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Approved Minutes 1483 December 4,2017

 

APPROVED

The 1483 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, December 4, 2017 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

 

Call to Order:

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.

Present were Mrs. Williams, Mr. Zimmerman, Ms. Smith, Mr. Beach, Mrs. Ford, Mr. Armstrong, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, City Administrator Jim Hammons and City Attorney Dean Chisholm.

Prayer was offered by Bill Cunnane.

Mrs. Ford MADE a MOTION to approve the minutes from council meeting # 1481 held on November 6, 2017.

Mr. Armstrong SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Announcements:  

None

 

Committee Reports:

 

Cemetery/Parks: None

 

Fire:  None

 

Police:  Chief Kessel reported there were 149 calls for service in the month of November resulting in 19 arrests and 23 citations.  The department will start issuing the new parking citations they will be $50.00 up from$ 35.00. Officer’s online training was on sudden infant death syndrome.

 

Resolutions/Ordinances:  Ms. Smith will call a meeting later this month.

 

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: Mr. Beach said equipment has been modified for winter use.

 

Building:   Mr. Beach will call a meeting next week to discuss rental agreements.

 

Water/Sewer: Mr. Zimmerman will have a meeting tomorrow at noon to discuss the 9.40 water credits.

 

Personnel: None.

 

Budget: Mrs. Williams stated the committee met and discussed funding for direct deposit and City of Libby website re-design. Those recommendations will be presented to council later in the agenda.

 

Finance: October 2017 cash report in council packets.

 

City Administrator:   Report in council packets.

KRDC: Mr. Zimmerman said there was discussion about different types of grants. The next meeting will be the third Thursday of this month.

 

City County Board of Heath: Lyn Thompson updated council on the October and November meetings. Animal Control held a free spay and neuter clinic. Asbestoses resource council had an advisory committee meeting in September, they are still recruiting for the liaison position. A grant was awarded to the asbestoses resource program for 30 months of continued operations. The solid waste regulation and waste water fee schedules have been approved. The CCBH has delegated the health department to issue citations. A junk trailer citation is in draft form.

Public health has double the flu shot count over last year, approved 24/7 emergency contact policy, worked on a pregnancy guide for best beginnings, formed a mental health coalition and added e cigarettes to the indoor clean air coalition.

Board of Health has some new members Maggie Anderson from Troy and Sara Huddleston from Libby. Nick Raines has resigned as Asbestoses Resource Program Director and Noah Pyle will be his replacement.

The next meeting will be January 10, 2018 @ 6pm at the Lincoln County court house.

Council question followed.

 

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:  

DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, asked council why they had not asked the health board representative about the alleged federal investigation. Mr. Orr expressed concerns with the upcoming settlement negotiations with International Paper, he asked if the city had an attorney. Mr. Orr said council hearts are in the right place, they were just inexperienced. Mr. Orr said the letter he received from Mrs. Ford’s attorney was a bogus way to exclude him from attending council meetings.  Council then cancelled the last meeting incorrectly.  Council needs to work on transparency.

 

New Business:

Mike Faser Fraser City Engineer-PER Updates:

Mike Faser Fraser gave council an update on PER’S for water and sewer with the intent to have the grants in place for the spring of 2018.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN.

 

DNRC Water Planning Contract:

Mike Faser updated council on the planning contract.

Mr. Hammons said the city would be paid back once funds are received.

Ms. Smith MADE a MOTION to sign the contract with the DNRC for the renewable resource planning grant.

Mrs. Ford. SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Recommended Changes to Dog Regulations-Introduction (Ordinance Committee):

Ms. Smith presented council and the public with a hand out summarizing committee minutes, notes and recommended changes to the vicious dog ordinance.

Bill Cunnane, 62 Michigan Ave, thanked the committee for working with the county and state on the introductory ordinance. Mr. Cunnane would like council to consider adding liability insurance for pit bull owners to cover any possible medical cost from dog bites. Mr. Cunnane asked that all dogs be restricted at public events.

Jim Hammons called MMIA per Mayor Teske, MMIA said the city could possibly be sued over removing the vicious dog ordinance.

Ms. Smith said she also spoke with MMIA and it is no different than any other nuisance claim.

Chief Kessel said currently a vicious dog is not allowed in the city limits and he explained the legal process. The officer writes a ticket, it goes to city court, if the judge deems it vicious, the animal must be removed from city limits. Chief Kessel stated Lincoln County requires liability insurance and enclosures for dangerous animals.

Mayor Teske asked what happens to the animal between the time the ticket was issued, and the owner goes to court.

Chief Kessel said the animal will be quarantined if there was a bite, this was state law.

Mr. Armstrong asked Mr. Kessel how hard it was to determine the breed of a dog with all the different cross breeds.

Chief Kessel stated this was difficult because of how the current ordinance is written.

Donna Shkursky, 151 Vicks Dr., said this current ordinance was a discrimination law towards pit bulls. She said this will keep tourist from coming to Libby.  Ms. Shkursky said the community cannot afford the added cost to insure these animals. She has worked with all kinds of different breeds and pit bulls are not bad.

Ms. Smith said any dog that is not your dog can be threating.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN. ITEM WAS MOVED BACK TO THE ORDINCE COMMITTEE.

 

COUNCIL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:

Council comments and discussion followed.

Council committee assignments will be.

  • Budget/finance                 Peggy Williams/Kristin Smith/Angel Ford
  • Building                                 Gary Beach/Brian Zimmerman/Angel Ford
  • Cemetery/Parks                                                 Peggy Williams/Gary Armstrong/Kristin Smith
  • City County Heath Board                 Lyn Thompson
  • Fire                                 Gary Armstrong/Brian Zimmerman/Angel Ford
  • Judicial                                 Appoint as needed
  • KRDC                                 Brian Zimmerman
  • Lights/Streets/Sidewalks                 Gary Beach/Brian Zimmerman/Kristin Smith
  • Personnel (Union contract issues) Brian Zimmerman/Gary Armstrong/Angel Ford
  • Resolution/Ordinance Kristin Smith/Gary Armstrong/Peggy Williams
  • Water/Sewer Brian Zimmerman/Gary beach/Gary Armstrong

 

Approve new business license received to date:

  • The Molly’s Baby Baking Company-1207 Utah-Cookies
  • Ron’s Snow Removal-64 Granit Creek Rd-Snow removal, Lawn care, tree trimming.
  • Dimensions Stonworks-298 Sometime Creek Ln-Building, landscaping and rock saw shop.

Mrs. Ford MADE a MOTION to approve all new business license received to date.

Mr. Armstrong SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Approve renewal business license received to date:

Mrs. Ford MADE a MOTION to approve all renewal business license received to date except Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company.

Mr. Zimmerman SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Mrs. Ford MADE a MOTION to approve Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company for renewal.

Mr. Armstrong SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

Smith ABSTAINED.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Approve renewal alcohol license received to date:

Mrs. Ford MADE a MOTION to accept all renewal alcohol licenses received to date except Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company.

Mr. Beach SECOND

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Mrs. Ford MADE a MOTION to accept the renewal license for Cabinet Mountain Brewing Company.

Mr. Armstrong SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

Smith ABSTAINED.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Approve of coin operated amusements received to date:

Mr. Armstrong MADE a MOTION to accept all coin operated amusement licenses received to date.

Ms. Smith SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Approve claims and payroll for November 2017:

Mr. Armstrong MADE a MOTION to approve claims and payroll for November 2017.

Mr. Beach SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

Unfinished Business:

  • Direct Deposit quote from Black Mountain Software- Budget Committee recommends $400.00 from 5210-430500-355, $400.00 from 5310-430600-355, $100.00 from 1000-410200-355, and $200.00 from 1000-410500-355 for a total of $1,100.00.

 

Ms. McCollum stated she had polled the employees and all but two wanted the direct deposit.

Mrs. Williams MADE a MOTION to move forward with the budget committee’s recommendation as printed on the agenda.

Mrs. Ford. SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

  • City of Libby Website Re-Design from Nate Condron-Budget Committee recommends $500.00 from 1000-410200-330 and $ 500.00 from 1000-410200-350 any additional charges will come from 2959 Community Development Fund.

Mr. Zimmerman MADE a MOTION to accept the City of Libby web site re-design as it states on the agenda.

Ms. Smith SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

 

  • Reduced speed in school zone (streets committee)

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN.

  • Council Rules and Procedures.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN.

 

General Comments from the Council:

Mrs. Williams commended Gail Burger for the way the down town looked.  It was very nicely decorated for the holiday season and she was the driving force behind it. Mr. Teske said the down town association did a great job with the tree lighting and getting Santa Clause down town.

Mr. Armstrong would like to open the discussion on the future transparency week. He would like to be on the committee and has many ideas on how to accomplish the task. He would like this done in front of the public.

Mrs. Ford stated DC Orr had been stalking her on social media and therefore she had an attorney file a cease and desist order against Mr. Orr.  This has nothing to do with city council. Mrs. Ford said she would never prevent any citizens from attending a city council or public meeting. Mr. Orr’s interpretation of the letter was incorrect. Mrs. Ford wanted the public to be made aware of this.

Ms. Smith would like all action or voted items to be listed be on the agenda.

 

Adjournment:

Mrs. Williams MADE a MOTION to adjourn the meeting.

Mr. Armstrong SECOND.

Williams, Zimmerman, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.

MOTION PASSED.

Meeting was ADJOURNED at 8:11 pm.

 

 

______________                         Attest; ______________________________

Mayor, Brent Teske                              Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer