PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
March 19th, 2019
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, Carl Sundstrom, Scott Lyons, Nicole Nelch and Derek Kuhl. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Robin Morrison, Doug Morrison, BLM Representatives Lonna Sandau and Maria Craig.
Robin Morrison – Alley Abandonment
Robin gave some background on the situation and explained the location for the abandonment proposal. She said that the alley was effectively abandoned already as there was no through traffic. She talked with adjacent neighbor Joanne Jensen and the Collins family and neither had issue with the proposed abandonment. Public Works Director Sam Dennis was concerned about a potential water line running on the property. Town Attorney Robert Medof discussed the procedure for abandonment and what the next steps would be which includes the Morrison’s getting a survey and publicly noticing it in the paper. None of the Council was opposed to the proposal assuming the process went through the proper procedure.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 2/19/19, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Sanderson Stewart Invoice #45733
Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve invoice #45733 for $927.56, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Acquisition of BLM Land
Lonna Sandau gave a brief background on the situation. Councilman Kuhl asked about a private parcel between two BLM parcels. Mayor Reddish stated the original motion was to reject proposed parcels #1 and #2. Councilman Kuhl made the motion to reverse that motion, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. There was then a short discussion that provided clarification for the Council on the specific parcels. Sam Dennis was in favor of the Town acquiring the parcels. Councilman Lyons made the motion to acquire parcels #1, #2, and #7, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Finance Committee Report
Councilwoman Nelch gave a recap of the Finance Committee meeting which covered applications for the Town’s public parks and facilities, public works projects including the Fred Burr Line, the Fire Department budget, sign inventory around town, the upcoming law enforcement contract, budget goals for the Council for the upcoming year, and the RFP for a two year audit. Councilman Kuhl made the motion to proceed with a RFP for a two year audit, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. There was then a short discussion of how the law enforcement contract would be negotiated and which committees would assume responsibility. Councilman Johnson asked about the weed control policy for the Town.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Mayor Reddish brought up the training opportunity in Bozeman in the first week of May for councilmembers.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Sam Dennis said the UV monitor was ordered. He also brought up the issue of frozen water service lines across town and the need for a policy for next year.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:36, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.