PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

August 17th, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom, and John Laigaie. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director Sam Dennis, Susie Mullen, and Barbara Miller (video).

 

Barbara Miller – Habitat for Humanity

Mayor Reddish gave a synopsis of the discussions that were previously held concerning Habitat for Humanity and then introduced Barbara Miller.  Barbara gave some background on herself and then went through the process and details of starting a program in town.  She stated that land is usually the biggest hurdle in getting the process started.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about conducting a market study.  Councilman Lyons asked about eligible participants.  Mayor Reddish said he would reach out to Ron Paige again before proceeding.

Susie Mullen – West Street

Susie first brought up the issue of speeding on West Street.  This had become a bigger issue since the road was paved.  She was requesting speed limit signs be installed and provided a letter signed by her and her neighbors requesting the change.  Her second issue was related to the truck traffic.  This was related primarily to noise.  Mayor Reddish explained that the Town was in the process of adopting a new speed limit ordinance that could make this request easier to adopt.  Councilman Lyons said he would speak to Keith Barkell about the truck route.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 8/3/21 with edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Bills Payable

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Mayor Reddish reported that the Town’s application for the competitive ARPA funds had places 5th out of 243 projects across the state.  The projects and funding would be reviewed by the legislature by the end of the month and then hopefully sent to the Governor’s office for approval.  Reed Speegle was sent out the bidding documents for the sludge removal from Pioneer Technical.  Mayor Reddish had spoken to Ben Quinones from the DEQ about hauling the sludge.  There would have to be further discussion about maintenance and repair of the road and what the associated costs might be.    

Growth Plan Update

Mayor Reddish told the Council that the survey was set to be sent out by the upcoming Friday and asked the councilmembers to reach out to various community groups to get more responses.  Councilman Laigaie said he had a productive meeting with Jerry Grebenc and was satisfied that the process would be done professionally.  He said it would be a good foot in the door for planning going forward and will open up funding opportunities.

Speed Limit Ordinance

Mayor Reddish explained the changes to the proposed ordinance since the first draft.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to accept the changes, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Lyons read the ordinance for its first reading.  No further comment.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Preliminary Budget FY22

Mayor Reddish read the document that would set the certified millage for the Town for FY22.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adopt the millage, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to accept the preliminary budget, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Town Council Compensation

Councilman Sundstrom had collected data on compensation for other towns in Montana.  He estimated that he works approximately 30 hours per month.  Councilman Lyons proposed an increase to $400 per month per councilmember.  It was decided that this would be analyzed at the next budget meeting to see if it was financially feasible.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish scheduled a Special Meeting for 11:00 a.m. on August 20th to review and possibly accept a bid for the Fred Burr Transmission Main. 

Councilman Laigaie asked about the website and the Town’s Facebook page.

Councilman Ulrich suggested having some lights at night at Zane’s Park. 

Councilman Sundstrom talked of putting a notice in the paper to encourage people to purchase dog tags.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No public comment.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:51, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.