PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

January 19th, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson (video), DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom (video) and John Laigaie.  Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, David Ray, Ed Roseboom, Max Statler, Dave Letford, Ryan Bertuzzi, and Mike Elliot. 

 

Council Vacancy

Mayor Reddish explained that there were two candidates being consider for the open seat.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to appoint Max Statler to the vacant council seat, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved by majority.  Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Ulrich, Councilman Johnson, and Councilman Lyons voted in favor of the motion.  Councilman Laigaie voted against the motion.  Mayor Reddish read the oath to Max Statler.  Ryan Bertuzzi congratulated Max Statler on his appointment.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the minutes from 1/5/21 with edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Bills Payable

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

UI Permit Changes

Mayor Reddish read a draft that included the proposed changes.  This included a $50 reapplication fee.  Sam Dennis talked about the timeline of expiration and a potential fee increase.  Ed Roseboom said the Town couldn’t guarantee the quality of any service lines.  Councilman Ulrich said the water and sewer committee had discussed raising the fee to $100 and having it expire after a year.  Councilman Lyons and Councilman Statler said they wanted Robert Medof to review the document.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adopt the proposed changes, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Water/Sewer Ordinance Changes

Mayor Reddish talked of the proposed changes.  Councilman Laigaie suggested looking at the language concerning leaks and the time of response.  Sam Dennis said that water and sewer need to be viewed separately.  Councilman Laigaie suggested added the language to specify that a hired engineer be from Montana.  Councilman Ulrich talked of instituting a seasonal policy for new hookups.  Sam Dennis suggested a requirement for copper pipes and to have the Public Works Department install the curb stand.  Councilman Lyons asked about the price increase and how to it could be justified.  Mayor Reddish said that the increase would need to be justified in costs incurred by the Town.  A Water and Sewer Committee meeting was scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on January 25th.

 

Horton Street Abandonment Resolution

Mayor Reddish read the resolution.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Telecomm Device Purchase

Reed Speegle explained some potential options to the Town Council in regard to broadcasting meetings.  The Town Council decided to do some research on their own and discuss again at a future meeting.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish said he was scheduled to go to Helena on January 29th to testify on the RDG Grant.

Councilman Sundstrom asked about the ordinance scans. 

Councilman Sundstrom also suggested that the Public Works Director be included on search committees in the future.

Councilman Lyons talked of the election schedule in the upcoming year.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

David Ray invited any Councilmember that was interested to come to the shop so the crew could explain the specifics of the water/sewer connections.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:05, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.