PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
May 19th, 2020
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson (via video), Derek Kuhl, DuWayne Ulrich, Nicole Nelch, Scott Lyons, and Carl Sundstrom (via video). Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Tim Howard, Michelle Schumann, Jacquie Venard, Cathy Smith, and Nolan Smith.
Tim Howard - Parking Request to Accommodate Street Seating Area
Mayor Reddish told Tim that the Sheriff was opposed to the idea of having seating in parking spaces on the ground of a public safety. Tim instead wanted to propose shutting down the entire block of Broadway between Sansome and Montgomery on Sundays. Mayor Reddish said he could request a street closure. Councilwoman Nelch expressed her concerns with enforcement. Councilman Lyons said he was in favor of seating in parking spots. Councilman Sundstrom was opposed to it. Councilman Ulrich had concerns over liability if someone was to get hurt. Cathy Smith asked to close Sansome Street from Broadway to the alley. Councilman Johnson made the motion to not allowing seating in parking spaces and Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion. Councilman Lyons asked for an amendment that seating in parking spaces would be allowable if the road was closed and it was seconded by Councilman Ulrich. Councilman Johnson accepted the amendment. Tim withdrew his request. Councilwoman Nelch said street closures could be done using the reservation form. Cathy asked if the fees could be waived. Mayor Reddish said he was willing to waive the fees.
Michelle Schumann – Dog Tracking Event
Michelle gave some background on herself and talked about the logistics of a proposed dog tracking event. She was looking to hold the event on August 7th at Murfitt Park and around town. Councilman Nelch asked for written submission ahead of time. Councilman Johnson made the motion to proceed, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the minutes from 5/5/20 with a few edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
There was a discussion of Town Hall renovation costs. Councilman Sundstrom said the renovation shouldn’t cost more than $6,000. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved by majority. Councilman Sundstrom voted against the motion.
Mayor Reddish said that Todd from Pioneer Technical would be at Town Hall on May 21st to discuss the CIP. The Mayor requested that members of the Council attend as well as send him their priority list prior to the meeting.
Sewer Lagoon Update
Sam Dennis reported that the sludge sampling was done that day. Mayor Reddish said was going to talk with Abby St. Lawrence in the near future about lagoon capacity. He stated that up to this point the conversations with the DEQ had not talked about capacity and had focused on removal and disposal of the sludge.
Mayor Reddish told the Council that the Census information was in the letter he wrote to the town that was accompanied with the water report.
Councilman Kuhl requested that Sam Dennis talk to Bill Antonioli about access to Franklin Hill.
Finance Committee Report
Councilwoman Nelch gave a recap of the meeting and said the next would be Tuesday, May 26th at 4:00 p.m.
DOT Agreement Street Signs
Robert Medof reviewed the agreement and was satisfied with it. Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the agreement and have the Mayor execute it, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
The Library submitted a report.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:25, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.