PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

May 7th, 2019

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Carl Sundstrom, Scott Lyons, Nicole Nelch and Derek Kuhl.  Council absent: John Johnson. Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Deputy Jason Ostler, Barbara Cahill, Maureen Connor, Tom Rue, Keith Antonioli, and Bill Antonioli.

 

Keith Antonioli – Property Proposal

Bill and Keith Antonioli requested that a parcel currently owned by Bill, that straddles the Town boundary, be de-annexed from the Town.  Bill noted that Town services are not available to the parcel and cited a Granite County regulation that states that a lot cannot be created with a municipal boundary in it.  There was then a brief discussion between the Antonioli’s and the Council to gain clarity on the specifics of the parcel.  Robert Medof said there is a MCA statute that would allow for the property to be de-annexed.  Mayor Reddish talked about potentially adding a stipulation that would prevent subdividing the parcel in the future.   Sam Dennis concurred that Town services were not available to the parcel.  Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to proceed with the request, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Jason Ostler said that things in Town were quiet.  Councilwoman Nelch said the Council would be looking to receive a written report from the Sherriff’s Department in the future. 

Town Clerk

No report.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis went through the various water and wastewater tasks and projects that were ongoing in Town.  He informed the Council that representatives from Pioneer Technical wanted to meet to talk about potential funding sources for Fred Burr on May 21st.  Sam also said that there was a need for a new UV transmittance monitor.  Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to purchase a new UV transmittance monitor, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Sam also gave an update on testing for him and the crew.

Town Attorney

Robert Medof said the water rights adjudication was still ongoing and gave a reminder to get projects out to bid sooner than later.

Library Board

Barbara Cahill informed the Council of upcoming events in the library.  She also said the library had received a grant from the Pilcrow Foundation for $800 and a grant from Blackfoot for $1,000.  The Library had received drawings from the architect for the remodel which would be passed on to the Council in the near future.  Councilwoman Nelch discussed the possibility of having someone come in to clean Town Hall and the library.  The next Library Board meeting would be May 22nd.

 

Fire Department

Sam Dennis told the Council that the clam feed was May 24th and that an anonymous donor paid for five sets of turnout gear.  He also said the FSA building would need to go out to bid again. 

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish said there was scheduled to be a community cleanup event scheduled for May 17th and a tour bike group coming through town July 17-18th.

Chamber of Commerce

Tom Rue talked to the Council about upcoming events including Waffle Wednesday on June 12th, the BBQ Cookoff on June 15th, the Summer Solstice on June 21st, and the MT46 bike race on July 13th. 

Grant Writer

Maureen Connor talking about a planning grant she was working on for sludge removal from one cell.  She was looking in to the standards on sludge as well as different ways of dealing with it once it is removed.  She was optimistic that we could come to a solution for less than the $1.2 million originally quoted by Sanderson Stewart.  She told the Council that this would be a two-year process to be ready for the next legislative cycle.  There was then a brief discussion about her billing the Town.  The Council was of the opinion that she should submit monthly invoices.  Reed Speegle said it would aid in the budgeting process. 

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the minutes for 4/16/19 and to table the minutes from 4/2/19, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

Project Request Payments

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Sanderson Stewart invoice #46088, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved by majority.  Councilman Lyons abstained from voting. 

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Finance Committee Report

Councilwoman Nelch talked about the Finance Committee meeting.  Topic covered included budget goals of Councilmembers, the audit RFP with the recommendation that the Town stick with Denning & Downey, the law enforcement contract, the PIA contract, and scheduling a special meeting for May 14th to discuss the park fee structure.

Streets & Signs Committee Report

The next Committee meeting was scheduled for May 13th.

 

Cemetery Update

No update.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Law Enforcement Contract

Mayor Reddish said that he and Robert Medof were scheduled to sit down with Scott Dunkerson and Blaine Bradshaw to go over some details of the contract.  Councilman Sundstrom was opposed to a COLA increase. 

Utility Service Line Insurance

Mayor Reddish briefly explained the program.  Robert Medof didn’t see any major issue with the proposal.  The Council had issue with a private company using Town letterhead to advertise. 

There was a short discussion on how to proceed.  Councilman Kuhl made the motion to table a decision, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

PIA Agreement

Mayor Reddish asked the Council to review the contract and make suggestions or edits as they deemed necessary.  Sam Dennis talked about the need to address the storage in Winninghoff Park, the trailer in the parking lot, and proper care being taken with the glycol. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Sundstrom talked about the growth policy for the Town and said there was a County Planning Board meeting on the 1st Thursday of the month. 

Councilman Ulrich talked about the DUI task force and the potential of providing DD services. 

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No comment.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 9:25, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

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