PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
December 1st, 2020
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson (video), DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, and Carl Sundstrom (video). Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, John Laigaie, Anna Provost, and Barbara Cahill.
Mayor Reddish wanted to review this issue after a split vote during the last meeting. Robert Medof read the statute concerning firearm regulations which stated that the Council does have the ability to regulate on Town property. Councilman Lyons made the motion to table the discussion on firearms until after January 1st, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. Councilman Lyons made the motion to appoint John Laigaie to one of the open Council seats, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion. Councilman Lyons then talked of the qualification of John Laigaie and asked about a clause in the Montana constitution. Robert Medof was not able to give a qualified opinion on the specific clause that Councilman Lyons asked about without further research. Councilman Sundstrom stated that he did not have issue with the qualification of the candidate. Councilman Johnson asked to see the candidate over video. Councilman Lyons, Councilman Ulrich, and Councilman Sundstrom voted in favor of the motion to appoint John Laigaie, Councilman Johnson voted against the motion, and it was approved by majority. Mayor Reddish then read the oath to John Laigaie and he was sworn in to the Council.
Report submitted. Barbara Cahill told the Council that Dustin Muhly had resigned and that the Library Board would be recommending a replacement to the Town Council in January. She also stated that the Library Board had used the remaining funds donated to them by the Rotary Club to pay down the loan on their building.
Chamber of Commerce
Anna Provost said that there would be no official Yule Night this year due to Covid but that some businesses would be open the night of December 11 to celebrate unofficially.
Maureen Connor would be meeting with Reed Speegle later in the week.
Director of Public Works
Sam Dennis said he received the preliminary drawings for the Fred Burr road improvements and that the Town would be looking to submit a follow up grant for additional RAC funds. Sam then discussed disinfection and stated that an updated PER might be a good idea in the near future.
Robert Medof said that the School Electric Contract was set to be signed by the school and then would be finalized. He also said he was still working with the surveyor to finalize the Horton Street abandonment.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes from 11/17/20 with edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Mayor Reddish, and Robert Medof, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Payroll and Bills Payable
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Water and Sewer Adjustments
Reed Speegle explained a meter issue that happened occasionally.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Project Request Payments
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve Triple Tree invoice #20-35-002, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom asked for clarification on a few points. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish talked of his conversation with Maureen Connor in how to proceed with a standalone policy. The Town was looking at planning grant to help fund this. Councilman Lyons suggested reaching out to State Senator Sweeney.
Amendment to Regulations for the Application and Review of Buildings for Lease or Rent Resolution
Robert Medof discussed the background to this resolution. Mayor Reddish read the resolution. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Finn Addition Update
Mayor Reddish had spoken with the DEQ about the lagoon capacity and stated that a letter would be sent to the developer’s attorney in response to her letter.
UI Permit Changes
Water/Sewer Ordinance Changes
Robert Medof said he was still working on the drafts for these changes.
Town Attorney Hiring Process
Mayor Reddish had been in contact with Mayor Gail Leeper about the attorney for the Town of Drummond. Robert Medof said the process for replacement was not set by MCA and that he would reach out to other attorneys he thought would be good candidates.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Johnson brought up a motion made at the previous meeting concerning a mask mandate and inquired as to why Councilman Lyons was not wearing a mask. Robert Medof read the MCA on rules of discipline for councilmembers. Councilman Sundstrom expressed his displeasure at the non-compliance. Councilman Lyons said he would prefer to have a personal conversation with any of the other councilmembers concerning his decision not to wear a mask.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:28, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.