PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
July 20th, 2021
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Max Statler, Carl Sundstrom, and John Laigaie. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Diana Young, Mike Young, Boyd Camper, Robbie Farrens, Jon Bergerson, Dale Mee, Mason Dallman, Patricia Mee, Carolyn Vietor, and Lorraine Green.
Letter from Senior Center Discussion
Mayor Reddish read a letter from the Senior Center concerning the horse carriage rides in town. Councilman Sundstrom and Councilman Ulrich had signed the letter and explained their reasoning for doing so. Councilman Lyons brought up the parking issue and thought there was adequate space if the carriage rides didn’t park directly in front of the Senior Center. Lorraine Green said she felt it was too congested downtown to have them parked in that location. Patricia Mee explained the perspective from the carriage ride owner. She didn’t believe it was too congested and would prefer to use the loading/unloading zone. Dale Mee said they would be willing to wrap up by 4:30 on a daily basis. Councilman Lyons suggested that if they were done by 4:00 there would not be any issues. Dale Mee agreed to that as well as moving in front of Town Hall on Monday, Wednesdays, and Friday. Councilman Lyons made the motion to allow them to proceed in that manner, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. Carolyn Vietor complimented the Mayor and Council on the resolution process.
711 Ohio Street Water/Sewer Hookups
Boyd Camper presented the building proposal at this address. He and his business partners had been in contact with Sam Dennis about the specifics of the project prior to the meeting. Boyd had gotten certification as a licensed contractor. He said the other partners were amenable to paying for a water main extension and that they were currently working with Triple Tree Engineering.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 7/6/21, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Support Letters for Bergerson and Wing Projects
Mayor Reddish read a letter that he had composed with Jeff Hindoien in response to the building proposal from Jon Bergerson. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the letter and present it to Mr. Bergerson, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Habitat For Humanity Update
Mayor Reddish told the Council that he had been trying to reach the contact at Habitat for Humanity for a while but was finally able to get in touch with them. They were in middle of a multi-year plan through DHHS. They would have a representative at the first meeting in August.
Sewer Lagoon Update
Mayor Reddish stated that there were no major updates since the last meeting but that the leak test continued to look good as far as the quantifiable numbers were concerned.
Mayor Reddish said that he, Sam Dennis, and Maureen Connor had spent a significant amount of time working on the application in the prior week. He explained the process briefly and said the Town should expect a ramp up in grant administration in the near future.
American Legal Codification Agreement
Mayor Reddish gave some background on the agreement. There was a brief discussion on the process but no objection from any councilmembers. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the contract and build the costs in the new fiscal year budget, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Advisory Committee for Great West Project
Mayor Reddish reminded the Council that the draft survey had been sent out. He recommend creating an advisory committee for the project that would include Councilman Laigaie, Jim Lochridge, and Robert Medof. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the appointments to the Committee, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. Councilman Sundstrom encouraged the Committee to use the existing work done for the CIP to guide them in the process.
Alpha Street Speed Limit Sign Request
Mayor Reddish said the street concerned was actually Beta Street. He read the letter from the individuals wanting to lower the speed limit on a certain section of the road. Councilman Lyons stated that he frequently used that road and agreed with the sentiment of the letter. Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to proceed with drafting an ordinance change for the change in speed limit, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Response to Abigail St. Laurence Letter
Mayor Reddish had emailed the letter from Abigail St. Laurence to the rest of the Council. He stated that he would respond once the funding scenario for the lagoons became clearer. The Council stated that they would defer to the attorney on the matter.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Statler submitted a letter of resignation that Mayor Reddish read. Mayor Reddish thanked Councilman Statler for his service on the Council.
Councilman Laigaie discussed an issue with soil erosion off of Montgomery Street.
Mayor Reddish read a letter of interest from Lorraine Green for the vacant Council seat. The Council would reach out to her to schedule an interview.
Councilman Laigaie brought up the issue of sandwich board in the grassy area outside Town Hall. Mayor Reddish said the amount of boards had grown significantly over the past summer. There was a brief discussion and the suggestion that the Chamber of Commerce should be consulted on a potential solution.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Mike Young asked if the flag placement had been fully determined. Councilman Laigaie said it had and it would be in line with what was originally proposed.
Diana Young asked if the Wing project had been approved. Mayor Reddish said that Mr. Wing would receive a letter similar to Jon Bergerson once a few more specifics were figure out.
Diana Young then talked about the Vintage Market on August 7th & 8th and the Arts Fest on August 15th. She requested that the Firehall be available for the Arts Fest and that a banner be allowed to be hung above the Firehall doors. There was no objection from the Council.
Mike Young said that Blackfoot communication would be updating their lines in the near future.
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:50, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.