PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

July 6th, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom, and John Laigaie. Council absent:  Max Statler.  Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Jeff Hindoien, John Bergerson, Elena Gagliano, Barbara Cahill, Ron Paige, and Judy Paige.

 

Ron Paige – Presentation for Habitat for Humanity

Ron Paige explained his concerns for affordable housing in the community and said that Granite County was only county without Habitat for Humanity in SW Montana.  He explained briefly the process that would be needed to get it up and running.  The first step would be to have a housing study conducted that would cost $5,000.  Mayor Reddish said that the Town would be working on the upcoming budget in the near future and that it was a good time to considering this proposal.  He also stated that other groups in the community likely could help out financially.  Councilman Sundstrom attested to the success of the program in other communities.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Report submitted.  The Mayor would reach out the Sheriff concerning the dates of the report.

Library Board

Report submitted.  Barbara Cahill talking of the increased usage from the public and the upcoming book sale on July 23rd-25th.  She handed out a survey to the Councilmembers.

Chamber of Commerce

No report.  Councilman Lyons said Yule Night was scheduled for December 10th.

Parks Board

No report.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis said that the Department had been busy but that the July 4th weekend had only had two calls.  He said the Clam Feed had been a success and that they had raised almost a record amount.

Grant Writer

Mayor Reddish stated that he would be meeting with Maureen Connor at 10 a.m. the following Tuesday to discuss ARPA funding.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis talked of the need for water restrictions as the holding tank levels had dropped.  There was a brief discussion on strategy for notifying the public.  Councilman Laigaie suggested implementing a standard procedure when levels reached a certain point that was deemed critical by the Director of Public Works.  Sam then talked about purchasing a sprinkler system for Murfitt Park at an approximate cost of $6,000.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to go ahead with the purchase, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Town Attorney

Jeff Hindoien reminded the Council about the recodification proposal and asked that it be put on the agenda for the following meeting.

Town Clerk

No report.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 6/15/21 with an edit from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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

Water and Sewer Adjustments

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Councilman Laigaie made the motion to get further clarification before paying Pioneer Technical invoice #15662, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

There was a brief discussion of the ongoing leak test.  Sam Dennis and Mayor Reddish stated that the early results looked promising but wanted to wait until getting the official results from the DEQ.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #15669, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

Reed Speegle talked of the financial and the closing of the fiscal year.  He stated that he was happy with how the financial position looked for the Town.  The next Finance Committee meeting was scheduled for July 22nd at 2:00 p.m.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

The discussion of the leak test continued and Mayor Reddish stated that an agreement would be upcoming concerning the sludge removal at the Black Pine Repository.  Councilman Lyons asked about the volume and weight of the sludge drying bags to which Sam Dennis said both had been drastically reduced.  Sam said that solids content, dryness, and metals content all were good.  Mayor Reddish talked of potentially signing a MSA with another firm to conduct some work in the future. 

Survey for Planning Grant

Mayor Reddish told the Council he would send the edits they had sent back.  There was then a brief discussion on distribution of the survey.

 

NEW BUSINESS

No new business.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Laigaie mentioned a parade that occurred over the July 4th weekend and some issues with communication.  He asked about the Town’s Facebook.  Reed Speegle said he would talk to the assistant clerk about incorporating that in to her tasks going forward. 

Councilman Sundstrom asked about the status of the flag pole project and the deer problem.  Councilman Laigaie said that the Town would proceed with the original proposal for the flag pole redesign.  Mayor Reddish gave some background on where the deer issue was left.  Councilman Lyons stated that he no longer had the time to work on that issue. 

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

John Bergerson talked of his project.  He said his buy sell agreement was conditional on getting permission from the Town to proceed.  There was a brief discussion that led to the Mayor and Council asking Jeff Hindoien to draft a letter to John Bergerson stating that the Town had no issue with him proceeding.  Sam Dennis talked about entering in to an Infrastructure Agreement as it was likely that the water line would need to be improved to accommodate the new development. 

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:50, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.