TOWN of FROMBERG

Minutes of Recent Town Council Meeting (Unofficial)

 

 

Monday, May 1, 2017

 

Mayor Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. Council member Lula Price was not present. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the agenda as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Clerk to change the spelling Wilma to Wilm of the April 3 meeting notes. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve the meeting notes and  minutes of the regular town council meeting of April 3, 2017, as corrected. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of Bank of Bridger bank statements, Valley Federal Credit Union bank statement, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on replacement of three broken windows at town shop with a bid of $810 for just glass replacement. Discussion held on two day class at Bozeman Public Works Department by Montana Rural Water on valves and hydrants to be held May 23rd and 24th with a cost of $300. Discussion on opening of bids on water well system in Billings at Great West Engineering on Thursday May 4. Discussion held on old valves at bulk water system. Great West would like to have a special meeting in Fromberg at 7 P.M. on May 15th .  They will have their recommendation for the bids for the water project. Mayor Anderson told council Nate Wilm is no longer with the town. He took another position. Discussion on meter reading system. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to accept PWD report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, theft of fuel, vandalism at bulk water plant, agency assists, domestic issues, animal control, alleged assault, UA on 15 year old male, transport of prisoner for town court, assisted elderly male who had fallen and could not get up, speeding citations, no insurance citations, no drivers license and  registration citations, parking warnings and U-Turn warnings. Complaint of dumpster on North Street parked on the street needs to be moved. Discussion held on diagonal parking. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Mileage sheet included. Officer Dawson has been requested to present “flag etiquette” to Cub Scouts in Bridger in May. Turned in purchase orders for practice ammo of $25.00 and  reimbursement of 3.50 for lunch for prisoner for the month of  April 2017. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve the  police report and the purchase orders for $25. and $3.50.  Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee – Cox / Van Rooyen: Annette Anderson said the zoning committee has approved the log home at 102 Lovers Lane for Joshua Cox. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve this zoning permit. Approved unanimously.  Annette Anderson said the zoning committee has also approved the new mobile home at 201 Blewett Drive for Janna VanRooyen and is HUD approved. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve this zoning permit. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Clerk gave to council correspondence from MMIA liability, property program, workers compensation program and employee benefits program preliminary rates for the year  2017/2018 to review for next years budget.  Attorney Freeman gave to council Criminal Justice Agency Audit Report which was held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 of the Fromberg/Joliet/Bridger city attorney's offices, focusing on policy compliance. This audit found they were in full compliance with all areas audited. Discussion held on letter found in town hall drop box with no signature asking about zoning for someone building onto their house on School Street. Mayor Anderson and council member Miller said drove by and no issues. Not adding a just wheel chair ramp.

 

Advertising for Public Works Employee: Discussion held. Will wait to advertise.

 

Review Proposed Ordinance to Police Department Title 2 – Chapter 3: Handouts given to council. Attorney Freeman said she and Mr. Nottingham went through the ordinances regarding the police department were antiquated and added language which is in bold. What is in red is proposed to be taken out of the current ordinances. What is in bold is what they want to amend or add to the current ordinances. One ordinance can change the language from Town Marshall to Chief of Police in all the current chapters. Defined what Reserve Officers are and what qualifications are necessary. Gave to council for review and if nothing more to be added or deleted she will put them in ordinance form instead of code form. Clerk to post the changes. Attorney Freeman said can have first reading at the next meeting in June and second reading in July at council meetings. Mayor asked for comments.

 

Review Proposed Police Department Policy, MLEA Handbook: MLEA is Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Handouts of addendum’s were given out for our own police department from Nottingham and his committee. Discussion held. Council will review and will be on the agenda at the next meeting.

 

Old Business:  Ventling asked for council approval for class in Bozeman on May 23rd and 24th at a cost of $300. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve this class. Approved unanimously. Discussion held on Fromberg Days to be held August 26th. Anyone planning to have an ''Event'' selling alcohol, example: street dance or alcohol at the horse shoe pits in the park, needs to fill out a Special Event Policy Application 45 days prior to the event and have at council meeting for approval. Discussion held.

 

Public Comment: (For those items not on the agenda) Jerry Hall discussed small children riding bikes in the street on  School Street who live in trailer house.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, June 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

Town Survey Review

Open To The Public

Mon, April 3, 2017

6:00 PM

           Meeting Notes

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman  were present.  Mayor Anderson asked who was going to be the spokesperson for the people who did the Town Survey. Shirley Miller was spokesperson. Mayor Anderson  handed the  meeting over to Miller. Miller said the survey was done at the suggestion of Tammy Taylor. Marge Taylor, owner of Leather Legends, said Shirley Miller typed the survey and businesses paid for postage to have it mailed out. Miller said survey was for interpretation of how town government and employees are doing as far as performance and attitude. Mayor Anderson explained he had surgery and could not be at last two meeting and postponed meeting until now. Survey results were passed around in audience.  Sandy Bauwens asked about paint marks on streets around pot holes and wanted to know if streets were marked for repair. Miller stated streets not painted by public works and not sure why were painted. Discussion held on streets since someone had mischievously spray painted potholes on the streets. Mayor Anderson said street department would not paint profanities on the streets. Miller called for questions and comments regarding the survey. Randy Wike, owner of The Little Cowboy Bar, asked if anyone knows what a filibuster is. Wike said he thinks the markings on the streets are a wake-up call to town council for putting things off. Wike said there is going to be more painting in the streets and a lot more “stuff” going on in this town and there has been a citizens advocacy group formed to discuss harassment and allowing of problems to go on and all falls into one giant can of worms. Wike asked about letters of correspondence. Mayor explained that will be discussed at the Regular Town Council Meeting tonight at 7 PM. Miller said 345  surveys were sent to persons in town and out of town in the surrounding area and 53 or 54 were returned. Mike Gentling, Town Public Works Director, said surveys were bogus as he had been told some persons filled out multiples of them. He discussed streets and town supplies and said to Wike if you have a problem with the potholes “man up” and come and talk to him about the potholes and said town people need to work together and not tear town apart. He stated he and Nate Wilma have worked hard above and beyond their job descriptions to help persons in this community because they care about the town. He asked who would like to have their families come into our town and see the profanity written on our streets with spray paint and it is just making people mad. Niki Elliott said surveys not a personal attack on Ventling or Wilm. She said she saw on the survey an employee who is a waste of money for the town and maybe money could be redirected to make streets drivable. Miller stated  Ventling and Wilm go on and beyond their job duties to help the town. Tim Nottingham discussed street repair funds. Miller invited all persons to come to budget meetings and budget workshops. Marge Taylor and Mayor Anderson discussed county money and tax money for roads and streets. DJ Allen told Marge Taylor you cannot stop trucks from going down county road. Discussion held. Carol Jones thanked Ventling and Wilm for all the help they have given her while her husband has been ill. Carol also stated her neighbor Sherri had a tree fallen in her yard almost to her house she called the mayor and Mayor Anderson and his wife cut the branches so she would be safe at her home Carol said Sherri never thanked them and complements should be given to them. Jerry Houghtaling asked about road shavings from the state on highway projects. Ventling said that is always already spoken for by the county. Niki Elliott asked about grading of roads and alleys. Discussion held. Carol Jones asked about police training knowledge. Mayor Anderson said that is a question for Chief of Police Dawson. Mayor Anderson said he goes to all kinds of trainings. Niki Elliott suggested passing heavy police cases to county when fresh. Discussion on who hires police officers and what are qualifications. Daisy Hoffman asked how council feels about survey. Mayor Anderson said answers on the survey do not surprise him. Discussion held. Mayor Anderson asked what is expected from the survey? Marge Taylor said she thinks two persons from each side should be on the police commission and on the work. Taylor said she is not happy with how the mayor is boss to his employees. Miller said the most comments on the survey were in regards to the police department and said persons do not feel it is right for him to sit in his office all day except when he goes to lunch. Nate Wilm said he and Ventling got the same review with bad attitudes and wages are too high. Discussion held on police committee in the works. Don Handeland said he feels public works is doing good job. He asked about the painting of the streets if if it was vandalism. The answer was yes. Tim Nottingham discussed police policies and procedures and he is working with Town Attorney Hope Freeman and will bring to council. He also discussed adhoc committee and standing committee. Mayor Anderson recessed the meeting.

 

                                   Minutes For The Regular Town Council Meeting

                                             Monday, April 3, 2017

                                                                           7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson reconvened the meeting. Council member Lula Price, PWD Mike Ventling and Chief of Police Ralph Dawson were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of March 6, 2017. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collection history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of the Bank of Bridger bank statements, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling. Discussion held on fuel tanks for shop, shop garage doors, gravel on road to lagoons and windows for shop. Did receive the confined air space breathing equipment. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to purchase fuel tanks and fuel. Approved unanimously. Ventling will get prices for garage door repairs. Getting bids for gravel. Motion by Miller and seconded Nottingham to approve PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson. Discussion held on welfare checks, trespass, vandalism, agency assists, domestic issues, animal control, assaults, person too sleepy to drive took a break at the park, report of truancy, air soft pistol found at school, speeding,

no motor vehicle insurance, suspended license, vehicle registration expired and unsafe vehicle operation. Mileage sheet included. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo for month of March for $25. DJ Allen thanked officer Dawson for helping sleepy person to take a break at the park. Tim Nottingham thanked officer Dawson for spending more time on the highway. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to accept police report as presented. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the purchase order for practice ammo for the month of March 2017. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson discussed correspondence from MMIA employee benefit program anticipating a 3.9% preliminary medical rate adjustment. Mayor discussed letter from Fromberg Business Association dated March 3, 2017, regarding letter from them dated November 22, 2016. Letter was read and response was given verbally at next meeting. Randy Wike asked why hard copy of that letter not in correspondence file in clerks office. Mayor said he read his response into the record verbally. Attorney Freeman said she has found nothing that requires it to be in writing. Attorney Freeman said it has been recorded is available and the mayor responded. Discussion held on video camera. Mayor Anderson summarized a letter received from Tammy Taylor regarding council approval for a Kevlar vest in the amount of $1000. for Chief Dawson at Town Council Meeting on March 6, 2017 and his duties as an officer. Discussion held.

 

Business Application – Elton Kirtley: Mr. Kirtley said he would like to have several art fairs with some different artists joining him setting up in the park or his yard May 27 through May 29, July 14 through July 16 and August 26th  for Fromberg Days. Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to approve this business license application and no charge for the vendors on August 26th for Fromberg Days. Approved unanimously.

 

Floodplain Permit #17-01, Town of Fromberg: Mayor Anderson is the Floodplain Administrator for the Town of Fromberg. These forms were filled out with the help of Great West Engineering for well water project. Mayor Anderson explained the documents to persons in attendance. Discussion held.  Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to approve the Floodplain Permit with the variance  for the Town of Fromberg. Approved unanimously.

 

Update Meter Reading Hardware and Software: The Mastermeter equipment will cost about $20,000.

Discussion held.

 

Vehicle Parking – Discussion: Discussion held on persons having multiple vehicles and letting them sit. Discussion on junk vehicle ordinance.

 

Call For Growth Policy Study Commission:  Discussion held. Growth Policy Committee sign up will be on counter in office at Town Hall of Fromberg for persons to join in.

 

Spring Cleanup: Clerk has checked with Republic Services. Dates for Spring Cleanup will be Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017. With Bridger doing their cleanup the weekend after ours and both towns share both weekends per Republic Services.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson gave update on sewer lagoon project regarding gravel and water line.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Marge Taylor asked about new subdivision. Mayor said possibly on the the hill. But owner has to go through the county on that. Discussion on new cement parking blocks on main street.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, May 1, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

 

Council President James A. Perkins called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Richard Anderson was not in attendance as he has had surgery. Town council members present: Lula Price, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala were present. Not present Attorney Hope Freeman.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Miller to move agenda item #7 Zoning Committee up on the agenda to #6 below #5 Bills. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to approve the agenda with the amendment to move the agenda item #7  Zoning Committee below agenda item #5 Bills. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Miller to amend the minutes under Old Business concerning the Independent Survey Committee meeting to change the date to April 3, 2017. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve the minutes as amended. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: Mike Semmler turned in a zoning application to zoning committee. Miller stated the committee has recommended to turn the application down. Semmler said used to be two lots with address of 202 and 204 East River Street but has been combined into one lot but can call Red Lodge to have them uncombined. Discussion held. Ventling will check with D.E.S. Fire Warden Tom Kohley on footage between trailers and get information to clerk for Mr. Semmler. Need measurements on zoning application. Clerk to mail Mr. Semmler new zoning application.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Mayor Anderson said he appreciates everyone's hard work in his absence and he will be at the April council meeting. Clerk gave handouts of the Monday, March 13 Growth Policy discussion meeting with presenter Monica Plecker, Community Planner with CTA Architects. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of Bank of Bridger bank statements, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on fuel tanks for shop. Discussion on confined space rescue air equipment for a cost of $4,114.45 which Bridger will split the cost. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to purchase this confined space equipment with the understanding Bridger will split the cost 50/50. Approved unanimously. Discussion held on employee use of town equipment. Ventling stated to Town received a $12,000 John Deere 675B skid steer for the cost of shipping which was $800. Ventling said needs new windshield in truck for the cost of $150. installed. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve new windshield in truck. Approved unanimously. Discussion on Master meter system. Discussion on access into building for ramp and doors for wheel chairs. Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to accept PWD report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, theft, agency assists, intoxicated female, animal control,  pending warrant, vehicle assist stuck on ice, speeding violations, lost trailer plate report provided, upset citizen as cleared snow for his parking not the neighbor and warning for “U turn”. Discussion on trainings attended, upcoming trainings and vacation time. Portable radio repair service fee $75 at Industrial Communications. Mileage sheet included. Discussion on purchase of  ballistic vest for a cost of $1000. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to purchase the vest for $1000. Approved unanimously. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo of $25.00  for the month of February 2017. Marge Taylor said would like to see more revenue brought in by police department. Short discussion on cars on highway. Nottingham held short discussion after visiting with Attorney Freeman.

Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to approve the purchase of practice ammo for $25.00 for the month of February 2017 and to approve the police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: None.

 

Resolution # 465: A Resolution By The Town Of Fromberg, Montana To Execute Two Easements As  Negotiated Between Mike J. And Kelle M. Ventling And The Town Of Fromberg. This resolution was read aloud by Council President Jim Perkins. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to accept this resolution. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: Nottingham said instead of looking at a police commission they are are looking at an ad hoc or standing committee.  Discussion held.

 

Public Comment: (For those items not on the agenda) None.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, April 3, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, February 6, 2017

 

Council President James A. Perkins called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Richard Anderson was not in attendance as he had surgery. Town council members present: Lula Price, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala were present. Not present Attorney Hope Freeman.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of January 9, 2017, as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of Bank of Bridger bank statements, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on meter reading system, meters under warranty and  hand held system. Discussion on well and sewer projects being on track time wise.  Discussion on splitting cost of vac tron truck with Bridger. Discussion on jetter camera. Started using grader to plow. Looking for dump truck. Discussion on confined space equipment. Price asked Ventling to put together a presentation on the topic of confined space equipment and costs. Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to accept PWD report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, vandalism, agency assists, till tip, animal control, disorderly, speeding violations, stop sign violations, parking violations, investigation mother daughter dispute, loud music, ongoing lack of civility issues between neighbors, citizen assist and alleged “creeper-peeper”. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase orders for practice ammo of $25.00  for the month of January 2017. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to approve the purchase of practice ammo for $25.00 for the month of January 2017 and to approve the police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None

 

Correspondence: None.

 

Resolution # 464: Resolution Of The Town Of Fromberg Adopting A Policy Concerning Compliance With IRS Requirements For Tax-Exempt Bonds Issued By The Town. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept this resolution as written.. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: Miller stated the Fromberg Independent  Survey Committee would like to have a meeting with mayor, council and employees if they want to be there one hour prior to the regular council meeting in March. Randy Wike said he would like to have a copy of the letter of response to citizen letter Mayor Anderson read to audience at the December 5, 2016, town council meeting. Discussion held. Miller said all correspondence should be in a file in the clerks office. Clerk to check with Attorney Freeman and have discussion at the next council meeting.

 

Public Comment: (For those items not on the agenda) Nottingham has given update on policies and procedures to Attorney Freeman for review and will meet next week.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, March 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg. A prior 6 PM meeting time on the same day for the survey results from Independent Committee Survey.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, January 9, 2017

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Lula Price, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman  were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Miller said she would like to make a correction to the agenda. Item # 10 Survey Results From Fromberg Improvement Committee Survey she said she would like it to read Survey  Results From Independent Committee as Fromberg Improvement Committee had nothing to do with this survey. Miller said she forgot to change heading on the paperwork.  Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve the agenda. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Mayor Anderson said because he renewed the the town website before the end of the year the town received website for $125. which is the old price for one more year then will go to $400. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of December 5, 2016, as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the bills. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of Bank of Bridger bank statements, Valley Federal Credit Union bank statement, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Mayor asked council if they had any questions on last months employee reports since council eliminated them for last month agenda. The answer was no questions.  Discussion on budget. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Busy snowplowing roads. Discussion held on water meters not reading and the possibility of getting grant monies to purchase new reading system. Backhoe hoses getting warn out, seals starting to leak and front tires needed in the future. Need new windshield on 1994 Dodge Ram pickup. Cost $150. per Ventling. Clerk to check with MMIA for insurance. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to accept PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare check, trespass, theft, vandalism, agency assists, domestic issues, animal control, assaults, warrants served, teens obstructing traffic, teens skipping school, citizen assist with broken garage door, speeding violations, stop sign violations and parking violations. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase orders for practice ammo of $25.00 each for the months of November an December 2016. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve police report. Approved unanimously. Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to approve the purchase of practice ammo for $25.00 each month for November and December 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None

 

Correspondence: None.

 

Don Handeland – Water Bill: Handeland requested an adjustment off water bill getting a credit of $12.50 for water line break which was fixed immediately making usage 5,000 instead of 10,000. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to allow this credit. Approved unanimously.

 

Survey Results From Independent Committee Survey: Handouts were given to council from the committee. Discussion held.  Miller said 347 surveys went out to Fromberg area residents and 53 were answered. They were anonymous and not required to sign. Miller said money for postage was donated and she donated her time, paper and ink to print these. This will be placed on the agenda for the council meeting for comments.

 

Ordinances and Police Committee – James Schuma: Shuma was not in attendance at this time.

 

Fromberg Growth Policy: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman said there are master plans and growth policies. If town wants to amend zoning ordinances as they stand must have a growth policy or adopt the counties growth policy. Council set Monday, March 13 at 7 PM to have growth policy discussion meeting.

 

James Schuma in attendance. Mayor Anderson asked Mr. Schuma if he would like to discuss his agenda topic. Shuma said he has been working with Miller and Nottingham. Discussion held on Police Committee having meetings to create and change policies and procedures for Fromberg Police Department.

 

Mayor Response To Citizen Letter Of December 5, 2016: Mayor Anderson read aloud his letter of response to this letter of December 5, 2016. Nottingham stated the Police Committee is reviewing budget and costs for the police department.

 

Police Department  Complaints, Issues Regarding Employee: Mayor Anderson asked Chief Dawson if he would like to have open meeting or closed executive session. Chief Dawson said closed executive session.  The reason for executive session is to discuss employee. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to have an executive session. Approved unanimously. Executive session began at 8:15 PM and ended at 8:59 PM.

 

Water Well Site Easement – Mike Ventling: Discussion held and easement will be filed with the county. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve this easement. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: None

 

Public Comment: (For those items not on the agenda) Shuma suggested changing the agenda when having executive sessions so it would be at end of meeting. Discussion held.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, February 6, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, December 5, 2016

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Lula Price, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman  were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to eliminate item #6 Employee Reports from the agenda at this meeting. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve the agenda with the amendment. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of November 14, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None

 

Correspondence: Discussion held regarding letter from Carbon County Planning Board stating Julie Jones term on the board expires December 31, 2016. Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter submitted to Mayor Richard Anderson, Council Members Jim Perkins, Lula Price, Shirley Miller and Tim Nottingham. This letter was also sent to Carbon County Sheriff and Carbon County Attorney and was signed by Marge Taylor owner of Leather Legends, Randy Wike owner of the Little Cowboy Bar, Niki Elliott, Alex Wilkens, Diane Dalin owner of Two Bear Tavern and another person signing with just an initial. This letter was regarding complaints and concerns they have about the Fromberg Police Department, mileage of town vehicles and slow action of the Police Committee. Discussion on holding an executive session. Mayor Anderson said he will implement right away mileage logs of town vehicles. Nottingham said he has been working with nine other persons on the Police Committee update but will take more time.

 

Carbon County Planning Board – Julie Jones: Council received letter from Julie Jones requesting reinstatement to this board. Motion by Price and seconded by  Perkins to reinstate Julie Jones to the Carbon County Planning Board. Approved unanimously.

 

Return of Solarbees: Discussion held on the return of the two Solarbee units as a credit to the town of $2500 each. One unit may not be able to be returned. Money will go into the sewer fund. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the proposal from Solarbee to sell the units back to them and they will get them at their leisure. Approved unanimously.

 

Town Website: Discussion held on .gov website. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to maintain this service for $400. per year for domain name and $15.95 per month for web service beginning January 1, 2017.  Approved unanimously.

 

Water Well Site Easement -  Mike Ventling: Mayor Anderson explained since the town is putting in a new well at the pump house DEQ requires a 100 foot radius around the well so the town needs a utility easement for perpetuity. Ventling will discuss with our Town Attorney Hope Freeman.

 

Resolution 463 Bond Resolution Wastewater Project: The preface was read aloud by Mayor Richard Anderson. Town of Fromberg, Carbon County, State of Montana Wastewater Revenue Bond, Series 2016 $283,000 Principal Amount. A resolution directing the preparation of the design, specification and bidding documents and equipment purchase for the Town's proposed improvements and rehabilitation of its waste water system, authorizing and directing the issuance and sale of a revenue bond to the Montana Board of Investments to finance and pay for the costs of producing such documents and equipment acquisition, providing the terms of the bond and creating special funds and accounts and pledging certain revenues as the sole sources of security and payment for such revenue bond. Discussion held. Council had been given advance copies. Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to accept Resolution 463. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: Ventling discussed wastewater project.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Discussion held on crab apple trees on main street littering the sidewalks. Discussion held on main street parking and at post office. Mayor gave clerk permission to continue parking on main street in front of town hall. On next months agenda post issues regarding police department complaints / discussions regarding correspondence. Discussion on a plan for School Street for Carbon County Commissioners. Mayor Anderson said he gave them a plan last year and they rejected it. Discussion on going to their meetings.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, January 9, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, November 14, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  The council meeting scheduled for November 7 was canceled due to lack of quorum. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Shirley Miller and Lula Price. Council member Tim Nottingham was not present. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala were present. Attorney Hope Freeman was on vacation.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of the Public Hearing with Great West Engineering -  Jackie Kuhl on October 3, 2016. Approved unanimously. Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to approve the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of October 3, 2016. Approved unanimously. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of the Public Hearing with Great West Engineering – Jackie Kuhl of October 17, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Perkins had a question regarding one of the bills. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of  Bank of Bridger bank statements, Valley Federal Credit Union bank statement, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on the need for new lights in town shop. T5 lights at $98. per light needing four fixtures and bulbs are $99. for a case of fifteen with pricing from Home Depot but will look into other pricing and can do them in stages. Did get gravel from Tuckers. Have been replacing meters and interpreters on radio read meters as they are going out but under warranty. Injector pump in grader. Need light switch for road grader at a cost of $612. Mayor Anderson said looking into funding for low interest loan to replace meter reading system. Discussion held on when persons from Solarbee might be coming. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller for PWD Ventling to purchase a switch for the grader. Approved unanimously. Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to accept PWD report.  Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, trespass nothing taken, trailer plate either lost or stolen, vandalism broken vacant resident window and camp trailer window, agency assists, issued temporary order of protection, 15 year old assault, minor in possession, partner family member assault, assault on our officer with a knife and resisted arrest,  threat of harm to 15 year old and family, challenging to fight another adult, arguing with sports official at JV volleyball game,  report of gunshots northwest side of town, issued two civil service complaints, foster parent trying to use law enforcement to help straighten out 15 year old,  parents unable to control 14 year old,  issued notices to appear for curfew violations, unsafe parking, south bound trailer no lights and u-turn parking opposite direction of travel. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $25. for October. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the purchase of practice ammo in the amount of $25. Approved unanimously. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None

 

Correspondence:  None

 

Comment Period – The Town will be accepting questions or comments until Monday, November 14, 2016, on the Town's finding of no significant impact to the environment for the construction of the new wastewater lagoon and discharge piping. With no discussion or comment from the public Mayor Anderson said he considered this agenda item taken care of.

 

Intercap Loan Application for Wastewater project: Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded Price  to approve this application. Approved unanimously.

 

Bank Accounts for water and wastewater projects: Discussion held. Mayor Anderson and Council Member James Perkins will be signers on these checking accounts to be set up at the Bank Of Bridger.  Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to open these two checking accounts for the water and wastewater projects. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson discussed Solarbee return for $2500. each for two to be placed on December agenda.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Annette Anderson discussed zoning permits and the handing out of call before you dig cards  in Montana 811 for marking underground utility lines. Clerk to send letter to Wilber Burgess at 439 West River Street and give this information as a new fence is going to be built on his property. Discussion held about different things happening in the community including new growth and new infrastructure. Discussion held on open container laws and professional representation. Marge Taylor asked about police commission meetings. Nottingham is chairman but out of town. Shirley Miller thanked persons in the community for turning out for the soup, salad and bake sale which was held at the Fromberg Fire hall. Randy Wike said Trudi Swanson from Minnesota is the person who did the mural on his building. Discussion held on speeding and nonstop of traffic at cross walk on highway.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, December 5, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, October 3, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Shirley Miller and Lula Price. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Mayor Anderson suggested to move agenda item #10 Bond Council Proposal From Jackson Murdo & Grant, P.C. up on the agenda above agenda item # 9 Great West Engineering – Jackie Kuhl – Interim Financing Application For Rural Development Loan – Intercap. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve this change on the agenda. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the agenda with changes. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of September 12, 2016. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of the Special Town Council Meeting of September 27, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Nottingham had question for Chief Dawson regarding overtime on his time sheet. Answer from Dawson was for call out.  Motion  by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of  Bank of Bridger bank statements, statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on ball field winterized, meter reading system getting worse, meters going dead should be under warranty and Ventling will check on this. Discussion held on meter reading system. Discussion held on grader injection pump to  be rebuilt costing between $1900.00 to  $2400.00 and  injectors need rebuilt (4 cylinder) at approximately $100.00 each. Kevin Rysavy would take to Billings and they would send it to Idaho or California. Ventling looking into shipping to them directly and will check on pricing. Motion by Price and seconded by Miller to accept PWD report and to approve the repair on the grader with injectors and pump. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on vandalism/slashed tires, six agency assists, unfounded domestic issues, child protection services, disorderly, warrants, kids on street after dark no violation of curfew, prescription drug drop off for disposal as Bridger Clinic will not accept, report of panhandling from neighbors, complaint of junk around Samm's Automotive cleaned up, speeding violation, parking warnings, Tomahawk had automobile parked in lot several days on their private property plates were run and unsafe operation of a vehicle elderly male suspended license. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $25. for September. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept police report and the purchase of practice ammo in the amount of $25. Approved unanimously.

Zoning Committee:  Annette Anderson said one pending.

 

Correspondence:  None

 

Bond Council Proposal From Jackson Murdo & Grant, P.C.: Discussion held on Bond Council Proposal for Town of Fromberg water and wastewater projects. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to hire Jackson Murdo & Grant, P.C. Attorneys to be Bond Council. Approved unanimously.

 

Great West Engineering – Jackie Kuhl – Interim Financing Application For Rural Development Loan – Intercap: Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept this application for the wastewater project. Approved unanimously.

 

Great West Engineering Wastewater Contract: Discussion held on this wastewater contract. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve Mayor Richard Anderson to sign this contract. Approved unanimously.

 

Resolution # 462 – Rural Development Loan: Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept this resolution with Mayor listed on line 17 to be responsible. The vote was four yeas. Approved unanimously.

 

Rural Development Grant Agreement: Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to approve this agreement. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: None.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Marge Taylor asked about police commission start up. Nottingham said getting in order to present to attorney. Marge Taylor asked if there is a global positioning system (GPS) on the police car. Answer is no. Discussion held. Randy Wike asked about acronyms used on grants and in police report. Mayor Anderson gave explanations. Discussion on police car mileage, handicapped ramps and employee parking.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, November 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg. Public Hearing October 17 6:30 PM.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Monday, September 12, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham and Lula Price. Council member Shirley Miller ill and not in attendance. PWD Mike Ventling not present on vacation. Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the agenda as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Public Hearing notes of August 1, 2016,  on the 2016-2017 Preliminary Budget were presented to council. Minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of August 1, 2016,  were presented to council. Mayor Anderson requested a change in wording on page two paragraph three regarding Bulk Water Rehab to add the words for new bulk water facility before $56, 000. The corrected sentence reads: Estimated cost for new bulk water facility is $56,000. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the change in wording for the Bulk Water Rehab. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of August 1, 2016, as amended. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail for July and August, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of  Bank of Bridger bank statements,  statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. The skipped meter report will be given at the October council meeting when PWD Ventling present to discuss. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling was reviewed by council. Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept PWD report. Approved unanimously. Discussion on Great West Engineering water well project.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, credit card fraud, threatening text messages (suspect computer generated scam), agency assists, open container, obstruction / assault at the Little Cowboy Bar and closing issues at the Two Bear Tavern, compliance check of pedestrians turned out to be non alcoholic, animal control issue with barking dogs, curfew violations, complaint of dumpster on right of way, walk in report of fire north of mile marker 34, speeding citations and investigations, unlicensed four wheeler, parking and  U turn warnings. Discussion on scams telephone going on. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $35. for June, July and August. Discussion held on ammo and training for reserve officer. Discussion on mountain lion sitings. Randy Wike asked Chief Dawson if he issued any tickets for open containers during Fromberg Day and the answer was no. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept police report and the purchase of practice ammo in the amount of $35. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee:  Shane and Lisa Loftus presented to council a zoning application for stick built construction houses and a garage on the front property at 331 East River Street in Fromberg. They will need separate water and sewer hookups. They were accompanied by Jolyn Evertz of Anchor Properties. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve this zoning application with contingency they get letters of approval from the county planner and county sanitarian and present back to council. Approved unanimously. Council viewed maps. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to authorize Mayor Richard Anderson to write a letter of acknowledgment regarding the property at 331 East River Street, Fromberg, Mt.  that the Town of Fromberg has no claim to any areas of this property for streets, alleys or access easements and has no need for the exception to be continued. Approved unanimously. Discussion was held by Bill Rivers regarding Kevin Rysavy property. Mayor Anderson explained proper procedure for complaints are for persons to come into Town Hall office and fill out complaint forms which are then given to Chief Dawson and or council for review.

 

Correspondence:  None

 

Fall Cleanup: Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price for Fall Cleanup to be held Friday, October 14, 8 AM to 3 PM with one truck then Saturday, October 15, 8 AM to 3 PM two trucks and Sunday, October 16 two roll off boxes at the park. Approved unanimously.

 

Special Events Policy Changes – Attorney Hope Freeman: Attorney Freeman is clarifying this policy by inserting the words: the sale of alcohol on town property in paragraph five, on town property in paragraphs six and seven and paragraph eight under security change words to say special events permit that includes the sale, service or consumption of alcoholic beverages on town property. Attorney Freeman is asking council to approve the new bold print of the Special Events Policy. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the bold print changes of this policy. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: None.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Jerry Hall discussed Lori Johnson property. Randy Wike asked about extra security. Discussion held.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, October 3, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham and Lula Price. Council member Shirley Miller ill and not in attendance. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of July 11, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, discussion on tax voucher detail, council received revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of  Bank of Bridger bank statements,  statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on two fire hydrants $3500. each. Nate Wilm has new hydrant will sell for $1000. Fire hydrant purchases has been approved by council. Ventling said he does have paint for town hall, discussion held on street paving, torn up streets and zoning. Annette Anderson requested an old fire hydrant for display at the museum. Discussion on clothing allowance. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve up to $200. per year clothing allowance for shirts, pants and boots for each public works person. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare check, unfounded theft, harassment threats from ex-room mate, agency assists, transport to town court, disorderly, delivered “Events Policy” to all bars, animal control, civil service, writ of possession served, 3 trial subpoenas served, Lovers Lane exit tree limb removed off road, fence panel attached to power pole can be cut if needed,  three speeding citations, VIN inspections, open container citation on sidewalk at Little Cowboy Bar and licensee was present, fireworks complaint, dog license warnings, stop sign warnings on school street, parking and U-turn violations and unsafe operation of a vehicle. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $20. for July. Nottingham asked Dawson about two hours of overtime. It was for a call out on Sunday. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to accept police report and the purchase of practice ammo in the amount of $20. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee:  Bob McNeiley signed and returned to council the conditions written up by Annette Anderson member of the zoning committee working with Tom Kohley of the Carbon County DES and the Fromberg Fire Department. Discussion held on new zoning packet to be presented at next council meeting.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud letter from NAPA in Bridger thanking town for the business. They have sold to Car Quest Auto Parts. Mayor Anderson discussed letter from MMIA stating town successfully completed the renewal review and town is covered for the Endorsement for Employment Practices Coverage (EPC) which Attorney Freeman updated. Mayor Anderson discussed letter and invoice from Great West Engineering for the New Municipal Well Project 2-09106. Discussion held on sewer project. Received mills and 2016 Certified Taxable Valuation Information from Montana Department of Revenue.

 

Fromberg Days – Mark and Leza Vargas: Mr. and Mrs. Vargas were not in attendance. Clerk stated what she and Mrs. Vargas had discussed about them possibly serving treats on Fromberg Days at their business called Apex Automotive at 108 Highway Avenue, Fromberg. Council said it is their private property and up to them.

 

Bulk Water Rehab: Council has made a decision to demolish the old bulk water station. Estimated cost $56,000. Discussion held. Mayor will set up workshop with Great West Engineering for a question and answer session.

 

2016-2017 Mill Levy Resolution #460: Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve this mill levy resolution as read. Approved unanimously.

 

2016-2017 Final Budget Resolution #461: Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the 2016-2017 Final Budget Resolution. Approved unanimously. If any changes were to be made they would have to be brought to council and done by a budget amendment.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson read aloud old local government review study which was done in 2005.  Last review was put on ballot in 2014 for year 2015 and people in the town said no do not need to review the local government. This is put on ballot every five years for the towns people to vote on if they choose to have a local government review. Next review will be on ballot in 2019 to be done in the year 2020. Discussion held.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Ventling said Wayne Guptill living down from Cactus Drive saw a large mountain lion in his yard on July 28th and a bear has been seen on West River Street. Randy Wike asked questions about volunteer police officer for the town. Attorney Freeman said volunteer officers are not an employee of the town. Wike discussed volunteer officers, stop signs on School Street, angle parking on main street, open container and junk vehicle laws. Discussion held.

Annette Anderson said Fromberg Day posters are up and Clarks Fork Valley Museum has 100 year display.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, July 11, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Shirley Miller and Lula Price.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Mayor Anderson held a moment of silence for Mayor of Bridger, Scott DeRudder, who passed away.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to move the Zoning Committee up on the agenda under Employee  Reports. Approved unanimously. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the agenda as changed. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting of June 6, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, copy of  Bank of Bridger and Valley Federal Credit Union bank statements,  statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual as reports. Council also received a certificate maturity notice from the Valley Federal Credit Union. Discussion held.

Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on well work done, painting of Town Shop and Town Hall, labor shared with Bridger employees and paved in Bridger last week and will pave in Fromberg week of July 25 and will need four loads of hot mix. Gravel has been approved. Discussion held on clothing, meter reading system and lawn sweep. Mayor and public works will meet with Chad Hanson from Great West Engineering Tuesday July 12 at 10 AM on the new well. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to accept PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare check, theft of services, harassment, vandalism, agency assists, temporary protection violation, DUI and open container, animal control, civil service, proof of insurance, vin inspection, stop sign violation, parking and U-turn violations and unsafe operation of a vehicle. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Turned in purchase order for practice ammo $20. Replaced fuel pump on Tahoe $700. Discussion held on service of police Tahoe, different vehicle for police department, reserve police officer and a  Citizens Committee. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to appoint Shirley Miller as chairman of Citizens Committee to get citizens together and get with Attorney Freeman to review ordinances and town codes and to publicize when having meetings. Approved unanimously. Nottingham said he has not made any progress on Police Policies and Procedures Committee yet but has talked to several people. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to accept police report and the purchase of practice ammo. Approved unanimously.

Zoning Committee: Annette Anderson presented to council the Bob McNeiley plan for his new manufactured  home on a permanent foundation at 17 Benson Drive. Discussion held.  Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve this zoning application with the following conditions written up by Annette Anderson member of the zoning committee. Mr. McNeiley will work with Tom Kohley of the Carbon County DES and the Fromberg Fire Department to insure the proper permits are obtained and instructions followed to meet the requirements necessary to remove the old home presently on the property. Mr. McNeiley will have the site cleared of debris and prepared for the new home as quickly as possible and that the debris will be properly disposed of following Tom Kohley's guidelines. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson discussed  letter sent out to all homeowners which provides information on the programs that the Town of Fromberg are engaged in regarding FEMA Flood Insurance Program and your local Zoning Ordinance. Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter from Tammy Taylor  giving an example of survey for Town of Fromberg employees pay raises.  Mayor Anderson explained pay raise coming up is for cost of living raise. Discussion held on mailing out a voluntary survey. Mayor will look up old survey.

 

Cheryl Lynn Tatum – Fireworks:Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter from Ms. Tatum unhappy with how many days fireworks were aloud over the 4th of July weekend. Discussion held. Mayor Anderson said 4th of July fireworks policy will be posted each year from now on and thanked Ms. Tatum for bringing that to council attention.

 

Hope Freeman – Approval of Personnel Policy: Attorney Freeman made revisions to the personnel policy suggested by MMIA Insurance Company. Clerk did send revisions to MMIA for review and have been approved. Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve the changes as written on the Personnel Policy. Approved unanimously.

 

ADA (Americans With Disability Act): The completion and adoption of this ADA Inventory and Transition Plan for the Town of Fromberg is a requirement for CDBG funding for the sewer. Page 2 of the document needs to be signed by mayor and council after council adopts it. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to adopt the ADA Plan. Approved unanimously.

 

Fromberg Days – Fire Department: Mike Ventling said Fromberg Days will be August 27th at the Municipal Park with a pig roast and turkeys at 2 PM at baseball fields, parade at noon, gun and bow raffle, horse shoe tournaments at the park and dunk booth. Annette Anderson said school will be open for 100 year anniversary self tour and Clarks Fork Valley Museum will also be open.

 

2016 – 2017 Preliminary Budget: Mayor Anderson gave handouts of the 2017 Preliminary Operating Budget, wage dispersment 2016-2017, fund report 2016-2017 and projected fund changes. Discussion held on budget and revenues brought in. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve the 2016-2017 preliminary budget. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: Mayor stated  sometime this year he is going to stop doing town website and domain name as not feasible. Discussion held.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Ilsa Dawson discussed crosswalk on highway and speeding autos.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, August 1, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg with a public hearing on 2016-2017 Preliminary Budget from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Monday, June 6 , 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Shirley Miller and Lula Price.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Bill Rivers requested zoning be moved up on the agenda under employee reports. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to move the Zoning Committee up on the agenda under Employee  Reports. Approved unanimously. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to approve the agenda as changed. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting May 2, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Nottingham had questions regarding repairs on Chief Dawson police Tahoe. Discussion held. Council will hold more discussion on this topic at the next budget workshop. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, and Bank of Bridger bank statements as reports. The statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual are at the end of the agenda items to go with the 2015-2016 budget review. Clerk thanked Mike Ventling and Nate Wilm for repairing the Town Hall front door. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on mowing, watering, meter reading system, work on well tentative schedule Monday June 13, curb stops needing to be replaced, nitrate testing. Ventling stated community service workers scraping and painting Town Shop, Town Hall, concessions at ball field and chlorine house. Mayor asked Ventling about discussion of painting and cost of paint. Ventling said had discussion last year of painting the shop and cost of paint approximately $200. Ventling said needs asphalt and gravel and will get costs to present to council at July council meeting. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare check, trespass, stalking, vandalism,

agency assists, 3 MIP and 1 adult contributing, domestic issues, animal control, assault, CPS walkins, disorderly, report of rotten deer, cease and desist of door to door salesman until business license in hand, B-B gun warning, weed warning letters sent based upon complaint, no insurance associated with Justice Court warrant, drivers license suspended / revoked associated with Justice Court warrant, evicted person at Anderson  trust having issues, parking and U turn warnings. Discussion on trainings attended and upcoming trainings. Discussion on service of police Tahoe. Tahoe still has a miss and he has to take it back. Dawson will be on vacation June 15 through June 20. Requested $20. for practice ammo for the month of June.  Miller had question on reserve police officer and why it did not go through council to get one and why does the Town need a reserve police officer. Dawson said under his jurisdiction to hire or fire reserves.  Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve the police report including purchase order of $20. for practice ammo. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: Mike Semmler purchased two properties at 202 and 204 East River. Bill Rivers said had old trailer on property at 202 East River tore it down and wanted to put another trailer on property years ago but council refused it. Semmler started getting billed for water and sewer  at 202 East River in March 2016 as new rates went into effect and since getting bill wants to know if can put something on second lot to rent out as hookups already there. Discussion held. Clerk had not been advised these two properties had been combined with the Carbon County Assessor in Red Lodge. Council will check with DEQ and will check out RV policies and get back to him. Clerk to refund $90. to Semmler for the months of March and April and to remove the charges of $45. for the month May and combine properties. Bill Rivers said the Lorene Johnson at 24 Harley zoning application will be approved but she must move the carport back 15 feet from the property line. Rivers said she is aware of that. Rivers said fence, shed and two garbage cans in alley are approved. Annette Anderson said Lorene is aware she needs to come back to council for a new zoning permit when ready for covered porch. Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve this zoning permit with the  15 foot carport set back. Approved unanimously.  Bill Rivers said zoning committee did approve Steven Soelter of 5 Bartlett zoning application to build a 26' X 30' new construction pole-post frame building on the rear corner of his lot by the alley. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to approve his zoning application. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud  letter council received from Mike and Diane Dalin owners of the Two Bear Tavern letting council know they will be having their Annual Anniversary Party and pig roast starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, June 24th, with live music on the patio and would like permission for the band to play from 8:30 PM until 1:30 AM on June 25th asking permission to rope off the front sidewalk on West River Street and to lift the open container law for the evening on the sidewalk. Their patio is in their floorplan. They would also like to be allowed to use Carbon County Reserves for police protection in order to keep their costs down. Mike Dalin was at this meeting. Mayor Anderson asked Chief Dawson to discuss his recommendations. Discussion held on Town of Fromberg Special Events Policy with the 45 day notice. Discussion held. Mike Dalin said will not rope off sidewalk and will keep people in his floorplan and will have the music close down at 1 AM as to clear the site on time. Attorney Freeman interjected the Town of Fromberg Events Policy is for using public property.  If not using public property and not asking permission to use public property and not selling alcohol on public property she does not see security is needed. Further discussion held. Council thanked Dalin for letting council know of function. Council said they were alright with decision. Dalin invited everyone to attend.

 

Bulk Water Building: Discussion held on tear down of the old building. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to tear down the old bulk water building and salvage what they can. Approved unanimously.

 

Hope Freeman – Personnel Policy: Attorney Freeman made revisions to the personnel policy suggested by MMIA Insurance Company. All council members had copy to review. Discussion held. Council will review at July 11Town Council Meeting. Clerk to send revisions to MMIA for review and approval.

 

Police Department Policy and Procedures Review: Shirley Miller said Tim Nottingham is unofficial chairman of  committee to set up Police Department Policy and Procedures Review Study Commission. Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Price to set up this committee. Approved unanimously. Mayor Anderson asked Nottingham if he was willing to serve as chairman of this committee. His answer was yes. He was appointed as chairman. Attorney Freeman said these meetings will need to be posted, must have an agenda, clerk to record and take work session notes  and open to the public. This committee is to bring recommended changes back to council for vote. Council members attending will get paid for these meetings. Discussion held. No date set yet.

 

2016 – 2017 Preliminary Budget: Council will hold a budget workshop Monday June 27th at 7 PM open to the public. Special Town Council Meeting to be held Monday June 20th at 7 PM Great West Engineering on sewer project open to the public.

 

Old Business: Clerk gave council explanation of Judge Schara budget.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Irwin Sankey had a request to take down the stop signs on School Street and enforce the 15 MPH speed limit. Discussion held. Discussion held on bulk water building. Annette Anderson said Clarks Fork Valley Museum will be open at the end of this month. Historic Preservation – it is possible Fromberg is going to get the oldest school building in Carbon County as Red Lodge did not want it. Mrs Anderson said she has brought books in the Town Hall office for persons to read from Fromberg born authors or about the area and Elk Basin. School will be open on Fromberg Days with 100 years of graduation pictures to view. Cards will be for sale at museum for $4.00 each including envelopes. Discussion held on building at 115 West River Street.

 

2015-2016 Budget:  Will review at work shop.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, July 11, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, May 2 , 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Shirley Miller and Lula Price.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, and Attorney Hope Freeman were present. Town Clerk, Brenda Kansala, was at Montana Clerk Institute in Billings.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the agenda as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting April 4, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by Mayor Richard Anderson. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, and Bank of Bridger and Valley Federal Credit Union bank statements as reports. The statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual are at the end of the agenda items to go with the 2015-2016 budget review. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to accept clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Discussion held on Swisher 60” cut three blade pull behind mower for $1,000. Working with American on well. Discussion on lawn sweep, camera for sewer, smoke testing of sewer lines, sander and meter reading system. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare check, trespass, theft, agency assists,

domestic issues, animal control, youth detention transport, call out loud music, report of “bikers” harassing motor vehicle, call out structure fire/fatality, waste oil dumping, battery charger theft, citation for no insurance and expired registration, warnings for reverse u-turn and non working headlight. Sheriff recommended town budget for MDT computer and support program unknown if will receive grant money cost is $3,000. Discussion on meetings attended. Requested $20. for practice ammo and gave council budget information for next year. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve $20. for practice ammo request. Approved unanimously. Motion by Price and seconded by Nottingham to approve police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Received copy of opinion letter from Attorney Hope Freeman which she sent to Rural Development as they requested indicating the town of Fromberg is formed under Section 7-3-201, MCA which provides for a commission-executive form of government.

 

Great West Engineering – Water Well Project: Discussion held on addendum to water well contract from Great West Engineering, Amendment No.2 to Owner-Engineer Agreement, Engineer Project No. 2-09106. Questions were asked by James Schuma. More discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve the agreement with Great West Engineering and move forward on the water well. Approved unanimously.

 

Opening Of  Bids For Barley Field Lease: Mayor Anderson opened the only sealed bid the town received. The deadline for bids was  Friday, April 29, 2016 by 5 PM. The sealed bid was from Nathan Wilm and Mike Ventling was for $200.00 a year. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve this bid of $200. a year to lease the Barley Field for cutting hay only. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee:  Chief Dawson said Steven Soelter came into his office today asking to put up a portable canvas car port. Council said it would be alright.

 

2016 – 2017 Preliminary Budget: Attorney Hope Freeman gave to council a letter stating her budget to remain the same for 2016-2017 not asking for additional compensation under her contract. Mayor gave to council a preliminary budget and discussion held. Council will hold a budget workshop June 1, 2016, at 7 PM.

 

Old Business: None.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda):  Ventling discussed OSHA Inspection which took place Tuesday, April 19  while he was in Salt Lake and waiting back for report.  Discussion on sewer.

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Price to authorize PWD Ventling to purchase mower for $1000. with funds coming from the Public Works Fire Protection Maintenance and Repair account. Approved unanimously. Discussion on Dawson budget. Discussion on neighborhood watch.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, June 6, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, April 4 , 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Shirley Miller and Lula Price. Tim Nottingham was ill.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to adopt the agenda as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting March 7, 2016. Approved unanimously. Discussion on placing an ad in Carbon County News for leasing of the Barley Field with opening of  bids at May 2, 2016, council meeting.

 

Bills: Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve the bills. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk told council how congenial Brenda Buckmiller was as clerk observed Buckmiller stopping cars behind her on highway so children could cross at crosswalk. Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. New water and sewer rates starting in March are in effect and the bills have gone out. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, and Bank of Bridger bank statements as reports. The statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual are at the end of the agenda items to go with the 2015-2016 budget. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve clerk report. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling said meter reading system is top priority and  hand held from Master Meter is becoming obsolete. Discussion held after he gave council information for a new laptop MasterLinx drive-by reading system from HD Supply in the amount of $19,686.18. Discussion held on more funding and should have an answer by May 16th and could have contracts to review at June council meeting. Lagoon construction could start this fall. Ventling said possible grant money for camera for sewer. Ventling brought up discussion regarding Nate Wilm using own cell phone for public works business wondering if council wanted to reimburse him for use. Discussion held. Josh Jabalera with Midwest Assistance Program coming next week to do smoke testing on sewer lines free of charge. Town received CAT 130G grader for $3000. from county commissioners. Ventling needs new printer as screen cracked.  Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller for Ventling to purchase new printer. Approved unanimously. Discussion on Wilm cell phone. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to approve PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, three calls regarding civil matter, trespass, theft, vandalism, agency assists, animal control calls, complaint of unauthorized use of motor vehicle by 13 and 14 year old, complaint of contractors burning shingles at fitness center, adult female non violent issue with mother getting ride to shelter in Billings DSVS and APS notified, parking and unsafe operation of vehicle, parking issue on north side of West River along ditch, call out motor vehicle 2nd crash in two days pending re-exam. Dawson asked council to approve $20. practice ammo for month of February. Discussion held on used  vehicles. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to approve $20. for practice ammo. Approved unanimously. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to approve police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Everett Edwards received a plaque of commendation on behalf of the Town Council of Fromberg on Thursday, March 24. The local blacksmith and metal artist has been an important part of Fromberg's Main Street since 1966, making his 50 year tenancy the longest running in Carbon

County. Pictures and writeup were placed in the Carbon County News which ran March 31, 2016.  The town received a letter from Bridger Veterinary Clinic stating due to poor participation in the year 2015 they will not be having a dog clinic in April at the Fromberg Town Shop.

 

Susan Melker – Approval For Parade May 21: Mrs. Melker stated there will be no parade because of graduation the same weekend. The Tomahawk Car Show and Rod Run will be large with persons wanting to park along the highway and Mrs. Melker is requesting if Chief Dawson could possibly get some slow signs in the area the day of the event taking place from 11:00AM to 5 PM including cookout with music from 1 PM to 5 PM. Dawson said he will talk to DOT and report back to Mrs. Melker.

 

MMIA Employee Benefit Program: Council received health benefits plan to review for employees. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to stay with same MMIA medical plan as last year.  Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: Discussion held regarding revised zoning permit coming from Lori Johnson at 24 Harley. Clerk to call her to suggest she call 811 for line locates and have survey done by surveyor to locate property pins.

 

Old Business: None.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Annette Anderson with the Historic Preservation Committee said they are doing a 100 year Fromberg school anniversary project at the school. She has found books written by someone who lived in Fromberg and books written about Fromberg which are going to be loaned out at the Town Hall of Fromberg. The first graduation class from Fromberg was in 1916. The Clarksfork Valley Museum this summer will have a display which deals with the 100 year Fromberg school anniversary.

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, May 2, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, March 7, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins and Tim Nottingham. Shirley Miller was ill. Attorney Hope Freeman was out of town. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adopt the agenda as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Letter of Interest For Council Seat: Lula Price gave her letter of interest to council. Council Member Shirley Miller submitted a letter for Lula Price to fill the council seat vacancy. Council appointed Lula Price to fill this vacant seat.

 

Oath  of Office for Council Seat: Lula Price read her Oath Of Office aloud and was sworn in by Mayor Richard Anderson. She will hold this seat until December 31, 2017.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting February 1, 2016. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by town clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register as reports. The Bank of Bridger statement will be late as it is now getting mailed out of Iowa. The statement of expenditure budget vs actual and statement of revenue budget vs actual are at the end of the agenda items to go with the 2015-2016 budget. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve clerk report. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Replaced culvert in alley at Mine Spur Loop, need more gravel, need to add pipe at baseball field, jetted at lagoon, replaced fuel pump on jetter truck, degreased manholes at upper end of West River Street and need more degreaser, did compliance inspection for Rural Development, need camera for sewer with possible split between Fromberg, Bridger and Joliet possible cost $12,000. Rural Development said possible grant funds available. Nate Wilm did go to the Great Falls Water Conference February 16, 17 and 18 and did well. Discussion held on getting a Town credit card. Josh Jabalera from Midwest Assistance Program is going to run a smoke test in four sewer lines that go under the main ditch. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham for Ventling to purchase six loads of gravel. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to get a Town credit card with a $2500. credit line. Approved unanimously. Discussion held on bulk water plant and new water well. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, trespass, unfounded theft, broken windows, reunited 12 year old girl with parents, vandalism, agency assists, domestic issues, animal control calls, assaults, report of chemical smell, motor vehicle violations of speeding, proof of insurance, registration and drivers license, stop sign, parking and unsafe operation of vehicle. Dawson asked council to approve $20. practice ammo for month of February. Discussion held on used  vehicles. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve $20. for practice ammo. Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Council discussed letter received from Vicki Boyd requesting permission from council to place some taller curb stops at her expense in front of her building at 113 West River Street because vehicles have jumped the small curb stops and her property has been damaged several times. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve the parking blocks with PWD Ventling approval.  Approved unanimously. Discussion held on letter from Pace Infrastructure Systems regarding municipal maintenance contract.

 

Republic Services: Julia Jones asked council what date the town would like to have Spring Cleanup. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to have Spring Cleanup Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 15, 16, and 17 with one truck on Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM and Saturday two trucks from 8 AM to 3 PM and Sunday two roll off boxes with dumpsters at the park all three days. Approved unanimously. Ventling said he has broken garbage cans. Julia said she will get him ten or more new cans sent to town shop.

 

Advertise To Lease Out Barley Field: Discussion held. Motion by Price and seconded by Perkins to place ad in newspaper for bids to lease out the Barley Field. Approved unanimously.

 

Ordinance # 264 Second Reading. An Ordinance Allowing For Angle Parking On Certain Streets In The Town Of Fromberg read aloud by Mayor Richard Anderson. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Price to approve this ordinance. Approved unanimously. This ordinance will become effective 30 days from today.

 

Appointment of Flood Administrator – Executive Stop Of  Resolution# 460: Discussion held. Mayor Anderson said received calls from persons from the state and after discussion with them has chosen to do a veto on resolution # 460 so we do not loose any funding money. Town will remain in  Flood Plan Program and he will be the administrator at this time. Council agreed with Mayor Anderson.

 

Zoning Committee: None.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson held discussion on sewer lagoon reports for Great West Engineering and Rural Development. Ventling held discussion on sewer lagoons.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, April 4, 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham and  Shirley Miller. Have one vacant council seat. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala  and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adopt the agenda as written. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting December 7, 2015. Approved unanimously. Clerk presented to council Public Hearing Meeting notes which she will sign off on and place in book with minutes.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by Mayor Anderson. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register,  a copy of the Bank of Bridger and Valley Federal Credit Union bank statements as reports. The statement of expenditure budget vs actual,and statement of revenue budget vs actual are at the end of the agenda items to go with the 2015-2016 budget. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Manhole at Sage still plugging up, received second free load of sand from the state, the well replacement pitless adapter parts are here, test wells drilled at lagoon are in, Nate Wilm will be going to the Great Falls Water Conference February 16, 17 and 18. Discussion held.

Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve PWD report. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on welfare checks, vandalism, agency assists,  animal control calls, assaults, disorderly minor, civil service warrant, citations, warnings, investigations. Requesting purchase of  practice ammo total of $40. for December and January. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve police report as given and the purchase of two months of practice ammo. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter from Bob and Lori Vogele thanking Mike Ventling for his professional and calming effort when Frank Neiss was waiting for ambulance transport to Billings. Council was given IRS 2016 mileage rates.

 

Resolution # 455  Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy was read aloud by Mayor Anderson. Council asked Brenda Kansala Town Clerk if she would like to be be EEO officer. Answer was yes. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to appoint Brenda Kansala as EEO officer and to approve this resolution. Approved unanimously.

 

Resolution # 456  Exhibit 4-A Budgetary Authority Resolution was read aloud by Mayor Anderson. This resolution is in regard to receiving grant money and where to allocate the funds. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve this resolution.  Approved unanimously.

 

Resolution # 457  Section 504 and ADA Complaint Resolution Procedures and ADA Complaint Form (Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) was read aloud by Town Attorney Hope Freeman. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve this resolution. Approved unanimously.

 

Resolution # 458  A Final Resolution To Increase The Rates and Charges For Water Services, And Update The Rates And Fees In The Table Of Fees, By the Town Of  Fromberg, Montana was read aloud by Town Attorney Hope Freeman. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve this resolution. Approved unanimously.

 

Resolution # 459 A Final Resolution To Increase The Rates And Charges For The Services Provided By The Sewer System, And Update The Rates And Fees In The Table Of Fees, By The Town Of Fromberg, Montana was read aloud by Town Attorney Hope Freeman. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve this resolution. Approved unanimously.

 

Parking on 100 Block of West River Street. Discussion held. Ordinance # 264 First Reading. An Ordinance Allowing For Angle Parking On Certain Streets In The Town Of Fromberg Read aloud by Town Attorney Hope Freeman. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to approve this first reading after spelling corrections. Approved unanimously.

 

Appointment of Flood Administrator Or Resolution # 460 To Withdraw From FEMA Program. Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to withdraw from the FEMA Flood Program and to accept this resolution. Approved unanimously.

 

Appointment of  Environmental  Administrator. Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter to Debra Demarais, Montana Department of Commerce, Community Development Division, Helena, Mt. Notifying her that Richard Anderson, Mayor of Fromberg, Mt is designated as the Environmental Certifying Official responsible for all activities associated with the environmental review process to be completed in conjunction with the 2015 CDBG grant awarded to the Town of Fromberg, Mt. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve this assignment of Mayor Richard Anderson. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None.

 

Old Business: None.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Annette Anderson held discussion on the Rays School in Red Lodge possibly being moved to Fromberg.

 

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, March 7 2016, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

Public Hearing

Notes

 

Monday, January 4, 2016

6:00 PM

 

This Public Hearing was held at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Mayor, Richard Anderson, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Town Council members present were Jim Perkins and Shirley Miller.  Town Clerk, Brenda Kansala, was present. Not present Council Member Tim Nottingham.

 

 

The purpose of this hearing was to explain proposed changes to the water and sewer rates and obtain opinions and comments from the public.

 

 Discussion was open to the public. Nine persons were in attendance. Prior to persons making statements and asking questions each person stated their name. Questions were asked and statements were made by Sandy Bauwens, Cheryl Lynn Tatum, Jerry Houghtling, Jerry Hall, Annette Anderson, James Schuma and Julie Jones.

 

Mayor Anderson read aloud the only letter received from Mary Lou Pilati. He addressed all the issues in her letter. Discussion held.

 

Notices of this Public Hearing ran in the Carbon County News on December 17, 24, and 31, 2015. Notice of this Public Hearing and proposed rate increases for water and sewer was sent out by first class mail to all property owners and was posted on the front window of the Town Hall, at the US Post Office, the Town of Fromberg Fire Department and Fromberg Senior Citizens front window.

 

With no more comments from the public meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

Monday, November 2, 2015

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and  Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Flint to accept the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting October 5, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Municipal Election is Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at Fromberg School. Polls are open noon to 8:00 PM. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail, combined check register, statement of expenditure budget vs actual, statement of revenue budget vs actual, a copy of the Bank of Bridger bank statement and Valley Federal Credit Union bank statement as reports. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Main valves need to be replaced, hydrants at Lovers Lane and Carbon and Missouri need replaced do not drain and cost to repair about $2500 or $2600 each. With shut off valve $3500. Shop lights need to be updated, bulk water system not working again, replaced entire fire hydrant at school and placed another test station by the hydrant. Mower/sweeper/brush hog they are talking about building their own. Big plow for backhoe they put a different angle on it. Small plow is mounted on the Dodge now. Vehicles, little equipment, jumping jack, back hoe, packer all need to be serviced. AO Smith gas water heater in the shop not working. Cost for fluids and filters on back hoe approximately $800. Discussion held on bulk water system. Motion by Flint to approve PWD report including appropriating money for two new hydrants and get parts and fluids to service the vehicles. Motion by Perkins to second Flints motion with an amendment to add the purchase of the water heater. Flint seconded Perkins amended motion. Approved unanimously. Ventling asked if should purchase hydrants right now. Mayor Anderson said use your discretion as the Fire Chief regarding public safety.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: theft, coroner call, animal control, assault, disorderly conduct, picked up firearms from resident who has son coming to live with him (Fed parolee), speeding citations, insurance citation, registration/drivers license citation and stop sign citations, parking warning and disabled vehicle on town property. Chief Dawson requested approval of practice ammo and stated he replaced the siren/horn speaker on Tahoe. Discussion on white Jeep sitting on West River Street  in the 200 block. Flint asked if there was discussion at the LEPC meeting on the radio system. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report and approve the purchase order for practice ammo. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: None. Mayor said he did get a late letter and will need to read it to see what it is about.

 

Marge Taylor – Ordinances: Marge Taylor asked about a trailer moved into town which she said looks illegal and horrible. She asked about the building next to her saying something was supposed to have been done about that and has not been done. She said she called the Fire Marshall and was told the town adopted the specs from the state to do it. Mayor Anderson said  he has no knowledge of any agreement the town has made to accept or adopt from the Fire Marshall. Discussion held on trailer and property is nonconforming use for mobile home rental lot. This property is zoned commercial. Discussion held on re-codification of ordinances and how does the town want to grow. Discussion on growth policy, state inspectors and ordinances. Discussion on handing out pamphlets defining the town and getting a list of persons who would like to be on committee to form a growth policy.

 

Sewer Project:

   a. Water Monitoring is drilling a couple of two inch holes to monitor the water table through the winter which will help determine how the project will be constructed. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve the water monitoring. Approved unanimously.

   b. CDBG Workshop Helena, MT November 19 and 20: Mayor Anderson said he needs to attend these workshops. Discussion held on motels and mileage. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham for two persons to attend these meetings, one person being Mayor Anderson, and the town will reimburse the expenses for motel, mileage and meals from the sewer fund. Approved unanimously.

   c. TSEP Signature Form: Exhibit 2-C Signature Certification Form. Discussion held. Three signatures were decided by council to be: Richard Anderson, Mayor, James A. Perkins, President of Town Council and Shirley L Miller, council member. Witnessed by David Flint and notarized by Brenda Kansala, Town Clerk.

 

Discussion – Town Utility Rates: Mayor said at next council meeting will have resolution of intent to raise rates. Public hearings in December. No rates have been decided on at this time. Discussion held.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch Contract: This dispatch contract is for the amount of $933.25 for fiscal year 2015-2016. Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Flint to approve this contract based on 5 years. Nay by Perkins. Motion passed.

 

Community Event Planning: Mayor is asking persons in the community to join in and give suggestions for a community event such as art shows and craft shows as examples. Discussion held.

 

Zoning Committee: Bill Rivers said zoning committee approved Betty Anderson zoning permit to add onto 208 ½ a 6X11 addition onto garage. Discussion held.  Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve this construction. Approved unanimously. Mayor asked if anyone wanted to make any changes of mobile on Ann Peabody Royce property. Discussion held.

 

Old Business: Discussion held on Great West Engineering developing a contract administrator for the grants.

 

Other Business: Per Mayor Anderson take off for future agendas.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda):

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held. Should have final budget at next council meeting.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, December 7, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, October 5, 2015

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Dave Flint and  Shirley Miller. Tim Nottingham was not present.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to move agenda item # 12 Zoning Committee up under agenda item #10 Carbon County Dispatch Services and adopt the agenda as amended.  Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve the minutes of the Public Hearing on the 2015-2016 preliminary budget held September 14, 2015 and the minutes of the Regular Town Council Meeting September 14, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the bills after amended distribution of account numbers regarding Cenex and Verizon bills using 5210 water and 5310 sewer account numbers and for health insurance employee distribution. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Reminder of Fall Cleanup Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 16, 17 & 18. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail and combined check register, statement of expenditure budget vs actual, statement of revenue budget vs actual and a copy of the Bank of Bridger bank statement as reports. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling:  Discussion on  laptop conversion $7,700.00, need sewer bugs four month supply $1,000., asphalt all gone, need new meter pit at Shank's, took out other water chamber at the pump house, had electrician repair lift station pump switches, moved piece of cement by post office as  had caved in and diverting water under the sidewalk. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to accept the PWD report including the purchase of sewer bugs. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: welfare check, theft, vandalism, curfew, agency assists, animal control, assaults/domestics, Child Protection Services regarding 3 year old, disorderly conduct, civil service/warrants, speeding citations, insurance citation, registration/ drivers license citations and stop sign citation. New tires on Tahoe. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve police report and approve the purchase of practice ammo. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read letter from Office of the Governor Steve Bullock announcing the Town of Fromberg has been awarded $450,000. from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for wastewater system improvements. Discussion held on bill and letter from Great West Engineering regarding Wastewater System Preliminary Engineering Report.

Ordinance # 262 Second Reading: An Ordinance Repealing Title 6, Chapter 7 (Dances), As No longer Applicable Once The Town of Fromberg Adopted The Special Events Policy. This ordinance was read aloud by Mayor Richard Anderson. Discussion held. Flint suggested to amend the wording in the second paragraph which said City Council to Town Council. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the second reading of Ordinance #262 as amended. Approved unanimously.

 

Ordinance # 263 Second Reading: An Ordinance To Establish Three Public Places For Posting Public Notices. This ordinance was read aloud by Mayor Richard Anderson. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to accept Ordinance # 263 on the second reading. Approved unanimously.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch: Letter from Carbon County Commissioners hosting a meeting to be held in their Red Lodge office September 17. Discussion held. Attorney Freeman stated they are hosting another meeting October 22 in their office and welcomed attendance.

 

Zoning Committee: No issues.

 

Discussion – Town Utility Rates. Discussion held on utility rates. Discussion held on Sagr Systems PWD Ventling had visited and had talked with operators. Ventling stated his recommendation would be the  Sagr System over the Bio Lac System for lagoons. Mayor Anderson set rate workshops for Tuesdays October 13 and 20.

 

Old Business: Discussion held on contract to do final engineering to be received from Great West Engineering.

 

Other Business: None

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): PWD Ventling said he and  Wilm will build own brush hog.

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, November 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Dave Flint and Tim Nottingham. Shirley Miller was not present.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the agenda as presented. Agenda item #9 Marge Taylor – Ordinances was unable to attend this meeting. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the minutes of July 6, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail and combined check register from Black Mountain Software. Discussion held on write offs and certified letters which went out July 2, 2015, to some persons regarding delinquent bills along with MCA 7-13-4309 Procedure To Collect Sewer Or Water Charges which is a 30 day notice. Russell Cumin, Mary Lou Pilati, Damien Kurtz and Paul E. Price are the persons who have delinquent water bills which will go on their taxes. Jack Miller, Jeff and Kellie Krenning and Joseph L. and Janie W. Yates are persons who no longer own the property and have non collectible bills which will be written off. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to approve to write off these accounts. Approved unanimously.

Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling:  Discussion on fire hydrants, will start paving, Carbon street needs to be resurfaced and Ventling will get bids, meter reading system needs new battery, laptop conversion $7,700.00, have cement barriers, pad in park and bushes are gone, lagoon discharging, main water valves and tack oil. Discussion held on projects for grants. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the PWD report including the expenditure of tack oil with a 50/50  $900.00 approximate split with Bridger. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: welfare check, trespass, vandalism, agency assists, curfew, alcohol sales, animal control, Child Protection Services regarding 3 year old, disorderly conduct, citizen assist, weed warnings, speeding, registration/ drivers license inspections and parking. Chief Dawson will be on vacation August 7-16. Discussion on graphics for police car and practice ammo. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to purchase patrol unit graphics in the amount of $300.00 Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to purchase practice ammo for the month in the amount of $20. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read a letter from Tara Bertucci announcing her coming to town to visit and see the tree she had donated in memory of her father Arthur Lee Holwegner.

 

Fromberg Days – Fromberg Fire Department, Tomahawk, Two Bear Tavern and The Little Cowboy Bar: The Fromberg Fire Department will be holding their pig roast at the Tomahawk Cafe and Casino. Council received letter from Diane Dalin and Rachel Grandfield requesting street closure and lifting of open container on West River Street and in the city park on August 29th and 30th for Fromberg Days event.  Discussion held on Fromberg Day events and parade starting at 11:00 A. M.. Dawson will write letter to them giving event days, hours for open container waiver on West River Street and in the city park for horseshoe tournament, area of street closure hours and panels to be used to mark off area, street signage and $150. for police protection by two extra officers. His letter will be attached to the minutes of this meeting in the minutes book after council approval of these minutes.

 

Marge Taylor – Ordinances: Marge Taylor was unable to attend this meeting. Mayor Anderson said property owners take care of weeds from their property to the street.

 

Town of Fromberg Special Events Policy: Discussion held. Motion by Flint to repeal 6-7-01 of the Town Code and replace it with the Special Events Policy as written. Attorney Freeman said need to repeal Town Code as a second part at another time. Flint withdrew his motion. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the Special Events Policy as written. Approved unanimously.

 

General Elections – mail ballot election or poll election: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to opt for the poll election. Approved unanimously.

 

Solar Bee Contract: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to select Option #1 of this contract in the amount of $4,714.00 and to pay any claims which are currently in the bills as of today. Approved unanimously.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will write letter for councils review  and send it to Carbon County Commissioners.

 

State of Montana Surplus Property Programs: Resolution # 449. Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Flint to accept this resolution. Approved unanimously. Signers are Richard Anderson, Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Mike Ventling and Ralph Dawson.

 

Traffic Speed Signs: Discussion held.

 

Budget Resolutions:

Resolution # 446: A resolution approving the Town of Fromberg 2014-2015 budget as attached and labeled as Final 2014-2015 Budget. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to pass  Resolution # 446. Approved unanimously.

Resolution # 447: A resolution permitting the clerk to make the necessary budget transfers within the various accounts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 to accounts that are short within the budget.

Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept Resolution #447 as written. Approved unanimously.

Resolution # 448: A resolution to establish a salary scale for setting salaries and/or wages for town employees by the Town of Fromberg, Montana. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded Perkins to  approve the use of the salary scale for setting employee wages and adopt the salary scale. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: No issues.

 

Old Business: None

 

Other Business: Discussion held on bulk water station not working properly.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held. Budget meeting workshops will be held on Tuesdays August 11, August 18 and August 25 at 7 PM open to the public.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

 

7:00 PM

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Dave Flint and Tim Nottingham. Shirley Miller was not present.  PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the agenda as presented. Agenda item #9 Marge Taylor – Ordinances was unable to attend this meeting. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the minutes of July 6, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to approve the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail and combined check register from Black Mountain Software. Discussion held on write offs and certified letters which went out July 2, 2015, to some persons regarding delinquent bills along with MCA 7-13-4309 Procedure To Collect Sewer Or Water Charges which is a 30 day notice. Russell Cumin, Mary Lou Pilati, Damien Kurtz and Paul E. Price are the persons who have delinquent water bills which will go on their taxes. Jack Miller, Jeff and Kellie Krenning and Joseph L. and Janie W. Yates are persons who no longer own the property and have non collectible bills which will be written off. Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to approve to write off these accounts. Approved unanimously.

Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling:  Discussion on fire hydrants, will start paving, Carbon street needs to be resurfaced and Ventling will get bids, meter reading system needs new battery, laptop conversion $7,700.00, have cement barriers, pad in park and bushes are gone, lagoon discharging, main water valves and tack oil. Discussion held on projects for grants. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the PWD report including the expenditure of tack oil with a 50/50  $900.00 approximate split with Bridger. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: welfare check, trespass, vandalism, agency assists, curfew, alcohol sales, animal control, Child Protection Services regarding 3 year old, disorderly conduct, citizen assist, weed warnings, speeding, registration/ drivers license inspections and parking. Chief Dawson will be on vacation August 7-16. Discussion on graphics for police car and practice ammo. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to purchase patrol unit graphics in the amount of $300.00 Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to purchase practice ammo for the month in the amount of $20. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read a letter from Tara Bertucci announcing her coming to town to visit and see the tree she had donated in memory of her father Arthur Lee Holwegner.

 

Fromberg Days – Fromberg Fire Department, Tomahawk, Two Bear Tavern and The Little Cowboy Bar: The Fromberg Fire Department will be holding their pig roast at the Tomahawk Cafe and Casino. Council received letter from Diane Dalin and Rachel Grandfield requesting street closure and lifting of open container on West River Street and in the city park on August 29th and 30th for Fromberg Days event.  Discussion held on Fromberg Day events and parade starting at 11:00 A. M.. Dawson will write letter to them giving event days, hours for open container waiver on West River Street and in the city park for horseshoe tournament, area of street closure hours and panels to be used to mark off area, street signage and $150. for police protection by two extra officers. His letter will be attached to the minutes of this meeting in the minutes book after council approval of these minutes.

 

Marge Taylor – Ordinances: Marge Taylor was unable to attend this meeting. Mayor Anderson said property owners take care of weeds from their property to the street.

 

Town of Fromberg Special Events Policy: Discussion held. Motion by Flint to repeal 6-7-01 of the Town Code and replace it with the Special Events Policy as written. Attorney Freeman said need to repeal Town Code as a second part at another time. Flint withdrew his motion. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the Special Events Policy as written. Approved unanimously.

 

General Elections – mail ballot election or poll election: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to opt for the poll election. Approved unanimously.

 

Solar Bee Contract: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to select Option #1 of this contract in the amount of $4,714.00 and to pay any claims which are currently in the bills as of today. Approved unanimously.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will write letter for councils review  and send it to Carbon County Commissioners.

 

State of Montana Surplus Property Programs: Resolution # 449. Mayor Anderson read this resolution aloud. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Flint to accept this resolution. Approved unanimously. Signers are Richard Anderson, Jim Perkins, Tim Nottingham, Mike Ventling and Ralph Dawson.

 

Traffic Speed Signs: Discussion held.

 

Budget Resolutions:

Resolution # 446: A resolution approving the Town of Fromberg 2014-2015 budget as attached and labeled as Final 2014-2015 Budget. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to pass  Resolution # 446. Approved unanimously.

Resolution # 447: A resolution permitting the clerk to make the necessary budget transfers within the various accounts for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 to accounts that are short within the budget.

Discussion held. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept Resolution #447 as written. Approved unanimously.

Resolution # 448: A resolution to establish a salary scale for setting salaries and/or wages for town employees by the Town of Fromberg, Montana. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded Perkins to  approve the use of the salary scale for setting employee wages and adopt the salary scale. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: No issues.

 

Old Business: None

 

Other Business: Discussion held on bulk water station not working properly.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

2015-2016 Budget: Discussion held. Budget meeting workshops will be held on Tuesdays August 11, August 18 and August 25 at 7 PM open to the public.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, September 14, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

 

7:00 PM

 

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present:  Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Mayor Anderson suggested moving meeting agenda item # 12 Barley Field up on the agenda below # 6 Employee Reports. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to make the change and adopt the agenda as amended. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve the minutes of June 1, 2015. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the Special Meeting Minutes with Great West Engineering of  June 18, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, statement of revenue budget vs actual, tax voucher detail, revenue voucher detail and combined check register from Black Mountain Software. Discussion held on write offs and certified letters which went out July 2, 2015, to some persons regarding delinquent bills along with MCA 7-13-4309 Procedure To Collect Sewer Or Water Charges which is a 30 day notice.

Council said will discuss again at next council meeting. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling stated hydrant is in on West River Street and Highway. Discussion held on street patching and repairs, will be doing new hookups at 510 West River Street, received six loads of gravel at $50. per load, started discharging middle of June, Bridger loaning town their brush hog for use at pump house, and Sensus metering system reader quit working and could possibly take up to three to six weeks to fix and hydrant by school will be repaired. Discussion held on truck route. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve the PWD report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: welfare check, vandalism, agency assists, alcohol sales and service warning, Two Bear floor plan approved by Department of Revenue, open container, animal control, Child Protection Services regarding 3 year old, disorderly conduct, curfew check, debris warning, speeding citations and registration/ drivers license inspections, parking and reverse U turns. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Barley Field: Mayor Anderson said the Town of Fromberg has had an offer of $17,500. for all ten acres and water rights of the Barley Field from Mark and Leza Vargas.  Mayor Anderson said he had talked to bank and property price could be six to seven thousand per acre. Discussion held. Vargas said they may also interested in a portion of the property. Council gave Mayor Anderson permission to proceed to negotiate with Mr. Vargas so Mayor Anderson can get back with council and Attorney Freeman regarding negotiations.

 

Correspondence: None.

 

Traffic Speed Signs: Discussion held. Ventling will check with Traffic Daddy regarding the cost of their signs.

 

Town of Fromberg Special Events Policy: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will rewrite and have for the August meeting.

 

Ordinance 261-Eligibility To Office – Second Reading: An Ordinance Amending 2-1-02 (Eligibility To Office) Of  The Fromberg Municipal Code To Make It Compatible With State Law. Mayor Anderson read this aloud. Discussion held. A typing error was found. The change is: change city council to town council. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve this second reading as amended to correct the typing error. Nay by Perkins. Motion passed.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch Contract: Discussion held. Will keep on agenda for August meeting.

 

Zoning Committee: No business.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson said Harley Avenue stops at West River Street. Discussion held.

 

Other Business: Discussion held on meter reading. James Schuma said he wanted to be on record to thank PWD Ventling for helping Schuma locate property pins.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, August 3, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 1, 2015

 

7:00 PM

 

 

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present:  Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson,  Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve the agenda as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Flint said he would like added to the minutes of May 4, 2015, on page 2 at the end of paragraph 3: Regarding the Two Bear parking lot area discussion held on whether Harley Avenue extends through West River Street exit or if there is any other public right of way throughout the Two Bear parking lot area. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the minutes as amended. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received usage/billing summary, billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary and collections history from Black Mountain. Clerk gave to council new cost of postage stamps, stated Strom and Associates will be in office this week for audit review and presented to council letter from State of Montana Gambling Control Division stating Fromberg will receive distribution of  $1150. from Tomahawk Cafe and Casino which had been going County of Bridger is what was stated in the letter. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling included in his report a copy of the Sanitary Survey sent by Montana DEQ and discussion held. Discussion held on getting gravel from Don Schwend in Joliet, bulk water needs to be repaired and any changes will need to be engineered, fire hydrant at corner of West River Street and Montana was repaired today, fire hydrant at corner of West River Street and Harley Avenue will be soon and if water needs to be shut off notification will be made, will need asphalt soon for street repairs, lagoons full and will start discharging. Fromberg Improvement Committee paid for cement pad in the park and will be putting two permanent picnic tables there. Ventling said he will recall Master Meter to check on handheld. Mayor Anderson said public works clothing allowance is being discussed during budget meetings. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve the PWD report as submitted. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: welfare checks, trespassing, theft, vandalism, mischief, agency assists, alcohol sales and service warning, DUI, minor in possession and open container, animal control, disorderly conduct, animal control,  casualty call, speeding citations and registration/ drivers license inspections. A report of  ether scent on Lovers Lane. If anyone smells this odor need to let Chief Dawson know time, date and place. Discussion on debris complaint about pile and some of their  equipment stacked up behind The Little Cowboy Bar and neighboring area. Discussion on stop sign citations, parking and reverse U turn warnings. Dawson said June 15 will be anniversary of six years as Chief of Police with  Fromberg. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud letter from State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) announcing House Bill 6 was awarded. The Town of Fromberg ranked 26th and we are to receive grant money in the amount of $125,000.  Mayor Anderson read a letter from Office of the Governor, State of Montana, notifying the Town of Fromberg that House Bill 11 was signed into law on April 27, 2015, by the Department of Commerce, Community Development Division, Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) awarding $750,000 to the town  to complete improvements to its wastewater system. Council also received notice of unemployment insurance tax rates for fiscal year 2016 (7-1-15 thru 6-30-16). Council received rates from MMIA. Mike and Diane Dalin, owners of the Two Bear Tavern, presented to council an event request for  their 10th Anniversary Pig Roast on June 27th with music from 8 PM to 1 AM on June 28th and June 29th outside on the patio area after approval of their floor plan from the state. If floor plan is not approved by that date they will postpone the pig roast to a later date. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to allow the live music event and lift the open containers on the public property immediately adjacent to the Two Bear Tavern not including the street as long as complies with their service license funding to the Department of Revenue. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to amend the original motion to include Two Bear to pay the $75. deposit for the officer on duty for the event by June 15. Approved unanimously. Chief Dawson will notify them in writing of the council decision. Dave Flint brought to council information on traffic speed signs.  Discussion held and will give council time to review this information and discuss at next town council meeting.

 

Carol Jones – Concerned Citizen: Mrs. Jones gave council a letter from herself regarding a burglary at her home. She spoke to council and council was unable to answer her questions as they do not have information of  the case as this case is still pending. Attorney Freeman said there are limitations under the law in  Montana as far as release of criminal justice information and on a pending or ongoing investigation and  council would be violating that law by even discussing it. Mrs. Jones will meet in private with Mayor Anderson and Chief Dawson Tuesday, June 2nd at 9 AM and have Shirley Miller as a witness.

 

Town of Fromberg Special Events Policy: Proposal by Town Attorney Hope Freeman. Council to review and bring to July council meeting.

 

Ordinance 261-Eligibility To Office: An Ordinance Amending 2-1-02 (Eligibility To Office) Of  The Fromberg Municipal Code To Make It Compatible With State Law. Mayor Anderson read this aloud. Discussion held. Flint suggested to add the word a  after the word not and before the word qualified to read: Eligibility To Office. No Person is eligible for any municipal office, elective or appointive, who is not a citizen of the United States, and who has not resided in the municipality or any area which has been annexed thereto for at least 60 days immediately preceding his or her election or appointment, and is not a qualified elector thereof. (Section7-4-4401, MCA) Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to approve this first reading as amended. Nay by Perkins. Motion passed.

 

Carbon County Sheriff Dispatch Contract: Attorney Freeman is asking them for records and documentation as to how the decision was reached for cost. Discussion held.

 

Income Survey: Mayor Anderson said he received a letter from Midwest Assistance Program (MAP) regarding the income survey stating the town does qualify to apply for the CDBG grant in the amount of $400,000.   The original number of surveys sent out sent out 195, three were undeliverable or non residents. They received 141 completed income survey forms. From the 192 households on the final lists the survey results are 37 above income listed and 104 below income listed.

 

Wastewater Project: Discussion on TSEP documents to be signed and returned to Great West Engineering to complete the startup requirements. Council will set up a special meeting with him as he is on vacation at this time.

 

2015 – 2016 Budget Workshops and times: Council set up workshops for Tuesdays, June 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 7:00 PM.

 

Zoning Committee: No business.

 

Old Business: Will be planting memorial tree in park for Arthur Lee (Buddy) Holwegner from daughter Tara Lee Holwegner -  Bertucci from Reno, NV.

 

Other Business: Discussion on Kevin Berckmoes property.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Mark Vargas will be making an offer to the town to purchase the 10 acres at the Barley Field. George Parsons told council he has had property stolen from his premises. He has heard nothing and would like to know what is going on. Mayor Anderson told him to discuss this with Chief Dawson or the county attorney. (Dawson was out of council chambers talking with Attorney Freeman when this conversation was taking place). Shirley Miller lead discussion regarding disgruntled persons.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, July 6, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Monday, May 4, 2015

7:00 PM

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present:  Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson,  Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Mayor Anderson said to move agenda item #12 Zoning Committee to between item #7 and #8. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve the amended agenda. Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to make two separate sets of minutes for the

April 6, 2015, Town Council Meeting and the Second Public Hearing for CDBG. Approved unanimously.

Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the CDBG Minutes as amended. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve the minutes of April 6, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received usage/billing summary,billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary and collections history from Black Mountain, Bank of Bridger bank statements, Valley Federal Credit Union bank statements, tax voucher detail, combined check register and revenue voucher detail by fund. The Fromberg Dog Clinic had 4 persons attend. Clerk thanked Annette Anderson for assisting at the dog clinic. CDBG Income Survey went out April 24. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Miller to approve clerk report. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling said had to order signs to detour traffic, needs gravel, bulk water needs overhauled, replaced curb stop at 316 West River Street, in progress tree trimming in the park and clothing. Discussion on: hydrant at corner of West River Street and Montana, school hydrant, mower/sweeper/brush hog, ditch repair at ball fields, burn pit, break in pipes at concession stand, water at park and the need for asphalt. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve PWD report including authorization to purchase three truck loads of gravel. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: Vandalism, agency assists, alcohol sales and service warning, animal control, disorderly, animal control citations, casualty call, speeding citations, registration/ drivers license inspections, and stop sign citations and warning. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson read aloud a letter from Mayor of Joliet, Harley Sorrells, regarding the rising cost of dispatch service from Carbon County Board of Commissioners. Letter from MMIA regarding Pollution Coverage. Mayor said copy of this is in town clerk office for review by council.  MMIA deadline is May 15, 2015. Mayor will look into this. Mayor read aloud letter from Elwin Valley, owner of Countryside One renting out mobile home to Mr. Wiley who has put on addition to his rented mobile home. Discussion held. Attorney Freeman said possible fire hazard if too close to other mobile homes. This addition was put on without coming to council for a zoning permit. Mayor said he will research  this for state codes for safety. Discussion on letter from Carbon County Office of The Election Administrator reminding of  upcoming Municipal Elections and giving the calendar from the state for filing dates.

 

Zoning Committee – Charles Joe Paul and Kevin Berckmoes: Mr. Paul had zoning permit application to build a 20x30 garage at 113 Harley Avenue. Discussion held. Motion by Perkins and second by Miller to approve this zoning application. Approved unanimously. Kevin Berckmoes had a zoning permit application for a 18x76 2015 mobile and a 30x40  pole barn set on concrete pad. Kevin is aware of tapping fees for water and sewer. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve this zoning application. Approved unanimously.

 

Diane Dalin – Event of June 2014: Mike and Diane Dalin, Owners of the Two Bear Tavern, gave a letter to council stating they and their customers feel like they are being harassed and are intimidated by Chief Ralph Dawson driving through their parking lot. Discussion held regarding the Minutes of June 2, 2014, page 2 paragraph 2 under correspondence when Two Bear Tavern asked permission for live music, open container, roping off the area in their parking lot to be used and to pay $75. for police protection during their annual pig roast June 28, 2014. Discussion held in reference to a memorandum given to Mayor Anderson from Chief Dawson with a floor plan on file with the Montana Department of Revenue, copy of Fromberg Ordinance #199 and  Title 6, Chapter 7-03 and several Montana Codes June 2014. Mayor Anderson said he had talked to Dalin and told her she needed to get approval from the state before she could serve alcohol outside. Dalin said it was an oversight on her part that it did not get sent in to the state.  Dalin gave council copy of violation letter they received from State of Montana stating the licensee sold, delivered or gave away alcohol in an area not described on the floor plan filed with the Department of Revenue, copy of Title 6 Chapter 4, 6-4-11 open container, and Title 6 Chapter 7, 6-7-03 police protection. Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will work on this ordinance as soon as possible.

 

The Little Cowboy Bar: The Little Cowboy Bar will be hosting a Branding Party Friday, May 8, 2015, from 2 PM to 2AM and is requesting an open container to be implemented and rope off and the east side of West River Street  up to Randy Wike shop be closed between the Two Bear Tavern and The Little Cowboy Bar on that date for the street dance.  The band will be located  on the sidewalk outside The Little Cowboy Bar beside the ice machine and band shut down at 1:30 AM. The Little Cowboy Bar will pay $75. for police protection. Alcohol will be sold inside the bar. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve this open container and street dance. Approved unanimously.

 

Dispatch Contract: Discussion held on Carbon County Dispatch Service costs. Not approved at this time. Mayor Anderson will get with other towns for more discussion on this.

 

Great West Engineering: Council reviewed Amendment No. 3 from Great West Engineering regarding wastewater system PER and improvements. Discussion held. Council decided not to sign at this time until council knows more about funding.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson said he called the state to join the states procurement program for telephone service just received letter back today. The cost will be .023 cents per minute for instate calls and .0539 cents per minute for out of state calls.

 

Other Business: None

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

2014-2015 Budget: Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to approve the 2014-2015 Budget. Approved unanimously.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, June 1, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg. Discussion on budget workshops to be held in June.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

7:00 PM

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present:  Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson,  Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Mayor Anderson said to strike agenda item #4 FEMA Representative Via Conference call as cordless phone not adequate to have conference call with FEMA. Meeting in Red Lodge April 28th and possibly a meeting in Fromberg March 30th regarding flood plain. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to adopt the agenda less item #4 FEMA as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the minutes of the regular town council meeting of March 2, 2015, as presented. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the minutes of the special town council meeting March 23, 2015, as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was read aloud by clerk. Council received Black Mountain combined check register, revenue voucher detail and claim details by fund for the month of  March and  Black Mountain billing reports for February and March.  Flint stated would like to have usage billing/summary for February and March.  Discussion on spring cleanup dates  for Fromberg with Bridger Spring Cleanup one week following and clerk gave possible dates for dog clinic. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to approve the clerk report. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling: Ventling stated Nathan Wilm did pass his State of Montana Certification Exam for water distribution and water treatment 4 A and 4 B. Discussion on: Backhoe done, trees getting trimmed, school hydrant, tapping machine, clothing allowance, trip to Vaughn by Valier and would like to use converted police car for trip, mower needs new tires, bulk water system still needs overhauled, ditch at ball field, curb stands, test stations  Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve PWD report including authorization to purchase the tapping machine. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: Welfare checks, trespassing, theft, mischief,    agency assists, harassment, DUI, MIP, open container, eviction notice served, unsafe operation,U turn warnings, barking dogs, truancy, MIP of vapor cigarettes, assisted citizen locked out of car, junk vehicle and other debris/nuisance warning, 30 day warning to mitigate nuisance and junk vehicles, stop sign citations, registration citations, parking citations, civil service standby, correspondence from Carbon County Dispatch Services. Dawson discussed his trainings. Dawson discussed need of new Two Bear floor plan. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

Correspondence: Mayor Anderson held discussion regarding letter from Dennis Turley. Mr. Turley said he received a warning letter from Chief Dawson regarding junk vehicle and other debris/nuisance to be cleaned up within three weeks. Turley also received a letter from Town Attorney Hope Freeman giving him 30 days. Attorney Freeman stated no citation had been given regarding this matter just a warning. Turley was requesting additional time for cleanup. Discussion held. Mayor reviewed with council letter from clerk to Carbon County Planning Board stating the Town of Fromberg reappointed Julie Jones to serve as Fromberg's representative at the March 2, 2015, council meeting. Mayor read aloud thank you letter from Marge Taylor for gift received at March 2, 2015, council meeting. Council received letter from Kallevig Excavation with new address in Roberts, Mt. and contact information. Council was given 2015 Municipal Elected Officials Workshop registration forms for May 6-8 to be held in Billings.

 

Legacy of Faith Ministries – Christie Merck: Letter from Ms. Merck stating this group would like to come back to Fromberg June 8-10 to volunteer their time for work in town. Discussion held. Clerk to welcome them back.

 

MMIA Employee Benefits Program: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Perkins to allow employees the same benefits as last year. Approved unanimously.

 

Fromberg Dog Clinic: Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Perkins to have the dog clinic Saturday April 18 from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Fromberg Town Shop with vets from Bridger Veterinary Clinic. Approved unanimously.

 

Memorial Tree Planting In Park – Arthur Lee Holwegner: Mayor Anderson read aloud  letter from Tara Lee Holwegner-Bertucci wishing for council approval for council to plant a tree in the Fromberg town park, type and placement of tree up to council, in memory of her father and she will donate $200. for the tree. Discussion held. Clerk to put funds into Child Park Fund. Clerk to let her know council approved this tree.

 

Zoning Committee – Terry Feller: Discussion held on trailer remodel at Countryside One. Discussion held on zoning application from Terry Feller to take down 10X10 dog kennel and replace with 10X10 shed. Bill Rivers gave his approval for this zoning permit. Motion by Flint and seconded Miller to approve the zoning request from Terry Feller. Approved unanimously.

 

Fromberg Sewer Improvements: Discussion held on income survey for CDBG. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to authorize Mayor Anderson to proceed working with Midwest Assistance Program and other parties as necessary to get the CDBG  income survey out and authorize expenditures for the mailings including addresses and return postage. Approved unanimously. Discussion held on a possible second bid from other engineers possibly John Manion. Council set up Special Meeting of the Town Council to be held Tuesday, April 14 at 7 PM to address an issue with the wastewater system and Budget Committee Workshop Tuesday April14 at 7:30 PM  with agenda being 2014-2015 Budget.

 

Old Business: Jim Perkins asked about loading zones and signs at Methodist Church and Sr. Citizens. Discussion held.

 

Other Business: None

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

2014-2015 Budget: None

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, May 4, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Minutes For The Second Public Hearing on CDBG Grant

Eligibility - Chad Hanson – Great West Engineering

Monday, April 6, 2015

Town Hall Of Fromberg

7:00 PM

Mayor Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance.  Town council members present:  Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson,  Town Clerk Brenda Kansala and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Second Public Hearing For Comment on CDBG Grant Eligibility – Chad Hanson – Great West Engineering: Hand outs were given by Mr. Hanson. The purpose of this Second CDBG Public Hearing for the Town of Fromberg is to inform the public as to the various funding programs offered by CDBG and to discuss how programs can best serve the community, particularly in regard to persons of low to moderate income and to receive public comments from persons in the community. Mr. Hanson did a power point presentation regarding the wastewater system. Funding scenarios for the proposed project were on the hand outs. CDBG will allow Fromberg to apply, but saying the Town must complete another income survey by June 1, 2015. Discussion held.

 

 

 

Monday,February 2, 2015

7:00 PM

Council Member James Perkins called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance. Mayor Richard Anderson was ill and not in attendance.  Town council members present:  Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala, and Town Attorney Hope Freeman were present.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to adopt the agenda as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the minutes of  January 5, 2015.  Approved unanimously. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Miller to accept the minutes of January 12, 2015. Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report was verbal. Clerk thanked council for raises given to herself, Ventling and Dawson. Clerk gave council copies of combined check register for January, revenue voucher detail and  Bridger of Bridger bank statements and one from Valley Federal Credit Union.   Black Mountain utility billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history usage/billing summary for January were given to council. Clerk called Republic Services regarding dates for spring cleanup and looking at April 17, 18 and 19 with council approval. The Little Cowboy Bar to be reopening soon. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to accept clerk report. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling. Discussion held on: Water conference for Ventling in Great Falls, Mt. February 18-20 cost $465.10 for motel, cutting of trees in the park, the need for emergency shower in shop, Solar Bee #1 new control panel installed, public works car up and running, parts are in for hydrant at school need to set time up with Joliet, new lights in conference room, new lights on backhoe, and would like to send Wilm to Spring Water School in March in Billings. Cost could be $75. or more for books and $225. for conference. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve the PWD report as presented. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve March schooling and costs related for Nathan Wilm. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to approve Ventling water conference and costs in Great Falls, Mt. in February. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on:  Agency assists, animal control, youth at school, disorderly conduct, complaint of harassment and threats, stop sign violations, no insurance violations, registration violations, parking violations, unsafe operation of vehicle and  reverse u turn violations. Dawson asked council approval for u joint and CV axle repair on Tahoe at Samms Automotive. Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve repair on Tahoe estimated cost $603. Approved unanimously. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham  to approve police report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: None.

 

Michael Creeden- DNRC-River Erosion: Mr. Creeden said he is with the Conservation District not DNRC. Gloria Weiss and Ventlings also spoke. Discussion on town and council support to see county commissioners, possibly corps of engineers and someone at state level regarding erosion of the river banks, future flooding and possibly jeopardizing the infrastructure of the town.  Council said yes they will support this.

 

Rosalie Stricker: Stricker said is a neighbor to Rysavy and becoming more ill because of the exhaust when Rysavy runs automobiles at his business Samms Automotive. Rysavy has been given a variance by the town to run this business. Discussion held. Stricker said she may get another petition and bring to council.

 

Handicapped Parking 100 Block West River Street and Methodist Church – Ramp at The Little Cowboy Bar: Discussion on posting no parking signs on Montana Street for Methodist Church access. Ventling will get with Attorney Freeman and decide what kind of restrictive parking should be placed  starting at the corner by stop sign and come south for two parking places. Discussion held on handicapped parking and ramp at The Little Cowboy Bar on 100 block West River Street. The Little Cowboy Bar                                                               needs to bring state approval of plans to council for review and need approval if a possible trip hazard so town can submit to MMIA if need insurance approval.

 

Second Reading of Revised Ordinance 251 Skateboards: Council Member James Perkins read this ordinance aloud. Discussion held. Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to approve this ordinance at the second  reading. Approved unanimously.

 

Fromberg Sewer Improvements:  Perkins said Mayor Anderson traveled to Helena and put in a good word for the town and they were very responsive. Discussion held.

 

Spring Cleanup: Discussion held. Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to have the Spring Cleanup April 17, 18 and 19. Approved unanimously.

 

Zoning Committee: None.

 

Old Business: Perkins said Mayor Anderson researching to sell part  or all of the Barley Field.

 

Other Business: Bill Coty brought up discussion on Barley Field to have another baseball field. Discussion held. Coty will send letter to council.

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): None.

 

2014-2015 Budget: Next budget meeting date Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30 PM  at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Next Regular Town Council Meeting Date: Monday, March 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Miller and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously.

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

7:00 PM

Mayor, Richard Anderson called the meeting to order and opened with the Pledge Of Allegiance. Town council members present: Jim Perkins, Dave Flint, Tim Nottingham and Shirley Miller. PWD Mike Ventling, Chief of Police Ralph Dawson, Town Clerk Brenda Kansala were present. Town Attorney Hope Freeman  not  present because of bad weather.

 

Review and Adopt Agenda: Motion by Perkins and seconded by Nottingham to adopt the agenda as presented.  Approved unanimously.

 

Minutes: Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Perkins to accept the minutes of  December 1, 2014.  Approved unanimously.

 

Bills: Motion by Flint and seconded by Miller to accept the bills as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Employee Reports:

Clerk report read aloud by clerk. Clerk gave council copies of combined check register, revenue voucher detail, claim details and utility billing cash receipts summery. Black Mountain utility billing journal summary, accounts receivable summary, collections history, usage/billing summary for November were not given as bills were billed out in December because of the number of days in the billing cycle. Motion by Perkins and seconded by Flint to accept clerk report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Public works report by Mike Ventling. Discussion held on:  plow on backhoe now, received sand from state, Dillon trip was good, broken water line on North Street, use of Crown Victoria police car for public works. Discussion on possible ad for old Dodge pickup box, pickup plow and hoist frame. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham for Mayor Anderson and public works to decide on surplus equipment and dispose of it accordingly. Approved unanimously. Discussion on Solar Bee contract, bulk water plant redesign and main valve, light/fire hydrant waiting on state, cost of repairs for 2000 Crown Victoria $638. for windshield  and other repairs and labor plus cost of catalytic converter. Discussion on flushing and inspection of fire hydrants to be done by fire department. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to approve the PWD report as presented. Approved unanimously.

 

Police report by Chief Ralph Dawson: Discussion held on: motor vehicle vandalism, agency assists, animal control, suspicious vehicle in alley, theft of political sign on school street, citations, warnings, trainings and by permission of Mayor Anderson ordered new body camera $411. Told of quarterly LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee) meeting to be held December 2, 2014, 7 PM Joliet Fire Station 129 North Main Street. Motion by Nottingham and seconded by Flint to accept police report. Approved unanimously.

 

Correspondence: None.

 

Advocacy – Karen Ulrickson: Ms. Ulrickson is an advocate for Carbon/Stillwater Community and Senior Programs and now living in Fromberg helping residents and families in care facilities as an ombudsman with problems and concerns. Discussion held. She gave brochures for the town hall office for public review.

 

Skateboards and Long boards – Cheryl Lynn Tatum: At this meeting were students, ex-students, parents and another school staff member. Tatum also had a petition signed by students who were not able to attend this meeting but wanted council to know they would also like council to review Ordinance 251 regarding skateboards and long boards. Mayor asked for their ideas and opinions. Persons who spoke and  gave their names were Cheryl Lynn Tatum, Mica Lester, Damian McCuin, Richy Ackerman, Mitch Kallem and Raven Lester. Discussion held on making it allowable to ride skateboards and long boards for transportation, pleasure and exercise on town streets. Council said they will review amendments to this ordinance and present at next council meeting.

 

Procedure for Reviewing Ordinances Requiring Changes: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman suggested town set up a committee with persons from the community and no more than two council members to review ordinances and meet once a month. Attorney Freeman said she would be happy to be on the committee.

 

Ordinance 251 Skateboards: Discussion held. Attorney Freeman will review and revise after council members email her with their suggestions.

 

Zoning Committee: Shirley Miller volunteered to be on the zoning committee. Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to appoint Shirley Miller to the zoning committee. Approved unanimously.

 

Old Business: Mayor Anderson said he received information via email regarding the TSEP grant positioning. The Town of Fromberg was ranked 14th and recommended for full funding of $750,000.

The DNRC grant we were ranked 26th and recommended for full funding of  $125,000. Discussion held on treatment facility viewing in Dillon. Mayor Anderson said he has postponed the ad to bid for the Barley Field until January 2015.

 

Other Business: None

 

Public Comment: (For those items NOT on the agenda): Annette Anderson with Carbon County Historic Preservation Commission discussed the doll raffle for the Clarks Fork Valley Museum. Dolls donated by Sharon Barnes. Drawing to be held December 12, 2014. She finished the 50 year compilation Bridger Youth Rodeo which is in the Bridger Library and County Library. She also transcribed the Huff autobiography.

 

2014-2015 Budget: Review of major fund report. Discussion held.

 

Council discussed gathering for a Christmas Social open to the public, dutch treat, no business will be discussed and decided on the Tomahawk Restaurant and Casino December 18 at 6:30 PM.

 

Next Meeting Date: Monday, January 5, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall of Fromberg.

 

Adjourn: Motion by Flint and seconded by Nottingham to adjourn the meeting.  Approved unanimously.

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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