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Monday, May 4, 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 move agenda item #12 Zoning Committee to between item #7 and #8. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve the amended agenda. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to make two separate sets of minutes for the

April 6, 2015, Town Council Meeting and the Second Public Hearing for CDBG. Approved unanimously.

Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the CDBG Minutes as amended. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve the minutes of April 6, 2015. 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 usage/billing summary,billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary and collections history from Black Mountain, Bank of Bridger bank statements, Valley Federal Credit Union bank statements, tax voucher detail, combined check register and revenue voucher detail by fund. The Fromberg Dog Clinic had 4 persons attend. Clerk thanked Annette Anderson for assisting at the dog clinic. CDBG Income Survey went out April 24. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve clerk report. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling said had to order signs to detour traffic, needs gravel, bulk water needs overhauled, replaced curb stop at 316 West River Street, in progress tree trimming in the park and clothing. Discussion on: hydrant at corner of West River Street and Montana, school hydrant, mower/sweeper/brush hog, ditch repair at ball fields, burn pit, break in pipes at concession stand, water at park and the need for asphalt. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve PWD report including authorization to purchase three truck loads of gravel. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: Vandalism, agency assists, alcohol sales and service warning, animal control, disorderly, animal control citations, casualty call, speeding citations, registration/ drivers license inspections, and stop sign citations and warning. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter from Mayor of Joliet, Harley Sorrells, regarding the rising cost of dispatch service from Carbon County Board of Commissioners. Letter from MMIA regarding Pollution Coverage. Mayor said copy of this is in town clerk office for review by council.  MMIA deadline is May 15, 2015. Mayor will look into this. Mayor read aloud letter from Elwin Valley, owner of Countryside One renting out mobile home to Mr. Wiley who has put on addition to his rented mobile home. Discussion held. Attorney Freeman said possible fire hazard if too close to other mobile homes. This addition was put on without coming to council for a zoning permit. Mayor said he will research  this for state codes for safety. Discussion on letter from Carbon County Office of The Election Administrator reminding of  upcoming Municipal Elections and giving the calendar from the state for filing dates.

 

Zoning Committee – Charles Joe Paul and Kevin Berckmoes: Mr. Paul had zoning permit application to build a 20x30 garage at 113 Harley Avenue. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and second by Miller to approve this zoning application. Approved unanimously. Kevin Berckmoes had a zoning permit application for a 18x76 2015 mobile and a 30x40  pole barn set on concrete pad. Kevin is aware of tapping fees for water and sewer. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve this zoning application. Approved unanimously.

 

Diane Dalin – Event of June 2014: Mike and Diane Dalin, Owners of the Two Bear Tavern, gave a letter to council stating they and their customers feel like they are being harassed and are intimidated by Chief Ralph Dawson driving through their parking lot. Discussion held regarding the Minutes of June 2, 2014, page 2 paragraph 2 under correspondence when Two Bear Tavern asked permission for live music, open container, roping off the area in their parking lot to be used and to pay $75. for police protection during their annual pig roast June 28, 2014. Discussion held in reference to a memorandum given to Mayor Anderson from Chief Dawson with a floor plan on file with the Montana Department of Revenue, copy of Fromberg Ordinance #199 and  Title 6, Chapter 7-03 and several Montana Codes June 2014. Mayor Anderson said he had talked to Dalin and told her she needed to get approval from the state before she could serve alcohol outside. Dalin said it was an oversight on her part that it did not get sent in to the state.  Dalin gave council copy of violation letter they received from State of Montana stating the licensee sold, delivered or gave away alcohol in an area not described on the floor plan filed with the Department of Revenue, copy of Title 6 Chapter 4, 6-4-11 open container, and Title 6 Chapter 7, 6-7-03 police protection. Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will work on this ordinance as soon as possible.

 

The Little Cowboy Bar: The Little Cowboy Bar will be hosting a Branding Party Friday, May 8, 2015, from 2 PM to 2AM and is requesting an open container to be implemented and rope off and the east side of West River Street  up to Randy Wike shop be closed between the Two Bear Tavern and The Little Cowboy Bar on that date for the street dance.  The band will be located  on the sidewalk outside The Little Cowboy Bar beside the ice machine and band shut down at 1:30 AM. The Little Cowboy Bar will pay $75. for police protection. Alcohol will be sold inside the bar. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve this open container and street dance. Approved unanimously.

 

Dispatch Contract: Discussion held on Carbon County Dispatch Service costs. Not approved at this time. Mayor Anderson will get with other towns for more discussion on this.

 

Great West Engineering: Council reviewed Amendment No. 3 from Great West Engineering regarding wastewater system PER and improvements. Discussion held. Council decided not to sign at this time until council knows more about funding.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson said he called the state to join the states procurement program for telephone service just received letter back today. The cost will be .023 cents per minute for instate calls and .0539 cents per minute for out of state calls.

 

Other Business: None

 

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

 

2014-2015 Budget: Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve the 2014-2015 Budget. Approved unanimously.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, June 1, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg. Discussion on budget workshops to be held in June.

 

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