City Council Minutes | October 14, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 PM
Mayor Schwarzbach called the meeting to order.
Council members present: Jon Sheehy and Rich Jespersen in person. Colby Baumgarn and Darin Ray via Zoom
Staff Present: Tim LaBuda and Larry Geyer, Public Works and Wendy Kleinsasser, clerk.
Public: Pat Matthew, Diana Webster, James Slayton, KLJ
Approval of Meeting Minutes: Darin Ray moved to approve both the Budget Hearing minutes and the regular monthly meeting minutes from September. Rich Jespersen seconded; motion passed.
Sheriff’s Report None
Pool Report: No updates.
Public Comment: None.
KLJ: James Slayton, KLJ, working on behalf of the Northcentral Montana Regional Water Authority, spoke to the council about the purchase of a small piece of land to build a metering building. Mayor Schwarzbach asked about having the water treatment building built there which would include metering. This would eliminate the need to send the water across the highway and the swamp to be treated. Mr. Slayton will get that in writing and attend the November meeting.
They are offering a $4,000.00 purchase price.
Bear Paw Development: The clerk gave the mayor a letter from Bear Paw that stated Bear Paw, would work with the town on grants, but will not actively seek out grants on the town’s behalf.
The mayor met with Samantha Chagnon of Bear Paw, and a representative from New Fields regarding the old hotel on Johannes Ave. There has been some interest shown in buying it, once it is mitigated and torn down. The council is in agreement exploring the options and getting more information of costs and risks.
Junk Ordinance: Councilmember Rich Jespersen is working this. He was advised that the town use the state and county ordinances as a default ordinance. He had the county sanitation officer come and check out some unsafe buildings. The sanitation officer took pictures and took them to the county attorney. Rich is working with one property owner at this time.
Credit Cards: The council opted to go with Certified Payments as it appears to be much more user friendly.
School Bus pick up zones and street flow: Pat Matthew, of Matthew Transportation, told the council that they are still having problems and would like to have the block of Riney St. that runs past the school be changed to one way traffic only. The mayor spoke with the school superintendent, who wants to handle the situation. It was determined that the school superintendent should be at the November meeting.
Water Ordinance: The clerk is waiting on a reply from Dorsey & Whitney about the resolutions.
Committee Reports: None
Mayor Report: None.
Public Works: Larry Geyer updated the council on what they have been working on.
* The shut off list was distributed
* The correspondence was distributed.
Claims: Darin Ray moved to accept the claims. Rich Jespersen seconded and the motion passed.
General Journal Voucher: Colby Baumgarn moved to approve JV 2021-03, Jon Sheehy seconded; motion passed.
Any Business to be brought before the Council:
It was decided that the town would purchase a laptop, which will be set up so the clerk can work remotely is needed. Until further notice, all council meetings will be held via Zoom. The next meeting will be held November 12th.
Rich Jespersen moved to adjourn.