PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 2nd, 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, Barbara Cahill, Patricia Mee (video), and Dale Mee (video).
Patricia & Dale Mee – Horse Carriage Business
Patricia and Dale explained their proposed business where they would give tours on carriage rides in and around town. They have run a similar business in Arizona for the past 12 years. The Council asked some specific questions about logistics of the proposed operation. Robert Medof stated that they should get in touch with the Montana Department of Transportation concerning the portion of their proposed tour that would be on State highway. It was decided that they would follow up at a future meeting.
Barbara Cahill talked about the new appointments. Their next meeting was scheduled for February 18th at 5:00 p.m. Mayor Reddish asked what the library’s current hours were. Barbara said hours were as follows: Monday 12-5, Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 12-7, Thursday 12-5, Friday 12-5, and Saturday 12-4.
Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber submitted a letter concerning the wearing of masks in public buildings. Mayor Reddish read the letter to the Council. Councilman Lyons asked that the Chamber submit a written report if they didn’t want to attend in person.
Sam Dennis talked about doing traffic control and car accidents and that they had received one call in the past week. He then talked about discussions between the PVFD and Georgetown Fire about a mutual aid agreement.
Mayor Reddish reported on his trip to Helena to testify for the Town’s RDG Grant.
Director of Public Works
Sam Dennis said he still hadn’t heard back on the RAC funds and recommended that we proceed with paying Triple Tree Engineering. Sam also gave an update on the SCADA maintenance and upgrades. Mayor Reddish talked about his discussion with the DEQ. Sam then brought up the Kearney alley and the gas line that runs through there.
Robert Medof said that a trial had been scheduled for November for the ongoing Henry case.
Reed Speegle talked about the budget and the committee structure for the Town Council.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 1/19/21 with an edit from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Payroll and Bills Payable
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Lyons 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
Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Project Request Payments
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #14964, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Statler made the motion to approve Triple Tree invoice #20-35-003, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the Triple Tree invoice #20-35-004, Councilman Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
UI Permit Changes
Robert Medof presented the Council with the latest draft of the changes. He suggested having a vote the following meeting with any final edits.
Water/Sewer Ordinance Changes
Robert Medof explained the process and did a first reading of the proposed changes. Councilman Sundstrom suggested an edit related to water meter installation. Robert Medof did a re-reading of the proposed changes.
Town Attorney Hiring Process
Robert Medof said he had a lead on the Deer Lodge Town attorney. Suggested posting a notice on the State Bar website, the University of Montana Law School website, and possibly Craig’s List.
Telecomm Device Purchase
Councilman Statler talked about the potential of buying a smart TV. He stated he would do some more research.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Johnson talked about the passing of Mike Kahoe. He also discussed the letter from the Chamber.
Councilman Lyons reiterated the need to put Council Committees on the next agenda.
Councilman Sundstrom mentioned the budget process and the annual evaluations.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 9:04, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.