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Buffalo City Council Meeting
April 2nd, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes, March 19, 2024

New Business
Special Use Permit Request, 222 Bozeman Ave 1:30
JC Public Health, National Public Health Week 3:15
Animal Care Provider Contract 5:15
Johnson County Arts & Humanities Council Art & Music Festival July 27 Requests 6:05
Johnson County Recreation District 9:45
Buffalo Wells Project 10:50
BHS Bonfire Request Spring Fling Week April 21 14:20

Reports
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven (none)15:45
Building Inspector/Planning Director, Terry Asay 15:55
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 16:40
Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel (none) 19:15

Oral/Written Comments (none) 2:15

Announcements 20:25
City/County mtg April 16 @ 7 am
City Council mtg April 16 @ 5 pm
City Budget mtgs April 8, 15, 22 and May 6 & 13 @ 1 pm
Planning & Zoning Board mtg April 24 @ 1 pm
City-wide Water Meter Replacement Project begins April
Sunset Ave Reconstruction Project mtg April,
JC Library@ 5 pm

Approval of Bills

Adjourn 21:40

County Commissioner Meeting
April 2nd, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval March 19, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
Bighorn National Forest Update, Thad Berrett 0:50
Approve Dept. of Corrections Contract 25:30
Remarks on active shooter training, Sheriff Odenbach
Catering Permits 32:50
Update: Buffalo Beginner Gardener Course 37:15
Approval of 1% Committee Recommendations 42:40
Approval of Comprehensive Land Use Contract & Update to Planning Status 57:10
National Public Health Week 1:10:10
Request to Adjust PT Position to FT Position, JC Library withdrawn
Museum Memorandum of Understanding 1:12:50
Appointment of Special Prosecutor 1:17:05

Vouchers 1:20:40

Public Comment (none) 1:22:10

Adjourn 1:22:40

City of Buffalo
Dept Head Meeting
April 2nd, 2024

Discussion Items
Enterprise Funds - Rate Structure and Fee Schedule 0:00
Future Specific Purpose Tax 13:20
Capital Improvements Plan Updates 20:40
Buffalo Bulletin Water Notice/Wells Project  24:10
JC Recreation District Grant Application 33:50
Major Capital Construction Projects Updates 37:20

Department Head Items 
Clerk 54:35
Police Chief 55:40
Building Inspector & Planning Director 58:15

Board Liaison 
Myra Camino 1:03:20 
Mayor Schrader 1:06:15

Next Dept. Head Meeting
- Tues May 7, 2024 @ 7:00 am

Close

Representative Harriet Hageman
Town Hall Event
March 26th, 2024

Fulfilling her campaign pledge to host a town hall event every year in every county across the state, Wyoming House Representative Harriet Hageman visited Buffalo on Tuesday 26 March.   

After 40 minutes making remarks on a broad range of issues from the border crisis, government spending and her own personal record and actions in Washington DC, Ms Hageman took questions from the audience. 

To find out more or to contact  Harriet Hageman click here

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group
March 2024

Too many people in our community have been touched by direct experience of a loss from suicide. 
Any form of grief can be challenging, but the emotions experienced after a suicide can be more intense and conflicting compared to other types of loss. Survivors might feel anger, guilt, confusion, and despair all at once. There’s often a strong sense of guilt, with survivors wondering if they could have done something to prevent the death causing a sense of responsibility or guilt.

This search for answers can be mentally and emotionally exhausting.

You may not feel you are a 'group' person but compassionate support and understanding can make a huge difference in providing support for family and friends left behind trying to make sense of a loss by suicide.

Lorraine Steppe and Bill Hawley host ‘Survivors of Suicide Loss’, a support group that meets monthly in Buffalo.  Listen and find out more about this safe and confidential space for those who have had any kind of experience of suicide. 

For more private & confidential information contact:
Lorraine Steppe and The Pines Counseling
307 684 5828 or lorraine@thepinescounseling.com

Survivors of Suicide Loss meeting 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
It’s free, non-religious and confidential and open to all survivors of suicide loss.   
Call for location details.   

Other sources of support:
Alliance of Hope for suicide loss survivors
988 Suicide Support Lifeline

JCSD#1 Considers 4-Day School Week REVISTED
March 2024

JCSD#1 has been considering whether to recommend moving to a 4-day school week in Buffalo.   As part of the process, the community is invited to comment on the idea this coming Tuesday, 26th March, at 5:30 pm, at Buffalo High School.

In June 2023, 307NetInfo explored the potential impact of transitioning to a 4-day school week in a detailed discussion with Superintendent Charles Auzqui and Principal Mike Hanson.  This is a great time to revisit it and get informed about the complexity of the issues. 

Does a shorter school week reduce the number of tuition hours?  How does it affect students of different ages?  Does it broaden or limit opportunities? Does it ramp up or reduce the pace for staff and students? What are specific considerations for smaller rural schools?   Indeed, are we talking about a ‘no school’ Friday or another day of the week?  Does it save money? 

Most importantly what is the likely impact on student and staff achievement?

With many considerations, all with multiple implications, discover what needs to be weighed up so the right decision is made for the right reasons.

JCSD#1 Considers 4-Day School Week. June 2023

JCSD#1 is evaluating the pros and cons of adopting a 4-day school week district-wide.   What would be the impact on student achievement?   It’s a very complicated analysis that affects budgeting, contractual arrangements, extra-curricular activities, and academic success.   

Mike Hanson, also Principal at New West High School, is leading the process.  Listen to what is under consideration, why, and how decision-making will proceed.

JC Healthcare Center Board Meeting
March 29th, 2024

Regular Board Meeting

Approve Regular Meeting Minutes Feb 28th, '24 0:00
Chief of Staff Report 1:00
Leadership Reports 10:45
CEO Report 26:00
JCHC Financial Performance 38:00
Credentialing 57:30
Compliance Review Approval 58:30
Executive Session 1:05:30

Adjourn

Buffalo City Council Meeting
March 19th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda 0:45
Approval  Minutes, March 5 2024 1:05

New Business
- Buffalo Charitable Foundation, Ray Holt Recognition 1:05

Reports
- City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 6:00
- Building Inspector/Planning Director 6:20
- Police Chief, Sean Bissett 12:20
- Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel 12:30

Oral/Written Comments 14:00

Announcements 14:07
Planning & Zoning Board Meeting March 26 @ 1pm
Dept Head Meeting April 2 @ 7am
City/County Meeting April 16 @ 7am
City Council Meeting April 2 @ 5pm
City Budget mtgs April 1, 8, 15, 22 and May 6 & 13 @ 1pm
City Offices closed afternoon Fri March 29 (Good Friday)
City-wide Water Meter Replacement Project begins in April

Approval of Bills 17:10

Adjourn 17:25

 

 

County Commissioner Meeting
March 19th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of March 5, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
Resolution #718 budget amendment 1:00
Homeland security acceptance 4:40
Contract Approval: Comprehensive Land Use Plan 7:10
Petitioner’s Application Special Use Form Approval 14:00
County Commissioner’s Scholarship 21:10
City County Cleanup May 15-18 Announcement

Vouchers 24:00

Public Comment (none) 25:30

Adjourn 

City County Meeting
March 19th, 2024

Open 
Legislative Session Update 0:00
- Veteran’s Home Improvement funding
- Direct Distribution
- Housing SF11
- Property Tax
- Gun Bills

Richardson Park 11:45
Bomber Mountain Civic Center 36:00
City/County Spring Cleanup May 15-18 37:20
Roundtable Discussion 38:55

Next City/County April 16 2024 @ 7:00am

Adjourn 

JCSD#1 Board Meeting
March 11th, 2024

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Silent Remembrance, Tiffany Songer 1:55
Early Childhood Literacy Position 2:05
Students With Disabilities, Melissa Brewer 11:45
ELL Program Update 35:15
Public Comment 49:10
Additions/Accept Agenda 49:15

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 50:00
CCMS - Box Sled Challenge 53:20
Superintendent Reports 1:11:20
Director Reports 1:12:00
District Level Reports 1:18:30
Rec Board Report 1:31:50
BOCES Report 1:33:40
BOCHES Report 1:34:00

Consent Agenda 1:35:30
- Minutes 
- Warrants

Action Items
Policy Revision, 2nd Reading 1:36:00
Policy Revision, 1st Reading 1:36:40
District Annual Audit 1:43:00
New West 24-25 Proposed Calendar 1:43:55
Chromebook RFP 1:45:45
E-Rate Switch Project 1:49:30

Other Business
From the Board 1:51:30
April Work Session 1:51:40
April Board Meeting 1:52:20

Executive Session 1:52:40

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting
March 11th, 2024

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 1:20
Approve Minutes 1:40

Treasurer’s Report 3:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 8:00
Kaycee Director’s Report 14:00

Old Business
New Building 15:00
Billing Company Process 31:15
Transfers 32:30

New Business
Budget 24-25 Discussion 1:05:10
1st Health Network 1:16:00
CD’s Maturing 1:19:00
Transfer - JCHC 1:25:00
Kaycee Budget 1:29:45
Buffalo EMS Contract Proposal 1:33:40

Public Comment (none) 1:37:00

Vouchers 1:38:00

Adjourn

Next meeting April 8, 2024 @ 4:00 pm.  JC Planning Office, Buffalo WY

The View From Cheyenne
Representative Barry Crago
March 7th, 2024

As the 67th Wyoming Legislative Session draws to a close, HD40 Representative Barry Crago reviews the previous week.   It’s been a struggle for the Joint Conference Committee of Senate and House to reconcile a staggering $1.1bn discrepancy between the two chambers proposed budgets.   

Property Tax relief has been at the forefront of Representative Crago’s mind with his bill to cap possible annual increases still on the table. His is one of the remaining proposals in tact.   Does it stand a chance of being enacted? And what of the various other proposals to provide relief right away?    

Find out the details with Barry Crago as legislators prepare to wrap up this short but important session. 

The View From Cheyenne
Senator Dave Kinskey
March 7th, 2024

As legislators worked to close up the 2024 Budget Session, Senator Dave Kinskey was at the center of Senate representation on the Joint Conference Committee, charged to reconcile the $1.1bn difference between the two chamber’s budgets.  Amidst reports of negotiations having stalled, President Ogden Driskill abruptly changed direction, collapsing the Senate’s representation and replacing the committee with new members. 

Kinskey shares insights into these developments and reaffirms his dedication to the core tenets of Conservatism. He stresses that true Conservatism is not about penny-pinching for frugality’s sake; it's fundamentally about lending support to those in genuine need.

In this critical session, where the primary objective for legislators is to deliver significant property tax relief, which of the remaining bills earn his support?

The session has been challenging, filled with tension and tumult,  as a seasoned legislator, Kinskey calls upon his fellow elected officials to rise above the fray and set aside drama, or temptation to make a headline, and focus solely on the task at hand.

Buffalo City Council Meeting
March 5th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes, Feb 24,’24 0:40

New Business 1:25
- Request for a variance to City Code 10-1.10 Burning Prohibited
- Sunset Ave Reconstruction Bid Results 3:20
- Big 85 Properties Request SPU 4 S Main 8:25

Reports
- City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 10:50
- Building Inspector, Terry Asay 10:55
- Police Chief, Sean Bissett 11:00
- Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel 14:00

Oral/Written Comments (none) 14:40

Announcements 14:50
City/County mtg - Mar 19 @ 7 a.m.
City Council mtg - Mar 19@5 p.m.
Planning & Zoning Board mtg - Mar 26 @ 1p.m.
Daylight Savings Time Begins Mar 10

Approval of Bills 15:25

Adjourn 15:55

County Commissioner Meeting
March 5th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance

Governor’s Appointment of Emergency Management Coordinator 1:00

Governor Gordon’s Remarks 4:30

Approval of Feb 20, ‘24 Minutes 26:10

General County Business
Liquor License Renewal ‘The Stampede’ 26:50
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Contract Selection 28:50
Website Contract Approval 43:20
Vouchers 47:20

Public Comment 48:00
- Jim Waller 

Adjourn 50:00

City of Buffalo
Dept. Head Meeting
March 5th, 2024

Open 0:00
- Upcoming Budget Session 0:15
- Animal Care Provider Contract 4:40
- Major Capital Construction Projects Update 18:10

Dept. Head Items 41:10
- Fire Chief 41:20
- Police Chief 42:15
Planning Director / Building Inspector 45:20

Board Liaison & Council Updates
- Mayor Schrader 47:20
- Councilwoman Camino 52:35

Announcements 54:40
- Next Dept Head Meeting April 2, 2024 @ 7:00 am

The View From Cheyenne '24
Senator Dave Kinskey
February 29th, 2024

In Cheyenne, the clock is not just ticking—it's racing. Legislators are hunkered down, facing the monumental challenge of bridging a staggering $1 billion gap between the Senate and House budget proposals. In an unexpected twist, Senate President Driskill has made surprise appointments to its delegation on the Joint Conference Committee. How will this affect the negotiation dynamics? Are they the key to fostering collaboration, or will they add fuel to the fire of discord? Amidst this high-stakes bargaining, will the voices of the people be heard?

As for Property Tax relief, the journey has been anything but smooth. His bill, SF121, may have been sidelined, but its spirit lives on in SF54. Senator Kinskey explains the mechanics of this new proposal, who will benefit?  Will it alleviate the financial strain on homeowners who are most in need?  How are legislators balancing the implications of tax relief whilst retaining funding of essential services and programs across Wyoming?  Will the benefits outweigh the costs, or will it lead to significant trade-offs?

Contact Senator Kinskey
(e) dave.kinskey@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 751-6428 

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The View From Cheyenne '24
HD40 Representative Barry Crago
February 25th, 2024

At the end of the second week of this year’s legislative session, HD40 Representative Barry Crago reports on the week’s House debates and action.  It’s been a busy and contentious week.    

There is a $900m discrepancy between House and Senate budgets.   Why are the two budgets so far apart?  How can the two chambers reconcile their differences? 

Property Tax Relief remains a major focus.   Representative Steve Harshman has proposed an innovative solution to ease the burden on homeowners by using sales tax to generate revenue in place of property taxes.  It’s an innovative idea that raises many questions.  The debate on the bill led to an especially heated debate in the House and a very close vote which narrowly pushed it forward to the next step.   What is the proposal and how does it work?  Does Representative Crago support this initiative and where does this leave the other property tax initiatives on the table?  Can homeowners remain positive about meaningful action?

For more details on Representative Crago’s property tax bill click here

Contact Representative Barry Crago
(e) barry.crago@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 267 9789 

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JCSD#1 Report on visit to Cheyenne
Supt. Auzqui
February 23rd, 2024

As this year’s legislative session opened in Cheyenne, Superintendent Charles Auzqui, alongside representatives from JCSD#1, ventured into the heart of state politics, seeking to bridge the gap between local educational needs.  This was not just a ceremonial visit but a strategic one to collaborate with key legislators and policy-makers at the state level.

Supt. Auzqui reports back, addressing pressing issues that directly impact the education sector: the allocation of funds, the balance of parental rights, and the contentious topic of firearms in educational settings

Was it worth the investment of time, effort, and resources? How can that translate into tangible benefits for the district?

Contact Supt. Charles Auzqui
601 W. Lott
Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: 307.684.9571
Fax: 307.684.5182

Contact JCSD#1 Admin Office:

 

Buffalo City Council Meeting
February 20th, 2024

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Feb 6, 2024 

Public Hearing 0:55
- Liquor License Transfer, Papa Binos

New Business
- Liquor License Transfer – Papa Binos 1:30    
- Resolution #1476 - 1% taxes allocation 1:55
- Animal Care Provider Agreement 2:55

Reports 10:45
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven (none)
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 10:55
Police Chief, Sean Bissett
 - Honoring Sgt Krinkee, Sheridan Law Enforcement 12:55
Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel (none) 15:20

Oral/Written Comments (none)                                              

Announcements
- Mayor’s Condolences and Support for Sheridan   
   Community 15:45
- Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Feb 27 @ 1 p.m.
- Dept Head mtg – Mar 5 @ 7 a.m.
- City/County mtg – Mar 19 @ 7 a.m.
- City Council mtg – Mar 5 & 19 @ 5 p.m.
- City offices closed Feb 19
- WAM Winter Conference – Feb 21-23 in Cheyenne
- 1% Application deadline – Feb 23 @ 5 p.m.

Approval of Bills

Adjourn 17:00

County Commissioner Meeting
February 20th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Moment of Silence for Officer Krinkee
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Feb 6, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
Bid Opening Comprehensive Land Use Plan, County Planner Jim Waller 1:20
Crook County Land Use Issues 9:10
Website Redesign Approval 11:55
1% Committee Allocation, Treasurer Carla Faircloth 21:35
MOU with Johnson County School District 27:15
Automated External Defibrillators Grant Approval 31:55
Catering Permits 41:10
- Cowboy Saloon
- Amanda Taylor
Mountain Plains Heritage Park Request 43:00
Upper Clear Creek Road Chip & Seal Project Final Settlement 51:45
CMAQ Grant Approval 53:40
South By-Pass Improvement Project Certification 55:30
Chairman Novotny - Thanks and commendation to JC Law Enforcement 59:55
MOU with Sheridan County Law Enforcement 1:01:30

Vouchers 1:13:35
Public Comment (none) 1:14:50

Adjourn 1:15:20

Affordable Housing?
What Can Solve The Crisis?
February, 2024

Scarce affordable housing is a critical problem, frustrating local employers who attract great new employees, only to lose them due to the lack of housing options.  Buffalo must find a way to solve this problem to avoid losing out to other communities.

Creating affordable housing solutions is a complicated process. High land prices, labor, and materials costs make it unattractive for a developer unless there is some local sweetener.

Some months ago, Gerald Spiering, a Buffalo resident and City Planning & Zoning Chairman, realized that someone needed to lead an effort to provide affordable housing solutions to Buffalo's housing shortage. He called for action and has been working on finding solutions ever since.

Gerald Spiering explains the progress made in finding solutions and what can be done next.

Note: The interview mentions a visit to Red Lodge, MT, with Scott Madsen (City Council), Jeff Shelley (County Commissioner), Travis Lawrence (First Northern Bank), Luke Senden (CEO JC Healthcare Center), and Terry Asay (City Building Inspector + Planning Director). It was a day trip, and the costs were gas for one vehicle from Buffalo/Red Lodge and a modest lunch.

The View From Cheyenne '24
Senator Dave Kinskey
February 18th, 2024

Senator Dave Kinskey joins 307NetInfo with a report from the first week of the 2024 Legislative Budget Session.

House Representatives are focused on providing substantive property tax relief.  What is happening in the Senate and how is his bill faring?

Newly reappointed as Chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, a title he was stripped of just a few months ago, what led to this reversal, and what comes next?

The senseless shooting last week of Sheridan Police Officer Nevada Krinkee has shocked the entire state.  Senator Kinskey offers his condolences and commends the bravery of all law enforcement personnel.    

Check out a Senate update from Representative Barry Crago and come back for more regular updates with ‘The View From Cheyenne’.

Contact Senator Kinskey
(e) dave.kinskey@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 751-6428

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The View From Cheyenne '24
HD40 Representative Barry Crago
February 17th, 2024

HD40 Representative Barry Crago reports on the first week of the Legislative Session.  It’s a short, budget-focused session that got off at a brisk pace. 

Is there any significant movement towards Property Tax Relief?  Amidst the stark divisions within the Wyoming Republican Party, is it possible for legislators to work together effectively, or will conflicting opinions cause a deadlock and halt progress?

And in light of last week’s senseless shooting of a Sheridan Police Officer Nevada Krinkee, Crago addresses whether legislative measures could be implemented related to mental health or gun violence. 

Check out a Senate update from Senator Dave Kinskey and come back for more regular updates with ‘The View From Cheyenne’. 

For more details on Representative Crago’s property tax bill click here

Contact Representative Barry Crago
(e) barry.crago@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 267 9789 

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Is It A Great Day At the YMCA?
Director Tim Cahal
February 2024

If you call the YMCA in Buffalo you are greeted with “It’s a great day at the YMCA!”. 

But is it?   Our Y faces serious challenges.  Limited space, an aging building, an indoor pool that is past its ‘sell by’ date, and staffing shortages plus it’s all tied to a funding model designed for much larger communities.

Tim Cahal took the role of Director in October 2023 having worked in every department.  We asked him how he is tackling these challenges and how to keep the doors open.   

For more information: www.jcfymca.org
Donate here: jcfymca.org/donate/

Johnson County YMCA
101 Klondike Drive,
Buffalo WY 82834
307 684 9558

Students Ask.....
Supt. Auzqui & Board Chairman Pearson
February 12th, 2024

BHS Student Council representatives asked challenging questions of Superintendent Auzqui and Board Chairman Travis Pearson about JCSD#1 testing scores.  How should these results be interpreted?  Are they good enough? Are students getting all they need to reach their potential?   Are the tests even relevant?  How does JCSD#1 gauge its strengths and weaknesses?

There is more to school than academics.  You may be surprised that JCSD#1 has the most students involved in activities than any other Wyoming school district.    Involvement in non-curricular activities is valuable to many students.  Where does it fit into a student’s overall success and readiness for adulthood?  And this all costs money.  How does JCSD#1 balance all this out?

Cemetery District Board Meeting
February 13th, 2024

Open 0:00
Public Comment (none)
Approve Agenda 1:10
Approve Vouchers 1:55
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 2:45
Finance Report 3:15

Sexton Report
- Record Keeping Correction 8:40
- Plowing Assistance 10:00
- Tree Trimming 10:35
- Irrigation System Update 11:30
- Russian Olive Project 12:00
- Markers 12:15
- Kaycee Cemetery Gate 20:35
- Comp Time (tabled)

New Business (none) 30:50

Rolling Agenda Items
- Preliminary Budget Worksheet 30:55

Adjourn 35:05

JCSD#1 Board Meeting
February 12th, 2024

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Facility Use Program - Kelley Glackin
Additions/Accept Agenda

General Reports 13:00
JCSD# 1 Student Video
Principal Reports 16: 15
Superintendent Reports 37:25
Director Reports 40:00
District Level Reports 44:45
Rec Board Report 55:30
BOCES Report 56:00
BOCHES Report 50:30

Executive Session Personnel & Legal W>S>16-4-405  58:30

Consent Agenda 59:00
A. Minutes
B. Warrants
C. Employment
D. Buffalo 2024-2025 Calendar Correction

Action Items 59:30
A. Policy Revision - first reading
B. Coalition/School Finance
C. Addition of BOCHES Board

Other Business 1:02:25
A. From the Board
B. Legislative Forum Confirmation
C. March Work Session
D. March Board Meeting
E. Radio Frequency Update
F. New West Study Committee
G. District Property in Kaycee

Adjourn 1:16:15

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting
February 12th, 2024

Open
Approve Agenda 0:00
Approve Minutes General Meeting 0:35
Buffalo Director’s Report 3:50
- Ambulance Calls
- MS73 Electrical Issues
-  In-County Charge Schedule

Kaycee Director’s Report 10:20
- Ambulance Calls
- ‘I Am Responding’ program

Old Business
New Building 15:45
Billing Company Process - Total Practice Strategies 24:35
Transfers 28:50
Mutual Aide Agreement - Campbell County EMS 44:15

New Business
Transfer Bill  46:10
Budget Fiscal Year 24/25 46:45
Public Comment (none) 51:05

Review of Vouchers 51:20

Adjourn 1:12:50

Next Regular Board Meeting March 11, 2024 at 5:00 pm Kaycee Ambulance Barn, Kaycee WY

Buffalo City Council Meeting
February 6th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Jan 16, 2024 Regular Meeting

New Business- 
- Buffalo Youth Baseball 1:30
- Senator Kinskey, Legislative Overview 17:55
- JC All Hazard Recovery
   & Emergency Operations Plan 29:30
- Resolution #1475 WY Outdoor Recreation Grant
   ARPA Funds 42:55

Mayor’s Board Appointment
- Adam Todd, Lodging Tax Board 45:40

Reports 46:00
City Attorney (none)
Building Inspector/Planning Director (not present)
Police Chief 46:15
Public Works Director (none) 

Oral/Written Comments 47:40
(All comments related to the animal sheltering agreement)

Announcements 1:15:35
City/County Mtg - Feb 20 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg  - Feb 20 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg - Feb 27 @ 1 pm
City Offices Closed - Feb 19
1% Application deadline - Feb 23 @ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 1:15:55

Adjourn  1:16:10

County Commissioner Meeting
February 6th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Jan 16, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
Renewal of Liquor Licenses 0:50
Resolution 717 Budget Amendment (Opioid Stlmnt) 4:00
Dept. of Family Services Child Support Program, Paige Rhoads 7:05
JoCo 1st Marketing Presentation, Claudia Todd 11:45
Board Appointment Mountain Plains Heritage Park 20:30
Emergency Operation & All Hazard Recovery Plan 21:20
Lake DeSmet North Acres Purchase, Tucker Ruby  31:40
Big Horn National Forest Ranger District Request 36:15
Rezoning Request 5 S Main St, Buffalo 37:50
VOA Drug Court Program, Agreement of Services 41:30

Approve Vouchers 40:15

Public Comment
- Marilyn Connolly 44:15

Close 46:25

City of Buffalo
Dept Head Meeting
February 6th, 2024

Open 0:00
Wyoming Outdoor Recreation ARPA Grant 0:05
Johnson County All Hazards Recovery Plan 2:05
Major Capital Construction Projects - Updates 3:30

Department Head Items 10:05
Clerk 10:10
City Fire Chief 11:20
Police Chief 13:05
Planning Director/Building Inspector 21:15
Public Works 27:00
Mayor 28:35
City Attorney 36:15

Board Liason Reports & Council Updates 38:25
Councilman Camino
Councilman Madsen
Councilman Madden
Mayor

Public Comments 50:30
- JCTA, Jody Sauers
- 307NetInfo, Kate Harness 

Close

JCSD Graduation Rates Down. Supt. Auzqui Explains.
February 2nd, 2024

Recent WY Dept of Education data shows JCSD#1 scored just about 87% graduation rate last year (’22-’23), down from 92% the previous year.  

307NetInfo quizzed Superintendent Charles Auzqui about this downturn.  Just what is the significance of a 3% drop?  What do the figures reveal?  What is his opinion of the score?  And most importantly, how can it be improved? 

Click here for more data
https://edu.wyoming.gov/data/graduation-rates/

WYDOT Buffalo Main St Project Meeting
February 1st, 2024

Representatives from WYDOT introduced details of the project and took questions & comments from the audience.    
Note:   Downtown Main Street phases are now scheduled for Spring-Fall 2025

Introduction 
Laura Dalles, WYDOT 0:00

Project Scope Overview  
Isaac Finkle, WYDOT 1:50
- 2024 Project Limits
- 2025 Downtown Main Street portion

Phasing Overview & Proposed Schedule
Isaac Finkle, WYDOT 4:20
- Phases 1-3
- Phases 4, 5 2024 Downtown Main St 11:00
- Incentives for contractor
- Public Meetings Program 15:15

Questions & Comments

Quality Control 16:05
Main St Trees 17:05
Parking
Impact on Water Supply
Arborist Services (State Forestry Division) 21:15
Contractor Oversight 23:45
Public safety
Traffic/Parking Management
Collaboration Program 31:12
Transit opportunities 32:20
Signage 34:50
Trails/Sidewalks 37:15
JC Road & Bridge Remarks 39:30
Water Taps Costs to Property Owners 40:50
Parking/Volume of Traffic 43:50
Sidewalk Barriers 44:25
Downtown Main St Details 45:25
Work Schedule/Parking of Equipment 47:20
Crosswalk at Fort St/Main St 48:15
Construction Worker Parking 50:55
Curb angle outside Wyoming in Color, 38 S Main St 52:20
Street Widening 53:20
N Main St - Front Access issues
Curb Improvements 54:30
WYDOT Right of Way clarification 55:20
Staging Areas for Contractor 56:20
Close 57:00

Additional Notes:
- Daily work hours 7:00am - 7:00 pm Mon-Sat

For More Information
contact Laura Dalles, WYDOT PR Specialist
laura.dalles@wyo.gov  
307 674 2356 
View Project Overview here: 
WYDOT-Main-St-Project-Overview-24-25-1

"It's a Dog's Life?"
Councilwoman Myra Camino answers questions about the new animal shelter contract.
Jan 29, 2024

EDITED: Jan 31st, 2024

Since this interview was posted St Francis Animal Shelter has issued the public notice below

Buffalo City Council has shaken things up by switching animal protective services from St. Francis Animal Shelter to a new kid on the block, the Buffalo Kennel Club, and it's got a lot of people concerned and asking questions.

People want to know why the City Council decided it was time for a change. What made them pick this provider? What are the credentials and facilities at Buffalo Kennel Club?  What is the fate of unclaimed dogs? And importantly, does this decision unfairly favor a full-time City employee who works at City Hall? 

We asked Councilwoman Myra Camino, who's been right in the thick of the issue, to answer these questions and more.

Breaking it Down.
JoCo Republican Party Caucus & Convention 2024

Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Mike Madden and Vice Chair Tom Knapp explain the nuts and bolts of the upcoming Johnson County Republican Party caucus and convention events and how they are crucial to American democracy.   

The Party wants you to participate. So we ask why? What’s the purpose? What's the process and why should you even care?  Find out more about why the Caucus and the Convention matter.  

For more information:
JoCo Wy Republican Party https://www.jocowyo.gop/executive-committee/

Wyoming Republican Party
https://www.wyoming.gop

Johnson County Wyoming Republican Party Executive Committee

Chairman Mike Madden.   Vice-Chair Tom Knapp.  State Committeeman Nathan Williams.    State Committeewoman Kristen Crago.   Secretary Marilyn Connolly.   Treasurer Marilyn Novotny. 

Making the Money Go Around. Supt. Auzqui, JCSD#1. Jan 19th, 2024

Everything leads back to the money. Some say there is too much funding, others that there is not enough.     

Superintendent Charles Auzqui covers a multitude of different areas that JCSD#1 juggles every day. At the heart of the matter is money and making ends meet.  Less enrolled students = less $$.   Plus, cash flow is a perpetual headache.  Could the upcoming legislative session make changes to help with that?    

Some people are calling for reduced funding for education in Wyoming. How do we know we are getting ‘bang for our buck’ and what does JCSD#1 do to constantly be looking for better cost efficiency?   

With reduced funding, the “extras” are the first to get trimmed.  Around 80% of students are involved in extracurricular activities.  Will less money mean that some programs will have to be put on ice? Supt. Auzqui explains the review that is in progress and lies ahead.

But before we got into all of that, we talked about the weather and how a single cold snap can impact everything! 

Buffalo City Council Meeting. January 16th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
– Jan 2, 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes 0:45

New Business 1:00
– Council absence Mike Madden Dec 19
– Representative Barry Crago
   Legislative Update 1:20
– Buffalo Trap & Skeet Club Annual
  Update 8:30
– Animal Care Provider Services
   Contract 12:40

Mayor’s Board Appointments 13:30
Paul Schuman, Buffalo Tree Board
Mara Abbott, Buffalo Johnson Recycle JPB
Christy Kessler, Mountain Plains Heritage Park JPB
Jeff Shelley, Buffalo Pool Board
Mike Miller, Buffalo Pool Board
Kris Thiele, Buffalo Pool Board

Reports 14:15
City Attorney 14:25
Building Inspector/Planning Director 15:25
Police  Chief 20:00
Public Works Director 20:30

Oral/Written Comments 22:30

Announcements 43:55
City/County mtg Jan 16@7 am
City Council mtg Jan 16 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board mtg Jan 23@1 pm
1% Application deadline Feb 23@ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 32:30

Adjourn 

County Commissioner Meeting. January 16, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Jn 2, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
- Extension Office
   Year in Review 0:40
- WY Cultural Trust Fund Grant Approval 11:10
- Court Security Board Liaison
  Appointment 17:25
- Planning & Zoning Commission
  Appointment 8:45
- Fair Board Appointment 21:35
- Fire & Ice Festival Requests 22:30
- Planning Office Year in Review 26:30
- Interagency Flood Plain Mapping 37:20
- Cowboy Saloon 1-day Liquor License   
   Approval  44:05
- Vouchers 45:10
- Permission to Write to SEC 46:00
- Cemetery District Liaison Appointment 48:30

Public Comment -
- Jim Waller - Public Land Acquisition 49:15

Adjourn (to Executive Session)  51:55

 

City/County Meeting. January 16, 2024

Open
JoCo Emergency Coordinator 0:00
Main Street Construction Parking 2:35
Richardson Park 13:15

Round Table Discussion
- Affordable Housing, Scott Madsen, Jeff Shelley 43:10
Animal Care Services, Myra Camino 44:50
AARPA Funds/Trails, Myra Camino 50:45

Public Comment
- Gerry Spiering - Affordable Housing 53:05

Adjourn 54:00

Announcements
- Next City/County Meeting Feb 20, 2024 @ 7:00 am
- WCCA Legislative Conference - Feb 14-16 Cheyenne
- WAM Winter Workshop - Feb 21-23 Cheyenne

JoCo 1st Board Meeting. January 15th, 2024

The meeting took place at a different time and venue than published which resulted in the first 30 minutes not being recorded.  Recording begins at Finance Report. 

Call to Order & Introductions
Consent Agenda 
Staff Written Report 

Finance Report 0:00
- Dec/Jan Financial Report
- Dept of Audit Report
- Bookkeeping

Masterplan Discussion 11:50

Budgets 20:00

Vote on Finance Report 28:55

Election of Officers 30:15

Board Member Comments
- Jeff Shelley, JoCo 1st Board Purpose 39:30

Public Comment
- JCTA Introduction, Toby Carrig 48:25

Adjourn  49:10

Next Meeting Feb 26, 2024 @ 5:30 pm Bomber Mountain Civic Center

Struggling with High Property Tax? Representative Barry Crago's Proposal. January 2023

Wyoming property owners have been grappling with significant increases in residential property taxes for the last two years, creating widespread anxiety and a pressing need for relief.   As the legislative session approaches, all eyes are on lawmakers for a meaningful solution.    

Johnson and Sheridan County House Representative Barry Crago presents his proposed bill to reduce the tax burden. What does it involve, and what effects might it have on Wyoming residents?  Moreover, what are its chances of being implemented?

Find out more as we delve into the details of Representative Crago's plan and examine other potential solutions.  Among these is the 'People’s Initiative’, an ambitious effort aiming to cut residential property taxes by 50%. 


How viable are these initiatives, and what impact could it have?   Join us as we explore these critical issues.  

Click here for "The Second Homesteading" an earlier 307NetInfo feature with Johnson County Planner, Jim Waller about growth in Johnson County.   

   

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. January 10th, 2024

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Additions/Accept Agenda

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 1:15
Principal Reports 3:50
Director Reports 16:40
Superintendent Reports 37:00
District Level Reports
Rec Board Report 54:15
BOCES Report 54:20
BOCHES Report 54:35

Consent Agenda 55:35
Minutes
Warrants
Employment

Action Items 1:01:05
Policy Revision - second reading
Computer Science Curriculum Adoption

Other Business 1:18:10
WSBA Policy Update 1:22:50
Establish Resource Allocation Cttee 1:23:30
February Work Session 1:28:40
February Board Meeting

Executive Session 1:29:16
W.S. 16-4-405 (a)(i)(iii) Personnel &Legal Matters

Adjourn

Cemetery District Board Meeting. January 9th, 2024

Open 0:00
Public comment (none)
Approve Agenda 0:15
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 2:30

Finance Report 3:10
Sexton Report 7:35

Old Business 9:30
- Kaycee Gate 9:55
- Irrigation System Replacement  12:35
- Kaycee Cemetery Trees Discussion 38:05

New Business (none) 45:50

Special Budget Hearing 46:20

Adjourn 54:55   

Shaping Tomorrow with Supt Auzqui. January 8th, 2023

Superintendent Charles Auzqui is determined that the new Strategic Plan for JCSD#1 will be a functional, substantive, and meaningful document - not just the product of an expensive exercise that ends up gathering dust on the shelf.

Find out more about why Superintendent Auzqui believes it is an exercise worth undertaking and how parents can have input and shape the future of their children’s education in Johnson County.

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. January 8th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:10

Mark Haines, Kaycee Fire Department 0:25

Approve Minutes Dec 2023 Meeting 1:25
Treasurer’s Report 2:10
Buffalo Director’s Report 7:10
Kaycee Director’s Report 19:40

Old Business
- New Building 27:50
- Billing Company 30:00
- Transfers 46:25
- Mutual Aid Agreement Campbell County         EMS 1:17:25

New Business 1:18:35
- Grant Paperwork

Public comment (none) 1:18:45

Review vouchers 1:18:55

Adjourn

Next Regular Board Meeting 4:00 pm February 12, 2024 County Planning Office, Buffalo

   

'Fire & Ice Festival' Jan 2024

Are you curious about the upcoming ‘Fire & Ice Festival’ at the TA Ranch on Jan 20th? Katy Giles, the creator and coordinator, explains how they are pulling out all the stops. 

Maybe you want to compete in one of the many events, have an excuse to dress as a Viking, or simply brighten a dreary January day with something completely different.   Find out more about what’s planned for the event, how to join in, what’s on offer, and how to get there for free. 

Find out more, get your tickets, enter events:  click here: https://www.taranch.com/fire-ice-festival

Buffalo City Council Meeting. January 2nd, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes December 19, 2023

Mayor’s Appointments 0:50
City Attorney – Dennis Kirven

Public Hearing 1:10
Retail Liquor License Transfer – DJ’s Liquor Store

New Business
Retail Liquor License Transfer – DJ’s Liquor Store 1:40
Designate Official Newspaper – Buffalo Bulletin 2:15
Designate Official Depositories 2:35
Financial Disclosure Letters 3:05

Mayor’s Board Appointments 3:20
Shane Schrader, Joint Fuel Dispensing JPB
Kevin Silbernagel, Joint Fuel Dispensing JPB

N WY Insurance – Property & Auto Insurance Renewal 3:50

Reports
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 5:00
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 5:10
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 7:10
Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel 10:40

Oral/Written Comments 11:10   

Announcements 15:45
City/County mtg Jan 16 @ 7 am
City Council mtg Jan 16 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board mtg Jan 23 @ 1 pm
1% Application deadline  Feb 23 @ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 16:10

Adjourn 16:25

 

County Commissioner Meeting. January 2nd, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Dec 5th, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes 

General County Business
January Motions
- Election of Officers 4:00
- Pecuniary Forms 4:45
- Approval of Investments 5:45
- Approval of Depositories 6:30
- Adoption of IRS Mileage Rate 7:05

Commissioners Board and Liaison Appointments 7:40

Museum Financial Memorandum of Understanding 9:55

Appointment of Commissioners to County Ancillary Boards 12:25

Appointments to County Boards 12:55
- Airport Board
- Fair Board
- Lodging Tax Board
- Planning Commission
- Predator Control Board
- Recycle Board
- Solid Waste Board

Volunteers of American Memorandum of Understanding 18:50

Statute 39-13-111 Mineral Tax Collection 26:45

Catering Permit December 30, 2023 29:30

Vouchers 30:35

Public Comment 32:00
- Jody Sauers, Tourism Board
- Paul Sackett Haworth, Jim Gatchell Museum

Adjourn 36:40

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. January 2nd, 2024

Open 0:00
AARPA Funds Available 0:10
Animal Care Provider Services 11:15
Major Capital Construction Projects 22:30

Dept Heads Updates
Public Works, Kevin Silbernagel 27:35
Planning Dept & Building Inspector, Terry Asay 28:35
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 29:35
Clerk, Julie Silbernagel 31:25

City Council Updates
Myra Camino 32:20

Public Comment
- Jody Sauers, Tourism Board 35:40

WAM Attendance 36:20
Feb 21-23, 2024

Next Dept Head Meeting
Tues Feb 6th, 2024 @ 7:00 am

Close 57:30

Buffalo City Council Meeting. December 19th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Dec 5, 2023

Public Hearing  0:50
- Budget Amendment Law Enforcement Body Armor

Unfinished Business 4:20

New Business
- Resolution #1474 - A resolution amending the annual appropriation bill for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024. 4:20
- Life Tenants Use Agreement & Road Easement - Les and Chris Hook 5:25
- Bid Results - Citywide Remote Read Meter Replacement 8:20
-  Request for building permit fee waiver 10:25, AJ Mock, Buffalo Senior Center 10:25
- Request for sewer connection outside city limits, Adrian and Danielle Velasquez
- Economic Development Grant Application Update, Jerry Spiering 13:55

Reports
City Attorney 21:35
Building Inspector/Planning Director 21:50
Police  Chief 24:50
Public Works Director 29:15

Oral/Written Comment 31:45

Announcements 32:00
Dept Head mtg - Jan 2 @ 7 a.m.
City/County mtg - Jan 16 @ 7 a.m.City Council mtgs - Jan 2 & 16 @ 5p.m
City offices closed - Dec 25 & Jan 1

Approval of Bills 32:30

Adjourn 33:00

County Commissioner Meeting. December 19th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Dec 5th, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes 

General County Business
Amendment to Feb 7, '23 Minutes 0:50
Agreement to Morgue Usage 2:40
Comprehensive Plan RFP 6:30
Website Update 31:55
North Fork Crazy Woman Creek Bridge - Road & Bridge 43:55
FY24 CMAQ Agreement 55:00
County Voucher Policy 1:05:00
Jim Gatchell Museum Discussion 1:11:00

Public Comment 1:27:20

Close (move to  Executive Session) 1:27:40

City/County Meeting. December 19th, 2023

Continuity Bill 0:00
1% Application Dates 6:30
Bike Trail 21:45

City County Matters
Jeff Shelley
- Richardson Park 28:25

Mayor Schrader 29:10
- Thanks to Jeff Shelley 
Bill Novotny 29:55
- Governor’s Budget Proposal
- Veteran’s Home Domiciliary
- 2024 Legislative Session
- Parking Downtown Summer 2024

Gerry Spiering Affordable Housing 37:05

Close 38:00

 

Are The Kids OK? with Superintendent Auzqui. December 15th, 2023

In just a few short weeks, JCSD#1 has been on its toes, responding to various incidents. This flurry of activity has parents' phones pinging with email and text alerts, raising a big question: How safe are our kids at school?

We asked Superintendent Charles Auzqui to explain what's being done to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of students during school hours. We're talking protocols, partnerships, and how these measures play out in real life.

Concerned about your kid's cellphone use? 
Listen to our feature 'Digital Dilemmas' Click here

Watch out for future ‘Plugged In’ features about grooming and exploitation, pornography and cyberbullying.  

Digital Dilemmas. Parents, Kids & Cellphones. Dec 2023

Feeling the heat from your kid begging for their own cellphone? Or are you worried that you’ve lost control over your kid's online life?  You’re not alone.   Many parents find themselves torn between granting access to the digital world and the fear of its consequences. How do you balance your child's screen time and keep them safe? What about privacy?  Looking for practical advice? 

Uprising, the anti-human trafficking group from Sheridan, WY has seen firsthand how digital devices can be a double-edged sword for young minds, bringing both incredible opportunities and daunting challenges.

Curious about what they have to say? So were we at 307NetInfo. We sat down with the Uprising team for a deep dive into the digital dilemma. Join us as we take a look at this modern parenting challenge and explore what options parents should keep in mind in this high-tech age.

For more information:
Uprising   www.uprisingwyo.org
www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources

Watch out for future ‘Plugged In’ features about grooming and exploitation, pornography and cyberbullying.  

Grow, Baby, Grow! Beginner Gardening Course Jan 2024

Have you dreamed of cultivating your garden but didn't know where to start?  Our elevation, soil types, and short growing seasons can be challenging.    Johnson County Extension Office has a class for people wanting to develop a flourishing outdoor space whether it’s vibrant flower beds, great landscaping, or a sustainable vegetable patch. 

Find out more with Micah Most from
JC Extension Office.

For more information
Call 307 684 7522
Email mmost@uwyo.edu

Freedom Caucus Town Hall. December 9th, 2023

The Wyoming legislature, whilst overwhelmingly ‘Republican’ in name, is experiencing increasing internal divisions. There are significant differences amongst  Republicans on key issues, leading to a growing rift between the far-right Wyoming Freedom Caucus and a separate group who are pushing back against their agenda, known as the Wyoming Caucus or sometimes ‘Team Wyoming’.

It's becoming crucial for voters to thoroughly understand the specific type of conservatism their representative or candidate supports, whether it aligns with the Freedom Caucus or the Wyoming Caucus. This knowledge is vital for making informed decisions in elections. Current Johnson County HD40  Representative Barry Crago aligns himself with the Wyoming Caucus.

To find out more about the Wyoming Freedom Caucus and hear directly from them about their agenda and objectives listen to the Town Hall Meeting where many legislators spoke and answered questions.  House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman was the Keynote Speaker. 

The Town Hall meeting was hosted by the Republican Women's Freedom Alliance (RWFA). 

Warning: The initial audio amplification had issues with poor quality, we have improved it as much as possible. However, listening through earbuds or headphones might be uncomfortable for some listeners due to these residual original audio issues.

Open & Welcome - Laura DeMatteis   0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem - Amy Williams

-  Announcements & Thank You’s  3:40
-  Women’s Suffrage slideshow,
    Amy Williams 6:30
-  Republican Women’s Freedom Alliance
    introduction, Laura DeMatteis 17:30
-  David Iverson, Independence Network       
    Internet Radio 19:10
-  Tom Kelly, Wyoming is Right 23:10

-  Introduction of Representatives

John Bear Opening Remarks 0:00

Scott Smith HD5 Goshen County
- Government Spending   12:00
Tony Locke HD35  Natrona County
- Property Tax Relief 21:10
John Bear HD31 Campbell County
- Property Tax Relief  29:00
Allen Slagle HD02 Goshen, Niobrara, Weston County
- Eminent Domain 33:10

Q&A

  • Property Tax Relief 50:10
  • Property Tax Petition 1:10:45
  • Carbon Sequestration  1:19:15

Break 1:27:35 (recording runs through a portion of the break) 
Resume
1:32:00

John Bear, Wyoming Freedom Caucus Leader  1:32:10

Chris Knapp, HD35 Campbell County
- Protecting Kids, Library Books 1:39:50

Mark Jennings, HD30 Sheridan County
- Parental Rights 1:52:30

Jeanette Ward, HD57 Natrona County
- Restoration of Freedom 2:00:20

Ken Pendergraft, HD29 Sheridan County
- 10th Amendment Reinforcement 2:10:15

Bill Allemand H58, Natrona County
- Protecting Freedoms, Foreign Land Ownership 2:28:00

Q&A

  • Foreign Land Ownership 2:38:00
  • Explanation of upcoming Legislative Session 2:30:45
  • Non-Profit Organizations 2:50:00

Mark Jones, Gun Owners of America  0:00

Chip Neiman, House Majority Floor Leader - Keynote Address 16:40

Close 53:20

Wyoming Legislative Representatives present were:
John Bear,  HD31 Campbell County
Chip Neiman,  HD01 Crook, Weston County
Ken Pendergraft, HD29 Sheridan County
Bill Allemand, HD58 Natrona County
Jeannette Ward, HD57 Natrona County
Scott Smith, HD20 Goshen County
Allen Slagle, HD02 Goshen, Niobrara, Weston County
Tony Locke, HD35 Natrona County
Chris Knapp, HD35 Campbell County
John Winter, HD28 Big Horn, Hot Springs, Fremont, Park County
Tomi Strock, HD06 Converse County
Mark Jennings, HD30 Sheridan County

Cemetery District Board Meeting. December 11th, 2023

Open 0:00
Public Comment (none)0:10
Approve Agenda 0:15
Approve Vouchers 1:40
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 2:00

Finance Report 3:00
- Treasurer’s Report
- Accountant’s Review

Sexton’s Report 19:45
Old Business
- Russian Olive Project 20:00
- Kaycee Gate 25:00
- Kaycee Opening/Closing Plan 31:30
- Review Overtime and Time Compensation Policy 33:35

New Business
- Irrigation System Replacement 47:05
- Benefit Review - Health Insurance Premium Increase 1:46:55

Executive Session / Public Adjourn 1:44:45

   

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. December 11th, 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment (none)
WSBA Recognition 1:30
Additions/Accept Agenda
Board Officer Elections 3:30

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 9:40
Principal Reports 14:30
Director Reports 28:45
Superintendent Report 36:00
Curriculum & Learning Report 36:35
Business Report 40:40
Rec Board Report 52:30
BOCES Report 56:45
BOCHES Report 57:00

Consent Agenda 58:10
Minutes
Warrants
Employment
Homeschool - acknowledge

Action Items
Policy Revision - second reading 1:00:40
Policy Revision - first reading 1:02:50
Board Meeting Schedule 1:11:30
Board Committees 1:26:00
Recreation Board Appointment 1:34:00
HR Position Consideration 1:35:00
Strategic Plan Renewal Process 1:38:45
Approval of Signatures on Contracts 1:46:30

Facilities & Transportation Job Descriptions 1:52:25
Combination School Agreements 1:58:00

Other Business
From the Board 2:00:16
Contracts Update 2:00:30
EL Support Contract 2:01:30
January Work Session 2:05:30
January Board Meeting 2:06:00

Close for Executive Session 2:06:35

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. December 11th, 2023

 

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:05

Nelson Engineering, Jake Wright
- New Building Discussion  2:00

Approve Minutes Regular Board Meeting,
November 23 14:00
Treasurer’s Report 14:30

Buffalo Director’s Report 16:20
- Ambulance Calls

Kaycee Director’s Report 17:40
-  Ambulance Calls
-  Mutual Aid Agreement with Campbell County

Old Business
- Billing Company 21:40
- Transfers (tabled) 27:35
- Websites 28:20

New Business
- Meeting Schedule 2024 31:20

Public Comment - none 36:05

Review Vouchers 36:10

Adjourn 51:50

Next Regular Board Meeting January 08, 2024, 4:00 pm

County Planning Office, Buffalo

   

JoCo 1st Board Meeting. December 5th, 2023

Call to Order & Introductions 0:00

Consent Agenda 0:25
-  Oct 25, 2023 Minutes
-  Oct/Nov 2023 Financials

Financial Report 4:30
Staff Report 5:20
Census/Dept of Audit report update (due Dec 31) 17:00
Finance Committee Report - Building 20:20
Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill discussion & realtor involvement 27:30

Board meeting date/time discussion
- 4th Monday @ 5:30 pm at BMCC 23:15

Bookkeeping Service Discussion 27:55

Other Business
-  Jan 2024 Officer elections 34:25

Adjourn 39:00

Next meeting Monday Jan 22, 2024 5:30 pm @BMCC

Buffalo City Council Meeting. December 5th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Regular Meeting Nov 21, 2023

Unfinished Business 1:00

New Business 1:05
- Mayor’s Appointment - Rick Myers, Planning & Zoning Board 1:50
- Buffalo Athletic Club Contract 1:50
- Economic Development Grant Application Update, Jerry Spiering 2:40

Reports
City Attorney 27:00
Building Inspector, Planning Director 27:30
Police Chief 27:40
Public Works Director 29:00

Oral/Written Comments 29:30

Announcements
- City/County Mtg - Dec 19 @ 7 am
- City Council Mtg - Dec 19 @ 5 pm
- City offices closed - Dec 25

Approval of Bills 29:45

Adjourn 30:00

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. December 5th, 2023


Buffalo Athletic Club Contract 0:00

Major Capital Construction Project Updates
- Richardson Park sewer/water hook-up estimate 5:30

Department Head Items 12:25
Legal/City Attorney 14:00
Clerk 21:00
Police Chief 24:05

City Council & Board Liaison Updates 26:15

Public Comment 54:15
Jody Sauers
- Alley door art project
- Tourism Data 2023

Close 1:00:00

County Commissioner Meeting. December 5th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Nov 7, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes 

General County Business

Liquor Licence Hearing, Malt Beverage License 139 Monument Rd 1:05
Catering Permit;  Cowboy Saloon 4:20
Board of Equalization 4:55
Animal Shelter Contract 6:25
Hiring Freeze - Rescinded 8:20
Museum Restoration Project Update, Sylvia Bruner 14:05
All Hazard Recovery Plan 26:30
Board Appointments - Jan ’24 46:10
Vouchers 47::45

Public Comment 48:55
- Jody Sauers, JCTA

Adjourn 55:50

 

JC Hospital District Board Meeting. November 29th, 2023

Review & approve Oct 2023 Board meeting minutes 0:00

Chief of Staff Report 0:35
Leadership Reports 8:40
CEO Report 23:00
Financial Report 58:00


Construction Phase 3 Approval 1:11:45
Approval of Credentialing 1:23:55
Executive Session 1:25:15
Adjournment

Student's Ask... Superintendent Auzqui. November 30th, 2023

Students at Buffalo High School had lots to ask Superintendent Auzqui and much of it revolved around policy and decision-making, and how to have their say as decisions are being made.  

They are concerned about how different teachers apply rules and policies differently.  As the District’s leader, they wanted Mr Auzqui’s opinion on making things fair for everyone.   

The daily schedule shake-up this year requires students to attend every class every day.  This means shorter class times and ‘adios’ to Advisory periods. Some students are just trying to keep their heads above water with this new regimen. They pressed Mr. Auzqui for answers, like why this change even happened and if he was in favor of it.

The lingering question of transitioning to a 4-Day Week across all JCSD#1 schools loomed large, with the students eager to understand how close JCSD#1 is to making this significant shift.  

Buffalo City Council Meeting. November 21st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes, Regular Meeting Nov 7, 2023

Public Hearing 1:10
2024 Liquor License Renewals

Unfinished Business 1:45

New Business 1:50
- 2024 Liquor License Renewals
- Buffalo FFA - Light up Buffalo Requests 2:50
- Resolution #1472 Amending annual appropriation bill for year ending June 30, 2024 6:00
- Resolution #1473 Adopting pay scales for police and dispatch departments 7:45

Reports 8:55
City Attorney
Building Inspector & Planning Director 9:05
Police Chief 9:50
Public Works Director 13:50

Oral/Written Comments 15:20

Announcements 18:35
Dept Head mtg - Dec 5 @ 7 am
City/County mtg - Dec 19 @ 7 am
City Council mtgs - Dec 5 & 19 @ 5 pm
Planning &Zoning Board mtg - Nov 28@1 pm

Approval of Bills 39:20

Adjourn 39:45

Septic Tank Problems at Richardson Park. November 2023

County Commissioner Jeff Shelley is urging other elected officials to join him to address infrastructure issues in Richardson Park, a development with approximately 100 homes and over 400 residents just a few miles from downtown Buffalo.   Governed by Johnson County and not the City of Buffalo, these homes lack connections to city water and sewer services, relying on closely placed septic tanks and wells.   

As these systems age and malfunction, residents will be burdened with frequent and expensive septic pumping.  Linking to the city's sewer system is the preferred solution but is hindered by regulatory complexities and high costs. Moreover, many residents choose to stay outside the stricter regulations of the City of Buffalo.

County Planner Jim Waller has outlined these looming infrastructure problems, their effects on homeowners, and the regulatory challenges in recent City County meetings. The issue lacks a quick or easy solution.

Catch up on these discussions and the challenges faced by listening to audio recordings from those meetings. 

The charts referred to can be found here:
Richardson Park Charts

Cemetery District Board Meeting. November 14th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda
Public Comment 1:20
-  Dave Harness
Approve Vouchers 3:05
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 3:25

Finance Report 4:35
CD Discussion 15:00
Auditor Report 21:05

Sexton Report 21:50
- Elm Construction/Kaycee Cemetery 22:00
-  Kaycee Office Phone system 27:50
-  Kaycee Cemetery Office Updates 41:40
-  Equipment Sale/Purchase Proposals 44:00
-  (Russian Olive Trees 58:30)
-  Kaycee Tree Replacement 1:05:30
-  Willow Grove Doorbell 1:10:00

Cremation Garden 1:12:10

Irrigation System Update/Discussion 1:14:40

New Business
- Damaged headstone vase replacement 1:19:10

Old Business
-  Sexton Job Description 1:35:00

Executive Session (Personnel)  1:42:55

Close

City/County Meeting. November 14th, 2023

Open 0:00
Mountain Plains Heritage Park Update 1:00
Richardson Park Infrastructure Issues 27:35
Attainable Housing 56:30
Clear Creek Trail Paving 1:08:20
Commissioner Items 1:10:10
Council Items 1:10:40

Close 1:14:00

Next City County Meeting Dec 19, 2023 @ 7:00 am 

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. November 14th, 2023

Regular Session
Pledge of Allegiance 0:00

Roll Call  2:05
Public Comment 2:30
4 Day School Week 2:40
Additions/Accept Agenda 11:15

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 11:45
Principal Reports 15:40
Director Reports 39:45
Superintendent Report 44:00
Curriculum and Learning Report 47:30
Special Services Report 55:30
Business Report 58:00
Rec Board Report 1:08:30
BOCES Report 1:08:45
BOCHES Report 1:09:05

Consent Agenda 0:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment
Staff Appreciation

Action Items 11:30
Policy Revision - first reading
Early Graduation Requests

Other Business 21:10
From the Board 21:30
WSBA Conference Resolutions 24:10
December Work Session 49:45
December Board Meeting
Superintendent Contract 50:15
HR Position Consideration 52:00
Strategic Plan Renewal Process 58:45

Executive Session 1:01:00
w.s. 16-4-405 (a)(ii)(iii)  Personnel & Legal Matters

Close

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. November 13th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda

2022-2023 Audit - Porter Muirhead 1:30

Approve Minutes Oct Regular Meeting 14:50

Dispatch - Police Chief Bissett and Sheriff Odenbach 19:30

Treasurer’s Report 1:07:50

Buffalo Director’s Report 1:16:20

Kaycee Director’s Report 1:27:50

Old Business 1:28:45
-  New Building Update

New Business
-  New Rates 1:33:50
-  Billing Companies 1:46:30
-  New website 1:56:26
-  Buffalo EMS transfer rates 2:01:30

Vouchers 2:20:25

Public Comment (none)

Adjourn 2:44:40

Can We Stop Talking About AI? Nov 10th 2023

Artificial Intelligence is a game changer in education, even in rural Wyoming.  Listen to how JCSD#1 is rising to the challenge with Superintendent Charles Auzqui.

Cemetery District Board Meeting. October 10th, 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. October 10th, 2023

Approve Agenda 0:00
Public Comment 2:10
Approve Vouchers 2:20
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 3:00
- August - missing from previous meeting
- September 4:15

Finance Report 5:10

Old Business
- Sexton Job Description Committee Update 10:15
- Irrigation System Update 14:30
- Kaycee Gate/Office 32:00

New Business
- Truck Purchase discussion 37:50

Cremation Garden Committee - Site Visit 1:01:00
Motion to move Cremation Garden (not on audio)

Close

What Should We Do With The Place? Ranch Succession Planning. Nov 2023

What Should We Do With The Place? Ranch Succession Planning. Nov 2023

Passing on the family ranch from one generation to the next is steeped in tradition yet rife with challenges. This transition is not merely a business transaction; it's a transfer of legacy, livelihood, and a way of life deeply intertwined with identity and family history. The challenges are multi-faceted, involving emotional, financial, and practical dimensions.

Wesley Tucker, from the Univeristy of Missouri Extension Department, is an expert with personal experience who has talked to ranchers and farmers all over the United States, guiding families in deciding “what to do with the place”.  At the invitation of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wesley recently visited Johnson County speaking to local ranchers.

Whilst every situation is different, his experience demonstrates that there are a handful of guidelines that any family can benefit from when grappling with these difficult decisions.

Discover strategies to navigate family and business roles, improve communication, deal with sensitive issues, and form a plan to transition ranch ownership and management.

For more information:

https://www.uwyo.edu/agecon/what-we-do/programs/succession-planning.html

https://extension.missouri.edu/media/wysiwyg/Extensiondata/CountyPages/Pettis/Docs/FarmSuccessionProc_011217.pdf

https://extension.missouri.edu/people/wesley-tucker-1759

Buffalo City Council Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes Oct 17, 2023

Unfinished Busines
- Ordinance #1416 - 3rd & Final Reading  - An ordinance amending Chapter 4, Article I. in general, Section 4-3. (d), Article I. Dogs, Cats. Rabbits, Livestock, and Fowl. Etc., Sections 4-9, 4-11. (a), (b), (d), 4-12, 4-15, 4-16, 4-17. (A), (C), 4-17.1, and 4-17.4 of the Code of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming, pertaining to animals and fowl. 1:00

-  Lease Agreement - Buffalo Golf Club Liquor LicenseB. 1:45

New Business
-  Proclamation -  Poppy Day Nov 9th 2:55
- Chamber of Commerce Street closure Sat Dec 2nd, Christmas Parade 4:50
-  Resolution #1471 - To amend the Investment Policy for City of Buffalo  6:20

Reports
-  City Attorney  8:20
-  Building Inspector / Planning Director 8:30
-  Police Chief 10:40
-  Public Works Director 14:30

Oral / Written Comments 14:55

Announcements 15:10
-  City/County mtg Nov 14 @7a.m.
-  City Council mtg Nov21 @5p.m
-  Planning & Zoning Board mtg Nov 28 @ 1p.m.
-  City offices closed - Nov10, 23 & 24

Approval of Bills  15:40

Adjourn 16:15

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. November 7th, 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Budget Amendments 0:00
Major Capital Construction Projects 3:00
Investment Policy Revisions 10:40
Liquor License Lease - Golf Course 12:25
Department Head Items 25:20
-  Clerk Julie Silbernagel
-  Police Chief Sean Bissett
-  Planning Director/Building Inspector Terry Asay
-  City Attorney Dennis Kirven
-  Councilman Mike Madden
-  Vice Mayor John Camino
-  Councilwoman Myra Camino

Close

County Commissioner's Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00

County Commissioner's Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Oct 3, 2023 Minutes 0:35

General County Business
Resolution #713: Budget Amendment 1:00
Board of Equalization 3:00
Request to Lift Hiring Freeze, David Eads Facility Manager 5:30
Request to Lift Hiring Freeze, Carla Bishop Treasurer 6:55
Body-Worn Camera Grant, Sheriff Rod Odenbach 8:25
District Court Appointed Attorney Fee Structure, Judge Ben Kirven 15:30
Homeland Security Grants, Emergency Mgmnt Coordinator Marilyn Connolly 28:40
Forest Service Agreement:  Hazleton Parking 32:35
Resolution #714:2024 Holiday Schedule 35:25
Contract Approval for Accounting Services 37:20
Subdivision Regulations 39:30
Kaycee Library Project 44:55
Vouchers 1:05:15
Public Comment 1:05:55

Adjourn to Executive Session 1:08:05

JCSD#1. Peer Review Report Card. How did it go? November 3rd, 2023

JCSD#1. Peer Review Report Card. How did it go? November 3rd, 2023

Johnson County School District has received its report card from the Peer Review process. How does JCSD#1 measure up against other districts throughout the state?  Can parents and students have confidence in the education our district provides?

Education costs money and the budgets appear to be huge but it never seems to satisfy.   Is JCSD#1 operating comfortably or feeling the pinch?   What does Superintendent Auzqui say to those who want to trim the education budget?

We also talked about the value of Strategic Planning and Mr Auzqui’s vision for one for JCSD#1.

HPV. Do you need protection? November 2023

HPV. Do you need protection? November 2023

JC Public Health wants to draw your attention to a sneaky virus called HPV (Human Papillomavirus). It’s so common that nearly all sexually active people get it at some point in their lives. It often crashes the party with no symptoms, so you might not even know you're hosting this unwelcome visitor.

While HPV is often harmless and goes away on its own, it can sometimes decide to overstay its welcome and cause some serious health problems, like warts or even certain cancers.   

Public Health now has a significantly discounted HPV vaccine available for adults.  Find out more about the virus and how to protect yourself.

For more information contact Johnson County Public Health

Tel: 307 684 2564
85 Klondike Dr
Buffalo, WY 82834

https://www.facebook.com/johnsoncountypublichealth

Confused by 'Open Enrollment'? November 2023

Confused by 'Open Enrollment'? November 2023

It’s “Open Enrollment” season.  Are you confused or overwhelmed about making good health insurance choices?   Stephanie McAuley, Healthcare Marketplace Navigator describes what you need to know, what dates to remember, and who to trust.   

Enroll Wyoming is a non-profit organization that exists to help individuals make sense of healthcare insurance.  They help you explore your options and settle on the best plan for your healthcare needs and your pocketbook. It is free and confidential.

For more information contact:

https://enrollwyo.org/

Stephanie McAuley
Email: stephanie@enrollwyo.org
Phone: 307-461-9572

Nancy Drummond
Email:  nancy@enrollwyo.org
Phone: 307-461-9099

New Leadership at Chamber of Commerce. October 2023

New Leadership at Chamber of Commerce. October 2023

A strong Chamber of Commerce is a pivotal institution within any thriving business community.  It bands business owners together to promote and protect the interests of its members, encouraging commercial vitality and fostering a prosperous business environment

Amber Eggers is the newly elected President of the Chamber of Commerce.  It’s no secret that the Chamber has faced some serious challenges in recent years.   

Listen to Amber outline her credentials for this new leadership role, her vision for the Chamber’s future, and how she intends to be the figurehead for this organization.

For more information contact
Chamber of Commerce
55 n Main St, Buffalo
Tel 307 684 5544
Email info@buffalowyo.com

www.buffalowyo.com

Spotlight on 911. October 2023

Spotlight on 911. October 2023

In the heart of crisis, when every second pulses with urgency, there exists an unsung hero: the 911 dispatcher. These guardians of the emergency response stand as the crucial bridge connecting those in need to a coordinated, expert response.   They navigate through each call with a blend of expertise and composure that can mean the difference between life and death.

Join us behind the scenes where we uncover the world of Johnson County 911 Dispatch services with Police Chief Sean Bissett and Sergeant & Communications Supervisor Florencia Gullick, and the steadfast individuals who always answer the call.

The hazy crazy world of Delta 8, Kratom and beyond. October 2023

The hazy crazy world of Delta 8, Kratom and beyond. October 2023

Even though Wyoming remains one of just a tiny handful of states holding out against the legalization of cannabis for either medicinal or recreational use, the law is full of loopholes being exploited by manufacturers. You can find products strikingly similar to marijuana and even opioids in the effects they can deliver widely available across the state - even in gas stations and convenience stores.

What do consumers need to know?  What are these products, who makes them, and who should use them?   

Find out more about the hazy world of Delta 8, Delta 10, and more derivatives with Ashley Schluck, Wyoming’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor.  In her position, Ashley has gathered a detailed knowledge about these substances and digs down on their effectiveness and safety to help you know what you are buying.   

And Kratom?  What on earth is Kratom?  It’s often sold as a ‘natural’ product, which implies it is “safe” and can be used without problems.  What exactly is that stuff?

JC Hospital District Board Meeting. October 25th, 2023

JC Hospital District Board Meeting. October 25th, 2023

Open 0:00
Review and approve Sept 2023 meeting minutes

Chief of Staff Report (none)
Leadership Reports 1:30
CEO Report 13:30
Approval Phase 3 Construction Project 17:15
CEO Report resumed 1:05:00
Financial Report  1:30:45

Approval of Credentialing 1:47:20

Mission and Vision Statements 1:49:40

Adjourn Public Meeting 2:00:40

Executive Session

JoCo 1st Board Meeting. October 25th, 2023

JoCo 1st Board Meeting. October 25th, 2023

Call to Order & Introductions
Consent Agenda 0:30
-  Sept 27, 2023 Minutes
-  Sept 27, 2023 Financial Report
-  Staff Written Report

Finance Committee 1:40:00
-  Financial Report
-  Census Report - Overdue

Facilities Committee Report 10:25
-  Building vandalism insurance claim update
-  Ongoing HVAC issues update
-  Marquee issues
-  MM Woolen Mill Discussion 19:15

Old Business
-  WY Business Council Grant opportunity update 24:50

New Business 31:50
-  Staff Report
-  Facility Grant post discussion/Master Plan for other grants

Other Business 42:00
-  Board Members Comments
-  Public Comment (none)

Announcements 44:45
-  Next Meeting Nov 22, 2023 @ 8am BMCC

Adjourn 45:00

Do You Know Wyoming 211? October, 2023

Do You Know Wyoming 211? October, 2023

Do you sometimes feel sure that there is a service or agency that can provide help or support for your family or friends but just don’t know how to find it?    Wyoming 211 probably has the answer.

Stressed about paying a utility bill?  Looking for senior support programs?  Not enough food or clothing?  Need help to find an affordable attorney?  Need help with your taxes?  If you need help, Wyoming 211 can help you connect to a huge number of services.

Sabrina Lane, Executive Director, explains the free and confidential service and how to use it best.   

They have access to statewide as well as local and regional resources for anyone in need and exist solely to connect providers to people in need.

For more free and confidential information:

www.wyoming211.org

Call or text 211

Office hours: 
Mon- Thurs 8:00am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Buffalo City Council Meeting. October 17th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. October 17th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Oct 3, 2023

Unfinished Business 0:55
-   Ordinance #1416 - 2nd reading.  An ordinance amending Chapter 4, Article .I in general, Section4-3. (d), Article .I Dogs, Cats. Rabbits.Livestock and Fowl,Etc. Sections 4-9, 4-11. (a). (b). (d). 4-12, 4-15, 4-16, 4-17. (A), (C), 4-17.1,and 4-17.4.   Code pertaining to animals and fowl.

New Business 1:35
-  Buffalo Trap & Skeet Club, Tracey Colton Request for Variance for Noise.  New Year’s Eve shoot
-  Lease Agreement - Buffalo Golf Club Liquor License 4:00
-  Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub, Robert Garrision, Repeater Update 9:05

Reports
-  City Attorney 16:15
-  Building Inspector/Planning Director 16:30
-  Police Chief 18:55
-  Public Works Director 24:30
-   Brent Bennett - Erie/Delaware St Updates,      Sunset Ave bid. 27:00

Oral/Written Comments 28:00

Announcements 28:35
Planning&Zoning Board mtg- Oct 24@ 1 p.m.
Dept Head mtg Nov 7@7 a.m.
City/County mtg Nov 14@7 a.m
City Council mtgs Nov 7 & 21 @ 5 p.m.
City offices closed Nov 10, 23, & 24

Approval of Bills 29:05

Adjourn 29:30

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. October 9th, 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. October 9th, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance 0:00
Roll Call 0:45
Public Comment
Parent Liaison Program 1:30
Additions/Accept Agenda 11:45

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 12:10
Principal Reports 17:45
Director Reports 28:15
Superintendent Report 37:10
Curriculum and Learning Report 42:30
Special Services Report 49:30
Business Report 57: 00
Rec Board Report  1:22:00
BOCES Report 1:24:15
BOCHES Report 1:24:45

Consent Agenda 1:26:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment/Salary Advancement

Action Items 1:26:30

Other Business 1:26:50
-  Peer Review Update
-  From the Board 1:28:00
-  Nov Work Session & Board Meeting 

Adjourn 1:35:00

City/County Meeting. 17th October, 2023

City/County Meeting. 17th October, 2023

Open 0:00
Bike Path along US Hwy 16 West 0:20
Richardson Park Infrastructure Issues 8:50
Affordable Housing Discussion 50:10
Round Table Item  51:35
-  Salary Scale for Police Department,  Myra Camino
-  Bomber Mountain Civic Center grant, Julie Silbernagel
-  Jim Gatchell Museum Grant Opportunity, Julie Silbernagel
-  Dispatch, Shane Schrader
-  Governor’s Budget Preparation - Direct Distribution,  Bill Novotny
Appreciation - Jim Waller

Next Meeting - Nov 14, 2023 @ 7:00 am

Close. 1:03:00

You can do that in 4-H?! October 2023

You can do that in 4-H?! October 2023

 

Do you think 4-H is just for ranch kids?
It’s all just ‘cows and plows, right?   Think again.

4-H can be anything you want it to be.  During national 4-H week 307NetInfo caught up with Bryce Mckenzie Extension Educator in Johnson County who busts some stereotypes and myths about what 4-H has to offer.

For more information click here https://wyoextension.org/johnsoncounty/
or call 307-684-7522

Cemetery District Board Meeting. October 10th, 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. October 10th, 2023

Approve Agenda 0:00
Public Comment 2:10
Approve Vouchers 2:20
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 3:00
- August - missing from previous meeting
- September 4:15

Finance Report 5:10

Old Business
- Sexton Job Description Committee Update 10:15
- Irrigation System Update 14:30
- Kaycee Gate/Office 32:00

New Business
- Truck Purchase discussion 37:50

Cremation Garden Committee - Site Visit 1:01:00
Motion to move Cremation Garden (not on audio)

Close

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. October 9th, 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. October 9th, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance 0:00
Roll Call 0:45
Public Comment
Parent Liaison Program 1:30
Additions/Accept Agenda 11:45

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 12:10
Principal Reports 17:45
Director Reports 28:15
Superintendent Report 37:10
Curriculum and Learning Report 42:30
Special Services Report 49:30
Business Report 57: 00
Rec Board Report  1:22:00
BOCES Report 1:24:15
BOCHES Report 1:24:45

Consent Agenda 1:26:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment/Salary Advancement

Action Items 1:26:30

Other Business 1:26:50
-  Peer Review Update
-  From the Board 1:28:00
-  Nov Work Session & Board Meeting 

Adjourn 1:35:00

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. October 9th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. October 9th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:30
Review Vouchers 0:50
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 21:20

Treasurer’s Report 22:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 25:40
Kaycee Director’s Report 42:15

Old Business
-  New Building 50:00
-  New Ambulance Purchase 55:30
-  F32 and Cash Flow Report 56:10

Call for Old Business 56:50
-  Financial Housekeeping
-  Public Officer Training 58:10

New Business
-  Rates 1:01:40
-  Radios at Hospital 1:04:05
-  Meeting with Dispatch 1:06:00
-  Single Case Agreement Kaiser Permanente 1:19:40
-  Quick Med Claim Payments 1:25:10

Call for New Business  1:43:50

Public Comment 1:44:00

Adjourn 1:44:25

'Cane and Able'. White Cane Awareness. October 2023

'Cane and Able'. White Cane Awareness. October 2023

Imagine your world in an eternal night or being shrouded in a relentless fog.  What would happen to your independence, and your quality of life, and what about the simplest tasks you do every day?   Driving to work, taking a stroll in the park, or even finding your keys can suddenly seem like insurmountable challenges.

Join Sarah Sexton and Julie Heil who know a thing or two about navigating the world blind.  Sarah lost her sight due to an unexpected twist of fate and is now navigating a career and raising a family completely without her sight.

Alongside her is Julie Heil, an Orientation Mobility Specialist.  Through rigorous training, Julie is skilled in the art of guiding people, helping them tap into tools and technologies, driving them toward self-reliance and renewed confidence.

One such tool is the iconic white cane – not just a navigational aid, but for Sarah, a powerful emblem of her regained independence.

During White Cane Awareness month, Sarah unveils her world and how to interact with people who are visually impaired.   If you've ever wondered about the do's and don'ts when meeting someone with a visual impairment, Sarah explains what is helpful and, just as importantly, what is not.

Buffalo City Council Meeting. October 3rd, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. October 3rd, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda 0:40
Approval of Minutes Sept 19, 2023 0:50

Unfinished Business 1:05

New Business
Sept 19 City Council meeting absence - Mayor Schrader 1:10
Reed Davidson, PTO - treet closure request for Trunk or Treat Event 1:35
Emma Pehringer, Buffalo FFA - Haunted Hike Request 3:50
Nikki Smerski, Chamber of Commerce - street closure request Monster March Oct 31, 2023
NE District Cross Country Meet - street closure request Oct 7, 2023

Reports
City Attorney 14:05
Building Inspector/Planning Director 14:10
Police Chief 15:30
Public Works Director 18:15

Oral/Written Comments 21:00

Announcements 21:10
City/County Meeting Oct 17 @ 7 am
City Council Meeting Oct 17 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Meeting Oct 24 @ 1pm
City Hall closed Oct 9 Columbus Day
City Council Special Meeting Oct 12 @ 4 pm

Approval of Bills 24:00

Adjourn 24:35

County Commissioner's Meeting. October 3rd, 2023

County Commissioner's Meeting. October 3rd, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Sept 5, 2023 Minutes 0:25

General County Business
Jim Gatchell Museum Board/Foundation Update 1:10
Windy Ridge Road Maintenance 4:55
Policy Approvals:  Cybersecurity and Personal Identifiable Information 7:55
GMRS Radio Repeater Update 16:00
Retirement of Emergency Management Coordinator 29:00
WYDOT:  Main Street Agreement 31:50
Lodging Tax Board Appointment:  Jennifer Johnson 34:00
Resolution #712 Operation Green Light 37:15
Workforce Grant (Public Health) 44:10
Catering Permit:  Cowboy Saloon 49:10
Commissioner’s Application for additional accounting services 49:50
County Clerk Request for funds to archive records 53:00

Vouchers 55:50

Pubic Comment 57:05
-  Bill Dooley -   Bike/walking trail maintenance
-  Kristin Friedrich - funding new covid vaccine

Adjourn. 1:03:15

Choosing The Right Road. September 2023

Choosing The Right Road. September 2023

Maybe you have heard of “The Right Road"?   Find out more about this collective spirit of a community coming together in a day-long event for the next generation.

Why does a legion of almost 100 community volunteers from diverse professions unite and dedicate their time to an extraordinary school day for Sophomore students?
 
What do they want to share with those young people who stand at the crossroads of choices and challenges?  And how do so many hands extend to demonstrate how to stay safe?   

For more information cal
Lisa Norman 307 621 0567
Kate Harness 307 620 0149

JC Hospital Board Meeting. September 27th, 2023

JC Hospital Board Meeting. September 27th, 2023

Review & Approve prior month’s Board meeting minutes 0:00
Leadership Reports 1:30
Chief of Staff Report 2:50
CEO Report 16:00
Financial Report 32:00
Approval of Credentialing 52:30
Executive Session 54:00

Buffalo City Council Meeting. September 19th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. September 19th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes, Sept 5 Regular Meeting

Unfinished Business 1:20

New Business 1:20
-  Councilman Madsen Sept 5 2023 Council Meeting absence 1:25
-  Tiffany Songer, Buffalo High School Road Closure Request Homecoming Oct 2 1:50
-  Animal Shelter Contract 4:00
-  Resolution #1470 - Annual Appropriation for fiscal year ending June 2024 9:10
-  Proclamation Constitution Week Sept 17-23 10:30
-  Main Street trees 12:15
-  Mayor’s Appointments - Karen Buffington, Buffalo Tree Board 19:20

Reports 19:50
-  City Attorney
-  Building Inspector/Planning Director 19:55
-  Police Chief 24:40
-  Public Works Director 26:00

Oral/Written Comments 28:10

Announcements 29:20
-  Planning & Zoning Board mtg Sept 26 @ 1pm
-  Dept Head mtg Oct 3 @ 7am
-  City/County mtg Oct 17 @ 7am
-  City Council Mtgs Oct 3 & 17 @ 5pm
-  Approval of Bills 29:35

Adjourn 30:00

City/County Meeting. 19th September, 2023

City/County Meeting. 19th September, 2023

JoCo 1st - Community Facility Rehab Program 0:00
Residential Lots - health, safety and real estate sales 7:00
Fishing Pond Docks - East of I-25 16:00

Commissioner Items 19:50
-  Richardson Park - Infrastructure Improvements 21:00
- Ice Rink, Zamboni Purchase Proposal 38:50

Council Items
-  Liquor License 44:50

Announcements
-  Next City/County Meeting Oct 17th, 2023 @ 7:00 am

In Conversation with Poet Laureate Gene Gagliano. September 20th, 2023

In Conversation with Poet Laureate Gene Gagliano. September 20th, 2023

Meet Wyoming Poet Laureate, National Award Winning Children’s Author Gene Gagliano.

Find out how Gene discovered writing and became a published author and eventually Wyoming Poet Laureate.    We discuss the very personal process of writing, where the inspiration comes from, and quite why he is known as “the teacher who dances on his desk”!

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet Gene in person, obtain a signed copy of his new books and win great prizes at his book signing at Johnson County Library in Buffalo on Thursday 21st September from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Find out more about the author:
www.gargene.com

www.facebook.com/dancingteacher

Cemetery District Board Meeting. September 11th, 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. September 11th, 2023

Approve Agenda 0:00
Public Comment 2:00
Approve Vouchers 2:15
Approve August Meeting Minutes 3:00
Finance Report 3:15

Old Business 15:45
Cremation Garden Committee Update Location Discussion

Sexton Job Description Cttee Update 29:45
Irrigation System Update 31:00

New Business
Sexton Report Format 37:45
Comp Time Policy 50:00
Saluting Frances 57:10
Kaycee Gate Discussion 1:02:25
Saturday Burial Refund 1:08:05
Cell phones 1:11:00
Doorbell Cameras 1:24:00
Hay (Buffalo) 1:25:45

Executive Session 1:26:15

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. September 11th 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. September 11th 2023

Pledge of Allegiance 0:00
Roll Call 0:45
Public Comment 1:20
The Right Road 3:25
Additions/Accept Agenda 4:15

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 8:20
Principal Reports 13:00
Director Reports 28:45
Superintendent Report 36:50
Curriculum and Learning Report 41:25
Special Services Report 43:20
Business Report 46: 00
Rec Board Report  50:00
BOCES Report 51:15
BOCHES Report 58:00

Leadership Governance 2.13 58:30

Consent Agenda 1:03:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment/Salary Advancement
Isolation Requests
Bus Routes
Summer Paychecks
Homeschool - acknowledge
Action Items 1:08:40
3rd Party Investigation

Other Business 1:14:00
-  From the Board
-  October Work Session
-  October Board Meeting

Executive Session 1:22:00
Personnel W.S. 16-4-4-5 (a)(ii)

Adjourn

Buffalo City Council Meeting. September 5th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. September 5th, 2023

Call To Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes August 15, 2023
Public Hearing 1:00
Retail Liquor License Transfer - Maverik

Unfinished Business
New Business

Liquor License Transfer - Maverik 1:30
Proclamation - Suicide Prevention Week Sept 10-16 2:00

Mayors Appointments  10:00
-  Kaycee-Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board (Jo Co 1st) Zac Smith
-  Planning & Zoning Board Jake Wright
-  Lodging Tax Board Natausha Arno

Reports 10:50
-  City Attorney
-  Planning Director/Building Inspector
-  Police Chief
-  Public Works Director

Oral/Written Comments 15:00
-  Buffalo Ice Rink
-  Trees, Main St

Announcements  31:50
City Employee Picnic - Sept 14
City/County Mtg Sept 19 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg  Sept 19 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg Sept 26 @ 1 pm

Approval of Bills 32:15

Adjourn 32:30

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. September 11th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. September 11th, 2023

Introduction 0:00
Approve Agenda. 1:45
Review Vouchers  2:45
Approve Minutes August General Meeting 4:00
Tucker Ruby, County Attorney - Title 25 Transfers 5:00
Treasurer’s Report 35:30

Old Business
-  RFP New Building 39:25
-  New Ambulance Purchase 45:10

New Business
-  QuickMed Billing 45:35

Buffalo Director’s Report 9:47:25
Kaycee Director’s Report 51:45

Special Use District Mandatory Training 52:45
Kaycee New Radios 55:40
Issues with Dispatch and Mutual Aid
F32 and Cash Flow Report (tabled) 1:01:15

Public Comment 1:01:20
-  Frank Bellek, New Building Construction Issues
Dave Harness -  Treasurer’s Report comment

Adjourn 1:14:00

Wave Hello To The World. Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub. Sept 2023

Wave Hello To The World. Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub. Sept 2023

‘Ham radio’ as it is commonly known has long been a great additional communication resource for a wide variety of interests and needs.   In areas such as Johnson County where cellphone service can be patchy, amateur radio can be a valuable additional resource when facing emergency situations or simply to communicate in poor coverage areas.   

Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub (BARK) has already established links with Johnson County Emergency Management, law enforcement, and other local services and groups.   The group is looking to grow and provide support or backup when needs arise.    Furthermore, amateur radio isn’t confined by geography so Wyoming-based users can be part of national or even international initiatives, such as the natural disasters and rescue efforts in Florida or Maui.   

307NetInfo caught up with two enthusiasts to find out more about the Klub, the recent financial award of $1,000 by Johnson County Commissioners to provide a repeater to (literally) boost the club’s effectiveness, and more.

Interested?   Join the free Introductory Class on Tuesday 26th September.

Buffalo Amateur Radio Klub
Tuesday 26 Sept 6:30-8:00 pm
at American Legion, 18 Veteran’s Lane, Buffalo WY

For more information call 307 630 9857

It All Adds Up. Friends Feeding Friends. Sept 2023

It All Adds Up. Friends Feeding Friends. Sept 2023

While many families in Johnson County face the constant struggle of making ends meet, Friends Feeding Friends is stepping up to the plate. The local group has cultivated numerous partnerships and is relentlessly working to ensure that struggling families can put food on the table. As grocery prices show no signs of falling, how is Friends Feeding Friends managing to assist those in need while also navigating the economic strain themselves?

Tune in for the latest updates on 'help yourself' mini-food pantries, weekend food bags for children, and more. Whether you're considering if you might be eligible for assistance or are looking to make a contribution, get the full scoop from Breann Waller.

For more information about Friends Feeding Friends visit  https://jc-fff.org/

Mini Food Pantry Locations:
- Compass Center for Families - 777 Fort St. Buffalo
- Johnson County Healthcare Center - 497 W. Lott St. Buffalo
- Cimarron Mall - 238 N. Main St. Buffalo
- Cornerstone Pharmacy - 150 E. Hart St. Buffalo
- St. Francis Animal Shelter -109 Flatiron Dr. Buffalo
- Red Wall Community Center 201 Center St. Kaycee

Buffalo City Council Meeting. September 5th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. September 5th, 2023

Call To Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes August 15, 2023
Public Hearing 1:00
Retail Liquor License Transfer - Maverik

Unfinished Business
New Business

Liquor License Transfer - Maverik 1:30
Proclamation - Suicide Prevention Week Sept 10-16 2:00

Mayors Appointments  10:00
-  Kaycee-Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board (Jo Co 1st) Zac Smith
-  Planning & Zoning Board Jake Wright
-  Lodging Tax Board Natausha Arno

Reports 10:50
-  City Attorney
-  Planning Director/Building Inspector
-  Police Chief
-  Public Works Director

Oral/Written Comments 15:00
-  Buffalo Ice Rink
-  Trees, Main St

Announcements  31:50
City Employee Picnic - Sept 14
City/County Mtg Sept 19 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg  Sept 19 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg Sept 26 @ 1 pm

Approval of Bills 32:15

Adjourn 32:30

County Commissioner's Meeting. Sept 5th, 2023

County Commissioner's Meeting. Sept 5th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Aug 1 & 15 2023 Minutes

Jim Gatchell Museum Foundation 0:50
Request to Lift Hiring Freeze 19:45
Malt Beverage Permit:  Cowboy Saloon 21:20
Final Approval of Staghead Subdivision 22:50
County Planner Update & Comments 30:35
Resolution #711 Budget Amendment 42:35
Vouchers 45:10
Permission to Draft Letters from JC Commission 46:00

Public Comment 46:55
-  Tourism Board, Jody Sauers

Adjourn 50:15

JoCo First Board Meeting. August 30th, 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting. August 30th, 2023

Call to Order & Introductions 0:00

Consent Agenda. 0:35
- July 26, 2023, Minutes
- July 2023, Financial Report
-  Staff written report

Finance Committee 1:15
-  Budget discussion
-  Report of awarded funding for FY  23/24       update
-  Status of City/County invoicing moving forward

Facilities Committee 15:50
-  Committee report – Fire Panel update, Fire Marshal requirements 16:00
-  Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill discussion 19:20

Old Business - none

New Business 23:45
-  Staff report 23:55
-  Ongoing HVAC issues 27:45

Other Business 35:00
Public Comment
Open to Board Members
-   Training Opportunities 35:50

Announcements
September 27th, 2023, JOCO First regular meeting in Kaycee, City Hall, 8 am

Adjourn

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

"The Past Meets The Present". JC Heritage Days. 9th September 2023

"The Past Meets The Present". JC Heritage Days. 9th September 2023

Katie Giles of the TA Ranch and organizer Jennifer McCormick explain this brand-new event showcasing the past and the present in Johnson County at the TA Ranch.

Find out more about Katie’s brainchild and what this family-friendly day has to offer, including Western artisans at work, experience life on the Western frontier, on-site vendors, horseback rides, and a kids' corner as well as performances by Native American and Basque dancers.

To participate or find out more contact Jennifer McCormick at info@taranch.us

Tickets available online or at the gate:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/johnson-county-heritage-days-tickets-688095210297?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse

JC Hospital Board Meeting. Aug 23, 2023

JC Hospital Board Meeting. Aug 23, 2023

Review and approve July Board meeting minutes 0:00

Leadership Reports 1:10
CEO Report 13:00

Chief of Staff Report 27:50

Financial Report 33:50
Approve 2022 Audit 42:45
Approval of Credentialing 49:45

Executive Session 55:25
Adjourn

"Mind Matters". Addressing Alzheimer's Disease. August 2023

"Mind Matters". Addressing Alzheimer's Disease. August 2023

Alzheimer's, often referred to as the "silent epidemic," is a neurodegenerative disorder that not only affects individuals but also their families and caregivers. The older we get, the more likely we are to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.  Johnson County has a higher-than-average number of seniors compared to many other Wyoming counties so this is an issue that could challenge both families and healthcare providers alike. 

Ann Clement, Director of Programs for the Wyoming Chapter, Alzheimer's Association, recently traveled to Buffalo for a Community Forum hosted by the Senior Center to find out more about how the Association can serve our community.

Ann is a wealth of knowledge and 307NetInfo caught up with her and asked a lot of questions about Alzheimer’s Disease, diagnosis, treatment, and other resources.   What are the signs to watch for?   Questions about diagnosis?  What are treatment options?  

Whether you're someone who's seeking answers about Alzheimer's disease, a caregiver looking for support, or simply interested in learning more about this condition, listen in and find out more.

For more information visit : https://www.alz.org/professionals/public-health/state-overview/wyoming

 

Buffalo City Council Meeting. August 15th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. August 15th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes - July 18 2023

Unfinished Business
-  JoCo 1st - Fire Panel Funding Request 1:15
-  Housing Solutions; Affordable Housing Request 2:40

New Business
-  Buffalo Community Rink - Request for Variance 4:05
-  Affordable Housing Cttee, Councilman Madsen 5:45

Reports
-  City Attorney 6:20
-  Building Inspector 6:30
-  Police Chief 6:45
-  Public Works Director 7:05
-  Brent Bennett Project Update 8:15

Oral/Written Comments 10:00
-  Cheryl Madden

Announcements 12:45
Planning & Zoning Board mtg Aug 22 @ 1pm
Dept Head mtg Sep 5 @ 7am
City/County Meeting Sep 19 @ 7am
City Council mtgs Sep 5 & 19 @ 5pm
City Employee Picnic Sep 14

Approval of Bills 13:10

Adjourn 13:30

County Commissioners Meeting. Aug 15th, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. Aug 15th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance

Dept of Family Service TANF Approval 0:30
RFP Accounting Services 2:00
Mutual Aid Agreement JoCo Agencies 4:20
Radio Repeater Proposal 18:30
Code Red Alert 8:30
Affordable Housing Task Force 43:30
Public Comment 44:40
- Carolyn Fox

Adjourn 45:45

City/County Meeting. August 15th 2023

City/County Meeting. August 15th 2023

JoCo 1st :  Bomber Mountain Fire Alarm System 0:00

Affordable Housing Discussion 29:55

Round Table Discussion 35:10

Next Meeting September 19, 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. August 14th 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. August 14th 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment  0:30
Additions/Accept Agenda 0:55

Principal Reports 2:20
Director Reports – Facilities 3:30
Superintendent Report 25:40

Curriculum & Learning Report 31:40
Special Services Report 36:15
Business Report 38:00
Rec Board Report 44:40
BOCES Report  44:45
BOCHES Report 45:00
Leadership Governance 2.5 45:15

Consent Agenda 47:15
Minutes
Warrants
Employment

Action Items
Meal Price Increase 49:30
SCSD#3 Transportation Request 56:15
Dean Salary Schedule 59:50
Kaycee Football Request 1:06:30
WHSAA Participation Application 1:32:20

Other Business
From the Board 1:33:00
Four Day School Week 1:33:30
Sept. Work Session/Special Meeting 1:39:45
Sept. Board Meeting - Kaycee 1:40:10

Adjourn 1:43:00

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. August 14th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. August 14th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Approve Agenda
Review Vouchers
Approve Minutes General Meeting 18:00
Approve Minutes Budget Hearing

Approve Treasurer’s Report 18:25

Kaycee Director’s Report 25:20
RFP New Building 26:30 + 38:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 32:10
RFP New Building 38:00 (resumed) 
CMS Reporting 45:30Audit 22-23 49:00
New Ambulance Quotes 57:00
Review Rates 1:09:50
Public Comment (none) 1:12:15

Adjourn 1:12:20

JCSD#1 School Bus Driver Shortage. August 14th 2023

JCSD#1 School Bus Driver Shortage. August 14th 2023

School buses are a vital part of the functioning of any school district.  The lack of school bus drivers is a nationwide headache and Johnson County has not been immune from that problem.  With school starting next week, JCSD#1 Transportation Director Bill McKenzie tells parents about the status of school buses for this coming semester for students getting to or from school, and activities.   

We ask why there is a lack of drivers and what is it that makes attracting and recruiting drivers so difficult.  Is it just a money issue?

Got questions?   Contact Bill McKenzie

Email: wmckenzie@jcsd1.us
Office phone: 307 684 5276

Cemetery District Update with Chairman Luke Goddard. August 2023

Cemetery District Update with Chairman Luke Goddard. August 2023

There have been a number of changes at the Cemetery District recently, at the Board level as well as the appointment of a new sexton.

Luke Goddard, newly appointed Chairman of the Cemetery District Board outlines what's been going on.  We discuss priorities for this new team, the challenges of losing “institutional knowledge”, the Cremation Garden, and more.   

Affordable Housing Complex Proposal. August 9th 2023

Affordable Housing Complex Proposal. August 9th 2023

Terry Asay, City of Buffalo Planning Director answers questions about the proposed new affordable 24-unit housing development on S. Burritt Ave near Meadowlark and Cloud Peak Schools.

There is a lack of housing in Buffalo and it’s frustrating many employers.   There is widespread support to tackle the issue but opinions differ as to how to respond to the challenge.  Meanwhile, a housing shortage leads to headaches for short-staffed employers, which can lead to wage hikes and increased overheads.

307NetInfo delved into this proposal asking why has it come about?  What is it exactly?  Who is behind it?  Why the hurry?   What comes next?  And more.

Cemetery District Board Meeting. Aug 8th, 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. Aug 8th, 2023

Open 0:00
Oath of Office Board Member Kassie Spiering 0:10

Public Comment 0:40
-  Shawn Sullivan

Approve Agenda 3:05
Approval of Vouchers 5:30
Minutes -  July and Special Meeting 6:00
Finance Report 6:40
Public Officer Training Requirements  12:15
- 23rd August 2023

Old Business
Cremation Garden Update Committee 15:30
Sexton Job Description Committee Update 18:15

New Business
Irrigation System Update 24:00
Block 4 Discussion 33:40
Used Truck & Snow Plow Purchase Discussion 35:00
Kaycee Cemetery Update 37:50
Summer Employee Recognition 46:10
Meeting Times 49:15

Executive Session - Personnel  (no action) 53:15

Adjourn

NOTE:  September Meeting with be held at HJP in Kaycee Tues 12th September 2023 @ 2:00 pm.  Zoom will be available.

SCAM ALERT. Johnson County Sheriff. August 2023

SCAM ALERT. Johnson County Sheriff. August 2023

Scamming is nothing new in Johnson County.  However, the Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Police Department want you to know about a recent uptick in scam phone calls trying to extort the public out of thousands of dollars.   This one fakes the vehicle accident of a family member and preys upon people anxious about their loved ones.

The scammers will impersonate a family member and claim they have been involved in a serious vehicle accident. They'll skillfully manipulate your emotions, making you anxious and worried about the well-being of your loved one. In such vulnerable moments, they'll attempt to extort thousands of dollars from you.

If you receive such a call, don't act impulsively. Take a deep breath, stay calm, and verify the information independently. Reach out to the family member allegedly involved in the accident directly or contact other relatives to confirm the situation.

Received a call like this?  Help law enforcement and call Dispatch at 307 684 5581

Cemetery District Board Special Meeting. Aug 2nd, 2023

Cemetery District Board Special Meeting. Aug 2nd, 2023

Johnson County Cemetery District Board held a Special Meeting on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2023 to appoint two new Board members to fill vacant positions and also to appoint a new sexton.

Buffalo City Council Meeting. August 1st, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. August 1st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes - July 18, 2023

Unfinished Business 1:10
- JoCo 1st Fire Panel Funding Request
- Jerry Spiering - Affordable Housing Update 20:00

New Business
-  Grace Fellowship request for Variance to City Code 16-26.1 Noise 25:15
-  Friends Feeding Friends - Request to use Washington Park for food van distribution site 26:30
-  Gavin & Danielle Dickman - Request for water outside City limits 28:00
-  Mutual Aid Agreement 30:00
-  Mayor’s Appointment - KBJ Economic Development JPB - 3 yr term Zac Smith 33:15

Alex Burkhalter, Housing Solutions LLC -  Affordable Housing Request 34:00

Reports 1:02:00
-  City Attorney 1:02:00
-  Building Inspector 1:03:00
-  Police Chief 1:03:25
-  Public Works Dept 1:03:30

Oral/Written Comments 1:07:45

Announcements 1:16:00
City/County Mtg, Aug 15 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg,  Aug 15 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg,  Aug 22 @ 1 pm
Public Officer Training, Aug 26 in Clearmont

Approval of Bills 1:17:00

Adjourn 1:17:30

County Commissioners Meeting. Aug 1st, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. Aug 1st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of July 17, 2023 Minutes

General County Business
GMRS Radio Project 0:45
Tisdale Mountain Lease 3:50
Fire Resolution #710 10:15
Boundary Line Adjustment 17:45
Vouchers 22:00
Public Comment 24:30

Buffalo City Council Meeting. August 1st, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. August 1st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes - July 18, 2023

Unfinished Business 1:10
- JoCo 1st Fire Panel Funding Request
- Jerry Spiering - Affordable Housing Update 20:00

New Business
-  Grace Fellowship request for Variance to City Code 16-26.1 Noise 25:15
-  Friends Feeding Friends - Request to use Washington Park for food van distribution site 26:30
-  Gavin & Danielle Dickman - Request for water outside City limits 28:00
-  Mutual Aid Agreement 30:00
-  Mayor’s Appointment - KBJ Economic Development JPB - 3 yr term Zac Smith 33:15

Alex Burkhalter, Housing Solutions LLC -  Affordable Housing Request 34:00

Reports 1:02:00
-  City Attorney 1:02:00
-  Building Inspector 1:03:00
-  Police Chief 1:03:25
-  Public Works Dept 1:03:30

Oral/Written Comments 1:07:45

Announcements 1:16:00
City/County Mtg, Aug 15 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg,  Aug 15 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg,  Aug 22 @ 1 pm
Public Officer Training, Aug 26 in Clearmont

Approval of Bills 1:17:00

Adjourn 1:17:30

Longmire Days. What's it worth? July 2023

Longmire Days. What's it worth? July 2023

Last week, thousands of devoted Longmire fans descended on Buffalo, which for four days assumed the persona of Durant, Wyoming, the fictional town in the Longmire series.   Maybe this has you running in the opposite direction or perhaps you welcome the event with open arms?

For many, Longmire is best known for the tv series which ran from 2012-2017.   With no future seasons planned, is the event still relevant and of interest?   

As Buffalo returns to summer business as usual, 307NetInfo asked Longmire Days Director Jennifer McCormick about the event and whether it actually benefits Johnson County.

Echoes of the Past. August 2023

Echoes of the Past. August 2023

Discover the rich history of some of Johnson County’s notable and influential figures through an experience like no other through the 2023 Echoes of the Past Cemetery Tours this August.

You'll have the opportunity to meet these historical figures who profoundly impacted our community as if they were alive today.   Many of these individuals are already familiar to us through the street signs that bear their names, such as Carrington, Lott, and Cummings. But now, you can truly get to know them on a personal level.

Step into the world of Helen Voiles, the pie maker extraordinaire, or encounter other remarkable individuals, including ‘Crazy Woman’ herself, and more  who have left an indelible mark on our local history. The Cemetery Tours promise to be illuminating and engaging, providing a glimpse into the bygone times through the perspective of these influential spirits brought back to life.

Tickets are limited, and reservations must be made in advance. Secure your spot by calling 307-684-9331 or visiting The Jim Gatchell Museum. Don't miss out on this captivating living history program that will transport you back in time and bring the stories of JC's settlers to life.

Human Trafficking? In Wyoming? July 2023

Human Trafficking? In Wyoming? July 2023

Human trafficking has become a hot topic lately.   It's been the subject of numerous documentaries, and even a new movie that delves into this pressing issue. It's definitely a conversation starter, as more and more people are becoming aware of the gravity of human trafficking.

Uprising, is a Sheridan-based outreach organization that brings awareness and education about the issue of human trafficking in our region.

Human trafficking is often depicted in sensationalized ways but Uprising’s experience is that those instances are extremely rare and exploitation presents itself very differently in our community.

Find out more about this important topic with Uprising Director Terri Markham.

For more information visit www.uprisingwyo.org

Following the release of the movie ‘The Sound of Freedom’ Uprising has put out a statement distancing themselves from Operation Underground Railroad featured in the movie. 

You can read their statement.  Click here Uprising Statement

JoCo First Board Meeting. July 26th, 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting. July 26th, 2023

Call to Order & Introductions 0:00
Consent Agenda 1:00
-  June 28, 2023 Minutes
-  June 2023 Financial Report
-   Staff Written Report
-   Employee Handbook final review & approval

Finance Committee (Rick Myers, Treasurer) 2:40
-  Accountant Changes
-  Report of Awarded Funding FY 23/24
-  Status of City/County Invoicing

Facilities Committee (Tom Knapp) 8:10
-  Committee Report

Old Business 17:55
-  Follow up on Assessment Needs resources
-   Fire Panel

New Business 31:10
-  Staff Report
-  HVAC Issue - vandalism/insurance claim
-  Board Retreat discussion

Other Business 45:20
-  Public Comment
-  Open to Board Members

Adjourn 48:30

Next Meeting   Aug 23, 2023 @ 8:00 am Bomber Mountain Civic Center

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

JC Hospital Board Meeting. July 26, 2023

JC Hospital Board Meeting. July 26, 2023

Review & Approve prior Board meeting minutes  0:00
Chief of Staff Report 0:35
Leadership Reports 2:15
CEO Report 14:30
Approval of Credentialing 34:00
JCHC Financial Performance 37:45
FY 2022 Audit Review 51:30

Executive Session - Personnel

Adjourn

Buffalo City Council Meeting. July 18th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. July 18th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda 0:40
Approval of Minutes, Regular Meeting 5 July 2023 0:50

Unfinished Business 1:00

New Business
a. Margo Brown - mural update 1:10
b. YMCA - Klondike Rush Street Closure request 8:10
c. KBJ Economic Development Joint Powers Board/JoCo 1st Project Update 10:30

d. Buffalo Community Rink - MOU 23:10
e. Resolution #4166 2023-2027 Capital Improvement Plan 30:10
f. Resolution #1467 ARPA Grant - water transmission line 30:50
g. Resolution #1468 ARPA Grant  - storm sewer network 31:40
h. Resolution #1469 ARPA State Grant - alluvial wells connection 32:30

Reports
- City Attorney 33:10
- Building Inspector 37:50
- Police Chief 47:30
- Public Works 50:45

Oral/Written Comments 53:50

Announcements 1:00:45 
-  Planning &Zoning Board Meeting - July 25 @ 1 pm
-  Dept Head Meeting - Aug 1 @ 7 am
-  City/County Meeting - Aug 15 @ 7 am
-  City Council Meetings - Aug 1 & 15 @ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 1:01:10

Adjourn 1:01:30

County Commissioners Meeting. July 17, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. July 17, 2023

We apologize for the poor audio quality.  This is not an acceptable standard.  Electronic equipment interfered placed close by interfered with the quality of the audio recording.   We have identified a solution so that this does not happen again. 

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of July 5th 2023 Minutes
Final Budget Passage 0:50
Motions for FY23/24 Budget Hearing 12:05
Budget Approval Report - Fair, Library, Museum 12:10
Resolution 704 Transfer of Funds for 23/24 Budget 13:35
Resolution 705 Provide Income to Finalize Budget 15:20
Resolution 706 Appropriations 17:55
Resolution 707 Mill Levies 25:45
Resolution 708 Amend 22/23 Budget 27:50

Website Design Approval 31:35
Library Board Appointments 41:50
Hangar Lease Approval 42:40
Request to Lift Hiring Freeze - Facilities Manager 44:30
Resolution for CMAQ Funds 47:20
Project Updates for Bomber Mountain Civic Center 56:00
University of Wyoming Compensation Agreement 1:08:25

Public Comment 1:09:45

  • Amy Williams
  • James Clare
  • Kerry Aggen
  • Jim Waller
  • Laci Schiffer

Adjourn 1:36:55

Pump Up the Volume! July 2023

Pump Up the Volume! July 2023

Maybe you already know that people enjoy listening to loud music because it has direct connections to pleasure centers in the brain?  It releases endorphins when stimulated by loud music, so listening to loud music is essentially self-medicating and makes us feel good.

However, it can be very bad for our hearing and ultimately lead to all kinds of hearing health and other cognitive problems.    Hearing damage is often cumulative and irreversible, but being a musician doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your hearing health.

Whether you are a regular performance player or someone that just tinkers around, find out what musicians need to know about the risks associated with doing what they love and protecting their hearing.

Cemetery District Board Meeting. July 11th 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. July 11th 2023

Open 0:00
Letters of Board Members Resignation - John Hansen, David Moate 0:10

Election of New Officers 1:10
- Luke Goddard - Chair
- Liz Graves - Vice Chair
-  Sheila Camino - Treasurer

Budget Hearing FY 24 3:10
- Budget Approval

Public Announcement - Request for Two New Board Members 5:30

Public Comment 5:50

Approval of Vouchers 6:20
Approval of Minutes June 2023 Board Meeting 6:55
Financial Report  8:45

Sexton’s Reports
(None for Willow Grove)
Kaycee Cemetery 11:10

Guests Presentations and Bids 12:50
Job Description Committee Report

Public Comment from Zoom Participants 14:50

Sexton Job Description 16:25
Cremation Garden Committee Report 17:05

Insurance Addendum
+ Employee Handbook Update 20:35

Hay Agreement 20:25

New Canopy Awning 30:15

Adjourn 37:30

   

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. July 10th 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. July 10th 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment  0:30
Additions/Accept Agenda 0:55

Superintendent Report 1:30
Director Reports - Facilities 3:20
Principal Reports
Curriculum & Learning Report
Special Services Report 13:00
Business Report 16:45
Rec Board Report 1:30:30
BOCES Report 1:31:45
BOCHES Report 1:32:00

Leadership Governance 2.2; 2.3; 1.7 1:32:10
Consent Agenda 1:33:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment

Public Budget Hearing 1:33:30
Proposed FY24 Budget
FY23 Budget Amendment
WDE LEA Assurances

Other Business 1:40:40
From the Board
AI Committee
APQC Leadership Training
August Work Session
August Board Meeting

Executive Session 1:56:30
W.S. 16-4-405 (a)(ii)(iii) personnel & legal matters

Adourn

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. July 10th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. July 10th, 2023

Budget Hearing 0:00
Regular Meeting Called to Order 8:31
Approve Agenda 9:30
Approval of Audit 9:40
Vouchers 1:00
Approved Minutes of General Meeting 1:17:30
Approve Minutes of Special Meeting 1:17:45
Treasurer’s Report  1:18:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 1:21:45
Kaycee Director’s Report 1:26:00
CMS Report 1:37
- Motion to Pay Crosby Taylor 1:47:40
RFP New Building 1:48:10
Employees Handbook 1:48:45
Ambulance Purchase

Adjourn 2:02.30

The Affordable Housing Crisis. July 2023

The Affordable Housing Crisis. July 2023

Employers in Johnson County are struggling to bring in  employees across all private and business sectors.  It’s not that people don’t want to come here to live and work - in fact quite the reverse.  The area and the jobs on offer are very attractive to them, it’s the high property prices or rent and also a lack of real estate that has forced many to turn down job offers.   

This isn’t about growing our community, it’s about just sustaining what we have.  What happens to the multitude of services if we don’t have sufficient people to keep them running as we have come to expect?

So far, property developers have not seen a way to keep pace with demand and the property crisis is growing.  Gerald Spiering, is concerned about this issue that is impacting many employers in town from JC School District, our healthcare sector, law enforcement, as well the private sector.    

Listen to what could be done here and now in Johnson County to respond to the burgeoning crisis and ensure we don’t lose out.

Buffalo City Council Meeting. July 5th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. July 5th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes

Unfinished Business

New Business 2:00
-  FY24 Final Budget Clarification
-  Big Horn Mountain Radio Network Requests: Dance in the Park Aug 4 2:30
-  Chamber of Commerce - Fair & Rodeo Parade Street Closure Aug 5 5:30
-  Capital Improvements Plan 7:30
-  Local Government ARPA Grand Award - Sunset Ave 18:45
-  Model A & Pioneer Car Club tree closure July 8 19:20
-  Executive Session - Pending Litigation & Personnel 21:00

Reports
City Attorney 37:25
Building Inspector 37:35
Police Chief 37:45
Public Works 39:45

Oral/Written Comments 42:40

Announcements:
WYDOT STIP Presentation July 13 @ 5:30 pm at Library
City/County Meeting - July 18 @ 7 am
City Council Meeting - July 18 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Meeting - July 24 @ 1 pm

Approval of Bills 59:55

Adjourn 1:00:45

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. July 5th 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. July 5th 2023

Intro 0:00
City Picnic 0:20
City/County Parade Float 3:40
Police Department Wages 4:35
Animal Shelter Agreement 11:20
Major Capital Construction Projects - Updates 12:30
Department Head Items 30:30
Board Liaison Updates
Council Items
-  Community Pool Party July 11, 2023

Next Department Head Meeting
-  August 1 2023 @7 am

Adjourn

JC Hospital Board Meeting. June 28th, 2023

JC Hospital Board Meeting. June 28th, 2023

Public Budget Hearing 0:00
Regular Board Meeting
Chief of Staff Report 12:00
Review and approve May 2023 Meeting Minutes 16:00
Leadership Reports 16:30
CEO Report 22:00
Approval of Credentialing 51:30
PRN Mid-Level Coverage 53:30
Psych Nurse Practitioner 59:45
JCHC Financial Performance 1:07:45
Approve Parking Lot Construction Pricing 1:14:00

Executive Session
Adjourn

JoCo First Board Meeting. June 28, 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting. June 28, 2023

Call to Order and Introductions 0:00
Approve Agenda 2:45
Consent Agenda 4:30
-  May Meeting Minutes
-  May 2023 Financial Report

Finance Committee 4:55
-  Final 2023/24 Budget
-  Checking Account authorized signatures
-  Accountant changes  9:25

Facilities Committee - Tom Knapp 10:45
-  Report and recommendations

Old Business
-  Employee Handbook 27:40

New Business
-  Sheridan College Lease 32:30
-  Training with travel (staff and board) 38:55

Other Business/Public Comment 44:00 
-  Affordable Housing, Jerry Spiering
-  JCTA Update, Kristen de Galard
-  Graduate (Culinary) Grant, Mike Hanson

Adjourn 1:46:15

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

Property Tax Town Hall. June 27th, 2023

Property Tax Town Hall. June 27th, 2023

A Town Hall meeting ‘Understanding your property tax’ held Tuesday 27th, June at Buffalo High School sponsored by HD40 Representatives Barry Crago and County Commissioner Bill Novotny.

“A town hall meeting to help taxpayers understand Wyoming’s tax structure, the challenges Wyoming faces and current legislative activities.”

Ashley Harpstreith, Executive Director of Wyoming Taxpayers Association gave a brief overview of taxation in Wyoming.

Then followed a Q&A session including remarks from many local taxpayers and responses from Representative Barry Crago and Commissioner Bill Novotny.

Speakers referred to the following sources for more information:

https://wyotax.org/

https://wyoleg.gov

Contact Bill Novotny by phone at (307) 684-7555 or email bnovotny@johnsoncowy.us

Contact Barry Crago by phone at  (307) 267-9789 or email Barry.Crago@wyoleg.gov

Healing Conversations - The Power of Sharing. New VOA Support Groups.June 2023

Healing Conversations - The Power of Sharing. New VOA Support Groups.June 2023

Life can be tough, even for the toughest among us.   Sometimes we just need to learn some new ways of looking at things.   There is confidential help and support available.

Kadelyn Burd and Tyler Broderick of Volunteers of America (formerly N Wyoming Mental Health)

explain new support groups on offer for anyone who is going through a tough time and the reasons behind establishing them.

Do you find yourself snapping or intolerant of others, even the ones you love the most?

Do you catch yourself doubting your worth or value?  Being hyper-critical of yourself?

Are you an over-thinker?  Constantly think the worst could happen?  Are you stressed, trapped in a cycle of spiraling thoughts and attitudes?

Do you lack self-discipline and do not know how to break into better habits?

Do you want to gain self-control and emotional well-being?

Are you a new mom and feeling stressed?  Not coping so well?  Post-baby blues?

Call Kadelyn Burd
VOA Northern Rockies
521 W Lott St
Buffalo WY 82834
307 684 5531
Email:  kadelyn.burd@voanr.org

A Summer Cabaret. June 2023

A Summer Cabaret. June 2023

If you have a love for musicals or live performances you won’t want to miss the latest production from Creek Side Performing Arts.   Kel is joined by Julie Jarvis and others to bring you a musical review of favorites.

Listen to Kel Hogue, director and the inspiration behind the show explain more about what you can expect, and get a sneak preview of the performance.

A Summer Cabaret - A Musical Review’ is playing for two nights only on Fri June 30 and Sat July 1 at Crazy Woman’s “The Lounge” on E Hart St, Buffalo at 7:00 pm.   

Tickets $5:00 at the door.

Buffalo City Council Meeting. June 20th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. June 20th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes June 6, 2023

Unfinished Business 1:00
-  Ordinance #1415 - 3rd & Final Reading.  An ordinance providing an annual appropriation bill for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024

New Busines
-  Council Meeting Absence 6/6/23 - Councilman Camino 8:30
- Infrastructure Agreement - Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc 9:00
- Matt Gilbert - Appeal of Planning & Zoning setback decision 11:00
- Gerry Spiering - Proposed Framework for Affordable Housing 17:30
- Concessionaire Agreement - Lickety Splits 38:15
- Chamber of Commerce - Wednesday Markets street closure
- Mayor’s Appointment - KBJ Economic Development JPB Mike Hanson

Reports
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 37:30
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 39:45
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 40:00
Public Works 40:30

Oral/Written Statements 40:55

Announcements 47:20
Planning & Zoning Board mtg June 27 @ 1 pm
Dept Head Meeting July 5 @ 7 am
City/County mtg - Jul 18 @ 7 am
City Council mtgs Jul 5 & 18 @ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 48:00

Adjourn 48:25

Reflections & Projections. Cattle and Sheep Ranching in Johnson County. June 2023

Meet two BHS students, Alexalynn Horn and Lance Rabel.  Both are from ranching families and are interested in following in their footsteps.

They joined 307NetInfo and took a look back at the lineage of cattle and sheep ranching in Johnson County with the Foss and Camino families.    

Find out more about the next generation of ranchers is thinking about and hoping for as they consider their next steps and how technology and even Artificial Intelligence is shaping the industries.

Our first conversation focuses on cattle ranching

Follow up with more conversation about sheep ranching

This is one of three conversations with Ag Communications and Leadership students from Buffalo High School.  They chose topics to research; Agricultural Tourism, and the Cattle and Sheep industries.   

"Roots and Routes". Agritourism in Johnson County. June 2023

"Roots and Routes". Agritourism in Johnson County. June 2023

Find out more about the merging worlds of agriculture and tourism in Johnson County with Karina Mysse, a recent Buffalo High School graduate.  Karina is no stranger to agriculture and ranching having grown up amongst cattle and rodeo as part of a local ranching family.

Johnson County has been welcoming an influx of visitors attracted by more than our stunning scenery and recreation opportunities.  This is playing a significant role in bolstering our local economy.

Karina Mysse, a recent Buffalo High School graduate, explains what is it about Johnson County that pulls visitors in, and what kind of experiences they are seeking whilst they're here.  As a native of the region and from a family long-involved in ranching and rodeo, Karina was intrigued to find out more about this growing phenomenon.

Long-standing residents and hardworking ranchers, might be somewhat baffled to see their everyday life – their fields, cattle, and sprawling ranches – become a point of interest for outsiders. Find out more about the 'why' behind this burgeoning interest.

Whether you are a resident or a business owner, here is a chance to understand more about the growing synergy between the hardy world of agriculture and the allure of tourism and how it fuels our local economy, right here in Johnson County.   

This is one of three conversations with Ag Communications and Leadership students from Buffalo High School.  They chose topics to research; Agricultural Tourism, and the Cattle and Sheep industries.   

Property Taxes Explained with County Assessor Steve Esponda. June 20th, 2023

Property taxes have increased over 30% or more each year for the past two years and people are feeling the pinch.   Furthermore, the Wyoming Legislature has failed to provide significant property tax reform to ease the burden leaving people angry or anxious and asking questions not only about their individual bills but also about how the monies raised is spent on county services.   

Johnson County Assessor Steve Esponda has answered more questions than ever from anxious property taxpayers about their bills.   We caught up with Steve and asked him to explain the basics and address the most common questions he is asked about property taxes.

Find out more about what’s driven the increases and what comes next.

Explainer:
Property tax assessment is a process by which local government determines the value of a property for taxation purposes. The assessment is used to calculate the amount of property tax that the property owner is required to pay.

This process involves property valuation and determining an assessment ratio.  This is a percentage of the property's appraised value that will be subject to taxation. For example, if the assessed value of a property is $100,000 and the assessment ratio is 80%, the taxable value would be $80,000.

The millage rate, also known as the tax rate or mill rate, is the rate at which property taxes are calculated. It represents the amount of tax per thousand dollars of assessed value. For instance, if the millage rate is 10 mills, a property with an assessed value of $80,000 would have a tax liability of $800 (80,000 / 1,000 * 10).

County Commissioners Meeting. June 20, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. June 20, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of June 6, 2023 Minutes 0:20

General County Business
Review of Justice Center Security 0:45
Malt Beverage Permits 4:25
T-Hangar Lease Acceptance 5:40
Museum Board Appointments 7:10
Tourism Board Appointment 10:10
Public Comment  12:15
- Gerry Spiering - Affordable Housing
- Amy Williams - Property Tax
- Cindy Barlow - Property Tax
- Jan Loftus - Property Tax
-  Greg Loftus - Property Tax
- Amy Williams - Property Tax

Adjourn 54:15

Raising Beef? Here's a Workshop! June 2023

Raising Beef? Here's a Workshop! June 2023

If you're involved or interested in beef production,  Johnson County UW Extension Office is hosting a special workshop that you won't want to miss.

Join Dr. Shelby Rosasco, a Beef Extension Specialist from the University of Wyoming, and Micah Most, Agriculture Educator from the JC Extension Office.  The workshop will focus on the latest developments in heifer development and digital grazing and provide an opportunity for an interchange of ideas, experiences, and innovative practices.

When:  July 12th, 2023 at 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where:  Johnson County Fairgrounds.
RSVP and questions to Micah Most, JC Extension office mmost@uwyo.edu or 307 684 7522

Frank Eathorne, Wyoming GOP. June 2023

Frank Eathorne, Wyoming GOP. June 2023

Despite Wyoming's reliable Republican status, there is an ongoing debate within the party about its level of conservatism, with clashes occurring between more moderate and establishment figures and their more conservative or populist counterparts.  Who is representing your views in this debate?

Chairman Frank Eathorne addressed the priorities of the Wyoming GOP State's Central Committee during an open meeting on June 14, 2023, organized by the Republican Women's Freedom Alliance.  Chairman Frank Eathorne, himself a controversial figure, has recently been reappointed to a third term in the leadership of the Wyoming GOP.

The meeting provided a platform for engaged and active individuals from Johnson and Sheridan counties, many of whom hold leadership positions at the county or state level, to share their perspectives, priorities, and concerns.

The discussions revolved around various topics, including election integrity and ballot casting, which is expected to face increased scrutiny in the upcoming 2024 elections. The attendees also explored strategies to strengthen parental rights and influence the education system. Emphasizing the importance of local governance, the focus will be on County Commissioner and School Board positions, as well as Precinct Officers and other local seats.

For more information visit https://www.wyoming.gop

Cemetery District Board Meeting. June 13th 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. June 13th 2023

Open 0:00
Public Comment (none)
Harness Funeral Home Requests 1:45
-  Family Marker Request
-  New Markers
-  Dry Grass Fire Hazard

Approval of Vouchers 13:00
Minutes of May Board Meeting 15:50
Financial Report 16:00
-   Treasurer’s Report
-    Final Budget
-    Bookkeeper Contract

Sexton’s Report 30:05
Recess 1:13:00
Guest Presentations & Bids (none) 1:13:20

Unfinished Business:
Insurance Addendum, Employee Benefits 1:14:10
Report from Business Process Committee 1:34:45
Report from Meeting with Road & Bridge 1:41:35
Report from Job Description Committee 1:43:15

New Business 1:46:05 (None)

Executive Session - Personnel 1:46:40 (no action)

Adjourn

   

JCSD#1 Considers 4-Day School Week. June 2023

JCSD#1 Considers 4-Day School Week. June 2023

JCSD#1 is evaluating the pros and cons of adopting a 4-day school week district-wide.   What would be the impact on student achievement?   It’s a very complicated analysis that affects budgeting, contractual arrangements, extra-curricular activities, and academic success.   

Mike Hanson, also Principal at New West High School, is leading the process.  Listen to what is under consideration, why, and how decision-making will proceed.

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. June 12, 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. June 12, 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Additions/Accept Agenda

Mill Levy Hearing 2:20
Motion to Enter into Mill Levy Hearing
Mill Levy Intents 26:15
Adjournment of Mill Levy Hearing 29:20

General Reports 29:30
Principal Reports 29:30
Director Reports 51:10
Superintendent Report 1:18:45
Curriculum & Learning Report 1:24:00
Special Services Report 1:24:45
Business Report 1:29:35
Rec Board Report 1:33:00
BOCES Report 1:36:00
BOCHES Report 1:36:20
Leadership Governance 1:49:10

Consent Agenda 1:55:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment

Action Items 1:55:30
Recreation Board Mill Levy 1:55:30
BOCHES Mill Levy 2:00:00
Superintendent Evaluation System 2:02:35
Policy Revision - second reading 2:10:30
Activity Sponsors/Coaches Renewal 2:11:20
Eureka Math Squared Curriculum 2:11:55

Other Business 2:17:10
From the Board
HR Position Consideration 2:19:15
APQC Training 2:34:30
Picnic With SCSD#1, #2, #3 2:37:00
State Board of Education Mtg 2:38:00
July
Work Session 2:39:00
July  Board Meeting 2:39:40

Executive Session 2:40:00
W.S. 16-4-405 (a)(ii) Personnel Matters

Adjourn

County Commissioners Meeting. June 6, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. June 6, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance 0:00
Approval of May 16, 2023 Minutes 0:30
Budget Amendment Resolution #701 - Airport Grant 1:15
Reversion of Unspent 1% Allocations 4:00
Request to Waive Hiring Freeze Public Health 12:15
Veteran's Memorial Resolution #702 19:55
Tourism Association Benefits Resolution #703
Wyoming Game and Fish Grant 27:40
Public Lands Discussion 29:10
- BLM Conservation Rule Public Comment
- Grizzly Bear letter
- Sage Grouse
- Coal Screening Comment
Board Appointment JCTA, Adam Todd 33:30
Catering Permits : Taylor Invasion Bar 34:20
Public Comment 37:50
Gerald Spiering - Audibility issues
Bob Perry - JCTA satellite building (+ Jody Sauers,
Jennifer McCormick)
Garrett Lindeman - D-Day Recognition, Town Hall request
Carrie Ivey - Town Hall request
Laura Ulrich - Animal Shelter correction
Carrie Ivey - Covid-19 vaccinations
Garrett Lindeman - Covid-19 vaccinations
Marianne Ferari - Covd-19 vaccinations
Close 55:50

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. June 12th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. June 12th, 2023

Approve Agenda 0:00
Review Vouchers 0:15
Approve Minutes May Board Meeting 17:20
Treasurer’s Report 18:05
Buffalo Director’s Report 27:20
Kaycee Director’s Report 31:25

Old Business
Finalize Budget 2023-24 45:30
Set Time & Date for Budget Hearing 47:35
Buffalo EMS Contract 55:40
RFP - New Building 58:10
Employee Handbook 59:10

Call for Old Business
- Lift Assist Policy 1:01:35

Public Comment 1:10:00

Adjourn 1:14:20

JC Hospital Board Meeting. May 31, 2023

JC Hospital Board Meeting. May 31, 2023

AGENDA
Review and approve the prior month’s Board meeting minutes 0:00
Chief of Staff Report 0:30
Leadership Reports 3:55
CEO Report 13:20
Approval of Credentialing 39:40
JCHC Financial Performance 44:05
Review FY2024 Preliminary Budget
a. Approval of AHCC price increase
b. Approval of FY2024 mill levy request
Executive Session
Adjourn

Jim Gatchell Museum Triumphs. May 2023

Jim Gatchell Museum Triumphs. May 2023

The Jim Gatchell Museum was recently awarded one of just four of the 2023 Medals for Museum and Library Service beating off stiff competition across the nation.   This is a highly prestigious and hard-won honor given by the venerated Institute of Museum & Library Services which is rigorous in its decision-making process.   

Museum Director Sylvia Bruner discusses the award, as well as the role a great museum can play in a community and how to meet the challenge of attracting visitors, both local and traveling through, in the digital age.    

Want to help preserve the historic Carnegie building?   A generous donor will match funds but only until August 31, 2023.  Find out more here https://jimgatchell.com/donate/

'Hear It Right’. Hearing Health Matters. May 2023

'Hear It Right’. Hearing Health Matters. May 2023

Hearing is a topic that's often misunderstood and underestimated, yet plays a vital role in our lives every single day.  It's an important subject that affects so many people, yet it's not talked about nearly enough.

Many of us take our hearing health for granted, dismissing it as a minor inconvenience that can simply be corrected with a pair of hearing aids when we get older. In fact, it's far more complex and impactful than that.  

Research shows a strong link between hearing health and cognitive function and not just for seniors. So, when we neglect our hearing health, we're not just missing out on our favorite songs or the sound of a loved one's laughter, we also risk our cognitive abilities which has a profound negative impact.

Find out more and what you can do now.

Crossing Cultures: The High School Exchange Experience. May 2023

Crossing Cultures: The High School Exchange Experience. May 2023

As the last school bell of the year rings, we bid farewell, ‘adios’, ‘arrivederci’ and ‘ha det bra’ to the four high school foreign exchange students as their year here in Johnson County draws to a close.  Two are from Madrid, Spain, one from Milan, Italy, and one from near Oslo,  Norway.  All very different places compared to Buffalo Wyoming!

Find out about the experiences of these adventurous young globetrotters who stepped into a new country and navigated a foreign experience.  How have they bridged cultures and forged friendships?  How is Wyoming life different from their own back home? 

What were the expected and unanticipated challenges they had to overcome?  And what will they take back from their American experience?  They discuss cultural comparisons, recounting their time of crossing boundaries and expanding horizons.

Everyone Can Dive In. May 2023

Everyone Can Dive In. May 2023

Buffalo’s exceptional outdoor pool is a wonderful place for families to enjoy the summer.

A few years ago, the pool had to implement an entry fee due to increasing expenses. Thanks to the generosity of community members a scholarship fund was established to ensure that no family misses out on the wonderful experience our pool offers.

Compass Center for Families is responsible for issuing the ‘scholarships’.  Director Kassahn Mathson explains who it’s for, what it covers, and how to claim yours.   

If you are in a position to donate, Compass would gratefully receive whatever amount you can share.

Contact Compass Center for Families at
777 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834
307-684-2446

JoCo First Board Meeting. May 24, 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting. May 24, 2023

Call to Order + Introductions 0:00Fire Panel Update 1:25
Approve Minutes from April 12, 2023 11:30

Financials 11:55
- Treasurer’s Report
- Amended 22/23 Budget and Proposed 23/24 Budget

Staff Reports 20:20
- BMCC/Economic Development general update

Old Business 20:25
- Updated Employee Handbook

New Business 24:35
- Priorities
- Consent Agenda
- Facilities Committee
- MMW Repairs & Maintenance

Other Business 32:25
- Public Comment (none)
- Chamber of Commerce Updates
- JCTA Updates

Next Meeting June 28, 2023 @ 8:00 am in Kaycee 41:20

Adjourn 43:10

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

Buffalo City Council Meeting. May 16 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. May 16 2023

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - May 2, 2023 Regular Meeting

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 1:00

NEW BUSINESS
Mural Update - Margo Brown 1:10
4-H Shooting Sports - Jim Dawson 17:15
St Francis Animal Shelter Agreement 28:50
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Requests 1:05:00
- Longmire Days Road Closure
- Fair & Rodeo Parade Road Closure
Ordinance #1415 - 1st Reading 1:06:30
(Ordinance providing an annual appropriation bill for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024) 1:06:30
WAM 2023 Official Voting Delegate 1:07:40

REPORTS
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 1:08:30
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 1:09:30
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 1:10:20
Public Works Director, Les Hook 1:11:15

ORAL/ WRITTEN COMMENTS 1:12:10

ANNOUNCEMENTS 1:12:20
Planning & Zoning Board Meeting May 23 @ 1:00 pm
Dept Head Meeting June 6 @7:00 am
City/County Meeting June 20 @ 7:00 am
City offices closed May 29 - Memorial Day

APPROVAL OF BILLS 1:12:40

ADJOURN 1:12:50

Soft or Smart on Crime? Drug Court with County Attorney Tucker Ruby. May 2023

Soft or Smart on Crime? Drug Court with County Attorney Tucker Ruby. May 2023

Johnson County has had a ‘Drug Court’ program for over 20 years and has received increased funding this year.   Is this approach that tries to tackle the underlying issues beneath addiction a reasonable alternative to incarceration?

Johnson County has its share of drug-related crime from methamphetamine, fentanyl, marijuana, and alcohol addiction.  As law enforcement agencies work to combat drug-related crimes, including drug trafficking, distribution, and possession, what role does drug court have to play in solving the problem?

County Attorney Tucker Ruby discusses the purpose of drug court, how it works, who qualifies to participate, and whether it is worthwhile.

Johnson County Tourism Association. Who? What? Why? May 2023

Johnson County Tourism Association. Who? What? Why? May 2023

Chairwoman Jody Sauers, and board member Anita Peoples, describe Johnson County Tourism Association (JCTA) as the 'marketing department' of Johnson County.  Funded solely by lodging tax revenues, it operates at no expense to Johnson County taxpayers and is working to spotlight the best of our county to bring in visitors.

So, what exactly does JCTA do? Who are the people they attract to visit, and what do these visitors want to see, experience, and enjoy while they're here?

One of the key goals of the JCTA is to lengthen the time visitors stay, maximizing their opportunity to discover our community, frequent our businesses, and soak up the unique atmosphere that is in Johnson County.  What does that take?

If you're a business owner you might be wondering how this impacts you. Although the JCTA does not directly engage in business development, they can provide valuable insights to help you better attract, serve, and satisfy the tourists who are vital to our local economy.

Listen and find out more work of the JCTA, its role, its strategies, and how it is shaping the future of tourism in Johnson County.

Grow A Little Extra. May 2023

Grow A Little Extra. May 2023

Are you an experienced gardener?  Or a novice wanting to learn new skills?   Either way, Johnson County Extension Office has free vegetable seeds for you.  Stop by, pick up free seed packets, and tips and tricks for a bumper crop.

If you grow more than you need then share your produce to support Friends Feeding Friends and Buffalo Bread of Life food pantry through the ‘Grow A Little Extra’ initiative and First Lady Jenni Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative.   Many families are struggling to make ends meet and a little extra can make all the difference.

Find out details and more with Micah Most from Johnson County Extension Office (at JC Fairgrounds).

Parent Liaison in Elementary School. What’s the Point? May 2023 May 2023

Parent Liaison in Elementary School. What’s the Point? May 2023 May 2023

Delve into the role of the Parent Liaison at JCDS#1 with Kristyn Alger, the dedicated Parent Liaison, who sheds light on her work and its purpose.

Often misunderstood, the Parent Liaison program at JCDS#1 is not solely designed for families facing challenges. On the contrary, it is available to all families of elementary school students. It's a proven initiative that brings benefits to every family and student involved.

Currently, in its first year as a pilot program, the ultimate goal is to expand its reach to encompass grades K-12. How does this program have a positive impact on children and their success in school?

Is the price tag of $65,000 worth it?  Superintendent Charles Auzqui and Compass Center for Families Director Kassahn Mathson explore this and how JCSD#1 measures the success of the Parent Liaison program.

If you're searching for summer programs, they've got you covered!

Make sure to check out the Summer Resource Guide for a comprehensive list of exciting opportunities.

Johnson County Summer Resource Guide (2) (1)

Caregivers Need Care Too. May 2023

Caregivers Need Care Too. May 2023

Caregiving can be a challenging journey, filled with physical and emotional demands. Recognizing the need for a safe space where caregivers can find solace and support, the Buffalo Senior Center is launching this confidential support group. It's an opportunity for caregivers to come together, share their experiences, and find fellowship with others who truly understand.

What sets this support group apart is its attendee-driven approach. The sessions are designed to cater to the unique needs of the caregivers who participate.

So, whether you're a seasoned caregiver or just starting out on this path, this support group is here for you. Discover what it has to offer with Carmen Witty and AJ Mock from Buffalo Senior Center and learn more about how it can make a difference in your caregiving journey.

The Caregiver Support Group meets every Tuesday at 1:00 pm at the Buffalo Senior Center, 671 W Fetterman.  Tel 307 684 9551.

Take that step towards support and join this wonderful community of caregivers who are ready to lend a helping hand and listen with empathy.

Breaking Boundaries and Building Futures. New West 2023 Graduates. May 2023

Breaking Boundaries and Building Futures. New West 2023 Graduates. May 2023

Every high school graduation is a notable milestone, symbolizing an individual's achievement and growth. However, for certain students, this accomplishment holds even greater significance.

At New West High School in Buffalo, a school  designed for students who have faced challenges in traditional settings, something extraordinary has taken place with a stunning 100% graduation rate. This year, all 11 students enrolled at New West will be donning their caps and gowns, proudly receiving their High School Diplomas.

Intrigued by these students' stories, 307NetInfo talked with four of them who candidly admitted to previously slipping through the cracks. The question that arises is what sets New West apart, enabling these students to defy their own expectations and triumph over obstacles? And perhaps most importantly, what lies ahead for these remarkable graduates?

County Commissioners Meeting. May 16, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. May 16, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of May 2, 2023 Minutes 1:04:15
Resolution #700 1:15
Budget Hearing 2:20
Guardian Ad Litem 5:20
Wyoming Dept of Health Contract 8:40
Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety - Kristin Friedrich, Public Health, Tim Cahal, Trails Board
Restore Part-Time Public Health Nurse position 30:30
Narcan in County Buildings 35:40
Review Draft Agreement Game & Fish Access 38:20
American Legion Catering Permit 42:55
Tisdale Mountain Tower Agreement 44:10
Request to Waive Hiring Freeze - JC Library.  Lindsey Belliveau 48:55
Public Health Contract - County Health Officer 50:10
Public Comment
- St Francis Animal Shelter, Laura Ulrich 51:45
- Robert Garrison, Property Tax 1:10:50

Adjourn 1:04:35

Buffalo City Council Meeting. May 16 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. May 16 2023

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - May 2, 2023 Regular Meeting

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 1:00

NEW BUSINESS
Mural Update - Margo Brown 1:10
4-H Shooting Sports - Jim Dawson 17:15
St Francis Animal Shelter Agreement 28:50
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Requests 1:05:00
- Longmire Days Road Closure
- Fair & Rodeo Parade Road Closure
Ordinance #1415 - 1st Reading 1:06:30
(Ordinance providing an annual appropriation bill for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024) 1:06:30
WAM 2023 Official Voting Delegate 1:07:40

REPORTS
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 1:08:30
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 1:09:30
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 1:10:20
Public Works Director, Les Hook 1:11:15

ORAL/ WRITTEN COMMENTS 1:12:10

ANNOUNCEMENTS 1:12:20
Planning & Zoning Board Meeting May 23 @ 1:00 pm
Dept Head Meeting June 6 @7:00 am
City/County Meeting June 20 @ 7:00 am
City offices closed May 29 - Memorial Day

APPROVAL OF BILLS 1:12:40

ADJOURN 1:12:50

Hike for Hope - Taking Strides for Suicide Prevention. May 2023

Hike for Hope - Taking Strides for Suicide Prevention. May 2023

Take strides to support suicide prevention.   Suicide has touched many many people in Johnson County.  Hike for Hope is a great time to come together for show it is an issue that you care about about build connections with others who feel the same way.  Bonus!  Hiking is good for your mental health too!

Choose from the short stroll or the longer hike or donate.

Please bring your kids but leave your dogs at home.

Find out more about the details and why this event is important with Bill Hawley and Ariana Fischer.

For more details and to register:

https://supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=9397

https://www.facebook.com/AFSPWyoming/

 

BHS Spring Showcase. May 2023

BHS Spring Showcase. May 2023

Spring Showcase at Buffalo High School celebrates students' achievements in Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes.   Buffalo has one of the largest CTE programs in Wyoming.   It’s a testament to the power of education and the limitless potential of young minds who have had to collaborate, apply critical thinking and problem-solve in ‘real-world’ applications that will prepare them for life in the workforce.  

Find out more about the creativity and innovation that will be on display and why this is one you should not miss.

 

Amy Holt Nursing Home Reduces Capacity. May 8th 2023

Amy Holt Nursing Home Reduces Capacity. May 8th 2023

Staff shortages have forced Amy Holt Nursing Home to close 11 of its 44 beds.  The situation has far-reaching implications for both patients and their families, as well as the financial stability of JCHC.

Compounding the issue, JCHC is also facing increasing overhead costs in every category, making it challenging to meet the demands of providing high-quality patient care.

These difficulties are not unique to Amy Holt Nursing Home, as nursing homes and healthcare facilities across the country are facing similar staffing shortages and financial constraints.

How will JCHC look for solutions that allow the facility to maintain the best possible level of care for its patients?   CEO Luke Senden discusses in detail the issues at hand and JCHC’s commitment to providing high-quality healthcare in this challenging environment.     

Students Ask Mr Auzqui. May 4th 2023

Students Ask Mr Auzqui. May 4th 2023

Don’t underestimate BHS students.  They are curious, thoughtful, and keen to understand and be involved in decision-making on issues that impact them.   BHS students sat down with Superintendent Auzqui and raised several important questions including the potential benefits and drawbacks of implementing 4-day school weeks, block days, and half-day Fridays.

While students are involved in the process of appointing new teachers, they wanted to know about the interview and hiring procedures and the criteria used to make these decisions.  Additionally, they sought insight into Mr. Auzqui's qualifications for his leadership position within the district.

As graduating Seniors and current Juniors prepare to advance, the students wanted to hear Mr. Auzqui's thoughts and advice for their future success as they close one chapter and open the next.

Summit Church Men's Conference with Comedian Bob Smiley May 2023

Summit Church Men's Conference with Comedian Bob Smiley May 2023

Summit Church is hosting a Men's Conference on Saturday, May 13th, bringing Christian comedian Bob Smiley to add some humor to the event.   Find out more about Christian comedy and Bob Smiley's particular brand of humor.  Can Christian comedy be funny?  What kind of jokes does he tell?  Don't miss out on the conversation with 307NetInfo one and only, Mark Bentley.

Cemetery District Board Meeting. May 9th 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. May 9th 2023

Open 0:00
Public Comment (none) 0:20
Guest Presentations and Bids
-  Saluting Branches 1:00
-  CIMS (Cemetery Information Management System) Presentation 11:00

Approval of Vouchers 34:30
Minutes of April Board Meeting 36:45
Financial Report 37:40
-  Approve Preliminary Budget
-  Present Proposed Budget

Sexton’s Report 49:55

Unfinished Business
-  Insurance Addendum 1:14:50
-  Bidding Process  1:15:30

New Business
-  Road Maintenance 1:28:30

Executive Session (no action) 1:33:10

Adjourn

   

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. May 8th, 2023

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. May 8th, 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Additions/Accept Agenda

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 1:50
Principal Reports 6:30
Director Reports 27:00
Superintendent Report 43:45
Curriculum & Learning Report 49:50
Special Services Report 55:20
Business Report 1:01:00
Rec Board Report 1:01:30
BOCES Report 1:02:15
BOCHES Report 1:03:00
Leadership Governance 2.9 & 2.10

Consent Agenda 1:06:30
Minutes
Warrants
Employment
Classified Staff Renewal
Recreation Board Mill Levy
BOCHES Mill Levy

Action Items 1:15:00
Policy Revision - second reading
Policy Revision - first reading
Kaycee Kinder Boost Program 1:23:20
Metal Siding Repair - Kaycee K-12 School 1:25:00
Bells, Intercoms, Classroom Systems - CCMS 1:30:00
Reading Horizons Adoption 1:33:30
Preliminary Budget 1:44:30
Other Business 2:14:00

From the Board
Superintendant Evaluation Timeline 2:16:30
june Work Session 2:18:25
June Board Meeting

Executive Session 2:25:00

Adjourn

RHCD Board Meeting. May 8th, 2023

RHCD Board Meeting. May 8th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:10
Review Vouchers 1:00
View and Approve Minutes General Meeting 1:25

Treasurer’s Report 2:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 8:05
Kaycee Director’s Report 10:45

Old Business
-  Lucas Device Service Contract 14:30
-  Budget Discussion and Preliminary Approval 23:35
-  RFP New Building 1:22:40
-  Standby Fee 1:28:05
-  Lift Assist Fee 2:13:10
-  Employee Handbook 2:16:00

Call for Old Business
- Signatures 2:18:50

New Business
-  Audit Report 2:19:15
-  Rural Healthcare District Board Expense 2:29:10

Call for New Business
-  Buffalo EMS Contract 2:34:15
-  Auditor Requirements 2:37:15
-  Public Comment  (none)
-  Attendees Introductions 2:37:30

Adourn 2:38:35

Rely On Medicaid? Changes Ahead. May 2023

Rely On Medicaid? Changes Ahead. May 2023

Medicaid is changing its enrollment requirements.  Thousands of Wyomingites stand to lose their Medicaid health insurance coverage if they don't actively re-enroll each year.

Find out who is at risk and how to keep your coverage with Erik Saulness of Enroll Wyoming.

For help and information call 211
Wyoming 211 is a statewide helpline and website which provides free, confidential, health and human services information and referral.  By dialing 211 or visiting the website from anywhere in the state of Wyoming, people are linked to information about local resources, from both government and nonprofit agencies.

or visit https://www.wesystem.wyo.gov/public/landing-page

County Commissioners Meeting. May 2 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. May 2 2023

Pledge of Allegiance 0:00
Approval of April 17, 2023 Minutes 0:20
NOVO Benefits Update 0:45
Forest Service Grant - Sheriff Odenbach 26:20
Mikesell Potts Overview - Scott Pehringer 30:45
1% Tax - JCTA return of allocation 46:10
Buffalo High School Alternate Scholarship 48:00
Drug Court Grant - County Attorney Tucker Ruby 48:45
Catering Permit - Cowboy Saloon RMEF 58:10
Emergency Management Coordinator Cybersecurity 59:15
Vouchers 1:05:20
Public Comment (None)

Close 1:11:50

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting March 7th, 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting March 7th, 2023

Open  0:00
Street Sweeping 0:10
Shooting Facility (Draft Lease) 5:20
Major Capital Construction Projects - Updates 16:35

Department Head Items 27:30
- Clerk
- City Fire Chief
- Police Chief
- Building Inspector
- Public Work
- City Attorney

Board Liaison Updates - Mayor & City Council 44:50

JCTA - Update

Close 1:00:35

Cntrl + Alt + BHS Tech. April 2023

Cntrl + Alt + BHS Tech. April 2023

However we feel about it, It is clear that technology is rapidly transforming every aspect of our world and changing the way we will work, play and communicate.

Buffalo High School has pioneered a high school class that is attracting lots of attention, BHS Tech.   Find out how these students are developing a valuable skill set that could give them an edge in the future job market.

Small Business Expo May 2023

Small Business Expo May 2023

Whether you are a small business owner or simply interested in buying local, the Small Business Business Expo has something for you.  You will find a wide variety of small businesses sharing details of their goods and services.
If you are a small business owner it’s a great opportunity to build awareness, meet your customers, find new ones, network with other local small businesses, and get expert advice from professional advisors.
Listen in for all the details and drop by the Expo on Fri May 12 and Sat May 13 at Bomber Mountain Civic Center.

For more information contact
Chamber of Commerce 307 684 5544

Buffalo EMS Interview. April 2022

Buffalo EMS Interview. April 2022

Ambulance services play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of the community. As such, it is important to examine various aspects of their operations.  With a new 4 year contract for services in Buffalo with Buffalo EMS in negotiation, 307NetInfo asks Director Dave Harness and Deputy Karri White about fiscal transparency, the reason for ‘out of county transfers’, the construction of a new ambulance barn, and how they are tackling the challenge being felt across Wyoming, and indeed the nation, in retaining and recruiting EMTs.

 

JoCo First Board Meeting. April 26, 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting. April 26, 2023

Call to Order & Introductions 0:00
Fire Marshall - Brooks MacRae 1:45
Accept Meeting Minutes - Meeting March 8, 2023 24:55
Financials - Treasurer’s Report 25:25
Staff Reports - BMCC/Economic Development 30:05
Sheridan College - Enrolled Agent Update 39:20
Old Business 41:55
- Employee Handbook
New Business 42:35
-  Workshop Update
Other Business 1:05:50
-  Public Comment (none)
-  JCT
-  BMCC
Expiring Board Terms 1:15:15
Announcements 1:16:45

Adjourn 1:23:00

Next Meetings:
-  May 17, 2023 JoCo 1st Workshop
-  May 25, 2023 JoCo 1st Regular Meeting

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

Say What? Teens and the Rise in Hearing Loss. April 2023

Say What? Teens and the Rise in Hearing Loss. April 2023

Many teens are constantly plugged into their devices using headphones or earbuds.  While this may seem harmless, maybe even a pleasant relief from having to hear what they are listening to, it can actually lead to long-term hearing damage.

Although hearing loss can happen at any age, a growing number of kids and teens, around 1 in 5,  are damaging their hearing by prolonged exposure to loud noise. This type of damage is permanent and almost always preventable.

Not being able to hear the world around you can affect your quality of life causing feelings of depression and isolation and even affecting brain function.

Find out more,and most importantly, some practical advice for parents to maintain healthy hearing habits, with experts JT & Elizabeth Craft from EBIA Hearing

For more information call Ebia Hearing, based in Sheridan at 307 674 8920

https://www.ebiahearing.com/

Aging - A Candid Conversation. Lorraine Steppe. April 2023

Aging - A Candid Conversation. Lorraine Steppe. April 2023

The thought of getting older can be daunting. It can feel like there are so many obstacles and hurdles to overcome, from physical changes to mental health concerns or loss of independence.  Lorraine Steppe, a professional counselor, who is familiar both personally and professionally with the difficulties aging can bring talks about these challenges openly and honestly, and how we can age positively and gracefully.

So if you're someone who is interested in learning more about how to stay healthy and happy as you age, or if you're a caregiver or family member who wants to better support your loved ones, then this is for you.

A Ride Down Memory Lane? The Cowboy Carousel. April 2023

A Ride Down Memory Lane? The Cowboy Carousel. April 2023

Arnette Tiller knows that carousels are more than just a nostalgic childhood memory. They are a unique art form and a window into the past, a glimpse into a bygone era of entertainment and craftsmanship.   

Many Buffalo residents and visitors will remember the carousel when it was running just off E Hartt St.‘  Arts Along The Big Horns’ hopes to bring this beautiful machine back to its former glory and attract visitors to enjoy it once again.

Hear about the vision, the restoration process, and stories about this unique carousel, and how the purpose is far bigger than just for fun.  The renovation is intended to make a significant contribution to our local economy and provide a center for arts, community projects, and events for the community.

You are invited to an Open House at Cowboy Carousel Center, 59 n Lobban Ave, Buffalo on Friday 28th April 2023 from 5:00 pm.  Refreshments will be provided.     

For more information call 307 217 4084

Email cowboycarousel@gmail.com

JC Hospital Board Meeting. April 26, 2022

JC Hospital Board Meeting. April 26, 2022

AGENDA
Review and approve the prior month’s Board meeting minutes 0:00
Chief of Staff Report 0:40
Leadership Reports 5:40
CEO Report 18:30
Approval of Credentialing 29:40
JCHC Financial Performance 41:00
Executive Session 53:35
Adjourn

Buffalo City Council Meeting. April 18, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. April 18, 2023

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA 0:30
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - April 4, 2023 1:00

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 1:45
Approval of Liquor Licenses

NEW BUSINESS
Saturday’s In The Square Requests  4:00
Waste Water Treatment Plant Rental House Lease 10:00
Health Insurance Quotes 10:45

REPORTS
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 12:45
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 12:50
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 15:30
Public Works Director, Les Hook 17:30

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS 19:15

ANNOUNCEMENTS 23:30

Dept Head Meeting - May 2 @ 7 am
City/County Meeting May 14 @ 7 am
City Council Meetings May 2 & 14 at 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Meeting April 25 @ 1 pm
Budget Meetings  April 28m May 4, 9 & 11 @ 7 am

APPROVAL OF BILLS 25:10

ADJOURN  25:30

County Commissioners Meeting. April 18, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting. April 18, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of April 4, 2023 Minutes 0:25

GENERAL COUNTY BUSINESS
Catering Permit - Xtreme Bulls PRCA 0:55
County Clean-up 17-20 May 2023 2:25
Project Update Powder River Conservation District 5:00
Lake DeSmet Advisory Board Appointment 19:45
TANF Grant Assurance 20:45
Forest Service Agreement 25:10
Debris Management Plan 44:25
Road Use Agreement 47:50
Scholarship Awards 1:07:45
CMAQ and TAP Grants 1:12:25
County / Committee 1% Requests 1:22:45
Public Lands Commission 2:29:30
Public Comment
- Jody Sauers, JCTA 2:30:15

Executive Session (Personnel) No Action

Adjourn 2:35:00

City County Meeting. April 18 2023

City County Meeting. April 18 2023

Open 0:00
1% Committee Recommendations  0:10
Update on Main Street Paving and Alley Project 31:00
Interim Legislative Committee Update 38:05
Updates 50:45

Next City/County Meeting
- Tues May 16 2023 @ 7:00 am

BHS PIT Crew Meeting. April 18 2023

BHS PIT Crew Meeting. April 18 2023

The last school year meeting was geared towards parents of incoming freshmen.

Principal Gib Ostheimer, Dean of Students and Counselor Madonna Esponda, and Administrative Staff Becca Redden and Elly Jawors providePowerSchool an overview covering academics, extracurricular activities, rules an,d expectations as well as tools such as Powerschool to help parents stay informed and involved.

Contact:
Madonna Esponda  684 2269   mesponda@jcsd1.us

Cemetery District Board Meeting. April 11th 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. April 11th 2023

Open 0:00
(Continue to review vouchers)

Public Comment (none) 8:00
Approval of Vouchers 8:40
Minutes of March Board Meeting 9:40

Financial Report 10:30 

Sexton’s Report 16:50

Guest Presentations & Bids (none) 1:05:05

Unfinished Business

  • Store Space Request 1:05:30
  • Standardized Bid Request 1:22:45
  • Overtime Report 1:33:05

New Business

  • CIMS Workshop 1:45:05
  • Employee Insurance 1:52:10
  • Harness Disinterment 2:01:30 

Executive Session - Personnel (No Action)

Adjourn

JC School District Board Meeting, April 11th 2023

JC School District Board Meeting, April 11th 2023

Due to the acoustics in the room some speakers may be less audible.  We have done everything possible to provide the best audio quality. 

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Kaycee Community Orchestra Discussion

Additions/Accept Agenda

General Reports 11:40
Principal Reports
Superintendent Reports 32:45
Director Reports 38:00
Curriculum & Learning report 50:15
Special Services Report 56:00
Business Report 57:30
Rec Board Report 1:00:00
BOCES Report 1:01:10
BOCHES Report 1:01:20
Leadership Governance 1:01:30

Consent Agenda 1:06:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment
Admin Contract Renewal
Certified Contract Renewal
SRRP Re-appointment

Action Items 1:06:45
Policy Revision - second reading
Policy Revision - first reading
Early Graduation Request
Kaycee Community Orchard
Clear Creek Middle School Soccer
Curricular Resources

Other Business 1:24:30
From the Board
Graduation
Kaycee Kinder Boost Program
Special Board Meeting
May Work Session
May Board Meeting

Executive Session 1:39:50
Personnel &. Legal W.S. 16-4-405 (a)(ii)(iii)

Adjourn

RHCD Board Meeting. April 10th, 2023

RHCD Board Meeting. April 10th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Approve Agenda
Review and Approve Vouchers
View and Approve Minutes General Meeting 2:15

View and Approve Treasurer’s Report 3:15
-   Transfer funds to checking
-   Statement Declaring Financial Depository Institutions
-   RHCD Board Expense
Approval of Treasurer’s Report 19:45

Buffalo Director’s Report 15:50
-  Ambulance Calls
-  MS106 Parts
-  Online Paramedic Course funding

Kaycee Director’s Report 29:00
-  Ambulance Calls
-  EMT Basic Class Update
-  Request for pagers
-  Lucas Device Batteries

Old Business
-  Patient Refusal Rate for Lift Assist / Charge for Lift Assists 44:55
Budget Discussion 1:04:00
Buffalo EMS Contract 1:19:35
New Building Committee 1:34:20

Call for Old Business
-  CMS Data Collection 1:37:55
-  Cyber Security Review 1:39:30
-  Budget /Treasurer Items: Reserves expenditures, New Building expenditure & location 1:40:01

New Business
-  Out of County Transfers - New % 2:08:45
-  Attorney 2:21:45
-  Audit Report - Porter Muirhead (tabled)
-  Patient Request 2:12:00

Call for New Business - None
Pubic Comment - None

Executive Session - Personnel 2:21:00Action:  Increase RHCD Bookkeeping Rate

Adjourn

Buffalo City Council Meeting, April 4, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, April 4, 2023

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - March 21, 2023.  Regular Meeting Minutes

PUBLIC HEARING 1:05

·       Bar & Grill Liquor License Application – J Johnson Corp d/b/a Rosie’s Café – located at 42 S Main Street

·       Bar & Grill Liquor License Application – Bar & Grill – RB Dreams LLV, d/b/a Pie Zanos – located at 17 N Main St

·       Retail Liquor License Transfer – RB Dreams, LLC, d/b/a Pie Zanos to Buffalo Land & Property LLC – located at 93 N Main St

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS 21:00
-  Ordinance #1414 – 3rd & Final Rdg – An Ordinance providing for the annexation of “DEER PARK ADDITION” to the Town of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming.

NEW BUSINESS 21:30
-  Bar & Grill Liquor License Application – J Johnson Corp d/b/a Rosie’s Café’ – Bar & Grill license located at 42 S Main Street
-  Bar & Grill Liquor License Application – RB Dreams, LLC, d/b/a Pie Zanos – Bar & Grill license located at 17 N Main St
-  Retail Liquor License Transfer – RB Dreams, LLC, d/b/a Pie Zanos to Buffalo Land & Property LLC – located at 93 N Main St
-  Request to tap city water supply outside city limits – Love’s Truck Stop 24:30

Mayor’s Appointment –  27:50
Carolyn Kaiser, Buffalo Housing Authority Board – unexpired term
Bettina Nimick, 1% Optional Sales Tax Board – four (4) year term

Dusty Hill, Lobban Street Music – Saturdays in the Square Requests 28:30

·Jennifer McCormick, Longmire Days 2023 Requests –  28:45

- Tiffany Songer, Buffalo High School – Request for a variance to city code 10-1.10 Burning Prohibited – April 22nd for a bonfire at BHS 34:15
-  Contract for Removal of Green Waste – Bald Mountain Sanitation, Inc. 36:45

 REPORTS
City Attorney 38:00
Sean Bissett, Police Chief 39:30

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS  42:50 
ANNOUNCEMENTS 43:00
Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Mar 28 @ 1 p.m.
City/County mtg – Apr 18 @ 7 a.m.
City Council mtgs –Apr 4 & 18 @ 5 p.m.

APPROVAL OF BILLS 43:35

ADJOURN

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

Call to Order. 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of March 7 & 21, 2023 Minutes

General County Business

Resolutions: 0:55
#698 Fairground Road  
#699 Cowboy Trail

Child Abuse Proclamation 12:20

Vouchers 14:40

Public Comment 18:05
- Public Health

Executive Session - Personnel 17:50

Get to Know Public Health. Mar 23 2023

Get to Know Public Health. Mar 23 2023

Public Health wants you to know that they offer so much more than just vaccinations.   Kristin Friedrich and Erica Wallover share important information about the wide range of programs and services available at little or very low cost.

Need a bike helmet?  Need a car seat?  Need help fitting the car seat?  Need STI or HIV testing?  Need a place to safely dispose of prescription medication?   Want blood pressure and TB testing?  Pre-natal or post-natal advice?  Postpartum depression?   Want help with breastfeeding or anything else related to maternity or child health?    

Public Health can help!

You are invited to drop in and find out more for yourself at 85 Klondike Drive, Buffalo. 
Call 307 684 2564

Active Shooter Readiness. Sheriff Odenbach & Chief Bissett. Mar 23 2023

Mass shootings have become a tragic and too frequent occurrence.  In the space of just five days,  there have been two school shootings, one in Denver CO, and another Nashville TN.  Flags are at half-staff outside schools and parents across the nation are questioning the safety of their children during the school day.

Training is a critical component in preventing or responding to mass shootings.  Well-prepared and fast response time to such an incident can make a significant difference in the outcome of such an event.   What is happening here, in Johnson County?     Is there any reassurance for parents?   

During our recent interview with Sheriff Odenbach and Police Chief Bissett we asked about this issue.

You can drop in here to listen. 

For the rest of the interview which focussed on the surge in drug use click here https://307netinfo.com/2023/03/the-surge-in-drugs-sheriff-police-chief-mar-23-2023

If you want to make a report call 911 or 307 684 5521
Email: buffalo-pd@jcle.us or rod.odenbach@jcle.us

Worried about repercussions?
Tips can remain anonymous however they are reported.

How to Grade Teachers? Supt. Charles Auzqui. Mar 24 2023

How to Grade Teachers? Supt. Charles Auzqui. Mar 24 2023

Parents and JCSD#1 Administrators want to know if teachers are meeting expectations and standards in the classroom.  But teacher evaluation can provoke strong reactions.  Some see it as a means of providing valuable feedback for professional improvement, while others feel the focus on evaluation detracts from their ability to focus on students.

Superintendent Charles Auzqui advocates a “growth” not “gotcha” evaluation model which assesses teachers on a range of factors.  What is JCSD#1 doing to develop the right kind of assessments to ultimately benefit students?      

The Surge in Drugs. Sheriff Odenbach & Chief Bissett. Mar 23 2023

The Surge in Drugs. Sheriff Odenbach & Chief Bissett. Mar 23 2023

News media report almost daily on two massive challenges facing the nation;  drug use and mass shootings.   Johnson County is not insulated from this. How are our Sheriff and Police Departments tackling the challenge?    By proactive policing and working together.

Sheriff Odenbach and Police Chief Bissett are working hand in glove.  They report that in 2023 they are seeing a significant uptick in the use and availability of methamphetamine.  It’s cheaper and more plentiful in supply here in Johnson County than before.  They also report a staggering increase in substances laced with fentanyl and more IV use.    A new software program is an invaluable tool for retrieving leads as well as evidence.

Listen in for an informed perspective on what’s happening here and now in our community.  

If you want to make a report 911 or 307 684 5521.

Listen in for an informed perspective on what’s happening here and now in our community.   

If you want to make a report call 911 or 307 684 5521
Email: buffalo-pd@jcle.us or rod.odenbach@jcle.us

Worried about repercussions?
Tips can remain anonymous however they are reported.

Getting Kindergarten Ready? Principal Laurie Graves. Mar 22 2023

Getting Kindergarten Ready? Principal Laurie Graves. Mar 22 2023

Is your child entering Kindergarten this year?  Meadowlark Elementary School Principal Laurel Graves explains the benefits of registering now and getting a screening.   She explains the Junior K Program as well as regular Kindergarten classes, Kinder Camp, and what’s on offer at Meadowlark School.

For more information call Meadowlark Elementary School 307 684 9518

https://www.jcsd1.us/o/meadowlark

BHS PIT Crew Meeting. Mar 21 2023

BHS PIT Crew Meeting. Mar 21 2023

Dean of Students and Counselors Madonna Esponda and Michelle Dahlberg led this parent information meeting.     

2:00 BHS is suspending its dress code for midriffs and hats for a trial period in April after Spring Break.  How did this come about?   How will this relaxation of the rules play out?  Madonna Esponda explains.

14:30 Summer School will be available to students this June.  Find out more and who is eligible.   

17:40 Hathaway Scholarship information.   BHS wants as many as possible to be Hathaway qualified even if they don’t necessarily see college or college in Wyoming in their future as it has wide applicability and students remain qualified to receive it for up to four years after graduation.  Michelle Dahlberg shares more details.   

Next meeting Tuesday April 18 at 5:15 pm at BHS.   All parents of current 8th Graders are encouraged to join for an introduction to BHS.

For more information about Hathaway Scholarship visit  https://hathawayscholarship.org/

Contact:
Madonna Esponda  684 2269   mesponda@jcsd1.us
Michelle Dahlberg   684 2269   mdahlberg@jcsd1.us

“Failing Forward”. American Legion Baseball. Mar 2023

“Failing Forward”. American Legion Baseball. Mar 2023

Baseball is a game of failures. How does this translate to success off the field?  At the onset of the season, new coach Adams Teten is drawing on 37 years of involvement with the sport.  He explains his coaching philosophy, and how he sees lessons learned on the field translate into valuable life skills with wide applicability and his vision to grow a program.    

For more information email: buffaloythbaseball@gmail.com

Catch home games at Prosinki Park:

14 May  V Sheridan B  @1:00 & 3:00
27 May V  Green River  @ 10:00 & 12:00
30 May  V Wheatland @ 5:00 & 7:00
3 June  V Sheridan @ 2:00 & 4:00
5 June V Lovell  @ 3:00 & 5:00
14 June V Douglas @ 4:00 & 6:00
17 June V Cheyenne  @ 2:00 & 4:00
20 June V Powell  @  3:00 & 5:00
15 July V Rawlins  @ 1:00 & 3:00

A Glimmer of Hope? Wyoming Suicide Crisis. Mar 2023

A Glimmer of Hope? Wyoming Suicide Crisis. Mar 2023

Suicide is devastating.  Wyoming leads the nation per capita in deaths by suicide - nearly double that of the national average.  But there is a glimmer of hope.   Wyoming’s suicide rate fell in 2022.  Since Jan 2023 the 24-hour confidential 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline has fielded more than 10,000 calls and more support and resources are coming into place.

Find out more about what the 988 Helpline is about, who it is for, how it works and other resources in our conversation with Bill Hawley, Community Prevention Manager.

Suicidal?  In Crisis?  Call 988.

There is also the Crisis Text Line for any crisis to connect with a trained counselor - Text HELP or START to 741741

Connect with Bill Hawley
bhawley@johnsoncowy.us Tel: 307-425-6552

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Mar 21st, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Mar 21st, 2023

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES - March 7, 2023.  Regular Meeting Minutes

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. 1:00
Ordinance #1414 – 2nd Rdg – An Ordinance providing for the annexation of “DEER PARK ADDITION” to the Town of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming.

NEW BUSINESS 1:30
-  Edison Elder – Buffalo Community Rink update 1:30
-  Mayor’s Appointment – Karri White, 1% Optional Sales Tax Board – four (4) year term 10:15

 REPORTS
-   City Attorney 10:45
-   Building Inspector 10:55
-   Police Chief 14:45
-  Public Works Director 18:00

 ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS  20:00 
ANNOUNCEMENTS 20:10

  • Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Mar 28 @ 1 p.m.
  • Dept Head mtg – Apr 4 @ 7 a.m.
  • City/County mtg – Apr 18 @ 7 a.m.
  • City Council mtgs –Apr 4 & 18 @ 5 p.m.

 APPROVAL OF BILLS 20:25

ADJOURN 20:50

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge
Wyoming Dept. of Health
- Gaming Distribution for Mental Health 0:30
Lake DeSmet Board Appointments 8:10
Moose Lodge Liquor License 12:45
Website Project Status Report  14:05
Budget Motions 23:20
Lake DeSmet Settlement 27:45
County Clerk - Clarification on 1% Tax 37:30
Public Comment - none

Close 40:00

Next Meeting Tues May 4 2023 @ 9:00 am

City County Meeting. Mar 21st 2023

City County Meeting. Mar 21st 2023

Open 0:00

County’s transition from .us to .gov 0:10
Trails Master Plan  4:15
Potential City/County Capital Construction Projects 13:50

Additional Commissioner Items 21:20
-  City/County Grant Writing
-  % Tax Committee

Additional Council Items 28:10
Infrastructure failures at Richardson Park
Capital Construction projects
City/County Clean Up 2023

Close 33:50

Next City/County Meeting
- Tues April 17, 2023 @ 7:00 am

The Bot Can Do My Homework! March 2023

The Bot Can Do My Homework! March 2023

The genie is already out of the bottle.  AI is here and already being used by students in Johnson County. If you use Siri or Alexa you are already using AI. Furthermore, it is not even clear if AI can be regulated, or what that could even look like. 

Meanwhile, the implications for education cannot be understated.  Its applications are limitless and for students have real benefits but also massive pitfalls.  307NetInfo talked with Computer Science teacher, Krista Sweckard about this astonishing new world opening up.  

If you were wondering whether AI is worth the fuss, this is what ChatGPT came up with in less than 7 seconds when asked the simple question “Should AI do my homework?”.   

“As an AI language model, I do not encourage or promote any form of academic dishonesty. It is important for students to complete their own homework to learn and understand the material. Depending on the specific circumstances, using AI to assist with homework may be considered academic misconduct or cheating, which can have serious consequences.

That being said, AI can be a useful tool for students to help them understand and learn the material. There are many educational resources available that use AI to provide personalized learning experiences, such as adaptive learning systems or online tutoring services. These resources can be a valuable supplement to traditional learning methods and can help students improve their understanding of the material.

Ultimately, it is important for students to take responsibility for their own learning and to avoid relying on AI or other technologies as a substitute for genuine effort and engagement with the material.”

Representative Crago answers to RWFA. March 15th 2023

Representative Crago answers to RWFA. March 15th 2023

HD40 Representative Barry Crago was the guest speaker at The Republican Women’s Freedom Alliance's recent meeting.

Listen to this lively discussion on specific issues of concern to voters in Johnson County.

Barry Crago provided accounts of the successes and failures of legislators at the 2023 session as well as his own voting record.   Find out more about issues that impact us here at home.
What about pro-life legislation?  The failure to provide reform or relief for property tax?  Where specifically should cuts be made to expenditures?  Did bills from out-of-state entities distract legislators from effective action for Wyomingites?   

Listen in and make up your own mind.

The View from Cheyenne - the Rearview Mirror. Representative Crago. March 2023

The View from Cheyenne - the Rearview Mirror. Representative Crago. March 2023

With the legislative session 2023 firmly in the rearview mirror, we wrap up our reports from Cheyenne with HD40 Representative Barry Crago.

We asked about what he sees as the successes and failures of legislators and what that means for the people back here at home.  Should legislators collaborate with those with whom they disagree?  Find out where he stands.   What was the tone and character of this session and did it help or hinder meaningful legislative action for the people of Wyoming and specifically Johnson County?

Representative Crago points to specific successes as well as failures in this session and what ultra-Conservatism could mean for the business of government in the future.

He concludes by explaining the sequence of anti-abortion legislation and accounts for his personal voting record and addresses the bill put before legislators to allow employers to microchip employees (yes - really).

The View from Cheyenne - the Rearview Mirror. Senator Kinskey March 2023

The View from Cheyenne - the Rearview Mirror. Senator Kinskey March 2023

We wrap up ‘The View from Cheyenne’ with Senator Dave Kinskey.   Senator Kinskey comments on the recently concluded legislative session.

The legislative session is a crucial time for our lawmakers to pass bills and make decisions that will affect our communities and the state.

Did legislators deserve the D or F Grade as indicated in a recent poll?

Why was there a collective failure to deliver meaningful short-term property tax reform?

Did the many newly elected representatives create undue obstacles?

Should Congresswoman Hageman have intervened?

With this session wrapped up, Senator Kinskey reflects on the highs and lows, including bills that were passed and those that did not make it.

Harriet Hageman Town Hall. March 14th, 2023

Harriet Hageman Town Hall. March 14th, 2023

Fulfilling her campaign promise to hold Town Hall meetings every year in each county in Wyoming through her term, Representative Harriet Hageman visited Buffalo on Tuesday, March 14th.

Ms Hageman spent the first 30 minutes reporting on her first months in office, accounting for her time and actions in Congress, then taking a number of questions on a broad range of topics.

Contact Congresswoman Harriet Hageman

Email:  https://hageman.house.gov/address_authentication?form=/contact

Washington, DC Office:
1531 Longworth House Office Building
Washington. DC 20514
Tel 202 225 2311

Gillette Office:
222 S Gillette Ave, Suite 600
Gillette WY 82716
Tel 307 228 6399

Casper Office:
100 East B St
Casper WY 82601
Tel 307 441 6328

Cheyenne Office
2120 Capitol Ave
Cheyenne WY 82001
Tel 307 8299 3299

Cemetery District Board Meeting, March 14th 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting, March 14th 2023

Open 0:00
Public Comment 1:10
Approval of Vouchers 5:40
Minutes - February Board Meeting 15:00

Financial Report 15:50
FY24 Budget 26:10

Harness Funeral Home (issue with the waterlogged grave) 1:08:05

Sexton’s Report 1:17:30

Guest Presentations & Bids - none

Unfinished Business 1:27:50
-  Kaycee heater estimates 1:28:00
-  Application for storage 1:42:00

New Business
-  Notification of cemetery closures 2:09:00
-  Overtime Policy 2:13:45

Recess 2:15:30

Standardizing Bid Request 2:13:45

Executive Session - Salary Compensation Review

Close 2:13:45

JC School District Board Meeting, March 14th 2023

JC School District Board Meeting, March 14th 2023

Regular Session 0:50
Pledge
Roll Call 1:20

Public Comment 1:50
-  Rainbow Banners
-  Senior/Rodeo Banners

Library Process 7:10
Senior Banners 51:30

Additions/Accept Agenda 1:21:50
JCSD#1 Student Video 1:22:20
Principal Reports 1:25:10
CPES Spotlight

Superintendent Reports 1:41:20
Director Reports 1:52:00
Curriculum & Learning Report 2:00:45
Special Services Report 2:01:10
Business Report 2:03:00
Rec Board Report 2:07:50
BOCES Report 2:08:00
BOCHES Report 2:08:50
Leadership Governance 2.8 Community Relations 2:09:00

Consent Agenda 2:13:45
- Minutes
- Warrants
- Employment

Other Business
-  From the Board 2:13:45
-  Board Eval Discussion 2:16:45
-  April Work Session 2:17:30
-  April Board Meeting - Kaycee 2:17:45
-  JCSD#1 & SCSD#1,2,3 Board Summer Retreat
-  BHS Master Schedule Committee 2:18:45

Executive Session 2:20:35

Action Items
-  Policy Revision Second Reading 0:00
-  Policy Revision First Reading 0:40
-  Calendar Approval 17:00
-  Chromebook RFP 17:50
-  BHS Elevator Repair 24:00
-  Senior Banners 25:30
-  BILT Grant Funded Positions 34:00
-  Purchase of Curriculum Resources 35:00
-  Admin Contract Renewal 37:00
-  Approval of 3rd Party Investigation 37:50

Adjourn

RHCD Board Meeting. March 13th, 2023

RHCD Board Meeting. March 13th, 2023

Open 0:00

Approve Agenda
Review Vouchers
Approve Minutes -  Regular Meeting  Feb 13, 2023 1:05
Approve Minutes -  Special Meeting Minutes Feb 27, 2023  1:45

Treasurer’s Report 3:10

Buffalo Director’s Report 10:20

Kaycee Director’s Report 26:40

Old Business
-  CD Rates and Bank of Buffalo pledge 33:25
-  Buffalo EMS Contract 43:05

New Business
-  Privacy Officer 1:08:40
-  Kaycee Preliminary Budget 1:12:20
-  District Preliminary Budget 1:17:45
-  New Building Committee 1:39:30
-  Work Session - March 27, 2023 at 4:00 pm

New Business - none

Public Comment 1:40:45

Executive Session - Property  1:45:00

Public Adjourned 1:45:00

Note:  No Executive Action was taken.

Dreaming of summer? Help with small acreage cultivation. March 2023

Dreaming of summer? Help with small acreage cultivation. March 2023

Dream of developing your few acres? There are local resources for just that!  March 2023

Make the most of the lingering winter weather to plan and prepare.  Listen to Zach Byram and Micah Most explain what you can expect from two upcoming events - both designed to give you all the information you need to do to successfully and sustainably cultivate your land to suit your lifestyle and your budget.    

Got a few acres you’d like to develop?  Maybe you hanker after a small livestock herd?  Or a tree or planting project?  Or a garden to put fresh produce on your own table?   Or some landscaping?

Developing your outside space might seem daunting if you don’t have roots in agriculture or ranching. If you don’t feel confident about cultivating those few acres outside your door, Clear Creek Conservation District and the University of Wyoming Extension Office are your links to all the information you need for making the most of that space.

Sign up here : https://www.clearcreekcd.org/events.html

Barnyards & Backyards : https://www.uwyo.edu/barnbackyard/

Clear Creek Conservation District  tel 307-620-3021

UW Extension Office, Buffalo  WY tel- 307-684-7522 https://wyoextension.org/johnsoncounty/

 

Britni Camino, Rural Healthcare District Board. March 2023

Britni Camino, Rural Healthcare District Board. March 2023

The Rural Healthcare District Board (RHCD) oversees ambulance services in Johnson County.   Britni Camino, newly appointed chairperson, wants public input.

We asked her about the new 4-year contract with Buffalo EMS and the new building which must be completed by Dec 2026.   The new designated facility in Buffalo has been controversial in the past.   What is planned? How it will be paid for?  Is this the right location?   Is it affordable?   All important considerations that impact patient care.

Find out more about what this means for taxpayers and patients.   

Contact Britni Camino by phone/text at 307 620 5013 or email at bcamino85@gmail.com

Rural Healthcare District Board meet monthly on 2nd Monday of each month.

Next meeting is Mon March 13 at 4:00 pm at JC Planning Office, 26 n Desmet Ave, Buffalo

JoCo First Board Meeting, March 8th 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting, March 8th 2023

Call to order & introductions  0:00
Review & Approve Minutes - Feb 8, 2023 meeting 1:10

Financials 2:20
Treasurer's Report - financial status

Staff Reports 7:00

BMCC/Economic Development- general update 7:00

Old Business:
1. Employee Handbook 15:50
2. Board Training update 16:15

New Business
JOCO First meeting date change 17:40
Community meeting w WY Business Council 24:00

Other Business
Public Comment & Updates
Wendy Smith, Sheridan College 29:30
Jody Sauers, JCTA 30:35
John DeMatteis 47:30
Zach Smith

Workshop Date -  March 15, 2023
Next Meeting Date - April 12, 2023

Adjourn. 1:01

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

Buffalo City Council Meeting, March 7th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, March 7th, 2023

CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
February 21, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes

UNFINISHED BUSINESS (none)

NEW BUSINESS

Councilman Camino absence - Feb 21 regular meeting 1:50· 

Ordinance #1414 - 1st Rdg – An Ordinance providing for the annexation of “DEER PARK ADDITION” to the Town of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming.2:20

Resolution #1464 - A resolution determining the amount of optional 1% taxes to be allocated for organizations not directly managed by the City of Buffalo, Wyoming, or a Joint Powers Board of which the City of Buffalo, Wyoming is considered a member to be used for expenses in Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2024.  4:00

Mayor’s Appointment 5:00
-  Alisa Remember, Buffalo Trails Board
- Brian Whitlock, Lodging Tax Board 

REPORTS
Dennis Kirven, City Attorney  5:30
Terry Asay, Building Inspector 4:45
Sean Bissett, Police Chief 6:15
Les Hook, Public Works Director 9:40

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS  9:55  
ANNOUNCEMENTS 10:40

  • City/County mtg – Mar 21 @ 7 a.m.
  • City Council mtg –Mar 21 @ 5 p.m.
  • Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Mar 28 @ 1 p.m.
  • Daylight Savings Time Begins Mar 12

APPROVAL OF BILLS 11:00

ADJOURN  11:35

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting March 7th, 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting March 7th, 2023

Intro 0:00
Recognition of Mayor Kemper, Douglas WY
Personnel Policy Revisions - Update 0:40
Deer Park Annexation 1:10
Optional 1% Resolution 3:00
Health Insurance Renewal 9:30
Budget Worksheets 14:30
Budget Meetings Schedule
Sandbags 20:45
Waste Water Plant House 26:20
Local Government Projects ARPA Grants
-Sunset Ave 32:20
Major Capital Construction Projects - Updates 36:35
Bar & Grill License Public Hearing 40:00
Department Head Items 42:40

  • Clerk
  • Building Inspector/Planning Director
  • Police Chief
  • City Works
  • City Fire Chief
  • City Attorney

Board Liaison Updates & Council Items 59:00

Close.  1:13:10

Laura DeMatteis, Republican Women's Freedom Alliance, March 2023

Laura DeMatteis, Republican Women's Freedom Alliance, March 2023

This Conservative group is looking for new members.   Find out where they fall on the political spectrum and their goals and purpose.  Laura De Matteis explains what they are all about.

https://rwfawy.com
https://www.facebook.com/Republican-Women-Freedom-Alliance-109627325057205/

Email: Rwfa@vcn.com

  

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, March 3rd 2023

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, March 3rd 2023

The school board will confirm the school calendar for the next two years at the next Board meeting.   What is best for students?   A 4-day week?  Year around school? What about a statewide universal calendar?

Concerned about reading proficiency?  Mr Auzqui encourages parents, especially those with students K-5th Grade to Cloud Peak Elementary School on Wed March 15th, at 6:00 pm.  A meeting about reading and literacy in our schools.

If you have a child ready to enter Kindergarten.  Don’t miss Kindergarten Round-Up at Meadowlark Elementary Mon March 20th, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm..  It’s a great way to introduce your child to school, and just as important to ensure that the school has the right student-to-teacher ratio.

For more info visit:  https://www.jcsd1.us/

  

"If I don't, who will?" Foster Parenting. Feb 2023

"If I don't, who will?" Foster Parenting. Feb 2023

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Johnson County needs foster parents.   307NetInfo talked with Kari Packard and Desiree Parsons of the Department of Family Services (DFS).  They explain more about the experience of caring for kids who are not able to live in their family home.   Find out what it’s like to join a team of people who provide safe and stable care for kids they maybe don’t even know.   

Ashley Handley (Foster Care Coordinator for Sheridan & Johnson County) explains what it takes to become certified,  the collaborative partnership between foster parents and case workers, and many other aspects of fostering.

You may not feel able to open your home to children but you can still support kids in foster care by helping with donations of clothing or other practical support through Sheridan Foster Parent Exchange or call Buffalo DFS.      

For more information check out these resources:

Contact the Department of Family Service:
Sheridan https://dfs.wyo.gov/about/contact-us/sheridan-county/

Ashley Handley, Foster Care Coordinator
(307) 675-5455

Buffalo Department of Family Services
Kari Packard
381 N. Main
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834
(307) 684-5513

Foster Parent Exchange -  https://www.sheridanfosterparentexchange.org/

Foster Care and Foster Care Training https://dfs.wyo.gov/services/child-youth-services/foster-care-foster-care-training/

 

 

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Mar 1st, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Mar 1st, 2023

307NetInfo covered a lot of issues with Senator Dave Kinskey as legislators wind up this session.   

Or course we asked about the failure in getting meaningful property tax relief.   Many are angry and frustrated.   But there are other issues that matter too -  trust funds to support programs,  transgender men competing in women’s sports, the role of the Freedom Caucus this session, and restoring guns to non-violent felons.

Watch out for more updates from Cheyenne here at 307NetInfo.

Contact Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov or  call/text (307) 751-6428

 

 

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Mar 1st, 2022

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Mar 1st, 2022

AGENDA

I.   Review and approve the prior month’s Board
meeting minutes 0:00
II.  Chief of Staff Report 0:30
III.  Leadership Reports 1:00
IV.  CEO Report 10:15
V.   JCHC Financial Performance 22:30
VI.  Executive Session - Personnel 36:30 

Adjourn

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago. Feb 28th, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago. Feb 28th, 2023

The Legislature is leaving Cheyenne having failed to provide Property Tax Relief. “Legislature did not do its job”.  It’s back to the drawing board for at least one more year, in the meantime taxpayers will have to bear the burden. How did it fall apart?  What happened to more than 20 bills?     Barry Crago tells us to look at the voting records.  See how who was responsible?  Should we talk to those representatives to work it out?    

Do you agree that we should not sacrifice “good for perfect”?  Is the business of effective government about compromise?   

In the same week that property tax relief failed, representatives awarded themselves Per Diem increases.   Barry Crago defends the increase saying it is legitimate as it provides much-needed financial reimbursement for the 500 or more boards and commission members who make invaluable contributions to the process.

Watch for more updates from this legislative session here on 307NetInfo.

Find out more at www.wyoleg.gov   or call/text Barry Crago at (307) 267-9789

 

RHCD Board Work Session & Special Meeting, Feb 27th, 2023

RHCD Board Work Session & Special Meeting, Feb 27th, 2023

RHCD Work Session & Special Meeting.  Feb 27th, 2023

Work Session  

  1. Contract with Buffalo EMS - discussion 0:00
  2. Building Grants Discussion 24:30

Special Meeting 50:40

  1. Building Grants discussion and vote
  2. Buffalo EMS Contract vote - 4-year contract contingent upon agreeable 1:14:00
  3. Patient Ambulance Bill 1:15:20

Adjourn  1:18:40

Rural Healthcare District Board met for a work session and special meeting.  Two significant issues were on the agenda.   A new building for Buffalo and whether to accept building grants awarded in 2022.

On the issue of the contract, it was agreed to proceed with a 4-year term provided both parties can agree on terms and conditions.   Buffalo EMS stated it did not foresee any problems.     

Secondly, RHCD Board was awarded two grants totaling $875,000 in 2022 for a new building which have to be accepted or declined.

After discussion, the Board concluded it did not want to turn down this money.   However, both grants come with strings attached including time constraints that put pressure on getting the building process underway very soon.    The next step will be to move forward with the building despite lingering concerns over the current proposed location on the South Bypass by County Fire.  An urgent search for a more central location is underway for the next month.

Wrestling Weather. BHS Students & Supt. Auzqui. Feb 2023

Wrestling Weather. BHS Students & Supt. Auzqui. Feb 2023

Who knew the weather could make a week so complicated?   After a week disrupted by severe winter weather which affected athletics and academics, BHS students ask Superintendent Charles Auzqui how and why JCDS#1 calls virtual learning days, late starts, or early outs.

On an entirely different note, we discussed the first lady wrestling championships and what will come next for wrestling.   Congratulations Teila Peters, BHS State Lady Wrestling Champion!

Reducing Roadkill? I25 Buffalo-Kaycee Wildlife Crossing Project. Feb 2023

Reducing Roadkill? I25 Buffalo-Kaycee Wildlife Crossing Project. Feb 2023

We love Wyoming’s proximity to wildlife but that doesn’t come without a cost.  ‘Big game versus vehicle’ collisions are at an all-time high in the Cowboy State.   The Nature Conservancy reports 21 big game road collisions daily in 2021, that number is most likely underreported and increasing at a cost of $55 million or more.   

The Wyldlife Fund is behind an ambitious project to fence 36 miles of I25 between Buffalo and Kaycee, one of the most dangerous stretches of road for motorists and mule deer.  The objective is to virtually eliminate wildlife being hit on this stretch of road.  Is that possible?

What is this project to protect drivers and wildlife.  The Wyldlife Fund President Chris McBarnes explains.

Find out more about the Wyldlife fund crossing   https://thewyldlifefund.org/programs/wildlife-crossings/

 

Virtual School Days. Love' em, hate 'em? Feb 24th, 2023

Virtual School Days. Love' em, hate 'em? Feb 24th, 2023

At the end of a week overshadowed by brutal winter weather, Superintendent Charles Auzqui talks about whether virtual school days are working.

Decisions at the legislative session have direct implications for Johnson County students and teachers.  What bills has Charles Auzqui been watching and was the trip to Cheyenne to speak directly to legislators worthwhile?  

Charter Schools are a hot topic.  What will be the impact on public schools?   Should parents be concerned? 

 

Airbnb's in Buffalo? Feb 2023

Airbnb's in Buffalo? Feb 2023

307NetInfo and Planning Director Terry Asay explains the new(-ish) regulation surrounding short-term rental properties in Buffalo.  It’s a balancing act for a trial period.

Any questions? Contact Terry Asay 307 684 5566 or planningdirector@cityofbuffalowy.com

Apply here:   https://airtable.com/shrTrOs0Bpf3HcVTf

 

 

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Feb 22nd, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Feb 22nd, 2023

What is still in play for Property Tax relief?  Who will get relief?  Who is for, and who is against?

The Senator reports on the crossover voting bill, and  explains why the proposed age to legally purchase vapes was reduced from 21 to 18.

This session more than previous, legislators have debated a lot of social issues.  However ‘The Budget’ is their primary focus.  Listen to Senator Kinskey’s detailed update.

He also defends his stance against trust funding as a mechanism for supporting any kind of program.   Do you agree with his position?    

Watch out for more updates from Cheyenne here at 307NetInfo.

Contact Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov or  call/text (307) 751-6428

 

 

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of February 7, 2023 Minutes General County Business

Budget Amendment  Resolution 697
Opioid Budget Resolution 0:30
Extension Office Year in Review 4:45
Project Updates - Powder River Ranger District 17:30
Johnson County Tourism Association (JCTA) 40:00
Website Domain 48:00
Liquor License Renewals 59:50
Powder River Energy Pole Release 1:09:15
Recycling Board Appointment 1:10:40
Public Comment 1:21:40
Emergency Management Coordinator 1:31:40
Executive Session - Personnel 1:36:00

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Feb 21st, 2023

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA 0:35
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
February 7, 2022. Regular Meeting Minutes 1:05

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS 1:20
Ordinance #1413 – 3rd & Final Rdg – An ordinance amending Chapter 16: Offenses – Miscellaneous, Section 40, contact with wildlife within the limits of the City of Buffalo.

NEW BUSINESS (none)

REPORTS  2:00
City Attorney (none)
Building Inspector
Police Chief
Public Works Director

 ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS  3:25 (none)                               ANNOUNCEMENTS 3:35

  • Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Feb 28 @ 1 p.m.
  • Dept Head mtg – Mar 7 @ 7 a.m.
  • City/County mtg – Mar 21 @ 7 a.m.
  • City Council mtgs –Mar 7 & 21 @ 5 p.m.
  • 1% Application deadline – Feb 28 @ 5 p.m.

APPROVAL OF BILLS 4:20

ADJOURN 5:00

Cemetery District Board Meeting, Feb 21st 2023

Open  0:00
Public Comments 0:40
- John Zorbas

Guest Presentation 2:35
- Echoes of the Past August 2023

Approval of Vouchers 7:00

Minutes January 2023 Board Meeting 7:55

Financial Report  8:50

Sexton’s Report 24:20

Unfinished Business  40:55

  • Application of State & District Constitutions - tabled
  • Cremation Garden Estimates - tabled
  • Kaycee Heater Estimates
  • Conflict of Interest Forms - tabled

New Business 48:15

City County Meeting. Feb 21st 2023

City County Meeting. Feb 21st 2023

Intro / Opening Remarks 0:00
Legislative Update
-   Direct Distribution 0:45
-   Crosswalk Money 2:00
-   Budget Update & Wyolink 4:40
-   Bar & Grill Update 6:45
-   Property Tax Relief 9:00

Big Horn National Forest Discussion
Pole Creek Vegetation Management Plan 17:15
Forest Plan Revisions 20:40
1%Tax Update 22:30
JCTA (Jo Co Tourism Association) Update 26:30
General Comments  36:30

Next City/County Meeting March 21, 2023 @ 7:00 am

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago. Feb 20th, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago. Feb 20th, 2023

Is HD40 Representative Barry Crago’s higher public profile deliberate or by chance this session?
Why did he vote against legislation against school spanking and tighter abortion bills?
Will there be a meaningful relief to the heavy burden of high property taxes?
Why does he think legislating against crossover voting is not a necessity?
Has the State House taken a hard turn to the right?

We asked a lot of questions.  Listen to his answers and make up your own mind.

Watch for more updates from this legislative session here on 307NetInfo.

Find out more at www.wyoleg.gov   or call/text Barry Crago at (307) 267-9789

 

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Feb 15th, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Feb 15th, 2023

It’s already Week 6 of our regular updates with Senator Dave Kinskey.  The remainder of the session will be driven by the process itself.  As he describes, it’s a lot of “hurry up and wait”.

The budget remains the priority as Senate and House close in on what to save and what to spend.  A resolution may be reached as early as next week.

Wyoming’s suicide crisis has been front of mind for legislators as they debated funding for the 988 Suicide Hotline.  Supporters did not get the trust fund they asked for but the line will provide what Kinskey calls “critical” support to address the crisis.

In a surprise turn of events, the crossover voter issue is back on the table, an issue that has Senator Kinskey’s support.   

Property tax relief is still not resolved but hope remains for a Senate-generated proposal being considered by the House, and a refund program is still in play.   

Senator Kinskey closes with his remarks on whether this session has taken a turn to hard-right, conservative values.

Watch out for more updates from Cheyenne here at 307NetInfo.

Contact Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov or  call/text (307) 751-6428

 

 

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Feb 13th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Feb 13th, 2023

Approve Agenda 0:00
Review Vouchers 3:35 -  includes a discussion of Kaycee class funding 12:40
View and Approve Minutes (Dec ’22 & Jan ’23) 54:30
Treasurer’s Report 56:05
Buffalo Director’s Report 1:05:50
Kaycee Director’s Report 1:07:05

Old Business
-  Buffalo EMS Contract 1:12:15
-  Introduction of Brian Sharp, Buffalo EMS 1:35:40
-  CD Rates - possible purchase 1:39:30
-  Guidehouse Supplemental Payment Program 1:44:30
-  Grants 1:44:45
-  Medical Director, Buffalo EMS, Appointment - Dr Luke           Goddard 1:45:50

New Business
-  Privacy Officer 1:50:15
-  Patient Payment 1:52:20
-  Work Sessions + Special Meeting 2:05:50

Public Comment - none
Adjourn

Work Session & Special Meeting:  Buffalo EMS Contract, Grants, Patient Payment.
February 22, 2023 - 4:00 p.m.  JC Planning Office - Buffalo

Next Regular Board Meeting March 13, 2023- 4:00 p.m. JC Planning Office- Buffalo

Handling the Challenge? New School Board Trustees! Feb 10th, 2023

Handling the Challenge? New School Board Trustees! Feb 10th, 2023

307NetInfo caught up with two of our three new  JCSD#1 School Board Trustees, Marcia Goddard, and Travis Pearson.  We were curious about their experience of joining one of the most demanding leadership positions in our community. Is it what they expected?  Have their priorities or goals changed? How do they now understand their job within the school district? Their link to parents, and what comes next?

(Casey Rodriguez was unavailable)

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Feb 10th, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Feb 10th, 2023

House District 40 Representative Barry Crago defends his position on Abortion Bill HB152 and explains his 11th-hour amendment and his commitment to pro-life legislation, property tax relief, and funding for mental health programs.   The 988 Suicide helpline will be funded annually, leading mental health professionals concern about its future and long-term sustainability.   

So at this halfway point, we ask what it has been like this session getting business done with so many rookies in elected office.  Barry Crago compares this session to his previous experience.   


Watch for more updates from this legislative session here on 307NetInfo.

Find out more at www.wyoleg.gov   or call/text Barry Crago at (307) 267-9789

Watch out for more updates here at 307NetInfo.

Pole Creek Recreation Area Clear Cut Objections, Feb 9th, 2023

Pole Creek Recreation Area Clear Cut Objections, Feb 9th, 2023

Many people enjoy playing on "the mountain" just outside of Buffalo year round, with the Pole Creek Recreation Area being a highlight for many during the winter.

Listen to Aaron Kessler, President of Powder Pass Nordic Club outline the club’s concerns with the Forest Service’s proposed clear-cut project known as the Pole Creek Vegetation Management Project.    

The Pole Creek Nordic Area, which includes several miles of well-used trails, would be significantly impacted and the club is asking that the area be exempted from the project.   

Find out more here https://www.powderpassnordic.org/pole-creek-needs-you

However, that area is a very small part of the overall proposed area subject to timber management in the Pole Creek and Doyle Creek areas.    Find out more about the scope of the project and the implications for the mountain landscape by visiting https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=61834&exp=overview

Note:  Public comment period closes Tuesday February 21st, 2023. 

Don’t miss out on this year’s Pole Creek Challenge!  Register here https://runsignup.com/Race/WY/Buffalo/PoleCreekChallenge

 

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Feb 8th, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Feb 8th, 2023

Following a long week of tussling with budget issues, we catch up with Senator Dave Kinskey in Cheyenne.     Listen to his progress report on what comes next, and his metric for supporting legislative funding.

Tackling Wyoming’s high suicide rates is an issue for legislators.   There is widespread support for the 988 Suicide Hotline service but the funding mechanism remains undecided.   What does the Senator feel he can support and why?

Gender identity issues pervade this session,  notably in two bills;  one defining gender-affirming treatments as child abuse, and another tackling the issue of transgender athletes competing in sports.   Senator Kinskey defends his research-based position stating that his actions are based on protecting children.

Proposals to legislate I80 as a toll road failed but the question remains;  who should burden the massive financial overhead for upkeep and maintenance of this dollar-guzzling arterial route across Wyoming?

Finishing up, the Senator draws attention to Governor Gordon’s goal of creating a fund of up to $300 million to attract projects into Wyoming - for example, hydrogen production, nuclear development programs, and ground-based strategic defense initiatives.   

Watch out for more updates from Cheyenne here at 307NetInfo.

Contact Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov or  call/text (307) 751-6428

 

 

JoCo First Board Meeting, Feb 8th 2023

JoCo First Board Meeting, Feb 8th 2023

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

307NetInfo will record and post their regular board meetings and report on relevant issues or events.    

For more information about JoCo First visit https://bombermountainwy.com/joco-first/

Agenda
Call to Order 0:00
Review & Accept Meeting Minutes - Jan 11, 2023 0:35

Financials
-  Treasurer’s Report 2:15
-  Budget Review + Proposed Budget + 1% Tax Application 6:45

Staff Reports 22:50
-  BMCC/Economic Development - general update

Old Business
-  Employee Handbook 1:06:30
-  ED Comprehensive Plan Update 1:08:30

New Business
-  Board Training Opportunity 1:25:50
-  Meeting Date Change 1:33:00
-  Board Member Expectations 1:36:50

Other Business
-  Wyoming Economic Development Academy 1:37:40
-   Public Comment 1:38:20

Next meeting March 8, 2023 @ 8 am

Adjourn

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Feb 7th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Feb 7th, 2023

Call to Order
Approval of Agenda 0:00
Approval of Minutes of Jan 17 2022 0:25

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
-  Ordinance #1413 - 2nd Rdg.  An ordinance amending Chapter 16:  Offenses - Misc., Section 40, contact with wildlife within the limits of the City of Buffalo. 0:35

NEW BUSINESS- Proclamation 1:05
-  Child Development Center, Marsha Riley - Annual Update. 3:25
-  Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Romanoski - Wednesday Markets Request 7:40
-  Powder Pass Nordic Ski Club, Aaron Kessler - Pole Creek Drainage Timber Management Plan 10:30
-  Special Use Permit - GT Investments, Re-Subdivision Lot 3, Block 1 Buffalo West Addition 23:45
-  JC Tourism Association, Jody Sauers  34:00

MAYOR'S BOARD APPOINTMENTS 43:50
-  Buffalo Charitable Foundation - Steve Reimann
-  Buffalo Charitable Foundation - John Camino
-  Optional 1% Sales Tax Committee - Cheryl Madden
-  Lodging Tax Board - Anita Peoples

Reports
-  City Attorney 44:55
-  Building Inspector 45:00
-  Police Chief 47:50
-  Public Works Director 49:30

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS 56:00

ANNOUNCEMENTS 57:40
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg - Feb 28 @ 1 pm
City/County Mtg Feb 21 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg Feb 21 @ 5 pm
City offices closed Feb 20 - President’s Day
1% application deadline Feb 28 @ 5 pm

APPROVAL OF BILLS 58:20

ADJORN

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 7th, 2023

County Commissioners Meeting, Feb 7th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Jan 3, 2023 Minutes 0:15
General County Business
Renewal of County Liquor Licenses 0:55
Child Development Center Update 5:55
Johnson County Tourism Association Update 13:55
NOVO Benefits Quarterly Update 27:00
Deputize Coroners 55:40
Resolutions 695 & 696 56:10
Boundary Line Adjustment 1:09:00
Updates:  Septics & Sewage Systems 1:16:45
Game & Fish Contract 1:23:50
Mikesell/Potts Maintenance
Approve Cowboy Saloon Liquor License
Lake De Smet Settlement Update 1:28:20
Ratify Cowboy Saloon Catering Permit 1:32:20 (also at 2:05:35)
Ratify Cattleguard Steakhouse Catering Permit 1:33:30
Powder Pass Nordic Ski Club 1:34:35
Board Appointments 1:44:45
-   Recycling Center, Solid Waste District, Harold Jarrard Park, Weed & Pest, JCTA
JC Tourism Association Update 1:52:00
WCCA Counties BLM MOU 1:57:30
Vouchers  2:04:05
Public Comment (None) 2:04:05
Executive Session - Personnel

Recess

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting Feb 7th, 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting Feb 7th, 2023

Personnel Policy Revisions - Update 0:00

Department Head Items 5:40
-  Clerk
-  Public Works
-  City Fire
-  Police
-  Building & Planning Inspector

Board Liaison Updates 17:00

Council Items 24:00

Next Dept Head Mtg - Tues Mar 7 @ 7 am

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Feb 3rd, 2023

Representative

Aaron Palmer caught up with Johnson County House Representative Barry Crago in the midst of a heavy week dominated by budget deliberations with big decisions on the table.

Get an update on progress from the House on property tax relief, and funding for education.   Mr Crago is an advocate for mental health initiatives and discusses funding for the 988 Suicide Hotline and funding to school districts and local mental health professionals.

We conclude with Mr Crago explaining the reasons for his recent votes on abortion and ‘mask & vaccine’ bills.
Watch for more updates from this legislative session here on 307NetInfo.

Find out more at www.wyoleg.gov   or call/text Barry Crago at (307) 267-9789

Watch out for more updates here at 307NetInfo.

Play Therapy with Stephanie Idalski, Feb 2023

Play Therapy with Stephanie Idalski, Feb 2023

Who doesn’t love toys?   Did you know that toys can be more than just for traditional play? They can be instrumental in therapy too.  Meet Stephanie Idalski of the Play Therapy Center as we talk at the beginning of National Play Therapy Week about what it is and how it reveals unfilled needs or traumas in children to enable healing and smooth out difficulties.

Maybe you have or know a child who is struggling?  Play therapy could be the answer.   Listen in and find out more about what’s on offer at Play Therapy Center in Buffalo.

https://www.counselingandplay.com/services

stephanie.a.idalski@gmail.com

Call/Text 989.255.4508

412 N Main St
Buffalo WY 82834

 

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 31st, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 31st, 2023

Aaron Palmer spoke with Senator Dave Kinskey on Monday Jan 31st at the beginning of a grueling but  significant week for legislators whose focus will be on the budget.

Senator Kinskey has an update on the progress for property tax relief, and funding for education, wrapping up with budget process information and his guess for whether the huge surplus will be be spent or saved.

Watch out for more updates from Cheyenne here at 307NetInfo.

Contact Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov or  call/text (307) 751-6428

 

 

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Jan 27th 2023

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Jan 27th 2023

The backdrop for many conversations right now links back to what is going on at the legislative session in Cheyenne.   There is a slew of potential pieces of legislation that would impact education in Wyoming.  This raises questions about what is appropriate for legislation and what should be left to the State Board of Education.

In our broad-ranging conversation with JCSD#1 Superintendent Charles Auzqui you can find out more about those issues as well as the real impact of legislative decisions, does JCSD#1 teach critical race theory (CRT), and what would be the impact of a reduction in standards of a high school diploma.

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Jan 26th, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Jan 26th, 2023

As matters pick up the pace in Cheyenne, Representative Crago outlines the business and process for the next few weeks of this session and explains his personal approach to deciding how to vote on any given piece of legislation, the value of lobbyists, and the value of debate.    

Barry Crago encourages voters to be informed on individual legislation under consideration and the impact of testifying to legislators in person or via zoom.   Find out more at www.wyoleg.gov   or call/text Barry Crago at (307) 267-9789

Next week is one to watch as budget hearings are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Watch out for our update here at 307NetInfo.

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 25th 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 25th 2023

Senator Dave Kinskey walks us through the upcoming weeks of legislative business and the Supplemental Budget under consideration.   He is a fierce advocate of learning from Wyoming’s history of boom and bust and saving not splurging.   

Mr Kinskey provided updates on the plethora of property tax relief proposals and which are serious candidates to succeed.   It’s not just property taxes that voters want to see addressed,  Medicaid expansion is another huge issue impacting pocketbooks all across the state.   Listen to why Senator Kinskey is not in favor. 

Next week is one to watch as budget hearings are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Watch out for our update here at 307NetInfo.

Contact Dave.Kinskey@wyoleg.gov or  call/text (307) 751-6428

 

 

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Jan 25th, 2022

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Jan 25th, 2022

AGENDA

I.   Review and approve the prior month’s Board
meeting minutes 0:00
II.  Chief of Staff Report 0:30
III.  Leadership Reports 8:00
IV.  CEO Report 20:00
V.   Approval of Credentialing 26:00
VI.  JCHC Financial Performance 27:00
VII. QAPI Plan Approval 42:00
VIII. Approval of the Limited Delegated Capital Purchase
Policy 44:00

Adjournment

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Jan 19, 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Representative Crago, Jan 19, 2023

In the first of our interviews with HD40 Representative Barry Crago from this legislative session in Cheyenne, we talk about progress on the first two weeks and what has he been focussing on.   

We asked about how well business has been conducted with almost half of the elected officials being incoming freshmen and some strong differences of opinion.  

How does he determine his priorities, his two committee appointments, and his support for funding for mental health initiatives?   Is he in favor of spending or saving the significant $4 billion surplus?   How does that line up with your views?    

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 12 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 12 2023

Senator Dave Kinskey, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and Senate Vice-President reports on the second week of this legislative session.

Can the Legislature actually provide much-needed property tax relief or are there just too many ideas on the table?   Should it be in the form of rebates or reductions?  How long could it take to be felt by property owners?   

Listen to his reaction to Governor Gordon’s recent address and his views on how to successfully navigate this supplemental budget year.   

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Jan 17, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Jan 17, 2023

CALL TO ORDER
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA 0:40
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 0:55
(January 3, 2022 – Regular Meeting Minutes)

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS 1:15
·   Ordinance #1412 – 3rd & Final Reading – An ordinance providing for the annexation of “Big Horn Cooperative Marketing Association, a Wyoming nonprofit corporation” to the Town of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming.

 NEW BUSINESS
·       Jim Dawson, 4-H/Trap & Skeet Club – annual update 2:10
·       Adam Teten, Buffalo Youth Baseball – annual update 12:30
·       Tim Cahhal, Buffalo Trails Board – annual update 25:50
·       Jon Cordonier & Jody Sauers, Johnson County Tourism Association – annual update 33:40
·       Erika McCarter, Operation Blue Santa – annual update 45:45
·       Mayor’s Board Appointment 49:10
Richard Wonka, Buffalo Pool Board – Two (2) year term
·       Ordinance #1413 – 1st Rdg – An ordinance amending Chapter 16: Offenses – Miscellaneous, Section 40, contact with wildlife within the limits of the City of Buffalo. 49:30
·       City Attorney Contract 50:00

 REPORTS
Dennis Kirven, City Attorney 50:30
Terry Asay, Building Inspector  51:15
Sean Bissett, Police Chief 55:10
Larry Joubert, Public Works Foreman 59:30

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS    59:50
ANNOUNCEMENTS. 1:00:05
Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Jan 24 @ 1 p.m.
Dept Head mtg – Feb 7 @ 7 a.m.
City/County mtg – Feb 21 @ 7 a.m.
City Council mtgs – Feb 7 & 21 @ 5 p.m.
1% Application deadline – Feb 28 @ 5 p.m.

 APPROVAL OF BILLS 1:00:40

ADJOURN  1:01:00

Buffalo City Council Business Meeting, Jan 17 2023

Buffalo City Council Business Meeting, Jan 17 2023

Proposed Alcoholic Beverages Ordinances
-  Review Existing Ordinance 0:00
-  Downtown Open Container Area 4:00
-  Liquor License Applications 8:40

City Attorney Contract 20:50

Personnel Policy Review 24:45

Board Liaison Assignments 30:45

Council Items  42:10

Close

 

School Active Shooter Parent/Community Meeting, Jan 16th 2023

School Active Shooter Parent/Community Meeting, Jan 16th 2023

Not long ago, Active Shooter Training in schools, businesses, hospitals, and government facilities wasn’t a priority – or even a thought – in organizations across America. Today,  a mass shooting incident can happen anywhere.  JCSD#1 believes in preparing for such an unthinkable event and has brought in Tac-One Consulting in collaboration with JC Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Police Department to train staff, students and officers in tactics to best respond to an event.

Listen to Trainer Joe Deedon and Superintendent Charles Auzqui in this recording of the Community/Parent Presentation explain the training and why it is important.

Joe Deedon walks through the adult/staff program explaining when to choose evacuation, sheltering or barricading.   A unique aspect of this program is firearm knowledge training and the K-12 classes.  He provides examples of the different types of reactions both civilians and law enforcement personnel in the heat of the moment.
How would you react? What would you do?   Find out more about this complex issue and the actions that save lives.

For more information about Tac-One visit https://www.taconeconsulting.com/

JoCo First Board Meeting, Jan 11th 2023

JoCo First, also known as Kaycee and Buffalo Johnson County Economic Development Joint Powers Board exists “to build and enhance our regional economy, attract new businesses and support the growth of existing ones”.

307NetInfo will record and post their regular board meetings and report on relevant issues or events.    

For more information about JoCo First visit https://bombermountainwy.com/joco-first/

Apologies for some poor quality moments during the audio.  Cause has been identified and resolved.  

Agenda

  1. Call to Order 0:00
  2. Review / Accept Meeting Minutes - Meeting Dec 14, 2022 0:10
  3. Financials 0:45
    Treasurer’s Report
  4. Staff Reports 13:35
    BMCC General Update
  5. Old Business 26:45
    Update on possible grant for Economic Development/Comprehensive Plan
  6. New Business 32:00
    Discuss Employee Handbook & Benefits 32:05
    Election of Officers/Term Expiration 35:00
  7. Other Business 39:55
    Public Comment (none)
    Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill update 40:15
    Board Members Comments 50:50
    Next Meeting - Feb 8, 2023Close 

What is the 1% Tax? Jan 13th 2023

What is the 1% Tax? Jan 13th 2023

Confused about the 1% Tax?   Who pays it?  How much does it raise?  How is it distributed and who benefits?   Find out in our conversation with former Buffalo City Council member, Wes Haskins.

The deadline for applications this year is Tuesday February 28th, 2023 at 5:00 pm.   For more information on how to apply and who qualifies visit
https://cityofbuffalowy.com/documents.aspx?id=24257&catid=509

http://www.johnsoncountywyoming.org/2023-1-application/

Pesticide Applicator Training - Extension Office. Jan 2023

Pesticide Applicator Training - Extension Office. Jan 2023

Some pesticides are regulated and need certification to buy and use - even if you aren’t a commercial operator.  Now is the time to get certified or renew your existing one.

Need help with accurately selecting the right pesticide?  How and when do you apply pesticides to complete the job. How to do so safely? Micah Most at Johnson County Extension Office is here to help with expert and free advice on pesticides and a wide range of other issues too.

For more info call 307 684 7522 or email mmost@uwyo.edu

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Jan 13th 2023

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Jan 13th 2023

Charles Auzqui gives us a glimpse into the complex world of procuring and spending Federal Grants and why they are important.  School districts rely on Federal Grants to provide high-quality education to all students but obtaining them, and then staying within the regulations they come with is a highly skilled job with heavy penalties for failing to do so.  If you ever wondered what happens within the Admin Dept at JCSD#1 this gives you an inkling.     

Gun violence and random shootings are commonplace all across our nation and school safety is on everyone’s minds.  JCSD#1 is responding to this directly.    In the second of a 3-year program, this week JCSD#1 will be in intense training for all staff and students in a series of different events led by TAC-ONE.   For more information about TAC-ONE visit taconeconsulting.com

Parents have received information from individual schools about Tac One training and any community member is invited to attend one of two presentations on Jan 16th & 17th.

COMMUNITY MEETING:
BHS Auditorium - Mon Jan 16th 5:30-6:30 pm and another opportunity on
Cloud Peak Elementary School Tues Jan 17th 5:30-6:30 pm.

TAC-ONE WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE CLASS (free, limited to 30 participants).  Clear Creek Middle School gym 6:30-8:30 pm.  Call Heidi Sanchez at 307 684 9571 to sign up and for more details.

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 12 2023

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 12 2023

307NetInfo will be providing weekly updates from our representatives in Cheyenne.  Just a few days into the session here Senator Dave Kinskey's report.
He represents Johnson & Sheridan Counties.  Not only is he Senate Vice-President but also Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.  

In this short first interview, Senator Kinskey highlights the biggest issue on the table is what to do with the $4 billion surplus.   Spend it or save it?  Wyoming is familiar with boom-then-bust cycles? What can we learn from previous experience?   What should be done about funding for education?  What about swift action for property tax relief?   

Want to hear more?   Senator Dave Kinskey, Senate Vice-President 2023-24, and Chairman of the Appropriations Committee gave a preview of the upcoming legislative session at Buffalo City Council meeting.
Listen here 

The View from Cheyenne, Senator Kinskey, Jan 12 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting, Jan 10th 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting, Jan 10th 2023

Open 0:00
(Annual Board Elections)

Public Comments 3:00

Approving Vouchers 8:00
Minutes of December Board Meeting 9:00
Financial Report 10:30
- Surety Bond Review 18:30

Sexton’s Report 20:30

Guest Presentations and Bids 1:15:00

Unfinished Business
-   Address Harness Request for storing markers &     vaults 1:15:15
-   Kaycee Heater Estimates 1:23:20
-   Camera System Estimates 1:28:00
-   Web Design Estimates 1:50:45
-   Cremation Garden Estimates 1:59:30

New Business
Amendment Addressing Policy Changes 2:36:30

Close 2:55:55

JC School District Board Meeting, Jan 9th 2023

JC School District Board Meeting, Jan 9th 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge
Roll Call 2:30
Public Comment 2:35
Staff Celebrations 2:45
Additions/Accept Agenda 12:00
Principal Reports 12:50
Superintendent Report 43:00
Director Reports 54:00
Curriculum & Learning Report 1:01:30
Special Services Report 1:15:00
Business Report 1:16:20
- Rec Board Report 1:24:20
- BOCES Report 1:24:40
- BOCHES Report 1:25:00
Leadership Governance 2.1 & 2.14 1:25:15

Consent Agenda 1:30:00
Action Items 1:40:40
Policy Revision - second reading
Policy Revision - first reading
COVID Leave Extension

Other Business 2:07:45
From the Board
February Work Session
February Board Meeting
Adjourn 2:12:30

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Jan 9th, 2023

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Jan 9th, 2023

Approve Agenda  0:00
Review Vouchers 1:20
Mill Levy - Carla Bishop 7:00 
Resume review of vouchers 30:15
View and approve Minutes 37:30
View and approve Treasurer’s Report 38:15
Buffalo Director’s Report 58:40
Kaycee Director’s Report (Absent) 1:09:10

Old Business
Audit Process - appointment of Porter Muirhead 1:09:50
Medical Director for Buffalo EMS replacement - Dr Brian Darnell 1:15:20
Guidehouse Survey 1:21:30

New Business
New Building Grants 1:29:00
New Fiscal Year Budget & Buffalo EMS Budget & Contract 1:33:10

Public Comment - none  1:46:25
Adjourn 1:44:45 

Senator Dave Kinskey at Buffalo City Council, Jan 3 2023

Senator Dave Kinskey at Buffalo City Council, Jan 3 2023

Senator Dave Kinskey, Senate Vice-President 2023-24, and Chairman of the Appropriations Committee gave a preview of the upcoming legislative session at Buffalo City Council meeting.    

The Senator drew attention to a broad range of issues.  But the big issues to note are property tax relief, and how to manage the $4 billion Legislative Reserve Account.

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Jan 3 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Jan 3 2023

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 0:45
December 20, 2022 – Regular Meeting Minutes
Thanks to Wes Haskins and Dan Hart 1:30

OATH OF OFFICE
Mayor – Shane Schrader 2:00
Council – Myra Camino 3:05 & Mike Madden 4:15

MAYOR’S APPOINTMENTS & OATH OF OFFICE 5:15
Vice Mayor – John Camino
City Attorney – Dennis Kirven
Police Chief – Sean Bissett
Clerk/Treasurer – Julie Silbernagel
Municipal Judge – Mary Hupy
Alternate Municipal Judge – Paul Jarvis
Fire Chief – Clarence Gammon III
Safety Director – Larry Joubert
Building Inspector – Terry Asay

PUBLIC HEARING
Bar & Grill Liquor License – Rosie’s Cafe 9:30

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 23:35
Ordinance #1412 – 2nd Reading – An ordinance providing for the annexation of “Big Horn Cooperative Marketing Association, a Wyoming nonprofit corporation” to the Town of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming. 

NEW BUSINESS 24:10
-  Bar & Grill Liquor License Application – J Johnso Corp d/b/a Rosie’s Café – Bar & Grill license located at 42 S Main Street
-  Designate Official Newspaper – Buffalo Bulletin 27:00
-  Designate Official Depositories 27:20
o   ANB Bank
o   The Bank of Buffalo
o   First Interstate Bank of Commerce
o   FNB Bank
o   WYO-STAR Investment Pool
o   Moreton Asset Management
o   Wyoming CLASS
o   Peaks Investments

Financial Disclosure Letters 27:50

Mayor’s Board Appointments 28:10
o   Travis Lawrence, Buffalo Charitable Foundation – Three (3) year term
o   Keith Neustel, Planning & Zoning Board – Three (3) year term
o   Travis Lawrence, Buffalo Pool Board – Two (2) year term
o   Bill Ostheimer, Buffalo-Johnson Recycling Center JPB – Three (3) year term
o   Rick Durfee, Mtn Plains Heritage Park JPB – Two (2) year term

N WY Insurance – Property & Auto Renewal 28:40

Senator Dave Kinskey, Senate District 22 – legislative update 29:50

REPORTS
-  Dennis Kirven, City Attorney 54:25
-  Terry Asay, Building Inspector 55:45
-   Sean Bissett, Police Chief 57:00
-  Les Hook, Public Works Director 1:00:25

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS-none 1:02:20
ANNOUNCEMENTS
City Council mtg – Jan 17 @ 5 p.m.
Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Jan 24 @ 1 p.m.
1% Application deadline – Feb 28 @ 5 p.m.

APPROVAL OF BILLS 1:02:50

LODGING TAX BOARD UPDATE 1:03:10

ADJOURN 1:05:20

County Commissioners Meeting, Jan 3rd 2023

County Commissioners Meeting, Jan 3rd 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting, December 20th, 2022

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of December 6, 2022 Minutes 0:25
General County Business

January Motions:

  1. Election of Officers 0:55
  2. Pecuniary Form 2:20
  3. Approval of Depositories 3:40
  4. IRS Mileage Rates 4:15
  5. Commissioner Board Assignments 7:45

Board & Commission Appointment
1. Airport Board
2. Buffalo Trails Board 9:05
3. Fair Board 10:00
4. Johnson County Lodging and Tax 14:30
5. Mountain Plains Heritage Park 14:50
6. One Percent Board 15:15
7. Planning and Zoning Commission 16:00
8. Predator Control Board 17:05
9. Recycling Board 18:15
10. Solid Waste 18:50
11. Weed and Pest 20:00

Boundary Line Adjustment - not discussed. Incomplete application 21:40

Tourism Board Bylaw Amendment 22:00
Budget Amendment 44:30
Waive Hiring Freeze Library, Assessor, Clerk 49:10
Ratify Hazelton Peak Parking Area Contract 54:05
Catering Permit: Taylor's Invasion Bar 56:00
Cowboy Saloon Liquor License 57:20
Vouchers 58:20
Public Comment - none 1:03:10
Planning & Zoning Work Session 1:05:00
Reappointment of Fire Warden and Deputy 1:05:30
Opioid Settlement Advisement 1:06:00
Emergency Management - Hazardous Weather Plan 1:07:50
Close 1:08:45

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting Jan 3rd 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting Jan 3rd 2023

  1. Property & Auto Insurance Renewal 0:00
  2. Proposed changes to city code regarding alcoholic beverages 1:15
  3. Department & Board Liaison Update and Council Items 20:30

    Close 26:15
    Next Dept Head Meeting Tues Jan 7th, 2023

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Dec 28th, 2022

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Dec 28th, 2022

AGENDA

I.  Review and approve the prior month’s Board meeting minutes 0:00
II.            Elect Officers 0:40
III.           Chief of Staff Report 3:30
IV.           Leadership Reports (in Board Packets)  4:55
V.            CEO Report 28:00
VI.          JCHC Financial Performance 45:00
VII.          Bank Signature Card Changes 50:00
VIII.         Capital Item Approval 50:30
IX.           Contract Approval
a.  inReach Health  51:30
b.  Casey Peterson 1:11:30
c. NHA Connectivity Consortium 1:29:30
IX.           Adjournment 1:35:45

Buffalo City Council Meeting, December 20th, 2022

Buffalo City Council Meeting, December 20th, 2022

 CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA 0:35
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
·       December 6, 2022 – Regular Meeting Minutes

 PUBLIC HEARING 05:00
·       Big Horn Cooperative Marketing Annexation

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS 1:45
·       Ordinance #1412 – 1st Rdg – An ordinance providing for the annexation of the “Big Horn Cooperative Marketing Association, a Wyoming nonprofit corporation” to the Town of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming.

·       Brett McCoy - Request to connect to city water supply outside city limits @ 46 Wilson Road 2:20

·       Resolution #1461 – A resolution authorizing submission of an application to the State Loan and Investment Board for a grant through Local Government Project ARPA Grant Program funding on behalf of the Governing Body for the Town of the City of Buffalo for the purpose of the replacement of the water distribution line and the sanitary sewer line on Sunset Avenue from Park Lane to Cedar Street. 3:20

·       Resolution #1462 – A resolution authorizing submission of an application to the State Loan and Investment Board for a grant through Local Government Project ARPA Grant Program funding on behalf of the Governing Body for the Town of the City of Buffalo for the purpose of the replacement of remote read water meters and reading system throughout the town. 5:00

·       Resolution #1463 – A resolution authorizing submission of an application to the State Loan and Investment Board for a grant through Local Government Project ARPA Grant Program funding on behalf of the Governing Body for the Town of the City of Buffalo for the purpose of the replacement of the water transmission line on Buffalo Main Street from Fort Street to Hart Street. 6:00

REPORTS
City Attorney
Building Inspector 7:15
Police Chief 8:00
Public Works Foreman 12:00

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS    12:45                                                        
ANNOUNCEMENTS 13:15
Department Head mtg – Jan 3 @ 7 a.m.
City/County mtg – Jan 17 @ 7 a.m.
City Council mtgs – Jan 3 & 17 @ 5 p.m.
City offices closed afternoon of Dec 23, Dec 26, & Jan 2

 APPROVAL OF BILLS 13:45

ADJOURN  14:15

City County Meeting. Dec 19th 2022

City County Meeting. Dec 19th 2022

1. Main St Alley Project update 0:00
2. Johnson County Tourism Association 10:40
3. 2023 Legislature General Session 33:10
4. Updates 56:30

BHS Students & Superintendent Charles Auzqui. Dec 2022

BHS Students & Superintendent Charles Auzqui. Dec 2022

BHS students ask Superintendent Charles Auzqui about athletic programs.   They wanted to know about funding for sports, how JCSD#1 chooses how to spend that money and the problems in making the funding model work.    Of course, participating in sports involves more than practice and game time.  Transportation, coaching, and scheduling are significant factors as well and Mr Auzqui details some of the intricacies and challenges.   

Our conversation turned to why athletics and extracurricular activities are important and the benefits to students.  

Having just come off two days when school was impacted by severe winter weather, we switched gears. Students were curious about snow days and the policy or protocol JCSD#1 follows when deciding whether to call a virtual learning day or a late start.  

Watch out for more conversation between Mr Auzqui & students!

JCSD#1 Board Special Meeting. Dec 19th 2022

JCSD#1 Board Special Meeting. Dec 19th 2022

Special Board Meeting to award contract for Kaycee School boiler.

Not Feeling The Joy? VOA is here to help.

Not Feeling The Joy? VOA is here to help.

Struggling with the holidays?  They aren’t always picture-perfect.  

It’s ok to need support.  VOA recently merged with Northern Wyoming Mental Health.  They offer many support services from counseling to substance abuse treatment and much more. 

Listen to Tyler Broderick and Kelly Buckingham explain what is on offer and what to expect. 

Money a worry?   VOA will make it work for you financially as well as connect you to other services that can lighten the load.  

Not sure how to talk about suicide to someone who is struggling? Tyler Broderick gives very practical advice on how to tackle those difficult conversations.   

Worried about confidentiality?  VOA also offers Telehealth options so you can get services without having to go to the center in person.

You don’t have to be “in crisis” to benefit from VOA services.  But if you need an appointment right away there is always same-day availability at the center.

Call 307-684-5531 for the Buffalo office. 

For more information click here https://www.voanr.org

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline open 24/7.  Free, confidential support for people in distress.   You can call or Chat with trained professionals anytime.  

https://988lifeline.org/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=onebox

All Under One Roof! Bomber Mountain Civic Center

All Under One Roof! Bomber Mountain Civic Center

Who knew so many entities are thriving under one roof?  Facility Coordinator Claudia Todd has been steadily transforming the space for the past 6 years.  It might not be the prettiest of spaces but it has undergone clean up and function is the name of the game in this structurally sound, albeit, old building, owned by JoCo1st.  

It’s home to many diverse groups all of which benefit the community; commercial, educational, recreational, and small business opportunities.  

Heads up all culinary enthusiasts! - there are commercial kitchens available for use.   Perfect for one-off events or classes.

If you have a small business that is looking for a temporary or permanent home at an affordable price listen and find out more thttps://bombermountainwy.com

Contact Claudia Todd at 307 620 2458

There are also calendars of public and BMCC events.  Click here https://bombermountainwy.com/our-events/

JC School District Board Meeting, Dec 12th 2022

JC School District Board Meeting, Dec 12th 2022

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge
Roll Call 1:00
Public Comment
Additions/Accept Agenda 9:00
Board Officer Elections 9:20
Audit Review 15:00
General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 47:40
BHS School Improvement Plan 51:50
Principal Reports 1:24:30
Director Reports 1:29:30
Superintendent Report 1:38:00
Curriculum & Learning Report 1:39:30
Special Services Report 1:39:45
Business Report 1:41:45
- Rec Board Report
- BOCES Report
- BOCHES Report
Leadership Governance 1.1-1.6 1:47:20

Consent Agenda 1:51:15
Action Items 1:53:15
Policy Revision - second reading
Policy Revision - first reading
Early Graduation 2:09:00
District Annual audit 2:10:45
Board Meeting Schedule 2:11:00
Board Committees 2:12:30
Recreation Board Appointment 2:35:00
Contract Services Extended 2:35:30
Safe Return to School Plan 2:37:45
ARP Implementation Plan 2:39:00
Executive Session 2:40:30
Personnel & Legal W>S> 16-4-405-(a)(ii)(iii)

Not Recorded:
Other Business
- From the Board
- January Board Meeting
- January Work Session
Adjourn 

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:25
Review Vouchers 5:45
Approve Minutes
-  Special Meeting Minutes 39:55
-  General Meeting Minutes 41:20
Firewalls in Buffalo & Kaycee 41:30

Treasurer’s Report 48:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 52:20
Kaycee Director’s Report 1:01:50

Old Business
RFP - Contract for Architect - tabled
Payroll Tax - Contract Amendment 1:03:50
Title 25 Patients Agreement with Commissioners - tabled
Employee Handbook 1:14:10
Past Records 1:24:50
Audit 2021-22 1:28:50
Firewall+ Printer 1:37:45
Liability Insurance 1:49:50
New Medical Director 1:51:50

New Business
Election of Officers 2:06:55
- Chair - Britni Camino
- Treasurer - Mark Schueler
-  Secretary - Marie Miller 

Meeting Dates for 2023 2:13:30
Budget Hearing Mid-Year Adjustment 2:22:00
Public Comment - none

Not Recorded:
Executive Session
Adjourn 

All Under One Roof! Bomber Mountain Civic Center

All Under One Roof! Bomber Mountain Civic Center

Who knew so many entities are thriving under one roof?  Facility Coordinator Claudia Todd has been steadily transforming the space for the past 6 years.  It might not be the prettiest of spaces but it has undergone clean up and function is the name of the game in this structurally sound, albeit, old building, owned by JoCo1st.  

It’s home to many diverse groups all of which benefit the community; commercial, educational, recreational, and small business opportunities.  

Heads up all culinary enthusiasts! - there are commercial kitchens available for use.   Perfect for one-off events or classes.

If you have a small business that is looking for a temporary or permanent home at an affordable price listen and find out more thttps://bombermountainwy.com

Contact Claudia Todd at 307 620 2458

There are also calendars of public and BMCC events.  Click here https://bombermountainwy.com/our-events/

 

Friends Feeding Friends - No kid needs to go hungry

Friends Feeding Friends - No kid needs to go hungry

Many folks are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet and sometimes simply having enough food is a challenge, and the holiday season can be even tougher.  307NetInfo spent time with Sharon Miller and Breann Waller of the local organization Friends Feeding Friends who are passionate about making sure no kid in Johnson County goes hungry.  

We talked about why an organization donating large quantities of free food is needed in Johnson County and just how they do it and tackle the challenge of skyrocketing prices.

Find out who is eligible, how it works, and what’s coming up next for this program that many have come to rely upon.   If you or someone you know is finding it tough to put food on the table or you want to support this important program take a listen and find out more.

For more information go to  http://www.friendsfeedingfriendsbuffalo.org/

 

County Commissioners select County Clerk, Dec 6th, 2022

County Clerk Appointment(1)

In the final step of the required process to appoint a County Clerk following the resignation of Kate Harriet who resigned thefrom  position citing health concerns County Commissioner Novotny, Perry and Greenough interviewed in executive session the three candidates forwarded from the JC Republican Party.    Candidates were Jackie Camino, Darci Goni and Jody Telkamp.   

The appointment was awarded to Jackie Camino who will serve a 2-year term beginning January 2023. 

 

Buffalo City Council Meeting, December 6th, 2022

Buffalo Council 12-06-22

Call to order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda 0:30
Approval of Minutes (November 15, 2022 – Regular Meeting Minutes) 0:50

NEW BUSINESS
Ratify Buffalo FFA Light Up Buffalo Event  1:15
o   Use of Prosinski Park – Dec 3
o   Variance to City Code 16-12 Fireworks
o   Variance to City Code 16-26.1 Noise

·       Claudia Todd, JOCO First – Bomber Mtn Civic Center Update 2:20
·       Jennifer McCormick, Longmire Foundation – 2022 Update 16:00
·       Authority to Render Services (ARS) Cooperative Agreement WYDOT & City of Buffalo            Main Street 2024  18:15
·       Context Sensitive Amenities (CSA) Cooperative Agreement – WYDOT & City of Buffalo          Main Street 2024 19:40
·       Permit for Construction Debris Removal – A.C.E.D. Inc d/b/a Jobsite Services 22:00
·       Main Street Alleys – bid results 22:40
·       Caturia Subdivision – request for release of remaining escrow funds Caturia Addition              Phase I 24:40

REPORTS
-  City Attorney 26:00
-  Building Inspector 26:10
-  Police Chief 27:25
-  Larry Joubert, Public Works Foreman 28:30

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS     29:00                                                        

ANNOUNCEMENTS 29:15
- City employee holiday party – Dec 18
- City/County mtg – Dec 20 @ 7 a.m.
- City Council mtg – Dec 20 @ 5 p.m.
- City offices closed afternoon of Dec 23, Dec 26 & Jan 2

APPROVAL OF BILLS 29:30
ADJOURN  30:00

Buffalo City Dept Head Meeting, Dec 6th 2022

Buffalo City Dept Head Meeting, Dec 6th 2022

Intro 0:00
WYDOT 2024 Main Street Project 0:10
Trails Board - letter of support for Wyoming Conservation Corp Grant 13:35
Municipal Water Supply Meeting Update 14:30
Department Head Items 21:05
Board Liaison Updates
Council Items 

Announcements
-   City Employee Holiday Party - Dec 18
-   Next Dept Head Meeting - Jan 3
-   Planning & Zoning Meeting - Dec 27 Cancelled

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Dec 8th 2022

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Dec 8th 2022

JCSD#1 is encouraging “Parent Engagement”.  Charles Auzqui explains what is meant by that,  what it means in practice, and the value to students, paren and teachers.

There is a lot of work being done on 'School Improvement Plans'.  Charles introduces what this is about and the goals.  307NetInfo will be featuring much more information on this as these plans develop and are put into action. 

We also talked about upcoming TacOne Active Shooter training.  Watch out for community meetings in the New Year.  

  

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Dec 2nd, 2022

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Dec 2nd, 2022

A quick reminder that the school holidays are fast approaching.  Unless there is an unexpected snow day, Tues December 20 will be a full school day, staff return Mon 2 Jan 2023, and students on Tues 3 Jan.   

Charles Auzqui addressed the current Federal Audit/Investigation which dates back to 2020 and maybe further looking into failures in financial systems and procedures.   The investigation is serious and could have far-reaching consequences; such as returning money or disqualification for future funding.   JCSD#1 has hired legal representatives, Holland & Hart to advise and represent its interests.   

Whilst any investigation of this nature is concerning, Charles made it clear that he welcomes this opportunity to continue his initiatives to improve processes and identify areas of weakness and will comply fully with the investigators. 

We again discuss the importance of Professional Development in the ‘art and science’ of teaching and what JCSD#1 is doing to constantly improve techniques and programs.  

Finishing up on a celebratory note, we talked about the recent  Milken Educator Award to Meadowlark Kindergarten teacher, Jessica Kavitz.  This is a significant honor bestowed on a small number of teachers nationally who demonstrate exceptional talent and are models of excellence for the teaching profession that extends way beyond the classroom. 

For more information about the award visit https://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/about/criteria-for-selection/

JC Republican Party Meeting for County Clerk Candidates, Dec 1st, 2022

In accordance with Wyoming statute, the Johnson County Republican Party met to select 3 candidates whose names will be forwarded to County Commissioners for their consideration. The successful candidate will serve a 2-year term from Jan 2023 - Jan 2024.   

Chairmen Robert Garrison led the proceedings which included five candidates:
Jackie Camino, Isabella Dewald, Shann Edwards, Darci Goni and Jody Telkamp.   

Each applicant was asked the same 5 questions and given up to two minutes to answer after a period of introductions.   The applicants were sequestered so they could not hear other candidates answers.  

Candidates names were drawn out of a hat to determine the order in which they would present. 

Commissioners Bill Novotny and Linda Greenough who were also eligible to cast votes at this session recused themselves.   

Introduction 0:00
Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, Chairman’s Introduction 1:55
Roll Call 3:00
Agenda, Rules, Appointment of Tellers 

Announcement of Candidates 20:20

Introductory Statements: (up to 4 mins)
-  Isabella Dewald. 27:20
-  Jody Telkamp 30:30
-  Darci Goni 35:05
-  Shann Edwards 39:40
-  Jackie Camino 43:50

Recess 48:15 - 57:55

Question Period (up to 2 mins) 
1. What do you think is the most important aspect of the Clerk’s job?
2. You did / did not run for Clerk in the regular election process.  Why are you running now?
What did you learn from that experience?
3. How would you handle a disgruntled customer and conflicts with staff?
4. Based on your previous experience, how much training would you foresee needing?
5.    Will you purge the voting rolls of people who are deceased or have moved out of the     area?

-  Isabella Dewald 59:40
-  Jody Telkamp 1:07:50
-  Darci Goni 1:13:30
-  Shann Edwards 1:20:35
-  Jackie Camino. 1:25:35

 Voting Instructions 1:38:50

Results Announcement 1:52:05
-  Isabella Dewald 4
-  Shann Edwards  9
-  Jody Telkamp 19
-  Goni 21
-  Camino 21 

Close

The Commissioners will meet at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, 6 Dec, 2022 at the Commissioner’s Office, 76 N Main St, Buffalo, WY to select the new County Clerk.  

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Nov 30th, 2022

JC Hospital Board Meeting, Nov 30th, 2022

I.        Review and approve the prior month’s Board meeting minutes 0:00
II.       Chief of Staff Report 0:30 
III.      Leadership Reports 1:45
IV.      CEO Report 18:15
V.       Credentialing Report/Approval 41:15
VI.      JCHC Financial Performance 45:00
VII.      Bank Signature Card Changes 1:05:0
VIII.     Community Health Needs Assessment 1:06:00
IX.       Construction Loan Approval 1:16:20
X.        Tom Berry send-off & thanks 1:29:30
            Adjournment

Megan Welles - The Horsewell Massager

Megan Welles - The Horsewell Massager

307NetInfo caught up with Megan Welles of Horsewell, the inventor of the Horsewell Massager - an at-home therapeutic massaging tool for your horse.  

Listen to Megan Welles explain how this innovative and affordable tool came about and how easy it is to use for long-lasting benefits. 

As an Impact 307 Start-Up Challenge winner Megan is all set to bring this to market.  Find out more about this smart new tool.

To see more about the Horsewell Massager  click here 
Horsewell Massager | Presentation Demo     

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief, Dec 1st & 2nd, 2022

Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief, Dec 1st & 2nd, 2022

Buffalo High School Theater Dept Presents THE LIGHTING THIEF - THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL.    Karen Blaney tells 307NetInfo about this production, the theater program at BHS, and more.

You won't want to miss this opportunity for a family-friendly live theater experience at BHS Auditorium,  Dec 1st & 2nd at 7:00 pm.  Even better - entrance is free!

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Nov 22nd, 2022

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, Nov 22nd, 2022

Full of Thanksgiving spirit and an ‘attitude of gratitude’ 307NetInfo talked to Superintendent Charles Auzqui.    We talked about the value of training and collaborations through the Wyoming School Boards Association.

JCSD#1 is already planning Professional Development for next summer which includes professional growth and better teacher & principal evaluation systems.  

Worried about school shootings?  JCSD#1 is addressing that in very practical terms.  Tack One training will be coming back for the second year of three, building on previous active shooter training plus procedures for emergencies.  This is a new partnership with local law enforcement and JCSD#1.  Watch out for more information and a community invitation to find out more. 

Professional Development continues to be a focus.  Charles describes how this will be expanded in practice for maximum results.   

School buildings need regular upkeep and maintenance.  There is a new Facilities Review Report.  The first step in a 5-10 year planned and budgeted approach to maintenance and upkeep. JCSD#1 is looking at $20m worth of projects for basics like roofs, and HVAC systems.  A planned approach is vital for reaching a balanced budget by 2025.  

We wrapped up with an overview of the Winter Season and talked about the monthly student video. Click here for October’s Student Video:  https://youtu.be/YRVcrpcbtwI

And, of course, we ended in an ‘attitude of gratitude’.

OCR and the Semi-Automatic Fly Fishing Reel

OCR and the Semi-Automatic Fly Fishing Reel

307NetInfo caught up with OCR, the Buffalo-based team behind a groundbreaking new semi-automatic fly fishing reel.

Listen to Zac Sexton, Brad Williams and Rodney Fought explain why it is such an amazing new product invented and prototyped here in Johnson County, how it is being tested and refined by the world’s best fly fishermen, and their recent 307Impact Start-Up Challenge win.  And yes, it makes even novice fly-fishing adventures better too.  

For more information about the Start-Up Challenge
click here https://impact307.org/start-up-challenges/

Revitalising the Chamber of Commerce

Revitalising the Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is active after a difficult period of inactivity.
307NetInfo met with President Jennifer Romanoski and new Membership Coordinator Pam Day to find out more. 

We talked about funding, the beleaguered past, what’s coming next, and rebuilding public confidence.   

Don’t miss out on the Christmas Button campaign or the Christmas Parade on Sat Dec 3rd at 6:00 pm.

Find out more at www.buffalowyo.com  

and here for an application form https://www.buffalowyo.com/christmas-parade

This year’s theme is ‘Country Christmas’

Managing County Population Growth - Jim Waller, County Planner, Nov 2022

Managing County Population Growth - Jim Waller, County Planner, Nov 2022

It's clear our county is growing in population.  “Growth”  presents challenges we can’t avoid.    How do we manage, what most think is, an inevitable increase in our population size?  What is the impact on services and the places we live and how they look?   Should we regulate or is that not the ‘Wyoming way’?  

Jim Waller, County Planning Director, describes what he refers to as “The Second Homesteading” and explores the issues, opportunities, and challenges this could bring to our community.   

Before we talked about the challenges of growth in general, Jim Waller gave a definitive update on two possible sub-divisions close to Buffalo on the north end of Buffalo and along Trabing Road.    

You won’t want to miss this conversation.   

County Planning Board is seeking public input for the development of a County Plan.   Join the Work Session Tuesday, Dec 6th, 2022 @ County Planning Office, 26 n De Smet Ave, Buffalo.  

BHS PIT Crew Meeting Nov 15th, 2022

BHS PIT Crew Meeting Nov 15th, 2022

PIT stands for 'Parents In Touch'.

It can be difficult to get to meetings but if you are a BHS parent these sessions are highly recommended.  Whilst 307NetInfo can help you stay up to date on what you may have missed, there is nothing like attending in person.  You will get to interact with BHS teachers and staff on a different level.  They talk passionately about what they do, how they do it and reveal just how much there is going on at BHS for students of all interests and abilities.  Lots of opportunities to ask questions and find out about programs you were unaware of.

Mrs Hetland is the new Spanish teacher at BHS.  She explained her teaching technique for engaging students and helping them progress.  Mrs Hetland engaged us in a quick class to demonstrate what she was describing.  

Mr Miller described the multitude of Ag related classes available to BHS students including Welding, General Ag, AG Construction, Entrepreneurship and Mechanical orientation. as well as animal husbandry.   

District Librarian Leigh Ann Schimmel walked us through the steps to connect with digital library options and how to navigate through them.  You may be surprised how much is available through the JCSD website. 

https://www.jcsd1.us/page/library-media

https://soraapp.com/welcome

You can connect with any BHS staff members through this link:  

https://www.jcsd1.us/o/buffalo/staff

JC Cemetery District Board Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

JC Cemetery District Board Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

AGENDA
Public comments. (None) 0:00
Vouchers 2:00
Minutes of October board meeting 3:30
Financial Report 4:20
The Following items were tabled for November 2022 Board meeting when new Board members will be in position. 

Rolling Calendar
Wyostar account review
-  Oath of Office for newly elected officers

Sextons Report

Guest Presentations and Bids
-  Web design estimates
-  Camera system estimates
-  Cremation garden estimates

Old Business
 -  Deer fencing
 -  Resurfacing Adams addition

New Business
-   Reassessing Saturday Burial Fee
-   Insurance consideration

 Burial Request Form Update 19:30

Close 22:40

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

Buffalo City Council Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

CALL TO ORDER 0:00
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
APPROVAL OF MINUTE - November 1, 2022 – Regular Meeting Minutes

 PUBLIC HEARING
-   Liquor License Renewals

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS
-   2023 Liquor License Renewals 1:00
-  Claudia Todd, JOCO First – Bomber Mtn Civic Center update 1:45
-  Buffalo Athletic Club – contract renewal 7:30
-  Cheyann Pehringer, Buffalo Children’s Center – Request for reallocation of 1% funds 8:00

 REPORTS
-  City Attorney 10:00
-  Building Inspector  10:30
-  Police Chief 11:00
-  Public Works Director 12:00
-  Written Report - Nelson Engineering

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS                                                             

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 13:30

  • Buffalo Main Street Public Mtg – Nov 17 @ 5 p.m. Johnson County Library
  • Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Nov 22 @ 1 p.m.
  • Dept Head mtg – Dec 6 @ 7 a.m.
  • City/County mtg – Dec 20 @ 7 a.m.
  • City Council mtg – Dec 6 & 20 @ 5 p.m.
  • City offices closed Nov 24 & 25

APPROVAL OF BILLS 14:00

ADJOURN 

JC School District Board Meeting, Nov 14th 2022

JC School District Board Meeting, Nov 14th 2022

Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call 0.00
Oath Of Office - New/returning members 2:00
Public Comment 5:00
Additions/Accept Agenda
GENERAL REPORTS
- JCSD#1 Student Video 6:00
- Principal Reports 10:00
- Director Reports 43:00
- Superintendent Report 53:00
- Curriculum & Learning Report 55:00
- Special Services Report 56:00
- Business Report 58:00
- Recreation Board Report 1:10:00
- BOCES Report 114:00
- BOCHES Report 1:16:00 
- Leadership Governance 2.6 Instruction 1:17:30

EXECUTIVE Session
Personnel W>W> 16-4-405-(a)(iii)

CONSENT AGENDA  1:23:00
- Minutes 1:23:30
- Warrants
- Employment
- Additional isolation Requests
ACTION ITEMS  1:24:00
- Policy Revision - 1st Reading 52:20
- School Improvement Plans 1:31:00
- Superintendent Contract 1:45:30
-  Independent Third Party 1:48:30

OTHER BUSINESS
- From the Board  1:49:00
-  WSBA Resolutions 1:52:00
-  Micro Purchase Procurement Information 2:05:00
December  Board Meeting 2:10:30
December  Work Session 2:11:00
ADJOURN 2:12:00

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting, Nov 15th 2022

AGENDA
Approve Agenda 0:00
Review Vouchers 1:00
Approval of Oct Meeting Minutes 20:45
Treasurer’s Report 22:35
Buffalo Director’s Report  26:30
Kaycee Director’s Report. 38:00

Old Business 38:20
-    Digiteks Firewall Hardware 39:3
-    RFP Contract for Architect - tabled
-    Portable Nitrous Oxide Unit  45:
-    Payroll Tax re: Wy Dept. of Health payment for EMTs 57:25
-    Ambulance Licenses 1:06:05
-    Employment Handbook & Policy Manual 1:09:25

New Business. 1:10:15
-  Employee Structure for Kaycee 1:11:45
-  Past Records (before fiscal year 2021-22) 1:25:40

Public Comment (None) 1:28:05

Adjourn 

Next Board Meeting: Dec 12, 2022 5:00 pm Ambulance Barn, Kaycee 

County Commissioners Meeting, Nov 15th, 2022

County Commissioners Meeting, Nov 15th, 2022

Call to Order, Pledge, Approval of Nov 1st, 2022 Minutes 0:00
Resolution 692 - Numerical correction  2:25
Board Appointments  - Login Tax and Solid Waste Boards 3:25
CMAQ Reimbursement Request 4:55
JC Library Request to Waive Hiring Freeze - Resignation of Director Steve Rzasa 13:30
Resolution 693 - Holiday Schedule 2023 28:40
Certify Mineral Ad Valorem Legal Expenses 31:40
BLM Memorandum of Understanding - Greater Sage Grouse Plan 32:45
Yoder Minor Subdivision Approval 34:30
Wyoming Game & Fish - Ellis Land Sale 1:15:55
Public Comment (none) 1:14:45
Executive Session 1:15:55

Close 

Rural Healthcare District Board Special Meeting November 3rd, 2022

Rural Healthcare District Board Special Meeting November 3rd, 2022

Rural Healthcare District Board held a Special Meeting to discuss the financial award of money being dispersed by the Wyoming Hospital Association on behalf of the Wyoming Department of Health.

Money has been awarded to Kaycee Ambulance Service and Buffalo EMS for EMTs.   

The Board discussed the amount awarded, the terms and conditions  and issues resulting from additional payroll taxes.  

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, October 7th 2022

Superintendent Charles Auzqui, October 7th 2022

A day-long training for staff included all staff training on drugs focusing what they could be looking at and how to respond as well as how to recalibrate after the far-reaching impact of the Covid pandemic and the very real stress of hard economic times.  

JSCD#1 is stepping up it’s efforts to have great partnerships with parents.   Charles encourages all parents to get involved through Parent Teacher Organizations and to watch for more details.  

Conversation turned to the continued development of Professional Learning Communities, teacher assessment models and accountability.     

We wrapped up with and update on progress for a Building Maintenance plan.

Buffalo City Council Meeting, November 1st, 2022

Buffalo City Council Meeting, November 1st, 2022

Call to Order, Pledge, Approval of Agenda & Minutes 0:00
NEW BUSINESS 1:00
Councilman Hart - Oct 18, 2022 council meeting absence 1:00
Proclamation - Operation Green Light 1:20
Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Romanoski Dec 3 street closure - Parade 7:15
JC Arts & Humanities Council, Bonnie Klasinski, Art & Music Festival + street dance July 29,2023. 12:15

REPORTS
-    City Attorney 15:15
-    Building Inspector
-    Police Chief 15:30
-    Public Works Director 17:50

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS 18:30

Announcements 18:50
-   Planning & Zoning Meeting Nov 22@ 1:00pm
-   City/County Meeting - Nov 15 @ 7:00am
-   City Council Meeting Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm
-   City Hall Closed Nov 11 - Veteran's Da
-   Daylight Savings Time Ends Nov 6
-   Don't forget to vote Nov 8

Approval of Bills 19:15
Adjourn 19:25

County Commissioners Meeting, November 11th, 2022

County Commissioners Meeting, November 11th, 2022

Call to Order, Pledge, Approval of Oct 18, 2022 Minutes 0:00
Budget Amendment Resolution 691 Cyber Security Audit 0:45
Bomber Mountain Update 3:50
Operation Green Light for Veteran’s Resolution 686
Homeland Security Grants 25:55
Voucher 31:50
Public Comment (none)
Executive Session  33:15

Close 

Buffalo City Dept Head Meeting,November 11th 2022

Buffalo City Dept Head Meeting,November 11th 2022

Main Street Alley Bid Process 0:00
Sidewalk Study with County 1:15
Infrastructure Grant Awards 2:45
Alternative Water Source Committee 7:20
Memorial Beach - baseball 9:30
Christmas Party 12:05
Department Head Items +
Board Liaison Updates 16:50
Close 42:00

Buffalo City Council Meeting, October 18th 2022

Buffalo City Council Meeting, October 18th 2022

Very short meeting so no need for time stamps!

AGENDA

Call to Order, Pledge, Approval of Agenda & Minute 0:00
NEW BUSINESS
-    Request for use of trail system for Haunted Hike
-    Lease Agreement :  Buffalo Golf Club Liquor License

REPORTS
-    City Attorney 
-    Building Inspector
-    Police Chief
-    Public Works Director

ORAL/WRITTEN COMMENTS

Announcements
-   Planning & Zoning Meeting Oct 25 @ 1:00pm
-   Dept Heath Meeting Nov 1 @ 7:00 am 
-   City County Meeting Nov 15 @ 7:00 am
-   City Hall Closed Nov 1 & 15 @ 5:00 pm

Approval of Bills
Adjourn 

JC Cemetery District Board Meeting, October 10th 2022

JC Cemetery District Board Meeting, October 10th 2022

Open 0:00
Public Comments
- Sheridan Funeral Home - burial complaint) 0:22
- Dismissal of Deputy Sexton 3:30
Resignation of John Ehlers 13:00
Appointment of John Zorbas as Treasurer 13:45
Appointment of Dave Moate as Vice President 15:20
Appointment of Dave Moate to Two Year Term 16:35
Minutes of September meeting 21:10
Vouchers 20:15
Financial Report 21:10
Rolling Calendar 40:30
Sexton’s Report 40:40
Guest/Presentations/Bids
-  Sheridan Funeral Home Complaint 1:01:40
Old Business
-  Cremation Garden Update 1:22:30
New Business
- Update Chanda Rule bookkeeping contract 1:22:30

Close

JC School District Board Meeting, October 10th 2022

JC School District Board Meeting, October 10th 2022

AGENDA

Pledge of Allegiance, Roll Call 0.00
Public Comment
Additions/Accept Agenda
GENERAL REPORTS 1:30
- JCSD#1 Student Video
- Principal Reports 10:00
- Director Reports 36:30
- Superintendent Report 49:45
- Curriculum & Learning Report 56:30
- Special Services Report 1:03:00
- Business Report 1:05:25
- Recreation Board Report 1:06:00
- BOCES Report 1:06:20
- BOCHES Report 1:06:35  
- Leadership Governance 2.6 Instruction 1:07:00
CONSENT AGENDA  1:08:30
- Minutes
- Warrants
- Employment
- Isolation Requests
ACTION ITEMS  1:09:00
- Policy Revision - 2nd Reading 52:20
- Policy Revision - 2nd Reading 53:00
- Classified Sub Pay 1:46:00
OTHER BUSINESS 1:48:10
- From the Board  - Activty Mtg Update
-  Transportation Discussion 1:57:00
-  November Board Meeting 2:19:30
-  November Work Session 2:21:00
EXECUTIVE SESSION ADJOURN 2:21:00
Student Issue W.S. 16-4-405 (a)(ix)
ADJOURN & ADJOURN REGULAR SESSION 

Dr. Jennifer Rice, Breast Cancer Awareness, October 6th 2022

Dr. Jennifer Rice, Breast Cancer Awareness, October 6th 2022

Dr Jennifer Rice shares some startling statistics about Breast Cancer.   Women know we need to get regularly checked out but we often put it off.   Dr Rice explains the importance of early detection, the benefits of a new screening machine at JCHC and encourages women to come to a free clinic at JCHC.

JCSD#1 Board Meeting
March 11th, 2024

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Silent Remembrance, Tiffany Songer 1:55
Early Childhood Literacy Position 2:05
Students With Disabilities, Melissa Brewer 11:45
ELL Program Update 35:15
Public Comment 49:10
Additions/Accept Agenda 49:15

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 50:00
CCMS - Box Sled Challenge 53:20
Superintendent Reports 1:11:20
Director Reports 1:12:00
District Level Reports 1:18:30
Rec Board Report 1:31:50
BOCES Report 1:33:40
BOCHES Report 1:34:00

Consent Agenda 1:35:30
- Minutes 
- Warrants

Action Items
Policy Revision, 2nd Reading 1:36:00
Policy Revision, 1st Reading 1:36:40
District Annual Audit 1:43:00
New West 24-25 Proposed Calendar 1:43:55
Chromebook RFP 1:45:45
E-Rate Switch Project 1:49:30

Other Business
From the Board 1:51:30
April Work Session 1:51:40
April Board Meeting 1:52:20

Executive Session 1:52:40

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting
March 11th, 2024

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 1:20
Approve Minutes 1:40

Treasurer’s Report 3:00
Buffalo Director’s Report 8:00
Kaycee Director’s Report 14:00

Old Business
New Building 15:00
Billing Company Process 31:15
Transfers 32:30

New Business
Budget 24-25 Discussion 1:05:10
1st Health Network 1:16:00
CD’s Maturing 1:19:00
Transfer - JCHC 1:25:00
Kaycee Budget 1:29:45
Buffalo EMS Contract Proposal 1:33:40

Public Comment (none) 1:37:00

Vouchers 1:38:00

Adjourn

Next meeting April 8, 2024 @ 4:00 pm.  JC Planning Office, Buffalo WY

The View From Cheyenne
Representative Barry Crago
March 7th, 2024

As the 67th Wyoming Legislative Session draws to a close, HD40 Representative Barry Crago reviews the previous week.   It’s been a struggle for the Joint Conference Committee of Senate and House to reconcile a staggering $1.1bn discrepancy between the two chambers proposed budgets.   

Property Tax relief has been at the forefront of Representative Crago’s mind with his bill to cap possible annual increases still on the table. His is one of the remaining proposals in tact.   Does it stand a chance of being enacted? And what of the various other proposals to provide relief right away?    

Find out the details with Barry Crago as legislators prepare to wrap up this short but important session. 

The View From Cheyenne
Senator Dave Kinskey
March 7th, 2024

As legislators worked to close up the 2024 Budget Session, Senator Dave Kinskey was at the center of Senate representation on the Joint Conference Committee, charged to reconcile the $1.1bn difference between the two chamber’s budgets.  Amidst reports of negotiations having stalled, President Ogden Driskill abruptly changed direction, collapsing the Senate’s representation and replacing the committee with new members. 

Kinskey shares insights into these developments and reaffirms his dedication to the core tenets of Conservatism. He stresses that true Conservatism is not about penny-pinching for frugality’s sake; it's fundamentally about lending support to those in genuine need.

In this critical session, where the primary objective for legislators is to deliver significant property tax relief, which of the remaining bills earn his support?

The session has been challenging, filled with tension and tumult,  as a seasoned legislator, Kinskey calls upon his fellow elected officials to rise above the fray and set aside drama, or temptation to make a headline, and focus solely on the task at hand.

Buffalo City Council Meeting
March 5th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes, Feb 24,’24 0:40

New Business 1:25
- Request for a variance to City Code 10-1.10 Burning Prohibited
- Sunset Ave Reconstruction Bid Results 3:20
- Big 85 Properties Request SPU 4 S Main 8:25

Reports
- City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 10:50
- Building Inspector, Terry Asay 10:55
- Police Chief, Sean Bissett 11:00
- Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel 14:00

Oral/Written Comments (none) 14:40

Announcements 14:50
City/County mtg - Mar 19 @ 7 a.m.
City Council mtg - Mar 19@5 p.m.
Planning & Zoning Board mtg - Mar 26 @ 1p.m.
Daylight Savings Time Begins Mar 10

Approval of Bills 15:25

Adjourn 15:55

County Commissioner Meeting
March 5th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance

Governor’s Appointment of Emergency Management Coordinator 1:00

Governor Gordon’s Remarks 4:30

Approval of Feb 20, ‘24 Minutes 26:10

General County Business
Liquor License Renewal ‘The Stampede’ 26:50
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Contract Selection 28:50
Website Contract Approval 43:20
Vouchers 47:20

Public Comment 48:00
- Jim Waller 

Adjourn 50:00

City of Buffalo
Dept. Head Meeting
March 5th, 2024

Open 0:00
- Upcoming Budget Session 0:15
- Animal Care Provider Contract 4:40
- Major Capital Construction Projects Update 18:10

Dept. Head Items 41:10
- Fire Chief 41:20
- Police Chief 42:15
Planning Director / Building Inspector 45:20

Board Liaison & Council Updates
- Mayor Schrader 47:20
- Councilwoman Camino 52:35

Announcements 54:40
- Next Dept Head Meeting April 2, 2024 @ 7:00 am

The View From Cheyenne '24
Senator Dave Kinskey
February 29th, 2024

In Cheyenne, the clock is not just ticking—it's racing. Legislators are hunkered down, facing the monumental challenge of bridging a staggering $1 billion gap between the Senate and House budget proposals. In an unexpected twist, Senate President Driskill has made surprise appointments to its delegation on the Joint Conference Committee. How will this affect the negotiation dynamics? Are they the key to fostering collaboration, or will they add fuel to the fire of discord? Amidst this high-stakes bargaining, will the voices of the people be heard?

As for Property Tax relief, the journey has been anything but smooth. His bill, SF121, may have been sidelined, but its spirit lives on in SF54. Senator Kinskey explains the mechanics of this new proposal, who will benefit?  Will it alleviate the financial strain on homeowners who are most in need?  How are legislators balancing the implications of tax relief whilst retaining funding of essential services and programs across Wyoming?  Will the benefits outweigh the costs, or will it lead to significant trade-offs?

Contact Senator Kinskey
(e) dave.kinskey@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 751-6428 

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The View From Cheyenne '24
HD40 Representative Barry Crago
February 25th, 2024

At the end of the second week of this year’s legislative session, HD40 Representative Barry Crago reports on the week’s House debates and action.  It’s been a busy and contentious week.    

There is a $900m discrepancy between House and Senate budgets.   Why are the two budgets so far apart?  How can the two chambers reconcile their differences? 

Property Tax Relief remains a major focus.   Representative Steve Harshman has proposed an innovative solution to ease the burden on homeowners by using sales tax to generate revenue in place of property taxes.  It’s an innovative idea that raises many questions.  The debate on the bill led to an especially heated debate in the House and a very close vote which narrowly pushed it forward to the next step.   What is the proposal and how does it work?  Does Representative Crago support this initiative and where does this leave the other property tax initiatives on the table?  Can homeowners remain positive about meaningful action?

For more details on Representative Crago’s property tax bill click here

Contact Representative Barry Crago
(e) barry.crago@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 267 9789 

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JCSD#1 Report on visit to Cheyenne
Supt. Auzqui
February 23rd, 2024

As this year’s legislative session opened in Cheyenne, Superintendent Charles Auzqui, alongside representatives from JCSD#1, ventured into the heart of state politics, seeking to bridge the gap between local educational needs.  This was not just a ceremonial visit but a strategic one to collaborate with key legislators and policy-makers at the state level.

Supt. Auzqui reports back, addressing pressing issues that directly impact the education sector: the allocation of funds, the balance of parental rights, and the contentious topic of firearms in educational settings

Was it worth the investment of time, effort, and resources? How can that translate into tangible benefits for the district?

Contact Supt. Charles Auzqui
601 W. Lott
Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: 307.684.9571
Fax: 307.684.5182

Contact JCSD#1 Admin Office:

 

Buffalo City Council Meeting
February 20th, 2024

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Feb 6, 2024 

Public Hearing 0:55
- Liquor License Transfer, Papa Binos

New Business
- Liquor License Transfer – Papa Binos 1:30    
- Resolution #1476 - 1% taxes allocation 1:55
- Animal Care Provider Agreement 2:55

Reports 10:45
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven (none)
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 10:55
Police Chief, Sean Bissett
 - Honoring Sgt Krinkee, Sheridan Law Enforcement 12:55
Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel (none) 15:20

Oral/Written Comments (none)                                              

Announcements
- Mayor’s Condolences and Support for Sheridan   
   Community 15:45
- Planning & Zoning Board mtg – Feb 27 @ 1 p.m.
- Dept Head mtg – Mar 5 @ 7 a.m.
- City/County mtg – Mar 19 @ 7 a.m.
- City Council mtg – Mar 5 & 19 @ 5 p.m.
- City offices closed Feb 19
- WAM Winter Conference – Feb 21-23 in Cheyenne
- 1% Application deadline – Feb 23 @ 5 p.m.

Approval of Bills

Adjourn 17:00

County Commissioner Meeting
February 20th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Moment of Silence for Officer Krinkee
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Feb 6, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
Bid Opening Comprehensive Land Use Plan, County Planner Jim Waller 1:20
Crook County Land Use Issues 9:10
Website Redesign Approval 11:55
1% Committee Allocation, Treasurer Carla Faircloth 21:35
MOU with Johnson County School District 27:15
Automated External Defibrillators Grant Approval 31:55
Catering Permits 41:10
- Cowboy Saloon
- Amanda Taylor
Mountain Plains Heritage Park Request 43:00
Upper Clear Creek Road Chip & Seal Project Final Settlement 51:45
CMAQ Grant Approval 53:40
South By-Pass Improvement Project Certification 55:30
Chairman Novotny - Thanks and commendation to JC Law Enforcement 59:55
MOU with Sheridan County Law Enforcement 1:01:30

Vouchers 1:13:35
Public Comment (none) 1:14:50

Adjourn 1:15:20

Affordable Housing?
What Can Solve The Crisis?
February, 2024

Scarce affordable housing is a critical problem, frustrating local employers who attract great new employees, only to lose them due to the lack of housing options.  Buffalo must find a way to solve this problem to avoid losing out to other communities.

Creating affordable housing solutions is a complicated process. High land prices, labor, and materials costs make it unattractive for a developer unless there is some local sweetener.

Some months ago, Gerald Spiering, a Buffalo resident and City Planning & Zoning Chairman, realized that someone needed to lead an effort to provide affordable housing solutions to Buffalo's housing shortage. He called for action and has been working on finding solutions ever since.

Gerald Spiering explains the progress made in finding solutions and what can be done next.

Note: The interview mentions a visit to Red Lodge, MT, with Scott Madsen (City Council), Jeff Shelley (County Commissioner), Travis Lawrence (First Northern Bank), Luke Senden (CEO JC Healthcare Center), and Terry Asay (City Building Inspector + Planning Director). It was a day trip, and the costs were gas for one vehicle from Buffalo/Red Lodge and a modest lunch.

The View From Cheyenne '24
Senator Dave Kinskey
February 18th, 2024

Senator Dave Kinskey joins 307NetInfo with a report from the first week of the 2024 Legislative Budget Session.

House Representatives are focused on providing substantive property tax relief.  What is happening in the Senate and how is his bill faring?

Newly reappointed as Chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, a title he was stripped of just a few months ago, what led to this reversal, and what comes next?

The senseless shooting last week of Sheridan Police Officer Nevada Krinkee has shocked the entire state.  Senator Kinskey offers his condolences and commends the bravery of all law enforcement personnel.    

Check out a Senate update from Representative Barry Crago and come back for more regular updates with ‘The View From Cheyenne’.

Contact Senator Kinskey
(e) dave.kinskey@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 751-6428

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The View From Cheyenne '24
HD40 Representative Barry Crago
February 17th, 2024

HD40 Representative Barry Crago reports on the first week of the Legislative Session.  It’s a short, budget-focused session that got off at a brisk pace. 

Is there any significant movement towards Property Tax Relief?  Amidst the stark divisions within the Wyoming Republican Party, is it possible for legislators to work together effectively, or will conflicting opinions cause a deadlock and halt progress?

And in light of last week’s senseless shooting of a Sheridan Police Officer Nevada Krinkee, Crago addresses whether legislative measures could be implemented related to mental health or gun violence. 

Check out a Senate update from Senator Dave Kinskey and come back for more regular updates with ‘The View From Cheyenne’. 

For more details on Representative Crago’s property tax bill click here

Contact Representative Barry Crago
(e) barry.crago@wyoleg.gov
(t) 307 267 9789 

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Is It A Great Day At the YMCA?
Director Tim Cahal
February 2024

If you call the YMCA in Buffalo you are greeted with “It’s a great day at the YMCA!”. 

But is it?   Our Y faces serious challenges.  Limited space, an aging building, an indoor pool that is past its ‘sell by’ date, and staffing shortages plus it’s all tied to a funding model designed for much larger communities.

Tim Cahal took the role of Director in October 2023 having worked in every department.  We asked him how he is tackling these challenges and how to keep the doors open.   

For more information: www.jcfymca.org
Donate here: jcfymca.org/donate/

Johnson County YMCA
101 Klondike Drive,
Buffalo WY 82834
307 684 9558

Students Ask.....
Supt. Auzqui & Board Chairman Pearson
February 12th, 2024

BHS Student Council representatives asked challenging questions of Superintendent Auzqui and Board Chairman Travis Pearson about JCSD#1 testing scores.  How should these results be interpreted?  Are they good enough? Are students getting all they need to reach their potential?   Are the tests even relevant?  How does JCSD#1 gauge its strengths and weaknesses?

There is more to school than academics.  You may be surprised that JCSD#1 has the most students involved in activities than any other Wyoming school district.    Involvement in non-curricular activities is valuable to many students.  Where does it fit into a student’s overall success and readiness for adulthood?  And this all costs money.  How does JCSD#1 balance all this out?

Cemetery District Board Meeting
February 13th, 2024

Open 0:00
Public Comment (none)
Approve Agenda 1:10
Approve Vouchers 1:55
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 2:45
Finance Report 3:15

Sexton Report
- Record Keeping Correction 8:40
- Plowing Assistance 10:00
- Tree Trimming 10:35
- Irrigation System Update 11:30
- Russian Olive Project 12:00
- Markers 12:15
- Kaycee Cemetery Gate 20:35
- Comp Time (tabled)

New Business (none) 30:50

Rolling Agenda Items
- Preliminary Budget Worksheet 30:55

Adjourn 35:05

JCSD#1 Board Meeting
February 12th, 2024

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Facility Use Program - Kelley Glackin
Additions/Accept Agenda

General Reports 13:00
JCSD# 1 Student Video
Principal Reports 16: 15
Superintendent Reports 37:25
Director Reports 40:00
District Level Reports 44:45
Rec Board Report 55:30
BOCES Report 56:00
BOCHES Report 50:30

Executive Session Personnel & Legal W>S>16-4-405  58:30

Consent Agenda 59:00
A. Minutes
B. Warrants
C. Employment
D. Buffalo 2024-2025 Calendar Correction

Action Items 59:30
A. Policy Revision - first reading
B. Coalition/School Finance
C. Addition of BOCHES Board

Other Business 1:02:25
A. From the Board
B. Legislative Forum Confirmation
C. March Work Session
D. March Board Meeting
E. Radio Frequency Update
F. New West Study Committee
G. District Property in Kaycee

Adjourn 1:16:15

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting
February 12th, 2024

Open
Approve Agenda 0:00
Approve Minutes General Meeting 0:35
Buffalo Director’s Report 3:50
- Ambulance Calls
- MS73 Electrical Issues
-  In-County Charge Schedule

Kaycee Director’s Report 10:20
- Ambulance Calls
- ‘I Am Responding’ program

Old Business
New Building 15:45
Billing Company Process - Total Practice Strategies 24:35
Transfers 28:50
Mutual Aide Agreement - Campbell County EMS 44:15

New Business
Transfer Bill  46:10
Budget Fiscal Year 24/25 46:45
Public Comment (none) 51:05

Review of Vouchers 51:20

Adjourn 1:12:50

Next Regular Board Meeting March 11, 2024 at 5:00 pm Kaycee Ambulance Barn, Kaycee WY

Buffalo City Council Meeting
February 6th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Jan 16, 2024 Regular Meeting

New Business- 
- Buffalo Youth Baseball 1:30
- Senator Kinskey, Legislative Overview 17:55
- JC All Hazard Recovery
   & Emergency Operations Plan 29:30
- Resolution #1475 WY Outdoor Recreation Grant
   ARPA Funds 42:55

Mayor’s Board Appointment
- Adam Todd, Lodging Tax Board 45:40

Reports 46:00
City Attorney (none)
Building Inspector/Planning Director (not present)
Police Chief 46:15
Public Works Director (none) 

Oral/Written Comments 47:40
(All comments related to the animal sheltering agreement)

Announcements 1:15:35
City/County Mtg - Feb 20 @ 7 am
City Council Mtg  - Feb 20 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board Mtg - Feb 27 @ 1 pm
City Offices Closed - Feb 19
1% Application deadline - Feb 23 @ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 1:15:55

Adjourn  1:16:10

County Commissioner Meeting
February 6th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Jan 16, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
Renewal of Liquor Licenses 0:50
Resolution 717 Budget Amendment (Opioid Stlmnt) 4:00
Dept. of Family Services Child Support Program, Paige Rhoads 7:05
JoCo 1st Marketing Presentation, Claudia Todd 11:45
Board Appointment Mountain Plains Heritage Park 20:30
Emergency Operation & All Hazard Recovery Plan 21:20
Lake DeSmet North Acres Purchase, Tucker Ruby  31:40
Big Horn National Forest Ranger District Request 36:15
Rezoning Request 5 S Main St, Buffalo 37:50
VOA Drug Court Program, Agreement of Services 41:30

Approve Vouchers 40:15

Public Comment
- Marilyn Connolly 44:15

Close 46:25

City of Buffalo
Dept Head Meeting
February 6th, 2024

Open 0:00
Wyoming Outdoor Recreation ARPA Grant 0:05
Johnson County All Hazards Recovery Plan 2:05
Major Capital Construction Projects - Updates 3:30

Department Head Items 10:05
Clerk 10:10
City Fire Chief 11:20
Police Chief 13:05
Planning Director/Building Inspector 21:15
Public Works 27:00
Mayor 28:35
City Attorney 36:15

Board Liason Reports & Council Updates 38:25
Councilman Camino
Councilman Madsen
Councilman Madden
Mayor

Public Comments 50:30
- JCTA, Jody Sauers
- 307NetInfo, Kate Harness 

Close

JCSD Graduation Rates Down. Supt. Auzqui Explains.
February 2nd, 2024

Recent WY Dept of Education data shows JCSD#1 scored just about 87% graduation rate last year (’22-’23), down from 92% the previous year.  

307NetInfo quizzed Superintendent Charles Auzqui about this downturn.  Just what is the significance of a 3% drop?  What do the figures reveal?  What is his opinion of the score?  And most importantly, how can it be improved? 

Click here for more data
https://edu.wyoming.gov/data/graduation-rates/

WYDOT Buffalo Main St Project Meeting
February 1st, 2024

Representatives from WYDOT introduced details of the project and took questions & comments from the audience.    
Note:   Downtown Main Street phases are now scheduled for Spring-Fall 2025

Introduction 
Laura Dalles, WYDOT 0:00

Project Scope Overview  
Isaac Finkle, WYDOT 1:50
- 2024 Project Limits
- 2025 Downtown Main Street portion

Phasing Overview & Proposed Schedule
Isaac Finkle, WYDOT 4:20
- Phases 1-3
- Phases 4, 5 2024 Downtown Main St 11:00
- Incentives for contractor
- Public Meetings Program 15:15

Questions & Comments

Quality Control 16:05
Main St Trees 17:05
Parking
Impact on Water Supply
Arborist Services (State Forestry Division) 21:15
Contractor Oversight 23:45
Public safety
Traffic/Parking Management
Collaboration Program 31:12
Transit opportunities 32:20
Signage 34:50
Trails/Sidewalks 37:15
JC Road & Bridge Remarks 39:30
Water Taps Costs to Property Owners 40:50
Parking/Volume of Traffic 43:50
Sidewalk Barriers 44:25
Downtown Main St Details 45:25
Work Schedule/Parking of Equipment 47:20
Crosswalk at Fort St/Main St 48:15
Construction Worker Parking 50:55
Curb angle outside Wyoming in Color, 38 S Main St 52:20
Street Widening 53:20
N Main St - Front Access issues
Curb Improvements 54:30
WYDOT Right of Way clarification 55:20
Staging Areas for Contractor 56:20
Close 57:00

Additional Notes:
- Daily work hours 7:00am - 7:00 pm Mon-Sat

For More Information
contact Laura Dalles, WYDOT PR Specialist
laura.dalles@wyo.gov  
307 674 2356 
View Project Overview here: 
WYDOT-Main-St-Project-Overview-24-25-1

"It's a Dog's Life?"
Councilwoman Myra Camino answers questions about the new animal shelter contract.
Jan 29, 2024

EDITED: Jan 31st, 2024

Since this interview was posted St Francis Animal Shelter has issued the public notice below

Buffalo City Council has shaken things up by switching animal protective services from St. Francis Animal Shelter to a new kid on the block, the Buffalo Kennel Club, and it's got a lot of people concerned and asking questions.

People want to know why the City Council decided it was time for a change. What made them pick this provider? What are the credentials and facilities at Buffalo Kennel Club?  What is the fate of unclaimed dogs? And importantly, does this decision unfairly favor a full-time City employee who works at City Hall? 

We asked Councilwoman Myra Camino, who's been right in the thick of the issue, to answer these questions and more.

Breaking it Down.
JoCo Republican Party Caucus & Convention 2024

Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Mike Madden and Vice Chair Tom Knapp explain the nuts and bolts of the upcoming Johnson County Republican Party caucus and convention events and how they are crucial to American democracy.   

The Party wants you to participate. So we ask why? What’s the purpose? What's the process and why should you even care?  Find out more about why the Caucus and the Convention matter.  

For more information:
JoCo Wy Republican Party https://www.jocowyo.gop/executive-committee/

Wyoming Republican Party
https://www.wyoming.gop

Johnson County Wyoming Republican Party Executive Committee

Chairman Mike Madden.   Vice-Chair Tom Knapp.  State Committeeman Nathan Williams.    State Committeewoman Kristen Crago.   Secretary Marilyn Connolly.   Treasurer Marilyn Novotny. 

Making the Money Go Around. Supt. Auzqui, JCSD#1. Jan 19th, 2024

Everything leads back to the money. Some say there is too much funding, others that there is not enough.     

Superintendent Charles Auzqui covers a multitude of different areas that JCSD#1 juggles every day. At the heart of the matter is money and making ends meet.  Less enrolled students = less $$.   Plus, cash flow is a perpetual headache.  Could the upcoming legislative session make changes to help with that?    

Some people are calling for reduced funding for education in Wyoming. How do we know we are getting ‘bang for our buck’ and what does JCSD#1 do to constantly be looking for better cost efficiency?   

With reduced funding, the “extras” are the first to get trimmed.  Around 80% of students are involved in extracurricular activities.  Will less money mean that some programs will have to be put on ice? Supt. Auzqui explains the review that is in progress and lies ahead.

But before we got into all of that, we talked about the weather and how a single cold snap can impact everything! 

Buffalo City Council Meeting. January 16th, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes
– Jan 2, 2024 Regular Meeting Minutes 0:45

New Business 1:00
– Council absence Mike Madden Dec 19
– Representative Barry Crago
   Legislative Update 1:20
– Buffalo Trap & Skeet Club Annual
  Update 8:30
– Animal Care Provider Services
   Contract 12:40

Mayor’s Board Appointments 13:30
Paul Schuman, Buffalo Tree Board
Mara Abbott, Buffalo Johnson Recycle JPB
Christy Kessler, Mountain Plains Heritage Park JPB
Jeff Shelley, Buffalo Pool Board
Mike Miller, Buffalo Pool Board
Kris Thiele, Buffalo Pool Board

Reports 14:15
City Attorney 14:25
Building Inspector/Planning Director 15:25
Police  Chief 20:00
Public Works Director 20:30

Oral/Written Comments 22:30

Announcements 43:55
City/County mtg Jan 16@7 am
City Council mtg Jan 16 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board mtg Jan 23@1 pm
1% Application deadline Feb 23@ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 32:30

Adjourn 

County Commissioner Meeting. January 16, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Jn 2, 2024 Minutes

General County Business
- Extension Office
   Year in Review 0:40
- WY Cultural Trust Fund Grant Approval 11:10
- Court Security Board Liaison
  Appointment 17:25
- Planning & Zoning Commission
  Appointment 8:45
- Fair Board Appointment 21:35
- Fire & Ice Festival Requests 22:30
- Planning Office Year in Review 26:30
- Interagency Flood Plain Mapping 37:20
- Cowboy Saloon 1-day Liquor License   
   Approval  44:05
- Vouchers 45:10
- Permission to Write to SEC 46:00
- Cemetery District Liaison Appointment 48:30

Public Comment -
- Jim Waller - Public Land Acquisition 49:15

Adjourn (to Executive Session)  51:55

 

City/County Meeting. January 16, 2024

Open
JoCo Emergency Coordinator 0:00
Main Street Construction Parking 2:35
Richardson Park 13:15

Round Table Discussion
- Affordable Housing, Scott Madsen, Jeff Shelley 43:10
Animal Care Services, Myra Camino 44:50
AARPA Funds/Trails, Myra Camino 50:45

Public Comment
- Gerry Spiering - Affordable Housing 53:05

Adjourn 54:00

Announcements
- Next City/County Meeting Feb 20, 2024 @ 7:00 am
- WCCA Legislative Conference - Feb 14-16 Cheyenne
- WAM Winter Workshop - Feb 21-23 Cheyenne

JoCo 1st Board Meeting. January 15th, 2024

The meeting took place at a different time and venue than published which resulted in the first 30 minutes not being recorded.  Recording begins at Finance Report. 

Call to Order & Introductions
Consent Agenda 
Staff Written Report 

Finance Report 0:00
- Dec/Jan Financial Report
- Dept of Audit Report
- Bookkeeping

Masterplan Discussion 11:50

Budgets 20:00

Vote on Finance Report 28:55

Election of Officers 30:15

Board Member Comments
- Jeff Shelley, JoCo 1st Board Purpose 39:30

Public Comment
- JCTA Introduction, Toby Carrig 48:25

Adjourn  49:10

Next Meeting Feb 26, 2024 @ 5:30 pm Bomber Mountain Civic Center

Struggling with High Property Tax? Representative Barry Crago's Proposal. January 2023

Wyoming property owners have been grappling with significant increases in residential property taxes for the last two years, creating widespread anxiety and a pressing need for relief.   As the legislative session approaches, all eyes are on lawmakers for a meaningful solution.    

Johnson and Sheridan County House Representative Barry Crago presents his proposed bill to reduce the tax burden. What does it involve, and what effects might it have on Wyoming residents?  Moreover, what are its chances of being implemented?

Find out more as we delve into the details of Representative Crago's plan and examine other potential solutions.  Among these is the 'People’s Initiative’, an ambitious effort aiming to cut residential property taxes by 50%. 


How viable are these initiatives, and what impact could it have?   Join us as we explore these critical issues.  

Click here for "The Second Homesteading" an earlier 307NetInfo feature with Johnson County Planner, Jim Waller about growth in Johnson County.   

   

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. January 10th, 2024

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment
Additions/Accept Agenda

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 1:15
Principal Reports 3:50
Director Reports 16:40
Superintendent Reports 37:00
District Level Reports
Rec Board Report 54:15
BOCES Report 54:20
BOCHES Report 54:35

Consent Agenda 55:35
Minutes
Warrants
Employment

Action Items 1:01:05
Policy Revision - second reading
Computer Science Curriculum Adoption

Other Business 1:18:10
WSBA Policy Update 1:22:50
Establish Resource Allocation Cttee 1:23:30
February Work Session 1:28:40
February Board Meeting

Executive Session 1:29:16
W.S. 16-4-405 (a)(i)(iii) Personnel &Legal Matters

Adjourn

Cemetery District Board Meeting. January 9th, 2024

Open 0:00
Public comment (none)
Approve Agenda 0:15
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 2:30

Finance Report 3:10
Sexton Report 7:35

Old Business 9:30
- Kaycee Gate 9:55
- Irrigation System Replacement  12:35
- Kaycee Cemetery Trees Discussion 38:05

New Business (none) 45:50

Special Budget Hearing 46:20

Adjourn 54:55   

Shaping Tomorrow with Supt Auzqui. January 8th, 2023

Superintendent Charles Auzqui is determined that the new Strategic Plan for JCSD#1 will be a functional, substantive, and meaningful document - not just the product of an expensive exercise that ends up gathering dust on the shelf.

Find out more about why Superintendent Auzqui believes it is an exercise worth undertaking and how parents can have input and shape the future of their children’s education in Johnson County.

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. January 8th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:10

Mark Haines, Kaycee Fire Department 0:25

Approve Minutes Dec 2023 Meeting 1:25
Treasurer’s Report 2:10
Buffalo Director’s Report 7:10
Kaycee Director’s Report 19:40

Old Business
- New Building 27:50
- Billing Company 30:00
- Transfers 46:25
- Mutual Aid Agreement Campbell County         EMS 1:17:25

New Business 1:18:35
- Grant Paperwork

Public comment (none) 1:18:45

Review vouchers 1:18:55

Adjourn

Next Regular Board Meeting 4:00 pm February 12, 2024 County Planning Office, Buffalo

   

'Fire & Ice Festival' Jan 2024

Are you curious about the upcoming ‘Fire & Ice Festival’ at the TA Ranch on Jan 20th? Katy Giles, the creator and coordinator, explains how they are pulling out all the stops. 

Maybe you want to compete in one of the many events, have an excuse to dress as a Viking, or simply brighten a dreary January day with something completely different.   Find out more about what’s planned for the event, how to join in, what’s on offer, and how to get there for free. 

Find out more, get your tickets, enter events:  click here: https://www.taranch.com/fire-ice-festival

Buffalo City Council Meeting. January 2nd, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes December 19, 2023

Mayor’s Appointments 0:50
City Attorney – Dennis Kirven

Public Hearing 1:10
Retail Liquor License Transfer – DJ’s Liquor Store

New Business
Retail Liquor License Transfer – DJ’s Liquor Store 1:40
Designate Official Newspaper – Buffalo Bulletin 2:15
Designate Official Depositories 2:35
Financial Disclosure Letters 3:05

Mayor’s Board Appointments 3:20
Shane Schrader, Joint Fuel Dispensing JPB
Kevin Silbernagel, Joint Fuel Dispensing JPB

N WY Insurance – Property & Auto Insurance Renewal 3:50

Reports
City Attorney, Dennis Kirven 5:00
Building Inspector, Terry Asay 5:10
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 7:10
Public Works Director, Kevin Silbernagel 10:40

Oral/Written Comments 11:10   

Announcements 15:45
City/County mtg Jan 16 @ 7 am
City Council mtg Jan 16 @ 5 pm
Planning & Zoning Board mtg Jan 23 @ 1 pm
1% Application deadline  Feb 23 @ 5 pm

Approval of Bills 16:10

Adjourn 16:25

 

County Commissioner Meeting. January 2nd, 2024

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Dec 5th, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes 

General County Business
January Motions
- Election of Officers 4:00
- Pecuniary Forms 4:45
- Approval of Investments 5:45
- Approval of Depositories 6:30
- Adoption of IRS Mileage Rate 7:05

Commissioners Board and Liaison Appointments 7:40

Museum Financial Memorandum of Understanding 9:55

Appointment of Commissioners to County Ancillary Boards 12:25

Appointments to County Boards 12:55
- Airport Board
- Fair Board
- Lodging Tax Board
- Planning Commission
- Predator Control Board
- Recycle Board
- Solid Waste Board

Volunteers of American Memorandum of Understanding 18:50

Statute 39-13-111 Mineral Tax Collection 26:45

Catering Permit December 30, 2023 29:30

Vouchers 30:35

Public Comment 32:00
- Jody Sauers, Tourism Board
- Paul Sackett Haworth, Jim Gatchell Museum

Adjourn 36:40

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. January 2nd, 2024

Open 0:00
AARPA Funds Available 0:10
Animal Care Provider Services 11:15
Major Capital Construction Projects 22:30

Dept Heads Updates
Public Works, Kevin Silbernagel 27:35
Planning Dept & Building Inspector, Terry Asay 28:35
Police Chief, Sean Bissett 29:35
Clerk, Julie Silbernagel 31:25

City Council Updates
Myra Camino 32:20

Public Comment
- Jody Sauers, Tourism Board 35:40

WAM Attendance 36:20
Feb 21-23, 2024

Next Dept Head Meeting
Tues Feb 6th, 2024 @ 7:00 am

Close 57:30

Buffalo City Council Meeting. December 19th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Dec 5, 2023

Public Hearing  0:50
- Budget Amendment Law Enforcement Body Armor

Unfinished Business 4:20

New Business
- Resolution #1474 - A resolution amending the annual appropriation bill for fiscal year ending June 30, 2024. 4:20
- Life Tenants Use Agreement & Road Easement - Les and Chris Hook 5:25
- Bid Results - Citywide Remote Read Meter Replacement 8:20
-  Request for building permit fee waiver 10:25, AJ Mock, Buffalo Senior Center 10:25
- Request for sewer connection outside city limits, Adrian and Danielle Velasquez
- Economic Development Grant Application Update, Jerry Spiering 13:55

Reports
City Attorney 21:35
Building Inspector/Planning Director 21:50
Police  Chief 24:50
Public Works Director 29:15

Oral/Written Comment 31:45

Announcements 32:00
Dept Head mtg - Jan 2 @ 7 a.m.
City/County mtg - Jan 16 @ 7 a.m.City Council mtgs - Jan 2 & 16 @ 5p.m
City offices closed - Dec 25 & Jan 1

Approval of Bills 32:30

Adjourn 33:00

County Commissioner Meeting. December 19th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Dec 5th, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes 

General County Business
Amendment to Feb 7, '23 Minutes 0:50
Agreement to Morgue Usage 2:40
Comprehensive Plan RFP 6:30
Website Update 31:55
North Fork Crazy Woman Creek Bridge - Road & Bridge 43:55
FY24 CMAQ Agreement 55:00
County Voucher Policy 1:05:00
Jim Gatchell Museum Discussion 1:11:00

Public Comment 1:27:20

Close (move to  Executive Session) 1:27:40

City/County Meeting. December 19th, 2023

Continuity Bill 0:00
1% Application Dates 6:30
Bike Trail 21:45

City County Matters
Jeff Shelley
- Richardson Park 28:25

Mayor Schrader 29:10
- Thanks to Jeff Shelley 
Bill Novotny 29:55
- Governor’s Budget Proposal
- Veteran’s Home Domiciliary
- 2024 Legislative Session
- Parking Downtown Summer 2024

Gerry Spiering Affordable Housing 37:05

Close 38:00

 

Are The Kids OK? with Superintendent Auzqui. December 15th, 2023

In just a few short weeks, JCSD#1 has been on its toes, responding to various incidents. This flurry of activity has parents' phones pinging with email and text alerts, raising a big question: How safe are our kids at school?

We asked Superintendent Charles Auzqui to explain what's being done to ensure the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of students during school hours. We're talking protocols, partnerships, and how these measures play out in real life.

Concerned about your kid's cellphone use? 
Listen to our feature 'Digital Dilemmas' Click here

Watch out for future ‘Plugged In’ features about grooming and exploitation, pornography and cyberbullying.  

Digital Dilemmas. Parents, Kids & Cellphones. Dec 2023

Feeling the heat from your kid begging for their own cellphone? Or are you worried that you’ve lost control over your kid's online life?  You’re not alone.   Many parents find themselves torn between granting access to the digital world and the fear of its consequences. How do you balance your child's screen time and keep them safe? What about privacy?  Looking for practical advice? 

Uprising, the anti-human trafficking group from Sheridan, WY has seen firsthand how digital devices can be a double-edged sword for young minds, bringing both incredible opportunities and daunting challenges.

Curious about what they have to say? So were we at 307NetInfo. We sat down with the Uprising team for a deep dive into the digital dilemma. Join us as we take a look at this modern parenting challenge and explore what options parents should keep in mind in this high-tech age.

For more information:
Uprising   www.uprisingwyo.org
www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/resources

Watch out for future ‘Plugged In’ features about grooming and exploitation, pornography and cyberbullying.  

Grow, Baby, Grow! Beginner Gardening Course Jan 2024

Have you dreamed of cultivating your garden but didn't know where to start?  Our elevation, soil types, and short growing seasons can be challenging.    Johnson County Extension Office has a class for people wanting to develop a flourishing outdoor space whether it’s vibrant flower beds, great landscaping, or a sustainable vegetable patch. 

Find out more with Micah Most from
JC Extension Office.

For more information
Call 307 684 7522
Email mmost@uwyo.edu

Freedom Caucus Town Hall. December 9th, 2023

The Wyoming legislature, whilst overwhelmingly ‘Republican’ in name, is experiencing increasing internal divisions. There are significant differences amongst  Republicans on key issues, leading to a growing rift between the far-right Wyoming Freedom Caucus and a separate group who are pushing back against their agenda, known as the Wyoming Caucus or sometimes ‘Team Wyoming’.

It's becoming crucial for voters to thoroughly understand the specific type of conservatism their representative or candidate supports, whether it aligns with the Freedom Caucus or the Wyoming Caucus. This knowledge is vital for making informed decisions in elections. Current Johnson County HD40  Representative Barry Crago aligns himself with the Wyoming Caucus.

To find out more about the Wyoming Freedom Caucus and hear directly from them about their agenda and objectives listen to the Town Hall Meeting where many legislators spoke and answered questions.  House Majority Floor Leader Chip Neiman was the Keynote Speaker. 

The Town Hall meeting was hosted by the Republican Women's Freedom Alliance (RWFA). 

Warning: The initial audio amplification had issues with poor quality, we have improved it as much as possible. However, listening through earbuds or headphones might be uncomfortable for some listeners due to these residual original audio issues.

Open & Welcome - Laura DeMatteis   0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
National Anthem - Amy Williams

-  Announcements & Thank You’s  3:40
-  Women’s Suffrage slideshow,
    Amy Williams 6:30
-  Republican Women’s Freedom Alliance
    introduction, Laura DeMatteis 17:30
-  David Iverson, Independence Network       
    Internet Radio 19:10
-  Tom Kelly, Wyoming is Right 23:10

-  Introduction of Representatives

John Bear Opening Remarks 0:00

Scott Smith HD5 Goshen County
- Government Spending   12:00
Tony Locke HD35  Natrona County
- Property Tax Relief 21:10
John Bear HD31 Campbell County
- Property Tax Relief  29:00
Allen Slagle HD02 Goshen, Niobrara, Weston County
- Eminent Domain 33:10

Q&A

  • Property Tax Relief 50:10
  • Property Tax Petition 1:10:45
  • Carbon Sequestration  1:19:15

Break 1:27:35 (recording runs through a portion of the break) 
Resume
1:32:00

John Bear, Wyoming Freedom Caucus Leader  1:32:10

Chris Knapp, HD35 Campbell County
- Protecting Kids, Library Books 1:39:50

Mark Jennings, HD30 Sheridan County
- Parental Rights 1:52:30

Jeanette Ward, HD57 Natrona County
- Restoration of Freedom 2:00:20

Ken Pendergraft, HD29 Sheridan County
- 10th Amendment Reinforcement 2:10:15

Bill Allemand H58, Natrona County
- Protecting Freedoms, Foreign Land Ownership 2:28:00

Q&A

  • Foreign Land Ownership 2:38:00
  • Explanation of upcoming Legislative Session 2:30:45
  • Non-Profit Organizations 2:50:00

Mark Jones, Gun Owners of America  0:00

Chip Neiman, House Majority Floor Leader - Keynote Address 16:40

Close 53:20

Wyoming Legislative Representatives present were:
John Bear,  HD31 Campbell County
Chip Neiman,  HD01 Crook, Weston County
Ken Pendergraft, HD29 Sheridan County
Bill Allemand, HD58 Natrona County
Jeannette Ward, HD57 Natrona County
Scott Smith, HD20 Goshen County
Allen Slagle, HD02 Goshen, Niobrara, Weston County
Tony Locke, HD35 Natrona County
Chris Knapp, HD35 Campbell County
John Winter, HD28 Big Horn, Hot Springs, Fremont, Park County
Tomi Strock, HD06 Converse County
Mark Jennings, HD30 Sheridan County

Cemetery District Board Meeting. December 11th, 2023

Open 0:00
Public Comment (none)0:10
Approve Agenda 0:15
Approve Vouchers 1:40
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 2:00

Finance Report 3:00
- Treasurer’s Report
- Accountant’s Review

Sexton’s Report 19:45
Old Business
- Russian Olive Project 20:00
- Kaycee Gate 25:00
- Kaycee Opening/Closing Plan 31:30
- Review Overtime and Time Compensation Policy 33:35

New Business
- Irrigation System Replacement 47:05
- Benefit Review - Health Insurance Premium Increase 1:46:55

Executive Session / Public Adjourn 1:44:45

   

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. December 11th, 2023

Regular Session 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comment (none)
WSBA Recognition 1:30
Additions/Accept Agenda
Board Officer Elections 3:30

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 9:40
Principal Reports 14:30
Director Reports 28:45
Superintendent Report 36:00
Curriculum & Learning Report 36:35
Business Report 40:40
Rec Board Report 52:30
BOCES Report 56:45
BOCHES Report 57:00

Consent Agenda 58:10
Minutes
Warrants
Employment
Homeschool - acknowledge

Action Items
Policy Revision - second reading 1:00:40
Policy Revision - first reading 1:02:50
Board Meeting Schedule 1:11:30
Board Committees 1:26:00
Recreation Board Appointment 1:34:00
HR Position Consideration 1:35:00
Strategic Plan Renewal Process 1:38:45
Approval of Signatures on Contracts 1:46:30

Facilities & Transportation Job Descriptions 1:52:25
Combination School Agreements 1:58:00

Other Business
From the Board 2:00:16
Contracts Update 2:00:30
EL Support Contract 2:01:30
January Work Session 2:05:30
January Board Meeting 2:06:00

Close for Executive Session 2:06:35

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. December 11th, 2023

 

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda 0:05

Nelson Engineering, Jake Wright
- New Building Discussion  2:00

Approve Minutes Regular Board Meeting,
November 23 14:00
Treasurer’s Report 14:30

Buffalo Director’s Report 16:20
- Ambulance Calls

Kaycee Director’s Report 17:40
-  Ambulance Calls
-  Mutual Aid Agreement with Campbell County

Old Business
- Billing Company 21:40
- Transfers (tabled) 27:35
- Websites 28:20

New Business
- Meeting Schedule 2024 31:20

Public Comment - none 36:05

Review Vouchers 36:10

Adjourn 51:50

Next Regular Board Meeting January 08, 2024, 4:00 pm

County Planning Office, Buffalo

   

JoCo 1st Board Meeting. December 5th, 2023

Call to Order & Introductions 0:00

Consent Agenda 0:25
-  Oct 25, 2023 Minutes
-  Oct/Nov 2023 Financials

Financial Report 4:30
Staff Report 5:20
Census/Dept of Audit report update (due Dec 31) 17:00
Finance Committee Report - Building 20:20
Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill discussion & realtor involvement 27:30

Board meeting date/time discussion
- 4th Monday @ 5:30 pm at BMCC 23:15

Bookkeeping Service Discussion 27:55

Other Business
-  Jan 2024 Officer elections 34:25

Adjourn 39:00

Next meeting Monday Jan 22, 2024 5:30 pm @BMCC

Buffalo City Council Meeting. December 5th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes Regular Meeting Nov 21, 2023

Unfinished Business 1:00

New Business 1:05
- Mayor’s Appointment - Rick Myers, Planning & Zoning Board 1:50
- Buffalo Athletic Club Contract 1:50
- Economic Development Grant Application Update, Jerry Spiering 2:40

Reports
City Attorney 27:00
Building Inspector, Planning Director 27:30
Police Chief 27:40
Public Works Director 29:00

Oral/Written Comments 29:30

Announcements
- City/County Mtg - Dec 19 @ 7 am
- City Council Mtg - Dec 19 @ 5 pm
- City offices closed - Dec 25

Approval of Bills 29:45

Adjourn 30:00

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. December 5th, 2023


Buffalo Athletic Club Contract 0:00

Major Capital Construction Project Updates
- Richardson Park sewer/water hook-up estimate 5:30

Department Head Items 12:25
Legal/City Attorney 14:00
Clerk 21:00
Police Chief 24:05

City Council & Board Liaison Updates 26:15

Public Comment 54:15
Jody Sauers
- Alley door art project
- Tourism Data 2023

Close 1:00:00

County Commissioner Meeting. December 5th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Nov 7, 2023 Regular Meeting Minutes 

General County Business

Liquor Licence Hearing, Malt Beverage License 139 Monument Rd 1:05
Catering Permit;  Cowboy Saloon 4:20
Board of Equalization 4:55
Animal Shelter Contract 6:25
Hiring Freeze - Rescinded 8:20
Museum Restoration Project Update, Sylvia Bruner 14:05
All Hazard Recovery Plan 26:30
Board Appointments - Jan ’24 46:10
Vouchers 47::45

Public Comment 48:55
- Jody Sauers, JCTA

Adjourn 55:50

 

JC Hospital District Board Meeting. November 29th, 2023

Review & approve Oct 2023 Board meeting minutes 0:00

Chief of Staff Report 0:35
Leadership Reports 8:40
CEO Report 23:00
Financial Report 58:00


Construction Phase 3 Approval 1:11:45
Approval of Credentialing 1:23:55
Executive Session 1:25:15
Adjournment

Student's Ask... Superintendent Auzqui. November 30th, 2023

Students at Buffalo High School had lots to ask Superintendent Auzqui and much of it revolved around policy and decision-making, and how to have their say as decisions are being made.  

They are concerned about how different teachers apply rules and policies differently.  As the District’s leader, they wanted Mr Auzqui’s opinion on making things fair for everyone.   

The daily schedule shake-up this year requires students to attend every class every day.  This means shorter class times and ‘adios’ to Advisory periods. Some students are just trying to keep their heads above water with this new regimen. They pressed Mr. Auzqui for answers, like why this change even happened and if he was in favor of it.

The lingering question of transitioning to a 4-Day Week across all JCSD#1 schools loomed large, with the students eager to understand how close JCSD#1 is to making this significant shift.  

Buffalo City Council Meeting. November 21st, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Minutes, Regular Meeting Nov 7, 2023

Public Hearing 1:10
2024 Liquor License Renewals

Unfinished Business 1:45

New Business 1:50
- 2024 Liquor License Renewals
- Buffalo FFA - Light up Buffalo Requests 2:50
- Resolution #1472 Amending annual appropriation bill for year ending June 30, 2024 6:00
- Resolution #1473 Adopting pay scales for police and dispatch departments 7:45

Reports 8:55
City Attorney
Building Inspector & Planning Director 9:05
Police Chief 9:50
Public Works Director 13:50

Oral/Written Comments 15:20

Announcements 18:35
Dept Head mtg - Dec 5 @ 7 am
City/County mtg - Dec 19 @ 7 am
City Council mtgs - Dec 5 & 19 @ 5 pm
Planning &Zoning Board mtg - Nov 28@1 pm

Approval of Bills 39:20

Adjourn 39:45

Septic Tank Problems at Richardson Park. November 2023

County Commissioner Jeff Shelley is urging other elected officials to join him to address infrastructure issues in Richardson Park, a development with approximately 100 homes and over 400 residents just a few miles from downtown Buffalo.   Governed by Johnson County and not the City of Buffalo, these homes lack connections to city water and sewer services, relying on closely placed septic tanks and wells.   

As these systems age and malfunction, residents will be burdened with frequent and expensive septic pumping.  Linking to the city's sewer system is the preferred solution but is hindered by regulatory complexities and high costs. Moreover, many residents choose to stay outside the stricter regulations of the City of Buffalo.

County Planner Jim Waller has outlined these looming infrastructure problems, their effects on homeowners, and the regulatory challenges in recent City County meetings. The issue lacks a quick or easy solution.

Catch up on these discussions and the challenges faced by listening to audio recordings from those meetings. 

The charts referred to can be found here:
Richardson Park Charts

Cemetery District Board Meeting. November 14th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda
Public Comment 1:20
-  Dave Harness
Approve Vouchers 3:05
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 3:25

Finance Report 4:35
CD Discussion 15:00
Auditor Report 21:05

Sexton Report 21:50
- Elm Construction/Kaycee Cemetery 22:00
-  Kaycee Office Phone system 27:50
-  Kaycee Cemetery Office Updates 41:40
-  Equipment Sale/Purchase Proposals 44:00
-  (Russian Olive Trees 58:30)
-  Kaycee Tree Replacement 1:05:30
-  Willow Grove Doorbell 1:10:00

Cremation Garden 1:12:10

Irrigation System Update/Discussion 1:14:40

New Business
- Damaged headstone vase replacement 1:19:10

Old Business
-  Sexton Job Description 1:35:00

Executive Session (Personnel)  1:42:55

Close

City/County Meeting. November 14th, 2023

Open 0:00
Mountain Plains Heritage Park Update 1:00
Richardson Park Infrastructure Issues 27:35
Attainable Housing 56:30
Clear Creek Trail Paving 1:08:20
Commissioner Items 1:10:10
Council Items 1:10:40

Close 1:14:00

Next City County Meeting Dec 19, 2023 @ 7:00 am 

JCSD#1 Board Meeting. November 14th, 2023

Regular Session
Pledge of Allegiance 0:00

Roll Call  2:05
Public Comment 2:30
4 Day School Week 2:40
Additions/Accept Agenda 11:15

General Reports
JCSD#1 Student Video 11:45
Principal Reports 15:40
Director Reports 39:45
Superintendent Report 44:00
Curriculum and Learning Report 47:30
Special Services Report 55:30
Business Report 58:00
Rec Board Report 1:08:30
BOCES Report 1:08:45
BOCHES Report 1:09:05

Consent Agenda 0:00
Minutes
Warrants
Employment
Staff Appreciation

Action Items 11:30
Policy Revision - first reading
Early Graduation Requests

Other Business 21:10
From the Board 21:30
WSBA Conference Resolutions 24:10
December Work Session 49:45
December Board Meeting
Superintendent Contract 50:15
HR Position Consideration 52:00
Strategic Plan Renewal Process 58:45

Executive Session 1:01:00
w.s. 16-4-405 (a)(ii)(iii)  Personnel & Legal Matters

Close

Rural Healthcare District Board Meeting. November 13th, 2023

Open 0:00
Approve Agenda

2022-2023 Audit - Porter Muirhead 1:30

Approve Minutes Oct Regular Meeting 14:50

Dispatch - Police Chief Bissett and Sheriff Odenbach 19:30

Treasurer’s Report 1:07:50

Buffalo Director’s Report 1:16:20

Kaycee Director’s Report 1:27:50

Old Business 1:28:45
-  New Building Update

New Business
-  New Rates 1:33:50
-  Billing Companies 1:46:30
-  New website 1:56:26
-  Buffalo EMS transfer rates 2:01:30

Vouchers 2:20:25

Public Comment (none)

Adjourn 2:44:40

Can We Stop Talking About AI? Nov 10th 2023

Artificial Intelligence is a game changer in education, even in rural Wyoming.  Listen to how JCSD#1 is rising to the challenge with Superintendent Charles Auzqui.

Cemetery District Board Meeting. October 10th, 2023

Cemetery District Board Meeting. October 10th, 2023

Approve Agenda 0:00
Public Comment 2:10
Approve Vouchers 2:20
Approve Previous Meeting Minutes 3:00
- August - missing from previous meeting
- September 4:15

Finance Report 5:10

Old Business
- Sexton Job Description Committee Update 10:15
- Irrigation System Update 14:30
- Kaycee Gate/Office 32:00

New Business
- Truck Purchase discussion 37:50

Cremation Garden Committee - Site Visit 1:01:00
Motion to move Cremation Garden (not on audio)

Close

What Should We Do With The Place? Ranch Succession Planning. Nov 2023

What Should We Do With The Place? Ranch Succession Planning. Nov 2023

Passing on the family ranch from one generation to the next is steeped in tradition yet rife with challenges. This transition is not merely a business transaction; it's a transfer of legacy, livelihood, and a way of life deeply intertwined with identity and family history. The challenges are multi-faceted, involving emotional, financial, and practical dimensions.

Wesley Tucker, from the Univeristy of Missouri Extension Department, is an expert with personal experience who has talked to ranchers and farmers all over the United States, guiding families in deciding “what to do with the place”.  At the invitation of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Wesley recently visited Johnson County speaking to local ranchers.

Whilst every situation is different, his experience demonstrates that there are a handful of guidelines that any family can benefit from when grappling with these difficult decisions.

Discover strategies to navigate family and business roles, improve communication, deal with sensitive issues, and form a plan to transition ranch ownership and management.

For more information:

https://www.uwyo.edu/agecon/what-we-do/programs/succession-planning.html

https://extension.missouri.edu/media/wysiwyg/Extensiondata/CountyPages/Pettis/Docs/FarmSuccessionProc_011217.pdf

https://extension.missouri.edu/people/wesley-tucker-1759

Buffalo City Council Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Buffalo City Council Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Approval of Regular Meeting Minutes Oct 17, 2023

Unfinished Busines
- Ordinance #1416 - 3rd & Final Reading  - An ordinance amending Chapter 4, Article I. in general, Section 4-3. (d), Article I. Dogs, Cats. Rabbits, Livestock, and Fowl. Etc., Sections 4-9, 4-11. (a), (b), (d), 4-12, 4-15, 4-16, 4-17. (A), (C), 4-17.1, and 4-17.4 of the Code of the City of Buffalo, Wyoming, pertaining to animals and fowl. 1:00

-  Lease Agreement - Buffalo Golf Club Liquor LicenseB. 1:45

New Business
-  Proclamation -  Poppy Day Nov 9th 2:55
- Chamber of Commerce Street closure Sat Dec 2nd, Christmas Parade 4:50
-  Resolution #1471 - To amend the Investment Policy for City of Buffalo  6:20

Reports
-  City Attorney  8:20
-  Building Inspector / Planning Director 8:30
-  Police Chief 10:40
-  Public Works Director 14:30

Oral / Written Comments 14:55

Announcements 15:10
-  City/County mtg Nov 14 @7a.m.
-  City Council mtg Nov21 @5p.m
-  Planning & Zoning Board mtg Nov 28 @ 1p.m.
-  City offices closed - Nov10, 23 & 24

Approval of Bills  15:40

Adjourn 16:15

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. November 7th, 2023

City of Buffalo Dept Head Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Budget Amendments 0:00
Major Capital Construction Projects 3:00
Investment Policy Revisions 10:40
Liquor License Lease - Golf Course 12:25
Department Head Items 25:20
-  Clerk Julie Silbernagel
-  Police Chief Sean Bissett
-  Planning Director/Building Inspector Terry Asay
-  City Attorney Dennis Kirven
-  Councilman Mike Madden
-  Vice Mayor John Camino
-  Councilwoman Myra Camino

Close

County Commissioner's Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Call to Order 0:00

County Commissioner's Meeting. November 7th, 2023

Pledge of Allegiance
Approval Oct 3, 2023 Minutes 0:35

General County Business
Resolut