PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
October 1st, 2019
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, Carl Sundstrom, Nicole Nelch, Derek Kuhl, John Johnson, Scott Lyons, and DuWayne Ulrich. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof, Ed Brunsvold, Josh McKown, Heidi Heser, Matt Todd, Ron Beck, Kym Fujinami, and Gary Fujinami.
Written report was submitted.
Robert Medof said that the process of purchasing the Broadway property was continuing to move forward. There would be a meeting with the County Commissioners on October 8th at 10:45 for approval on moving forward with the purchase.
Chamber of Commerce
Josh McKwon told the Council about the upcoming Oktoberfest, Ooctober 18th-20th. He said the Barry Carnahan had been nominate posthumously as the annual Friend of Philipsburg. Josh said he was putting his name in the hat for VP of the Chamber for the upcoming year and that the next meeting would on October 15th.
Nicole asked about possible refinancing of the Fire Hall Loan. Sam Dennis said the Fire Department was on board if it would save some money. Mayor Reddish and Reed Speegle would look in to it further and continue the process.
Mayor Reddish said that Maureen Connor had submitted a planning grant and was continuing to look at other opportunities.
Director of Public Works
Sam Dennis said that DEQ was considering requiring hydraulic modeling of the Fred Burr line before any major work could be done but he thought that ultimately it wouldn’t be necessary. He said the Brown Street project was started and would likely take the next 10 days to 2 weeks. The preconstruction meeting for the Lagoon Outfall was scheduled for October 3rd at 10:00 a.m. The storm drain at the bank was being engineered and that when the work was completed they were interested in having the Town take over the line. Jim Lardy had wrapped up the parks for the season. Finally, he said that the Town would need to look at major encroachments around town. Councilman Kuhl asked about meeting with Joe Mullaney.
Robert Medof said that the Town was still waiting on the final document from the Water Rights Court and that he would be meeting the following Monday with Dennis Panish to discuss his water rights claim.
Reed Speegle said the Town had received disbursement of the Gas Tax fund and that he had begun conversations with Magda Nelson about FY19 closing. Magda would send a contract to be reviewed by the Council at the next meeting.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the minutes from 8/20/19 with an edit from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Kuhl 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 Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Water and Sewer Adjustments
Councilwoman Nelch 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 Sanderson Stewart invoice #46819, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom asked for clarification on our approved contracts with Pioneer Technical.
Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoices #12167 & #12168, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Ed Brusnvold said a majority of the excavating work had been done on the Park Trail and that the project would moving along nicely. Councilman Lyons recused himself of voting on the Landtech invoice.
Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve Landtech invoice #185, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the financials, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish read the proposed change to the PIA contract. Councilman Kuhl said he wasn’t aware that the Town owned the skates. Robert Medof suggested some edits to the proposed language. Heidi Heser said she didn’t think a specific date needed to be listed for determining a storage location. Mayor Reddish gave his opinion on parks and public/private partnerships. Councilwoman Nelch expressed frustration with the process. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve contract with the edited language from Robert Medof, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. Matt Todd stated that he didn’t want this process to effect the relationship between the PIA and the Town. Ron Beck said he had done some maintenance work on the parking lot at Winninghoff Park.
Sewer Lagoon Outfall Replacement
Mayor Reddish gave a brief update on the project.
Robert Medof said the contract was signed by the Cemetery Board and would now need to be finalized by the County Commissioners. He said the Town could get on the agenda for meeting the following Tuesday. Councilman Kuhl made the motion to proceed with getting the Commissioners approval, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Final Budget FY20 Resolution
Robert Medof talked about the process for approving the budget. The resolution had been approved at the previous meeting but the Town decided it needed to advertise for a period allowing for public comment. Councilman Johnson made the motion to affirm the passage of the Resolution 2019-11, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Growth Policy Resolution
Mayor Reddish read the resolution. Robert Medof said this was a resolution of intent and that there would need to be another resolution for final approval at the following meeting. Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
2nd Amendment Resolution
Mayor Reddish read the resolution. Councilman Lyons said it was a statement of declaration in support of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Montana. Councilman Sundstrom had a few questions about the proposed resolution. Robert Medof said the resolution doesn’t have much legal grounds but was a statement of opinion. Councilman Johnson said he didn’t want people to think they could bring illegal weapons to town. The discussion continued. Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to remove the word “sanctuary” from the resolution and Councilman Johnson seconded the motion. Councilman Lyons and Councilman Ulrich both expressed strong opinion in favor of keeping the resolution as it was originally written. Gary Fujinami said he thought other cities were anti-second amendment and was in favor of the Town approving this. Councilman Kuhl asked about other amendment to the Constitution. The Mayor took a vote on Councilman Sundstrom’s motion. Councilman Sundstrom and Councilman Johnson voted in favor of the motion, Councilman Lyons, Councilwoman Nelch, and Councilman Ulrich voted against the motion. Councilman Kuhl abstained from voting. The motion did not pass. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the resolution as originally drafted, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion. The Mayor took a vote. Councilman Lyons, Councilman Ulrich, and Councilwoman Nelch voted in favor of the resolution. Councilman Kuhl, Councilman Sundstrom, and Councilman Johnson voted against the resolution. Mayor Reddish, as the tiebreaking vote, voted in favor of the resolution and it passed.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Sundstrom said the streetlight that had petition for removal had been shaded and that he hoped this would be sufficient. He had received letters of opinion from the Public Works Director, the Fire Chief, and the Sherriff.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:38, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.