PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

June 1st, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom (video), Max Statler, and John Laigaie. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Jeff Hindoien, Nancy Collins, Chuck Collins, Diana Young, Mike Young, Lauren Boldin, John Vukonich, Jim Jenner, Pete Barrett, David Gray, John Wing, Phil Wing, Craig Sorensen, and Donna Martin.

 

Elena Gagliano – SW Rail Authority Board

Elena requested that this be postponed to a future meeting.

John Wing - Presentation of Proposal for Building on Broadway

John Wing, his business partners, and his architect gave introductions of themselves.  They were proposing a hotel and restaurant at 133 W. Broadway.  The architect presented drawings to the Council and public.  He said the proposal was for a 10-unit hotel.  Craig Sorensen brought up the issue of parking downtown and how it would be affected by the proposal.  Lauren Boldin asked about specifics of materials to be used on the front façade.  Jim Jenner talked about the downtown aesthetics.  Diana Young expressed concern that the proposal looked too modern.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about any potential water or sewer issues the proposal might have.  Sam Dennis had talked with the developers engineers and didn’t see any major issues. Mayor Reddish talked briefly of subdivision regulations.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

No report.

Library Board

Report submitted.

Chamber of Commerce

No report.

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish said the Park Board held a meeting.  Councilman Statler and Councilman Laigaie were in attendance.  They said that the Parks Board was debating whether or not to continue.  There were discussions concerning the baseball field at Murfitt Park and the Parks Board decided to schedule a meeting in the future specific to this issue.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis reported that the Fire Department had been busy with burn piles that have gotten out of hand.  The Clam Feed was to be held on June 26th.

Grant Writer

Mayor Reddish said he would send out a summary email of his conversations with Maureen Connor.  The ARPA deadline was July 15th.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis told the Council that the RAC Board was scheduled to meet on July 12th.  He talked of the Fred Burr line and said that it could be good to move that to a higher priority project considering the amount of money coming from the federal and state governments.  He reported that the disinfection byproduct results were good for the quarter.  He then talked about updating the water PER to be ready for future projects.  He would coordinate with Reed Speegle to send out the water CCR by the end of the month.  The Sutter street main was finished.  

Town Attorney

No report.

Town Clerk

No report.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes from 5/18/21, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilman Lyons 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 bills payable, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Water and Sewer Adjustments

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

Project Request Payments

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #15519, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve Triple Tree Engineering invoice #20-35-005, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Mayor Reddish gave an update on the ongoing project.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the modification of the Master Service Agreement with Pioneer Technical, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve a new task order with Pioneer Technical, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Sam Dennis said he was impressed with how much the sludge had dried out and that the leak test had started that day.  Sam had been in contact with Great West Engineering about a potential SAGS system.  They were going to send a representative to town on June 7th to continue the discussion and meet on-site.  Councilman Sundstrom asked some follow up questions on the leak test.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Infrastructure Partnership Agreement

Mayor Reddish explained that the Jeff Hindoien had drafted a template for agreement with private parties who wanted to upgrade infrastructure around their property.  This would cover the town in case of any dispute.  Councilman Laigaie asked if it would be used retroactively.  It would not.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the agreement template, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish reminded the Council of the joint session with the County Commissioners and the Town of Drummond on June 9th.

Councilman Sundstrom talked of the cemetery flag on Memorial Day.

Mayor Reddish made the statement that former Councilman John Johnson had resigned.  He reminded the Council to act in proper decorum and self-control going forward.  Councilman Sundstrom said that he would be willing to act as chairman of the Personnel Committee going forward.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to appoint Councilman Sundstrom as chair, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

Diana Young asked about the process for new development in Town.  She also stated that she would like to see the design for the new flag pole orientation outside Town Hall.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 9:19, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.