Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Lula Price, 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: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to eliminate item #6 Employee Reports from the agenda at this meeting. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve the agenda with the amendment. Approved unanimously.
Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of November 14, 2016. Approved unanimously.
Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.
Zoning Committee: None
Correspondence: Discussion held regarding letter from Carbon County Planning Board stating Julie Jones term on the board expires December 31, 2016. Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter submitted to Mayor Richard Anderson, Council Members Jim Perkins, Lula Price, Shirley Miller and Tim Nottingham. This letter was also sent to Carbon County Sheriff and Carbon County Attorney and was signed by Marge Taylor owner of Leather Legends, Randy Wike owner of the Little Cowboy Bar, Niki Elliott, Alex Wilkens, Diane Dalin owner of Two Bear Tavern and another person signing with just an initial. This letter was regarding complaints and concerns they have about the Fromberg Police Department, mileage of town vehicles and slow action of the Police Committee. Discussion on holding an executive session. Mayor Anderson said he will implement right away mileage logs of town vehicles. Nottingham said he has been working with nine other persons on the Police Committee update but will take more time.
Carbon County Planning Board – Julie Jones: Council received letter from Julie Jones requesting reinstatement to this board. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to reinstate Julie Jones to the Carbon County Planning Board. Approved unanimously.
Return of Solarbees: Discussion held on the return of the two Solarbee units as a credit to the town of $2500 each. One unit may not be able to be returned. Money will go into the sewer fund. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the proposal from Solarbee to sell the units back to them and they will get them at their leisure. Approved unanimously.
Town Website: Discussion held on .gov website. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to maintain this service for $400. per year for domain name and $15.95 per month for web service beginning January 1, 2017. Approved unanimously.
Water Well Site Easement - Mike Ventling: Mayor Anderson explained since the town is putting in a new well at the pump house DEQ requires a 100 foot radius around the well so the town needs a utility easement for perpetuity. Ventling will discuss with our Town Attorney Hope Freeman.
Resolution 463 Bond Resolution Wastewater Project: The preface was read aloud by Mayor Richard Anderson. Town of Fromberg, Carbon County, State of Montana Wastewater Revenue Bond, Series 2016 $283,000 Principal Amount. A resolution directing the preparation of the design, specification and bidding documents and equipment purchase for the Town's proposed improvements and rehabilitation of its waste water system, authorizing and directing the issuance and sale of a revenue bond to the Montana Board of Investments to finance and pay for the costs of producing such documents and equipment acquisition, providing the terms of the bond and creating special funds and accounts and pledging certain revenues as the sole sources of security and payment for such revenue bond. Discussion held. Council had been given advance copies. Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to accept Resolution 463. Approved unanimously.
Old Business: Ventling discussed wastewater project.
Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Discussion held on crab apple trees on main street littering the sidewalks. Discussion held on main street parking and at post office. Mayor gave clerk permission to continue parking on main street in front of town hall. On next months agenda post issues regarding police department complaints / discussions regarding correspondence. Discussion on a plan for School Street for Carbon County Commissioners. Mayor Anderson said he gave them a plan last year and they rejected it. Discussion on going to their meetings.
Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, January 9, 2017, 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.