March Minutes

 

 

A PUBLIC HEARING FOR RESOLUTION #2019-3R-
A RESOLUTION REQUESTING DISTRIBUTION OF

BRIDGE AND ROAD SAFETY AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM FUNDS was held on March 5, 2019 7:00 p.m.

PRIOR TO THE REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Hot Springs Senior Center 101 Main Street

Present: Mayor Woods, Bob Neary, Mary Whitsett, Paul Stelter, Leslee Smith

Also Present: Amy Gray, Steven Sheffield, Officer Pfleger, Steve Williams, Angelica Lopez, Niccolo Costa, Annie Gustafson, Morgan Hoff, Sam Cowles, Dick Adams, Jeannine Woods, Bob Woods, Charlie Young, Lucky Howser, Donna Redmond, Nisca Warthen, Margaret Haliburton, Bonita Ralph, Deanna Peters, Shelly Mitchell, Will Halliburton, John Marshall, Janell Clarke

 

Mayor Woods opened the public hearing at 7:02pm and read resolution #2019-03R. He called for public comment. Janell Clarke asked about how the funds from this could be used for snow removal. Mayor Woods explained what the funds would be used for including road maintenance and repairs as well as repairing and replacing some drains that are damaged. There was not further comments and the public hearing was closed.

 

March 5, 2019  TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC HEARING

Hot Springs Senior Center 101 Main Street

CALL TO ORDER by Mayor Woods at 7:06 pm. 

ROLL CALL Present: Mayor Woods, Bob Neary, Mary Whitsett, Paul Stelter, Leslee Smith

Also Present: Amy Gray, Steven Sheffield, Officer Pfleger, Steve Williams, Angelica Lopez, Niccolo Costa, Annie Gustafson, Morgan Hoff, Sam Cowles, Dick Adams, Jeannine Woods, Bob Woods, Charlie Young, Lucky Howser, Donna Redmond, Nisca Warthen, Margaret Haliburton, Bonita Ralph, Deanna Peters, Shelly Mitchell, Will Halliburton, John Marshall, Janell Clarke

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES Motion made by Smith second by Stelter to approve the minutes from the February Town council meeting pass 4-0

FINANCIAL REPORTS February financial reports presented motion made by Smith second by Neary to approve financial reports 4-0 pass

PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS  motion made by Smith second by Stelter to approve February claims 4-0 pass

REPORTS

MAYOR- Mayor Woods has been following up with TSEP and CDBG funds for the water project. He did a radio interview with a man from Missoula and drove around with him and showed him Hot Springs.  He has been spending a lot of time trying to get the sewer project wrapped up.

PUBLIC WORKS- has been plowing, sanding, digging out fire hydrants and they will start digging out culverts and ditches. Mayor Woods explained that as it warms up, the crew would be pushing the slush off the roads to try to get them cleared up and that we do not have the infrastructure to load and move snow piles. He advised the public to contact city hall if you have any problems with the plowing or snow piles and we would try to deal with it.

FIRE DEPT-Fire department has had a couple of car wrecks, 1 with injuries, and one call for a propane leak which ended up being a broken water pipe and the fire crew fixed it for her.

POLICE – Pfleger provided and read a written report.  Whitsett asked for clarification on some acronyms and Officer Pfleger explained them to her. She also asked if the officers had body cameras and Pfleger explained that they did and that there were going to be given some better ones

LIBRARY- Nisca Warthen  presented and provided a written report

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE /ARTIST SOCIETY- Leslee Smith reported that the placemats were almost done, there would be a pub crawl for St. Patricks day with live music and comedians at some of the local businesses, Artist society would be having ice cream social at the Missoula Children’s Theater production at the school on the 8th.

 

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT AGENDA ITEMS – Mayor Woods called for public comment on agenda items. There was none

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

SMART SCHOOLS PRESENTATION BY TEACHER AND STUDENTS- Annie Gustafson from Hot Springs High School along with a group of students presented a project they were doing to reduce waste at the school and in the community.  There will be a environmental symposium on April 4th at the High School from 12:30-4pm Janell Clarke asked how the program was being integrated into the community. Annie Gustafson stated that they were still working on all of that and would like the public to come with ideas and solutions.

 

RESOLUTION #2019-3R: A RESOLUTION REQUESTING DISTRIBUTION OF BRIDGE AND ROAD SAFETY AND ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM FUNDS-Public Hearing was held prior to the start of this Town Council Meeting. Motion made by Smith to adopt the resolution, second by Whitsett 4-0pass

 

FY 2018 FINANCIAL REVIEW CONTRACT FOR NICOLE NOONAN Smith made a motion to accept financial review contract second by Stelter  4-0 pass

 

SEWER PROJECT UPDATE- MORRISON MAIERLE INVOICE AND MONTANA UNDERGROUND PAY APPLICATION – Mayor Woods explained that he has spend a lot of time with the sewer project in the past month. There was some problems with the auger screen  The project was originally supposed to be done in Oct 2018 and it was just finished up. Mayor Woods was unhappy with the way the auger had been installed and with the design of the auger.  He contacted the Main company and was given an additional 10 year warranty on the gear box and motor.  Sierra has been in contact with Drycake (auger company) that built the auger and has reported that they have been very good to work with.   Neary made motion to pay Morrison Maierle and Montana Underground second by Stelter 4-0 pass

 

 

ZONING ORDINANCE REVIEW UPDATE- NEXT ORDINANCE REVIEW SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 12, 2019 AT 6PM – The council will be discussing Tiny houses. Public is encouraged to attend and provide input.

 

UPDATE PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL- Motion to update policy manual by Neary second by Stelter  4-0 pass

 

CITIZEN REQUEST TO DO A POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON CREATING AND ENACTING ORDINANCES- Shelly Mitchell had provided a request to be on the agenda to do a slide show presentation. The presentation addressed some concerns she has about the way ordinance 13.04.040 was created and put into effect. She commented on work session notices, public hearing notices, public hearing procedures and explained her own understanding of how things should have been done and what she felt was not done correctly. She also spoke about a petition that had been signed and given to the town, official misconduct, citing M.C.A’s and called for an action to correct what she felt was wrongdoings by the mayor and the council.

Mary Whitsett made a “motion to suspend collection of monies based on ordinance 13.04.040 until questions about the legality of its enforcement can be further reviewed and resolved or adjudicated if necessary”

Paul Stelter then seconds this motion and proceeds to explain that he would like to have an attorney look at things…. Mayor Woods thought it was illegal to vote on it because he didn’t think it was a legal motion (it was not on the agenda).  Smith stated she wanted to table it, at that same time Stelter says he wants to rescind his second.  There is some discussion with Mary Whitsett about a possible conflict of interest for Leslee and Paul to vote on this. Woods states that the 1st motion on the table was not seconded so it was dead and then Smith tries to make a motion to table the motion, at which point it is explained that it can’t be tabled because it doesn’t have a 2nd. Eventually Stelter re seconds the motion and Smith then makes a motion to table it, they vote 3-1 with Whitsett voting no, and then its pointed out that the motion to Table wasn’t seconded so Stelter says he seconds it.

 

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT NON-AGENDA ITEMS- Mayor Woods asked for public comments

 

Deanna Peters thanks the council for not allowing themselves to be bullied

 

John Marshall speaks to remind people that we are innocent until proven guilty and that the slide show presentation was an act to serve as judge, jury and executioner and that is not how democracy works

 

Janelle Clarke stated that she remembers signing a petition years ago but that nothing ever came of it

 

Whitsett stated it was the mission of the government to represent and protect the rights of people

 

Ruby Stobie spoke stating she felt the slide show was wrong

 

 

ADJOURN

 

Neary motioned to adjourn at 8:32 pm seconded by Smith.

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