PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 19th, 2019
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, Carl Sundstrom, Scott Lyons, Nicole Nelch and Derek Kuhl. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Linda Bouck, Phil McDonald, Cody Schwartz, Vera Johnson, Chris Cooney, and Dennis Cox.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 1/22/19, Councilman Kuhl 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.
Sanderson Stewart Invoice #45713
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve payment of the invoice, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Finn Addition Decision (Public Hearing)
This was moved to after the regular meeting.
Street Sign Inventory
Councilman Lyons said he was appointed as the chair of the Building, Planning, Parks and Rec, and Streets and Lights Committee. He informed the Council that the first committee meeting was held and was productive, but ultimately led to many more questions.
Finance Committee Report
Councilwoman Nelch gave a recap of the previous Finance Committee meeting. The topic of discussion were the Audit RFP, purchase of a new water meter reader, work being done by the Town’s grant writer, an inquiry in to the Friends of Philipsburg Trust, and a plan for disbursing budget memos to the Town’s departments. Councilwoman Nelch then made the motion to approve the purchase of a new water meter reader at the cost of $7,000, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Mayor Reddish scheduled the first meeting to talk about the urban deer population for March 4th at 6:00 p.m. Mayor Reddish also stated that he would reach out to Lonna Sandau of the BLM to have her attend another Council Meeting.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
The council then adjourned the regular meeting. Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 7:13, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish then opened the public hearing concerning the Finn Addition. Councilman Johnson stepped down from Council for the decision making process.
Mayor Reddish went through the 41 separate conditions for approval of the preliminary plat.
Councilman Sundstrom noticed a few typos. Councilwoman Nelch asked about the utility corridor on the property. There was a brief discussion between the developers and the Council concerning the sewer main and the utility easement. Robert Medof suggested a 42nd condition which the Council and the developers were amenable to. Councilman Kuhl asked about the potential to lay fiber lines through the development. The developers were unsure but said they were in conversations with Blackfoot. Linda Bouck suggested that for condition #5 to add the possibility of an extension from the Town Council. The Council and developers were amenable. Chris Cooney said he was not satisfied with the taxes and water/sewer bills he pays to the Town and that he think the storm sewer should be the Town’s responsibility.
The Mayor and Council then went through each separate condition. The Council approved all 42 conditions unanimously.
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the preliminary plat with these 42 conditions, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 7:55, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.