PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

December 4th, 2018

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, Carl Sundstrom, and Scott Lyons.  Council absent: Nicole Nelch and Derek Kuhl. Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Town Attorney Robert Medof, David Ray, Deputy Jason Ostler, Jim Jenner, and Max Statler.

 

Ben Larson – Reactivation of Abandoned Road

Not in attendance.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Deputy Ostler told the Council that the roads were getting worse with wintery conditions.  He also mentioned that the department was working on a grant for dispatch software.

Town Clerk

No report.

Director of Public Works

Mayor Reddish informed the Council that he had an interview scheduled with Sam Dennis on December 13th for the Public Works Director opening.

Town Attorney

Robert Medof talked about delinquent water and sewer bills and how the Town was dealing with them.  Shut-off notices were to be placed on doors.

Library Board

The Library had a report submitted in the packet.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about the asbestos in the building.  Mayor Reddish said that the asbestos had been sent to a lab to see if it originated from Libby.  If so, a large portion of the costs of the remediation would be paid for.

Fire Department

Max Statler discussed a potential new building for the Fire Department on Skalkaho Rd.  Jim Jenner talked about some of the history of the Fire Department.  The conversation continued on about the Fire Service Area and how that is managed.  This new facility would service the Area.  The land was given to the Fire Department already.  The Fire Service Area Board would pay for the construction of the facility.  Robert Medof talked a little bit about the details of a potential joint resolution between the Town, the County, and the Fire Department.

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish informed the Council that Levia Shoutis was looking at possible grants to pay to replace the playground equipment at the Big Town Park.  He also said that the PIA was continuing their progress with the refrigeration system at Winninghoff Park.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the minutes from 11/6/18, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

 

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about the cameras that were purchased for Winninghoff Park.  They were purchased as a result of an incident in the public bathroom at the Park.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Water and Sewer Adjustments

There was a brief discussion about the types of adjustments.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Project Request Payments

Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve invoice #45322 from Sanderson Stewart, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

Reed Speegle talked about where the Town was at within its fiscal year.  He also talked about the work that he had done with Magda Nelson on preparing the Town’s AFR for FY18.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Health Insurance Decision

Councilman Sundstrom was of the opinion that the Town would have to stay with Maco for another year because proper notice was not given and there could be penalties as a result.  He wanted to make sure the process was started again in the following July so that there was enough time to make a decision if the Town wanted to change providers.  Councilman Lyons said that it was important the Town crew was involved in the process.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to postpone the proposal from MMIA, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.   Councilman Sundstrom then made the motion to renew with Maco for another year, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.   Mayor Reddish talked about the process and praised the Council for looking in to ways for the Town to save money.

Citizens Committee to Address Urban Deer Issue

Mayor Reddish had yet to receive an official response from any members of the public.  He said he would follow up with the State.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution to Congratulate the Flint Creek Titans

Councilman Lyons wanted to frame the resolution to congratulate the high school football team and give one to each school.  Councilman Johnson talked about making a wood stand for the plaques. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish told the Council about the Christmas party. 

Reed Speegle talked about the potential need in the near future to replace the meter reader.  The approximate cost was $6,500.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No comments.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:32, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.   

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