September Minutes

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING

September 3, 2019  Hot Springs Senior Center 101 Main Street

Call to order by Mayor Woods at 7:00 p.m

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

Also Present: Amy Gray, Eric Pfleger, Deane Hazelton, Rube Wrightsman, Stephen Sheffield

THE FINAL BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020- Mayor Woods called for public comment, there was none

 

RESOLUTION #2020-01R RESOLUTION FOR ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE TOWN OF HOT SPRINGS- Resolution read aloud by Mayor Woods, called for public comment, there was none

 

RESOLUTION #2020-02R RESOLUTION FOR SETTING THE PAY RATES EMPLOYEES/CONTRACT WORKERS FOR THE 2019-2020 BUDGET YEAR- Mayor Woods read the resolution and asked for public comment. There was no public comment. Council members were given documentation of current pay rates and previous pay increase information.

 

RESOLUTION #2020-03R RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT BID FOR PURCHASE OF POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES- Mayor Woods read the resolution and asked for public comment. There was none.

 

RESOLUTION #2020-04R RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT BID FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR NEW POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLE. Mayor Woods read the resolution and asked for public comment. There was none.

 

WAIVER FOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR SPRING STREET AUTOCARE- Waiver was read by Mayor Woods. Clerk explained that if the council chose Spring Street Autocare for this project, this waiver would be required.  Call for public comment, there was none.

 

Public Hearing closed at 7:25 pm.

 

MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

The regular town council meeting was held Immediately following Public Hearing

Hot Springs Senior Center 101 Main Street

CALL TO ORDER by Mayor Woods at 7:25 pm

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

Also Present: Amy Gray, Eric Pfleger, Deane Hazelton, Rube Wrightsman, Stephen Sheffield

APPROVAL OF MINUTES- Motion made by Smith to approve the minutes of the August meeting, Seconded by Neary  Whitsett had comments about Maura Williams questions during the previous meeting and thought more substance from her comments should have been included in the minutes. Maura had expressed concern about block setting lowering property value in Zone A and Mary felt this needed to be included.  At this time there would be no changes to minutes. Woods called for vote to approve minutes.  3-1 pass Whitsett voted no

PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS- motion made by Stelter seconded by Smith to approve claims. Claims included several items for fair EMS, medical supplies, cots and paying EMTs. Chlorine was purchased from Culligans to be used to chlorinate Town water supply, Chlorine from Chemical MT is for sewer.  4-0 pass

REPORTS

MAYOR Woods has been very busy with contracts, working on bids, and getting things moving on the water project. We have finished up the financial review and end of year stuff. He explained that we will be going to bid on the water project a little different than previous projects, We have been assigned an engineer out of Helena who specializes in water.

PUBLIC WORKS- There was a water line break that had to be dealt with. DEQ came from Kalispell and worked with Sierra to get the system chlorinated due to a positive test for coliforms. PW will continue to sample daily in multiple places to make sure we get the system all cleaned up. PW also fixing roofs and grading some road. The chlorine samples at the lagoons have been good, but now the pump has quit.

FIRE DEPT- Fire behind town started over the weekend is estimated at 35 acres, there has been a couple of small lightening strike fires, Ambulance and Fire have both been busy with car wrecks

POLICE-written report presented by Officer Pfleger, Pfleger also reported that there were no problems with Bikers against Bullies in town

COUNCIL- Neary received an email from a concerned citizen regarding comments made about the flood plain at the previous meeting. He was not prepared to discuss it at this meeting, he was just providing a copy of the email info to the council and mayor.

CLERK- information provided to each council member and mayor from MT League of Cities and Towns about upcoming training.

LIBRARY – Written report presented by Rube Wrightsman

 

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT AGENDA ITEMS- Mayor Woods called for public comment on agenda items- there was none

 

NEW BUSINESS

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT- 601 CENTRAL FOR BEAUTY SALON – Neary Expressed concern about signs for the business and an end date for the Conditional Use permit. Josie was not able to make it to the meeting but will be available at the October Town Council Meeting.  Neary made a motion to table this agenda item, seconded by Stelter  4-0 pass

 

MORRISON AND MAIERLE CONTRACT FOR WATER PROJECT- motion made by Stelter to approve contract, seconded by Smith 4-0 pass

 

RESOLUTION #2020-01R RESOLUTION FOR ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR THE TOWN OF HOT SPRINGS – Motion made by Neary to adopt Resolution 2020-01R for adopting the budget, seconded by Whitsett 4-0 pass

 

RESOLUTION #2020-02R RESOLUTION FOR SETTING THE PAY RATES EMPLOYEES/CONTRACT WORKERS FOR THE 2019-2020 BUDGET YEAR- Motion made to approve resolution 2020-02R setting pay rates was made by Smith, seconded by Neary 4-0 pass

 

RESOLUTION #2020-03R RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT BID FOR PURCHASE OF POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES Motion made by Accept Rehbein Ford bid for police vehicles made by Stelter, seconded by Smith 4-0 pass

 

RESOLUTION #2020-04R RESOLUTION TO ACCEPT BID FOR PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR NEW POLICE DEPARTMENT VEHICLE.- Motion made by Smith to accept bid for equipment and installation by Spring Street Autocare, Seconded by Neary, Smith explained this would be her choice because Spring Street Autocare would be able to install the new equipment but also transfer old equipment over at the same time and by having it done locally, Chief Pfleger would be able to work with him closely in order to make sure things were done how he wants. 4-0 pass

 

WAIVER FOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR SPRING STREET AUTOCARE- Stelter made a motion to approve the waiver for conflict of interest, seconded by Neary  4-0 pass

 

PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS- Mayor Woods called for public comment on non-agenda items.

Mary Whitsett asked about the enforcement of the two week time limit for living in motorhomes and expressed concern for retaliation towards those who complained or reported.  Woods recommended she speak with Officer Pfleger.

Whitsett also commented on an increased number of loose dogs around town and said some of them are aggressive. Pfleger told her to encourage people to write reports regarding the dogs.

 

ADJOURN   Motion made by Whitsett to adjourn, seconded by Neary  8:25 pm

 

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