March 2021 Minutes

MINUTES PUBLIC HEARING

Called to order by Mayor Woods at 7:00 pm

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

Also present- Starla Rice and Ron Szmergalski via zoom.

Resolution 2021-07R : A Resolution of the Town of Hot Springs Town Council Increasing the Water/Sewer security deposit fee- Woods read this resolution aloud. Explained to council that the deposit fee is charged to renters as a deposit for water and sewer service.  The owner has the option to waive the deposit. The current deposit is $100.00. The new amount would be $200.00 and would take effect immediately for any new rental agreements. Woods called for public comment, there was none. 

Resolution 2021-08R: A Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of Hot Springs to Revise the 2019-2020 Fiscal Budget. –  Woods read the resolution aloud and called for public comment. There was none. 

Close public hearing at 7:10 pm

On Tuesday March 2, 2021 viz ZOOM

Meeting ID: 854 3507 0306

Passcode: 761710

MINUTES TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

Tuesday March 2, 2021  

Meeting was held via Zoom

CALL TO ORDER by Mayor Woods at 7:10 pm

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

Also present- Starla Rice and Ron Szmergalski via zoom.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES  

PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS Paid the auditor, lights for the fire hall, new sign Smith/Stelter 4-0 pass posts and siding for the city shop  Smith/ Graham 4-0 pass

FINANCIAL REPORTS Negative balance reported in FD transport fund due to purchase of power load system, cot and Lucas Devices that are being reimbursed with Covid funds.  Smith/Weatherly 4-0 pass

REPORTS

MAYOR – Woods reported he has been involved in more work on the water project. Woods and Gray went to Polson to meet with the Engineers and Depoe to discuss the next steps on the property where the new well is located. There will need to be a new survey done and filed because the current survey does not match the pins.  We met with Depoe and got his approval to get everything resurveyed and properly filed.

PUBLIC WORKS- have been working on keeping the streets clean and hills sanded. We have had a couple of sewer backups. We ordered in some sign posts and signs and are starting to replace some of those around town. They will begin working on the sewer lagoon building and are finishing the siding at the city shop. They will start on pot holes once the weather warms up. 

FIRE DEPT- There has been a couple of fires, and we were called out to a downed airplane, but it was never found

POLICE Report provided by Chief Pfleger, presented by Mayor Woods

CLERK Gray reported it has been extremely busy in Town Hall with a lot of questions about property.  We need to decide if we are going to do a one year audit or a two year audit and if we are going to change auditors

LIBRARY Report presented by Starla

COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM WILL BE ALLOWED

OLD BUSINESS

APPROVE QUOTE FOR RESTROOM BUILDING FOR THE PARK- Council discussed the pros and cons of having a bathroom in the city park. There would be maintenance including cleaning and winterizing it. Woods suggested taking the old building out, putting in a concrete slab to put a porta potty on, and then putting power in the park.  Stelter stated the outhouse would be cleaner, less expensive and would potentially allow funds for a water feature to be put in the park. He suggested stub in sewer and water when you put the concrete slab in for possible building in the future. Smith stated the slab should be big enough to accommodate a concrete building in the future.  Motion to put in a slab big enough for 2 porta potty units and electricity in the park made by Stelter second by Smith pass

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution 2021-07R : A Resolution of the Town of Hot Springs Town Council Increasing the Water/Sewer security deposit fee – Smith /Graham 4/0 pass 

Resolution 2021-08R: A Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of Hot Springs to Revise the 2019-2020 Fiscal Budget – Stelter / Weatherly  4/0 pass

2020 Audit  – discussed audit and audit finding, motion to approve audit  Stelter/ Graham 4/0 pass

PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEM– Woods called for public comment on non agenda items, there was none

EXECUTIVE SESSION

TOWN ATTORNEY RESIGNATION– motion to accept attorney resignation Graham/ Weatherly 4/0 pass

ADJOURN

8:10 pm Smith/ Graham 4/0 pass

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