PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

May 4th, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall


Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson (video), DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom (video), Max Statler, and John Laigaie. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, and Town Attorney Jeff Hindoien.

 

Ruth McDonald – Painting Crosswalks

Ruth was not able to attend but sent a letter to the Town that Mayor Reddish read.  She was requesting to paint the North and East crosswalks on Sansome and Broadway.  Sam Dennis had no issue with it.  The Councilmembers had no issue with it.  Sam would get in contact with Ruth.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

No report.

Library Board

Report submitted.

Chamber of Commerce

No report.

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish told the Council that there was a meeting scheduled for May 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall.  He also mentioned that Jim Lardy had starting working for the Town again.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis said that there were a few incidents pertaining to grass fires.  He also said the Clam Feed would be on June 25th.  Councilman Statler mentioned that the Fire Department was able to acquire some new equipment that would help them greatly.

Grant Writer

Mayor Reddish was scheduled to meet with Maureen Connor the following day.

Director of Public Works

Mayor Reddish asked Sam Dennis about the sludge sample bottles.  Sam said they should be arriving soon.  He then gave an update on the RAC project, the potential of a future filtration PER, and SCADA improvements that could be made in the near future.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about contaminants in the water.  Sam explained that it was a result of having chlorine in the water.

Town Attorney

No report.

Town Clerk

No report.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to accept the minutes from 4/20/21, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

 

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

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

Water and Sewer Adjustments

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #15354, Councilman Statler seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the financials, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Sam Dennis, Mayor Reddish, and the Council talked about the lagoon project and the different potential routes going forward.  The opening of the Black Pine Repository this summer would require the Town to make a big decision about when and how to dispose of the sludge.  Jeff Hindoien talked about the AOC and the impact of that on development within Town.  Mayor Reddish said that the Town has yet to receive the final draft of the lagoon capacity study done by HDR.  He said that ultimately the DEQ would need to inform the Town as to the best way to proceed with Town development issues. 

Ambulance Update

Mayor Reddish said Eagle Ambulance was procceding in setting up operation in Granite County and that the volunteer organization would continue separately. 

Flag Pole Proposal

Councilman Laigaie reported that he had met with Rotary who offered a $500 donation.  He said that the VFW had offered to help with volunteer labor.  He said there would be a 10-12 day turnaround once the poles could be ordered at a cost of $4,150.  There was a brief discussion on the specifics of the plan.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the purchase and proceed with the plan, Council Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Ordinance Review Plan

The first meeting to review ordinances was scheduled for June 1 at 6:00 p.m.  Jeff Hindoien talked a bit about the process of codifying the ordinances.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Audit RFP

Reed Speegle talked about the process and the background.  The Town had only received one email inquiry.  Reed would follow up with that firm.

Generator Service Agreement

Sam Dennis gave some background on the topic.  Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the agreement, Councilman Statler seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Mayor Reddish encouraged the Councilmember to attend a meeting with Dan Clark from the Local Government Center on May 11th.

Mayor Reddish then wanted to clarify the various Committee chairs.  Councilman Johnson would continue to chair the Personnel Committee.  Councilman Lyons would chair the Finance Committee.  Councilman Ulrich would chair the Water and Sewer Committee.  Councilman Ulrich and Councilman Laigaie would co-chair the Police, Fire, Health & Safety Committee.  Councilman Statler would chair the Building, Planning, Parks & Rec, and Street & Lights Committee.

There was then a brief discussion on the upcoming elections.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No comment.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:30, Councilman Statler seconded the motion, and it was approve unanimously.