers Gilbreath and Pexton stepped down from the Council dais and left Council Chambers. Councilmember Bartling moved to approve items 1, 2, and 3 as presented; seconded by Councilmember Hertz. Discussion followed including concerns regarding the City’s ability to fund a recreation center; the need for this to be a decision made by the voters of the community; and a brief explanation of the process from here. No further discussion, and motion approved 3-0 with Councilmembers Gilbreath and Pexton abstaining from the vote.  Councilmembers Gilbreath and Pexton then reentered Council Chambers. Item 4.II. Discussion of Miscellaneous Capital Project Funding, FY2020: Councilmember Hertz moved to approve discussion and capital funding in the amount of $600,000 to Fire Suppression Authority (FSA) for a [training] facility; Councilmember Bartling seconded. Discussion followed including an overview of FSA’s entire FY2020 budget request, for which $600,000 would be specifically for a training facility; features of the potential training facility; the benefit of such a facility for both the citizens and firefighters of our community; that this facility would be utilized as a training facility by other communities thereby creating an economic impact for Douglas; that the City cannot afford to commit this type of funding each year; and that it is the hope of Council that the community will help support this project. No further discussion; motion approved 5-0. Councilmember Gilbreath moved to approve $250,000 for Douglas Youth Hockey (DYH) for an ice rink facility; seconded by Councilmember Pexton. Discussion followed regarding the County Commissioner’s prior verbal commitment to also provide $250,000 to Douglas Youth Hockey’s capital project. Councilmember Gilbreath made a friendly amendment and Councilmember Pexton agreed to second the change to include a stipulation that the City’s $250,000 contribution be contingent upon the County providing $250,000 to DYH as well. Discussion followed regarding support for this project; the DYH organization and how much they fundraise; that this is a one-time contribution and not an ongoing one; and overall support for this project. No further discussion and motion approved 5-0.

Adjourn: Councilmember Pexton moved to adjourn the Special City Council meeting; seconded by Councilmember Hertz; no discussion and motion approved 5-0. Special Council meeting adjourned at 10:09 a.m.


/s/ Karen Rimmer, Clerk        /s/ Rene’ Kemper, Mayor

Publish: May 29, 2019    3273

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