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TOWN of FROMBERG

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Monday, September 14, 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 and Tim Nottingham. Shirley Miller was not present.  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. Agenda item #9 Marge Taylor – Ordinances was unable to attend this meeting. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the minutes of July 6, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve 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, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail and combined check register from Black Mountain Software. Discussion held on write offs and certified letters which went out July 2, 2015, to some persons regarding delinquent bills along with MCA 7-13-4309 Procedure To Collect Sewer Or Water Charges which is a 30 day notice. Russell Cumin, Mary Lou Pilati, Damien Kurtz and Paul E. Price are the persons who have delinquent water bills which will go on their taxes. Jack Miller, Jeff and Kellie Krenning and Joseph L. and Janie W. Yates are persons who no longer own the property and have non collectible bills which will be written off. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to approve to write off these accounts. Approved unanimously.

Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling:  Discussion on fire hydrants, will start paving, Carbon street needs to be resurfaced and Ventling will get bids, meter reading system needs new battery, laptop conversion $7,700.00, have cement barriers, pad in park and bushes are gone, lagoon discharging, main water valves and tack oil. Discussion held on projects for grants. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the PWD report including the expenditure of tack oil with a 50/50  $900.00 approximate split with Bridger. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: welfare check, trespass, vandalism, agency assists, curfew, alcohol sales, animal control, Child Protection Services regarding 3 year old, disorderly conduct, citizen assist, weed warnings, speeding, registration/ drivers license inspections and parking. Chief Dawson will be on vacation August 7-16. Discussion on graphics for police car and practice ammo. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to purchase patrol unit graphics in the amount of $300.00 Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to purchase practice ammo for the month in the amount of $20. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read a letter from Tara Bertucci announcing her coming to town to visit and see the tree she had donated in memory of her father Arthur Lee Holwegner.

 

Fromberg Days – Fromberg Fire Department, Tomahawk, Two Bear Tavern and The Little Cowboy Bar: The Fromberg Fire Department will be holding their pig roast at the Tomahawk Cafe and Casino. Council received letter from Diane Dalin and Rachel Grandfield requesting street closure and lifting of open container on West River Street and in the city park on August 29th and 30th for Fromberg Days event.  Discussion held on Fromberg Day events and parade starting at 11:00 A. M.. Dawson will write letter to them giving event days, hours for open container waiver on West River Street and in the city park for horseshoe tournament, area of street closure hours and panels to be used to mark off area, street signage and $150. for police protection by two extra officers. His letter will be attached to the minutes of this meeting in the minutes book after council approval of these minutes.

 

Marge Taylor – Ordinances: Marge Taylor was unable to attend this meeting. Mayor Anderson said property owners take care of weeds from their property to the street.

 

Town of Fromberg Special Events Policy: Discussion held. Motion by Flint to repeal 6-7-01 of the Town Code and replace it with the Special Events Policy as written. Attorney Freeman said need to repeal Town Code as a second part at another time. Flint withdrew his motion. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the Special Events Policy as written. Approved unanimously.

 

General Elections – mail ballot election or poll election: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to opt for the poll election. Approved unanimously.

 

Solar Bee Contract: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to select Option #1 of this contract in the amount of $4,714.00 and to pay any claims which are currently in the bills as of today. Approved unanimously.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will write letter for councils review  and send it to Carbon County Commissioners.

 

State of Montana Surplus Property Programs: Resolution # 449. Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Flint to accept this resolution. Approved unanimously. Signers are Richard Anderson, Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Mike Ventling and Ralph Dawson.

 

Traffic Speed Signs: Discussion held.

 

Budget Resolutions:

Resolution # 446: A resolution approving the Town of Fromberg 2014-2015 budget as attached and labeled as Final 2014-2015 Budget. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to pass  Resolution # 446. Approved unanimously.

Resolution # 447: A resolution permitting the clerk to make the necessary budget transfers within the various accounts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 to accounts that are short within the budget.

Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept Resolution #447 as written. Approved unanimously.

Resolution # 448: A resolution to establish a salary scale for setting salaries and/or wages for town employees by the Town of Fromberg, Montana. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded Perkins to  approve the use of the salary scale for setting employee wages and adopt the salary scale. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: No issues.

 

Old Business: None

 

Other Business: Discussion held on bulk water station not working properly.

 

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

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held. Budget meeting workshops will be held on Tuesdays August 11, August 18 and August 25 at 7 PM open to the public.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

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