PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

November 2nd, 2021

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons (video), John Laigaie, and Jason White. Council absent: Carl Sundstrom.  Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director Sam Dennis, Gary Fujinami, and Barbara Cahill.

 

Council Vacancy

Councilman Lyons said that the interview with Gary Fujinami for the open Council seat went well.  Councilman Lyons then made the motion to appoint Gary Fujinami to the open Council seat, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Mayor Reddish read the oath to Gary Fujinami and he was sworn in as a Councilmember.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Report submitted.  Councilman Laigaie talked about burn permits.

Library Board

Report submitted.  Barbara Cahill discussed events that had happened and that were upcoming.  She talked about the policy that prohibited weapons in the Library and handed out copies of the Library Policy Manual to the Council.  Councilman Laigaie expressed interest in meeting with the Library Board.

Chamber of Commerce

No report.

Parks Board

No report.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis said they had received their ISO Audit results but were looking for clarification still as to what the results meant.

Grant Writer

Mayor Reddish said that Maureen Connor had been working hard on all the different grants the Town had received.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis reported that construction on the pipeline project had finished.  He and the Council talked about the possibility of walking the line.  There was then a discussion about the storm drain that runs down Broadway and how to potentially address the issues related to it going forward.

Town Attorney

No report.

Town Clerk

No report.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 10/19/21, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

Councilman White made the motion to approve the 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 Laigiae seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Councilman Laigaie made the motion to approve R&S Johnson payment request #1 for the Fred Burr Pipeline project, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Triple Tree Engineering invoice #21-32-003, Councilman White seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman White made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #16475, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #16224, Councilman Laigiae seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Mayor Reddish reminded the Council that the RFP for design had been sent out would be due on November 12.  He then said the sludge removal RFP would be sent out at the start of the next year.

Growth Plan Update

Mayor Reddish talked about the upcoming open house to be scheduled on November 18th at 6:00 p.m.  He talked about his own philosophical approach towards growth in town.

ARPA Resolution

Mayor Reddish read the resolution.  Reed Speegle provided some clarification and background on the sources and amounts of money related to ARPA.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

No new business.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Laigaie brought up his idea for a Town of Philipsburg flag competition.

Councilman Ulrich talked about the railroad trestle height.

Mayor Reddish stated for the record that during the previous meeting the Council approved the Broadway Hotel subdivision that included the pre-plat and final plat with all the conditions included.

Mayor Reddish then mentioned the opening on the County Health Board.

Mayor Reddish told the Council that he had met with Matthew Spoon concerning the encroachment.  He said he expected an official response from him by the end of the month.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

No comment.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:33, Councilman Laigaie seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.