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Monday, September 12, 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 not present on vacation. Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.


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


Minutes: Public Hearing notes of August 1, 2016,  on the 2016-2017 Preliminary Budget were presented to council. Minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of August 1, 2016,  were presented to council. Mayor Anderson requested a change in wording on page two paragraph three regarding Bulk Water Rehab to add the words for new bulk water facility before $56, 000. The corrected sentence reads: Estimated cost for new bulk water facility is $56,000. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the change in wording for the Bulk Water Rehab. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of August 1, 2016, as amended. Approved unanimously.


Bills: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins 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, tax voucher detail for July and August, 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. The skipped meter report will be given at the October council meeting when PWD Ventling present to discuss. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.


Public works report by Mike Ventling was reviewed by council. Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept PWD report. Approved unanimously. Discussion on Great West Engineering water well project.


Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, credit card fraud, threatening text messages (suspect computer generated scam), agency assists, open container, obstruction / assault at the Little Cowboy Bar and closing issues at the Two Bear Tavern, compliance check of pedestrians turned out to be non alcoholic, animal control issue with barking dogs, curfew violations, complaint of dumpster on right of way, walk in report of fire north of mile marker 34, speeding citations and investigations, unlicensed four wheeler, parking and  U turn warnings. Discussion on scams telephone going on. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $35. for June, July and August. Discussion held on ammo and training for reserve officer. Discussion on mountain lion sitings. Randy Wike asked Chief Dawson if he issued any tickets for open containers during Fromberg Day and the answer was no. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept police report and the purchase of practice ammo in the amount of $35. Approved unanimously.


Zoning Committee:  Shane and Lisa Loftus presented to council a zoning application for stick built construction houses and a garage on the front property at 331 East River Street in Fromberg. They will need separate water and sewer hookups. They were accompanied by Jolyn Evertz of Anchor Properties. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve this zoning application with contingency they get letters of approval from the county planner and county sanitarian and present back to council. Approved unanimously. Council viewed maps. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to authorize Mayor Richard Anderson to write a letter of acknowledgment regarding the property at 331 East River Street, Fromberg, Mt.  that the Town of Fromberg has no claim to any areas of this property for streets, alleys or access easements and has no need for the exception to be continued. Approved unanimously. Discussion was held by Bill Rivers regarding Kevin Rysavy property. Mayor Anderson explained proper procedure for complaints are for persons to come into Town Hall office and fill out complaint forms which are then given to Chief Dawson and or council for review.


Correspondence:  None


Fall Cleanup: Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price for Fall Cleanup to be held Friday, October 14, 8 AM to 3 PM with one truck then Saturday, October 15, 8 AM to 3 PM two trucks and Sunday, October 16 two roll off boxes at the park. Approved unanimously.


Special Events Policy Changes – Attorney Hope Freeman: Attorney Freeman is clarifying this policy by inserting the words: the sale of alcohol on town property in paragraph five, on town property in paragraphs six and seven and paragraph eight under security change words to say special events permit that includes the sale, service or consumption of alcoholic beverages on town property. Attorney Freeman is asking council to approve the new bold print of the Special Events Policy. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the bold print changes of this policy. Approved unanimously.


Old Business: None.


Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Jerry Hall discussed Lori Johnson property. Randy Wike asked about extra security. Discussion held.


Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, October 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.


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