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Monday, April 6, 2015

7:00 PM

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present:  Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson,  Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.


Review and Adopt Agenda: Mayor Anderson said to strike agenda item #4 FEMA Representative Via Conference call as cordless phone not adequate to have conference call with FEMA. Meeting in Red Lodge April 28th and possibly a meeting in Fromberg March 30th regarding flood plain. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the agenda less item #4 FEMA as presented.  Approved unanimously.


Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the minutes of the regular town council meeting of March 2, 2015, as presented. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the minutes of the special town council meeting March 23, 2015, as presented.  Approved unanimously.


Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.


Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received Black Mountain combined check register, revenue voucher detail and claim details by fund for the month of  March and  Black Mountain billing reports for February and March.  Flint stated would like to have usage billing/summary for February and March.  Discussion on spring cleanup dates  for Fromberg with Bridger Spring Cleanup one week following and clerk gave possible dates for dog clinic. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the clerk report. Approved unanimously.


Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling stated Nathan Wilm did pass his State of Montana Certification Exam for water distribution and water treatment 4 A and 4 B. Discussion on: Backhoe done, trees getting trimmed, school hydrant, tapping machine, clothing allowance, trip to Vaughn by Valier and would like to use converted police car for trip, mower needs new tires, bulk water system still needs overhauled, ditch at ball field, curb stands, test stations  Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve PWD report including authorization to purchase the tapping machine. Approved unanimously.


Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: Welfare checks, trespassing, theft, mischief,    agency assists, harassment, DUI, MIP, open container, eviction notice served, unsafe operation,U turn warnings, barking dogs, truancy, MIP of vapor cigarettes, assisted citizen locked out of car, junk vehicle and other debris/nuisance warning, 30 day warning to mitigate nuisance and junk vehicles, stop sign citations, registration citations, parking citations, civil service standby, correspondence from Carbon County Dispatch Services. Dawson discussed his trainings. Dawson discussed need of new Two Bear floor plan. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson held discussion regarding letter from Dennis Turley. Mr. Turley said he received a warning letter from Chief Dawson regarding junk vehicle and other debris/nuisance to be cleaned up within three weeks. Turley also received a letter from Town Attorney Hope Freeman giving him 30 days. Attorney Freeman stated no citation had been given regarding this matter just a warning. Turley was requesting additional time for cleanup. Discussion held. Mayor reviewed with council letter from clerk to Carbon County Planning Board stating the Town of Fromberg reappointed Julie Jones to serve as Fromberg's representative at the March 2, 2015, council meeting. Mayor read aloud thank you letter from Marge Taylor for gift received at March 2, 2015, council meeting. Council received letter from Kallevig Excavation with new address in Roberts, Mt. and contact information. Council was given 2015 Municipal Elected Officials Workshop registration forms for May 6-8 to be held in Billings.


Legacy of Faith Ministries – Christie Merck: Letter from Ms. Merck stating this group would like to come back to Fromberg June 8-10 to volunteer their time for work in town. Discussion held. Clerk to welcome them back.


MMIA Employee Benefits Program: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to allow employees the same benefits as last year. Approved unanimously.


Fromberg Dog Clinic: Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to have the dog clinic Saturday April 18 from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Fromberg Town Shop with vets from Bridger Veterinary Clinic. Approved unanimously.


Memorial Tree Planting In Park – Arthur Lee Holwegner: Mayor Anderson read aloud  letter from Tara Lee Holwegner-Bertucci wishing for council approval for council to plant a tree in the Fromberg town park, type and placement of tree up to council, in memory of her father and she will donate $200. for the tree. Discussion held. Clerk to put funds into Child Park Fund. Clerk to let her know council approved this tree.


Zoning Committee – Terry Feller: Discussion held on trailer remodel at Countryside One. Discussion held on zoning application from Terry Feller to take down 10X10 dog kennel and replace with 10X10 shed. Bill Rivers gave his approval for this zoning permit. Motion by Flint and seconded Miller to approve the zoning request from Terry Feller. Approved unanimously.


Fromberg Sewer Improvements: Discussion held on income survey for CDBG. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to authorize Mayor Anderson to proceed working with Midwest Assistance Program and other parties as necessary to get the CDBG  income survey out and authorize expenditures for the mailings including addresses and return postage. Approved unanimously. Discussion held on a possible second bid from other engineers possibly John Manion. Council set up Special Meeting of the Town Council to be held Tuesday, April 14 at 7 PM to address an issue with the wastewater system and Budget Committee Workshop Tuesday April14 at 7:30 PM  with agenda being 2014-2015 Budget.


Old Business: Jim Perkins asked about loading zones and signs at Methodist Church and Sr. Citizens. Discussion held.


Other Business: None


Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.


2014-2015 Budget: None


Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.


Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.