PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

May 15th, 2018

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, and Nicole Nelch.  Council Absent:  Carl Sundstrom.  Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Town Attorney Robet Medof, Ed Brunsvold, Ed Lord, and Jim Jenner.

 

Theresa Joseph – Mainstreet Montana

Theresa Joseph was not at the meeting.  Mayor Reddish informed the Council that she was looking to purchase Schnibbles building and was looking to obtain a grant through the Montana Mainsteet program.  He had previously advised her to come to a meeting once the sale closed.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the minutes from April 4th, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Bills Payable

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Stage Agreement – Rotary

Councilwoman Nelch brought up the idea of these donations as a way of generating revenue source for the Town.  Councilman Johnson made mention of an ordinance related to special events.  The Council then had a brief discussion about fee structures for the parks.  Ed Lord asked to change the language related to how far the street is moving.  He also had a question about the requirements for the final design and asked that the duration of the project be changed from 45 days to 60. 

Ice Rink Agreement – PIA

Mayor Reddish asked the Council to review the draft of the agreement with the PIA.  He said he would schedule a meeting with the organization in the near future. 

Town Park Trail

Mayor Reddish informed the Council that no bids were given to the Town while the project was being advertised.  Mayor Reddish said the plan should go back to the original proposal.  Ed Brunsvold said he would reach out to those parties in the following few days. 

Public Works Update

Mayor Reddish said the Public Works Director should be back the following day.  Jeff Heidner of Sanderson Stewart was also set to be in Town of the following day to conduct some tests on the lagoon.  Mayor Reddish gave an update on the Dearborn project and said the machinery was set to be in Town on the 22nd.  He also informed the Council that the crew had tested a sewer camera the previous week and that he gave the go ahead to purchase the camera.  Councilwoman Nelch asked about the plan for the Fred Burr pipeline.  A discussion was had concerning how to proceed.  Finally, Mayor Reddish requested a motion to proceed with hiring a temporary worker for the Town Crew.   Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the hiring, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

Budget FY18-19

Councilwoman Nelch informed the Council that she received the budget memos from the respective departments.  She stated that she would schedule a Finance Committee meeting in the near future. 

Electric Contract with School

Mayor Reddish said that this was part of a larger discussion about how the Town produces energy.  He had reached out to Frank O’Connor at Northwestern Energy to come to Town and explain the process to the Council. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

No new business. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish stated that the Tennis Camp was requesting that the Sansome be closed next to the brewery on the evening of June 1st for a pint night.  There was no objection from the Council.  Mayor Reddish then brought up the structure of the Town Council.  With the recent changes in personnel Councilman Ulrich was now the President of the Council.  Mayor Reddish said they needed to determine a Vice President.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to appoint Councilman Johnson as the Vice President, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Councilwoman Nelch brought up the website and social media.  She wanted to make sure that the Town had access and that the old accounts were deactivated.  She also brought up the vacant Council seat.  Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to advertise for the open seats for a month and then consider consolidating the Council to four seats if there was no interest from the public, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Councilwoman Nelch made the motion for the Mayor and Town Attorney to negotiate the contracts with the PIA, Rotary, and Trails Association for their respective projects, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:26, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

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