MINUTES TOWN COUNCIL MEETING OCTOBER 6, 2020
Meeting was held via Zoom
CALL TO ORDER by Mayor Woods at 7:02 pm
ROLL CALL Present- Woods, Graham, Weatherly, Smith, Stelter, Gray
Also Present via zoom: Heather Piper, Ron Szmergalski, Nisca Warthen, Mary Whitsett
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM SEPTEMBER MEETING- motion made by Stelter second by Graham 4-0 pass
PRESENTATION OF CLAIMS motion made by Smith second by Stelter 4-0 pass
FINANCIAL REPORTS for July- motion made by Smith second by Weatherly 4-0 pass
MAYOR Woods reported that the water project and CIP are still continuing.
PUBLIC WORKS It has been a busy month for public works. Lagoon pond one wasn’t draining so we had to drain and bypass pond one and isolate it. It had to be drained slowly so we could still chlorinate. They found 8 ft of flushable rags and hygiene products in that pip. The auger will hopefully eliminate some of this problem. The auger produces a dry cake that fills a can with debris so the debris isn’t making it’s way to the ponds. There is also a broken blower we are trying to get fixed while the pond is drained. Mike has been studying the valve controls and is more comfortable with the valves and how they work and knows how to control the lagoons better. Earlier this year a tree fell on 1st N- this month we brought a lift in and they removed the rest of the tree and trimmed trees in the right of ways around town. Mark and Dan have been using the Durapatcher quite a bit filling in potholes around town. Mike has been cycling valves and hydrants. They have been very busy.
FIRE DEPT- Woods reported the fire department is still busy- they are actually out right now on a grass fire in the big draw. It is still very dry. It is technically open burning season now but people need to know it is still very dry, they need to be careful and they are responsible for the fire. Woods also reported that we have had multiple wrecks this past month and have had to use the jaws to cut a guy out.
POLICE – Woods presented the police report. He also shared that the police had received AEDs for each of the patrol cars through a grant.
LIBRARY -Nisca presented report, stated just 2 of the hot spots were being given out to kids. Woods questioned why more hot spots aren’t going out to the kids for education. Nisca said the board determined they were for the library patrons.
COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM WILL BE ALLOWED
RESOLUTION 2021-05R RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN OF HOT SPRINGS, MONTANA APPROVING INCREASING THE RATES FOR THE USERS OF THE MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM- Resolution read by Woods motion to approve resolution made by Stelter second by Weatherly 4-0 pass
RESOLUTION 2021-06R RESOLUTION OF INTENTION OF THE TOWN OF HOT SPRINGS, MONTANA APPROVING INCREASING THE RATES FOR THE USERS OF THE MUNICIPAL SEWER SYSTEM – Resolution read by Woods motion to approve resolution made by Graham second by Stelter 4-0 pass
DRAW REQUEST #5 O’KEEFE DRILLING PAY APP motion to approve made by Smith seconded by Stelter 4-0 pass
OPEN CONTAINER REQUEST FOR MT BAR – Leslee asked about Halloween- barriers for closing the street on all of main because of trunk or treat. Council voted to approve street closure for MT bar and open container for Oct 10 for 6pm-1am and Oct 31 for 8pm- 1am. Motion made by Stelter second by Smith 4-0 pass
FY2020 AFR CONTRACT -MAGDA NELSON – motion to approve made by Smith Second by Graham 4-0 pass
PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS – none
ADJOURN – 7:45 p.m. Weatherly / Graham 4-0 pass