PHILIPSBURG TOWN COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
September 7th, 2021
7:00 P.M. Philipsburg Town Hall
Council in Attendance: Mayor Daniel Reddish, DuWayne Ulrich, Scott Lyons, Carl Sundstrom, and John Laigaie. Others in attendance: Town Clerk Reed Speegle, Public Works Director Sam Dennis, Ben Larson, Barbara Cahill, Jason White, and Ed Johnson.
Ben Larson – Main Extension Update
Mayor Reddish gave a brief update on the project. Ben Larson added some details to the update and submitted to the Council a cost breakdown for the project. He had spent $29,000 total to date and was inquiring about potential partial reimbursement as well as the potential to receive fund when neighbors tap the line in the future. Sam Dennis said that Ben Larson stepped up the plate on the project and he was happy with how it all proceeded. He noted that Ben had installed a new fire hydrant that wasn’t previously there. Sam said that overall it was an added benefit to the Town. There was a brief discussion over further details. Councilman Ulrich would schedule a Water and Sewer Committee meeting to discuss this issue further.
Barbara Cahill talked of upcoming meetings and events at the Library.
Chamber of Commerce
Mayor Reddish said the work with Maureen Connor was ongoing and that the ARPA application were under review by the Governor currently.
Director of Public Works
Sam Dennis said the Fred Burr pipeline project was moving forward and that he didn’t think the engineer needed to be on-site daily. The Red Lion road was still in the works with the hopes that the section of road the town owns could be improved this fall. Finally, Sam reported that the SCADA improvements have been significant in his work with Joe Mullaney.
Minutes of Prior Meetings
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve the minutes from 8/17/21, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Payroll and Bills Payable
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve the payroll, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Water and Sewer Adjustments
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the water and sewer adjustments, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Project Request Payments
Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #16105, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Pioneer Technical invoice #16112, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Ulrich made the motion to approve Triple Tree Engineering invoice #21-32-001, Councilman Lyons seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Councilman Sundstrom made the motion to approve Great West Engineering invoice #24600, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Tabled until the next meeting.
Sewer Lagoon Update
Mayor Reddish told the Council that lagoons were still not discharging. He had spoken with Ben Quinones. The road remediation was the main issue that would need to be figured out from a financial perspective.
Growth Plan Update
Mayor Reddish said that Reed Speegle had sent out the survey and that the deadline for submittal would be later in the month.
Town Speed Limit Ordinance – 2nd Reading
Mayor Reddish did the second reading of the speed limit ordinance. Councilman Lyons made the motion to approve the ordinance, Councilman Sundstrom seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.
Mayor Reddish gave the background on the situation and talked about the Town’s encroachment policy. His opinion was that the proposed swap did not seem equitable for the Town and that it would set a bad precedent. Sam Dennis said there was a Town water line that ran through that section. The Council decided to schedule a special meeting to discuss this issue further.
Ed Johnson Property De-annexation
Ed Johnson gave some background on himself as well as his proposal for de-annexation. A discussion over the details of the property ensued. Councilman Lyons made the motion to proceed with the process for the proposal, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously. A Resolution of Intent would need to be voted on at the next meeting.
Election Cancellation Resolution
Mayor Reddish said the Town had the authority to cancel the election as no opposition had registered. Reed Speegle would draft the resolution.
Mayor Reddish stated that there were had been discussions to potentially downsize the Council but that the Town had received more interest in the vacant seats. Jason White submitted a letter of interest. Councilman Lyons scheduled an interview with Jason on September 14th at 1:00p.m He would try and schedule the other interview yet to be conducted on that same day. Of the other previous candidates one had removed themselves from consideration and the Council had yet to make a decision on the other.
NON AGENDA ITEMS
Mayor Reddish said he was sending a letter back to Abigail St. Lawrence concerning the Finn Addition.
He then talked about the Planning Board meeting scheduled to talk about the Broadway Hotel.
Councilman Sundstrom talked of the Nutrient Working Group.
Public Comment on Matters within the Town Council’s Jurisdiction
Councilman Lyons made the motion to adjourn at 9:15, Councilman Ulrich seconded the motion, and it was approved unanimously.