PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
September 17th, 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, Fire Chief David Ray, Steve Neal, Julie Tulley, and Kristen Vicedomini.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 9/3/19 with a couple edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the bills payable, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Street Light Abandonment Request
Mayor Reddish gave the background on the removal request and said that he had talked with NW Energy about potential alternative options to mitigate some of the light. He stated that it was the opinion of the Fire Chief and the Sherriff that the lights remain in place. Councilman Lyons asked how much the Public Works Director could alter the lights. He referenced another light in Town that had been painted black around the outside to alter the direction of the light. Sam Dennis said that he believed the light should stay up and that have public lights were part of living in a Town. He expressed concerns over safety in the area as well as potential issues for the Fire Department. Steve Neal reiterated his desire to have the light removed and gave some background on when and why the lights were originally installed. David Ray reiterated that it was a safety concern for the Fire Department. Sam Dennis expressed concerns about the dead end street that goes in to a gulch in that area as well as the need to replace a fire hydrant there. Julie Tulley stated that it was a legal matter and read language from a court case she thought applied to the situation. She said she had contacted an attorney in Bozeman. She said that NW Energy had told her there were options available to mitigate the issue. There was a brief discussion about what information had come from NW Energy. Councilman Kuhl stated that the town has low level of light pollution. Councilman Lyons asked Robert Medof his opinion on the matter. Robert said that he believed the particular court case cited by Julie concerned a sewer issue and was not sure if it was applicable to this particular issue. Julie stated that she did not want this to affect any future relations with the Town. Councilman Johnson made the motion to table the issue, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved by majority. Councilwoman Nelch voted against the motion. Councilman Nelch made the motion to reject the request but it was not seconded.
Library Renovation Proposal
Kristen Vicedomini reported that the Library Board would be having a Special Meeting at 9:00 on September 19th to decide whether to try and purchase the property at 106 W. Broadway. She said this option was being seriously considered as opposed to renovating the existing Town Hall. Mayor Reddish said he would support this idea. Councilwoman Nelch said they should do what’s best for the Library. Councilman Kuhl asked about the asbestos removal. This process was tied to the renovation proposal.
Mayor Reddish said there was an upcoming meeting of the Cemetery Board and asked that Robert Medof attend. Robert said he would attend.
Sewer Lagoon Outfall Replacement
Mayor Reddish read an email from Jeff Heidner concerning copies of plans and on-site visits. It was the Council’s consensus that the Town needed one copy and that Jeff could be on a conference call in lieu of being on-site for the pre-construction meeting. He then reported that he was planning on talking with Black Pine depository manager to see if it would be possible to re-open it for the Town’s sludge when it is eventually removed.
Mayor Reddish discussed the growth policy meeting that was held earlier in the day. This growth policy would need to be officially adopted at the next meeting. Councilman Kuhl then brought up the 2018 draft of the CIP and wanted to schedule a working meeting on October 15th to continue to work on this. Sam Dennis commented that he thought that the projects needed to be prioritized better.
Renaming Big Town Park Resolution
Mayor Reddish read the resolution renaming the Big Town Park the Zane G. Murfitt Park. Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Election Cancellation Resolution
Mayor Reddish read the resolution to cancel the general election in November. Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilwoman Nelch seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Gas Tax Resolution
Mayor Reddish read the resolution to approve the disbursement of fund from the state for road maintenance. Councilwoman Nelch made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Councilman Kuhl said he would be contacting Joe Mullaney and that he may need to buy an additional microwave dish so that’s there no potential disruption. He still had money available in his budget for the project.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Kuhl made the motion to adjourn at 8:11, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.