City Council Proceedings
May 1, 2023
The governing body of the City of Powell met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on May 1, 2023, in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Council President Tim Sapp called the meeting to order, and the following were present: Council Members Tim Sapp, Floyd Young, Steven Lensegrav, Lesli Spencer, Zane Logan and Geoff Hovivian. Absent Mayor John Wetzel. City Officials: City Administrator Zack Thorington, City Clerk Tiffany Brando and City Attorney Sandee Kitchen.
Approval of Agenda: Councilman Logan moved to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Spencer, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Approval of April 17, 2023 minutes: Councilman Young moved to approve as presented, seconded by Councilman Lensegrav, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Bills and Claims: Councilman Lensegrav made a motion the bills be allowed and authorize the Treasurer to draw warrants for payment of the same, seconded by Councilman Young, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
Contractor Business License Requirements update on towns of similar size: City Administrator Thorington gave and update on similar sized towns as provided by City staff and most have more staff. Jaime and Jesse Blankenship spoke on the online list for the City and some showing expired insurance, Administrator Thorington indicated it’s a list of registered contractors. Kade Richmond and Erik Petersen asked for more information on the issue with the current registration requirements. Jesse Blankenship spoke on the need for the city to have stricter rules and at minimum require bonding. Administrator Thorington indicated few towns required bonding and Councilman Logan spoke regarding the changes and requirements for registration and when they were implemented 20+ years ago. Councilman Logan stated it needs to be a much bigger discussion if it were to change to include all contractors, he also indicated that electrical requirements are through the State of Wyoming and while it has been looked at the state has not required plumbing license as of this time. After reviewing information, the only thing that may be looked at is increasing insurance requirements. The rest of the Council does not see a reason to change the registration process to a license as it is currently working.
Ordinance 6.04.050 Chicken Permit Discussion: Eliana Rothleutner spoke and would like to request an increase to the permitting of chickens from the current four (4) allowed in town and stated the lack of production in the winter as a factor. Council President Sapp spoke on the current ordinance and other communities don’t’ allow any chickens in town. It was asked how many were currently permitted, and Administrator Thorington indicated approximately five (5) permits. Councilman Logan cautioned on the original ordinance and time and effort that went into allowing any chickens in city limits and if it is increased could cause more problems and complaints. Councilman Hovivian did not see an issue with increasing by just a few. Councilwoman Spencer spoke on the initial ordinance and would not want to push the threshold and have them completely taken away. Councilman Lensegrav spoke on speaking out against chickens in town originally before being on council. Council President Sapp stated with so few permits it is hard to make an exception for a few. Committee Updates: Councilman Logan WMPA. Proclamation 54th Anniversary Municipal Clerks Week April 30-May 6, 2023 Councilman Logan moved to approve, seconded by Councilman Hovivian, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Powell Country Club, Inc, Agreement: Administrator Thorington gave update to the agreement and change was to remove garbage service. Councilman Hovivian moved to approve and authorize all necessary signatures, seconded by Councilman Lensegrav, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Bid Award 7th Street Boring: Administrator Thorington indicated they had two qualified bidders and is requesting the bid award to J&J Construction for $75,770.00. Councilman Lensegrav moved to approve and authorize all necessary signatures, seconded by Councilman Young, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. General Announcements: Reminder budget work session May 4th at 2:30 p.m.
There being no further business to be considered at this meeting, Councilman Hovivian moved to adjourn, seconded by Councilwoman Spencer, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Council President Sapp adjourned the regular meeting at 6:25 p.m.
/s/ Tim Sapp , Council President
/s/ Tiffany Brando, City Clerk
Publ., Tues., May 9, 2023