PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

February 16th, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson (video), DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom (video), Max Statler, and John Laigaie.  Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Jerry Sullivan, Patricia Mee (video), and Dale Mee (video). 

 

Mayor Reddish requested that we revisit the Mee request before proceeding with the regular agenda. Patricia and Dale Mee said they had tried to contact the necessary parties but had not heard back yet.  Patricia cited some MCA concerning slow moving vehicles and animals.  Mayor Reddish said he would reach out to Sherriff Dunkerson about the issue.

 

Brad Koon/Jerry Sullivan Water Line

Jerry Sullivan explained his proposal to get water to some property adjacent to town limits.  Sam Dennis said he didn’t see any major issues with the proposal as the costs would be incurred by Mr. Sullivan.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about sewer.  Jerry said that the houses would have a septic system.  Robert Medof talked of MCA related to property outside of corporate town limits.  None of the Council expressed interest in incorporating the property in to town limits.  Councilman Lyons made the motion for the project to be approved pending Mr. Sullivan coordinating with Sam Dennis, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the minutes from 2/2/21 with edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Statler seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Bills Payable

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Telecomm Device Purchase

Councilman Statler advised against getting a smart TV after doing more research.  The conversation continued between councilmembers as to what the best solution might be.  Councilman Statler made the motion to purchase the Owl 360 camera, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Town Attorney Hiring Process

A resume for a presumptive town attorney was distributed to the Council.  Councilman Statler had a question about compensation.

Sewer Lagoon Update

Sam Dennis presented the Council with a draft budget to resume the lagoon dredging project in the spring.  He elaborated on some differences in how he thought the project should resume.  Reed Speegle said that this budget would exceed the current Sewer Fund budget and that a budget resolution would be needed if this plan was to proceed.  He also said there were adequate cash reserves to make the budget amendment.  Sam Dennis was instructed to reserve the dredging machine.

Water/Sewer Ordinance Changes

Robert Medof did the first reading of the proposed ordinance changes.  This would need to be posted around town and have another reading at the following meeting.

UI Permit Changes

Robert explained the proposed changes to the UI Application.  The Council had no changes to make. 

Water and Sewer Regulations Resolution

Robert Medof suggested adding a $75 fee any time a notice of shutoff needed to be placed on a property due to delinquent payment on utility bills.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to set the fee at $75, Councilman Statler seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Lyons requested that individuals be informed of the potential of the fee in the standard delinquent utility letter prior to the shutoff notice.  Robert then read the resolution.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Town Council Committee Structure

The Mayor explained the committee structure and stated the need to replace members that had resigned from the Council.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to appoint Councilman Laigaie to the Finance Committee, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Statler made the motion to appoint Councilman Lyons as the chair of the Finance Committee, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to appoint Councilman Laigaie to the Building, Planning, Parks & Rec, and Street & Lights Committee, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to appoint Councilman Statler to the Building, Planning, Parks & Rec, and Street & Lights Committee, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to appoint Councilman Statler and Councilman Laigaie to the Police, Fire, Health & Safety Committee, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to appoint Councilman Laigaie to the Water & Sewer Committee, Councilman Statler seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Proposed Resolution from Councilman Laigaie

Councilman Laigaie proposed a resolution to commemorate the Right to Bear Arms Week.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to have Robert Medof draft a resolution in support of this, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Mayor Reddish said he was in support of it as well as commemorating all of the Bill of Rights.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Laigaie asked how the Council meeting could have more public participation.  A brief conversation ensued between the Council.

Councilman Ulrich talked about snow removal and the piles of snow around town.

Mayor Reddish said he would continue to follow up with NW Energy on the main gas line in town.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No comment.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:38, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.