PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
January 4th, 2022
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons (video), John Laigaie, Gary Fujinami, Carl Sundstrom, and Jason White. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director Sam Dennis, and Dennis Cox.
Chamber of Commerce
Sam Dennis stated that there wasn’t much activity.
Director of Public Works
Sam Dennis talked about fire hydrants in town and the requirements for them. There was short discussion of the need for more.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 12/7/21 with an edit from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Payroll and Bills Payable
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman White seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Water and Sewer Adjustments
Reed Speegle gave a brief explanation of the adjustments. Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Project Request Payments
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve HDR invoice #95792, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Reed Speegle gave an update on the financials. Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Sewer Lagoon Update
Sam Dennis reported that the Town had stopped discharging the lagoon until spring.
Growth Plan Update
Mayor Reddish said there would be a meeting upcoming to go through the final draft of the Growth Plan.
Great West Engineering Lagoon Design Contract
Mayor Reddish reported on his meeting in Helena with the engineers and the DEQ. He stated that it was a productive meeting. There was talk of the dynamics of the AOC. Amy from Great West would be sending a contract in the next few days. Dennis Cox made the comments that it was the most positive report on the sewer lagoon he’d heard in 18 years.
Mayor Reddish asked the Council to review the drafts.
HDR Water PER Discussion
Mayor Reddish talked about budgets for the ARPA applications related to the updated Water PER. He talked about the phasing of the project and what work could be completed depending on different funding scenarios. Sam Dennis said Phase 1 would be filtration but that having an alternative would be a good idea. The alternative would include staging for filtration, chlorine improvements, and Silver Spring pumps. There was a brief discussion on the specifics of a filtration system. Mayor Reddish scheduled a Water PER review meeting for January 11th at 10:30 a.m.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Laigaie stated that Constitutions were available to the public and that he would bring in a framed copy in to Town Hall soon.
Councilman Laigaie then brought up the need to address the urban deer problem. He would be meeting with FWP in the near future to talk about remedies.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:08, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.