PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

August 3rd, 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, Town Attorney Jeff Hindoien, Mike Young, KL Dell-Bishop, Barbara Cahill, and Nikki Cavaliere.

 

Barbara Miller - Habitat for Humanity

Not able to connect due to technical issues.  Would reschedule.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Report submitted.

Library Board

Report submitted.  Barbara Cahill talked about the upcoming events and programs at the Library.

Chamber of Commerce

No report.  Mayor Reddish was scheduled to attend their next meeting.

Parks Board

No report.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis said it had been one of the busier summers but that turnout from the members had been really good.  He also reported that the USFS was using the Fire Hall as an incident command center for the Goat Fire.

Grant Writer

Mayor Reddish said he was planning on meeting with Maureen Connor in the near future.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis gave an update to the Council on upcoming projects for the summer in to early fall.  The Fred Burr line walkthrough was scheduled for August 5th.  He said the newly installed SCADA communication devices were working well.

Town Attorney

Jeff Hindoien said he’d had a chance to go around town with Mayor Reddish to look at some the pending issues.  He also stated that he was working on the response to the Finn Addition attorney.

Town Clerk

Reed Speegle gave an update on the re-codification process and the budget process.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 7/20/21 with and edit from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilman Lyons made the motion to accept the payroll, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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

Water and Sewer Adjustments

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoices #15662 and #15930 pending the Mayor and Director of Public Works satisfaction after getting clarification from the engineer, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Sam Dennis said the Town was no currently discharging and was awaiting the results of the leak test.

Growth Plan Update

Mayor Reddish stated that Councilman Laigaie and Robert MEdof had met as member of the advisory committee.  Jerry Grebenc was scheduled to be in town on August 12th.  There was a brief discussion on the survey.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Beta Street Speed Ordinance

Mayor Reddish, Councilman Lyons, and Jeff Hindoien took a trip on site to look at the proposed speed limit change.  Jeff suggested that instead of assigning a new speed limit to just a single road that the Town draw a boundary around a specific area of town which would all be included in the new speed limit restriction.  The Town would then need to properly sign the change.  The discussion continued with talk of an Omnibus Committee meeting and a traffic survey.  Mike Young suggested 20 mph instead of 15 due to winter driving conditions.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to have Jeff Hindoien draft the ordinance change, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish read a letter of interest from Nikki Cavaliere to fill a vacant seat on the Town Council.  Councilman Lyons would schedule a meeting/interview for the candidate.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No comment.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:17, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.