PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

October 15th, 2019

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, Carl Sundstrom, Nicole Nelch, Derek Kuhl, Scott Lyons, and DuWayne Ulrich. Council absent: John Johnson. Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, Town Attorney Robert Medof,  Bob McGuire and Barbara Cahill.

 

Bob McGuire – Sidewalk Request

Bob requested that he be allowed to construct a walkway on his property line and 5th Street to accommodate people walking around his shop.  That portion of 5th Street is currently grass and not used for through traffic.  Sam Dennis didn’t see any major issue with it as it was not concrete and just a dirt path.  Bob also requested that he be able to use some material from the hill next to his house to construct the path.  There were no objections from the Council and it was determined that several member would meet Bob on site the following Friday. 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the minutes from 10/1/19 with a couple of small edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Bills Payable

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Library Update

Barbara Cahill reported that the Library District was set to purchase the Broadway property on October 22nd.  She said they were working with the insurance companies and the bank to ensure the process went through.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about the Town covering part of the insurance.  Robert Medof said there was no issue with it legally but that the decision would under the Council’s discretion.  Robert said he would be in touch with MMIA in the near future concerning this.  Barbara said they were looking for renters in certain spaces in the new building.  Mayor Reddish reminded Barbara and the Library Board to ensure that they were familiar with certain processes as their status was changing. 

Panish Water Agreement

Robert Medof reported that Mr. Panish had agreed to a quit claim deed with Mr. Hatcher concerning the water rights.  The Council had been presented with a separate agreement between Mr. Panish and the Town.  Councilwoman Nelch asked if the easement could be purchased by the Town.  Robert said that this would be unlikely at the current time.  Councilwoman Nelch requested that the Town be informed if the property were ever to change hands. Councilman Sundstrom asked if Mr. Panish had paid any of the Town’s legal fees in this process.  Robert said he had not.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the agreement, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

Sewer Lagoon Outfall Replacement

Sam Dennis said that Mungas Co. was on-site and had started the previous day. He was little concerned about the heavy truck being out there with the possibility of getting stuck on the wet ground.  Councilwoman Nelch said that the Watershed group had asked about the project and they might want to have a representative attend the next Council meeting.

Growth Policy Adoption Resolution

Mayor Reddish read the resolution.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Mayor Reddish put a letter submitted by Elena Gagliano in to the record.  The Council then had a brief discussion about the Planning Board and the Town’s representation on it.

Internet/SCADA Update

Councilman Kuhl said the Town was ready to proceed with Blackfoot to change the plan.  He also requested funds for aluminum poles.  The Council wanted it in a written proposal.  Councilman Kuhl said he would distribute the information. Sam Dennis informed the Council that the SCADA radios were fading over time.

 

NEW BUSINESS

State Cooperative Purchasing Memorandum of Understanding

Reed Speegle explained that this was something the Town needed to approve every 7 years in order to procure funds from the State.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the memorandum of understanding, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

MMIA Elected Officials Health Insurance Resolution

Mayor Reddish read the resolution. Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

MN Local Government Services Contract

Reed Speegle gave some background on the contract and the previous work the Town had done with the organization.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the contract, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. 

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Lyons gave a brief recap of the Committee meeting concerning the CIP.  The Committee was in consensus that the 2017 draft was not what the Town was looking for and that a 2007 version was more in line.  Councilwoman Nelch stressed the public comment section and that having someone to facilitate that could be very beneficial.  Mayor Reddish agreed and said that it was really important to the funding sources.  The next meeting would be on October 22nd at 10:00 a.m. 

Sam Dennis said he was waiting on the DEQ in response the Fred Burr engineering.  He also reported that 500 ft of water main had been replaced on the Brown st project and that the houses with low water volume now were back to normal.

Mayor Reddish brought up the possibility of requiring a survey before construction and that he would contact Linda Bouck concerning it.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

 

Councilman Kuhl made the motion to adjourn at 8:35, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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