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PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

November 15th, 2022

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance: Scott Lyons, Gary Fujinami, Carl Sundstrom, and Jason White.  Council absent:  Mayor Daniel Reddish and John Laigaie.  Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Kendrick Richmond, Justine Richmond, and Gwyneth Hyndman.

 

Kendrick Richmond – Special Election

Kendrick Richmond talked about the results of the election concerning recreational marijuana sales in the County.  Justine Richmond explained that the County as a whole had voted against the measure however the districts that contain Philipsburg had voted for the measure.  She was inquiring about the process for a special election.  The Council also had question about the process and whether or not it would be legal.  Justine said they would gather more information and return to the Council in the future.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes from 11/1/22 with an edit, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Bills Payable

Councilman Fujinami made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman White seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Councilman Fujinami made the motion to approve HDR invoice #73578, Councilman White seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve Great West invoice #27671, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Fujinami made the motion to approve invoice #3 from Montana Civil Contractors, Councilman White seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Journal Vouchers

Councilman Fujinami made the motion to approve the journal vouchers, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Councilman Lyons said that Mayor Reddish was in contract with Amy from Great West and that they were still working on the final design.

Growth Plan Update

No update.

Water/Sewer Policy

Councilman Lyons recapped the previous water and sewer meeting.  He discussed the possibility of instituting late fees.  Gwyneth Hyndman asked about a timeline for proposed changes to the water and sewer rates.  Councilman Lyons said that the Council hoped to have a public hearing before the end of the year.

ARPA #2 Water Strategy

Councilman Lyons said that Mayor Reddish wanted to schedule a meeting with Maureen Connor and Shanna Adams from HDR in the near future.

Council Vacancy

There was brief discussion over posting and advertisement of the vacancy.  The process was ongoing.

 

NEW BUSINESS
Code Enforcement

Councilman Lyons read the draft job description produced by Councilman Sundstrom.  There was a discussion of what this role could potentially include as well as discussion of how it would be funded.

Budget Amendment FY22

Reed Speegle talked about the process of closing FY22 and preparation of the AFR for the State.  He stated that a budget amendment was required for FY22 as a result of expenditures exceeding what was originally budgeted in the Firehall and Electric funds.  Councilman Lyons read the resolution.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

Pioneer Technical Task Order/Modification to Agreement

Councilman White made the motion to approve the SWPPP task order, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

There was a brief discussion over the terms of the modification to agreement.

Councilman White made the motion to approve the modification to agreements, Councilman Fujinami seconded the motion, and it was approved by majority.  Councilman Sundstrom voted against the motion.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

No comment.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction       

Justine Richmond asked for further clarification on the code enforcement proposal.

 

Councilman Fujinami made the motion to adjourn at 8:26, Councilman White seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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