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January 7, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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City of Libby
City Council Meeting Agenda
January 7, 2002
Chambers City  Hall

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

  2. Approval of Council Meeting – previous minutes

  3. Unfinished Business
    a. Tom Erickson
    b. Etta Doubek
    c. Bob Parker

  4. New Business
    a.  Stop signs at 2nd & Louisiana
    b.  Libby Care Center – handicap spaces

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

  6. Hear The Public

  7. Adjournment

The Libby City Council will hold a meeting in regards to the Millwood Subdivision zoning change.  The meeting will be held on January 7, 2002 at 6:30 p.m. in the City of Libby Council Chambers.  The Public is invited to attend


PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ZONING CHANGE OF MILLWOOD SUBDIVISION WAS HELD ON JANUARY 7, 2002 AT 6:30 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

PUBLIC HEARING

Council President George Bauer called the meeting to order.

A public hearing to change zoning on Millwood Subdivision was held.  There was discussion among council members.  The public was asked for comment, none was given.

Mr. Stephens made a motion to change the zoning from Business Residential to Industrial.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Public Hearing adjourned at 6:45 p.m.


THE 1203RD REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JANUARY 7, 2002 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 Council Members Sorenson, Thom, Baeth and Stephens.

City Attorney, Scott Spencer read the oath of office to Mayor Berget.

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

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mr. Sorenson moved to appoint Bob Parker and Etta Doubek to the Board of Adjustments.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Bauer made a motion to put stop signs at 2nd and Louisiana.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Paul Peronard and Jim Christiansen with EPA spoke on issues regarding Silver Bullet.  Mr. Rostopher had questions regarding Superfund Listing.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Mrs. Thom made a motion to write off $956.87 in uncollectable water bills.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget announced that there would be a public meeting January 24, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church regarding Johnston Acres Neighborhood Plan.

Mrs. Thom, Parks/Cemetery Committee, reported there had been 4 funerals in the month of December.  The water crew has been building additional posts for the roof structure at the city park.

Mrs. Baeth, City/County Liaison, reported that 41 animals had been euphemized and 3 adopted.

Tom Wood, Fire Chief, updated the council on calls for the year.  Rural Fire District has replaced Engine #4 and purchased an imaging camera.  There will be no charge to the City for the use of these items.

Mr. Sorensen, Building/Industrial Parks Committee, reported that they had met with Bonnie Morrow and were going over the lease for the fitness center.

Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported that there would be union negotiations meetings on January 9, 2002 at 5:30 p.m. and January 30, 2002 at 5:30 p.m.

Clayton Coker, Police Chief, updated the council on calls for the year.

Mr. Bauer, Resolution/Ordinance Committee, reported committee is working on Jake Brake Ordinance.  Mr. Thede reported minor expansion on areas that are burmed.

Mrs. Thom, Water Committee, reported that all is well in the water department.  Laptop computer is giving them some problems.  Crew has been keeping ice off the spillways.

Mr. Bauer, Sewer/Lights Committee, reported that the second Clarifier was put on-line to help with the sledge problem.  New floats were put on lift station on 1st Avenue.

Mayor Berget announced that Flathead Co-op is having their annual meeting in Kalispell on January 12, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the Outlaw Inn.

Mr. Bauer, Streets/Alleys Committee, reported the crew is staying busy plowing and de-icing.  A new exhaust system has been installed in the welding room.  They have been painting in the office area.

Mrs. Porter, Community Development Committee, reported the college is all moved in.  Ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled this Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. for the college. Turner Mountain opened this past Friday.  Our website has received 33,877 hits since December 1999.  In December of this year the website received 1,125 hits.  Mr. Bauer reported that the health clinic was up and running.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Jim Rostopher had questions regarding procedures for getting on the agenda and firework permits.

D.C. Orr made comments in reference to items being put on the agenda.

Next city council meeting will be held February 4, 2002.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget
City Clerk, Lana Stewart

February 4, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1204TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 4, 2002 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, Baeth, Thom and Stephens and City Clerk, Lana Stewart and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.

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

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Unfinished Business

The board appointments for L.A.D.C. have been tabled until the February 25, 2002 meeting.

New Business

L.A.D.C., E.D.C. and the Libby City Council will meet February 20, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the future of L.A.D.C.

Dirk Roeller with Roeller and Associates addressed the council on Late Comers Agreement for L.D.S. water main extension.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the agreement.  Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Ken Davis addressed the council regarding the hospital subdivision.  The council will put their questions and concerns down in writing.

Eileen Carney addressed the council regarding the closing of Mineral Avenue for the Irish Fair Parade.

Mr. Bauer moved to close Mineral Avenue for the parade.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Jim Rostopher had questions regarding the water budget and discussion followed.

Committee Reports

Mrs. Thom, Parks/Cemetery Committee, reported that Lil Johnson will be the camp host.    Mrs. Thom questioned the council about taking over ownership of the Libby Skate Park.

Lincoln County Parks Board would like the city to submit proposal in reference to the Legion Park.

Mrs. Thom asked the council if they would take ownership of the community swimming pool, if it was to be put on city property.

Mrs. Baeth, City/County Liaison, reported 24 impounded animals, 9 dogs in foster homes and 3 cats in foster homes.

Fire Chief, Tom Wood gave monthly report for January.

Mr. Sorenson, Building/Industrial Parks Committee, reported that they are still working on lease with Montana Athletic Club.

Mrs. Thom, Insurance Committee, reported that part time employees would be eligible for coverage at their own expense.

Mr. Stephens, Personnel Committee, reported that union negotiations are an ongoing process.

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

Dan Thede reported there had been a 10” water main broke this month.

Mrs. Thom, Water Committee, discussed landscaping at the Water Treatment Plant.  There was also discussion regarding the road and installing a flag pole.

Mr. Bauer, Sewer/Lights Committee, reported new elements had been put in the boiler and there had been four back-ups in the sewer.

Mr. Bauer, Streets/Alleys Committee, reported the street crew had been busy snowplowing.  The street crew had taken down Christmas decorations.

Mr. Bauer, Cemetery/Parks Committee, reported there were four funerals for the month of January.

Mrs. Porter, Community Development Committee, reported there had been a meeting regarding Johnson Acres.  Community Development would like some direction regarding the house on 1022 California.

Mrs. Porter, Judicial Committee, reported that the City Judge, Linda Dorrington is running for Justice of the Peace.

Mayor Berget addressed the council regarding Flathead Electric Co-op.

Hear the Public

Mr. Rostopher questioned the council as to when the Ordinances/Resolutions would be in the library.

Mr. Sorensen moved to substitute Tom Erickson in place of Bob Parker for the Board of Adjustments position.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

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

Working Meeting scheduled for February 25, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

Next city council meeting will be held March 4, 2002.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Lana Stewart

March 11, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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Special Meeting  Agenda  March 11, 2002
1.

EDC Funding – Pat Naughton

2.

St. John’s Lutheran Hospital

3.

Igniters Car Club – Hot August Nights

4. Teen/Youth Center – 320 California
5. Montana Athletic Club – Bonnie Morrow  (treadmill)
6. MT Dept of Trans – 9th & California Ave.
7. Boat Ramp

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD MARCH 11, 2002 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Council members Bauer, Baeth, Porter, Stephens and Thom, and City Clerk, Heidi Morris and Supervisor Dan Thede were present.

Pat Naughton from EDC approached the Council on the approval of the operating grant for three years for a total of $463,200 for the LADC monies.  Discussion followed.

Mr. Stephens moved to approve funding.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget explained the St. John’s Lutheran Hospital parking funding issue was no longer a concern.  No money is needed from the City.

Mr. Stephens made a motion to allow Mineral Avenue to be closed off for Hot August Nights.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

The Police Committee’s position is to wait on the issue of the youth/teen video center.

The youth/teen center is in process of fixing items required by the Fire Department.  The background checks have not been returned.  Police Chief, Clay Coker will work with the owners.

The State of Montana Department of Transportation has asked the Council to sign and return a resolution about street maintained routes.  The Council had some concerns and will sign after their questions have been answered by the State.  Mayor Berget and Mr. Thede will check.

Mayor Berget presented a drawing of a new boat ramp.  Mr. Thede is working on a local government grant with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for money to upgrade the existing boat ramp and to install a new one.   He obtained information from the local fishing guides.  The Council thanked Mr. Thede for his efforts.

Flathead Electric Coop annual meeting in Kalispell is March 23, 2002.  The City of Libby will charter a bus from Harlow’s for $350.  The sign up will be at the Flathead Electric office in Libby with a $10 deposit to be returned as the person enters the bus on Saturday.

The Board of Adjustments wants to help the Council.  The Council would like to turn over the condemned buildings issue, flower pots issue, the city rezoning for mobile homes issue and the house on Glendora.  The City Council is very appreciative of all the help.

The Kootenai Heritage Council’s representative, Paul Rumelhart, updated the Council on the progress of the Libby Memorial Center.  Discussion followed.

Bonnie Morrow from the Montana Athletic Club, requested money from the Equipment Reserve to purchase a new trend mill for $4,895 plus freight.

Mr. Stephens moved to allow a new treadmill to be purchased with the Equipment Reserve Account with the understanding that when that is gone, the City will have no more obligation to the replacement or repair of equipment.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer moved that the Council approve the appointment of Ardell Filler to LADC Board.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion failed.

Mr. Bauer moved that the Council approve the appointment of Bob Parker to LADC Board, three-year term.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion passed.

Jim Rostopher had some comments about LADC.  Discussion followed.

Pat Naughton reminded the Council of the joint meeting with the EDC in the Council Chambers on March 22, 2002.  Mr. Naughton announced that on Wednesday, March 27, 2002, a joint meeting will be held in the Ponderosa Room with the Port Authority,

EDC, RC&D, County Commissioners and City Council.

Mrs. Baeth announced on July 19, 20 & 21, 2002, the Spade and Neuter Task Force will be holding a meeting.  Fund raising is ongoing.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris


THE 1205TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MARCH 4, 2002 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 and City Clerk, Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the February regular meeting minutes.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The California property issue has been tabled until the April 1, 2002 meeting.

The board appointments for L.A.D.C. have been tabled until the April 1, 2002 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

The Stop Signs on Main, Montana, Poplar and West Second matter has been tabled until the April 1, 2002 meeting with a recommendation to post for public input.  Dan Thede will be asked to work on a map to be put in the paper and at the banks for public viewing and comment.

The condemned house issue has been tabled to the April 1, 2002 meeting until more information can be obtained.

EDC Funding requested has been tabled and will be addressed at the Special Meeting on March 11, 2002.  Pat Naughton was available for questions.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to authorize a $4000 payment to TD&H to pursue grants for

water upgrades and a sewer system for Johnson Acres if the money is available in the budget.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion passed.

Mike Frasier of TD&H also asked that a public meeting be set for March 25, 2002, for a presentation of the draft of the Johnson Acres Neighborhood Plan.  Meeting will be at Monday March 25, 2002, at 7 p.m.

Valerie Glaze and Sue Earls addressed the council explaining a new teen/youth center to be opened at 320 California.  The issue has been tabled until the March 11, 2002 Special Meeting.

Grace Rantala, representing the Igniters Car Club answered questions about Hot August Nights on August 17, 2002.  The council will address the closing of Mineral Avenue at the March 11, 2002 meeting.

Mayor Tony Berget announced to the public that the City of Libby is working together with the City of Troy.  Troy’s street sweeper is not working and they are borrowing one of Libby’s sweepers.

Mrs. Porter announced that a community meeting about block watch will be held

March 7, 2002, at 6:15 p.m.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Fire Chief, Tom Wood gave monthly report for February.  No fires in the city, 2 in the county and 2 in the district.  The Fire Department is applying for a FEMA grant for a new boom truck.

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

John Knudson, Water Department Supervisor gave report on work completed and the work in process for February.

Ken Sorenson, chairperson for Streets/Alleys addressed an issue concerning the Montana Department of Transportation about 9th and California Avenue.  The item will be added the March 11, 2002 meeting agenda.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Pat Naughton spoke of the March 23, 2002 meeting with the LADC and the Council with Bill Bassitt.

Jim Rostopher had questions regarding the landscaping at the water plant.

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

A Special Meeting has been scheduled for March 11, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

Next regular city council meeting will be held April 1, 2002.

Meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

April 1, 2002 | Special Meeting

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Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called.  Council members Baeth, Bauer, Porter, Stephens and Thom and City Clerk, Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the March 4th regular and March 11th special meeting minutes.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

New stop sign locations were discussed.  Two of the most important intersections will be done this fiscal year.  At budget time more locations will be considered for next year.

Mrs. Porter moved to install stop signs at 10th and Main and also at 5th and Montana.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

The house on the California property will be taken down on Wednesday, April 3, 2002.

Local resident, D.C. Orr has volunteered to help with this project.

Mrs. Porter will meet with Scott Spencer, attorney to discuss the condemned house issue.

Building Inspector, John Norberg will meet with Mr. Spencer also.

Mr. Stephens explained a report from the Police Committee about the youth center, which included several background checks.  The majority of the Police committee

did not recommend approving a business license at this time.

Mr. Stephens moved to go with the Police Committee recommendation and not

approve a license for the youth/family center.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

Discussion followed with one of the owners present, Valerie Glaze.  She asked to meet with the council privately to answer some of the concerns about specific background checks.

A closed meeting followed for approximately 10 minutes in the mayor’s office.

The council returned to council chambers and the vote was called.

Mr. Bauer and Mrs. Porter voted yes.

Mrs. Baeth, Mrs. Thom and Mr. Stephens voted no.

Motion failed.

A business license will be issued, with the stipulation that the owners meet all the requirements of the Fire Marshall and the Building Inspector.

NEW BUSINESS

Luiane Posey and her son, John Skinner, addressed the council on the sewer line at 509 8th Street, between Minnesota and Dakota.   The council will have Dan Thede look into this matter.  John Skinner inquired about sidewalks.  Mayor Berget informed him of the $1,000 sidewalk grant that was available.

The business owners on the 300 block of Mineral Avenue requested the closure of their bock on Mineral Avenue for Business After Hours on April 12, 2002 from 5 to 7 pm.

Mr. Bauer moved.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom asked about extending lease with the Libby Little League ending in 2016.

The Community Development Committee will review.

Mr. Stephens advised the Council of a possible overrun in the Police Budget.  Budget Committee will review.

A working council meeting will be held April 15, 2002 at 7 pm.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

PARKS – Mrs. Thom reported that one seasonal worker had been hired.  Bob Moore was rehired, he has worked past summers for the city.  Requests for the sewer dump are coming is already, volunteer payment is requested.

 

FIRE – Chief, Tom Wood gave monthly report for March 2002:  Five fires in the city, 2 in the county and for a total of 23 for the year.

POLICE – Mr. Stephens advised the council that Chief Coker has started work on the new budget.

SEWER/LIGHTS – Mr. Bauer reported the schedule has been set up to clean the main trunks.

STREETS – Mayor Berget reported that our new street sweeper from the grant should arrive soon in Helena.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – Mrs. Porter is working on an open house for the Glendora house.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – Mr. Stephens is waiting to hear from Dan Johns, a city audit is being mailed to him.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

John Skinner asked about lower the speed limits by parks and in front of schools. Chief Coker will check the postings.  The Police and Street Committees will review.

Pat Naughton reminded everyone of the LADC public meeting with Bill Bassitt on

April 4, 2002 at 7 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room.  It is an opportunity for public input.

Jim Rostopher had questions regarding the landscaping at the water plant.  Mrs. Thom will contact a local nursery.

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

A working meeting for the council has been scheduled for April 15, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

Next regular city council meeting will be held May 5, 200

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris


*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 6, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1207TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MAY 6TH, 2002 AT 7:00 PM 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, Sorenson, Stephens and Thom, and Dan Thede, Supervisor of City Services and Beth A Burrell, Deputy City Clerk were present.

Mr. Stephens made a motion to accept the minutes as read from the April 1st regular and April 15th special meetings.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Ordinance # 1591 was given the first reading.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Lease on Little League fields will be on next month’s agenda.

The Open House at 178 Glendora will be May 18th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

There will be a Retreat at Venture Inn, May 19th starting at 1:00 pm for the mayor and council.  This will be a planning meeting.

A report was given on the California property.  The burnt out home was dismantled and the debris was hauled to the county landfill.  The job was done with the help of DC Orr and his excavator.  The landfill fee was waived due to the cooperation between the city and the county.

The City Council is looking at condemning 5 homes within the City limits.  The houses must either be demolished or brought up to code.

Mr. Stephens reported that speed limits around Asa Wood School could be reduced.

Alley cleanup will be May 28-31.  Only bagged, boxed or packaged items will be picked up and no household garbage will be accepted.

Budget amendment for the police committee will be moved to the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Phillip and Colby of the Seventh Grade class gave a power point presentation on Pioneer Park and the improvements being made there.  Ground has been leveled and a pavilion is being built.

The sewer bond will be paid off May 8 in the amount of $156,319.40 with a loan from LADC monies.  The Water bond in the amount of $886,345. will be paid off June 15.  This will eliminate reason for a raise in Water and Sewer rates at this time.

Mr. Sorenson made a motion that the Board of Adjustments be given permission to change their meeting schedule to meet their needs.

Mr. Bauer Seconded.

Motion passed.

River Park road base is in.  Paving and finishing will be covered at the retreat on May 19.

Bids were opened for Gas, Propane, and gravel.  Remp Sand & Gravel bid $3.99 per yard on ½” minus crush and $12.64 per yard on 3/8” minus chips.  City Service Inc. bid $1.365 per gallon for unleaded gasoline and $1.275 per gallon for diesel fuel.  NW Propane bid $.80 per gallon for propane.  The bids were read and put into committee for a decision.

The Little League fields were put on hold until the next meeting.

Pat Naughton introduced a proposal by the Heritage Museum for LADC.  The museum proposal will be covered at the special meeting on May 20.

George Gerard presented a proposal from the college asking for two grants.  One for $10,000 so the college can offer Hazmat classes.  The college would be able to offer the classes for about half of what is now being charged for the same class.  They are also asking for a $40,000 grant in order to enable a building trades program.  This would be a two-year degree.  High School Seniors would be offered a running start, allowing them to start the program while still in high school.  Their initial classes would be offered a ½ price. The building trades program would be self-sustaining after the first year.   These grants will be discussed at the retreat and a decision will be made at the special meeting on May 20.

Les Skramstad asked permission for the asbestos group to put up crosses at the cemetery for Memorial Day.  Dan Stephens moved that permission be granted.

George Bauer Seconded

Motion passed.

Alan Olsen of Raintree Nursery voiced his displeasure that the council had not asked him for a bid for the landscaping at Water Treatment Plant.  Discussion followed.

Mr. Rostorfer addressed the council.

The LADC/City Council meeting will be held Monday, May 13, 2002.  A presentation for wind generation manufacture will be made at that time.

MMIA preliminary rate projections were presented.

The Valve on the big water tank will be excavated and repaired.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  Cemetery/Parks, Jane Thom, reported that the Fireman’s park is now open.  The host is in place and everything is ready for summer.

  City/County Liaison, Joyce Baeth, commented that the airport runway has been cleared and the computer task force is making plans.  There was a meeting with Libby, Troy, Eureka and the County at the Libby Dam last Wednesday.  The City will be receiving some help with weed spraying; and the county is helping with a grant for working on the streets in Johnston acres.

Tom Wood gave the fire report.  There were three fires in the city and five in the county.

Personnel, Jane Thom, reported that Chris Swenson had been hired as summer help as of May 13 to do mowing, etc.  The Council will be implementing breakfast with the different crews starting May 15 with the road crew.

Dan Stephens gave the police report.  There had been 265 calls, 25 arrests and 49 citations.  Clay had given Mr. Stephens a copy of the application form for the Citizen’s Academy, a citizen’s watch group for Mineral Ave.  Classes will be held in the Ponderosa Room on Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm starting in late summer.  It is an eight-week program.  Mr. Stephens gave the application form to Mrs. Porter to be duplicated.

Water, Jane Thom, stated that everything is running smoothly with the water treatment plant.  The distribution crew is working on repairing leaks and curb stops.  The meter reader is working diligently on repairing meters.

Sewer & Lights, George Bauer, gave phone numbers so anyone with sewer backup problems could get in touch with the proper help.

Streets & Alleys, Ken Sorenson, reported that the new street sweeper was in service and working well.  There were 11 funerals during the month of April.  The Street crew assisted in Arbor Day and helped with planting more trees on the boulevard and did some work at the Clawson residence.  The stop signs are in place on 10th and Main and on 5th and Montana.

Community Development, Judy Porter, stated that she had been working with Janice Wood of the Chamber of Commerce.  They have set up a beautification committee.  Warning tickets were handed out to five citizens for trash and junk.  They have 10 days to correct the problem.  The high school, middle school, and girl scouts did a wonderful job of cleaning up.  Pat Naughton gave a report on what EDC is doing.  Mayor Berget mentioned the sidewalk grant was good for another year.  He would like to pick a sidewalk that needs to be replaced and do it.

Budget/Finance, Dan Stephens, stated that budget would be started this month.  The departments are putting in their wish lists.

Union negotiations, Dan Stephens, May 14 meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for May 28.

Mr. Bauer moved to pay the Claims.

Mr. Stephens Seconded

Passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm

Mayor Anthony J Berget

Deputy City Clerk Beth A Burrell

June 11, 2002 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 11, 2002 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 and Thom, City Clerk, Heidi Morris and City Services Supervisor, Dan Thede were present.

Gas bids were opened.  Moore Oil was the only bid.

Moore Oil Gas Bid was read.

Unleaded gasoline               $1.229

Diesel Fuel                         $1.096

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the bid from Moore Oil.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget informed the Council of a meeting that he and Dan Thede attended that included the City, the EPA, the County and Mr. Maki from the School District.  The discussion involved the re-paving of Education Way, the changing of some bus routes along with cost sharing.  The EPA has indicated that they would contribute $15,000 toward the re-paving because of the heavy truck use in the clean up.  The rough cost of the .8 mile section is $125,000, that is four inches of hot mix 33 feet wide.  This will be bid out when the time comes Mayor Berget also reported to the Council of the possibility of replacing the water main in the alley behind First National Bank and the Sears building.  The approximate cost would be $26,000 including re-paving.  This will be bid out if the Council decides to pursue the project.

Mrs. Porter asked about the completion of the paving of Second Street by Mineral and California.  It should be finished by Thursday if all goes well.

Fire Marshal Wood explained a couple of items on his budget.  A building is needed for the storage of their equipment.   A possible location for this is by the sewer plant.

Discussion followed.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

July 22, 2002 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 22, 2002 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, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Police Chief Coker informed Council that the time line for the COPS Grant for the Resource Officer has extended.  This grant will cover most of the 2002-03 fiscal year.

A meeting will be held August 13, 2002.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the preliminary budget.

Mr. Stephens seconded

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris


THE 1209TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 8, 2002 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Public Meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. with Mike Fraser, TD & H.  Mr. Fraser explained the engineering study on Libby’s sewer system.  Recommendations were made, discussion followed.

At 7:20 p.m. Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called.  Council members Baeth, Bauer, Porter, Stephens and Thom, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the June 3rd regular and June 11th special meeting minutes.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Ordinance #1594 received its first reading.   Ordinance to cleanup and update old ordinances.

Resolution #1595 concerning Montana Property & Supply Bureau was read.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1595.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Little League Lease is being reviewed by the Little League committee, some changes are going to be made.

Condemned Houses project is now in a waiting period for mailing etc.  A report will be coming to the Council in a few months.

Speed limit changes for Asa Wood School area, an engineering study must be done by the State before any changes can be made.  Mr. Thede will check.

Mr. Pat Naughton, LADC, reminded Council of the July 17th join meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Ponderosa Room including a Libby Woodworks presentation.  Mr. Naughton updated the Council on a grant LADC has received on small diameter wood.

First National Bank has shone interest in adopting the river park.  The Community Development Committee will work with them.

Possible locations for placement of playground equipment from Plummer School were discussed, such as Pioneer Park and by the Little League fields.  Pioneer Park is a County Park.  Insurance issues were addressed.  An inventory will be taken and the Parks Committee will make recommendations.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Berget presented a Beautification Certificate to the group of people participating in landscaping and maintenance of the triangle located on Highway 2 and Minnesota. Special recognition for contributions of labor and donations go to Jean Becker, Diana Bredeson, Charlene Harman, Pat King, Marilyn Irwin, Jim Irwin, Dave Olson, Bob Pederson, Marcia Preston and Hazel Turner.

Mrs. Thom suggested a stop sign at Montana and 10th, the Police Committee will review.

Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning Scott Olm’s presentation some time ago.  The Mayor would like to pursue the possibility of Glendora land exchange for the property at the end of Lincoln Blvd.  With that land, downtown would be connected to an entrance to City Hall.  Council agreed to move forward.

The Finance Committee will be looking into investment possibilities for the LADC money.  The banks, Investment Center and Ed Stamy are possible sources of information.

The important thing is safety of funds.

The Masons are interested in helping with the park along side their building.  The Masons would host a neighborhood meeting about uses.  A tentative date for the meeting is on July 31.  Tom Jenkins is the contact person.

Logger Days requested the closure of streets for the parade on Saturday, July 13.

Mr. Bauer moved to allow the closure.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

The Nordicfest Committee requested the closure of streets for the parade on Saturday, September 14, and the closure of Eighth Street section closest to the band shell for September 13, 14, & 15, 2002.

Mr. Bauer moved to allow the closure.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

The Lincoln County Agreement for Animal Control has been received.  The annual amount is the same as last year, $9,000.

Mrs. Baeth moved to accept the agreement.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

The bids for the water main replacement in the alley behind First National Bank were

read:  Thompson Contractors $32,774.22 and Noble Construction $40,750.

Mrs. Porter moved to accept the low bid from Thompson Contractors.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

The City Clerk announced the following dates for budget hearings.

July 22, 2002       – Adopt the Preliminary Budget.
July 29, 2002       – Formal Budget Hearing
August 5, 2002   – Adopt Final Budget

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PARKS – Mrs. Thom explained about a problem with one of the bathrooms at Fireman’s Park.  It has been locked.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – Mrs. Baeth reported about a grant to do overlay at airport.
She gave a reminder about the Spay and Neuter Day on July 20.  Council asked Mrs. Baeth to ask the County about removal of the air quality board.

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL – Mrs. Baeth announced that the planer is being moved by Millwork West.

FIRE –Tom Wood, Fire Chief gave verbal report.

PERSONNEL – Mrs. Thom reported another part-time person has been hired for the summer.

POLICE –  Police Chief Clay Coker reported 226 calls and 22 arrests for the month.
Officer Boyd White graduated 2nd from the academy.  Our Libby Police Department has received a “Certificate of Integrity” from the National Institute of Ethics.  Libby is the first in Montana to receive this and the 11th in the United States.

RESOLUTION/ORDINANCE – Mr. Bauer reported and the completion of Ordinance #1594, lots of hard work by his committee and our attorney Scott Spencer.  Mr. Spencer suggested a public hearing on the ordinance before the next regular Council meeting.

SEWER/LIGHTS – Mr. Bauer reported that Janet Pendergrass has completed and has now moved from operator/training to operator.  Mr. Bauer announced that the EPA clean up is starting soon.  There may be a many as 80 people hired.

STREETS/ALLEYS  – Dan Thede said the bids for Education Way are being picked up and are to be returned by July 26, 2002.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – Mrs. Porter reminded the Council of the Logger Day Parade on Saturday.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – Dan Stephens reported a meeting in August will be coming up.  A mediator has been appointed.

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

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Jim Rostofer addressed the Council with questions about the agenda.

A working committee budget meeting for the council has been scheduled for July11, 2002 at 7:00 p.m.

Next regular city council meeting will be held August 5, 2002 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

August 12, 2002 | Special Meeting

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A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 12, 2002 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, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Ordinance #1594 was tabled to the regular council meeting on September 9, 2002.

Councilmember Stephens informed the Council that the Budget Committee recommended to not give the LADC any money for their current budget at this time.  They may come back at a later time to request money as the year progresses.

Mr. Stephens moved to not give money to LADC at this time.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Paul Rumelhart, Kootenai Heritage Council, addressed the Council about the new cultural center.  The KHC requested the City Council waive the Building Permit fee of $6,888 for Memorial Gym and those funds be used to put in the sidewalk in front of and around the side of the remodeled gym.  The estimated cost of sidewalks is $5,000 and the rest of the money would be used for beautification around the building.

Mr. Sorensen moved to waive the building permit fee and those funds to be used for the sidewalks and beautification around Memorial Gym.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Paul Rumelhart, Kootenai Heritage Council, gave a presentation explaining the finances of the new cultural center stating that 70% of the LADC money will be spent locally.  The KHC had made a presentation at the August 7, 2002 LADC meeting, the LADC recommended the City Council approve the $600,000 request to finish remodeling the Memorial gym building for the community.  The Mayor and several Councilmembers attended the LADC meeting.

Councilmember Stephens publicly expressed his approval of the project.  He feels the City of Libby needs to invest in the community.

Several community members; including John Desch Nordicfest President, Gary Huntsburger of the Libby School Board, Janice Wood of the Libby Community Chamber of Commerce, Donna Black President of Kootenai Karacters, Brenda Swanson school teacher and member of Kootenai Karacters, Harold Gilden, Jerry Reckin, Jim Rostopher, and Jim Racicot spoke in favor of the request for funding.   Discussion followed.

D.C.Orr asked a few questions that were answered by Mr. Rumelhart.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the LADC recommendation to fund the $600,000 for KHC.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris


A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 22, 2002 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, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Police Chief Coker informed Council that the time line for the COPS Grant for the Resource Officer has extended.  This grant will cover most of the 2002-03 fiscal year.

A meeting will be held August 13, 2002.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the preliminary budget.

Mr. Stephens seconded.

Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

September 9, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1211TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2002 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, and Thom, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and Deputy City Clerk Beth Burrell were present.

Mrs. Thom moved to accept the minutes as corrected.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the proclamation regarding September 11, 2001.  Mr. Larry Stroklund explained the remembrance ceremonies that would be held on September 11 of this year.

Mr. Jim Rostorfer asked some question concerning Ordinance 1594.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to accept Ordinance 1594.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion passed.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mrs. Porter reported that the sidewalk project was well under way.

Mrs. Thom explained that she was awaiting a call from Bob Worthington concerning the rate of increase for the City Health Insurance.

NEW BUSINESS

The City received a letter of resignation from Ralph Heinert, resigning from the LADC Board.

The funding for the resource officer for the schools has been found.  The money to be allocated from LADC will be removed from the “to be disbursed” list.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to okay a liquor license transfer for Mac’s Market.

Mrs. Porter seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Thom reviewed the new rules for Firemen’s Park campground.

Rule # 4 will be amended to ask tickets be left with the camp host instead of on their own table.

Rule # 5 will be added to stating that no parties or disorderly conduct will be allowed.

Rule # 6 will be state the charges for each spot, $2 or $5 depending on the spot.

Rule # 7 will ask that campers check with the camp host before starting a fire.

The Cemetery/ Parks committee will handle the changes in the above rule.

Mrs. Porter made a motion to freeze LADC funds until policies could be gone over. Mrs. Thom seconded the motion. Cheryl Fox, Linda Gerard, Larry Strokland, Jim Rostorfer, Bill Miller and Mike Munro spoke against Mrs. Porter’s proposal.

Mrs. Porter rescinded the motion.

Larry Stroklund gave a presentation from the VFW requesting a grant or loan to help the VFW pay for their new building.  Hal, Robert Bryant, Niles Nelson, Jim Racicot, Stan Evans, Linda Gerard, and Clay Coker spoke in support of the VFW.  The Mayor referred the VFW back to LADC as all requests for funds must come through the LADC.

Mr. D.C. Orr asked the council to drop the charges from a water bill back billed to him at his place of business.  The council determined that he did indeed owe the bill.  He had a frost-free hydrant accessible for one year and was billed for six months usage.

Letters of intent for the position of City Councilor were presented.  Applicants were Ron Carter, Etta Doubek, Joe Johnston, Tom Jenkins & Charlene Leckrone.  Mayor Berget recommended Tom Jenkins.

Mrs. Thom moved the position be given to Charlene Leckrone.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

The motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

George Bauer, chairperson for Resolution/Ordinance and Sewer/Light reported that the gun show and the Hot August Nights car show were both a success.  Cleaning of homes and work on the High School track field are in progress.

Jane Thom, Cemetery-Parks reported that Firemen’s Park had 65 visitors.  There were five funerals last month.

Mr. Thede reported that George Clark is donating his time and the materials to build a shelter at the Legion Ball Park.

Joyce Baeth, City/County liaison and Building/Industrial Park, commented on the animal shelter.  It is now open with new employees and has been cleaned up.  The roof at City Hall has been calked and cleaned and the annual painting project is completed.

Jane Thom, Insurance is waiting to hear from Bob Worthington on the percentage of insurance a nontypical or part time employee should receive.

Clay Coker, Chief of Police reported that Officer Harth has gone to the academy.  237 calls had been answered, two citations were issued for junk and trash, two were warned and two parties had started to clean up their area.

Jane Thom, Water, stated that five leaks had been fixed and the street crew had done an excellent job of patching the streets.

Judy Porter, Community Development, notified the council that the eagle on the South side of town had been sold and the port authority has been approved.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Mr. Jim Racicot commented on the need to annex the Cabinet Heights area and to get something going that will help to build Libby.

Mayor Berget stated that union negotiations were ongoing.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to pay the claims.

Mrs. Baeth seconded

Motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 pm

Mayor Anthony J Berget

Deputy City Clerk Beth A Burrell


A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2002 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 Baeth, Bauer, Porter, and Sorensen, City Attorney Scott Spencer and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Charlene Leckrone, new Councilperson.

Cheryl Fox, LCEDC, introduced Lyndon Bradshaw to the Council.  Mr. Bradshaw gave a presentation for Libby Woodworks requesting LADC monies for a 100 % loan guarantee totaling $100,000, based on equipment collateral to be managed by Northwest Business Center.  The LADC has approved the business loan for Libby Woodworks and recommended that the Council approve the funding.  The money would be held at Lincoln Credit Union in two CDs of $50,000 each.

Mrs. Porter moved to accept the LADC recommendation with the interest return details to be worked out with Cheryl Fox.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

COMMENTS

Councilperson Porter commented on the working meeting with the Council and the LADC.  She expressed that she was glad everyone seems to be working well together.

The sidewalk project is underway with two short sections.

Jim Rostopher asked about the Bassett study.

Mayor Berget explained the projects underway, including the river park road, the water line going under the railroad tracks, and the new boat ramp with the help of a grant.  The County has passed the Port Authority.  The County and City will be working together.

The Council needs to pick a person to serve on the Port Authority.

Gentleman from the audience asked about adding a small section by the VFW side to the sidewalk project.

Cheryl Fox, LCEDC, asked about the possibility of an industrial park, and the photos that could appear on their website.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

October 7, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1212TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 7, 2002 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, Leckrone, Porter, Sorensen and Thom, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the September 9th regular and September 23rd special meeting minutes.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1600 concerning investment of LADC money at Lincoln County Credit Union was read.   Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1600.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

Councilperson Thom reported speaking to Carol Anne Peterson on the proposed walking path from downtown Libby to J Neils Park.  Mrs. Thom announced the possibility of working with the County on Skidale Hill, possible snowboard side, maybe tie into cross county trails, ice rink and sledding hill.  The road at the river front park in paved and open for use.  Landscaping is being planned.

Mayor Berget announced the Mason Lodge is looking at November for the neighborhood meeting concerning the park beside their building.

Carol Anne Peterson is working on a grant for the Little League fields.  The sewer main has been extended to the gate by the cemetery.  Councilperson Thom reported that we are still waiting for the permit for the water line at the industrial park.

Jim Rostopher asked a question on the industrial park.  Discussion followed.

D.C. Orr asked several questions and refused to give up the floor.

A ten minute recess was taken.

Mayor Berget continued meeting.

LADC presented the Council with two written recommendations for new LADC Board members.  Discussion followed on the excellent quality of all the candidates.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Mike Munro to replace Ardell Filler on the LADC Board.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Robb Mac Donald to replace Ralph Heinert on the LADC Board.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

Mrs. Porter will send thank you notes to the past LADC members.

The State sent notice of a Transfer of Ownership change for Helen’s Tap Room.  Discussion followed, the Council agreed there was no problem with this.

Mrs. Thom presented a suggestion to help traffic flow on the Second Street Extension. Discussion followed.

Mrs. Thom moved to make the West Second Street a through street, with stop signs on Main, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read Judy Porter’s letter of resignation effective January 1, 2003.

The current list of interested persons from August opening will be reviewed.

Mrs. Porter reported interest in still working on downtown beautification.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PARKS – Mrs. Thom reported 6 funerals in September.  All the parks are closed and the water has been turned off.

CITY/COUNTY LIASON  – Mrs. Baeth spoke about her visit to the animal control building.  The two new employees for the County are working with the Pets for Life group.  The State is responsible weed spraying for up to 6 feet of building on State roads.

FIRE –Tom Wood, Fire Chief gave verbal report, 16 calls for September.  The new rural engine is coming soon.  They received another FEMA grant of $12,800, to purchase equipment.

INSURANCE – Mrs. Thom reported that the renewal for the employee health insurance is November.  Our agent is working on several quotes.

POLICE –  Police reported 236 calls and 11 arrests for the month.

RESOLUTION/ORDINANCE – Mr. Bauer reported a good CAG meeting on Thursday.

Attorney Scott Spencer is working on an ordinance for cemetery rules.

SEWER/LIGHTS – Mr. Bauer reported that the City of Libby has received some complaints on street lights by the radio station that were out.  Dan Thede reported that these have been fixed.

WATER —  Mrs. Thom reported that water line to Memorial Center is complete.  Paving is scheduled next week.

STREETS/ALLEYS  —  Mr. Sorensen reported pot hole patching and work is being done of some alleys.  All equipment is set up for snow plowing.  Two new sections of sidewalk have been completed, located on Louisiana Avenue by the Assembly of God Church and one on the 1400 block of Utah Avenue.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – The Community Development Committee will be responsible for notes to new businesses, facelifts of existing buildings and thank yous.  The Montana Community Foundation fund raising dinner was held in the Ponderosa Room on October 4, 2002.  This organization gave a grant for all the upgrades and equipment for the Ponderosa Room, including the new carpet that was installed in September.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – The last meeting was October 2, 2002, with continued negotiations.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Mitch from the audience gave advise on fall tree trimming.

Jim Rostopher asked questions about the transfer of authority and the website.

Mayor Berget reminded the Council of the League of Cities and Towns conference in Butte, on October 8-11th, 2002.

Mayor Berget asked the Council to be thinking of the Port Authority position.  Someone needs to be appointed.  Mrs. Thom said she was interested.   The Mayor announced that Families in Partnership returned the remainder of LADC grant in the amount of $866.  He also reminded the Council of the low interest rates and the need to review investments.

Mayor Berget informed the Council of the cancellation of the HAZ-MAT class at FVCC

Lincoln County Campus and they will be returning the LADC grant monies.

Mrs. Baeth attended the RC&D meeting today.  The Border Patrol increasing employees.

Troy and Eureka are working on Brownfield grants.

Mr. Thede reported on the start of construction by college on the house on the California property.

Next regular city council meeting will be held November 12, 2002 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at   8:20 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

November 12, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1213th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 12, 2002 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, Leckrone, Porter, Sorensen and Thom, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, Police Chief Clay Coker and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the October 7th regular meeting minutes.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 NEW BUSINESS

Pat Naughton of the LCEDC representing the LADC, introduced Janice Wood, Executive Director of the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Wood gave a presentation to the Council asking for a $3,000 General Support Grant for a Libby First Promotion.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the LADC recommendation to approve the $3,000 grant request from the Libby Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Vote was as follows:                                                                                                  Baeth               Yes                                                                                                     Bauer               Yes                                                                                        Leckrone         No                                                                                                    Porter               Yes                                                                                       Sorensen         Yes                                                                                                               Thom               Yes

Motion carried.

Laura Sedler, CORA project manager, addressed the Council concerning a possible location for a memorial for persons dying of an asbestos related disease.  The cemetery is one suggestion.  Helen Clarke also answered a few questions from the Council.  Mayor Berget asked Judy Porter, chairperson of the Community Development Committee and Jane Thom, chairperson of the Parks and Cemetery Committee to work with their committees to discuss possibilities with Laura Sedler and Helen Clark’s group.

Councilperson Thom reported the employee health insurance will continue with United Health Insurance.  Other insurance companies gave high quotes, because of claims experience, it is not feasible to change at this time.

Councilperson Thom asked questions about water bills for the winter concerning Stimson employees.  Mayor Berget asked this be discussed in committee with recommendations from our attorney, Scott Spencer.

Mrs. Thom made a motion to write off $425.39 in uncollectable water bills.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Tim Ryan, Larex Corporation, gave a presentation and answered questions concerning

a three-year lease for $250 per month for approximately 2.5 acres of City property by the railroad tracks.  The lease was prepared by City Attorney Scott Spencer, a few details will be worked out on location description between Mr. Ryan and Mr. Spencer.   Dan Thede will work with Mr. Ryan on the access road location and use of fence.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the lease with Mr. Spencer’s finalized details.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Councilperson Thom asked about a possible stop sign of 10th Street.  Police Chief Coker and Mr. Thede were asked to review and make suggestions.

Larry Stroklund, VFW#1548, addressed the Council concerning the VFW building.  Mr. Stroklund distributed an informational packet to the Council.  He asked the Council to poll the public about using the LADC money to support the VFW building.   The VFW is asking for a $200,000 grant.  Mr. Stroklund asked the Council to put a question on the Spring School District ballot.  Cora Cummings, Lincoln County Clerk and Recorder was available for questions.   Cora asked for time to research with the City Attorney Scott Spencer.  Mayor Berget will put this issue on the December agenda.

Judy Porter withdrew her letter of resignation, she will remain on the Council.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS – Mrs. Thom reported eight funerals in October.  All the parks are closed for the season. Tree committee will get with Mr. Thede to work on a tree inventory.  The Libby Parks Board has again asked if the City wants to take ownership of a swimming pool.  The City Council agreed they are not interested in ownership.

CITY/COUNTY LIASON  – No report.

FIRE – No report.

INSURANCE – Mrs. Thom reported her committee is working on the wording of offering health insurance to part time employees.

POLICE –  Police Chief Clay Coker reported 237 calls and 31 arrests and 60 citations for the month.

RESOLUTION/ORDINANCE – Mr. Bauer reported the last CAG meeting dealt with insurance.

SEWER/LIGHTS – Mr. Bauer reported that the new sewer line behind the Senior Center has been completed.

WATER —  Mrs. Thom reported that water line to Memorial Center is complete and the street paving is finished.  The annual dredging of the settling pond at lower dam is done.

STREETS/ALLEYS  —  Mr. Sorensen reported the overhaul of the front end loader is finished and is back in service.  All equipment has been serviced and ready for the winter season.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT –  Judy Porter  reported that Eagle Fireworks is asking for $1,000 for a new year’s display.  It will be addressed in December.  The committee will work with the task force to discuss possible letters of support.

JUDICIAL —  Joyce Baeth reminded the Council that we need to advertise in January, the judge appointment is every four years.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – The next meeting will be November 14, 2002, with continued negotiations.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Jim Rostopher asked questions about the Glendora house and the website.

Mayor Berget reminded the Council of the Mayor’s Banquet on Saturday night, November 16, 2002 in the Ponderosa Room.

The Mayor announced that a working committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 18, 2002 at 7 p.m.

Next regular city council meeting will be held December 2, 2002 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at   8:40 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

December 2, 2002 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1214th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 2, 2002 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, Leckrone, Porter, Sorensen and Thom, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, Police Chief Clay Coker and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the November 12th regular meeting minutes as corrected.

Ms. Leckrone seconded.

Motion carried.

Resolution #1600 & 1601a  concerning Montana Municipal Insurance Authority were read.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1601 & 1601a.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Scott Spencer, City Attorney distributed a letter explaining that it would be illegal to put the VFW/LADC item on a ballot, as requested by the VFW.  Several members of the audience addressed the Council concerning the VFW request for LADC funds.  The VFW was advised to return the LADC Board with their request.

A ten-minute recess was taken at 8:30 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Bauer made a motion to approve the 2003 liquor licenses.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Motion carried.

Councilmember Porter reported that the Community Development Committee recommended to that it was not a wise use of tax dollars to fund the fireworks display for New Year’s Eve.

Mayor Berget asked Council to lift the City restriction on fireworks for New Years Eve.

Fire Chief Tom Wood said they had no problem with one day in the winter.  Jim Rostofer from the audience spoke against allowing it at any time.

Mrs. Porter moved to allow fireworks within the City of Libby limits on New Year’s Eve from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Mrs. Baeth asked to table the Growth Policy Plan.  It will be put on the January agenda.

Mayor Berget discussed repairs, painting and a door needed on the Glendora house.  Mr. Thede and Mr. Sorensen will do a walk through to check out needs.

Mr. Sorensen moved to get quotes and make repairs for no more than $5,000.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Jim Nelson, President of the TV/Video Club addressed the Council asking for funding.  At the present time, the City of Libby receives an annual payment from the cable company.  Mrs. Porter will take this item to the Community Development Committee for   review and report back.

A lease with the State of Montana for a portion of Old City Hall is being finalized.

Mrs. Porter moved to sign the lease as soon as the corrections are done and clarification received.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Tom Wood, Fire Chief, reported delivery of a new rural 2003 fire truck.

Police Chief, Clay Coker reported that Officer Josh Harth will be graduating soon

from the academy and they will be back to a full force.

Rita Windom, County Commissioner, thanked the City for all the help with the work on Skidale Hill.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Tiffany Sabine asked questions concerning payments received from Kootenai Heritage Council.  She will meet with the Clerk later for actual numbers.

Jim Rostopher addressed the Council.

Next regular city council meeting will be held January 6, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at   10:00 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris