PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
February 4th, 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, Deputy Thaddeus Smith, Barbara Cahill, and Steve Immenschuh.
Thaddeus Smith said there wasn’t much going on in Town. Councilman Lyons asked about lug nuts being loosened on cars. Councilman Sundstrom asked for a report of all tickets issued in Town.
Director of Public Works
Sam Dennis went through the topics in his report submitted to the Council that included the annual CCR, leak detection equipment, and sludge testing and removal. Mayor Reddish said he had spoken with Jeff Heidner about the plan for sludge removal. He said he was also set to meet with Kari Smith and Tim Davis of the DEQ in Helena on February 15th. Steve Immenschuh then requested that the Philipsburg Arts Fund be allowed to doing a filming of a film in the Old Fire Hall on February 21st. Steve also requested that the fee be waived but added that he was fine paying a fee if the Council decided so. Councilman Johnson made the motion to waive the fee, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, but it failed in vote. Councilman Sundstrom voted against, Councilwoman Nelch voted against, Councilman Lyons voted against, and Councilman Kuhl abstained. Councilman Lyons made the motion to waive half the fee, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Robert Medof said the water rights adjudication was still ongoing and that a conference call was scheduled for February 20th.
Barbara Cahill reported that the asbestos in Town Hall was in fact from Libby. Councilwoman Nelch had concerns about when the removal should take place. The conversation continued between Barbara and the Council about a timeline for improvements and renovations. The Library was set to transition to the County in mid FY20.
Sam Dennis said he signed the building resolution as the representative of the FSA.
Mayor Reddish recapped the previous meeting on January 28th. There was talk of redoing the baseball field. Mayor Reddish said the hockey tournament went well and that the rink was running well overall. The Parks Board had made a motion to accept payment in lieu of green space to be put in the Parks Fund in relation the proposed subdivision.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes from 1/8/19, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Payroll and Bills Payable
Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
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 process for adjustments. Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Project Request Payments
There was a question about a fee for the Philipsburg Mail on Sanderson Stewart invoice #45593. Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to table payment until that charge could be clarified, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Kuhl made the motion to accept the financials, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Fire Service Area Building Resolution
Robert Medof told the Council about two minor changes to the previous draft that had been made. He said that it had been signed by the FSA and that after the Town’s decision it would be voted on by the Fire Department and the County. Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
FY18 Budget Amendment Resolution
Reed Speegle briefly talked about the reason for the resolution and the specific amounts needed for adjustment. Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Resolution to Commit Revenues to Special Revenue Funds
Reed Speegle talked about the resolution and that it had been recommended by a consultant to avoid a potential future audit finding. Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Grant Writer Update
Mayor Reddish had spoken with Maureen Conner and she would be attending the meeting with the DEQ on February 15th in Helena.
Pie Chart Distribution
After a brief discussion it was determined that the pie charts would be posted at Town Hall and on the website and that hard copies would be available at Town Hall upon request.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Ulrich said that NW Energy was replacing street lights with LED bulbs.
Councilman Lyons scheduled a committee meeting to discuss street signage on February 14th at 2:00 p.m.
Councilwoman Nelch said she had tabled her interest in the Resort Tax and focusing on the CIP first.
Mayor Reddish said he would be in Helena February 13th-15th for the MLCT Executive Forum.
A working meeting for the proposed subdivision was scheduled for February 11th at 2:00 p.m.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:55, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.