PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
April 20th, 2021
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson, DuWayne Ulrich, Carl Sundstrom, Max Statler, and John Laigaie. Council absent: Scott Lyons. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Jeff Hindoien (video), Emily Petrovski, Diana Young, and Mike Young.
Ruth McDonald – Painting Crosswalks
Ruth was not in attendance.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes with a few edits, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Sewer Lagoon Update
Sam Dennis talked to the Council about the sludge polymer and that much less would be required this year. This would save the Town a considerable amount of money. He said the Town was still scheduled to rent a dredge by early June. Mayor Reddish had spoken with Todd Kuxhaus of Pioneer Technical about the Black Pine Repository. Councilman Sundstrom asked about the status of the sludge bags and the dryness of the sludge inside.
Great West Engineering Contract
Mayor Reddish gave a recap on Great West working with the Town to develop a standalone growth plan. Councilman Sundstrom stated that this would be a necessary precursor to any zoning policy. Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the contract, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish explained that the digital mapping portion of the growth plan would be done by MAPS. Matt Pearce of MAPS has worked with the Town in the past and works with the County. Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the contract, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Flag Pole Proposal
The Mayor asked if anyone on the Council had major opposition to the proposal. They did not. Councilman Laigaie said he received a quote of $4,150 for the upgrades and proposed that it be spent out of the remaining Friend of Philipsburg Trust funds. Mike Young gave some background on the statues and stated that they were built as an art installation with funds raised by the Philipsburg Historical Society. Councilman Johnson asked about the need for three separate poles. Councilman Laigaie said one pole would be for the United States flag, one for the Montana State flag, and one for a Town flag. Diana Young asked that more people be consulted before the change was made.
Forest Service RAC Contract
Sam Dennis gave the background on the RAC grant. This contract would combine the funds awarded in 2020 and 2021 for a total of approximately $106,000. These funds would be used to improve the Red Lion Road for access to Fred Burr Lake. Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the contract, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Police Training Request
Sherriff Dunkerson submitted a request for training funds. Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the request, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich gave a recap of the County Commissioners meeting. The main takeaway being that Eagle Ambulance, a private company, made a proposal to operate in the County at zero cost to the County. Blaine Bradshaw was set to draft a contract. Mayor Reddish thought a public meeting would be a good idea so that the details of the agreement could be clarified. Councilman Statler agreed. The discussion continued. Sam Dennis expressed support of the proposal as it was better than the current status quo.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Statler apologized for being late. He had been doing cleanup work on the Clark Fork.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Diana Young asked about getting additional garbage cans downtown. Mike Young complimented the Town on the new street signs.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:21, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.