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January 2, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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Regular Meeting       February 5, 2001

  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of Council meeting-previous minutes
  3. NEW BUSINESS
    a.  Grace Rantala – Igniters Car Club
    b.  D. C. Orr – Local Government Issues
    c.  Libby Area Development Co. – 1st Recommendation
  4. COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims
  5. ADJOURNMENT

THE 1192TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 05, 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.  Council members Baeth, Bauer, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.  The minutes from the January regular meeting were presented and approved. 
NEW BUSINESS
Mayor Berget read a letter that was written to Senator Conrad Burns, concerning Mayor John Brown and the City of Troy’s request for a proportion of the Federal monies the city has received.  
Mr. Stephens moved not to percentage out these monies to surrounding areas.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bob Tunis, Libby Area Development Co., submitted the Troy Senior Citizens proposal for consideration. The proposal is asking for $114,000.00 to purchase land and fund a portion of the costs associated with the construction of the new building.  Their proposal is to get an interest free loan for $114,000.00.  They would purchase a Certificate of Deposit from First National Bank, renewable each year for 10 years.  They would then borrow money from First National Bank, using the CD as security.  Monies would be returned to the City of Libby after the 10-year period.   
Mrs. Porter expressed concern on how the senior citizens will repay the loan.
Shirley Chase, Secretary/Treasurer LADC, stated that the Troy Senior Citizens have shown a profit each year and with the added space for rent and additional seating they will have, it should bring in the additional monies needed.
Council expressed concern on how the LADC board plans on spending the $8,000,000.00, will they be spending the principal or interest for future projects.
Mr. Ardell Filler, LADC Board member, stated that the law stated these monies are to be used for emergency, and that the City of Libby is in an emergency situation now.
A discussion followed.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the Troy Senior Citizens proposal.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Discussion followed.  Meeting was recorded and is stored at city hall.
Mr. Bauer “Yes”
Mrs. Baeth  “Yes”
Mrs. Porter “No”
Mr. Sorensen “Yes”
Mr. Stephens “Yes”
Mrs. Thom “No”
Motion carried to accept the Troy Senior Citizens proposal.
Grace Rantala, Libby Igniters Club, asked permission to close off Mineral Avenue on August 18, 2001, for Hot August Nights.
Mr. Stephens moved to allow this closure.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
Mayor Berget stated that the second proposal to be considered by the Libby Area Development Co. was submitted by the  Lincoln County Campus.  This proposal is asking that the council consider giving the Lincoln County Campus  $500,000.00 to purchase the old Forest Service building and to help with roofing repairs.  Mayor Berget needs for the council to decide that if LADC and the city approve this application, would the City of Libby want to take ownership of this building?
The City Council was in agreement that the ownership of this building would still belong to the county.  Mayor Berget also asked that on the ownership papers a revision clause be added in stating that, should the Lincoln Campus move out of this building the City of Libby and Lincoln County would do what is needed to have the original investment returned.
Mr. Rostorfer asked questions on the City of Libby employee policy.
Mayor Berget turned meeting over to Council President, George Bauer.
D.C. Orr asked that the council explain why WR Grace had not install the temporary buildings on city property.  Buildings are currently located on Mayor Berget’s property.
The City Council explained that the main sewer line ran under where the buildings were to be located and that the building would have blocked access to the property behind it from the fire department.  There were also many resident who were opposed to placing the buildings at the proposed site. 
City Attorney, Scott Spencer, stated that the City of Libby has received a petition from Attorney Ann German, to set aside the decision of the Board of Adjustments dated January 8, 2001.  The decision was to grant a temporary variance to allow the operation of an asphalt plant within the city limits.    After a discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m., to discuss this litigation with the city attorney.
Meeting was called back to order at 9:15.
Council President, George Bauer announced that after a discussion with the city attorney, the Board of Adjustments decision would stand.
Council President, George Bauer, turned meeting back over to Mayor Berget.
Mayor Berget stated that the City of Libby is currently working with Don Smith, on installing a hydroelectric plant at the city reservoir.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Local Parks Board, announced that the board is asking for cities support in hiring a parks director for Lincoln County.  Director would be responsible for locating and applying for grants and supervise employees who work in parks.  Salary would be split between the City of Libby, Lincoln County and the Park Board.  Council was in agreement to pursue this issue further.
Mr. Sorensen, Building Committee, reported that the committee would be meeting this month with Alan Springer, WR Grace, to discussion the Industrial Park site.
Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, announced that the committee should start working on the union contract this month.
Mr. Porter, Police Committee, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of January.
Mr. Thede reported that the city has taken ownership of the water filtration plant.
Mr. Bauer, Lighting Committee, announced that a public hearing would be held March 5, 2001 to receive public comment on future lighting costs for the City of Libby.
  Mrs. Porter, Community Development, stated that the city is trying to purchase a home from HUD.  Home is located at 1022 California Avenue and has fire damage to it. Committee is considering several development options.
Kirby Maki, Libby Public School, explained that the school system and the college system are considering developing an accredited Building Trades Class for High School and College students.  Could possible use this building as a future project for this class.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

February 5, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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Regular Meeting February 5, 2001

  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of Council meeting-previous minutes
  3. NEW BUSINESS
    a.  Grace Rantala – Igniters Car Club
    b.  D. C. Orr – Local Government Issues
    c.  Libby Area Development Co. – 1st Recommendation
  4. COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims
  5. ADJOURNMENT

THE 1192TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 05, 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.  Council members Baeth, Bauer, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.  The minutes from the January regular meeting were presented and approved. 
NEW BUSINESS
Mayor Berget read a letter that was written to Senator Conrad Burns, concerning Mayor John Brown and the City of Troy’s request for a proportion of the Federal monies the city has received.  
Mr. Stephens moved not to percentage out these monies to surrounding areas.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bob Tunis, Libby Area Development Co., submitted the Troy Senior Citizens proposal for consideration. The proposal is asking for $114,000.00 to purchase land and fund a portion of the costs associated with the construction of the new building.  Their proposal is to get an interest free loan for $114,000.00.  They would purchase a Certificate of Deposit from First National Bank, renewable each year for 10 years.  They would then borrow money from First National Bank, using the CD as security.  Monies would be returned to the City of Libby after the 10-year period.   
Mrs. Porter expressed concern on how the senior citizens will repay the loan.
Shirley Chase, Secretary/Treasurer LADC, stated that the Troy Senior Citizens have shown a profit each year and with the added space for rent and additional seating they will have, it should bring in the additional monies needed.
Council expressed concern on how the LADC board plans on spending the $8,000,000.00, will they be spending the principal or interest for future projects.
Mr. Ardell Filler, LADC Board member, stated that the law stated these monies are to be used for emergency, and that the City of Libby is in an emergency situation now.
A discussion followed.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the Troy Senior Citizens proposal.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Discussion followed.  Meeting was recorded and is stored at city hall.
Mr. Bauer “Yes”
Mrs. Baeth  “Yes”
Mrs. Porter “No”
Mr. Sorensen “Yes”
Mr. Stephens “Yes”
Mrs. Thom “No”
Motion carried to accept the Troy Senior Citizens proposal.
Grace Rantala, Libby Igniters Club, asked permission to close off Mineral Avenue on August 18, 2001, for Hot August Nights.
Mr. Stephens moved to allow this closure.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
Mayor Berget stated that the second proposal to be considered by the Libby Area Development Co. was submitted by the  Lincoln County Campus.  This proposal is asking that the council consider giving the Lincoln County Campus  $500,000.00 to purchase the old Forest Service building and to help with roofing repairs.  Mayor Berget needs for the council to decide that if LADC and the city approve this application, would the City of Libby want to take ownership of this building?
The City Council was in agreement that the ownership of this building would still belong to the county.  Mayor Berget also asked that on the ownership papers a revision clause be added in stating that, should the Lincoln Campus move out of this building the City of Libby and Lincoln County would do what is needed to have the original investment returned.
Mr. Rostorfer asked questions on the City of Libby employee policy.
Mayor Berget turned meeting over to Council President, George Bauer.
D.C. Orr asked that the council explain why WR Grace had not install the temporary buildings on city property.  Buildings are currently located on Mayor Berget’s property.
The City Council explained that the main sewer line ran under where the buildings were to be located and that the building would have blocked access to the property behind it from the fire department.  There were also many resident who were opposed to placing the buildings at the proposed site. 
City Attorney, Scott Spencer, stated that the City of Libby has received a petition from Attorney Ann German, to set aside the decision of the Board of Adjustments dated January 8, 2001.  The decision was to grant a temporary variance to allow the operation of an asphalt plant within the city limits.    After a discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m., to discuss this litigation with the city attorney.
Meeting was called back to order at 9:15.
Council President, George Bauer announced that after a discussion with the city attorney, the Board of Adjustments decision would stand.
Council President, George Bauer, turned meeting back over to Mayor Berget.
Mayor Berget stated that the City of Libby is currently working with Don Smith, on installing a hydroelectric plant at the city reservoir.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Local Parks Board, announced that the board is asking for cities support in hiring a parks director for Lincoln County.  Director would be responsible for locating and applying for grants and supervise employees who work in parks.  Salary would be split between the City of Libby, Lincoln County and the Park Board.  Council was in agreement to pursue this issue further.
Mr. Sorensen, Building Committee, reported that the committee would be meeting this month with Alan Springer, WR Grace, to discussion the Industrial Park site.
Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, announced that the committee should start working on the union contract this month.
Mr. Porter, Police Committee, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of January.
Mr. Thede reported that the city has taken ownership of the water filtration plant.
Mr. Bauer, Lighting Committee, announced that a public hearing would be held March 5, 2001 to receive public comment on future lighting costs for the City of Libby.
  Mrs. Porter, Community Development, stated that the city is trying to purchase a home from HUD.  Home is located at 1022 California Avenue and has fire damage to it. Committee is considering several development options.
Kirby Maki, Libby Public School, explained that the school system and the college system are considering developing an accredited Building Trades Class for High School and College students.  Could possible use this building as a future project for this class.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.

March 19, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of Council meeting-previous minutes
  3. NEW BUSINESS
    a.  Grace Rantala – Igniters Car Club
    b.  D. C. Orr – Local Government Issues
    c.  Libby Area Development Co. – 1st Recommendation
  4. COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims
  5. ADJOURNMENT

A SPECIAL MEETING TO CONSIDER TWO PROPOSAL SUBMITTED AND APPROVED BY THE LIBBY AREA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY WAS HELD ON MARCH 19, 2001 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

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

Cindy Schaumberg, Executive Director of Families in Partnership, presented her proposal to the council for consideration.  Families in Partnership is requesting $74,000.00. $70,000.00 will be used to purchase the former Kingdom Hall building at 67 Conifer Road and $4,000.00 will be used to install a new septic system and drain field.  Building will be used to house current toddler, infant and parent solutions, free book and toy library, a proposed father involvement project and expand the early head start project.  With these monies Families in Partnership will be able to hire nine more people.    A discussion followed. 

Jim Rostorfer asked if it would be problem to apply for federal grants using the cities money, this money was given to the city by the federal government?

Cindy Schaumberg stated that there would not be a problem.

Jeff  Koskela asked if the council would make them use local contractors if the request was approved?

City Attorney, Scott Spencer stated that the city would do everything they could to assure that they would, up to where the law allows. 

Mrs. Porter moved to accept Families in Partnership’s proposal.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Tom Kuhn, Ronan State Bank, presented Valley Manufacturing Inc. proposal to the city council for consideration.  Mr. Kuhn stated that Ronan State Bank would loan $400,000.00 to Valley Manufacturing, Inc. if the city would approve their proposal.  City would purchase a $400,000.00 CD from Ronan State Bank and this CD will be used as collateral against Valley Manufacturing Inc. loan.  Interest from CD will go directly to the City of Libby and CD balance can be lowered as Valley Manufacturing loan balance lowers.

Mr. Bob Baker, owner Valley Manufacturing explained to the council the type of equipment his company would be making.  Mr. Baker explained that his company would be manufacturing hay bailers, and several other items and if his proposal was okayed by the city council he would hire 6 to 7 people.  A discussion followed.

Bob Tunis, EDC, questioned Mr. Kuhn on the possibility of Valley Manufacturing moving out of Libby at a later date, would the City of Libby be able to pull the CD.

Mr. Kuhn stated yes, that it would be in the best interest of the city.

D.C. Orr asked if the city council was willing to spend part of the $8,000,000.00 to approve this project?

Mr. Bauer and Mr. Stephens both explained that they would like to keep the $8,000,000.00 in tack as long as possible, but if future projects were to come up they would consider spending part of the $8,000,000.00.

Mr. Stephens made a motion to do a roll call vote for the proposed project.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion Carried.

Roll call for approval is as follows:

Mrs. Baeth             “No”

Mr. Bauer              “No”

Mrs. Porter            “No”

Mr. Stephens         “No”

Mrs. Thom            “No”

Valley Manufacturing Inc. proposal was denied.

Council thanked everyone involved for his or her hard work.

Minutes from this meeting were recorded and are stored at the city hall.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


THE 1193TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MARCH 5, 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.  Council members Bauer, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the February minutes.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING
A public hearing on the future lighting costs & a proposed increase in Lighting Special Assessments was held.
Mr. Bauer explained that Flathead Electric is proposing an increase in lighting of up to 100% in October; the City of Libby will have a short fall in monies to pay for city street lighting.  Mr. Bauer also stated that several years ago the city cut the lighting cost in half when the special assessments fund had a surplus of over $100,000.00.  This surplus has been depleted over the last several years.  Mayor Berget opened the meeting up for public comment.   (This meeting was video recorded and will be stored at city hall)
Mayor Berget stated that the city was currently looking at turning off lighting at the City Hall building and at the Water Filtration Plant.  But these turn offs would not help to defray the costs of street lighting.
Terry Andreessen asked when this new increase would take place.
City Clerk, Kim Aarstad, stated that it would be added to the tax roll in July, 2001.
Jim Rostopher asked if the city had a requirement to light the city.
Mayor Berget stated No.
Public Hearing Adjourned at 7:22 p.m.
NEW BUSINESS
Stefani Hiscwa, Lincoln County Campus, asked that the council approve their $500,000.00 proposal to purchase the old Forest Service Building. Libby Area Development Co. approved this proposal on 2-12-01.  The City of Libby will apply for a ten-year loan through the State Board of Investments, payments will be made on February and August of each year.  Loan can be paid off early with no penalties should the council decide to do so. 
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the Lincoln County Campus proposal.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
D.C. Orr read a letter written to the Mayor and Council dealing with several issues of concern to him, in concluding his letter he asked for Mayor Berget’s resignation.
Councilmember Bauer, Stephens and Thom each made a statement.
Mayor Berget read a letter to Mr. Orr and concluded that he would not resign as Mayor.
  STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Cemetery/Parks Committee, reported that the swimming pool committee would be holding a public meeting on March 23rd & 24th in the Ponderosa Conference Room.  Committee is currently looking for property to locate the pool.  Mrs.Thom stated that she was also looking for citizens who would be willing to serve on the Shade Tree Committee.
Mayor Berget announced that he had signed all the paper work for ownership of 1022 California Avenue.
Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council on fire calls answered for the month of January and February.
Mr. Sorensen, Building Committee, reported that Dr. Greg Rice has rented an office space in the city building.
Mrs. Thom, Insurance Committee, reported that a representative of Valic, (Deferred Comp) meet with city employees to discuss their retirement needs.
Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported that union negations should start by April.
Acting Chief, Brent Teske, updated the council on police calls answered for the month of February.
Mr. Thede reported that the State of Montana is establishing new discharge parameters for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Mr. Porter, Judicial Committee, reported that Judge Dorrington would be on vacation until March 16, 2001.
Mayor Berget announced that a special council meeting would be held to consider two more Libby Area Development Co. proposals.
County Commissioner, Rita Window, thanked the council for approving the proposal that was submitted by Lincoln County Campus.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

April 2, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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AGENDA  – April 2, 2001

  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. APPROVAL OF COUNCIL MINUTES – previous minutes
  3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    a.  Public Comment on New Agenda Format – Approval of Agenda Format
  4. NEW BUSINESS
  5. 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.  (*manner of addressing the council below)  Comments shall be limited to three minutes.
  6. COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims
  7. ADJOURNMENT

*MANNER OF ADDRESSING COUNCIL

  1. Each person not a Council member shall address the Council, at the time designated in the agenda or as directed by the Council, by stepping to the podium or microphone, giving that person’s name and address in an audible tone of voice for the record, unless further time is granted by the Council, shall limit the address to the Council to three minutes.
  2. All remarks shall be addressed to the Council as a body and not to any member of the Council or Staff.
  3. No person, other that the council and the person having the floor, shall be permitted to enter into any discussion either directly or through a member of the council, without the permission of the Presiding Officer.
  4. No questions shall be asked of individuals except through the Presiding Officer.

THE 1194TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON APRIL 2, 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.  Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the March regular and special minutes.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
Resolution #1584, Repeal Resolution #1343 & Resolution #1574, Summer Sprinkling, was read.
Mr. Rostopher questioned what the economic costs were to the city when these resolutions were in place? 
Mr. Stephens figured that if everyone used the 9,000 free sprinkling the economic costs to the city would be around $68,000.00.
Mr. Stephens moved to adopt Resolution #1584.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
OLD BUSINESS
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the new agenda format, with the following corrections.
Hear the public will be put on the agenda after council action/discussion.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer moved to change city lighting assessments to $17.19 per city lot.  Original assessment was $5.73 per city lot.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
NEW BUSINESS
Janet Hart, 1305 Dakota Avenue, asked that the council consider installing street signs in the alley behind her house.  Several businesses are located on this block and an espresso shop has a drive through that is sending more traffic into the alley and causing a traffic problem.
Council was in agreement in install a street sign in the alley by the espresso shop with an arrow pointing to exit to the south. 
Mark Roesler-Begalke, Lincoln County Community Health Center, asked for a letter of support for their organization.  Mr. Roesler-Begalke explained that the center would provide access to health care when it is needed.  Treatment costs will be based on individual incomes.  Proposed locations will be in Libby, Troy and Eureka, with the main clinic being located in Libby.   Monies for this center will be received from federal grants and if approved grant funds will be on going for the life of each center.
Mrs. Porter moved to write a letter of support.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.
Street Committee agreed to look at the possibility of locating two new handicap parking spots at the VFW and Sheltered Workshop. 
Mayor Berget updated the council on the HUD home that the city purchased at 1022 California Avenue.  Mayor Berget explained that he had recently been contacted by Kirby Maki, Libby Public Schools, on the proposed Building Trades Class.  Mr. Maki would like to use this property for the proposed class.  After a discussion the council was in agreement to contact Mr. Maki and work out a contract to allow the Building Trades Class to use this property.  
HEARING THE PUBLIC
Tim Charnon, Representing Kootenai River Sports, Inc., Turner Mountain Ski Area, asked the council for a timetable on their proposal which was submitted to Libby Area Development Council.    Their proposal was approved by LADC on April 2, 2001 and they would like to start the construction as soon as possible.
Council was in agreement to have a decision on this project by May 2, 2001.
COMMITTEE REPORTS
Mrs. Thom, Cemetery/Parks, announced that Lillian Johnston would not be the camp host this year.  Mrs. Thom stated that Madonna Wood has shown some interest in this position. 
Mrs. Thom also stated that she needed one more person to serve on the Shade Tree Committee.  The following names were submitted:  Bob Parker, Charlie Lawrence, Jenny Nelson, and Bob Zimmerman.
Mrs. Thom will contract these individuals.
Fire Chief, Tom Wood, updated the council on fire calls answered for the month of March. 
Mr. Sorensen, Buildings, reported that he received a letter from Carolyn & Ed Stamy asking that they be able to use the tables and chairs out of the Ponderosa Conference Room.  Matter put into the Building Committee.
City Attorney, Scott Spencer, updated the council on the W.R.Grace property.  Mr. Spencer mailed out a letter to WR Grace stating that the existing buildings would need to be brought up to codes or WR Grace would need to replace these buildings.
Mrs. Thom, Insurance, reported that Libby Area Development Co. would not be covered under the city’s liability insurance.   
Acting-Police Chief, Brent Teske, update the council on police calls answered for the month of March. 
Chief  Teske also announced that Patrol Officer, David Giffin has turned in his resignation effective April 14, 2001.  Chief  Teske stated that at the last meeting of the police commission they approved the hiring of Boyd White, Mr. White would be available to work on April 16, 2001.  After a discussion the council decided to meet with Chief  Teske and have a decision on hiring Mr. White by April 16, 2001 meeting. 
Mr. Thom made a motion to write off $788.18 in uncollectable water bills.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.
Mrs. Thom made a motion to write off $2,401.49 in uncollectable water bill.  These bills are from Bankruptcy that was filed.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer stated that Thomas, Dean & Hoskins has completed that 1st draft of the Master Water Plan.  This plan is a 20-year plan at a cost of $27,000,000.00.  Mr. Bauer asked that the council consider using some of the interest from the LADC to use for matching grant monies.
Mrs. Porter, Community Development, announced that the City’s website had over 300 hits in one week.
Mr. Stephens, Personnel, updated the council on the union negations.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

May 21, 2001 | Special Meeting

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AGENDA
SPECIAL MEETING
MAY 2001

  1. Frank Hendrickson – Animal Control
  2. Tennis Court Proposal
  3. HUD Home – 1022 California Avenue
  4. Police Department – Proposal
  5. 2001 – 2002 Budget

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MAY 21, 2001 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, Baeth, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.
Mrs. Thom made a motion to accept U-Serves proposal for installing tennis courts on city property.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.
Mrs. Porter made a motion to donate the property on 1022 California Avenue to the Libby Public Schools and Lincoln County Campus building program.  Offer will be withdrawn if activity does not start within the next two years.
Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.
Police Chief, Clayton Coker, asked if the Police Committee had decided to hire the sixth officer.  David Giffin left in April and a new officer was not hired at that time. Mr. Coker stated that the sixth officer was originally hired through a COPS grant and when the COPS grant was completed in 2000 the city kept this position in the 2000-2001 budget in order to fulfill the grants requirements.  Mr. Coker asked for the council’s commitment in keeping this officer on for the 2001-2002 budget.    Mr. Coker also asked that the council allow him to hire new officers off the hiring list that is established each year; this list is completed, submitted and approved each year by the Police Commission, this hire would be done without the going through the police committee.
Mrs. Porter explained that the city has tired to fulfill their commitment to the COPS grant requirements.

Mr. Stephens stated that he would like to keep 6 officers.

Mrs. Porter asked City Attorney, Scott Spencer, if the city had any obligation to have a police force.

Scott Spencer stated that under state law the city was not under any obligation to have a police force.
Mayor Berget, Mr. Bauer and Mrs. Thom explained to Mr. Coker that the city could not commit to keeping this position until the 2001-2002 budget was completed.
Mrs. Porter made a motion to have a six officer hired until June 30, 2001.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

The decision to allow the Chief to have the hiring authority when an officer is terminated or resigns will be discussed at the June 4, 2001.

Gayla Benefield asked permission to have a memorial service for asbestos victims at the city cemetery on May 28, 2001.

Council was in agreement to allow this memorial service.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.


THE 1195TH  REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MAY 7TH, 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.  Council members Bauer, Porter, Sorenson, Baeth, Thom and Stephens; Deputy City Clerk Beth A. Burrell and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the April Minutes.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.
PUBLIC HEARING
Mike Frazer of TD&H presented the preliminary engineering report on the water distribution system.

Mr. Frazer gave a brief history of the system.  He explained that the water system was badly in need of repairs, amounting to $27,000,000.  He went over the first of four priorities

 
                        PRIORITY NUMBER ONE:
Replacement of the transmission line from the reservoir to the treatment plant.
Survey and repair of leaks.
Replacement of all steel lines within the core area of the city.
Painting of the city’s 500,000 steel storage tank.
Construction of a loop to the west end of town for improved fire protection.
Aggressive pursuit of meter replacement.

Mr. Stephens asked about leak detection and the amount of water lost in the system.

Mr. Les Skramstad asked about the asbestos pipe and was reassured that it posed no hazard to the customers of the water system.

Mr. Stephens pointed out that the pipe was not designed to carry water.

Mr. Frazer also suggested the council implement an increase of 3 to 5 percent annually in water rates.
  UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Mr. Sorenson made a motion that the equipment (tables and chairs) be allowed to be removed from the Ponderosa Room if the room rental was paid and a damage deposit be made of $1000.

Mr. Bauer seconded the motion.

Motion passed.

Mr. Sorenson made a motion that placement of handicapped parking signs in requested areas, one for the sheltered workshop and two in front of the VFW be allowed.

Mr. Bauer Seconded the motion

Motion passed
  NEW BUSINESS
Mrs. Thom brought up the medication for euthanasia of animals is no longer available.  Mrs. Porter mentioned that a carbon monoxide gas chamber was not a viable consideration.
Mrs. Eileen Carney explained that there was a bill in the legislature to certify workers for the animal shelter to be able to euphemize the unwanted animals.  It failed, and because of that, the medication is no longer available to anyone other than veterinarians.
Bob Tunis introduced Tim Sharnon, who presented the proposal for Turner Mountain Ski Area to fund the chair lift installation and lodge development with funds from the $8,000,000.  He stated that the cost of the project is $440,000.  They asked for half of that from the LADC.  They are raising the other half themselves.  They plan to do the chair lift this summer and build the new Lodge next year.
Mr. Stephens made a motion to provide Kootenai Winter Sports with $220,000 for the Turner Mountain Ski Area project.

Mr. Bauer seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

Mr. Russell Barnes, president of the EDC explained a little about economic development, then introduced Mr. Bob Tunis, Executive Director of EDC.
Mr. Tunis gave an analogy comparing well drilling to the efforts of the EDC, aimed at getting the Council to help fund the efforts of the EDC.  He explained that the plan was to attend trade shows and place a newspaper ad in the western addition of the Wall Street Journal.  These efforts would target the desired business people.  The EDC will also use part of the funds to subsidize one third of the personnel funds with the money they are asking for.
Discussion with the council followed.

The EDC is asking for funding in the amount of $57,000.

Mr. Stephens made a motion to allow the funding requested.

Mrs. Thom Seconded

Motion Carried with Council members Porter, Sorenson, Baeth, Thom and Stephens voting in favor of the motion and Councilmember Bauer voting against it.

The Lincoln County Campus Development Agreement is now in place between the county, the city and the college.

Mr. Spencer explained the changes in the agreement as follows:
The City would pay the second annual payment on the $500,000 dollar intercap loan for the next 10 years.  The college would pay the first semi-annual payment.  The City would pay out directly when need the $250,000 dollars.  The City would still be committing $500,000.  If the college should close, the property would be reappraised and the $8,000,000 fund would be reimbursed in the amount 2/3 of the appraised value.
Mrs. Porter made a motion that the modification of the document be approved.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion passed.
Mrs. Thom reported on the proposed location for the tennis courts at City Hall Park.  The U Serve organization is asking for a piece of land to be leased to them.  They feel they could raise the funds to build the courts.  They are asking for the use of property at the back of the City Hall Park, nearest to the Ponderosa Room.  The walking track would be left intact.  They want to know if there is a possibility they could use this land.  If so, they would go to the next step.  After some discussion, the council agreed that they would agree to allow the usage of this area if U Serve decided on this location.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to reappoint Doreen Gullingsrud to the Board of Adjustments.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Thom gave Mayor Berget a list of the new appointments to the Shade Tree Committee, They included:  Mitch Reichel, Bob Zimmerman, Charlie Lawrence, Etta Doubek and Bob Parker.

Mrs. Thom made a motion that these people be accepted as the Shade Tree Committee.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion passed.

Bids were opened for Propane and gravel

GRAVEL

Remp Sand & Gravel               4.14  ½” Crush

16.85      3/8” Crush

Ward Crushing                         4.32  ½” Crush

4.15    ½” Crush

13.75      3/8” Crush

PROPANE
Amerigas                                     .968

 
ASPHALT & CHIP SEAL
 
T BAR S
CRS-2 FOB Libby               148.46 per ton
CRS-1P FOB Libby               168.41 per ton
HF150S FOB Libby               173.40 per ton
HFE300-HP FOB Libby            194.84 per ton
MC-250 FOB Libby               234.08 per ton
0.829 psqy CRS-2

0.875 psqy CRS-2P

0.902 psqy HF150S

Bids were put into committee.

Approval for the Commerce Flats subdivision was placed in committee.  Mr. Spencer will assist the committee in coming to a decision.
COUNCIL REPORTS
Mrs. Thom reported that Fireman’s Park is now open.  The host is in attendance.  Mrs. Thom is in contact with the Forest Service in the event that a replacement hose is needed.

Mrs. Thom announced that Tom Horelick would no longer be the chairperson for the Shade Tree Committee.  It has been reassigned to Jerry Bennett.
As City/county liaison, Mrs. Baeth reported on the following committees:  Airport:  The overlay on the runway has been completed, along with taxi extension, the animal control fence and the hangar access.  The Kootenai National Forest is going to have air center at Libby.  That will include three helipads and an administration building.  Animal Control: will still pick up stray animals.  Air Quality:  No problem since freeze guard is being used, there us no longer a dust problem.
Mr. Sorensen asked Tom Wood to report on the planning meeting held last Saturday.  He also gave the fire report for the last month.  Mr. Woods also informed the council that the fire department was looking for a place to store the old fire trucks, either at the museum where they would be on display, or down by the sewer plant in a building built for their storage, where they would be better protected from rodents.
Mr. Spencer is to coordinate a meeting with W.R. Grace and the EPA regarding the building at Industrial Park.  Mr. Sorensen reported that the buildings were still contaminated.

Mrs. Thom commented that Mr. Beagle, the insurance agent, is starting to work with City Clerk, Kim Aarstad on the budget and looking for other insurance companies.

Mr. Stephens reported that union negotiations had been set back.  There is a hearing set for the end of May regarding supervisor status.
Mrs. Porter announced that the committee was not ready to make a recommendation regarding the hiring of a new police officer.  Mr. Stephens commented that due to the union negotiations the city had to remain status quo.  No changes could be made that would change the status of any department.  Mr. Teske gave the monthly police report.
Mr. Spencer commented that he has been working on an ordinance to repeal some of the out of date laws in the codebook.  Mr. Spencer stated that random drug sampling for the council would fall under a resolution.  Mrs. Porter asked about reduced lighting and sprinkling for properties with larger acreage.
Mrs. Thom reported that the water plant is working well.  The transmission crew is in the process of metering non-metered accounts and three water leaks have been located and repaired.

Mr. Bauer announced that the infrastructure study on the sewer plant is in.  The street crew has finished taking out the trees in Lincoln Blvd and planted the replacement trees.  The sprinkler system is in place.
Mrs. Porter stated she had received a letter from Mr. Maki, stating that he and the college are willing to meet the requests of the city council regarding the burned out house at 1022 California Avenue being turned over to the college for a project.  Proceeds from the project would be used to fund future projects.  Future projects would be located inside the city limits when possible.  If the program ends, proceeds from the last project will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and the city will be released from all liability associated with the building and the property.  This item will be added to the agenda for the May 21st meeting.
Mayor Berget reported on the meeting held for mayors and council at the Dam.

Mr. Stephens reported that the budget and finance committee was gearing up for the new budget.  Mrs. Porter commented that the committee heads needed to get wish lists from their departments.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to pay the claims.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Beth A. Burrell, Deputy City Clerk

June 25, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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A working committee meeting for the 2001-2002 City of Libby budget is scheduled for June 25, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the City of Libby Council Chambers.  The public is encouraged to attend.  No public input will be taken during this meeting.

CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL  MEETING
AGENDA
June 18, 2001

  1. Alishia Martin – Libby Junior Miss
  2. 4 Way Stop – Montana & Larch Street
  3. Street Closure – Libby Logger Day Parade

After completion of Special meeting a working committee meeting for the 2001-2002 City of Libby budget will be held.

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE LIBBY CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD JUNE 18, 2001 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.
Mayor Berget called the meeting to order.  Council members Baeth, Bauer, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede was present.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to install a 4-way stop at Montana & Larch Street.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow the road closure for the Libby Logger Days parade on July 14th, and the road closure on June 28th for the Achievements street dance and barbeque.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
Resolution #1586, Authorizing Application for Playground equipment grant, was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to adopt Resolution #1586.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Alishia Martin, Libby Junior Miss, gave a brief back ground on how she was selected as the new Libby Junior Miss.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.


CITY COUNCIL  MEETING
AGENDA
June 4, 2001

  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of council Meeting-previous minutes
  3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    a.  Approval-Commerce Flats Subdivision
    b.  Bid Opening-Gas, Propane, Gravel
    c.   Personnel-Hiring of new Police Officers as per the   hire list.
  4. NEW BUSINESS
    a.  Libby Junior Miss – Miss Shaw
    b.  Mike Corbett-Filtration Plant Landscape
    c.  Peggy Dolezal-Request 4 Way Stop-Larch & Montana
    d,  Libby Area Development Co. Proposals
    1.  Rocky Mountain Ecosystem
    2.  Montana Float Co.
  5. COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims
  6. 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.
    *Agenda for Manner of Addressing the Council   (Comments shall be limited to three minutes)
  7. ADJOURNMENT

THE 1196TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 4, 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.  Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom; City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept the May Regular and Special meeting minutes.
Mr. Bauer Seconded.
Motion carried.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Mr. Bauer moved to approve the Commerce Flats Subdivision.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept Remp Sand and Gravels bid to supply gravel to the City of Libby.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept Amerigas bid to supply propane to the City of Libby.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Mr. Stephens announced that as per the Personnel Committee recommendation all hiring of future police officers would be done through the Personnel Committee.
NEW BUSINESS
Mike Corbett asked the council when the landscaping would be completed at the water filtration plant.
Mayor Berget explained that some monies were available to complete the landscaping and should be released to Plant Supervisor, Scott Meyer soon.
Peggy Dolezal asked that the council look into putting a four way stop sign at Larch Street and Montana Avenue.  Peggy explained that there had been several traffic accidents at this intersection.
Sharon Gehrke, St. John’s Lutheran School, explained that vehicles are not stopping or slowing down for children using the cross walk on Montana Avenue.
Matter put into the Streets and Police Committee.  Council also decided to look at other intersections for possible problems.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept the new City of Libby Volunteer Policy.
Mr. Stephens seconded.
Motion carried.
Resolution # 1585, purchase authorization for Property & Supply Bureau, was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to adopt Resolution # 1585.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
Bob Tunis, EDC, representing the LADC, presented two proposals for consideration.
Ted Andersen, Rocky Mountain Ecosystem, is requesting for $5,000.00.  RMES will offer monetary support for low income and disadvantaged individuals to receive fire suppression training in order to qualify for seasonal employment by Forest Service, Park Service and Montana Department of Lands.
Mr. Porter asked if there had been any discussion on asking the individuals who qualify for this support  to pay at lease half of the support back to the City if they receive a job from this training?
Mr. Andersen explained that they had no resource to collect these monies.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept Rocky Mountain Ecosystems proposal to fund fire training for low income and disadvantaged individuals at a cap of $2,500.00.  Bill will be submitted to City Treasurer at the completion of all classes.
Montana Float Company, Keith Kinden, request that the City of Libby guarantee 75% for two loans totaling $292,000.00, loans will be through First National Bank of Montana.  75% of these loans would be $219,000.00.  Monies will be deposited in FNB for a five-year maturity.
Mr. Stephens moved to accept Montana Float Company proposal.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.
STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Parks/Cemetery, reported that Firemen’s Park was now open and monies were now being collected from Camp Host.
Mrs. Porter announced that the clients at Achievements have cleaned up and planted trees at Burlington Northern Park.
Mrs. Baeth, City/County Liaison, reported that from January 27, 2001 to May 19, 2001 there had been 80 calls received for animal control problems.  29 of these calls were for inside the city limits.  City police answered 20 of these calls, 5 were for lost animals, 3 were answered by animal control and 1 was answered by the Sheriff’s office.
Mrs. Porter reported that she had received several calls from concerned residents who would like to start a Human Society in Libby.  These residents also expressed concern on the problems at the animal shelter and that the county was considering ordering a CO2 chamber.
DC Orr stated that the CO2 chamber had been ordered by the county.
Mr. Sorensen, Fire Committee, reported on Fire Calls answered for the month of May.
Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported that a meeting was held May 31st on the union contract.
Mrs. Porter, Police Committee, reported on Police calls answered for the month of May.
Mrs. Thom, Water Committee, announced that the computer system at the water filtration plant went down after the storm on June 1, 2001.  Repair should be completed on June 8, 2001.
Mr. Bauer, Street/Sewer Committee, announced that the Wastewater Plant also had computer problems on June 1, 2001.
Mrs. Porter, Community Development, stated that 1120 hits were registered on the city’s web site.
Mr. Stephens, Budget/Finance Committee, announced that a working committee meeting would be held on June 11, to start the budget process.
HEAR THE PUBLIC
D.C. Orr expressed concern on how the minutes were written concerning the animal control problem. The minutes stated that the euthanasia drug was withdrawn because of legislation, when in fact this drug is still available as it has been for years. Mr. Orr stated that euthanasia was a drug and is regulated by DEA; DEA requires that certain records be kept when using this drug and the animal control is not keeping correct records. Mr. Orr stated that the local veterinarian, because of these problems and several other complaints that the veterinarians had received, withdrew the drug.
City/County Liaison, Joyce Baeth, will continue to look into this problem.
Gary Livesay asked permission to close off Mineral Avenue to Second Street and California Avenue to Sixth Street on July 14, 2001 for Logger Days Parade.
Matter will be addressed on June 18th special meeting.
Jim Rostopher expressed concern on the animal control problems.  Mr. Rostopher also asked if the council had reached a solution on the sight problems at Spruce Street and Hwy 2.
Mr. Thede explained that the city was in contact with the State of Montana on this issue.
It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims as per the claims approval list.
Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

July 23, 2001 | Special Meeting

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Special Meeting – Agenda – July 23,2001

  1. Public Meeting – Preliminary Engineering Report Waste Water Treatment Plant
  2. Public Meeting – City of Libby 2001 – 2002 Budget

Special Meeting – Agenda – July 16,2001
1.  Adoption of Primary Budget
A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD JULY 16, 2001 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS TO ADOPT THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET.

Council President, George Bauer called the meeting to order.  Council members Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.

Mr. Stephens moved to adopt the 2001-2002 preliminary budget.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Council President, George Bauer


CITY COUNCIL  MEETING
AGENDA
July 9, 2001

  1. CALL TO ORDER
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of council Meeting-previous minutes
  3. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
    a.  
  4. NEW BUSINESS
    a.  Karen Ross- Nordicfest Parade
    b.  Mike Noble –910 Montana Avenue
    c.  Don Brown – Kootenai Paving
    d,  Libby Area Development Co. Proposals
    1.  LADC 2000-2001 Budget
    2.  St. Johns Lutheran Hospital
    3.  Kootenai Heritage Council
  5. COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims
  6. 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.
    *Agenda for Manner of Addressing the Council   (Comments shall be limited to three minutes)
  7. ADJOURNMENT

THE 1197TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 9, 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.  Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom and City Clerk, Kim Aarstad was present.

Mr. Stephens moved to accept the June Regular and Special meeting minutes.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS
Mayor Berget asked that the council look at the ballot information received from County Election Administrator on forming the North Cabinet Conservancy District.  Ballot needs to be mailed into the county before July 24, 2001.
Karen Ross, Nordicfest Parade Committee, requested permission to close Mineral Avenue to Second Street, California Avenue to Sixth Street and Sixth Street for the Nordicfest Parade on September 8, 2001.

Mr. Bauer moved to allow this closure.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Maxine Domgard, Kootenai Paving, asked if the council would consider their proposal to set their Asphalt Plant in the city pit.  They would pay rent of $500.00 per month, when in operation, $250.00 a month for equipment during the off season, the city would have the option of receiving money monthly, or trade for asphalt.  They would also like the council to consider the option of allowing them to purchase gravel from the city.

City Attorney, Scott Spencer, stated that according to Ron Anderson, Lincoln County Environmental Health, an environmental review would need to be completed before the asphalt plant could be moved.

Mr. Sorensen moved to allow Kootenai Paving to set up in the city pit, as long as the environmental review is completed before the move and that a mutual agreement has been reached on the lease. 

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Bob Tunis, EDC, representing LADC presented three proposals for consideration.

LADC 2001-2002 Budget request.  LADC 2001-2002 budget would be $54,000.00, with monies available from last years budget the total amount requested is $27,000.00.

Mayor Berget asked that the council hold off making this decision until LADC submits year-end balances to the City Clerk and a meeting can be scheduled with them.

Rick Palaga, St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, is requesting a grant of up to $100,000.00, to help establish a Permanent Endowment Foundation for the hospital.  Actual amount will be determined by matching funds raised by August 31, 2002.  The Foundation is requesting that the final amount be transferred on August 31, 2002, once the actual amount of matching funds is determined. 

Mr. Stephens asked if these monies could be used for operating expenses?

Mr. Palaga, money could be use for almost anything, including operating expenses.

Mrs. Thom asked if these monies would be kept separate from other hospital monies?

Mr. Palaga, yes, separate audits will need to be done each year.

K.C. Hoyer, St John’s Lutheran Hospital Foundation, stated that the committee would like to have $2,000,000.00 in this fund before any monies will be spent.

Mr. Stephens moved to accept St. John’s Lutheran Hospital request.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Mrs. Porter and Mr. Bauer expressed concern on granting these monies to an endowment foundation. 

Mr. Stephens asked that the council consider hiring a consultant to receive guidance on how the monies available through LADC should be spent.     

Mr. Tunis, EDC, stated that he felt the city could have someone hired within a three to four month period at a cost of around $50,000.00.

D.C. Orr expressed concern on the council decision to grant these monies to the hospital.

Mr. Bauer called for the question.  A vote roll call was called.

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

Mrs. Porter, Mr. Bauer and Mrs. Baeth “No”

Mayor Berget broke the tie by voting “Yes”

Mayor Berget asked that Mr. Stephens, Budget & Finance Committee, look into hiring a consultant for LADC monies.

Paul Rumelhart, Kootenai Heritage Council, is requesting a $600,000.00 grant to supplement Kootenai Heritage Council current funding of $832,500.00 to remodel Memorial Gym into a Community Center for the Libby Area.

Mrs. Porter expressed concern on the O & M costs for this building.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Kootenai Heritage Council request for $600,000.00 grant.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Mr. Rostopher asked several questions concerning the Heritage Council using the old Memorial Gym.

Judy Stuckey asked what the seating capacity would be when the project was completed?

Paul Rumelhart, 595.

D.C Orr question Bob Tunis on the construction materials being purchased from Libby merchants.  Mr. Orr stated that City of Libby has a contractual arrangement with Millwork West, and that the city has bent over backwards to accommodate Millwork west. Several area business were concerned that Millwork West would be the only one to supply the lumber for LVCC, Troy Senior Citizens and Kootenai Heritage Council projects, and that the city was opening themselves up to a lawsuit, because they were influencing the decision on where lumber would be purchased.

Mrs. Thom explained that the City of Libby would not have any control on where the lumber would be purchased for these projects.

Mr. Rostopher asked if the Kootenai Heritage Council had a long-term lease on the building, and asked if the monies they are requesting would be to improve a building that belongs to the Libby School District. 

Paul Rumelhart explained that the Heritage Council would be signing a fifty-year lease for the use of the building.

STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Park-Cemetery Committee, reported Dennis Hensley would be the new camp host.
Mr. Stephens asked City Attorney, Scott Spencer, if he had heard anything from WR Grace on the Industrial Park property.

Mr. Spencer stated that he had made a few calls to WR Grace but they had not returned his calls.

Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported union negations would be held on July 11, 2001.

The City Clerk announced the following dates for budget hearings.

            July 16, 2001 – Adopt the Preliminary Budget

            July 23, 2001 – Formal Budget Hearing

            August 6, 2001 – Adopt Final Budget

HEAR THE PUBLIC Mr. Rostopher asked if all LADC proposals would continue to go to the LADC Board meetings and if all information on each proposal would be discussed at their meetings?  Mr. Rostopher was unable to attend the LADC Board Meeting when Kootenai Heritage Project presented their proposal and felt that there was not enough discussion on this proposal at the city council meeting.

Mayor Berget explained that the LADC board was setup so they would handle and approve each proposal before the were brought to the city council for a final decision.

Eileen Carney announced that a public meeting would be held on August 14, 2001 to discuss the Hwy 2 Four-lane project.

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

  Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

August 1, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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CITY OF LIBBY
CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
August 1, 2001 – 7:00 p.m. Chambers-City Hall

  1. Call to Order
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes
  3. Ordinance & Resolutions
    a. Resolution#1587-Primary Election need not be held.
    b. Resolution#1588-Making Tax Levy for Year 2001
    c. Resolution #1589-Setting Salaries
    d. Resolution#1890-Fixing Annual Appropriations for
    2001-2002 Budget
  4. Unfinished Business
    a. Mary Jo Sauber request to install above ground headstone-Cemetery
    b. Animal Control Contract-Approval
  5. New Business
    a. Sidewalk Ordinance-George Bauer
  6. Council Action/Discussion
    a. Council Committee Reports
    b. Okay to pay claims
  7. 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)
  8. Adjournment

THE 1198TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 6, 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.  Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Stephens and Thom, City Clerk, Kim Aarstad and Supervisor Dan Thede were present. 

Mr. Stephens moved to accept the July regular and special meeting minutes.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

RESOLUTION & ORDINANCE
Resolution # 1587, Primary election need not be held, was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to pass Resolution #1587.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution # 1588, Tax Levy for FY 2001, was read.

Mr. Bauer moved to pass Resolution #1588.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1589, Setting Salaries, was read.

Mr. Bauer moved to pass Resolution #1589.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1590, Fixing Annual Appropriations for 2001-2002, was read.

Mr. Stephens moved to pass Resolution #1590.

Mr. Bauer seconded

Motion carried.

Mr. Rostopher asked several questions on the water budget.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Mrs. Thom, Parks/Cemetery Committee, stated that as per the city ordinance and the committee recommendation, no above ground headstones will be allowed at the city cemetery, unless an individual owns three or more lots in the same section.
Mayor Berget asked if the council was ready to sign the Lincoln County animal control agreement. 

Mrs. Baeth explained that the committee was still doing some research on this issue and asked that the matter be put back on the agenda in September.

Mr. Stephens asked what the cost would be to city residents if the contract were not signed.

Mrs. Baeth stated that if the city does not sign the contract there could be a cost to owners for boarding.

Mr. Bauer asked that the council look at the sidewalk ordinance.  Items are being placed on the city sidewalks and the current ordinance does not allow this. 

City Attorney, Scott Spencer, expressed concern on allowing items to be placed on the sidewalks, as it is exposing the city to more liability.

Mrs. Thom will contact Montana Municipal Insurance Authority on this issue.

Gwen Hensler, Nordicfest Celebration, asked permission to close off 8th Street from Mineral Avenue to Montana Avenue on September 7th – 9th for the Nordicfest Celebration.  Police Chief, Clayton Coker, will issue a public safety notice to close this street off.

STANDING COMMITTEES
Mrs. Thom, Parks/Cemetery Committee, reported that she has been asked if a revival could be held at the Firemen’s park day area on June 2002.  Matter put back into Parks Committee.
Mr. Stephens, Fire Committee, updated the council on the fire calls answered for the month of July.

Mrs. Baeth, Industrial Park Committee, reported that no decisions have been made on the removal of buildings at Industrial Park.

Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported that the committee has received two inter- department applications for the sewer superintendent position and one for the street department position. 

Police Chief, Clayton Coker, updated the council on police calls answered for the month on July.  Chief Coker also asked that the council consider purchasing two new police vehicles for the fiscal year 2002-2003.  Chief Coker would like to order vehicles now, as the Ford Co. has agreed to defer payment until July 2002.

Mr. Stephens asked if the environmental review had been completed for Kootenai Paving.

City Attorney, Scott Spencer, stated that he had just received the environmental review.  Building Committee will get in touch with Mr. Spencer to work on a lease. 

Mr. Bauer reported that Governor Martz would be in Libby on August 8, 2001 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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

Next city council meeting will be held on September 10, 2001.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

September 10, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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CITY OF LIBBY
CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
September 10, 2001 – 7:00 p.m. Chambers-City Hall

  1. Call to Order
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome
  2. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes
  3. Ordinance & Resolutions
  4. Unfinished Business
    a. Montway Commercial Park Subdivision
    b. Animal Control Contract – Approval
    c. 2002 Revival – Fireman’s Park
    d. Police Vehicles – New Lease
  5. New Business
    a. COPS Grant – Termination of Officer
    b. Ric Kesling – Kootenai Net – Antenna location
    c. Bob Clawson – Montana/Spruce – Tree Replacement
    d. Superfund Designation
  6. Council Action/Discussion
    a. Council Committee Reports
    b. Okay to pay claims
  7. 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)
  8. Adjournment

October 22, 2001 | Special Meeting

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CITY OF LIBBY
SPECIAL  MEETING AGENDA
October 22, 2001 – 7:00 p.m. Chambers-City Hall

  1.  Marcia Fantozzi – Rental of Office Space, Hearing Clinic

  2. Rob Brossman – Search & Rescue

  3. LADC Proposals – LADC Budget Community Health  Center.

  4. Oath of Office – Josh Harth & Boyd White – Police Department

  5. Animal Control Contract

  6. Airport Board – Appointment of Russ Barnes

  7. City Health Insurance – New Rates

  8. 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.

Motion carried.

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.

Motion carried.

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.

Motion carried.

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.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom moved to accept United Health Care Alternative Plan for city health insurance.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

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.

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

 


CITY OF LIBBY
CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
October, 2001 – 7:00 p.m. Chambers-City Hall

  1. Call to Order
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome

  2. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes

  3. Ordinance & Resolutions

  4. Unfinished Business
    a. 2002 Revival – Fireman’s Park
    b. Animal Control Contract – Approval

  5. New Business
    a. Dave Sokoloski – Traffic Problem
    b. Mike Corbett – Beautification at Filtration Plant
    c. COPS Grant
    d. Approval – LADC 2001-2002 Budget

  6. Council Action/Discussion
    a. Council Committee Reports
    b. Okay to pay claims

  7. 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)

  8. Adjournment

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.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

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.

NEW BUSINESS

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.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

November 5, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1201st REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 5, 2001 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Council President George Bauer called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance; Roll was called.  Councilmembers Porter, Sorenson, Baeth, and Stephens, and City Clerk, Kim Aarstad, acting City Clerk Lana Stewart and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.

Mr. Stephens moved to accept the October regular meeting minutes.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mr. Sorenson made a motion to charge the hearing clinic $1.00 per person for one year.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Sorenson would like the Building Committee to discuss lease options regarding Search & Rescue building.

NEW BUSINESS

Council President George Bauer read letter submitted by Karen Ross requesting road closures for parade route.  California Ave. from 3rd St. to Lincoln Blvd.; Lincoln Blvd. between California Ave. and Mineral Ave.; and Mineral Ave. from Lincoln Blvd. to the Depot, on Friday, November 30th, from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 6:30 p.m., would be closed.  City Council approved the closure.

Mr. Smith, Cabinet View Country Club addressed the council as to whether they had received a letter that had been written to their shareholders.  This letter addressed the possibility of the City taking over ownership of Cabinet View Country Club and possibly using funds from L.A.D.C. to make improvements to the golf course.  Council advised Mr. Smith that they had not received this letter.

Mr. Smith asked the council to write a letter stating that they had not received this letter.

Mr. Spencer will submit a letter to Cabinet View Country Club regarding these issues.

Mrs. Wagner, Community Health Center addressed the council as to when they would be receiving their monies from L.A.D.C.  The council advised Mrs. Wagner that they would be meeting with L.A.D.C. on November 12, 2001 and get back to her.

Council was in agreement to advertise that there are two positions open on L.A.D.C. Board.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORT

Mr. Thede reported city parks had been closed with the exception of Fireman’s Park.  There had been seven funerals in the month of October.

Mrs. Porter, Insurance Committee, stated employees had chosen alternative plan.

Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, stated Jeff Best had filled the vacant position in the Street Department.

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

Mr. Thede, Water Committee, stated that the reservoirs are both full.

Walt Torgison, Streets/Alleys Committee, requested that a fifth person be put into place for snow removal.  Council will meet with Mr. Torgison regarding this issue.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Mr. Switzer advised the council that he would like to see people afflicted with asbestos problems on the L.A.D.C. Board.

Mr. Rostopher asked who had the right to pick L.A.D.C. Board Members.

Mr. Rostopher also asked questions as to when minutes have to be taken at meetings.

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

Next city council meeting will be held on Monday December 3, 2001

Meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

Mayor, Tony J. Berget

Acting City Clerk, Lana Stewart

December 3, 2001 | Regular Meeting

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City of Libby
City Council Meeting Agenda
December 3, 2001
Chambers City  Hall

  1. Call To Order
    Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call/Welcome

  2. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes

  3. Oath of Office – Lana Stewart – Clerk/Treasurer

  4. Unfinished Business
    a.  Lease – Lincoln County Search & Rescue
    b.  LADC – 2001-2002 Budget

  5. New Business
    a.  Approval – 2002 Liquor License
    b.  Silver Bullet Superfund Listing

  6. Council Action/Discussion
    a.  Council Committee Reports
    b.  Okay to pay claims

  7. Hear The Public

  8. Adjournment


THE 1202nd REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 3, 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.  Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Sorensen, Stephens and Thom and City Clerk, Lana Stewart and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to City Clerk, Lana Stewart.

Mr. Stephens moved to accept the November regular meeting minutes.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

There was discussion between James Rostopher and the City Council regarding minutes taken at previous meetings.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

Mr. Sorensen made a motion to approve 10 year lease to Search and Rescue at a $1.00 per year.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to adopt L.A.D.C. 2001-2002 budget.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

L.A.D.C. changed their motion regarding the Community Health Center monies to a grant instead of a loan.  City Council took a consensus and was in agreement with L.A.D.C. A check was issued on November 13, 2001 in the amount of $393,000.00 to the Community Health Center.

Openings for L.A.D.C. Board Members will be included in the January agenda.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Bauer made a motion to approve the 2002 liquor licenses if we receive payment by December 31, 2001.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

City Council discussed Silver Bullet issues.

City Council asked Clinton Maynard to explain what Silver Bullet meant.

D.C.Orr had questions pertaining to Silver Bullet.

Openings for two Board of Adjustment positions will be available and will be included on the January agenda.

James Rostopher had questions pertaining to voting on the positions for the Board of Adjustments.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Mrs. Thom, Parks/Cemetery Committee, reported that city parks had been closed.  There had been 8 funerals in the month of November.

Mrs. Baeth, City/County Liaison, reported that 21 animals had been euthanized and 2 adopted.

Mr. Sorensen, Fire Committee, reported on fire calls answered for the month of October and November.

Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported union negotiations would be held on December 5, 2001 and December 10, 2001.

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

Mr. Bauer, Sewer/Lights Committee, reported that everything was going well at the Sewer Treatment Plant.

Mr. Bauer, Streets/Alleys Committee, reported that both sweepers had been used and that the crews had been out plowing.

Mrs. Porter, Community Development Committee, reported that the Community Health Center had received their $393,000.00 and would be opening in December.

Mr. Sorensen, Building/Industrial Parks Committee, reported that the Search and Rescue lease had been approved and that an individual was interested in purchasing the fitness center.

Mrs. Porter made public note that Light up Libby did a great job on the parade.

Mayor Beget discussed giving $200.00 towards Light up Libby for the parade.  City Council approved.

Mrs. Porter, Judicial Committee, reported that there would be a closed door meeting later this evening to update the City Council on litigation issues.

Mayor Beget discussed having a retreat sometime in December of January.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Pat Naughton with Economic Development Committee announced that they were having a meeting on December 17, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. with a manufacturer of air conditioners from California.  There was also discussion regarding a helicopter manufacturer.

James Rostopher questioned the City Council regarding minutes taken at meetings.

It was moved, seconded and carried to pay the claims subject to Mayor Berget’s approval.

Meeting recessed at 8:30 p.m. to reconvene in ten minutes for closed meeting to discuss personnel issues.

Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.