PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
January 21st, 2020
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson, Derek Kuhl, DuWayne Ulrich, Nicole Nelch, Scott Lyons, and Carl Sundstrom. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Town Grant Writer Maureen Conner, and Chris Stout.
Chris Stout – Proposal for Marathon
Chris Stout was proposing a 50k race from Deer Lodge to Philipsburg through his company Outside Productions. He was wanting the race to end downtown if possible. He was currently in the process of obtain permits from the Forest Service but tentatively wanted to schedule the event for June 27th. The Council had no objection to proposal. Mayor Reddish asked that he get back in touch once the permitting process was complete.
Kelty Goldsby - Proposal for Medical Marijuana Dispensary
Kelty was not in attendance but Mayor Reddish presented the basic idea of what she was proposing. Mayor Reddish gave a history on how the Town has dealt with this issue in the past. Robert Medof read the state statutes concerning municipalities and medical marijuana dispensaries. Councilman Sundstrom asked for clarification between medical and recreational. Councilman Lyons asked about the extent to which the Town could regulate this industry. Robert Medof said the statutes allowed the Town a fair amount of discretion in dealing with this issue. Kelty would be placed on another agenda in the future.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the minutes from 1/7/20 with no edits, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Sewer Lagoon Outfall Replacement Payment
Mayor Reddish and Sam Dennis talked about their meeting with Joe Mungas and Kip Shumway. They brought up the Town’s grievances concerning the lagoon outfall line and estimated that the quantifiable damages to the Town approximated $10,000. Mungas Co. agreed to damages of $8,500 to be deducted from the total project cost. Councilman Johnson, Councilman Lyons, and Councilman Kuhl were satisfied with the negotiated amount. Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve a reduction of the project cost by $8,500 as well as approving Change Order #1, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Decision on RFP for Sewer Lagoon
Maureen Connor talked about the process of the RFP and the next steps. She stated that the sludge testing will ultimately determine the route that the Town takes. The discussion about the process continued. Sam Dennis recommended that the Town select Pioneer Technical for the sludge removal PER. He explained the pros and cons he felt each firm possessed. Councilman Sundstrom gave his ranking of the firms and rated WGM the highest. Maureen Conner said that she would recommend Greatwest Engineering. Mayor Reddish recommended Pioneer because of the Town’s existing relationship. Councilman Lyons made the motion to hire Pioneer Technical to produce the sludge removal PER, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish and Maureen Conner talked about putting a request for qualification out so that the Town could have a roster of engineers it could more easily hire in the future.
Mayor Reddish also reported that the Town had received a $15,000 grant to produce a CIP. Maureen said that would go out in a RFP in the near future.
Budget Amendment FY19 Resolution
Reed Speegle explained the basis for the resolution. Mayor Reddish read the resolution. Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Friends of Philipsburg Trust
Reed Speegle gave some background on the Trust. Robert Medof had reviewed some documents concerning the Trust and said it was at the Council’s discretion as to how to proceed but that the intention of the Trust was to contribute to the beautification of the Town. Councilman Sundstrom said he was in favor of getting rid of the Trust. Councilman Kuhl said he liked the idea of having an investment Trust for the Town. Councilman Lyons suggested that the money could be used for street signs or improvements to Town Hall. The conversation continued as to how to proceed. This topic was to be put on the next agenda.
ED Revolving Fund
Reed Speegle gave some background on this topic as well and had located a binder concerning the structure and logistics of the Fund. Robert Medof said he couldn’t find anything concerning the termination of the Fund online but that it was federal money that initially seeded the Fund. Mayor Reddish said that more research was needed before the Council could make a final decision on how to proceed.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Mayor Reddish distributed some material concerning leasing BLM land for a potential communication site.
There was a brief discussion about updating the Town Ordinances. A working meeting was scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on February 4th.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 9:21, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.