CITY OF LIBBY
SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
October 22, 2001 – 7:00 p.m. Chambers-City Hall
Marcia Fantozzi – Rental of Office Space, Hearing Clinic
Rob Brossman – Search & Rescue
LADC Proposals – LADC Budget Community Health Center.
Oath of Office – Josh Harth & Boyd White – Police Department
Animal Control Contract
Airport Board – Appointment of Russ Barnes
City Health Insurance – New Rates
Traffic Problems, 10th & Main Avenue – Jane Thom
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD OCTOBER 22, 2001 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Berget Called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Stephens and Thom, and City Clerk, Kim Aarstad were present.
Marcia Fantozzi approached the council on the possibility of renting office space for a Hearing Clinic. The clinic will be held at different times through the year.
Mr. Stephens moved to rent Mrs. Fantozzi an office space.
Mr. Bauer second.
The issue of rent was put into the Building Committee.
Rob Brossman, Lincoln County Search and Rescue, explained that the organization would like to do an excavating and expansion project at the barn site, which is located on city property. Mr. Brossman stated that the organization had never leased this property from the city and there was some concerns about doing this work without a lease. Mr. Brossman asked that the city council consider leasing this property to the Search and Rescue so the expansion project can be completed.
Mr. Stephens moved to have a lease drawn up for the Lincoln County Search and Rescue.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Lease agreement was put into the Building Committee.
Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Police Officers, Josh Harth and Boyd White.
Mrs. Baeth moved to adopt the 2001-2002 animal control agreement.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
City council was in agreement to allow a fundraiser to be held in the foyer at city hall. This fundraiser is for Kootenai Pets for Life.
Mrs. Porter moved to accept Russ Barnes to the Airport Board.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Mrs. Thom moved to accept United Health Care Alternative Plan for city health insurance.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Mrs. Thom asked that the Street committee look into traffic problems on 10th Street and Main Avenue.
Representatives from the Community Health Center presented their proposal to the city council. Three proposals were submitted to the LADC Board, they are as follows:
Option 1: $393,425.00 grant.
Option 2: $393,425.00 provided a zero interest loan with payback starting in 5 years and
Completed 10 years thereafter.
Option 3: $134,773.00 grant.
LADC approved Option #2, a 15-year Certificate of Deposit for $393,425.00 as collateral to a bank loan and that payment on this CD begins in 2005. They further recommend that the Council ask that the assets of the Health Center be attached as collateral for the CD.
Sandy Wagner, CHC, stated that they have received a $663,481.00 grant from the Federal Government and that the health center will need to be up and running by December 31, 2001. Mrs. Wagner also stated that over 14,000 people would qualify to use this clinic, and that the county only has a population of 18,000 people.
Truman Struck, Chairman of the Libby, Troy and Eureka Senior Citizens, stated that there was a need for this clinic for all senior citizens.
Clinton Maynard read a letter of support.
County Commissioner Rita Windom stated that the county has received monies to hire a grant writer and that this grant writer will be writing grants for CHC. Commissioner Windom asked for the councils support.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept LADC recommendation of Option #2, with the recommendation to LADC to have them accept Option # 1.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
A discussion followed.
Mr. Stephens moved to amend his motion to accept LADC recommendations of Option #2, and ask that the council go back to the LADC Board for further discussion, to have them reconsider selecting Option #1.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.
CITY OF LIBBY
CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
October, 2001 – 7:00 p.m. Chambers-City Hall
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes
Ordinance & Resolutions
a. 2002 Revival – Fireman’s Park
b. Animal Control Contract – Approval
a. Dave Sokoloski – Traffic Problem
b. Mike Corbett – Beautification at Filtration Plant
c. COPS Grant
d. Approval – LADC 2001-2002 Budget
a. Council Committee Reports
b. Okay to pay claims
Hear the Public
Persons wanting to address the Council on items not on the Agenda can do so at this time. Those addressing the Council are requested to give their name and address for the record. (Comments shall be limited to three minutes)
Reminder: Montana League of Cities & Towns Meeting – October 3-5, 2001
THE 1200TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 1, 2001 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, Baeth, Porter, Sorenson, and Thom; Deputy City Clerk, Beth Burrell and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept the September regular meeting minutes.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Mrs. Thom reported on request for space for the 2002 Revival. It will last a week and they are looking for a three to five year commitment for the same space each year. Discussion followed. Mrs. Thom will notify the minister of the available locations.
Mrs. Baeth explained that there were five things that need to be added to the animal control contract.
1. The animal control officers need to let dispatch know where they can be reached, and if they cannot be reached, who the contact person is.
2. Animal control officers should be sent to workshops and continuing education classes.
3. Licenses should be sold at City Hall for the convenience of people who have a hard time getting out tothe animal shelter.
4. Animal control should present a monthly report at regular council meetings.
5. City officers need a key to the animal shelter in order to be able to house animals picked during the night or when animal control officers are not available.
A copy of the contract was given to the county. Final decision on the matter will be made at a later time.
Mr. Dave Sokoloski brought up a concern with speeding traffic and children playing in the streets. He requested a reduced speed limit of 15 mph in residential areas. He also thought the use of compression brakes on transport trucks should be curtailed and logging trucks and passenger vehicles should have mufflers in order keep noise levels down. Mrs. Thom asked Mr. Bauer about lowering the speed limit on Mineral Avenue to 15 mph also. The matter was turned over to Mr. Bauer in the street committee.
Mrs. Mike Corbett asked the council about the landscaping at the city water plant and requested that a flag be placed on the premises. Discussion followed.
Rick Rewerts and Ken Foss presented a request for LADC funds for the 1/3 funding for the COPS grant. They want to use it to buy time in order to get other funding so that the schools have an officer on board. Discussion followed. The council decided they would guarantee funds for the officer at the school. Chief Coker requested permission to hire a new officer.
Mrs. Porter made a motion that Chief Coker be allowed to hire a new officer.
Mr. Sorenson seconded. Motion carried.
LADC 2001/2002 budget approval will be postponed until the October 22 meeting.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to allow Eagle Pyro Displays to set off fireworks over Libby for New Years Eve, weather permitting.
Mr. Sorenson seconded. The motion carried.
Sandy Wagner presented the proposal for a Community Health Center then answered questions from the council. The matter was tabled until the October 22 meeting.
The Mayor announced there would be a Mayors Dinner and Award night on November 3. This will be an annual event. It will be held at the Ponderosa Room.
Mrs. Thom, Parks & Cemetery, reported that there had been 5 funerals during the month of September. Fireman’s Park is closed, the small bathroom and the dump station will be open as long as weather permits. The parks district is looking for a place to meet. They meet the first Thursday of each month. Places they were thinking about was the City Hall building, the bank and Venture Inn. The mayor left the decision up to Mrs. Thom. She and Mrs. Porter have been working with the county on grants for a walking trail.
Mrs. Baeth, City/County Liaison, requested the reappointment of Russ Barnes to the airport board. The reappointment will be made October 22.
Tom Wood, Fire Chief, gave the monthly fire report. The fire department was granted a FEMA grant in the amount of $12,000, which will be used to buy breathing equipment. The fire department, with their own funds, will build a fire station looking building with the museum. It will be used to store old fire trucks. The donations for the New York Fire Department have reached $16,000. This year is the 90th anniversary of the fire department. They are having an open house on October 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. He requested and was granted permission to close the street in front of the fire hall.
Mr. Sorenson, Industrial Park, related that demolition of all the buildings at industrial park is comlete except for the planer building. The new water line coming from Second Street is awaiting a boring permit from Burlington Northern.
Police Chief, Clayton Coker, updated the council on police calls answered for the month.
Some discussion followed concerning neighborhood watch type organization. Mr. Coker stated that it is already starting to happen.
Mrs. Thom, Water, Reported that there three employees instead of four at the water treatment plant. There is a new meter reader on board. The alley project is finished. The water restrictions are still on. The water level at the reservoir is holding its own.
Mr. Bauer, Sewer and Lights, asked Mr. Thede to report on the plug up of the sewer line at Middle School. It was caused by Marcor. They knocked off a manhole cover and lost rocks into the sewer line. They will be billed for the man hours it took to break the plug loose and cleanup.
Mr. Bauer, Streets and Alleys, are down to two employees because the third man is training the new meter reader. They have been draining sprinkler systems and will seal the new road surfaces, (patches), preparing for winter.
Mrs. Porter, Community Development, asked Mrs. Baeth to report on her trip to Ronan.
RC & D has started a co-op where products can be developed, packaged and marketed. Mrs. Porter updated the council on SEDS.
Mr. Sorenson, Board of Adjustments, announced that two positions may be coming open.
Mrs. Thom, Insurance, asked Mr. Beagle to report on the raise in insurance rates. He reported that he had quotes coming in from two other companies.
Rita Windom informed the council of the project the county finished on the airport this summer. The FAA was so pleased with what the county had done, they gave the county another grant to do work needed on runways and taxiways. Mrs. Thom asked Mrs. Windom about the parks plan. Mrs. Windom related that it was still too early to tell much.
Mr. Berget informed the council about the HUD home. The city and county are in competition for it as both have already sent their money in for it.
Mr. James Rostorfer asked for clarification on the funds budgeted for landscaping at the water treatment plant. Mayor Berget said he would get the information for Mr. Rostorfer the next day. Mr. Rostorfer also asked if the new meter reader was a full time or part time employee. He was told that the meter reader position was part time at this time.
He asked about the position open in the street department and was told by Mr. Thede that it was advertised as mechanic/city service worker. He asked about the flag burning investigation. Mr Coker explained that there are definite leads and suspects. Since it is a felony it has been turned over to the county detectives in hopes that it can be turned into a prosecutable case.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.
Deputy City Clerk, Beth A Burrell