City Council Proceedings
October 5, 2020
The governing body of the City of Powell met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. on October 5, 2020 in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Mayor Wetzel called the meeting to order and the following were present: Mayor John Wetzel, Council Members Floyd Young, Scott Mangold, Lesli Spencer and Steven Lensegrav. Absent Councilman Tim Sapp. City Officials: City Administrator Zack Thorington, City Clerk Tiffany Brando, Deputy Attorney Scott Kath, DPW Ben Hubbard and Finance Director Kaela Nelson. Approval of Agenda: Councilwoman Spencer moved to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by Councilman Lensegrav, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Approval of September 21, 2020 minutes and September 16, 2020 work session minutes: Councilman Young moved to approve both minutes as presented, seconded by Councilwoman Spencer, 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 Councilwoman Spencer, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
Resolution No. 15, 2020: Waiver of Open Container Oct. 9th at Sage Brews Wine & Spirits. Councilman Lensegrav moved to approve, seconded by Councilwoman Spencer, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Request Waiver of Fees: Building Permit fees 577 N Day St Mountain Spirit Habitat for Humanity request to waive $1,820 in fees. Councilwoman Spencer moved to approve waiver of fees request, seconded by Councilman Lensegrav, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
Financial Audit Report FY 19/20: James B. Seckman of Seckman & Thomas Certified Public Accountants, PC gave the report on the City of Powell’s financials for FY 19/20 and is a clean report and thanked Finance Director Nelson. Discussion Slaughter and Meat Processing Plant 887 E North St.: Rebekah Burns, PEP Executive Director gave and update on the proposed slaughter and meat processing plant. Jim Marquez, resident in area of proposed site spoke on business adjacent to houses, concerns of smell, mosquitos and flies increased in summer and concerns on notifications not sent to residents. Mayor Wetzel addressed concerns and it would take an ordinance change and this is the first step in the process. Tammy Howard expressed concern on living next to a slaughter house and increased traffic for kids riding bikes and walking to school. Also concerns on property value with proposed slaughter house. Rebekah Burns addressed that the concerns would be a part of a mitigation plan to be presented at the Oct. 19th meeting and emphasized the agricultural community that is Powell. David Peterson, Co-owner of Proud Cut and proposed owner of slaughter and meat processing plant explained the plan for the slaughter days and spoke to the infrastructure in town vs outside of city limits as a draw for the proposed area. Bill Hodgkiss voiced concerns on smell, manure on streets, flies and noise. Val Murray with Murraymere Farms spoke on current shipping of beef to Colorado and the project of Wyoming Beef in Taiwan pre COVID and the opportunity to keep Wyoming Beef in Wyoming. David Northrup with Northrup Farms spoke in support of the project. Rebekah Burns spoke on area zoned as industrial and discussion with NWC meats department. Jose Garcia voiced concerns on staffing; as staffing at family owned meat processing plant has been difficult for them and the training is extensive from when the animal arrives until processed. Heath Streeter spoke on NWC and would like to see this type of program at NWC succeed.
Ordinance No. 4, 2020: An Ordinance Amending Section 17.04.010 of the Powell City Code Pertaining to the Definition of Two Family Dwellings. Deputy Attorney Kath reviewed the changes and has been approved by Planning & Zoning. DPW Hubbard spoke on benefit to clarify understandings on the current zoning on two separate structures to be called a duplex and disallows a breezeway structure connected two existing structures. Councilman Mangold moved to approve on first reading, seconded by Councilman Lensegrav, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
PCSD#1 Related Services Agreement: Administrator Thorington explained the agreement and is already accounted for in the contract with aquatic center. Councilman Lensegrav made a motion to approve and authorize signatures, seconded by Councilman Floyd, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
Homeland Security Grant Agreement Extension: Administrator Thorington stated the date was extended through 2021. Councilwoman Spencer moved to approve and authorize necessary signatures, seconded by Councilman Lensegrav, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
Declaration of Surplus Property: (W.S. 15-1-115) Administrator Thorington discussed approval of items to be auctioned through online service. Councilman Lensegrav moved to approve and authorize necessary signatures, seconded by Councilwoman Spencer, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
Water Consolidation Consensus: Administrator Thorington discussed the Shoshone Municipal Pipeline agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation and the need to have all municipalities with the same agreement end dates. Councilwoman Spencer moved to approve and authorize signatures, seconded by Councilman Mangold, unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED.
There being no further business to be considered at this meeting, Councilwoman Spencer moved to adjourn, seconded by Councilman Young unanimous approval, MOTION CARRIED. Mayor Wetzel adjourned the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m.
/s/ John F. Wetzel
/s/ Tiffany Brando
Publ., Thurs., Nov. 5, 2020