PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

September 1st, 2020

7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall

 

Council in Attendance:  Mayor Daniel Reddish, John Johnson, Derek Kuhl, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, and Carl Sundstrom. Council not in attendance:  Nicole Nelch.  Others in attendance:  Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Director of Public Works Sam Dennis, John Laigaie, Barbara Cahill, Donna Martin, Craig Sorensen, Kevin St John, and Tom Rue. 

 

Kevin St John – School Electric Contract

Sam Dennis explained that the Fred Burr pipeline can’t sustain the pressure to produce energy anymore.  Mayor Reddish relayed that it was the intention of the Council to terminate the current contract with the school in order to renegotiate. Kevin St John said that he would bring this up at the next School Board meeting.  Councilman Lyons explained the different rates that could apply.  Kevin noted that the school budget had already been adopted. 

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Written report submitted.  Councilman Sundstrom was curious as to how many tickets were issued.

Library Board

Barbara Cahill said the library had been getting plenty of activity and that they were figuring out their programs for the fall.  She also briefly mentioned a drainage issue and a trash issue.  The next Library Board meeting would be on the 15th or 16th.

Chamber of Commerce

Tom Rue stated that the Chamber was in the process of updating their website.  He said the Miner’s Union event had been cancelled and that they were trying to make determinations on Yule Night and the Brewfest.  Finally, he noted that it had been a good summer for businesses in Town. 

Parks Board

No report.

Fire Department

Sam Dennis reported that there had been a few small fires and that the satellite station was almost completed. 

Grant Writer

Mayor Reddish said he had spoken with Maureen Connor and that the RAC funds would be run through the Water Fund.  Sam Dennis said the Town should look at applying for more RAC funds in the next cycle and that he would reach out to Brad Koon about possibly engineering the project.

Director of Public Works

Sam Dennis said the dam inspection would been done soon.  He then gave an update on the lagoon project.  The dredging was progressing and the bags could contain the sludge from cell 1.  Currently 7 bags had been filled.  Councilman Sundstrom asked about the potential for solar at the lagoon.  Craig Sorensen asked if the public could visit the project site.  Sam said they were welcome to take a look. 

Town Attorney

No report.

Town Clerk

No report.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 8/18/20 with a few edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

Project Request Payments

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #14040, Councilwoman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to table Pioneer Technical invoice #14039 until the Mayor contacts Todd Kuxhaus for clarification, Councilwoman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Sewer Lagoon Update

Discussed earlier in the meeting.

CIP Update

Mayor Reddish talked about the public hearing on the CIP for September 15th at 7:00 p.m. Councilman Lyons was set to be interviewed by the paper about the topic.

ED Revolving Fund Resolution

Mayor Reddish said that Robert Medof was in discussion with the State still about how to proceed but that it would need to be tabled for the time being.  Councilman Sundstrom asked for clarification on the Program Income Plan.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to table the resolution, Councilwoman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Cash Reconciliation Resolution

Reed Speegle stated that because of the sequencing of the resolutions that this would need to be tabled as well.  Councilman Lyons made the motion to table the resolution, Councilwoman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Final Budget Resolution

Mayor Reddish talked about the public hearing process for the budget with proper public notice.  Subsequently this would need to be tabled as well.

Councilman Lyons made the motion to table the resolution, Councilwoman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

Councilman Johnson asked if there would be another Finance Committee meeting.  Currently none were scheduled.

Mayor Reddish read a letter he drafted to Deputy Thaddeus Smith concerning an award he received. 

Councilman Sundstrom asked about a planning meeting to be held on the 23rd where potential zoning routes could be discussed.

Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction

Craig Sorensen asked the Council to consider stopping construction to take place without further restriction put in place first.  Donna Martin highlighted the Town’s Historical District in relation to this.

 

Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 8:12, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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