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Rates increasing and loss of ambulance for town of Burns


January 13, 2022

The beginning of the year readjusting the town fees and concerns about the ambulance service. The Burn’s Town council met on January 10th at 6:30 p.m.

The Council approved a building permit for a single-family home at 104 S Prairie Ave. Moving on to the Sheriffs report was given by Robert Gasket of the Sheriff’s department. The patrol of the school zones before and after school has been better.

Next was the Lion’s Club report given by Kayler Madler. On Thursday January 6th the meeting and the dance lessons were canceled. Next for the Lion’s Club on February 4th is the Learn to Dance class in the north gym at 6 p.m. They started working on Burns Day.

Darius Mandel reported that the boilers in the north building have been worked on. The Mule is getting serviced next week. Mayor Jim Clark and council member Jeff Appleman thanked all the maintenance workers for the removal of the snow.

Council member Appleman reported the new utility board member is Steve Kesy that was sworn in. The town of Burns is having problems with people not bagging their garbage and the winds are scattering it. The utility rate was reviewed. Water, sewer, and garbage are at the same rate. As for new account fees, late fees, return to service fees and bad check fees will be increased by five dollars in each area.

As for new business the council moved to designate Wyoming Bank and Trust as the depository for the town of Burns and designate Wyo-Star as the depository of the reserves for the Town of Burns.

Next was increased rates. The building permits increased ten dollars. It is now twenty dollars for the first $15,000, equipment rental is now fifty dollars, snow removal is fifty dollars, and dumper trailer rental is fifty-five dollars. The increase for .34 a square foot to .35 a square foot.

The Development Standards were presented to the board by Scott Cowley and Kelly with AVI. The board is review.

Mayor Clark had issues with the ambulance. He finds they are not responding to calls, over twenty thousand dollars a year goes to workman’s comp for personnel that are not responding. Mayor Clark wonders if Laramie County Fire District #6 or #4 would be interested in the ambulance. He says there are not enough volunteers to help. The mayor would like to shut it down. Jillian Vaudrin and Cassandra Morris feel removing the ambulance would be a big mistake. The billing is done by the ambulance, not the Town of Burns. Vaudrin and Morris believe the SOP”s need redone. The SOP’s were redone in 2021. There is no written proof of the change of the doctor. The council it looking at AMR. Laramie County Commissioner Linda Heath stated that AMR is contracted with the whole Laramie County. Health also stated that a special district would be a good thing but the voters of Laramie County need to vote on it. Mayor Clark moved to shut down Burns Emergency Medical Services until they figure everything out. Vaudrin and Morris will gather information and volunteers for the next meeting. Council member Dennis Bastian said with no service there should be no supervisor. Mayor Clark did say that Laramie County District Fire #6 does an excellent job responding to calls.

The Town of Burns offices will be closed on January 17, 2022. Burns town council is having a dinner for elected Official’s on January 19th at 6 p.m. The Utility board meeting is February 14th at 6:30 p.m. The next council meetings are January 24th at 5:30 p.m. and February 14th at 6:30 p.m.


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