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Monday, November 2, 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: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.


Minutes: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Flint to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting October 5, 2015. Approved unanimously.


Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.


Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Fromberg School. Polls are open noon to 8:00 PM. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, statement of expenditure budget vs actual, statement of revenue budget vs actual, a copy of the Bank of Bridger bank statement and Valley Federal Credit Union bank statement as reports. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.


Public works report by Mike Ventling: Main valves need to be replaced, hydrants at Lovers Lane and Carbon and Missouri need replaced do not drain and cost to repair about $2500 or $2600 each. With shut off valve $3500. Shop lights need to be updated, bulk water system not working again, replaced entire fire hydrant at school and placed another test station by the hydrant. Mower/sweeper/brush hog they are talking about building their own. Big plow for backhoe they put a different angle on it. Small plow is mounted on the Dodge now. Vehicles, little equipment, jumping jack, back hoe, packer all need to be serviced. AO Smith gas water heater in the shop not working. Cost for fluids and filters on back hoe approximately $800. Discussion held on bulk water system. Motion by Flint to approve PWD report including appropriating money for two new hydrants and get parts and fluids to service the vehicles. Motion by Perkins to second Flints motion with an amendment to add the purchase of the water heater. Flint seconded Perkins amended motion. Approved unanimously. Ventling asked if should purchase hydrants right now. Mayor Anderson said use your discretion as the Fire Chief regarding public safety.


Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: theft, coroner call, animal control, assault, disorderly conduct, picked up firearms from resident who has son coming to live with him (Fed parolee), speeding citations, insurance citation, registration/drivers license citation and stop sign citations, parking warning and disabled vehicle on town property. Chief Dawson requested approval of practice ammo and stated he replaced the siren/horn speaker on Tahoe. Discussion on white Jeep sitting on West River Street  in the 200 block. Flint asked if there was discussion at the LEPC meeting on the radio system. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report and approve the purchase order for practice ammo. Approved unanimously.


Correspondence: None. Mayor said he did get a late letter and will need to read it to see what it is about.


Marge Taylor – Ordinances: Marge Taylor asked about a trailer moved into town which she said looks illegal and horrible. She asked about the building next to her saying something was supposed to have been done about that and has not been done. She said she called the Fire Marshall and was told the town adopted the specs from the state to do it. Mayor Anderson said  he has no knowledge of any agreement the town has made to accept or adopt from the Fire Marshall. Discussion held on trailer and property is nonconforming use for mobile home rental lot. This property is zoned commercial. Discussion held on re-codification of ordinances and how does the town want to grow. Discussion on growth policy, state inspectors and ordinances. Discussion on handing out pamphlets defining the town and getting a list of persons who would like to be on committee to form a growth policy.


Sewer Project:

   a. Water Monitoring is drilling a couple of two inch holes to monitor the water table through the winter which will help determine how the project will be constructed. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve the water monitoring. Approved unanimously.

   b. CDBG Workshop Helena, MT November 19 and 20: Mayor Anderson said he needs to attend these workshops. Discussion held on motels and mileage. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham for two persons to attend these meetings, one person being Mayor Anderson, and the town will reimburse the expenses for motel, mileage and meals from the sewer fund. Approved unanimously.

   c. TSEP Signature Form: Exhibit 2-C Signature Certification Form. Discussion held. Three signatures were decided by council to be: Richard Anderson, Mayor, James A. Perkins, President of Town Council and Shirley L Miller, council member. Witnessed by David Flint and notarized by Brenda Kansala, Town Clerk.


Discussion – Town Utility Rates: Mayor said at next council meeting will have resolution of intent to raise rates. Public hearings in December. No rates have been decided on at this time. Discussion held.


Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch Contract: This dispatch contract is for the amount of $933.25 for fiscal year 2015-2016. Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Flint to approve this contract based on 5 years. Nay by Perkins. Motion passed.


Community Event Planning: Mayor is asking persons in the community to join in and give suggestions for a community event such as art shows and craft shows as examples. Discussion held.


Zoning Committee: Bill Rivers said zoning committee approved Betty Anderson zoning permit to add onto 208 ½ a 6X11 addition onto garage. Discussion held.  Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve this construction. Approved unanimously. Mayor asked if anyone wanted to make any changes of mobile on Ann Peabody Royce property. Discussion held.


Old Business: Discussion held on Great West Engineering developing a contract administrator for the grants.


Other Business: Per Mayor Anderson take off for future agendas.


Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda):


2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held. Should have final budget at next council meeting.


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


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