PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

July 17th, 2018

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, and Nicole Nelch, and Carl Sundstrom. Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director John Vukonich, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Dave Benson, Stein Myraas.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

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

Bills Payable

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

Dave Benson – Road Access

A discussion was had between Dave Benson and the Council concerning the history of the property, the size of the road, and who had responsibility for maintenance.  The discussion brought up the possibility of Mr. Benson petitioning the Council for abandonment.  Town Attorney Robert Medof was under the opinion that the Town owned the road.  Councilman Sundstrom was in favor of Mr. Benson proceeding with the abandonment process.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to allow the Mayor to proceed on the issue, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Kerry Hatcher – Water Hookup

Kerry Hatcher not in attendance.  Robert Medof gave a brief background on the issue.  Mr.  Hatcher would be at the next meeting.

Sanderson Stewart Invoice #44583

Mayor Reddish had been in contact with Jeff Heidner of Sanderson Stewart.  A short discussion was had concerning the administrative expense.  Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve invoice #44583, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Town Park Trail

Mayor Reddish informed the Council that the excavation work was completed and that they were ready to have the material hauled. 

Fred Burr Water Line Update

Mayor Reddish said that conversation with the County for PILT funds was still ongoing.  Blaine Bradshaw was looking in to the legality of giving money to the Town.  There was a discussion of the physical conditions of the line and the adjacent land.   

Public Works Update

John Vukonich said the Dearborn replacement should be done on Friday.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about the sewer leak on Brown St.  John Vukonich was trying to get a hold of Paul Alt concerning this.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about mag-chloride.  Councilwoman Nelch asked about the asphalt patching.  These topics would all be discussed further in the future. 

RV Park Water & Sewer Policy

Mayor Reddish wanted to figure out the water situation for RV’s.  A short discussion was held concerning how RV Parks should be charged.  It was determined that this issue should go back to Committee. 

Budget FY18-19/CIP Update

Mayor Reddish said that budget meetings were ongoing.  Councilwoman Nelch informed the Council that preliminary revenue appropriations had been input and that Reed Speegle was working on a payroll detail breakdown.  The next meeting was scheduled for the 25th.

Personnel Committee Report

Councilman Johnson brought up a few topics that were discussed at the prior Personnel Committee meeting including the Mayor’s status and compensation, the potential for the Mayor to have health insurance, public works vehicles.  Councilman Johnson said the Town Crew wanted to meet with the Personnel Committee and that that would be scheduled in the near future. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Vacant Council Seats

Councilwoman Nelch talked about the potential of the Council reducing itself to 4 members due to a lack of interest from the public to fill the vacant seats.  Robert Medof was instructed to draft a mock resolution to do this.

Water/Sewer Mailing

Mayor Reddish said there were a few final edits to the water and sewer policy that needed to be made and that he wanted John Vukonich to review the document.  Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the water and sewer policy with potential final edits being incorporated by John Vukonich, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

The Library Board and Library County Board would need to be put on the next agenda. 

Councilman Johnson requested set back and impact fees be put on the next agenda.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:30, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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