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Monday, August 1, 2016

7:00 PM


Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham and Lula Price. Council member Shirley Miller ill and not in attendance. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.


Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.


Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of July 11, 2016. Approved unanimously.


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


Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, discussion on tax voucher detail, council received revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of  Bank of Bridger bank statements,  statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.


Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on two fire hydrants $3500. each. Nate Wilm has new hydrant will sell for $1000. Fire hydrant purchases has been approved by council. Ventling said he does have paint for town hall, discussion held on street paving, torn up streets and zoning. Annette Anderson requested an old fire hydrant for display at the museum. Discussion on clothing allowance. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve up to $200. per year clothing allowance for shirts, pants and boots for each public works person. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept PWD report. Approved unanimously.


Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare check, unfounded theft, harassment threats from ex-room mate, agency assists, transport to town court, disorderly, delivered “Events Policy” to all bars, animal control, civil service, writ of possession served, 3 trial subpoenas served, Lovers Lane exit tree limb removed off road, fence panel attached to power pole can be cut if needed,  three speeding citations, VIN inspections, open container citation on sidewalk at Little Cowboy Bar and licensee was present, fireworks complaint, dog license warnings, stop sign warnings on school street, parking and U-turn violations and unsafe operation of a vehicle. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $20. for July. Nottingham asked Dawson about two hours of overtime. It was for a call out on Sunday. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept police report and the purchase of practice ammo in the amount of $20. Approved unanimously.


Zoning Committee:  Bob McNeiley signed and returned to council the conditions written up by Annette Anderson member of the zoning committee working with Tom Kohley of the Carbon County DES and the Fromberg Fire Department. Discussion held on new zoning packet to be presented at next council meeting.


Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud letter from NAPA in Bridger thanking town for the business. They have sold to Car Quest Auto Parts. Mayor Anderson discussed letter from MMIA stating town successfully completed the renewal review and town is covered for the Endorsement for Employment Practices Coverage (EPC) which Attorney Freeman updated. Mayor Anderson discussed letter and invoice from Great West Engineering for the New Municipal Well Project 2-09106. Discussion held on sewer project. Received mills and 2016 Certified Taxable Valuation Information from Montana Department of Revenue.


Fromberg Days – Mark and Leza Vargas: Mr. and Mrs. Vargas were not in attendance. Clerk stated what she and Mrs. Vargas had discussed about them possibly serving treats on Fromberg Days at their business called Apex Automotive at 108 Highway Avenue, Fromberg. Council said it is their private property and up to them.


Bulk Water Rehab: Council has made a decision to demolish the old bulk water station. Estimated cost $56,000. Discussion held. Mayor will set up workshop with Great West Engineering for a question and answer session.


2016-2017 Mill Levy Resolution #460: Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve this mill levy resolution as read. Approved unanimously.


2016-2017 Final Budget Resolution #461: Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the 2016-2017 Final Budget Resolution. Approved unanimously. If any changes were to be made they would have to be brought to council and done by a budget amendment.


Old Business: Mayor Anderson read aloud old local government review study which was done in 2005.  Last review was put on ballot in 2014 for year 2015 and people in the town said no do not need to review the local government. This is put on ballot every five years for the towns people to vote on if they choose to have a local government review. Next review will be on ballot in 2019 to be done in the year 2020. Discussion held.


Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Ventling said Wayne Guptill living down from Cactus Drive saw a large mountain lion in his yard on July 28th and a bear has been seen on West River Street. Randy Wike asked questions about volunteer police officer for the town. Attorney Freeman said volunteer officers are not an employee of the town. Wike discussed volunteer officers, stop signs on School Street, angle parking on main street, open container and junk vehicle laws. Discussion held.

Annette Anderson said Fromberg Day posters are up and Clarks Fork Valley Museum has 100 year display.


Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.


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