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September 2, 1999 | Regular Meeting

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The 1175th Meeting of the City Council was held September 2, 1999 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Baker, Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Stephens and Thom, Deputy City Clerk, Beth Burrell and  Supervisor, Dan Thede were present. The minutes from the August Regular  were presented and approved.

Mayor Berget opened the meeting requesting public comment on making Poplar Street, from Hwy. 2 to Main Street, Main Avenue from Cedar Street to Second Street, Second Street to Colorado Avenue through streets.

Unfinished Business

The request for through streets by Dan Mueller was denied.  Mr. Stephens made a motion that a 4-way stop be implemented at the corner of 5th Street and Main Avenue. Mr. Bauer seconded the motion. Passed. Mr. Fennessy stated that an ordinance amendment would be required.

Mr. Johnston made a motion that the Public Defender Memorandum Agreement be accepted. Mr. Bauer seconded. Passed

New Business

Mayor Berget explained that the county, due to their shortfall in funds, was requesting that the Cost of Living increase in the rents from the County Nurse’s office and Charlie Comer’s office be eliminated this year.  Mr. Johnston suggested that the matter be placed in the building committee for consideration.

Mr. James Rostorfer asked questions about the repairs being made on the water treatment plant.  Mr. Thede answered his questions and stated that the repairs were pretty much on schedule.

Mr. Ken Sorenson had a concern about the Youth Court Building being used for a shelter for troubled youth, the lack of parking space and traffic around the building into the late hours.  Mayor Berget assured him that the variance would be checked into and brought current if necessary.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Jane Thom, Cemetery/Parks reported that there have been 1400 visitors to Fireman’s Park so far this season.  The Park will be closed after Nordicfest.  Mr. Stephens commented that there is interest by the Libby Parks Board to look into putting money into a community pool, ball parks, etc.

Jane Thom, City/County Liaison, submitted the animal shelter report for the months of June and July.  she reported on the Airport joint project grant for improvement, the committee for the aged me this month and an invitation was issued to the council to have a meal at one of the Senior Centers.

George Bauer, Personnel, reported that an interview had been conducted in the search for a water treatment plant operator.  Nothing has been heard from the person interviewed at this time.

Chief Coker updated the council on the number of police calls answered for the month of August.  He has applied for a new COPS grant.  There is consideration of a park being used as a memorial to Officer Bockman, the only Libby Police Officer to be killed  in the line of duty.

Jane Thom, Water, made a motion that the Council write off accounts in the amount of $648.81 and turn them over for collection. Mrs. Porter seconded the motion. Carried.

Ed Baker, Sewer and Lights, commented that the state would be overseeing the lighting of the area near the new overpass on Highway 37.

Dan Stephens, Streets and Alleys reported that the chip sealing has been completed.  The council is asking for a list of contractors and equipment available for emergency needs.

judy Porter, Community Development/Public Relations, reported that Cynthia Stephens still need some information in order to complete the website.

Joe Johnston, Budget and Finance, reported that the first quarter numbers would be forthcoming soon.

It was moved, seconded and carried to pay claims as per claim approval list.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

October 4, 1999 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1176TH MEETING OF THE LIBBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD OCTOBER 4, 1999 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Baker, Bauer, Johnston, Stephens, Porters and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad were present. The minutes from the September meeting were presented and approved.

City Attorney, Mark Fennessy, read the Oath of Office to Clerk/Treasurer, Kim Aarstad and Deputy Clerk, Beth Burrell.
OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Johnston made a motion to continue to assess the CPI rent increase to the Lincoln County Health Nurse and Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Bauer seconded. Motion carried.

The Street Committee had no recommendation on the proposed Kinniburgh land exchange.

NEW BUSINESS
Mrs. Porter notified the council that a request for a street name change along Commerce Way was received from John Norberg, Libby Building Inspector. Matter was put into Community Development Committee.

Mr. Bauer explained that Marc McGill, Street Supervisor, was having problems with the fence being damaged on the City Haul Bridge. Mr. Bauer explained that he felt matter could be solved if the street crews did some work along the bridge.

Mr. Stephens also explained that Mr. McGill has received three complaints from Burlington Northern. The complaints were that rocks and other debris was being thrown from the bridge when trains were passing. Mr. Stephens expressed concern that if the city did not stop these actions, that the city could be held liable if something happens to these trains.

Donna Hall, Kootenai Kiwanis Club, asked the councils permission to install a sign at the entrance of the city park they have been using for the demo derby. Matter was put into the Parks Committee.

Ordinance #1566, 4 way stop on Main and Fifth, was given itís first reading.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to pass Ordinance #1566. Mr. Johnston seconded. Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to have a handicapped parking spot installed on Sixth Street and Main Avenue. Mr. Baker seconded. Motion carried.

STANDING COMMITTEES:
Mrs. Thom, Parks – Cemetery Committee, stated that the veterans section at the city cemetery was full and that the city would need to extend this section.

Mrs. Thom, City-County Liaison, reported on the following committees:
Airport Board: Crush has been delivered.
Animal Control: Submitted September report
Weed Board: Next meeting is October 6, 1999
Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council on fire calls answered for the month of September
Mr. Johnston, Building Committee, reported that the committee will be getting together with City Attorney, Mark Fennessy, to update all current leases.
Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, stated that a new job description was being worked on for the Water Plant Supervisor.
Mr. Stephens, Police Committee, reported that the COPS grant was approved for school resource officer.
Police Chief, Clayton Coker, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of September.
John Knudson, Water Supervisor, reported on the progress of the Water Filtration Plant.
Mr. Stephens, made a motion to send letters out to equipment operators/owners requesting a list of their available equipment and cost for each piece of equipment.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
Mrs. Porter, Community Development, stated that she has put information together for the cities 50/50 sidewalk program.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD OCTOBER 18, 1999 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS TO PASS THE 1999-2000 TAX LEVY.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order.  Councilmembers Baker, Bauer, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad were present.

Resolution #1567, Setting tax levy, was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to adopted Resolution #1567.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
Resolution #1568, Annual Appropriations, was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to adopted Resolution #1568
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

November 1, 1999 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1177TH MEETING OF THE LIBBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD NOVEMBER 1, 1999 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Roll was called.  Council members Baker, Bauer, Johnston and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.  The minutes from the October regular and special meeting were presented and approved.

ORDINANCE & RESOLUTIONS
Ordinance #1566, 4 way stop on Main and Fifth, was given itís second reading.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept ordinance #1566
Mr. Baker seconded.
Motion carried. 

OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Johnston made a motion to  allow the Kootenai Kiwanis Club to install a sign at the entrance of the city park where the demo derby is held.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried. 

NEW BUSINESS
Mike Corbett asked the council if landscaping would be done at the water filtration plant before the close of the project.
Mr. Johnston stated that there was monies included in the cost of the project for landscaping.  Mayor Berget asked that the Park Committee get updates on this matter.
Mayor Berget read a letter of resignation from Bettie Trimble from the Board of Adjustments. 
Jim Rostorfer expressed some concern on letting Eagle Pyro shot off a fireworks display on the water filtration plant property. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 
Mrs. Thom, Cemetery-Parks, stated that the committee was currently working with Niles Nelson, Nelson Funeral Home, on extending the existing lots at the city cemetery.
Mrs. Thom, City-County Liaison, reported on the following committee:
Animal Control:  Submitted October Report
Mr. Thede reported that eight members of the Conservation Corp and state forester, Mark Lennon, started on a city wide tree inventory. 
Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council on fire calls answered for the month of October. 
Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, reported that Walter McElmurry and Jeff Haugen were hired as operators for the Water Filtration Plant. 
Police Chief, Clayton Coker,  updated the council on police calls answered for the month on October. 
Mr. Johnston made a motion to hire Roger W. Guches as the new officer for the Cops Grant. Officer Scott Hutchings will be the new officer for the Libby School district and Mr. Guches will replace Office Hutchings as a patrol officer.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried. 
Mr. Thede reported that the painting at the Water Filtration Plant would be completed the first week of November, and that the plant should be in full operation by the 1st of December.
Mr. Baker, Sewer Committee, reported that the crews were currently jet cleaning lines before winter hits.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

December 6, 1999 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1178TH MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD DECEMBER 6, 1999 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. 

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Roll was called.  Council members, Baker, Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.  The minutes from the November meeting were presented and approved.

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Stephens made a motion, as per committee recommendation, not to do a land swap with Dale Kinniburgh.  The fire hydrant located on Mr. Kinniburghís property will be removed as per his request.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried. 

Mrs. Porter made a motion, as per committee recommendation, to not change the name of E. Commerce Way.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Christopher Weis, US Environmental Protection Agency, updated the council on the Zonelite mine and current testing locations.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the 2000 Liquor licenses.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Thede stated that he was approached by Mr. Beasley, who has property on Commerce Way,  about donating 60 ft of his property to the city for a easement,  if the city would waive the sewer hook-up fees should he developed his property.  Matter was put into the Streets and Sewer Committees.

Mrs. Porter made a motion to allow a fireworks display on December 31, if all Fire requirements are met.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Priest approached the council on getting some help with removing a barricade that was installed behind her property in the alley.  Barricade has been installed at the end of the city limits on W. 1st street.

This matter was turned over to Police Chief, Clayton Coker.

Jim Rostorfer expressed some concern on the four way stop at Main and Fifth Street. 

City Attorney, Mark Fennessy, read the oath of office to new police officer, Roger Guches.

STANDING COMMITTEE

Mrs. Thom, Cemetery-Parks Committee, reported Niles Nelson and the City Street Crews has designated new lots at the city cemetery. 

Mrs. Thom, City-County Liaison, reported on the following committees:

Animal Control:  Submitted November Report

Committee of Aged:  will be speaking at their next meeting.

Shade Tree:  will be looking for new committee members. 

Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council on fire calls answered for the month on November. 

Mrs. Porter, Insurance Committee,  reported that after receiving a couple of new quotes from different insurance companies the committee has decided to continue with United Health Care.

Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, announced that Jeff Haugen and Walter McElmurry were hired at the water filtration plant.

Police Chief, Clayton Coker, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of November.

Mr. Thede updated the council on the progress of the water filtration plant shutdown.

Mr. Stephens stated that he had heard some concern from St. Johnís Hospital that the sewer lift station was not Y2K compliant.  Mr. Thede stated that a letter was sent to the hospital  that the lift station would be Y2K complaint before December 31, 1999.  Mr. Thede also stated that the lift station does not service the Libby Care Center or St. Johnís Hospital.

Mr. Johnston, Budget & Audit Committee, reported that auditor Gary Nystul would no longer be performing the city audit.

Mrs. Porter updated the council on the cityís web site.

It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.