PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

November 3rd, 2020

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson (video), Derek Kuhl (video), DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, and Carl Sundstrom (video).  Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof (phone), John Laigaie, Shirley Beck, and Robin Morrison. 

 

Robin Morrison – Water Line Railroad & 6th

Robin read a letter from Nate Lengacher to the Council requesting a contribution from Town to update a water main that had previously been discontinued.  The cost of materials was estimated at $8,000-$10,000.  In the proposal the Town would contribute labor.  Also in the proposal it suggested that the cost of materials be considered a zero interest loan to be repaid in forgiven water and sewer charges.  Sam Dennis said there was no precedent for that type of proposal.  Mayor Reddish said that by ordinance the Town can contribute up to a third of the cost which could be covered in labor.  He urged consistency in how the Town deals with main extensions.  Sam Dennis said replacing the lines would improve service to other homes nearby.  Councilman Lyons referenced a similar issue at the previous meeting. Robert Medof said it could set a poor precedent and that the proposal was not in line with Town’s current ordinances.  Councilman Johnson and Councilman Sundstrom said they were not in favor of the forgiveness of water and sewer charges.   Councilman Kuhl made the motion to table the subject until December 1st, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Report submitted.  Mayor Reddish noted that the citation report was included.  Councilman Kuhl noticed that the dates were not the right period.

Library Board

Report submitted.

Chamber of Commerce

Shirley Beck reported that the Chamber would not be officially sponsoring Yule Night but businesses could elect to participate on their own.  She commented on the Street signs and requested an invoice be given to her to pay for some of the costs.

Parks Board

No report.

Fire Department

No report.

Grant Writer

Report submitted.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis told the Council that he had been in contact with the DEQ concerning DBP’s and that conversations were still ongoing concerning a planning grant to switch to liquid chlorine.  Mayor Reddish highlighted having a plan in place before things became a bigger issue with the DEQ.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about filtration.  Concilman Lyons talked about an issue that had been discussed at a prior meeting concerning water diversion during the Spring.

Town Attorney

No report.

Town Clerk

Reed Speegle talked about AFR prep and year-end closing.  He would have a draft contract with MN Local Government Services to be voted on at the next meeting.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 10/20/20 with a few edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

Water and Sewer Adjustments

Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously

Project Request Payments

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #14364, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Johnson made the motion to table Pioneer Technical invoice #14363, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

CIP/Growth Policy

Mayor Reddish reminded the Council that there would be a public hearing on November 10th.

UI Permit Changes

Robert Medof would draft some changes and this would be discussed at the following meeting.

Council Vacancy

Mayor Reddish thought it would be appropriate to interview the applicant, John Laigaie, at the meeting on November 17th.  Councilman Sundstrom expressed his opposition to the candidate having a firearm in Town Hall.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Mask Mandate for Town Employees

Councilman Sundstrom expressed his view that people should wear masks in Town Hall.  Councilman Johnson agreed. Councilman Lyons said that he would not wear a mask.  Councilman Sundstrom said he would not attend in person if others were not wearing masks.  Councilman Johnson said he thought it should be mandated.  Mayor Reddish asked for specifics.  There were some technical difficulties and it was determined that Councilman Johnson would have a written proposal for the following meeting.

 

Fire Hall for Trivia Night

Councilman Lyons was requesting use of the Old Fire Hall for Trivia.  He said there was not enough space at the Brewery and that it would be more suitable in this space where people could better distance themselves.  Councilman Sundstrom asked if alcohol would be present and an estimate of people.  Councilman Lyons and Mayor Reddish would review the application together to see if it was feasible.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Ulrich made a comment about address numbers on homes.

Councilman Kuhl suggested having a call in number through Bluejeans for those who were having technical issues.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

John Laigaie said he would donate any fees that would be required for Trivia Night.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:46, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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