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Burns Town Council discusses building permits and ambulance calls increase


January 16, 2020

Victoria Smithey/ Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Jeff Bartels listens as Laramie County Sheriff Deputy Robert Gaskins introduces the new Deputy (Jeff Barnes) to the council .

The Burns town council meeting opened with several requests for building permits as the weather allows residents to add on and upgrade. Ambulance director Jeff Bartels reports that there were 181 calls for the 2019 year, that's up about thirty percent from last year, and as we move into the new year the month of January has already seen eleven calls with about a fifty percent response rate.

The Ambulance service has lost one EMT as Mike Atonis resigned due to a move to Arkansas, however, there are several possibilities for new EMTs as those finish their training. The standard operating procedures have been written and passed on to council members awaiting their approval, with a tentative date to make a decision at the next council meeting. The Joint Powers Board approved a request to pay for the new modems for the cardiac monitors to take them from 3G to 4G strength at about a cost of $1600.00.

As a final addition to the meeting Bartels announced that he has taken a part time position with AMR in Cheyenne in order to keep his credentials up to date, and to make a little extra money. The Sheriff's Department introduced another resident deputy. Jeff Barnes has taken over the front half of the week while Emily recovers from a broken arm. Upon her return Barnes will move back to the back half of the week.

Barnes is a retired lieutenant from St. Louis and has been with the Wyoming Sheriffs Department for the last four years. Mayor Clark took the opportunity to mention that the town of Burns is experiencing a speeding problem in the evening. Barnes took the opportunity to mention that the hope is that within the next six to eight months they are hoping to have two extra deputies to be able to patrol more at night.

Councilwoman Judy Johnstone reports that the utility board will be drafting a waiver form for renting the new dump trailer or any of the other town equipment that will be available starting the 27th of January. Johnstone also reports that the utility board made the decision to increase water rates by $2 starting with the next bill.

Residents Colleen Miller and Brenda Long wrote the council to inform them that, effective immediately, they would be terminating their rental lease of the room in the North building. Council would like residents to know that they will be accepting bids for cleaning the community center, town hall, and the park bathrooms. Bidding will close as of February 5th, and council would like to see some professional bids come in.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on February 10th, and council would like to remind residents that the town offices will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.


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