PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
August 18th, 2020
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson, Derek Kuhl (via video), DuWayne Ulrich, Nicole Nelch, Scott Lyons, and Carl Sundstrom. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Pat Siler, and Ed Siler.
Ed Siler – Street/Water Issue
Pat Siler distributed some picture of their property to the Town Council. The main issue being runoff in the spring coming on to their property. They explained what work had been done in the past and felt that it made the situation worse. Sam Dennis stated that there had not been issues on this property in the past and that one of new building dams the water. Mayor Reddish suggested undoing the work that had been done in the past. There was a brief discussion concerning the waters origin on BLM land. Councilman Lyons agreed with undoing the prior work and suggested the Town contact the BLM. This work was to be done and then the situation would be reassessed.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the minutes from 8/4/20 with a few edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilwoman Nelch said that the survey was out to the public and that she had emailed Todd Kuxhaus concerning the online responses. She encouraged the Council to keep promoting the survey to the public. The public hearing concerning the CIP was scheduled for September 15th at 7:00 p.m. The regular Council meeting would be held at 6:00 p.m. that night to accommodate. Councilman Lyons said he would talk to Leslie Conn about designed an ad to distribute to the public. Mayor Reddish suggested that a councilmember be interviewed by the paper about the CIP. Councilman Lyons volunteered.
Sewer Lagoon Update
Sam Dennis said that 60 feet of cell one had been dredged. He was concerned about how to determine when the drying bags were filled to capacity. He expressed some discontent towards how the project was originally engineered. Robert Medof asked a few logistical question concerning the project.
NW Energy Power Generation Contract
Mayor Reddish said he would contact the school superintendent to discuss the electric contract. The Council had previously decided to cancel the contract but in discussion in the Finance Committee the suggestion was made to attempt to renegotiate. Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to not send a letter cancelling the contract and to invite the school superintendent to the next meeting, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
ED Revolving Fund Resolution
Robert Medof had talked with Gus Byrom at the State to make sure that this was a valid solution. He suggested tabling this issue until the next meeting so that he could continue his dialogue with Gus.
Cash Reconciliation Resolution
Robert Medof said that this would also need to be tabled because the ED Revolving Fund needs to resolved prior to the cash reconciliation resolution.
Mill Levy for FY20/21
Reed Speegle explained the process of determining the millage to funds. Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to mill levy for FY20/21, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Preliminary Budget Resolution
Councilman Sundstrom and Reed Speegle had a brief discussion on the electric fund. The next Finance Committee meeting was scheduled for August 25th at 10 a.m. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the preliminary budget, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Preliminary Zoning Discussion
Robert Medof passed out a proposal for a building ordinance to be reviewed by the Council. Councilwoman Nelch said there was concern about building in Town without the Town being protected. She suggested a joint meeting with the County Planning Board and Linda Bouck about what solutions were available to the Town. Mayor Reddish said he would reach out to the parties and in addition would contact Kelly Lynch, an attorney for MMIA. Councilman Lyons volunteered to attend the meeting as a Town representative.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Sundstrom talked about the shades on the LED streetlights. Mayor Reddish said he had spoken to Paul Babb at NW Energy about this topic.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:33, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.