PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
November 19th, 2019
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson, Derek Kuhl, DuWayne Ulrich, Nicole Nelch, and Scott Lyons. Council absent: Carl Sundstrom. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, and Town Grant Writer Maureen Connor.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 11/5/19, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish reported that the Library had made approximately $15,000 from their sale. Mayor Reddish and Reed Speegle would meet with the Library concerning their budget.
Sewer Lagoon Outfall Replacement Update
Sam Dennis reported on the progress of the project. He said the project was taking longer than expected and there was still quite a bit of work to do. There was then a discussion between Sam and the Council as to how to expedite the process of getting the project completed. Mayor Reddish and Sam would continue to stay in contact with Mungas and Sanderson Stewart.
Mayor Reddish informed the Council that the Lagoon AOC was extended through 2024. The ammonia study would not be required. Mayor Reddish said that the next big step was getting an extension on the discharge permit which is up in March. Maureen Connor talked about the Town being a point-source for discharge. Maureen Connor then gave some background on funding sources in the State as well as what the Town would be applying for. The Town would apply for a DNRC RDG planning grant for the sludge PER for $12,800. Maureen had also applied for a TSEP CIP Planning Grant for $15,000 with a 1:1 match which the Town would hear back about soon and DNRC grant that could be used for $8,000 of the match. The Town would advertise a RFP for engineering for the sewer lagoons in the near future. The Council would interview application and this would be finalized in mid-January so that the PER could be completed by mid-March.
Interlocal Agreement with School
Robert Medof said that this was an update from an original agreement from the 1970’s. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the agreement, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Water/Sewer Sampling Costs/Car Purchase
Mayor Reddish and Sam Dennis gave some background on the how we get our water and sewer samples tested. There were issues with hold times which had been highlighted by the DEQ the previous Spring. The Town is currently spending about $1,800 year on shipping these samples. The Council engaged in a conversation about possible solutions to this problem. Sam Dennis was instructed to contact other Town’s that might have a similar situation.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Lyons stated that he thought the Town Councilmembers needed specific Town emails in order to avoid any transparency issues. There was a discussion on this and the matter would be looked into further.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:29, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously