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January 18, 2000 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD JANUARY 18, 2000 AT 7:00 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. 
Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.   Council members Baker, Bauer,  Johnston, Porter, Stephens, Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.
Tim Berry,  Morrison  Meriele Engineering held a grant strategy session with the council. Mr. Berry explained that the city was awarded a $10,000.00 grant from CDBG and two grants from DNRC in the amount of $20,000.00 to have a Wastewater and Water Distribution Facilities Plan performed.    Mr. Berry explained that these grant amounts were not enough money to pay for the complete plan and that the city would have to come up with an additional $24,935.00 for the wastewater facilities Plan and $23,937.00 for the water distribution facilities plan.  After a lengthily discussion the matter was tabled until the February 7th meeting.
Officer Scott Hutchings introduced the Libby Police Departments new police dog to the city council.  Cost of the dog to the City of Libby will be $2,800.00.   The police department has several fund raising ideas for the payment of the dog.  
Mr. Stephens made a  motion to pay $500.00 towards the cost of this animal.
Mr. Johnston seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to help the Kootenai Heritage Council with the cost of an environmental review.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Johnston made a motion to pay claim #13088.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Mr. Stephens explained why there was a question on this claim.
Motion carried.
Mr. Thede explained that Fish, Wildlife and Parks, needs to know if the city would like to encumber the new city property,  that is located out at the city ball fields, into the city limits.  Matter was put into the Parks Committee.
Mayor Berget asked that the Water Committee get in touch with Champion International on the free sprinkling program.  
Meeting adjourned at 8:46 p.m.
 

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. Kinniburgh’s 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. John’s 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. John’s 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 city’s 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

February 7, 2000 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1180TH MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 7, 2000 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 Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.  The minutes from the January regular and special meeting were presented and approved.
  Mayor Berget read Councilmember Ed Baker’s resignation.
Mr. Baker moved to accept Mr. Baker’s resignation.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.

ORDINANCE & RESOLUTIONS
  Ordinance # 1569, Building Code Amendments, was read.
Mr. Johnston moved to accept the first reading on Ordinance #156
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

Chris Swenson, Libby Ignitors Club, again asked the councils permission to close Mineral Avenue on August 9th,  for Hot August Nights.  All businesses that will be effected by this closure has been contacted, as per councils request.

Mr. Bauer moved to grant the Ignitors Club request to close off Mineral Avenue for Hot August Nights.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Mayor Berget again reminded the sewer committee that they would need to look into a sewer rate increase.

NEW BUSINESS
Mrs. Porter read a letter from Kate Falkner requesting permission to close Mineral Avenue for the Irish Fair Parade on March 11th, 2000.

Mrs. Porter moved to allow the closure of Mineral Avenue on March 11th  for the Irish Fair parade.

 
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion Carried.
Mr. Bauer moved to have Mayor Berget sign the environmental assessment paperwork for the Kootenai Heritage Council project.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Thede read a letter from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks stating that the Libby ball fields on Second Street and Hwy 37 was developed with Land & Water Conservation Funds, a federal program.  When these funds are used, the properties they are used on must be held in perpetuity for outdoor recreation use.  If they are taken out of that use replacement property must be found of equal or greater value.  This is the case when the Montana Department of Transportation realigned the overpass and needed to take a portion of the City ball field property.  The replacement property for the ball field was found adjacent to the south side of the cemetery park property.  This property (Bertelson) was acquired to mitigate the taking of the ball field land.  Because LWCF funds were used originally, the replacement property now also becomes encumbered with LWCF.    Mr. Thede explained that the city council could encumber just this new piece of property or include the entire ball fields and parking area, putting the entire property under theLWCF protection.
Mr. Bauer moved to encumber the new acquired property only.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

STANDING COMMITTEES

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

Animal Control:  Submitted January report.

Mr. Stephens, Fire Committee, reported that the city sold the 1975 Ford fire truck to Stimson International for $1.00.  Stimson will purchase on spot chains for the city fire trucks, and the fire truck will be used as a back up on city fires.  Stimson will also return the fire truck to the City if the company moves out of town.

Mr. Stephens moved to sell the fire truck to Stimson International
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.

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

Mr. Johnston, Building Committee, reported that the Montana Athletic Club was requesting that their rent continue to be based on their membership @ 2.00 per member.  Current contract states that they should be paying 2.50 per membership.  Matter put into the Building Committee, with a report to be made by March meeting.

 
Mr. Johnston also reported that the committee will hold a meeting with Carolyn Stamy, Lincoln County Community Foundation, in the month of February.
  City Sergeant, Barzia Teske, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of January.
  Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, advised the council that the personnel committee meet on a personnel issue that resulted in employee reprimand
Water Supervisor, John Knudson, updated the council on the water filtration plant operation.  Mr. Knudson also announced that the new meter reader had injured his back and was off for a couple of days.
 

Mayor Berget reminded the council that DEQ will be in Libby on February 28, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss issues on the Water Filtration Plant.

 

 

Mr. Johnston, Sewer Committee, explained that the Sewer Committee has formed a sub-committee consisting of Paul Rumelhart and Fred Brown.  This committee will try to locate federal appropriation monies.  Mr. Johnston also stated that the committee would like to hold off making a decision on raising the sewer rates until we find out if the city will  qualify for federal appropriations.

 

 

Mayor Berget announced that he had received the lighting contract from Flathead Electric for lighting on Johnston acres.

 
Mr.  Stephens, Street Committee, reported on the snow removal effects of the city street crews.
Mrs. Porter updated the council on the city’s web page.
  Mayor Berget reminded the council on the public hearing that will be held on March 6th and 20th, , for public comment regarding the community development needs and priorities for the City of Libby.
 

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

March 6, 2000 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1181st MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MARCH 6, 2000 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 Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.  The minutes from the February meeting were presented and approved.
A public hearing for the purpose of obtaining public comments regarding community needs and priorities for the City of Libby was held.  Purpose of said meeting was held in conjunction with the City of Libby who is considering applying for a Community Development Block Grant.  A list of guests is attached to minutes.
Paul Rumelhart and several members of the Kootenai Heritage Council reported the following, on the proposed Performing Arts Center.
Mr. Rumelhart, P.O. Box 97, Libby,  MT  59923,  Proposed site for the Performing Arts Center is the Memorial Gym, currently the Kootenai Heritage Council has been awarded $900,000.00.
Diane Rewerts, 287 Kootenai Drive, Libby, MT  59923, addressed the need for the Performing Arts Center.
Donna Black, 218 Manor Drive, Libby,  MT  59923, addressed  the different organizations that will be able to perform and use these facilities.
Jeff Gruber, 908 Mineral Avenue,  Libby, MT  59923, addressed the historical value to the City of Libby if this Performing Arts Center is built.
John Desch, 510 Nevada Avenue,  Libby, MT  59923, addressed the economic benefits to the city and county businesses.
Mr. Rumelhart stated that the Kootenai Heritage Council would need an additional  $2,500,000.00 to complete this project.
Don Rogers, 1415 Montana Avenue, Libby, Montana  59923, commented that a committee should be formed to see what the community felt was needed.
Bob Ward, 248 Highwood Drive, Libby, Montana  59923, asked if the capitol improvement plan had been updated since the last time the city applied for a grant?
Mr. Thede stated that the plan had not been updated.
With no further public comment Mayor Berget adjourned the public hearing at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to appoint Ken Sorenson to the city council, as per the Personnel Committee recommendation.
Mr. Johnston seconded.
Mr. Bauer, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Thom “Yes”
Mr. Stephens “No”
Motion carried.
ORDINANCE & RESOLUTIONS
Ordinance #1569, Building Codes Amendments, was given it’s second reading.
Mrs. Porter moved to pass Ordinance #1569
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS 
Mr. Bauer moved to appoint  Peggy Craver to the Board of Adjustments. 
Mr. Johnston seconded.
Motion carried.
Mayor Berget stated that the  Kootenai Kiwanis Club would like some help in getting weeds removed from the Demo Park.  Matter put into the Parks Committee.
Mayor Berget read a letter from Niles Nelson, Nelson-Vial Funeral Home, asking if the city would be interested in selling the old tennis court property behind his business.  Matter put into the Parks Committee.
Mr. Bauer asked that the street committee look at West Thomas Street.  Road is in need of some repair.
Melanie Hale and Val Davis stated that they would like to put in a dance studio on California Avenue.  This space formerly housed the Diamond Karaoke Club.  Council was in agreement to allow this business inside the city limits if they have all the necessary inspections.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Mr. Thede asked that the Parks Committee look into continuing the Lincoln Blvd tree project.
Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council on fire call answered for the month of February.
Mr. Johnston, Building Committee, stated that the committee  will be talking to the Montana Athletic Club  on their new lease agreement.
Mr. Johnston also reported that a letter was received from the Lincoln County Commissioners that the Lincoln County Health Nurse would be moving out of the old city hall building effective April 1, 2000.
Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, stated that interviews  for the temporary city service worker will be held on March 27, 2000.
Police Chief, Clayton Coker, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of February.
Mr. Johnston asked that the city council read over a proposed letter that he will be submitting to Senator Max Baucus.
Mr. Stephens made a motion to put in a handicap parking space in front of the Oddfellows Lodge.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
Mayor Berget read the Board of Adjustment monthly report.
Mayor Berget reminded the council of a public hearing that will be held on March 20, 2000.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claim approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

April 17, 2000 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON APRIL 17, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. 

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Council members Bauer, Johnston, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.

Clete Smith, representing the Cabinet Mountain County Club,  was present to ask about the status of their request on annexing the city property to the county club.  Matter was put back into committee so all members will have time to look at their proposal.  

Mayor Berget announced that he has added the Judicial committee  to the standing committee list.  Mrs. Porter, Dan Stephens and Jane Thom will be on this committee.

Mayor Berget asked that Mr. Bauer update the council on the cleanup of Industrial Park.

Ordinance #1570, Uniform Fire Codes, was read.

Mr. Stephens moved to pass the seconded reading of Ordinance #1570.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

D.C. Orr, Julie Rathburn, Tom Person, Mike France, David Griffith, Henry Skrank and several other residents expressed their concern about a letter that was sent to several residents.  This letter was addressed to Mayor Berget and City Council members thanking them for stopping the mass rally that was scheduled on April 15, 2000.  This letter was signed by the North American Membership of Communist Committee for Environmental Preservation.   A copy of this letter is attached in minute book.

Mayor Berget stated that the council did not have anything to do with stopping the rally and did not know where the letters came from.  Mayor Berget also mentioned  that the city police department was looking into this matter.

THE 1182nd MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON April 3, 2000 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 Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.  The minutes from the March meeting were presented and approved.

ORDINANCE & RESOLUTION
Ordinance #1570, Adoption of 1997 Uniform Fire Codes, was read,
Mr. Johnston moved to pass Ordinance #1570.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

Mrs. Thom explained that the county no longer had a county weed board and would not be able to help with the spraying of Kawanis Park.  The City does not have the equipment  to spray these weeds.  Parks committee will continue to look into this matter.

Mrs. Thom also updated the council on the land purchase request from Niles Nelson.  Mrs. Thom stated that  some kind of a appraisal would need to be done.  Matter put back into Parks Committee.

Mr. Fennessy stated that the property could be sold without going through the bid process.

Mr. Bauer moved to support the Heritage Council request to apply for a CDBG Grant.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Johanna Miller, Environmental Protection Agency, introduced Mr. Dave Swanson, who handed out a site plan for the new St. John’s Lutheran Hospital Asbestos testing facilities.  These buildings should be in place by the end of April.

Jim Rostorfer had several questions to ask the city council.
NEW BUSINESS
Clete Smith, Cabinet View County Club, asked that the city consider annexing the property from the water filtration plant to the old re-rig  building. The County Club is currently considering purchasing a liquor license from the Branding Iron.  Annexation will be needed in order to transfer the liquor license.
Mayor Berget announced that the city will be accepting gas bids in the month of May.

Mayor Berget also announced that the city is requesting  statements of qualifications for engineering firms.

Etta Doubek and Stu Crismore’s names were submitted for a open position on the Board of Adjustments.  A vote was called.

Etta Doubek – Ken Sorensen

Stu Crismore – George Bauer, Joe Johnston, Judy Porter, Dan Stephens and Jane Thom.

Stu Crismore will fill vacant seat.

Mayor Berget submitted the 2000 List of Standing Committees:
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Mrs. Thom, Cemetery-Parks Committee, reported that Lillian Johnston will be this years camp host.  Camp has been cleaned and is ready for summer.

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

Tree Board:  City has been named Tree City USA for the 7th year in a row.  Arbor Day is on April 28th.Animal Control:  Submitted the February animal control report.

Mr. Stephens,  Fire Committee, reported that the Rural Fire Department has requested a meeting to discuss the 2000-2001 City Fire Budget.

In the absence of Fire Chief  Tom Wood, Mr. Stephens  read the fire report for the month of March.

Mr. Johnston, Building Committee, announced that his committee will be meeting with the EPA on several issues involving Industrial Park.

Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, reported that Bob Moore was hired as part time summer help.

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

Mrs. Thom, Water Committee, announced that May 7th – 13th is National Drinking Water week.

Water Supervisor, John Knudson, reported that the new pump station was up and running.

The following bids received for the sale of the 1973 International Water Truck and a Fox Brady salt/spreader.

Fehrs Equipment                   $6,200.00 Water Truck
310.00 Salt/spreader

Noble Excavating                  $8,500.00 Water Truck

Harold Winslow                    $4,101.99 Water Truck

Pioneer Auto Wrecking         $2,850.00 Water Truck

Mr. Stephens moved to accept Noble Excavating bid of $8,500.00 for the International water truck and Fehrs Equipment bid of $310.00 for the salt/spreader.

Mr. Johnston seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Porter, Community Development Committee,  announced that the city is still offering a $500.00 sidewalk grant.  Interested residents should write letter of interest to the City of Libby.

Mrs. Porter also announced that in lieu of rent, Blatiner Corp will be donating $1,200.00 in cement to the   City of Libby.  Mrs. Porter asked that this cement be used for an handicapped picnic site at industrial park.

Board of Adjustment Secretary, Jackie Wilson, read the March report.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

May 15, 2000 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MAY 15, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Council members Bauer, Porter, Stephens and Thom and City Clerk, Kim Aarstad was present.

Resolution #1573, Annexation of city property, was read.

Mrs. Porter moved to adopt Resolution #1573.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mel Burnett reported that several representatives from WR Grace were down at Industrial Park on May 15, 2000.  Projected clean up and rebuild time for this area in 90 days. 

Mr. Bauer stated that the Building plan has been sent to WR Grace.

  Deborah Stokesberry, representing the Kootenai Valley Grange, asked permission to install a park bench at the city cemetery.  Matter was put into the Parks committee.

Mr. Bauer moved to adopt the Lincoln County Emergency Operation Plan.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Stephens moved to accept the following gas, oil, propane and gravel bids.

                             

                        Gas          1.2717 gallon                       Moore Oil 

                        Diesel        .8617 gallon                        Moore Oil

                        Propane     .75                                     NW Propane

                        Asphalt & Chip Seal                            T Bar S Enterprises

                        5/8” Crush per yard – $4.00                Ward Crushing

                        3/8” minus chips – 15.20 per yard        Ward Crushing

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom moved to do a property exchange with Niles Nelson.  Mr. Nelson will purchase property on the 1200 block of Utah and will exchange the property with the city for the property located behind the funeral home on Second Street. 

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Stephens reported that the street committee was still looking into the traffic problem on Idaho Avenue.

Fred Weber, representing Montana Sky Link, asked that the city allow him to install a repeater on the water filtration property.  Mr. Weber explained that the repeater would need to be hooked up to electricity and that they would be willing to pay for this bill.  Matter was put into Community Development Committee.

  Meeting adjourned at 7:35.

THE 1183rd  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON May 1, 2000 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 Bauer, Porter Sorenson, Johnston, Stephens, and Thom, Deputy City Clerk, Beth Burrell  were present.  The minutes from the April  meeting were presented and approved.

Mrs. Thom reported on Demo Park weed control.  She will contact the county to obtain their cooperation in the matter.

Mrs. Thom brought Mr. Niles Nelson’s request to purchase city property behind his existing garage for parking area.  Some discussion followed concerning possible property trade or lease agreement. Decision on the project was tabled until the next meeting.

Ordinances & Resolutions

Mrs. asked that action on resolution 1573 be continued until the May 15 meeting.

Mrs. Thom reported on resolution 1574, explaining that because Champion will no longer be paying for summer sprinkling.  therefore, the council would like to shorten the sprinkling time from five to three months a allow 9,000 gallons of usage instead of 12,000.  Mrs. Thom made a motion that the council accept this resolution.
The motion carried.

New Business

Linda Beaulieu, Libby Chamber of Commerce requested $150 for the purchase of flowers to be planted in beds around the main thoroughfares in the city.  She also requested a means of watering the plants once they planed.  The matter was turned over to the parks and street committees.

Karen Foss asked permission to close off Mineral Avenue on September 9 for Nordicfest parade
Mr. Bauer made a motion to allow closure of the street.
Mr. Sorenson seconded.
Motion carried

Jana Lewis requested the closure of Mineral Avenue on June 10th for the March for Jesus.
Mr. Johnston made a motion to allow the closure
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget informed the council of the Women’s Helpline’s need for office space.  They are looking at space in the Old City Hall.  the matter was placed in committee.

Mr. Stephens moved to reappoint Bob Powell to the Board of Adjustments.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.

Seven bids were received on the call for bids for gasoline, diesel, propane, road oil and crush.

Moore Oil
Unleaded
$1.2717

Diesel
    .8617

Propane
    .89

NW Propane
Propane
    .75

Amerigas
Propane
    .8686

T Bar S
Asphalt & Chip Seal

CRS-2 FOB Libby
193.45 Per US ton

CRS-2P FOB Libby
235.63 Per US ton

HF105S FOB Libby
198.50 per US ton

HFE300-HP
222.96 per US ton

Price per square yard chip seal City to supply chips and oil.  Price per square yard chip seal City to supply chips.  Contractor to supply oil.  Application to be .35 gallons of Liquid asphalt per square yard.  Heavier or lighter application will influence price per square yard accordingly.

     0.577 per sq. yard
     0.859 psqy CRS-2
     0.921 psqy CRS-2P
     0.902psqy HF150S

Mountain States Minerals, Inc
CRS-2
 200.00

CRS-2P
 230.00

Ward Crushing
5/8″ crush per yd
    4.00

3/8″ minus chips per yd
   15.20

mobilization
2000.00

Remp Sand & Gravel, 
5/8″ crush per yd
      3.98

3/8″ chips per yd
     17.85

Bids were put into street committee.
Rita Bramante brought the council up to date on the traffic problems on her corner and asked that the council consider some remedy for the area.  It was turned over to the street committee.
Sandy Simonis requested some consideration of the traffic problem on Flower Street.  It was also turned over to the street committee.
Standing Committees
Mrs. Thom, Cemetery-Parks, reported that fireman’s Park is open without a camp host until May 15, putting patrons of the park on the honor system as to paying for camping spots.
Mr. Sorenson, City-County Liaison reported that the Board of adjustments met April 15, approving a variance for St. John’s and one for Terry Maki’s housing of radio equipment.
Mr. Johnston, Buildings, informed the council that MAC wants to buy the exercise equipment now leased by them at the fitness center.  The offer is under consideration.
Mr. Bauer, Personnel, noted that the summer help had been hired.
Chief Coker updated the council on police calls answered for the month of April.  Mr. Stephens notified the council of Chief Coker’s request for one a one year leave of absence to go to Kosovo.
Mr. Thom, Water, reported that May 7th – 13th  is Nation Drinking Water Week.  The grand opening of the water treatment plant will take place on May 13, 2000.
Mr. Stephens, Streets and Alleys, reported on the progress on the Boulevard.
Mrs. Porter, Community Development, updated the council on progress with the golf course and property annexation.
Mr. Sorenson, Shade Tree Committee, related the Arbor Day ceremony.  Libby was once again named Tree City USA.  He also related the animal control report.
Mr. Johnston, Budget and finance, reported that the budget period starts May 2 at 8:00 a.m.
Mrs. Porter, Judicial, met with Judge Dorrington.  she brought them up to date on the dealings in the court.
Mayor Berget informed the council about the meeting with the City of Eureka city council and suggested that the council go to Troy for their council meeting May 10.
It was moved and seconded to pay the claims.   Motion carried

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

June 19, 2000 | Special Meeting

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Agenda for Special Meeting
June 19, 2000

  1. Resolution #1576
  2. Closing Fee for land swap
  3. Resolution #1577, Property & Supply Bureau authorization to purchase.
  4. Statement of Qualifications-Engineering Firms

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 19, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Council members Bauer, Johnston, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.

Resolution # 1576, sell & dispose of property belonging to city and Niles Nelson, was read.

Mrs. Thom moved to adopted Resolution #1576

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Johnston moved to pay the $235.50 for title insurance and $50.00which is half of the closing costs for the above sell.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1577, Authorized Agents for Property & Supply Bureau, was read.

Mr. Johnston moved to adopted Resolution #1577.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget asked that the council again go through the statement of qualifications for engineering companies. After a discussion, the council was in agreement to go back through the statement of qualifications and form a new short list.

Mayor Berget would like to interview these firms also.

Mayor Berget handed out information on creating a Port Authority.  City Attorney, Mark Fennessy will look at this information. 

Mr. Stephens moved for the adoption of the City of Libby personnel policy.   Policy was changed on Page 18, employee leave of absence.

Mr. Johnston seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Stephens moved to accept Police Chief, Clayton Coker’s request for a one-year leave of absence.  Police Sergeant, Brent Teske will be acting Chief in Clayton’s absence.

Mr. Johnston seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget updated the council on the Industrial Park property. 

Mr. Thede reported that after looking at the concrete problem at the old city hall, the concrete Blatiner Corp is donating to the city would need to be used there. 

Mr. Bauer made a motion to pay claim #13546 in the amount of $400.00 to Neil Bernardy.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget appointed Mr. Johnston, Mr. Bauer and Mrs. Porter to Code Book Review Committee.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried. 

Mr. Stephens made a motion to have Radio Shack install a recorder system in the council chambers.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom moved to pay the water filtration plant operators $20.00 per day for each day they are on call.

Mr. Johnston seconded.

Motion carried. 

Mr. Bauer made a motion to have Allen Olson of Antler Tree Nursery, plant and maintain the triangle on Hwy 2.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

The next regular council meeting will be held on July 6, 2000.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m. to go into an executive session.  No issues were voted on in this session.


THE 1184TH MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 5, 2000 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 Johnston, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, and City Clerk, Kim Aarstad was present.  Minutes from the May regular and special meeting were presented and approved.

RESOLUTION & ORDINANCE
Resolution #1575, Budget Amendment, was read.

Mr. Johnston moved to pass Resolution #1575.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS
  Mr. Johnston, Building Committee, announced that as per the building committee recommendation, the Women’s Helpline’s request for office space has been denied.

NEW BUSINESS

Sonya Neisess, Representative of the Libby Chamber of Commerce, read a letter from Executive Director, Linda Beaulieu.  The Chamber of Commerce and the Lincoln County Economic Development Council created a joint infrastructure committee to address the current perceived problems with downtown infrastructure.   The infrastructure committee is requesting an opportunity to meet with the council and discuss potential coordination of infrastructure plans.

Jerry Bennett, Libby Chamber of Commerce, discussed the high water bills that the chamber has been receiving in the summers.  Mr. Bennett asked that the council look into this problem.  Matter put into the Water Committee.

Sarah Barrick, representing the Libby Pool Project Planning Committee, updated the council on the committee’s progress on putting a swimming pool in the city.  The Committee asked that the council consider applying for future grants to help defray the costs of this project.

The city clerk announced the following dates for budget hearings.

            July 17 – adopt the preliminary budget

            July 24 – formal budget hearing

            August 7 – adopt the final budget

Kathy O’Siggins, Conservation Corp., announced that the funding for the summer youth program had been cut for this year. The City of Libby, City of Troy and the US Forest Service have used this program.   Ms. O’Siggins explained that the Conservation Corp would like to continue with this program and is looking for support monies from local businesses and individuals in the county.  Ms. O’Siggins asked the councils help in locating these businesses and individuals.  Mayor Berget put this matter into Park’s Committee. 

Jim Rostorfer had several questions to ask the city council.

STANDING COMMITTEE
Mr. Sorensen, City-County Liaison, reported on the Animal Control.

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

Mr. Johnston moved to decline the Montana Athletic Clubs request to purchase the equipment that is owned by the City of Libby.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

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

Mr. Stephens, Police Committee, stated that the committee has agreed to grant Police Chief, Clayton Coker a one-year leave of absences.  Mr. Stephens stated that the committee would like to make a change in the City of Libby policy that states a leave of absences will be granted only with prior council approval.

Mr. Knudson, Water Supervisor, reported that the bid packages were let on June 5, 2000 for the Haske water line project.  

Mr. Johnston made a motion to accept Thomas, Dean & Hoskins as the city engineer for the city’s future projects.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Stephens, Street Committee, reported that the committee was continuing to look into the traffic problems on Idaho Avenue.  Mr. Stephens stated that a one-way street on Idaho Avenue was not favorable with the residents in that area.   

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

July 24, 2000 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD JULY 24, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PURSUANT TO NOTICE, TO CONDUCT A FORMAL BUDGET HEARING.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Councilmember Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.

Jim Rostorfer asked several questions regarding the proposed 2000-2001 budget. 

After some discussion by city council the public hearing was closed.

Ordinance #1576, establishing a capitalization policy, was read.

Mr. Johnston moved to pass the second reading of Ordinance #1576.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom mentioned that she had received several complaints from city water customers that they were experiencing low water pressure.  Matter put into water committee.

Mayor Berget reported that the city council has contacted the city insurance company on the incident involving the city backhoe on, June 29th.  

Council discussed where the city could use the concrete donation from Blatner Construction.

Mr. Stephens reported that the black top that was purchased from T Bar S seems to be segregating.  A representative from T Bar S is in town to see if they can fix the problem.                                                

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.


A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD JULY 17, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS TO ADOPT THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order.  Council members Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.

Mr. Stephens moved to adopt the 2000-2001 preliminary budget.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 12:00 a.m.  


A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 10, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Berget called the meeting to order with the pledge of allegiance.  Councilmembers Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.
Mayor Berget stated that W.R. Grace is considering building two buildings, to house city tenant Millwork West, down at the city ballpark site.  Millwork West will be moved out of present site when cleanup begins at Industrial park.    One 800 sq. ft. building would be built at the parking area next to the city ballpark (Legion) and a 1,200 sq. ft. building would be built at the old swimming pool area.  W.R. Grace should be receiving a cost quote for these two building on July 11, 2000.
A discussion followed.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow these building to be built on city property.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Mr. Bauer, Mrs. Porter, Mr. Stephens and Mrs. Thom “YES”
Mr. Johnston “NO”
Motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45p.m
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THE 1185TH MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 6, 2000 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 Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.  Minutes from the June regular and special meeting were presented and approved.
RESOLUTION & ORDINANCE
Ordinance # 1576, establishing a Capitalization Policy, was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to pass the first reading of Ordinance #1576.
Mr. Johnston seconded.
Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS
Paul Peronard, EPA, updated the council on the asbestos clean up of Industrial Park.  EPA & W.R. Grace are working with Millwork West on finding a new building location, which is needed when clean-up begins.
Jim Stout, W.R. Grace, updated the council on a proposed sprung building that could be installed to house Millwork West during this clean up.  A location for this building will be needed before any further decisions can be made.
Katheryn Jarvis Coggon, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP, stated that at one time WR Grace proposed purchasing the Industrial Park property from the city, in hope that the EPA would lighten the clean-up requirements, EPA has decided that clean up must be done as per their guidelines, so at this time WR Grace is not interested in purchasing this property.
A discussion followed.
Issue was tabled until completion of council meeting.
Paul Rumelhart updated the council on the $12,000,000.00 in federal monies the city could be possibly receiving.  Monies will be divided as follows:
3,500,000.00 – St John’s Lutheran Hospital
8,500.000.00 – for Economic Development
Mayor & Council thanked Mr. Rumelhart for all his hard work on this issue.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow the closure of Mineral Ave on July 15, 2000 for the Logger Day Parade.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.
Jim Rostorfer asked questions on the water filtration plant and 9000 free sprinkling to city customers.
Mayor Berget read the following statement:  On Thursday night, June 29, 2000 a city owned backhoe was used by a city employee, this backhoe was accidentally dumped into a old septic system on the employees property.  This issue has been put into Personnel Committee.  A discussion followed.
D.C. Orr:  Was there in inspection done on this equipment? Is there an environmental issue from the possible oil spill?
Duane Williams:  Was this equipment used for city business?
Mayor Berget:  No.
D.C. Orr:  Is this standard policy?
Mayor Berget:  Our policy states no one can use city equipment unless authorized by the city supervisor and/or city council.  This issue was put into the Personnel Committee and they will be dealing with the issue.
Mr. Orr asked that he receive something in writing when the Personnel Committee resolved this issue.
Mrs. Thom submitted a request from the VFW to use city property which is located next to the Lee Gehring Ball fields for a VFW Stand Down on October 6-8, 2000.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow the VFW to use this property.
Mr. Johnston seconded.
Motion carried.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Park Committee, announced that a request has been received to put handicap ramps on the flower creek walking bridge.  Matter put into Parks Committee.
Mr. Sorensen, City-County Liaison, read the June animal control report.
Mr. Johnston, Building Committee, reported that a recording and sound system would be installed in the council chambers by August meeting.
Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, announced that Jayson Place was hired on July 10, 2000.  Jayson will replace Rob Plough as the city water meter reader.
Acting Police Chief, Brent Teske, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of June.
Mrs. Thom moved to amend the $20.00 per day on call pay for water filtration plant operators to $1.00 per hour; this pay will be retro active for previous months.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Stephens, Street Committee, reported that paving has been completed on Utah Avenue.
Mr. Bauer asked that the police department look into sight triangle problem on Spruce Street and Hwy 2.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. for a 15-minute recess.
Meeting re-opened at 9:00 p.m. with a discussion on Industrial Park issues.
Mr. Bauer moved to follow the scope of work that the EPA guidelines required for clean-up of Industrial Park.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Mr. Bauer, Mrs. Porter, Mr. Sorensen, Mr. Stephens and Mrs. Thom “YES”
Mr. Johnston “NO”
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer moved to not accept the ownership of the sprung building that will be used to house millwork west.
Motion died for a lack of a second.
Meeting adjourned at 10:25 p.m.

August 21, 2000 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 21, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Judy Porter, acting Mayor called the meeting to order.  Council members Johnston, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom and City Clerk, Kim Aarstad was present. 

Alan Stringer and Katheryn Jarvis Coggon, representing WR Grace & Co. presented a proposal to purchase the Industrial Park property.  Mrs. Coggon stated that WR Grace would be willing to purchase the Industrial Park property for $2,000,000.00.  If the city accepts their offer, WR Grace would continue with the clean up at the park as per the EPA requirements, but the buildings would be torn down. 

The audience and the city council members stated several issues of concern. 

After a lengthy discussion this matter was tabled until the September 5, 2000 meeting.  (Meeting was recorded and will be stored at city hall).


A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 14, 2000 AT 8:30 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Council members Johnston, Porter, Sorensen and Thom were present. 

Jackie Wilson, Libby Board of Adjustments, asked that the council accept the board’s recommendation to grant a temporary variance to Kootenai Paving.  This property belongs to Universal Land.

Mr. Johnston moved to accept the Board of Adjustments recommendation.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

It was decided that a Special meeting would be held on August 21, 2000.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 


THE 1186TH MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON
AUGUST 7TH, 2000 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 Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.  Minutes from the July regular and special meetings were presented and approved.

RESOLUTION & ORDINANCE
Resolution #1577, Making Tax levy for FY’ 2000-2001, was read.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1577.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1578, Fixing Annual Appropriations for FY’ 2000-2001, was read.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1578.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1579, Setting Salaries, was read,

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1579.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS
Mayor Berget read a letter from Kim Fox, Libby Nordicfest Outdoor Entertainment Committee, asking for permission to close 8th street on September 8-10, for the hours of 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Mr. Stephens moved to allow this road closure.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Rita Window, Lincoln County Commissioner, asked for the city’s help with fabricating and installing the new water line on Parmenter Creek.
Mr. Thede stated that the city would be supplying the materials needed to do this job, but would like authorization from the city council to have an employee do the fabrication of the water line.  Mr. Thede also stated that the City of Libby does not have all the equipment needed to do this project.
Mrs. Window felt that the county would have the equipment that was needed to complete this project.

Mr. Stephens moved to allow the city to work on this water line.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Maria Frazer discussed the weed problems on her problem.
Paul Rumelhart and Senator Bill Crismore were present to discuss the $8,000,000.00; the City of Libby will be receiving from the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1998.  Mr. Rumelhart stated that an Independent Board would need to be formed and by-laws would need to establish before monies can be used for Economic Development.
Several residents were present to discuss the use of these monies.  (Minutes were recorded and are on file).

 

Mrs. Porter moved to request the $8,000,000.00.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Crismore asked that the council approve six residents to sit on the Independent Board.  Their names are as follows:

Jim Morey, Ralph Heinert,  Linda Gerard, Ardell Filler, Shirley Chase, and Mitch Richeal

Mr. Stephens moved to ask that the above residents be asked in help establish the structure and by-laws for the independent board.  Applications will be accepted from area residents for final board members.

Mr. Johnston seconded.

A discussion followed.

Motion carried.

 
STANDING COMMITTEES
Mr. Bauer made a motion not to allow campfires at Firemen’s Park. 

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council fire calls answered for the month of July.

Mr. Stephens reported on the police calls answered for the month of July.

Mrs. Thom, Water Committee, reported that the Chamber of Commerce, asking for help with paying for their water bill, has contacted her.  Matter was put into the Water Committee.

Mr. Rostorfer had several questions to ask the council.

Mr. Johnston made a motion to hold a public hearing on September 5, 2000 for the purpose of a 6% sewer increase.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to allow the use of the city backhoe, to move bleachers for Hot August night’s burnout contest.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.
Todd Berget asked about the procedures needed to request zoning on property inside the city limits.  Mr. Berget has a chance to lease this property out and the Board of Adjustments has not zoned this property.  The Board of Adjustments will be meeting on August 14, 2000 to discuss this zoning issue and the council will hold a meeting on August 14, 2000 at 8:30 pm to finalize their decision.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.

Meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

September 18, 2000 | Special Meeting

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Special Meeting  Agenda   September 18, 2000

  1. By-laws of Libby Area Development Corporation
  2. Rental of old City Hall
  3. Handicapped parking at St. John’s Lutheran School

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Councilmember Bauer, Porter, Stephens, Sorensen and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.
Mrs. Porter moved to adopt the by-laws for the Libby Area Development Company.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
Jim Rostorfer asked several questions concerning these by-laws.
Bill Crismore and Board members answered these questions.
Mr. Bauer submitted Tom Wood’s name to serve on the Libby Area Development Co.
Duane Williams, KLCB Radio Station, asked if the city has filed the articles of incorporation for the development company.
Mr. Stephens stated that it had been filed on August 21, 2000.
Mayor Berget announced that he had been contacted by St. John’s Lutheran Hospital requesting that the city close off Fourth Street, from Utah to Louisiana Avenue. This closure is needed because of the addition being planned on the hospital.   Matter put into Street Committee. 
Resolution # 1582, Amending Resolution #1577, was read.

Mr. Bauer moved to adopt Resolution #1582.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget stated that members of the CAG Board asked that the city write a letter to WR Grace, asking that they allow EPA on the on Grace site to deposit contaminated materials.  Currently WR Grace will not allow EPA to dump these contaminated materials on their property.

Lincoln County Commissioner Rita Windom stated that they commissioners would be writing a letter also. 
Matter will be discussed with City Attorney, Mark Fennessy.


The 1187th Meeting of the City Council was held on September 5th, 2000 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 Bauer, Porter, Sorenson, Thom and Stephens and Deputy City Clerk, Beth A. Burrell were present.  Minutes from the August regular and special meetings were presented and approved as corrected.
Resolutions & Ordinances
Resolution #1581, concerning raising the sewer rates was read.  Deb Richael, Jim Rostofer, David Anderson, and Maria Fraser were involved in discussion with the council.  Mr. Tom Wood explained the reason for the need to raise the sewer rate.
Mr. Bauer moved that the raise be adopted.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion passed.
Old Business
Mr. Chrismore presented Mr. Jake Heckathorn to the council.  Mr. Heckathorn then presented the corporate by-laws for the Libby Area Development Corporation that has been formed to administer the $8,000,000 granted to the City by the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1998.
Mr. Heckathorn skimmed over the by-laws, then asked for questions.  Mr. Bauer, Mr. Stephens, Mrs. Thom and the Mayor asked questions.  (The meeting was recorded and is stored at City Hall.)
Mr. Chrismore asked that the council adopt the by-laws.  Mr. Bauer asked that the council review the by-laws, taking needed action at the next meeting, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Thom reported that because of the low water pressure problems, the water pressure has been increased by five pounds per square inch.
Mr. Stephens stated that the committee is not ready to accept the proposal of WR Grace in the purchase of the industrial park.  They are preparing a counter-proposal which will be submitted to the council before giving it to WR Grace.  Discussion followed involving the city council, city residents and Alan Stringer of W.R. Grace concerning the release of asbestos fibers during cleanup of Zonolite property.  (Meeting tape is stored at city hall.)
Rental of the old City Hall will be discussed at the September 18th meeting.
New Business
D.C. Orr asked questions concerning the buildings being placed on Mayor Berget’s property.  He wanted to know why the buildings weren’t being placed on City property as originally intended.  The council answered his questions by explaining that the main sewer line ran under where the buildings were to be placed and the buildings would have blocked access to the property behind it from the fire department.  There were also many residents who were opposed to placing the buildings at the proposed site.  There was also residents who were opposed to placing the buildings at the proposed site.  There was also discussion concerning landscaping at the water treatment plant and the antenna at the star.
Standing committees
Fire Chief, Tom Wood gave the fire report.  Three fires in the City limits, four in the county, three at Stimson and four out of the district.
Acting Chief, Brent Teske gave the police report and introduced the new officer Dave Giffin
Mr. Stephens made a motion to accept Mr. Giffin as a new police officer
Mr. Bauer seconded.  Motion carried.
Mr. Giffin was sworn in by Mark Fennessy
Mr. Bauer voiced a concern over the site triangle at the corner of Spruce and Highway 2.
Mrs. Thom related that the computer was down at the water treatment plant and the plant was being manned 24 hours a day since the operators could not monitor by remote.
Streets and Alleys, Mr. Stephens reported that a request for a handicapped-parking area at St. John’s Lutheran School will be discussed by the committee and presented for action at the September 18 meeting.
Community Development, Mrs. Porter, reported that the train depot will be painted September 23.  The chamber is discussing beautification of the downtown area.
Board of Adjustments, Ken Sorenson stated that at the special meeting on August 14, a temporary variance was approved to Kootenai paving.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to pay the bills.
Mr. Stephens seconded.  Motion passed.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Mayor, Anthony J. Berget                      Deputy City Clerk, Beth A. Burrell

October 31, 2000 | Working Meeting

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AGENDA

  1. Discussion of the abandonment of East 4th Street between Louisiana and Utah.

Working committee meeting.
November 1, 2000
Working Committee Meeting
The City Council of the City of Libby will hold a working committee meeting on November 1, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. in the city council chambers.  The public is encouraged to attend.  No public input will be taken during this meeting.
The City Council of the City of Libby with the Montana Municipal Insurance Authority will hold a council workshop on November 1, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss insurance issues.  The public is encouraged to attend.  No public input will be taken during this meeting.


THE 1188TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 2, 2000 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.  Councilmember Bauer, Johnston, Porter, Stephens, Sorensen and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and City Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.
PUBLIC HEARING
A Public Hearing to consider a re-zoning change on Millwood Subdivision was held. 

Current zoning for this subdivision is Commercial and owners are requesting that this property be re-zoned to Industrial.  Several residents were in attendance.  Some comments are stated below.  Minutes were recorded and are stored at city hall.

Irene Carlson, Charlie Clough, Cynthia Kessler and several other residents expressed concern about the location of Kootenai Paving’s asphalt plant, which has been located on the Millwood Subdivision property. The Berget family owns this property.  A temporary variance was issued on August 14, 2000, to allow this asphalt plant. 

The re-zoning classification for Millwood Subdivision will be considered at the next council meeting.

Public Hearing adjourned at 8:15

Mayor Berget re-opened the council meeting at 8:20 p.m.
OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Stephens moved to locate a handicap parking area on the north entrance of St. John’s Lutheran school.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to have Mayor Berget write a letter to W.R. Grace, asking that the EPA have access to the old mine site for disposal of contaminated materials from Raintree Nursery.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Stephens reported that W.R. Grace had withdrawn their offer to buy Industrial Park.

Mr. Stephens also reported that St. John’s Lutheran Hospital request for Fourth Street Closure was turned over to the Board of Adjustments.

D.C. Orr asked for a copy of the July 15th personnel letter that was written to Dan Thede.  City Attorney will look at this letter and make a decision if letter should be released. 
NEW BUSINESS
The following bids were received for a Rotary Self-Contained Snow blower:

            Pioneer Equipment                       No Bid

            Western Plains Machinery            $50,995.00 Prev delivered Wildcat M8000MDR

                                                               $53,395.00 New Wildcat M8000MDR

Bids put into the Street Committee.

Charles Briante asked that the council consider waiving the coin-op amusement license fee for his business.  Charles explained that he has installed one talking alcohol blood testing machine in the city limits of Libby, and would like to install more but can not afford to purchase a $25.00 coin-op amusement license for each machine. 

Matter put into the Resolution & Ordinance Committee.

Jim Regh asked for the council help with a noise problem that has been created by a skateboard ramp that was installed by his property. 

Mark Halland, Faith Bible Church, stated that the skateboard ramp was installed on church property and can be used at lunch hour and 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The church has been in contact with a engineer who is drawing up some plans for a sound barrier. 

Matter put into the Parks Committee.

Mr. Bauer stated that Kootenai Valley Headstart would like to clean up Firemen’s Park twice a year.  Mr. Thede will contact them on this matter.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Mrs. Thom, Parks Committee, announced that Firemen’s Park was closed for winter on September 22, 2000.

Mr. Sorensen, Fire Committee, reported that the Rural Fire lease on the city boom truck was up this year.

Mrs. Thom, Insurance Committee, reported that the new rates for city health insurance has been received, committee will be getting together later this month.  Mrs. Thom also reported that the insurance had been transferred to a local agent who is willing to sit down with employees on a weekly basis to discuss insurance questions and problems.

Mr. Stephens reported on the police calls answered for the month of September.

Mrs. Thom, Water Committee, reported that the Chamber of Commerce was asking for help with their water bill.

Mrs. Thom also reported that the committee would be looking into the 9,000-gallon free sprinkling for next years summer usage.

Mrs. Porter, Community Development Committee, updated the council on the joint infrastructure development committee formed by the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln County Economic Development Council.

Mrs. Porter moved to appoint Scott Spencer as City Attorney.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

A discussion followed.  (Minutes are stored at city hall.)

Mayor Berget called for the vote.

Mrs. Porter, Mr. Sorensen, Mr. Stephens and Mrs. Thom “Yes”

Mr. Bauer and Mr. Johnston “No”

Motion carried.

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

Meeting adjourned at 10:30.

November 20, 2000 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 20, 2000 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Council members Bauer, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.

Mr. Stephens moved to approve a $42,800.00 annual budget for the Libby Area Development Co.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Charles Briante, C&D Amusement, explained the accuracy of his new alcohol blood-testing machine.  A discussion followed on the requirements for coin-op amusement license.  Mr. Briante has requested that the City Council waive this license requirement for his business.
City Attorney, Scott Spencer, will look over the coin-op amusement license requirements and have a decision on this matter by January 2001 meeting.

The following individuals have submitted their names for the open city council position.

Hilmer Hanson, D.C. Orr, Bob Parker, Etta Doubek, Greg Hall, Joyce Baeth, Dan Taasevigen, Stuart Crismore, Steve Shuey, Marilee Brown, Betty Trimble

This position will be filed on the December 4, 2000 council meeting.

Mayor Berget turned the meeting over to Council President, George Bauer.

City Attorney, Scott Spencer, explained several issues of concern on the temporary variance that was granted to Kootenai Paving.

Lincoln County Commissioner, Rita Window, expressed concern on revoking the temporary variance.  Mrs. Window explained that the county had received a CDBG Grant of $200,000.00 so Kootenai Paving could start this business, and approval for this grant was based on the location of the business.  These monies will be repaid to the county and will be re-loaned at a different time. 
Several concerned citizens spoke on this issue.

Resolution #1583, voiding the temporary variance, was read.

Mr. Stephens moved to adopt Resolution # 1583.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Mr. Bauer, Mr. Stephens and Mrs. Porter “yes”

Mrs. Thom “no”

Motion carried.

  Mr. Stephens moved to pay $672.00 of on call time to Dan Burns and Robert Lanman.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA  November 6, 2000

  1. CALL TO ORDER

Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome

  1. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes
  1. OATH OF OFFICE – City Attorney         
  1. PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment of 4th Street- St John’s Lutheran Hospital
  1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    1. Re-Zoning – Millwood Subdivision
    2. Charles Briante – Waiving of Coin-op Amusement License
    3. Faith Bible Church – State Board Ramp
    4. Millwork West – Rent
  1. NEW BUSINESS
    1. Jim Morey – Libby Area Development Co. – Proposed Budget
    2. Karen Ross – Chamber of Commerce Parade of Lights
    3. D.C. Orr – Land Farm Permit
    4. Employee Health Insurance

7.    COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
a.   Council Committee Reports
b.   Okay to pay claims
8.  ADJOURNMENT


THE 1189TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 6TH, 2000 AT 7l00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance.  Roll was called.  Council members Bauer, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.  Minutes from the October regular meeting were presented and approved.

Mayor Berget made a recommendation to appoint of Scott Spencer as city attorney.

Mrs. Porter moved to accept Mayor Berget recommendation.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Thom, Mr. Stephens and Mr. Sorensen “Yes”

Mr. Bauer “No”

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Scott Spencer.

PUBLIC HEARING
A public hearing to consider St. John’s Lutheran Hospital request for abandonment of Fourth Street from Louisiana Avenue to Utah Avenue was held. The hospital will be building a new addition on to the hospital and will need the abandoned street for parking.  Shannon Edwards, Dr Knecht and several area residents were in attendance.
Minutes were recorded and are stored at city hall.

Mrs. Porter was concerned where the water and sewer lines were located. And how they would be maintained should a problem arrive.

Mr. Bauer moved to abandoned Fourth Street from Louisiana Avenue to Utah Avenue, with the stipulation that the city would have access to existing water and sewer lines.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Mr. Bauer, Mr. Sorensen, Mr. Stephens and Mrs. Thom “Yes”

Mrs. Porter “No”

Motion carried.

Public Hearing was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Mayor Berget reopened the council meeting at 8:30

OLD BUSINESS

Mr. Stephens announced that the August 14, 2000 special meeting that was held to consider Kootenai Paving temporary variance request, was not held according to law.  According to city codes 17:36 the Board of Adjustments should of held a public hearing to consider this request, and this was never done.  Mr. Stephens asked that this issue be sent back to the Board of Adjustments for a public hearing.  Council will reconsider this issue when public hearing is complete.
Mr. Bauer moved to waive the coin-op amusement fee from Charles Briante.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Mr. Stephens expressed concern on waiving this fee.

Mrs. Thom asked that someone find out if these machines were for entertainment.

Mr. Bauer withdrew his motion.

Motion died.

Mrs. Thom reported that Faith Bible Church has requested a variance to allow the skateboard ramp on their property located on Education Way. Variance has not been taken to the Board of Adjustments.  Council was in agreement that a letter should be sent to the church asking that the ramp not be used until the variance is considered.

NEW BUSINESS
D.C. Orr  expressed concerns on possible contaminated soil being dumped at the city cemetery.  Mr. Orr stated that he and the state DEQ had taken soil samples out at the cemetery after it was stated that the contaminated soil from the June 29th backhoe accident was taken out to the cemetery, these samples came back very highly contaminated. 
Mayor Berget stated that the City of Libby had hired Arrowhead Engineering to do soil samples out at the cemetery as per state DEQ request.  This samples showed no contaminated soil. Mayor Berget read a letter from DEQ stating that the case was closed and no further action was needed on this matter.

J im Morey, Libby Area Development Co., asked that the council accept the boards’ recommendations to hire Robert J. Tunis with Economic Development Council.

Mr. Stephens move to accept this recommendation.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Morey also submitted the proposed 2000-2001 budget for the Libby Area Development Co.

The budget will be discussed on November 20, 2000 special meeting.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to allow Mineral Avenue to be closed form the Parade of Lights parade.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom announced that on November 1, 2000 the city transferred the city’s health insurance to a local agent.

STANDING COMMITTEES

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

Mr. Bauer, Building Committee, recommended that the rent for the St. John’s Physical Therapy not be raised this year.  Current lease was up in October.

Mr. Stephens updated the council on the Industrial Park cleanup.

Mr. Bauer, Personnel Committee, read a letter of resignation from Councilmember Joe Johnston.

Acting Police Chief, Brent Teske, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of October.

Mr. Stephens moved to hire Bryon Kester as new patrol officer.  Bryon agrees to work with the City of Libby for two years from hire date, with the completion of the police academy.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Bryon Kester.

Mayor Berget asked that City Treasurer, Kim Aarstad, Judicial Committee and Budget & Finance Committee hold a meeting to finalize the city attorney contract.

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

Meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

December 4, 2000 | Regular Meeting

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REGULAR MEETING AGENDA   December 4, 2000

  1. CALL TO ORDER

Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome

  1. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes
  1. OATH OF OFFICE –  City Council
  1. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
  1. NEW BUSINESS
    1. City of Troy  – Libby Area Development Co.
    2. Approval – 2001 Liquor License                  
    3. Weed Problems – Sidewalks  
    4. Canopy & Rose Garden – City Cemetery

      7.    COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION

a.   Council Committee Reports

b.   Okay to pay claims

       8.  ADJOURNMENT


  THE 1190TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 4, 2000 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 Bauer, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.  The minutes from the November regular and special meeting were presented and approved.

Mr. Bauer moved to appoint Joyce Baeth to the city council.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Mrs. Baeth.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor John Brown, City of Troy, stated that the City of Troy would not be submitting a request for  $1,500,000.00 from the Libby Area Development Co. at this time. 

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the 2001 Liquor License.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer stated that he has received several complaints on weed problems on the city sidewalks.

Mr. Bauer asked that the Cemetery Committee look into purchasing a canopy at the city cemetery.   

Mrs. Porter reported that several down town businesses were informed that snow from city sidewalks should not be plowed into the city streets.  Mrs. Porter expressed concern on where the down town business would dispose of this snow.  

Mr. Thede explained that the snow removal is becoming more difficult.  Several businesses that have large parking lot are having the snow removed from their lots and the snow is being deposited into the city streets.

Mr. Thede will continue to work on this problem through the winter months. 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Jane Thom, Cemetery-Parks Committee, reported that she was asked if the city would allow music to be played at the city cemetery on Christmas Eve. 

Council was in agreement to allow the music to be played.

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

Mr. Stephens, Police Committee, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of November.

Mr. Thede reported that a walk through of the Water Filtration Plant has been scheduled in December. 

Mrs. Thom asked if the grading of this property would be discussed at the same time. 

Mr. Thede reported they would discuss this issue also.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.