PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

March 5th, 2019

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, Carl Sundstrom, Scott Lyons, and Derek Kuhl. Council Absent: Nicole Nelch. Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Ed Brusvold, Barbara Cahill, and Steve Immenschuh, and Dennis Cox.

 

Robin Morrison – Alley Abandonment

Not in attendance.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

No report.

Town Clerk

No report.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis and Mayor Reddish met with Pioneer Technical to talk about engineering the Fred Burr Line as well as doing the Dam Safety Inspection.  The engineers would have to get on site which would have to wait until the snow melted and the safety inspection would cost approximately $7,000.  Sam then talked about the need to replace the UV transmittance monitor for an approximate cost of $2,000.  Councilman Kuhl made the motion to purchase the UV transmittance monitor with the Mayor’s discretion, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Sam then talked about the need to replace two radios related to the Town’s SCADA system of which the approximate cost was $2,000.  Councilman Kuhl suggested an alternative method which he would research.  Sam had ordered the new meter reader which should be on-site and functional by the April reading date.  Sam Dennis and Mayor Reddish were scheduled to go to Bozeman to meet with Sanderson Stewart concerning the sewer lagoons in the near future.

Town Attorney

No report.

Library Board

Barbara Cahill gave a recap of events in the library, talked of potential grant opportunities, and gave a remodel update. 

Fire Department

Sam Dennis reported that the Elk Feed went well.

Parks Board

Ed Brunsvold informed the Council that the grant application for the second stage of the walking trail at the Big Town Park had been submitted. 

Chamber of Commerce

Dennis Cox told the Council that meeting were now being held at the Camp Creek Homefire Grill every second Wednesday of the month.  He said the silent auction at the Brewfest raised $4,900.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 2/4/19, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

Water and Sewer Adjustments

There was a brief discussion about collection of water and sewer bills.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Mayor Reddish recommended that payment be tabled until he got further clarification.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to table the request until the following meeting, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

The Council and Town Clerk Reed Speegle had a short discussion about the financials and the current status within the fiscal year.  Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Town Deer Policy

Mayor Reddish said he was happy with the turnout at the first meeting.  There were six individuals interested in being on the task force.  Councilman Lyons said realistically this could take up to two years.  Steve Immenschuh said he was in favor of all of the deer in town being eliminated and that looking to see what other communities had done pertaining to archery would be a good place to start. 

Acquisition of BLM Land

Councilman Kuhl had contacted Lonna Sandau from the BLM concerning the proposed parcels.  Mayor Reddish read the previous motions made by the Council in relation to the parcel to refresh everyone’s memory.  Mayor Reddish stated that he would be in favor of taking on all the parcels and that he would reach back out to Lonna to have her attend the next meeting. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Bike Tour Water

Mayor Reddish informed the Council that a bike group would be coming in to town July 17th-18th and that they were wondering if they could get water from the Town.  There was a brief discussion what should be charged if they the Town charged as well as how the Chamber of Commerce might get involved.  Mayor Reddish would follow up with the individuals putting on the event. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Kuhl said he was tabling the idea of a traffic circle.

Councilman Lyons scheduled a Building, Planning, Parks & Rec, and Streets & Lights Committee meeting for April 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

Mayor Reddish told the Council there would be a joint meeting with Granite County and the Town of Drummond on March 13th at 6:00 p.m.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

Steve Immenschuh brought up the issue of parking in Town.  Steve also commented on the benefits of the Town taking the BLM land even if the Town doesn’t do much with the parcels. 

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:32, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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