PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

September 4th, 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, Kristen Vicedomini, and Lyle Slaught.

 

STANDING REPORTS

Sheriff

Mayor Reddish said he was still trying to get in contact with the Sherriff. 

Town Clerk

Reed Speegle informed the Council of his and Sherry Cotton’s leave and vacation schedule going forward. 

Director of Public Works

Mayor Reddish said that John Vukonich’s last day would be on Friday. 

Town Attorney

Robert Medof told the Council that the Fred Burr Line bid advertisement had been sent out to the paper, delinquent utility bills had been applied to the tax rolls, and that the Town was still waiting to hear back on the water rights.

Library Board

Kristen Vicedomini gave an overview of what was happening in the library.  She also informed the Council that Deb Peters had been appointed to the final seat on the Philipsburg Area Community Library Board.  The next meeting for the Friends of the Library was to be held on October 15th at 10:00 a.m.

Fire Department

No report.

Parks Board

Mayor Reddish talked about the tree planting event to be held at the Big Town Park on September 27th.

 

Minutes of Prior Meetings

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the minutes from 8/7/18 with a few minor edits from Councilman Sundstrom, Councilman Kuhl seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Payroll and Bills Payable

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

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

Project Request Payments

Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve Sanderson Stewart invoice #44894, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved by a majority.  Councilman Sundstrom voted against the motion.

Financials

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

Fred Burr Water Line Update

Mayor Reddish said the request for quotes was out and the Town was waiting on responses.  He also informed the Council that there would be a joint session with the County the following day.

Public Works Update

Mayor Reddish said that Sam Dennis was not returning to work for the Town.  Councilman Ulrich called for a water and sewer committee meeting the following Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

RV Park Water & Sewer Policy

Mayor Reddish said he would proceed on this topic with letters to the owners of the RV parks.

Vacant Council Seats

Robert Medof said that he didn’t think the previous idea of having a flexible amount of Council seats was a good idea.  He said the Town had made a good faith effort in advertising for the openings and should continue to do so going forward. 

Speed Limit – Kearney St.

The Council had no objection to lowering the speed limit on Kearney St.  Robert Medof said a resolution would be necessary.  Councilman Johnson made the motion for Robert to draft a resolution, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Changes in Compensation for Town Employees

Councilman Johnson read out the proposed raises for Mayor Reddish, Deputy Clerk Sherry Cotton, and Assistant Librarian Leslie Casey.  Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve these raises for fiscal year 18/19, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Final Budget FY18/19 Resolution

Councilman Sundstrom read the allocation of the mills and the total budget figures.  Councilman Sundstrom then read the Resolution.  Councilman Johnson made the motion to approve the resolution, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

Job Description for Deputy Clerk & Treasurer

Councilman Johnson talked about the role of the Deputy Clerk & Treasurer and how important it was to the Town.  Councilman Johnson then made the motion to approve the updated job description, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

           

NON AGENDA ITEMS

Council

There was brief discussion of the situation near Lyle Slaught’s house.  Lyle had already left the meeting.  Mayor Reddish also said the Town would proceed with putting out a RFP for the auditing services.

 

Councilman Ulrich made the motion to adjourn at 8:15, Councilman Johnson seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.

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