PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

March 1st, 2022

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich (video), Scott Lyons, John Laigaie, Gary Fujinami, Carl Sundstrom, and Jason White. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director Sam Dennis, Grant Writer Maureen Connor, Greg Overstreet, Heidi Heser, Barbara Cahill, KL Dell-Bishop, and Nolan Smith.

 

Heidi Heser - Car Show

Heidi gave the history of the Car Show event which has always taken place on the Sunday of Valley Days.  She talked about the details she was requesting for shutting down the street.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the street closure request, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Heidi then talked about the BBQ cookoff on June 18th.  She was requesting street closure for that event as well and informed the Council of the details.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the request, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Breane Roseboom - Winninghoff Park Concert

Not in attendance.

Nolan Smith – Operations Update

Nolan talked about his plans for a parcel of land on the edge of Town limits on Sunshine Road.  He was requesting water and sewer hookups.  He distributed drawing of his proposed idea.  Sam Dennis said he knew where the sewer hookup would be potentially but would have to figure out the water.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Report submitted.

Library Board

Barbara Cahill gave her report on events and programs at the library.  She also stated that the Library would be looking to upgrade the courtyard in the coming year.

Chamber of Commerce

No report.

Parks Board

No report.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis said that Josh McKown was the new President and that they were looking to have an open house event at the new satellite station at some point this year.

Grant Writer

Maureen Connor gave an update on the status and upcoming schedule for the ARPA sewer grant.  She then discussed a RRGL planning grant for water mains and water storage.  She said that the ARPA water grant was still pending.  Finally she talked about RD being in Town on March 10th.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis gave a recap on the issues caused by the cold snap the previous week. This caused issues with water pressure and resulted in issues with a few mains in town. 

Town Attorney

No report. 

Town Clerk

Reed Speegle gave an update on the AFR and audit.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the minutes from 2/15/22 with edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilman Sundstrom asked for clarification on comp time.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

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

Water and Sewer Adjustments

There was a discussion of the overall water meter situation.  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 Ulrich made the motion to approve HDR invoice #8092, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve HDR invoice #8093, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Councilman Fujinami made the motion to approve HDR invoice #8094, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Mayor Reddish talked about the upcoming bid opening for the sludge disposal and hauling project.

Growth Plan Update

Mayor Reddish said that Jerry Grebenc was happy again with latest meeting concerning the growth plan.  The next meeting would be on March 31st at 6:00 p.m.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Attorney Contract

Mayor Reddish gave some background on the topic.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the proposed contract with Greg Overstreet, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Mayor Reddish swore in Greg Overstreet as the new Town Attorney.

Poser Annexation Resolution of Intent

Mayor Reddish read the resolution.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Right to Bear Arms Week Reaffirmation Resolution

Mayor Reddish read the resolution.  Councilman Fujinami made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Sundstrom talked about redoing the committee structure. 

Mayor Reddish talked about the need to hold a Personnel Committee meeting in the near future.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

KL Dell-Bishop asked for clarification on the Right to Bear Arms Resolution.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:53, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.