PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

February 6th, 2018

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson, DuWayne Ulrich, Carl Sundstrom, and Nicole Nelch.  Council absent:  Julian Ricci.  Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director John Vukonich, Sam Dennis, Jim Russell, David Ray, Craig Sorensen, Donna Martin, Sarah Graham, and Dennis Cox.

 

Donna Martin – Roto-Rooter Bill

Donna Martin was petitioning the Town to pay for two Roto-Rooter bills that was incurred as a result of the sewer issues in her home.  Mayor Reddish asked her generally what the circumstances were.  Donna explained that the issue was in the main and that she had called Roto-Rooter twice with the two bills totaling $700.  Mayor Reddish then asked about the physical components of the service line tie in and where that was.  Councilwoman Nelch discussed moving forward with a policy concerning these type of instances.  Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve payment of the two bills totaling $700, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the meeting minutes from December 19th and January 16th, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the payroll from January, Councilman Sundstrom 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

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 Sundstrom made the motion to approve Sanderson Stewart invoice #43859, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Financials

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.    Councilwoman Nelch asked that the cash report be included in the financials going forward and that a finance committee be held in the near future.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

No report.

Town Clerk

No report.

Director of Public Works

Councilwoman Nelch asked about the storm sewer and its condition.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about the sewer camera that had been ordered.  

Town Attorney

No report.

Library Board

Councilwoman Nelch reported that the library mill ballots were out and that there would be a Library Board meeting later in the month. 

Fire Department

No report.

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish talked about the potential for refrigeration and a permanent stage at Winninghoff Park.  He stated that a good deal of planning still needed to go in to both proposals. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Mayor Compensation Plan

Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the resolution increasing the mayor’s compensation, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Cedar Street Water Main Extension

Councilman Johnson asked about extensions and connections to the main.  John Vukonich said that it is the developer’s responsibility.  Councilman Sundstrom informed the Council that the previously references ordinance pertained to well and therefore wasn’t applicable to this particular situation.  Mayor Reddish stated that there is currently lack of an objective process for these types of projects in Town.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to pay for the engineering costs for the project, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Sarah Graham said that it set a poor precedent. 

Sewer Lagoon Update

Mayor Reddish said that there wasn’t anything major to report and that the Town was kind of in a holding pattern.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Gas Tax Resolution

A copy of a proposed resolution was included in the packet.  It would be discussed and voted on at a later date.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilwoman Nelch brought up the idea of implementing a spending policy for employees of the Town.  Mayor Reddish asked for permission to attend the executive forum at the end of March.  There was no objection.  Mayor Reddish then brought up a specific issue related to a derelict house and wanted to make a decision concerning the water and sewer bill of the property.  The Council had no issue with him deciding this on his own.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:50, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

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