PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

June 15th, 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 (video), John Bergerson, Nancy Collins, Chuck Collins, Diana Young, Mike Young, Elena Gagliano, Jim Jenner, Craig Sorensen, and Donna Martin.

 

Elena Gagliano – Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority

Elena gave some background on herself as well as the program.  She was appointed as the representative for Granite County to sit on this board.  She provided information about the program to the Council as well as members of the public.  She talked of the budget for the program.  Finally, she stated that she was confident that it would happen.

John Bergerson – Broadway Building Proposal

John gave some background information on himself and his history in the area.  He provided a sketch to the Council and the public to give an idea of what he was proposing.  This featured a brick front, painted cornices, a pedway, 4 apartments on the upper level, retail on the main floor, and 5 parking spots in the back.  Sam Dennis said that the sewer is in good condition near the property but that the water main may need to be replaced in order to accommodate the development.  The public had a few comments and seemed generally supportive of the proposal.  The Council had no issue with the project.

Diana Young – Flag Pole Proposal

Diana presented a slightly alternative design for the flag poles.  Councilman Laigaie would review the proposal and continue the conversation with Diana.  Mayor Reddish briefly talked about the historic district and the upcoming growth policy.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 6/1/21 with an edit from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  

Bills Payable

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Mayor Reddish informed the Council the Town was in the 2nd week of the leak test and that we would get results soon after.  Sam Dennis talked about shutting the discharge off at the end of the month.  There was a brief discussion on that process.

Audit RFP

Mayor Reddish gave a brief background.  Reed Speegle talked about his conversations with the Department of Administration.  They had suggested the Town send out another RFP for a two-year audit.  They suggested getting a firm under contract sooner rather than later.

NEW BUSINESS

Survey Draft for Planning Grant

Mayor Reddish asked that the Council review the draft and submit comments by the next meeting.

ARPA Funding

Mayor Reddish explained the funding pots.  The Town would receive approximately $233,000 from Pot A and another $244,000 from Pot B.  There would then be additional funds available in a competitive process down the line.  Sam Dennis talked about the pressing need to fix the 1,600 ft on the Fred Burr Line.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to use the ARPA funding on this project, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Personnel Committee Summary

Councilman Sundstrom gave a recap of the Personnel Committee.  He talked about the year-end review process and the potential for new hires.

Triple Tree Engineering – Master Service Agreement/Kearney Street Main

Sam Dennis explained that it would be good to have the Main project engineering now so that the Town could be ready to fix it at any point in the next two years.  He said its 2” steel main that had been banded dozens of times over the years.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the engineering proposal, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Lyons scheduled the next Finance Committee meeting for 6/22/21 at 2:00 p.m.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction       

Elena Gagliano asked about the sludge hauling process to Black Mine.  Her concern was over the condition of the road and the effect it might have.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:25, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.