January 2022 Minutes

MINUTES FOR PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON January 4, 2022 at HOT SPRINGS TOWN HALL 109 MAIN ST, HOT SPRINGS, MT 59845 And VIA ZOOM

Public hearing called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Woods

Present: Graham, Weatherly, Smith, Aldridge, Woods, Gray 

Also Present: Ray Brown, Ron Smerzgalski, Steven Sheffield, Ladonna Vollmer, Scott Vollmer

A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD TO DISCUSS RESOLUTION 2022-06R A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A PETITION FOR ANNEXATION OF PROPERTY OWNED BY JOHN COWAN. Woods read the resolution aloud and corrected a typo in the body of the resolution for a incorrect name typed in to be corrected from Smith to Cowan. Woods called for public comment on the resolution. Scott asked where the property was located. Woods explained location of property at end of Jaques Rd on the hill. Woods asked if there were any other questions, there were none. 

Public Hearing closed at 7:04 pm 

MINUTES OF REGULAR TOWN COUNCIL MEETING for January 4, 2022 

HELD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE PUBLIC HEARING at HOT SPRINGS TOWN HALL 109 MAIN ST, HOT SPRINGS, MT 59845 And VIA ZOOM

CALL TO ORDER at 7:04 PM by Mayor Woods

ROLL CALL Present: Graham, Weatherly, Smith, Aldridge, Woods, Gray 

Also Present: Ray Brown, Ron Smerzgalski, Steven Sheffield, Ladonna Vollmer, Scott Vollmer

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES DECEMBER Smith/Weatherly 4-0 pass
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES SPECIAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING Smith/Weatherly 4-0 pass

PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS Smith/Aldridge 4-0 pass Weather asked how much more we owe O’Keefe. Gray explained this check was for the Draw approved at the previous town council meeting and this is the final payment owed for all work done to this point. 

FINANCIAL REPORTS- November Smith/Weatherly 4-0 pass 

Council was presented with budget updates, expenditure, and revenue reports as well as current financial reports. 

REPORTS

MAYOR- Woods reported to the council that December has been busy for everyone.

PUBLIC WORKS has been figuring out the new snow plow. They are doing a great job on the hills and Main St. The rest of the streets will be plowed once we receive 3 inches or more. We are still working on the water project and getting it out to bid. The cold weather has been keeping public works busy. We have already had one middle of the night call for a broken water line.

FIRE DEPT- no fires, a couple of slide offs

POLICE- report provided by Chief Pfleger and presented by Mayor Woods

COUNCIL- Weatherly asked for an update on the excavator. Gray told the council that Torgersons had been to Hot Springs and put a new pin in and Mike discovered it had fractured before it was even used. They will be taking the machine to determine what is causing the pins to break and fix the arm and to install hydraulic quick coupler as soon as the coupler parts come in. They are on backorder. 

LIBRARY- Starla presented library report and thanked the council for having a special meeting for library bonuses

ZONING COMPLIANCE-The Mountain View Apartments will be adding some units on the property. They have discussed with Amy and Randy and will be meeting all zoning requirements. The units have been explained to be 6 room trailers . They will have a new water and sewer connection for these units.

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM WILL BE ALLOWED

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLUTION 2022-06R A RESOLUTION TO APPROVE A PETITION FOR ANNEXATION OF PROPERTY OWNED BY JOHN COWAN.  Weatherly/Smith 4-0 pass 

Smith stated we discussed this a little at the last meeting. He is planning to annex it in then eventually subdivide into smaller lots. There will be water and sewer connections put to the property. Aldridge asked if this one or two lots. Woods showed the plot map and explained it is one lot at this time. 

PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEM

Woods called for any non-agenda items

Ladonna told the council there is discussion of a Farmers Market in the park for the summer. She will get more information to the town and wanted to know what permissions were needed to have a Farmers Market in park. Woods asked that the information be brought in to city hall so we are aware of their plans. Graham discussed that she had been added as a member of the Parks and Rec board when she was elected to the Council. She encouraged Ladonna to participate and expressed her opinion that a Farmers market needs to be consistent in order to be successful. Ray Brown recommended posting on sanderscountyevents.com He stated Sanders County Community Development has invested in this to get this type of information out. 

ADJOURN

7:30 Graham/ Smith   4-0 pass

Dated this _________________Day of ________________________

Attest_______________________                 Signed____________________________

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