PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

October 2nd, 2018

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, John Johnson, Carl Sundstrom, and Derek Kuhl.  Council absent: Nicole Nelch. Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Town Attorney Robet Medof, Sherriff Scott Dunkerson, Fire Chief & Town Crew Member David Ray, Ed Siler, Steve Immenschuh, Shirley Beck, Barbara Cahill, Scott Lyons, Lonna Sandau, and Maria Craig.

 

Mark Sweeney – House Candidate Introduction

Mark was not in attendance.

Lonna Sandau – BLM Land Options

Lonna told the Council that the Town applied for land in 2008 for recreational purpose under the Recreation & Public Purpose Act.  She said originally the Town had requested two parcels near the Town’s water tank and Stewart Gulch but that a third for a walking path near the ultraviolet plant could be included as well. She said the total of the 3 parcels was approximately 14 acres and that there would be no charge to the Town.  Mayor Reddish said that this would be on the next meeting agenda

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Scott Dunkerson reported that they had implemented the suicide prevention program with live video chat.  He reminded the Council that negotiations for contract renewal would begin in June of 2019.  Scott said that 50% of his calls are for service in Philipsburg.  Mayor Reddish wanted to have a discussion in the near future about overall enforcement. 

Town Clerk

No report.

Director of Public Works

David Ray gave an update on water leaks and the Fred Burr pipeline.  He informed the Council that he had a line on a pickup truck for $10,000 that would serve the Crew well and have the capability of getting to the dam.  Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the purchase of the vehicle, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.  Reed Speegle gave the Council a brief synopsis on the applications that had been received for the DPW job opening.

Town Attorney

No report.

Library Board

Barbara Cahill gave a report on the recent and upcoming events in the Library.  Barbara distributed a preliminary design for the renovation of Town Hall.  One of the first concerns would be related to asbestos but there was potential that there are remediation funds out there.  The Friends of the Library had a meeting scheduled for October 15th at 10 a.m. and the Library Board had a meeting scheduled for October 15th in the evening as well.   

Fire Department

David Ray told the Council that burn season was open and again and that the Fire Department was looking to install a new flag pole.  Councilman Johnson asked about the ambulance shed.  Robert Medof said it was still ongoing.

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish reported on the treeplanting event and said that the next meeting of the Parks Board would be in December.

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes from 9/4/18, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the payroll and 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 Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Project Request Payments

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve Sanderson Stewart invoice #44974, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Fred Burr Water Line Update

Mayor Reddish said that Ed Roseboom was working on the access road.  The Town would be receiving the PILT funds from the County on October 16th.  The Bobcat 200773 that the Town was looking to purchase for this project would cost $19,300 including the forks and the shipping.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the purchase of the Bobcat, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Speed Limit Ordinance– Kearney St (2nd Reading)

Councilman Sundstrom read the ordinance.  Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the ordinance, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Stop Sign – Broadway & Montgomery

Mayor Reddish said he was no in favor of installing a stop sign at the corner.  Councilman Johnson said he would like to talk to the Sherriff about the issue and would like to table it for the time being.  Councilman Kuhl and Councilman Sundstrom agreed.  Councilman Johnson made the motion to table the issue, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Audit RFP

Mayor Reddish and Reed Speegle gave an update on the RFP.  The process was ongoing.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Vintage Street Light Ordinance

Councilman Sundstrom read the Ordinance for the first reading.  Shirley Beck asked about the street light poles at the corner of Broadway and Sansome.  The Council had a brief discussion about these poles.  Robert Medof read the amended language for the Ordinance to include these poles in to the draft of the Ordinance.

Overnight Camping Prohibition at Big Town Park Ordinance

Councilman Sundstrom read the Ordinance for the first reading.  There was a short conversation on the verbiage.  Robert Medof read the amended language to be finalized at the next meeting. 

Growth Policy – CIP

Councilman Sundstrom wanted to schedule a committee meeting to discuss this.

Bank Account – Town Court

Reed Speegle gave some details on the issue but said that he would need to get more information for the Council before a decision could be made.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Ulrich asked the Council to allow Search and Rescue to do the ball drop on New Year’s again.  Councilman Kuhl made the motion to approve the request, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

David Ray made mention that at some point the Town should get all these Resolutions and Ordinances in digital format.  He also said the Town should look in to getting grants for solar power.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 9:10, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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