City Council Minutes | December 12, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Big Sandy City Hall at 115 Johannes Ave Big Sandy, MT 59520
Mayor Schwarzbach called the meeting to order
Council members present Ted Pursley, Jon Sheehy, Darin Ray.
Absent: Colby Baumgarn
Staff Present: Tim LaBuda, PWD, Wendy Kleinsasser, clerk, Larry Geyer, PW
Public: Lisa Moisey, BPD, Dennis Hale, CCSO, Lorrie Merrill, Mountaineer, Joanne Kibbee, Rich Jespersen, Krystyl Kulbeck, Rotary
Approval of Meeting Minutes: Jon Sheehy moved to approve the minutes from the November meeting. Ted Pursley seconded. Motion passed.
Sheriff’s Report None.
Public Comment: Lorrie Merrill asked about the progress on the pool repairs. PWD LaBuda told her that they had done all they could for now and have to wait for spring to complete the work.
Pivot: Shane Chauvet wants the soil samples done ASAP. Tim will contact the company to find out when they can complete them. Mayor Schwarzbach will request a meeting with Shane.
KLJ: No one from KLJ was at the meeting. The mayor did sign the requested paperwork and sent it to them.
Bear Paw Development: Lisa Moisey has done a first draft of the Uniform Application to be sent to the state and asked if the council thought everything looked okay on it. After getting some additional information Lisa said she would clean it up and send it to the council.
For the benefit of the public present, the mayor gave a report on the regional water project, where it is at this time and why the town is applying for funding to cover its share of the cost to bring the water to Big Sandy.
Brownfield Project: No action.
Joanne Kibbee: She is experiencing some sewer issues and had to have someone come and video the sewer line. There appear to be some problems with the line. She will have the videos sent to the town and if the problem is on our side, the council assured her it would be taken care of, at no expense to her.
Walking Trail: Krystyl Kulbeck, representing the Rotary Club, told the council that the walking trail project has started up again and the Rotary has earmarked $10,000.00 toward a study to see what needs to be done and what would work best for the community. They are requesting that the town apply to FWP for a grant on their behalf, as the town would have the right of way to install sidewalks from Johannes Ave to the Grade School, as well as using the town’s engineering firm for the studies. Jon Sheehy moved to apply on behalf of Rotary and to allow them to use KLJ for this part of the project, the cost not to exceed $10,000.00. Darin Ray seconded and the motion passed.
Cloud Storage bids: There are two bids for cloud storage/backup for the town’s computer. One from Black Mountain, which would back up the BMS software for a cost of $1910.00/year. Office Equipment’s bid was $53.00 per month. The council would like the clerk to look into one we could we could ourselves.
Relief Clerk: Jon Sheehy moved to approve Rachel Baumgarn as the relief clerk, not to exceed 30 hours per year. Darin Ray seconded and the motion passed.
Water Ordinance: A meeting is planned for January 30, at 7:00 p.m.
Committee Reports: The clerk gave a report on the Bear Paw Development board meeting earlier this month.
Mayor Report: The mayor had previously given an update on the regional water project.
Public Works: Public Works gave an update on work at the pool.
* The shut off list was distributed
* The correspondence was distributed.
Claims: Jon Sheehy moved to accept the claims. Ted Pursley seconded and the motion passed.
General Journal Voucher: Ted Pursley moved to approve JV 2020-04, Jon Sheehy seconded; motion passed.
Any Business to be brought before the Council: None
Ted Pursley moved to adjourn, Jon Sheehy seconded. Motion passed.
The council went into executive session to discuss employee matters.