City Council Minutes | August 10, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Big Sandy City Hall at 115 Johannes Ave Big Sandy, MT 59520
Mayor Steve Stiles called the meeting to order.
Council members present were Colby Baumgarn, Shaud Schwarzbach, Ted Pursley and
Staff Present: Wendy Kleinsasser, Town Clerk and Tim LaBuda, PWD
Public: Jason Crawford, KLJ, Michele Turville, BPD, Richard Roth
Approval of Meeting Minutes: Shaud Schwarzbach moved to approve the minutes from the July meeting and the July 27 special meeting meeting. Colby Baumgarn seconded, motion passed.
Public Comments: None
Sheriff Report: None
Pool Report: none
New Water Project: Jason Crawford, KLJ, gave the council an update of the status of the water project (see attached engineers report and water system rate estimates. He gave them a recap of the project to date, a project budget of 1.5 million dollars, the sources of funding (TSEP grant, RD loan and grant and town share. The town share is set at $36,000.00 but it is possible that the $21,000.00 spent by the town for the PER will apply to that, bringing it sown to $15,000.00. The water ordinance will need to be revamped, charging by EDU’s rather than by account, and an increase will be necessary, somewhere in the area of $6.00 to $9.00 per month. The council asked both KLJ and Bear Paw Development to look into different ways to structure the water rate. Michele Turville of BPD presented the council with the Bear Paw Development budget for approval. Shaud Schwarzbach moved to approve the budget; Darin Ray seconded and the motion passed.
Bear Paw Development/Brownfield Project: No action. They have run out of funding. Michele will talk to the people involved and find out if there is a chance for future funding.
L-C Grant – Colby Baumgarn: Colby, representing the TV Club, asked if the club could submit a grant under the umbrella of the town. Shaud Schwarzbach moved to approve the request; Ted Pursley seconded; motion passed. There was discussion of things the town could request, such as repairing the pool liner, painting lane stripes on the pool bottom, replacing the slide, as well as a request for fireworks for the Fourth of July.
Chlorine Building Gate: It was decided that the IX will build new H braces and fix the fence and the town will repair or replace the gate and install it.
Noxious Weed Ordinance: The ordinance had its first reading. There were no objections voiced. It will be posted at city hall again and in the paper. The second reading will take place at the September meeting.
Resolution 2018-01: water increase by 5%: Colby Baumgarn moved to approve the resolution. Darin Ray seconded and the motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Resolution 2018-02 – Budget Amendment to increase the M&E fund by $6000.00: Shaud Schwarzbach moved to approve the resolution. Colby Baumgarn seconded and it passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Charge for Inactive/Vacant properties connected to water and sewer system: Discussion, no action
Ditch and road plans: Discussion. No action
Road repair near grade school: PWD has nearly completed the repairs.
Committee Reports: None
Mayor Report: Mayor Stiles gave an update on the speed signs and said that someone is interested in purchasing an old mower that the town doesn’t use any more
Public Works: None
• The shut off list was distributed
• The correspondence was distributed.
• The clerk requested a meeting to approve the preliminary budget on August 21 at 7 p.m.
Claims: Shaud Schwarbach moved to accept the claims. Ted Pursley seconded; motion passed.
General Journal Voucher. Colby Baumgarn moved to approve JV 2018-01. Shaud Schwarzbach seconded, motion passed.
Any Business to be brought before the Council: A budget work session will take place Monday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m.
The next regular meeting will be held September 7. The budget hearing will be held at 8:00 on September 6, 2017.
Ted Pursley moved to adjourn, Colby Baumgarn seconded; motion passed.