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January 6, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1215th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JANUARY 6, 2003 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 December 2nd regular meeting minutes.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilmember Baeth reported to the Council on the Growth Policy.  At the present time, Libby is not growing so we have nothing to worry about.  Mayor Berget and Dan Thede will be at a meeting in Helena next week and will check it out.

Councilmember Porter, Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee reported to the Council.  The committee recommended that $2,000 of the Cable Franchise Tax be given to the TV/Video Club.  The City of Libby asked the TV/Video Club to approach Lincoln County for funds, the City will give money if the County will match funds. The annual amount will be reviewed each year, depending on the amount of the tax the City receives.

Mrs. Porter moved that the City of Libby give an annual amount to the TV/Video Club, this year in the amount $2,000, if Lincoln County will match.  If the County does not match, the TV/Video Club will need to return to the Council. The amount will be reviewed each year.

Mr. Bauer seconded.

Motion carried.

Jim Nelson, President of the TV/Video Club expressed thanks to the Council.

Larry Strokland of the VFW, addressed the Council.  The VFW had returned to the LADC as directed by the Council and no change was made in the LADC decision.

Mr. Strokland gave the Council a deadline of February 10, 2003, to decide whether

to give the VFW $200,000.

NEW BUSINESS

 Mr. Sorensen made a motion to approve the transfer of ownership and location on the Lucky Logger liquor license.

Mrs. Thom seconded.

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

Motion carried.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to approve the new VFW #1548 liquor license.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

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

Motion carried.

Terry Andreessen gave a presentation on a Libby promotion ad in the World Traveler,

a monthly magazine distributed in seat pockets of airplanes.  The promotional ad will be a two-page spread, including editorial and photos of the area.  Audience members Mike Munro and Gary Huntsberger spoke in favor of the promotion.  Councilmembers George Bauer and Ken Sorensen agreed it was a good idea.  At the last LADC meeting, the LADC approved funding the $17,650 expense out of their current fiscal year budget.  Jim Morey of the LADC informed the Council of the possibility of exceeding their budget and that the Council had at the time of the budget approval last Spring, spoken of increasing the budget if needed.  The Council did indeed agree that this was correct.

Linda Gerard pointed out that this falls under recommendations from the Bassitt plan.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Mrs. Thom reported that there were four funerals in December.

Tom Wood, Fire Chief, reported the annual fire calls total of 119 including 51 in the City,

48 rural, 9 at Stimson and 11 out of the district.

Police Chief, Clay Coker distributed a report with the annual breakdown of 2930 cases.

Mrs. Thom reported the 10” water main under the railroad tracks has been finished.

Mr. Bauer reported that the Street crew has been busy plowing streets and busy at the cemetery.

Mayor Berget reported that a neighborhood meeting is to be held for the residents of Johnson Acres on January 21, 2003.

Mayor Berget asked the Council to each give a portion of the State of the City address at the Chamber luncheon on Wednesday, January 8, 2003.

Mayor Berget thanked Attorney Scott Spencer for all the work he has been doing concerning some of the condemned houses in the city, including the most recent letter responding to one of the owners.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Paul Rumelhart of the Kootenai Heritage Council presented the City Council with

a check for $340.00, the fourth quarter payment for usage of the Libby Memorial Center as per agreement.  The Center was officially opened with the Festival of Trees on December 13, 2002.

Next regular city council meeting will be held February 3, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at   8:15 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

February 3, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1216th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 3, 2003 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 January 6th regular meeting minutes.

Mrs. Baeth seconded.

Motion carried.

Ordinance #1602 received its first reading.   –  Building Code Revision

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

Brent Teske, President of the Igniters Car Club, addressed the Council, Hot August Nights will be August 15, 16 and 17, 2003.  The club requested the closing of Mineral Avenue from Second Street to Eighth Street on Friday night, August 15, from 6 pm to midnight.  Their club will handle all the barricades.  On Saturday, August 16, the club requested permission to close Mineral Avenue from Second Street to Lincoln Boulevard and half the block on all side streets from 8 am to 3 pm.

Mr. Bauer moved to allow the Igniters Car Club to close Mineral Avenue August 15 and 16th, both Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Porter seconded.

Motion carried.

Larry Stroklund asked about the VFW proposal.  Mr. Bauer moved to add the VFW proposal to the Council’s agenda.  Motion died for lack of a second.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to approve the transfer of ownership and location on the Torgy’s Casino liquor license.

Mr. Sorensen seconded.

Vote was as follows:      Baeth               No

                                    Bauer               Yes

                                    Leckrone         Yes

            Porter               No

Sorensen          Yes

Thom                Yes

Motion carried.

Judge applications will be reviewed by the Judicial Committee for recommendations to be presented at the next Council Meeting.

Mike Munro, LADC, presented the Rocky Mountain Ecosystem, Inc. proposal requesting LADC funding for up to $5,000, for fire fighting training for Lincoln County residents in need.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the LADC recommendation.                                                                  Mrs. Porter seconded.                                                                                                                  Motion carried.

The LCEDC second year grant request for LADC funding was tabled.

The Libby revitalization was tabled.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery Chairperson Mrs. Thom reported that there were five funerals in January.  The gates to Fireman’s Park have been closed due to the soft road surface.   Mrs. Porter announced that a meeting concerning the skateboard park will be scheduled later this spring. The Beautification Committee will be meeting in March to discuss the wading pool.

Tom Wood, Fire Chief, reported fire calls total of 12 for the month of January including 5 in the City and 7 in the County.

Police Chief, Clay Coker, reported 176 calls for the month of January, 26 arrests, 51 citations.

Personnel Chairperson, Mrs. Thom, asked the Council to stay after the regular meeting

for a short meeting about personnel.

Resolution/Ordinance Chairperson, Mr. Bauer, will be working with the building inspector concerning the possibility of paving parking lots on new structures.

Water Chairperson, Mrs. Thom, reported that the crew had been busy with ice removal  at the lower dam.  In the Spring, Larry Walen, of the Montana Rural Water Systems, Inc. will be able for a meeting.  Mrs. Thom, Mayor Berget, Mr. Thede and John Knudson will be attending a Rural Water Conference in Great Falls on February 19-21, 2003.

Sewer/Lights, Chairperson, Mr. Bauer, reported that the lift station has been repaired.  Audience members were encouraged to report any street lights that are not working.

Streets/Alleys, Chairperson, Mr. Sorensen, reported that the crew has been patching and more patch material should be arriving soon.

Judicial, Chairperson, Mrs. Baeth, reported five applications for City Judge have been received.  Interviews will be set up.

The next union negotiation meeting will be February 26.

Mayor Berget reported that a neighborhood meeting is to be held for the residents of Johnson Acres on January 28, 2003.  In March, after the State Legislate HB voting, we will have a better idea about the funding for this project

Mayor Berget asked Mr. Sorensen to work with the Board of Adjustments and possibly the Chamber to make recommendations for new building project external presentation.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Next regular city council meeting will be held March 3, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Libby Boy Scouts retired the flag.

Meeting adjourned at   8:00 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

March 3, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1217th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MARCH 3, 2003 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 February 3rd regular meeting minutes.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.

Ordinance #1602 received its second reading. – Building Code Revision
Mr. Bauer moved to accept Ordinance #1602.
Mrs. Porter seconded.
Motion carried.

Ordinance #1603 received its first reading – Cemetery – Animal Control

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

LADC-LCEDC second year grant has been sent back to subcommittee.

Judge appointment tabled. Mayor Berget has appointed Linda Dorrington as
Judge for the interim.

NEW BUSINESS

Tom Horelick, from the community pool committee, gave a presentation to the Council.  They have formed a 501 3C as the Libby Aquatic Center. At the present time they are working on re-assessment and working on funding. Their committee has looked at several sites, need approximately 3 acres including parking. They would like the City Council to commit to one of the locations that would be on City property. The Council Parks committee will meet with the pool committee and report back.

A date for the community water meeting cannot be set until we receive word from Harry Whalen from Montana Rural Water.

Mayor Berget and the Council will be starting to meet for a breakfast meeting every Wednesday at Torgy’s at 7 a.m. These meetings will be informal, the purpose of meeting is to keep Councilmembers in touch and up to date. No substantial discussion or decision will be made. Public is encouraged to attend.

A policy of partnering with individuals and/or businesses for water and/or sewer line extension was discussed. There was a consensus of the Council that it is a good idea as long as it is beneficial to the City. The Assembly of God Church wants an extension and the City of Libby would like to make that line a larger size.
The Council agreed that the County will receive free water to fill the ice skating rink, at the County Park.

Mr. Bauer moved to waive the building permit fee for D.T. Search and Rescue.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

City Attorney Scott Spencer reported to the Council about tearing down houses and assessing the amount to the owner’s property on three condemned properties. The Council asked Mr. Spencer to work with John Norberg, City Building Inspector to pursue getting bids and reporting back the Council. Jim Morey from the audience asked about back taxes on these properties. Fire Chief Tom Wood reported receiving phone calls weekly on the fire hazard of these properties, he encouraged the Council to continue their efforts. Leroy Thom asked that the Council check with the EPA in case of possible cleanup.

The Mayor asked the Council for a motto, thought for the year. The Council agreed on
“Get It Done.”

Leroy Thom, CARD Clinic, gave a quick presentation to the Council, concerning the proposal for $26,000, of the LADC monies to help bring a possible research center to Libby.

Mayor Berget reported on the Johnson Acre funding. It may possible to go into the bid process this fall. First we need to go through the design phase.

Councilmember Porter brought up the lack of a drivers license examiner in Lincoln County. Dan Mueller, the Driver Education Instructor at the high school had said his students are willing to help carry petitions around the community. Residents are asked to contact the State, Mike McGrath office or the Motor Vehicle Division, email and address will be posted on the City’s website. clerk

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery/Parks/Community Development – Joyce Baeth reported that the Women’s Help Line may be interested in the use of the Glendora house as a transitional house. Funding for upgrading will be pursued on their part. Jane Thom thanked Walt Torgison for all the hard work in setting up a directory for the cemetery as well as a place for the rules to be placed at the cemetery entrance.

Tom Wood, Fire Chief, reported fire calls total of 8 for the month of February including
4 in the City, 3 rural and 1 out of district. The Forest Service donated some of their old radios to the fire departments in the area. These radios were really appreciated.

Police – Joyce Baeth reported the loss of Officer Harth to the County. New officer hired as of March 1, 2003, Brian Zimmerman.

Water – Mrs. Thom, reported the second phase of leak detention is scheduled for the second week of April. The water plant is producing excellent water and with Scott back the plant is fully staffed. Mrs. Thom, Mr. Thede and John Knudson attended the Rural Water Conference in Great Falls on February 19-21, 2003. Mrs. Thom recommended that other Councilpersons should try to attend.

Sewer/Lights – Mr. Bauer, reported that two of the crew attended training classes during the month to fulfill needed CEC requirements. Some minor problems were found and repaired with the fresh water well pump at the plant.

Streets/Alleys – Mr. Sorensen, reported that the crew has been pothole patching. Two of the Street crew attended flagging school in Great Falls. Work on the boat ramp has just started.

Judicial – Mrs. Baeth, committee is getting together to discuss the appointment.

Union Negotiations – Mr. Bauer reported the next meeting will be March 19.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Pat Naughton, LCEDC, reported on the Home & Garden Trade Show that he attended in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Two mailing lists will be received from drawings. These lists will be used to attract visitors, Pat reported lots of interest shown by the Canadians.

Bob DeBorde reminded everyone of the upcoming Irish Fair on Saturday, March 8, 2003.

Tom Wood asked to put the Libby Revitalization proposal on the March 17, 2003 special meeting.

Michael Moss addressed the Council about the sewer system.

A special meeting will be held March 17, 2003 at 7 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MARCH 17, 2003 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, 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.

Mayor Berget removed the Cheryl Fox dog item from the agenda.

Russell Barnes, representative of LCEDC, addressed the Council concerning the request for the second year of funding for the LCEDC. The LCEDC has finished the first year of funding. A subcommittee has been meeting to work on the reorganizing of the LCEDC, but isn’t finished working out the details. The LADC has approved the request for LCEDC funding of the second year. Last year at the March 11, 2002 meeting, the City Council approved funding for three years. Pat Naughton read the LADC letter stating the motion to approve LCEDC funding. Linda Gerard, member of the LADC, spoke on behalf of the LCEDC staff. Discussion followed.

Mrs. Porter moved to fund the LCEDC for three months. Mrs. Porter withdrew motion.
Attorney Scott Spencer addressed the Council. Because of the funding approval by the City Council last year, it is not necessary to vote again except to change. If the Council does nothing, the funding is continued.

George Gerard, Lincoln County Campus Development & Community Relations, presented their funding request to the Council. The LADC has approved the $85,000 request for the FVCC Lincoln County Campus Facility Completion Project.
Mr. Sorensen moved to approve up to $85,000 for the FVCC LCC Facility Completion Project as recommended by the LADC.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

Leroy Thom, representative of the CARD Clinic, addressed the Council. The Center for Asbestos Related Diseases, Inc. will become its own entity as of April 1, 2003. The LADC has approved the CARD proposal for funding for $26,000. The proposal is to conduct two research meetings in Libby with investigators who have been involved with the Libby asbestos-related disease screening and/or radiology review.
Mrs. Porter moved to approve the $26,000 proposal for CARD Clinic as recommended by the LADC.
Mrs. Baeth seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget informed the Council that a businessperson is interested in renting space in the industrial park and possibly putting up a permanent building. The sewer main would need to be extended, the cost could be possibly included. The Industrial Park Committee will work on this material.

Mayor Berget will be looking into the matter of better interest rates from local banking institutes for the LADC money. A recommendation will be brought before the Council.

Serena Cox has asked for a donation, she will be participating in the Miss Teen of Montana this summer. The Budget & Finance Committee will review and make a recommendation next meeting.

Mayor Berget informed the Council that a date has been set for the Community Water Meeting, April 17, 2003, 7 p.m. in the Ponderosa Room. Among the speakers invited are Harry Whalen of Montana Rural Water Systems, Ron Anderson, Lincoln County of the local DEQ, and representatives from the EPA, the Well Drillers Association, and the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality. The public is encouraged to attend.

Tom Wood, Libby Revitalization, asked the Council to approve their funding. At the LADC formal meeting, March 12, 2003, a presentation was made by the Libby Revitalization. Several of the City Council attended this meeting. The LADC approved as follows: Quote read into the record by LADC member Linda Gerard, from the

LADC March 12, 2003 meeting

“Linda Gerard moved to award $45,000.00 for start-up administration of LRI with the contingency that LRI present an acceptable business plan to the LADC. Bob Parker seconded the motion. The motion passed.

Robb MacDonald moved to commit $55,000.00 (the remainder of the $100,000.00 requested amount) upon approval of the plan and to disperse the funds as needed in order to leverage the funds. Linda Gerard seconded the motion. The motion passed.”

Councilperson Judy Porter moved to approve the two motions made by the LADC at the LADC March 12, 2003 meeting.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Mrs. Baeth No
Ms. Leckone Yes
Mrs. Porter Yes
Mr. Sorensen Yes
Mrs. Thom Yes
Motion carried.

Jim Racicot distributed a press release from the Libby Biomass Working Group.

Gary Huntsberger, Libby School Board representative, addressed the Council about a report they will be bringing to the next Council meeting concerning the old high school property.

Councilperson Jane Thom reported from the Parks District meeting, they would like a commitment that the City is willing to work with them in the use of City property for a swimming pool.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

April 7, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1218th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON APRIL 7, 2003 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, and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mrs. Porter moved to accept the March 3rd regular meeting minutes and the March 17th special meeting minutes.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

Ordinance #1603 received its second reading. – Cemetery – Animal Control
Miss Leckrone is checking on a few items. Ordinance was tabled to next meeting.

Resolution #1604 – Appointment of Lincoln County Attorney’s office to act on the behalf of the City of Libby as temporary part-time attorney.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept the resolution.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mayor Berget swore in Linda Dorrington as the Libby City Judge for a new four-year term.

The City of Libby Council wishes Miss Selena Cox well in her participation in the
Miss Teen of Montana Scholarship and Recognition Program.

NEW BUSINESS

Councilperson Porter asked to table the item on the wireless tower.

Mrs. Porter asked the Council to approve the closure of First Street between Mineral Avenue and Montana Avenue. Achievements, Inc. is having their Spring Fling on June 14, 2003 from 10 am to 6 pm. Mrs. Porter will check with Dan Thede about getting the barracks to be used to close the street and inform the Libby Police Department of time.
Mrs. Porter moved to approve the street closure.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget informed the Council of the Arbor Day proceeding will be on Friday, April 25, 2003.

Mayor Berget read the Health Communities Initiative. Discussion followed.
Councilperson Bauer moved to accept the initiative.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Gary Huntsberger had asked Mayor Berget to table the old high school item until the next Council meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery/Parks/Community Development – Mrs. Thom reported on the April Park District meeting, Mr. Thede had addressed them about pool property. The Little League is looking for new equipment, after the EPA cleanup, not much is usable. The City will be advertising for camp hosts for Fireman Park. Mrs. Porter reported on the very enjoyable Troy’s fishing and barbeque for the Achievement clients. Mrs. Porter reminded the Council that Spring Cleanup is happening all the month of April and possibly some of May. All trash to be picked up must be bundled, boxed or bagged. Arrangements must be made in advance for large items.

Building/Industrial Park – Mrs. Baeth reported that the Search and Rescue construction is under way.

Insurance – Mrs. Thom reported that she has another company that is interested in giving the City a quote on health insurance.

Police Martin Bower reported that our new Officer Brian Zimmerman is now attending the academy for training.

Water – Mrs. Thom reminded everyone of the Public Water Meeting on April 17, 2003.

Sewer/Lights – Mr. Bauer, all is going well, Janet and Bob attended training to keep up their certificates.

Streets/Alleys – Mr. Sorensen, reported that the crew has been sweeping streets and patching potholes. Work on the boat ramp has started, and trees are being thinned.

Budget/Finance – Mrs. Porter said it is time to start thinking about
Judicial – Mrs. Baeth, Linda Dorrington has been reappointed City Judge for four years.

Union Negotiations – Mr. Bauer reported the next meeting will be April 29, 2003.

EDC – Mrs. Porter asked the Council to select another person to be representative, she is unable to attend meetings. Pat Naughton, LCEDC, reported that the April 24 & 25 workshop is coming along nicely. Extreme Machines will be giving a presentation to the School District in regards to McGrade School.

Mayor Berget reported meeting with John Rogers of the Economic Development Administration. Mr. Rogers was taken on a tour of the City.

Health Care – Miss Leckrone reported that the Community Health Center is in the process of getting a full time dentist.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Tiffany Sabine asked a question on the funding for Johnson Acres. Mayor Berget reminded everyone that the funding is not secure as long as the Legislature is still in session.

Jim Rostofer asked about amount of Johnson Acres funding.

Kyle Keller asked about repairs on Mineral Avenue by Libby Furniture.

Next regular city council meeting will be held May 5, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

May 5, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1219TH REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MAY 5, 2003 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 Thom, Leckrone, and Sorenson, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and Deputy City Clerk Beth Burrell were present.

Mrs. Thom moved to accept the April 2003 minutes.
Mr. Sorenson seconded.
Motion carried.

Ordinance # 1603 regarding allowing dogs in the City Cemetery was tabled.

Resolution # 1605 for banking purposes with First National Bank of Libby was read. Mr. Sorenson made a motion to accept the resolution.
Mrs. Thom seconded the motion.
Motion passed.

The Mayor read Resolution # 1606 authorizing and providing for the incurrence of indebtedness with First National Bank of Libby for the purpose of providing a fire truck for the City of Libby Fire Department. Fire Chief Tom Wood reported on the new truck, showing pictures, etc.
Mrs. Thom moved to accept the resolution.
Mr. Sorenson seconded.
Motion carried.

Resolution # 1607, providing for additional handicapped parking spaces next to the Libby Christian Church on East Third Street was read.
Mr. Sorenson made a motion to accept the resolution.
Mrs. Thom seconded the motion.
Motion passed

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The Port Authority will be discussed in Committee Reports.

NEW BUSINESS

The Council received a letter of resignation from Mrs. Baeth.
Mrs. Leckrone made a motion to accept the resignation.
Mr. Sorenson seconded the motion.
The motion passed.

Cardinal Hardware and Building Supply asked for a street closing in front of their store on Mineral Avenue on May 17, 2003 for a block party in the afternoon. The closure will include only Mineral Avenue, and not the intersecting streets.
A motion was made by Mrs. Thom to allow the Mineral Avenue closure on May 17th.
Mr. Sorenson seconded.
The Motion passed.

Mr. Don Smith asked for a variance in allowing him to build a carport on city property.
Mayor Berget postponed the answer to Mr. Smith until the May 19th meeting.

Mayor Berget asked Fire Chief Wood about the new fire truck. Mr. Wood reported, showing pictures of the new truck Mr. Thede reported that the old truck will be refurbished and placed in service to the City.

The Vogel annexation was tabled to a later date.

Mr. Huntsberger, school board member, addressed the Council regarding the Old High School building. They are seeking a partnership or relationship with the City concerning the building and its disposal. He reported that the Healthy Community Task Force feels the building should be torn down. The School Board has requested that the Historical Society, come up with substantial direction in rehabilitating the building. Tiffany Sabine asked how the project would be funded. Mr. Huntsberger replied that the School does not have adequate funding for this project. Funding will have to be found elsewhere.
The Mayor indicated that while the City Council is willing to work with the School Board, they would not make any promises toward funding.

Mitch Richael, LADC, informed Council of recommended LADC approval of Rocky Mountain Ecosystem request for funding for fire training for a second session this year.
Mr. Sorenson moved that the payment of $5000 be made.
Mrs. Thom seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Cheryl Fox reported that LADC has approved funding of the plan that was submitted by Libby Revitalization Inc. LADC voted to release $45,000 to support a staff support position. The rest of the monies will be held back until the plan is solidified and more grant monies could be found to match the $55,000 remaining. Mr. Wood clarified that $28,000 is for the staff support position, the balance is for administration expenses. He also reported on the headway being made by Libby Revitalization Inc. The City Council had voted on this at the March 17, 2003 Special Council meeting.

Bids were opened for gas, propane, gravel, chip coating and cold mix.
City Service bid $1.3225 for unleaded gasoline and $1.2347 for diesel fuel.
Moore Oil bid $1,311 for unleaded gasoline, $1.205 for diesel fuel and $0.76 for propane
Amerigas bid $0.760 for propane.
Northwest Propane bid $0.86 for propane.
Remp Sand & Gravel bid $3.98 for ½” minus crush (per yd), 3/8” minus chips (per yd)
Chipmansters bid $0.89 per yd for Mineral at a total of $15,839.86.
Chrismore Logging bid
1. A jobs under 15,000 sq yds they supply CRSZ @ $1.24 per sq yd.
B jobs under 15,000 sq yds they supply CRSZ @ $1.34 per sq yd.
2. A jobs under 15,000 sq yds City supplies oil @ $0.95 per sq yd.
3. A jobs over 15,000 sq yds they supply CRSZ @ $1.04 per sq yd.
B jobs over 15,000 sq yds they supply CRSZ @ $1.14 per sq yd.
4. A jobs over 15,000 sq yds City supplies oil @ $0.75 per sq yd.
Kootenai Paving bid proposes that Kootenai paving is to furnish hot plant, loader and asphalt cement along with operators. The City of Libby is to furnish aggregate and haul trucks with drivers at a cost to the City of $28.50 per ton.
Kootenai Paving also proposes 600 tons of cold mix to be hauled by the City at a cost of $36.50 per ton.
These items were given to the committee for their consideration.

Mayor Berget stated that there would be two new council members appointed to fill Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Baeth positions. Letters of interest need to be submitted at City Hall. These appointees will have to run for Council in November to fill out the terms.

The Golf Course would like to visit with the City Council May 14th at 7:00 pm in the council chambers concerning annexation.

A site committee for the pool and u-serve tennis courts will meet May 6 at 4:00 pm.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

FIRE: Tom Wood reported two fires in the City, three in the County and two in O/district for a total of seven fires during the month of April.
PERSONNEL: There will be union negotiations May 7 at 5:00 pm
POLICE: Mrs. Leckrone is working on a public meeting concerning methamphetamine labs. There were 229 calls, 33 arrests and 43 citations in April. One of the officers has been granted permission to do some private security work.
STREETS & ALLEYS: The Street Committee met with Walt Torgison and discussed the budget items that they will be presenting. Walt is to get back to Mr. Sorenson with figures on some equipment.
JUDICIAL: Mr. Spencer is back to work.
EDC: Pat Naughton reported that on May 20, Clean Energy, the wind turbine company, will make a presentation to the Libby School Board on using the McGrade School and on the May 21st they will make a presentation to LCEDC.
LCEDC is in the process of picking a new director. May 15 is Mr. Naughton’s last day.
LADC: There will be an informal meeting May 21, 2003, at 10:00 am at the Venture Inn.
PUBLIC SAFETY/TRAFFIC COORDINATOR: There has been a request from a property owner to place a stop sign and speed limit sign on Crotteau Road going back to the Cemetery Ball Park.

The Port Authority is requesting a representative from each City in Lincoln County. Ardelle Filler was given a vote of confidence as the representative from the City of Libby.

Tiffany Sabine asked about the funding for Johnston Acres sewer project. Mayor Berget answered that the funding was not officially awarded, but so far as he know, the City will get the funding and hopes to be able to start construction by next Spring.

Kootenai Heritage Council has paid $1363.90, back to the LADC monies, 10 percent of their rental fees and event tickets for the first quarter of 2003.

Mrs. Thom made a motion to pay claims.
Mrs. Leckrone seconded.
Motion passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm

Mayor Anthony J. Berget

Deputy City Clerk, Beth A Burrell

June 2, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1220th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 2, 2003 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, Leckrone, Sorensen and Thom, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, Police Officer Martin Bower and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the May 5th regular meeting minutes.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Resolution #1608 – 2002-03 Amended Budget.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept the resolution.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Don Smith, 804 Mineral Avenue, requested permission to build a carport addition on City property. Councilperson Thom informed the Council of the Building Committee of their recommendation to not approve. No motion was made. No permission was given. John Norberg, City Building Inspector, will inform Mr. Smith of the Council’s decision.

The gas, propane, gravel bid decision was tabled until Councilperson Sorensen and Mr. Thede are able to meet.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Berget read Judy Porter’s letter of resignation.
Mrs. Thom moved to accept the letter of resignation.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Motion carried.

Dean Costlow addressed the Council concerning progress of condemned houses.
Mr. Spencer, City Attorney, reported that he would be meeting with John Norberg, City Building Inspector about the next step that needs to be put into effect.

The City received a letter from the Montana Department of Revenue. Moore Oil had been leasing a piece of property from Burlington Northern. This right-of-way lease ran out December of 1998. The lighting and street maintenance assessment for 1999 and 2000 were still billed to Moore Oil. The Department of Revenue asks the City’s permission to remove these fees.
Mr. Bauer moved to remove charges from Moore Oil.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.
Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning engineering design for Cabinet Heights/Golf Course area. Morrison Maierle has sent in a proposal. The proposal was put into committee.

Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning engineering design for the raw water transmission replacement. Morrison Maierle has sent in a proposal. The proposal was put into committee.

Mayor Berget explained the voting process for appointing two new council members.
The two new appointees will fill the unexpired positions and they will need to run for office in November 2003. Six persons had submitted letters of interest for the positions. After three different votes, there was no clear consensus. Stu Crismore and Jim Rostofer asked about the voting process. Councilperson Leckrone asked that the interested persons introduce themselves. The Council and Mayor decided to put the matter into committee for recommendations. The matter will be discussed at the June 16 special meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS – Mr. Bauer and Mrs. Thom commented on how nice the cemetery looked. Mrs. Tom is still in the process of hiring a new camp host.

FIRE – Fire Chief Tom Wood gave a report. Last month the department had one call in the City, 4 rural, and 4 out of District for a total of nine calls. The new truck made its first run the night before.

POLICE – Police Officer Martin Bower reported 263 calls and 25 arrests and 36 citations for the month.

SEWER/LIGHTS – Mr. Bauer reported that they have switched over to summer operations.

WATER — Mrs. Thom reported they are working on wish lists for the budget. The annual report will be available in July.

STREETS/ALLEYS — Mr. Sorensen reported the crew is busy patching and working on the alleys. They had been working on the boat ramp until the discovery of zonolite. The EPA came down and have blocked off the area.

BUDGET/FINANCE Mayor Berget reported that we will start on the 03-04 budget after the new council members have been appointed.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – George Bauer said that they might be finishing up soon.

CAG – Mr. Bauer and Miss Leckrone commented on the interesting County program on Meth Labs that had been held at the Ponderosa Room.
Public Safety/Traffic Coordinator – Mrs. Thom stated that she and Police Chief Coker were going to meet and discuss sections of the City and work on problem intersections.

Health Care- Miss Leckrone explained the dental program portion had been going up to Eureka.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Tiffany Sabine asked about the fee for Morrison Maierle. Mayor Berget will show her the contract after the meeting.

Jim Rostopher asked about the discovery of zonolite at the boat ramp. Mayor Berget
explained that the EPA is working very closely with the City to take care of this matter.

The Mayor announced that a Special Council Meeting will be held on Monday, June 16, 2003 at 7 p.m.

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

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 16, 2003 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, Leckrone, Sorensen and Thom, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, Police Chief Clay Coker and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning appointing a replacement for Joyce Baeth’s resigned council position. Ken Sorensen, Personnel Committee, recommended Doug Roll. The position was also opened to the floor for nominations.
Mr. Sorensen moved to appoint Doug Roll to fill the council position.
Miss Leckrone seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning appointing a replacement for Judy Porter’s resigned council position. Ken Sorensen, Personnel Committee, recommended Walter McElmurry. The position was also opened to the floor for nominations. Mr. Bauer nominated Joe Johnston.
Mr. Sorensen moved to appoint Walter McElmurry to fill the council position.
Miss Leckrone seconded.
Vote was as follows:
Bauer No
Leckrone Yes
Sorensen Yes
Thom Yes
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Doug Roll, new Councilperson.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Walter McElmurry, new Councilperson.

The two new council members took their places at the front. Mr. Roll stated that he did not feel comfortable voting on the issues for the evening since he had not reviewed any of the current meeting information packet. He would be abstaining from voting for the evening.

Leonard and Connie Vogel petitioned the City of Libby to annex parcel of land.
The legal description is Lot 1 of Sullivan Tracts in Section 4, Township 30 North of Range 31 West, P.M.M., according to Plat #110 on file in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Lincoln County, Montana
and a parcel of land 30 feet in width and approximately 125 feet in length adjoining on the East side along the entire length of and so as to extend in width to the East Lot 1 of Sullivan Lots in Section 4, Township 30 North, Range 31 West, P.M.M., according to small Plat #111 on file in the office of the Clerk and Recorder of Lincoln County, Montana.
SUBJECT TO easements and rights of way which are apparent or of record.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the Vogel annexation petition.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

Mr. Vogel addressed the Council concerning the basement construction. Dan Thede and John Norberg will work with Mr. Vogel.

Mr. Sorensen and Mr. Thede have reviewed the bids for gas, oil, diesel, propane, chip, and crush. There was a consensus of the Council.
The bids were awarded by the Council (starting July 1, 2003) as follows:
Diesel, Oil and Gas Moore Oil, Inc.
Propane Northwest Propane .88 Fixed
Chipping Mineral Avenue (if the budget will hold it) Chipmasters, Inc.
Crush Remp Sand & Gravel

The cleaning bid for City Hall was awarded to Toni Johnstone, she will start July 1, 2003.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept bid.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget acknowledged the loyal service that the City has received the past years from Gene and Mary Wise, the retiring cleaning contract holders. The City will be sending a thank you letter.

No bids were received for the maintenance and lawn care of City Hall. The building maintenance and the lawn care will be put back out for bid again.

Mayor Berget informed the Council of the union contract, best and final offer. The City employees will be voting on the contract Thursday, June 19, 2003. Mayor Berget, Mr. Bauer and Mrs. Thom have sent many hours over the past two years working with this contract. There is still one question on some wording that is being checked, but the City is ready to ratify.
Mr. Bauer moved to ratify the union contract with the one question still being reviewed.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget asked the Council if they wanted to discontinue the City’s present pay schedule since the union contract had been ratified.
Mr. Bauer moved to discontinue present pay schedule.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

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

Mrs. Thom informed the Council that their committee recommends sending a letter to the owner of the wireless tower at the water treatment plant. The letter will request information as to what kind of equipment is actually on the tower. At this time there is no written agreement.
Jim Rostopher asked about the tower.

The City needs to advertise for requests for proposals from engineering firms for Johnson Acres per the TSEP grant. The advertisement will be published locally twice and regionally once.

Mayor Berget informed the Council of the receipt of contracts from Morrison/Maierle concerning Cabinet Heights/golf course and raw water transmission. Mr. Thede has reviewed the information and recommends the City sign the general contract for engineering services at this time. Mr. Thede recommends waiting to sign the Task Orders that were also submitted, to be reviewed after funding is found.
Mr. Bauer moved that the City sign the general contract only.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Mr. Mee representing the Board of Cabinet View Country Club, addressed the Council to say thank you. He asked what they could do to help and if there is a timeline. Mayor Berget responded that the City is in the process of looking for funding opportunities. Mr. Thede explained that because of funding requirements, it may be necessary to ask for requests for proposal from engineering firms.

Mayor Berget reminded everyone of the upcoming Healthy Communities Workshop on Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21. Everyone was encouraged to attend.
Tiffany Sabine asked about funding. Mayor Berget informed that the County is paying.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

July 7, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1221st REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 7, 2003 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, Leckrone, McElmurry, Roll and Sorensen, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the June 2nd regular meeting minutes and June 16th special meeting minutes.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

Janice Wood, Libby Area Chamber Director, requested the closure of Mineral Avenue from Highway 2 to Second Street for the Logger Days Chalk Art Contest on Friday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Logger Days also requested the closure of streets for the Logger Days parade on Saturday, July 19. Mr. Thede will work with Chamber about setup of barricades.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow the closures for Logger Days.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

Gwen Hensler, Nordicfest Committee, requested the closure of streets for the parade on Saturday, September 13, and the closure of Eighth Street section closest to the band shell for September 12, 13, & 14, 2003 for the outdoor entertainment. Mr. Thede will work with Nordicfest about setup of barricades.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow the closures for Nordicfest.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

LADC recommended two persons for the LADC Board replacing Shirley Chase and Linda Gerard, whose terms expire July 2003. Karen Locke and Earl Messick, Sr. are the recommended board replacements. New officers were elected, Robb MacDonald-President, Bob Parker-Vice President, and Karen Locke-Treasurer/Secretary.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept the LADC recommendation of new members.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Paul Rumelhart, EDC Director, gave a Power Point presentation concerning the Gateway Sign Project, suggestions from Roger Brooks with the key phrase of Kootenai River Country. Five specific sites have been pinpointed throughout the community for the large signs: Yaak River, Roosville, Stryker, South Thompson Lake and Bull Lake. These signs would use native materials and would be placed on both sides of the road, approximately 100 sq. ft. and 30 feet off the right of way. A sign committee including persons from all three communities will work together. Mrs. Thom and June McMahon were names of persons interested in being on the committee. Vicki Munson, Kootenai River Network, addressed the council.

Mike Hensler, MT Fish, Wildlife and Game, gave a Power Point presentation on Libby locations possibilities for family fishing ponds. Several were suggested as possibilities:
Old Ready Mix pond by the drive-in, Armory Gravel pit, Flower Creek Sediment Basins (the second pond), settling ponds, old mill pond and several Stimson ponds, the mill pond. Audience member, Glen Doubek, Stimson employee, explained the process at the present time concerning the Stimson ponds. The mill pond was the location with the most interest, it has lots of fish right now. It is approximately 5 feet deep. Mr. Hensler asked if other sites were known of by anyone present. He spoke of possible funding that may be available to help develop a fishing pond. The community will need to work together. A committee will be formed to review options. Councilmember Bauer asked to be on the committee. Other persons interested are Walt McElmurry, Paul Rumelhart, Glen Doubek, the Chamber, the Lions, D.C. Orr and the Kootenai Valley Trout Club.

Mayor Berget presented the Cemetery Committee recommendation for burial fees (M-F)
opening and closing. Due to the rising costs, the recommendation is to change the fees from resident $200 and non-resident $300 to a straight burial fee of $300 (M-F) (opening and closing fee). Saturday the fee is $600.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept the committee recommendation.
Miss Leckrone seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the maintenance, lawn care bids for city hall.
Glen Doubek $3250 -Monthly
Gifford’s Lawn Care $1200 -Monthly
David Lee Hubler II $1500 -Monthly
Kelly MacDonald $1536 -Monthly
Duane Volkenand $2490 -Monthly
The bids will be reviewed in committee.

The City Clerk announced the following dates for budget hearings.
July 28, 2002 – Adopt the Preliminary Budget.
August 4, 2003 – Formal Budget Hearing
August 11, 2003 – Adopt Final Budget

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS – Mr. Thede reported that he and the summer help have been working on Firemans Park. At the present time, we have no camp host. Major work is being done on the main bathrooms in the park.

FIRE – Fire Chief Tom Wood gave a report. Last month the department had six calls in the City, 3 rural, and 1 out of District for a total of ten calls. He spoke briefly on the July 4th fire.

RESOLUTION/ORDINANCE- Miss Leckrone reported that the new codification pages have finally come in the mail and all City code books are being updated.

BUDGET/FINANCE – Mayor Berget reported that two committee meetings have taken place and more coming up. Next Monday July 14 is the next committee meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Irene Loveless, Loveless Realty, addressed the Council concerning a petition with three pages including 53 signatures, that she then presented to the Mayor. The petition states as follows:
“Currently the City of Libby By Laws allow only residents of the city to vote and hold elected positions. City business owners are not allowed to vote or hold an elected office. This is unfair and can be corrected by an amendment to the city by laws. Please sign the attached petition and return it to PO Box 44, Libby, MT 59923, so the petitions may be presented to the city council. We the undersigned ask that the City of Libby By Laws be amended to allow city business owners be given the right to vote concerning city matters and be given the ability to run for elected positions.”

Mayor Berget asked if other communities were doing this. Discussion followed. The Council will check with the City Attorney concerning the legal issues. Mayor Berget told Mrs. Loveless that after consulting with the attorney he would contact her.

Esther Parker, Esther’s Beauty Shop, addressed the Council. She expressed concern about the three repairs in the alley by her shop. The height of the alley was discussed. Mayor Berget spoke of the Council going through the budget process in the next month and water line repairs and alley work would be reviewed. Ms. Parker also asked about the snow pile in the credit union parking lot and alley. Mr. Thede informed her he had already spoken with the bank about removal.

Next regular city council meeting will be held August 4, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 28, 2003 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 Roll, Sorensen, and Thom, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Lincoln County Commissioner Rita Windom addressed the Council regarding updates on three items from the County. She will be coming quarterly to City Council meetings with updates. The first item was on the upcoming remodel of the jail. A public meeting will be held in the commissioners’ chambers on August 7 at 10 am, all city council members were invited. Mrs. Windom then informed the City Council about the newly formed retirement community committee. This committee meets every Tuesday at 2:30 pm in the Libby City Council chambers. Mrs. Windom distributed an information sheet on the Libby area park and recreation needs.

Police Chief Clay Coker addressed the Council concerns questions pertaining to the proposed change to the (20 year) Montana Municipal Retirement.

The preliminary budget includes an increase of 75 cents each month on the sewer base rate. The water increase includes 1.6% cost of living increase as well as changing the hydrant fee from $1.00 to $2.00 per month. The water and sewer hearing will be September 8, 2003 at 6 pm.
Mrs. Thom moved to accept the preliminary budget.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

August 4, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1222nd REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 4, 2003 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, McElmurry, Roll, Sorensen and Thom, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the July 7th regular meeting minutes and July 28th special meeting minutes.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Resolution # 1609 for Vogel Annexation was read.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to accept Resolution #1609.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion passed.

Resolution # 1610 concerning Montana Property & Supply Bureau was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept Resolution #1610.
Mr. Sorensen seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Councilperson Bauer addressed the City Council, the committee had reviewed the maintenance bids for the City Hall building. Discussion followed. Councilperson Sorensen, Building Committee Chairperson, was asked to meet with the committee again to review the position and explore options.

NEW BUSINESS

Scott Beagle and Jim May each turned in written requests for new sidewalk grants funds.
The City has put $2,000 aside in the 2003-04 budget year to help City residents put in new sidewalk or replace broken sidewalk. Mr. Sorensen’s committee will review the need for sidewalk by the VFW, a small section on Second Street.
Mr. Sorensen moved to allow $480 for each, Beagle and May.
Mr. McElmurry seconded.
Motion carried.

Jerry Marquez, Building Trades Instructor, addressed the Council concerning the City property on the corner of Utah and Larch. He expressed a big thank you to community for all the help they have received. The building program at Flathead Community College, Lincoln County Campus is looking for another building site to build a house for their upcoming school year. The class has 25 people enrolled. The property has enough room for two houses; Lots 1, 2 & 3, extend from Utah to the skate board park and Lots 4 & 5 extend from Utah to the alley. The college asked for their choice of building sites.

Mayor Berget discussed with the Council the fact that a small park had been considered for the site but nothing has come of that. The City of Libby already mows more than forty acres of grass. A new house would be placed on the tax rolls and increase the City’s revenue. Discussion followed.
Mr. Bauer moved to allow FVCC-LCC to build on their choice of either building site on the City property of Utah and Larch.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

John Norberg, Building Inspector, gave the Council a high grass list. The high grass list consisted of seven properties in the City that have been abandoned. The Parks committee will review and return with a recommendation.

Barb Benson Neuman, Women’s Help Line, made a presentation to the Council. Their funding sources will not pay mortgage payments. The Women’s Help Line has a mortgage on the shelter and they are looking for options. Mrs. Benson Neuman asked if the City would be interested in purchasing the house and the Help Line would pay the City the amount of the mortgage and then when it was paid off the City could donate the shelter back. Their funding will pay rent or leases. City Attorney Spencer advised the Council on new laws and asked for clarification from the Help Line. Discussion followed. The Council gave the Women’s Help Line a vote of confidence if all the legal issues could be worked out.

Councilperson Thom, Insurance Committee, addressed the Council. She has been in contact with Bob Worthington, Montana Municipal Insurance Authority, concerning liability. MMIA recommended the City review policy concerning driving record checks. The Resolution Ordinance Committee will meet and bring back recommendations. Mr. Spencer will look into privacy issues.

Councilperson Thom, Insurance Committee, spoke to the Council. She has been in contact with Bob Worthington, Montana Municipal Insurance Authority, another matter concerning liability. MMIA recommends the City review policy concerning city employees driving city vehicles after hours for emergency response. Mr. Bauer asked the Insurance Committee meet and to bring back a formal recommendation.

Mayor Berget asked the Water Committee to review the written policy for water construction and work on an amendment concerning water extension lines and City’s participation. Discussion followed. The committee was asked to also come up with a written policy for the sewer department.

The City Clerk presented the Council with a list of persons with delinquent water bills. The Council was asked to write off $1,001.17 and to turn these accounts over to the Credit Bureau for collection.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept write off $1,001.17 and turn them over to the Credit Bureau.
Mrs. Thom seconded.
Motion carried.

Councilperson Sorensen addressed the Council. His committee has been working with Montana Athletic Club about possible expansion of the club. They are working together on applying for grants and other creative ideas. Bonnie Morrow, Montana Athletic Club, spoke with the Council about the City applying for a grant for new carpet with the help of Carolyn Stamy.

Judge applications were given to the Judicial Committee for review.

Mayor Berget spoke to the Council about the loan of a sweeper to the City of Troy. The City Street Department employees attended the meeting and asked various questions.
Discussion followed. Mayor Berget said old minutes would be checked as to the wording.

A bill for $1,359.69 was received from Lincoln County, the City’s portion of the Destination Development project by Roger Brooks.
Mr. Bauer moved to pay the City’s portion of $1,359.69.
Mr. Sorensen seconded.
Motion carried.

Mr. Thede, Supervisor of City Services, reported to the Council concerning the Johnson Acre bids. The City received three from engineering firms and one from an individual; Billmayer Engineering, Morris-Maierle Inc., Thomas, Dean & Hoskins, Inc. and Joel Petty. Mr. Thede will set up interviews.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Council President Bauer asked the Council members to be thinking of a replacement for his position as President in the next few weeks.

CEMETERY/PARKS – Mrs. Thom reported that work on the Fireman’s Park main bathrooms is being finished.

FIRE – Fire Chief Tom Wood gave a report. Last month the department had 3 calls in the City, 3 rural, and 3 out of District for a total of 9 calls. He spoke briefly on insurance ratings.

WATER – Mr. Thom took a visual tour of the water plant. Bids for the water line
(315 ft) in the alley behind the County Annex building are out.

SEWER/LIGHTS – Mayor Berget and Mr. Thede attended a Flathead Electric meeting and spoke with them about the billing of the new smaller old style lights.

STREETS/ALLEYS – Mr. Sorensen said Mineral Avenue and other parts of the City have been chip sealed.

BUDGET/FINANCE – Mr. Bauer reported that the final budget would be approved at the August 11th special meeting.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – The contract has been returned with a few minor adjustments. A meeting has been set with Dan Johns on August 27, 2003.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Jim Rostofer asked about the tower at the water treatment plant. Mrs. Thom is working with the owner. He also asked about the property that the eagle was placed. Mayor Berget informed Mr. Rostofer that the State owns that piece of property.

Jason Place asked about the decision of the sweeper. Mayor Berget told him the old minutes would be reviewed.

D.C. Orr asked a question about the industrial park.

Next regular city council meeting will be held September 8, 2003 at 7 p.m. The sewer and water hearing will be at 6 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris
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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD AUGUST 7, 2003 AT 6:30 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PURSUANT TO NOTICE, TO CONDUCT A FORMAL BUDGET HEARING

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Councilmember Bauer, Leckrone, McElmurry, Roll, Sorensen, and Thom, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, and City Clerk, Heidi Morris were present.

Mayor Berget opened the 2003-2004 Budget Hearing.

After some discussion the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris
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A SPECIAL  MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 11, 2003 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 Bauer, Leckrone, McElmurry, Roll, Sorensen and Thom, Police Chief Clay Coker, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

1.      Resolution # 1611  for Tax Levy for FY 2003 was read.

Mrs. Thom made a motion to accept the resolution.                                                                           Miss Leckrone seconded the motion.                                                                                             Motion passed.

2.      Resolution # 1612 for Fixing Annual Appropriations for 2003-04 was read.  The final budget includes an increase of 75 cents each month on the sewer base rate.  The water increase includes 1.6% cost of living increase as well as changing the hydrant fee from $1.00 to $2.00 per month.

Mr. Sorensen made a motion to accept the resolution.                                                                         Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.                                                                                            Motion passed.

3.      Resolution # 1613 for 2003-04 Setting Salaries was read.

Mr. Roll made a motion to accept the resolution.                                                                               Miss Leckrone seconded the motion.                                                                                              Motion passed.

Public defender bid from Steve Dalby was read.  The Judicial Committee will review and make a recommendation.

Councilperson Leckrone, Police Committee, reported that their committee recommended leaving the retirement with PERS (30 year) at this time.  Councilperson Roll said the committee would review the 20 year plan again at a later date.  Police Chief Clay Coker addressed the Council concerns questions pertaining to the proposed change to the (20 year) Montana Municipal Retirement.

The Council will be interviewing three engineering firms for the Johnson Acre project, two after the meeting and one on Tuesday, August 12.

The water and sewer hearing will be September 8, 2003 at 6 pm.  The regular monthly council meeting will be at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

September 8, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING WAS HELD AT 5:30 PM ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2003 IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Jim Christenson, EPA, updated the Mayor and City Council on the boat ramp and Industrial Park and the Libby area in general.

AT 6:00 PM A PUBLIC HEARING CONVENED REGARDING AN INCREASE IN WATER AND SEWER RATES.

Rates as shown in letters sent to all utilities customers.

NOTICE OF SEWER RATE HEARING

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 69-7-111 M.C.A. that the City Council of the City of Libby, Montana, has ordered a hearing before the Libby City Council to be held at the Libby City Hall on September 8, 2003, at the hour of 6:00 p.m. The purpose of said hearing shall be to consider an increase in the current sewer rates of the Libby sewer system to yield a five point one percent (5.1%) increase in the total annual revenues of the municipal sewer system. Further information regarding the proposed rate increase may be obtained by contacting:
Libby City Hall
952 E. Spruce Street
Libby, Montana 59923
(406) 293-2731
The above set forth increase will result in an increase on all residential, commercial and industrial users base rate of seventy-five cents ($.75). Said increase will raise the current base rate of fourteen dollars and sixty cents ($14.60) per month to an amount of fifteen dollars and thirty-five cents ($15.35) per month. The above increase will also results in an increase of six cents (.06) raising the current rate of one dollar and twelve cents ($1.12) to one dollar and eighteen cents ($1.18) per month for each One thousand (1,000) gallons of sewage discharged based on water meter measurements.
You average sewer bill will increase as reflected below:

If your monthly Your monthly If your monthly Your monthly
bill was this increase will be bill was this increase will be
amount: this amount: amount: this amount:

$14.60 $ 15.35 $20.20 21.23
15.72 16.52 21.32 22.41
16.84 17.70 22.44 23.58
17.96 18.89 23.56 24.76
19.08 20.05 24.68 25.94

NOTICE OF WATER RATE HEARING

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 69-7-111 M.C.A. that the City Council of the City of Libby, Montana, has ordered a hearing before the Libby City Council to be held at the Libby City Hall on September 8, 2003, at the hour of 6:00 p.m. The purpose of said hearing shall be to consider an increase in the current water hydrant fees from $1.00 to $2.00 per month and an increase in the current water rates of the Libby water system to yield a one point six percent (1.6%) increase in the total annual revenues of the municipal water system. Further information regarding the proposed rate increase may be obtained by contacting:
Libby City Hall
952 E. Spruce Street
Libby, Montana 59923
(406) 293-2731
CITY OF LIBBY – PROPOSED WATER RATE SCHEDULE
1.6% Cost of Living
RESIDENTIAL WATER SERVICE
MONTHLY RATE:
Applicable Minimum Monthly Charge for the first 3,000 gallons or less.
$2.52 per thousand gallons for all additional gallons to an amount of $2.56.
MINIMUM MONTHLY CHARGE: Current Current
County New City New
Residents Rate Residents Rate
¾ inch meter, or smaller $ 27.69 $28.13 $22.14 $22.49
1 inch meter 39.08 39.71 31.24 31.74
COMMERIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WATER SERVICE
MONTHLY RATE:
County Residents – $5.74 per thousand gallons for the first 8,000 gallons per inch of meter size to an amount of $5.83.
City Residents – $4.59 per thousand gallons for the first 8,000 gallons per inch of meter size to an amount of $4.66.
County and City Residents – $3.72 per thousand gallons for the next 72,000 gallons per inch of meter size to an amount of $3.78; $2.53 per thousand gallons for all additional gallons to an amount of $2.58.
NOTE: The size of the blocks specified above are for 1(one) inch meter and will be increased or decreased 25% for each ¼ inch of variation in meter size, but in no event will said blocks be reduced below those of a ¾ inch meter.
MINIMUM MONTHLY CHARGE: Current Current
County New City New
Residents Rate Residents Rate
¾ inch meter or smaller $27.69   28.13   $22.14   22.49
1 inch meter                   39.08    39.71    31.24    31.74
1 ¼ inch meter               51.34    52.16    41.07    41.73
1 ½ inch meter               67.31    68.39    53.84    54.70

September 8, 2003

2 inch meter    82.07    83.38    65.66    66.71
3 inch meter  166.71   169.38 133.37  135.50
4 inch meter  276.42   280.84 235.73  239.50
6 inch meter  499.59   507.58 399.66  406.05

Mr. Harry Walen of Montana Rural Water Systems, Inc. introduced himself and explained the reason for the rate hikes. He answered questions and heard comments from Mr. Jim Rostorfer, Mr. D.C. Orr, Mr. David Anderson and Mrs. Jenny Nelson.

The Changes in rates are as shown above.

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THE 1223rd REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 8, 2003 AT 7:00 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bauer, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, Supervisor of City Services, Dan Thede and Deputy City Clerk Beth A Burrell were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the August 4 regular meeting minutes and the August 7th special meeting minutes.
Mr. McElmurry seconded.
Motion carried.

Resolution # 1614 for water rate increase was read.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to accept the resolution.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Resolution # 1615 for sewer rate increase was read.
Mr. Bauer moved to accept this resolution.
Miss Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The water line replacement bid for the alley behind the County Annex Building was awarded to Thompson Contracting for a bid of $21,326.85.

T D & H has been appointed as the engineering firm for the Johnston Acres Project.

Mr. Bauer made a motion to appoint Mr. Steve Dalby as Public Defender, to be paid $1,000 per month.
Miss Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion passed.

Barb Benson reported on the Women’s Help line. Everything is moving along in a good manner. She asked for a vote on the changes with the shelter. The Mayor explained that since it was not an agenda item, it would be tabled until the September 22 meeting. Tiffany Sabine asked about the confidentiality of the establishment. Mr. Spencer explained that while the mortgage, etc would be accessible to the public; the location would remain confidential.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Bauer moved to accept a letter of resignation tendered by Mr. Sorenson, Council-member.
Miss Leckrone seconded
Motion carried.

Jim Germany of Libby Aquatic Center reported on the progress in attaining a swimming pool for the Libby area. The Mayor assured Mr. Germany that the City Council would help in any way they could.

Myresa Boulware, a member of the Kootenai Valley Christian School Board, asked the City Council to replace a “yield” sign at the corner of Washington and Montana with a “stop” sign. This would make all traffic merging from Washington onto Montana Avenue come to a complete stop and do a better job of looking for any pedestrians or vehicular traffic, possible preventing a collision. The matter will be turned over to streets and alleys and Chief of Police, Clay Coker for further research.

Mayor Berget asked for a motion to put the Glendora house on the market. Some discussion followed. The City Clerk has done some research and discovered that advertisement in all area Hagadone owned papers would cost $45 per inch.
Mr. Bauer moved that the house be put on the market.
Mr. McElmurry seconded
Motion passed.

Mr. Regh has submitted plans to the State for Forest View Subdivision. It has been reviewed and sent to the City for approval.
Mr. Bauer made a motion to approve the subdivision
Mr. Roll seconded
Motion carried.

The union contract will be signed as soon as the City receives it.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY-PARKS/ BEAUTIFICATION reported by Dan Thede. There were seven funerals last month. Work is continuing on the main bathroom at Fireman’s Park. The park is beginning to fill up for Nordicfest. The dump station will continue to be open after Nordic Fest as weather permits.

CITY/COUNTY LIASON, Walt McElmurry reported that Mineral Avenue chip coating had been finished.

PERSONNEL, The Mayor mentioned that insurance rates for the employees should be coming out soon.

POLICE, Charlene Leckrone reported that there had been 253 calls, 33 citations and 18 arrests.

RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES, Charlene Leckrone stated that the resolutions on water and sewer rate increases were passed this evening.

SEWER/LIGHTS, the Mayor mentioned that Flathead Electric thought metering of the street lights might result in lower prices of electricity for the city.

JUDICIAL, Doug Roll reported that Marlene Herried is the interim judge and that the Judicial Committee needed to go back over the list of applicants as the county is not interested in taking on the City’s case load at this time.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS, the Mayor noted that about all that is needed is for the finished contract to be signed.

EDC, Walt McElmurry reported that he had taken a trip concerning fiber optics for the Libby area.

CAG, George Bauer stated that a new liaison officer should be appointed to serve after December as he is retiring at that time.

TAG, Charlene Leckrone reported she had attended a workshop Friday with the EPA and the TAG board. She felt the meeting was good as it centered on what Libby issues were and are concerning the homes. She felt that more citizens should attend the meetings.

HEALTH CARE, Charlene Leckrone informed the Council that the Community Health Center has a new doctor, Dr. Janet Peters, a family practitioner. She will also cover OB and pediatrics. They are still looking for a full time Dentist. Until one is found it is still on a volunteer basis.

September 8, 2003

Mr. Bauer made a motion to pay the claims.
Ms. Leckrone seconded
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Mr. Jim Rostorfer asked if a replacement would be appointed for Mr. Sorenson before the election and if that person would be one of those running for City Council in the election. He was told that one would be appointed at the September 22 meeting and they do not have to appoint from within that group.

He also asked if the City Council had re-advertised the city hall maintenance position and was told that they had not. He wanted to know if they would hire in-house. He was informed that hiring could be in-house but that the position might possibly be re-advertised at a later date.

Ms. Maia Liesz addressed the council regarding the purchase of a small triangle of land belonging to the city at the corner of Main, California avenues and Flower Street. The Mayor placed the matter in committee to be answered at the September 22 meeting.

Mr. D.C. Orr stated that he was concerned about Waterfront Park. He felt there were violations concerning different items. He asked that the matter be put on the agenda for the September 22 meeting. The Mayor stated that the council would be happy to meet with Mr. Orr so he could point out any flaws in the cleanup plan, and that if the council agreed, they would put it on the agenda.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.

Mayor Anthony J. Berget

Deputy Clerk, Beth A Burrell

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE PONDEROSA ROOM.

Mayor Anthony Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bauer, Leckrone, McElmurry, and Roll, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, Police Chief Clay Coker and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mayor Berget read Ordinance #1616 for its first reading. Ordinance gives Council ability to contract judge position with Lincoln County.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Matthew White, new police officer.

Councilperson Bauer addressed the Council concerning appointing a replacement for Ken Sorensen’s unexpired Council term. Mr. Bauer informed the Council of their committee’s recommendation to appoint Lee Bothman.
Mr. Bauer moved to appoint Lee Bothman to fill the council position.
Miss Leckrone seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Lee Bothman, new Council member.

Mayor Berget read Councilperson Jane Thom’s letter of resignation, she has moved to Missoula. City Attorney Scott Spencer recommended that the Council advertise for letters of interest for the vacant Council position.

The Kootenai Valley Christian school had requested changing the yield sign to a stop sign. After reviewing, Mayor Berget and the committee recommended the change to a stop sign.
Mr. Bauer moved to change to yield sign to a stop sign.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

Barb Benson Neumann, Women’s Help Line, spoke to the Council reviewing the arrangement of the City owning the house and their payment of rent to the City to cover the mortgage to insure their continued funding for a shelter location. City Attorney Scott Spencer said some wording was being reviewed but all was workable.
Mr. Bauer moved to go ahead with the purchase of the house.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

The union contract for July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005 has been okayed by Attorney Dan Johns. The wording has been finalized and signed by the City employees.
Mr. Bauer moved to sign the union contract.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion passed.
September 22, 2003

Mayor Berget reminded the Council of the annual Homecoming Parade on Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Mayor Berget reminded the Council of the League of Cities and Towns conference in Billings, Sept 30, Oct 1, 2 & 3. Dan Thede, Mayor Berget, Dan Roll and Heidi Morris will be attending.

D. C. Orr, 1117 Nevada Avenue, addressed the Council during the public comment section.

The next regular monthly council meeting will be October 6, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

October 6, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1224th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 6, 2003 AT 7:00 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, and Bothman, Supervisor of City Services, Dan Thede and Deputy City Clerk Beth A Burrell were present.

Miss Leckrone moved to accept the minutes from the September 8th regular and the September 22 special meetings
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

Ordinance # 1616 regarding contracting for city judge was given its second reading.
Ms. Leckrone made a motion to accept the ordinance.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Wireless Tower – Water Plant will be postponed to the October 20th meeting awaiting the City Clerk’s return.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Roll made a motion to appoint Lucille Briggs as the new city judge.
Mr. McElmurry seconded
The motion passed.
Judge Briggs was sworn in by the Mayor.

The Central School Presentation was postponed until the November 3rd meeting.

Maia Liesz – Land at Main, Flower and California. Mr. Bothman reported that he had asked for 3 appraisals for this small triangle of ground. One appraisal came in at $500. The other two came back with no value. There was some discussion among the council.
Mr. Roll made a motion that they sell the property to Ms. Liesz for $500.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
The motion carried.

A second meeting was set for October 20, at which time a new councilperson will be appointed. A working committee meeting will be held at 6:30 pm that evening.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY – PARKS, Mr. Thede reported that the camping area at Fireman’s Park has been closed. The dump station and small restroom will be left open as long as weather permits.
October 6, 2003

FIRE, Tom Wood, Fire Chief gave the fire report for the month. There were three fire calls for the city, 2 for the county and 2 for the district, a total of 7 calls for the month of September. He also gave a report on the expenditures and repairs for the month.

BUILDING & INDUSTRIAL PARK- Mayor Berget reported that there was still zonolite beyond the testing done to a depth of three feet. They are talking about putting fencing down to the three-foot level. He felt that the water main should be laid there while the area is open and before they backfilled.
Mr. Thede stated that the water line should be established for the college buildings program houses that are being built near the Masonic Lodge. Quotes will be requested from local contractors.
The building maintenance position has never been filled. Gene Wise, the previous maintenance person is requesting that he be able to fill the position on a part time basis.

PERSONNEL – Mayor Berget mentioned that there would be a short personnel meeting after the regular council meeting.

POLICE – Clay Coker, Chief of Police reported that the new officer hired last month is in training. He was a displaced mill worker. The State is paying half of his wage for the first year and his equipment. The department has received $10,000 in grant monies, and the department survived Nordic Fest and Homecoming.

STREETS AND ALLEYS – Mr. Thede reported that the alleys behind the bank and the post office would be paved starting Wednesday, October 8.

JUDICIAL – Mr. Roll mentioned that the new judge was in place.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS – Mayor Berget stated that the union contract had been signed.

TAG – Ms. Leckrone reported that there had been some complaints and some compliments on the cleanup and that it was a good place to go with questions about the cleanup.

PUBLIC SAFETY/TRAFFIC COORDINATOR – Mr. Thede mentioned that there had been some new stop signs put up around town.

HEALTH CARE – Ms. Leckrone reported that there was a hygienist in place at the Community Health Center. The search for a dentist is ongoing. The Center has gotten federal help with drugs for the patients.

Ms. Leckrone made a motion to pay the claims.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion
Motion Carried

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Linda O’Brien of Shear D-Zine beauty salon located at 410 ½ Mineral Avenue and Mabel Eddington from Dr. Mendenhall’s office at 207 W 2nd Street both informed the council of the difficulties of running businesses such as theirs without water. Water was shut off without notice at their businesses during the main replacement in the alley between Mineral and California Avenues and 5th and 4th Streets. Mayor Berget apologized for their inconvenience.

Tom Wood updated the council on the arch project of the Libby Revitalization.

Mike Fraser of TD & H, engineers for the Johnston Acres project, updated the council and asked for signature of the contract for services for the water/sewer project. Signature of the contract will be taken care of at the October 20th meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm

Mayor Anthony J. Berget

Deputy City Clerk, Beth A Burrell

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 20, 2003 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE PONDEROSA ROOM.

Mayor Anthony Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bauer, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry, and Roll, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mayor Berget reported the contract on the water and sewer connection for the new house the college is building on Utah. The City had asked for quotes, three were received, Noble Excavating, Thompson Contracting and Oedewaldt Construction. The low amount was $7,440.00 from Oedewaldt Construction. Oedewaldt Construction will be contacted about the work to be done.

Mike Fraser, Thomas, Dean and Hoskins, Inc., was in attendance to answer any questions concerning the engineering contract for Johnson Acres. The contract had been sent to TSEP for review.
Councilperson Bauer moved to sign the contract.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

Councilperson Leckrone addressed the Council concerning appointing a replacement for Jane Thom’s unexpired Council term. Miss Leckrone informed the Council of their committee’s recommendation to appoint Gary Huntsberger.
Miss Leckrone moved to appoint Gary Huntsberger to fill the council position.
Councilperson Bothman addressed the Council stating his view of the excellent quality of all the candidates.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget read the oath of office to Gary Huntsberger, new Council member.

Mayor Berget informed the Council about price comparison on rates for the wireless tower. City Clerk Heidi Morris explained the research of rental fees, agreements etc. in Lincoln and Flathead Counties. At the present time, Montana Sky pays the electricity for the tower, approximately $600 per year. Mrs. Morris recommended keeping that agreement and adding a trade for high speed internet service for the five computers at City Hall monthly rate of $100, also including a one time only $199 installation fee. The total for the first year would be $1999, including $1200 for five computer high speed internet, $199 installation and the $600 electricity for the tower.
Mr. Bauer moved to approve a trade for high speed internet and Montana Sky continued payment of electricity for the wireless tower at water treatment plant.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried.

October 20, 2003

Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning the small section of sidewalk needed by the VFW.
Mr. Bauer moved to put in that section using the sidewalk grant money.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion passed.

Councilmember Bauer asked the Council to start considering a new council president since he only has a couple of months left. Mr. Bauer recommended Mr. Roll, and hoped
That Mayor Berget would consider his recommendation since the Mayor is the one to make that appointment. This will be addressed at the November meeting.

Mayor Berget reminded the Council of the annual Christmas party for staff and Council on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 6 p.m.

The next regular monthly council meeting will be November 3, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

November 3, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1225th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 3, 2003 AT 7:00 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bauer, Bothman, Huntsberger, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, and Bothman, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mr. Bauer moved to accept the minutes from the October 6th regular and the October 20 special meetings.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Bauer made a motion to close Mineral Avenue on December 12, 2003 from 5:30pm to 7 pm for the Chamber of Commerce parade.
Mr. McElmurry seconded
The motion carried unanimously.

Mike Fraser representative of TD & H, engineers for the Johnston Acres project, updated the Council. The survey team started working for the topo surveys. A copy of a draft newsletter for Johnson Acres was given to Councilmembers for review and comment.

Jessica Peavler narrated a Central School Power Point presentation informing the public about the Jobs for Montana’s Graduates program. The program started in 1999, 44 schools in Montana participate.

Mayor Berget addressed the Council concerning the upcoming proposed sewer project at the golf course at Cabinet Heights. The clerk was asked to review budget and look for approximately $10,000 for preliminary funds to start up. Jim Mee will be asked to attend the November 17 special meeting to help provide answers to questions.

Stuart Swenson, on behalf of Job Service, asked the Council to add a handicap parking space on the corner of 5th Street and Mineral Avenue. Mayor Berget asked Council members Roll and Bauer to look into the matter and bring back a recommendation to the Council at the meeting on November 17, 2003.

Robin Swimley, Western Insurance, gave a presentation on the Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance and premium that is available for City employees. Mr. Swimley also explained a Flex plan that the employees may be interested in reviewing. Mayor Berget asked Mr. Swimley to present the information to the Employee Union Health Insurance
Committee. That committee needs to make a recommendation to the Council. Mayor Berget asked Councilmember Leckrone to work with that committee.

A second meeting was set for November 17, 2003.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY – PARKS, Mr. Thede reported that the bathrooms at Fireman’s Park have been all repaired and Park is closed for the season. The Libby Little League is pursing the possibility of putting in bathrooms at the Little League Park, hopefully partnering with the County and City. Once bathrooms are available, they would be able to have State Tournaments come to Libby.

FIRE – Doug Roll gave the fire report for the month. There were 2 fire calls for the city, 4 for the county and 1 for the district, a total of 7 calls for the month of October.

BUILDING & INDUSTRIAL PARK- Mayor Berget reported that he is waiting for a letter from DEQ concerning putting materials on City property. He should know more at the next meeting. Mr. Thede stated that two loads of UPM blacktop would be picked up on Tuesday for use all winter in repairing pot holes, etc. The Street Department uses approximately 20 tons each year. Plows are ready to go for winter, the De-ice truck was out today. Some new lights have been put up at Shop.

JUDICIAL – Mr. Roll mentioned that the new Court Clerk Donna Moe started working last week. Judge Briggs has already had her first jury trial.

EDC – Mayor Berget reported that the Kootenai River Development is taking a group of people over to Spokane this Friday, all Council are invited.

Council member Bauer reminded everyone that Election Day is Tuesday. Everyone was encouraged to get out and vote.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Next regular city council meeting will be held December 1, 2003 at 7 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm

Mayor Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 17, 2003 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE PONDEROSA ROOM.

Mayor Anthony Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bothman, Huntsberger, Leckrone, and Roll, City Attorney Scott Spencer, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

After reviewing the Job Service request, Dan Thede recommended that the City Council install a handicap space on the corner of Fifth Street and Mineral Avenue. The best place for the space is on the east side of Fifth at the corner.
Mr. Roll moved to accept the recommendation for the handicap space on Fifth Street by Mineral Avenue as requested by Job Service.
Mr. Huntsberger seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

Bill Buxton, Morrison-Maierle, updated the Council on the Cabinet Heights/Golf Course Area Sewer Main Routing Study. The next phase to be done is Task Order #1. This consists of a feasibility study with a topographic survey of the area cost $16,062. Mayor Berget asked questions on funding for the entire project and a timeline. Earl Messick asked about the location of the lines by the golf course. Dan Thede recommended that the City Council use Morrison-Maierle, and approve the task order for this project.
Mr. Roll moved to accept Mr. Thede’s recommendation to have Morrison-Maierle do the Task Order #1 for the Cabinet Heights/Golf Course Area Sewer Main Routing Study.
Mr. Bothman seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

Rob MacDonald, LADC President, Earl Messick Sr. and Mike Munro, LADC Board members, addressed the Council concerning the request for funds for a feasibility study for bringing affordable broadband to Libby and Lincoln County. Paul Rumelhart, Kootenai River Development, informed the Council they put the study out for bid. ZEROdB was chosen from three bids received. Earl Messick Sr., LADC member and representative of the South Lincoln County Fiber optics Board, introduced the ZEROdB representatives. Dan Edwards and Dana Bisaro, ZEROdB, were present to answer questions from the Council and audience members. Mr. Bisaro explained the tasking letter, the studies that will need to be done before moving forward. Dan Taasevigen, Adelphia, helped explain their cable system in the area and answered questions. The cost of Task Order #1 – Route Study is $113,600 and the cost of Task Order #2 – Feasibility Study is $210,934. The City Council will vote at the regular December 1st meeting.

Ken Ward addressed the Council concerning the placement of contaminated material on City property. The Department of Environmental Quality had sent a fax to Mayor Berget concerning this matter. After much discussion, Mayor Berget set a special meeting to discuss the Ken Ward matter on Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 5 p.m.

The next regular monthly council meeting will be December 1, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 20, 2003 AT 5:00 P.M. IN THE PONDEROSA ROOM.

Mayor Anthony Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bothman, Huntsberger, and Roll, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

After reviewing Ken Ward’s request concerning the placement of contaminated material on City property at the pit, City Attorney Scott Spencer recommended that the City Council obtain a written agreement from both Ken Ward and Don Brown, Kootenai Paving before allowing the material to be placed on City property. Ward Crushing would be crushing the material (approximately 1,600 cubic yards) and Kootenai Paving would then make it into hot mix. Mr. Brown’s agreement should state that their company would accept this material for their use and the timeline for the use of that material. Mr. Ward’s agreement should state that he would accept responsibility for the material and would move the material off City Property if all the material had not been used within the timeline. The Department of Environmental Quality had sent a fax to Mayor Berget concerning this matter.
Mr. Huntsberger moved that upon City Attorney Spencer’s approval of the signed agreements from both Mr. Ward and Mr. Brown, the City would allow the material from Mr. Ward to be placed on City property at the pit.
Mr. Bothman seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular monthly council meeting will be December 1, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget
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City Clerk, Heidi Morris

December 1, 2003 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1226th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 1, 2003 AT 7:00 PM IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS.

Mayor Berget called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bauer, Bothman, Huntsberger, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, 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 minutes from the November 3rd regular and the November 17th and 20th special meetings.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Berget recognized Councilmember George Bauer and his many years of service to the City of Libby. This is his last Council meeting, Mr. Bauer has been on the Council since 1978. Mr. Bauer will be honored at the Mayor’s Banquet on Saturday, December 6, 2003.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The employee health insurance issue was tabled to the January 2004 meeting.

The LADC item was moved on the agenda to the end of the New Business.

NEW BUSINESS

Mr. Bauer made a motion to approve the 2004 liquor licenses.
Mr. McElmurry seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

The City Clerk presented the Council with a list of persons with delinquent water bills. The Council was asked to write off $1,086.53 and to turn these accounts over to the Credit Bureau for collection.
Mr. Bauer moved to write off $1,086.53 and turn these delinquent water bills over to the Credit Bureau for collection.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

Mike Frazer, engineer for Thomas, Dean & Hoskins, Inc., was on hand to give the City Council an update on the Johnson Acres project. T, D & H has sent a newsletter to the residents of the project area to keep them informed. The preliminary design should be finished around the middle of December, looking at a spring bidding. Discussion followed.

George Keck, TAG (Technical Advisory Group), updated the Council. Gordon Sullivan, technical advisor for TAG, was on hand for questions. Councilmember Charlene

Leckrone is the City’s representative on TAG. TAG is working with reports from the EPA. Discussion followed.

Rob MacDonald, LADC President, Earl Messick Sr. and Mike Munro, LADC Board members, presented a letter of recommendation to the Council. The LADC Board approved of the loan request for funds for a feasibility study for bringing affordable broadband to Libby and Lincoln County. Paul Rumelhart, Kootenai River Development, addressed the Council. Earl Messick Sr., LADC member and representative of the South Lincoln County Fiber optics Board, Spoke to the Council stating that economic development is the bottom line. Dana Bisaro, ZEROdB, was present to answer questions from the Council and audience members. The panel involved consists of Paul Rumelhart, Earl Messick, John Desch, Jeannie Gentry, Bill Bischoff and Dan Dedman. Councilmember Huntsberger expressed interest in being involved with the panel. Audience members Al Kelly, Frontier representative, Fred Weber, Sky Net, Rick Palagi, St. John’s Lutheran Hospital, addressed the Council. The Council had received a copy of the Tasking Letter before the last council meeting on November 17, 2003 for review. The cost of Task Order #1 – Route Study is $113,600 and the cost of Task Order #2 – Feasibility Study is $210,934. Discussion followed.

Mr. Huntsberger moved to accept the LADC recommendation of a loan for the fiber optic/broadband project, the selection of Zero dB as the engineering company for our community fiber optic/broadband plan, referencing the “Tasking Letter” approach as presented by Zero dB. The loan will be for no more than $113,600 for Task One, Route Survey and for no more than $201,934 for Task Two, Feasibility Study.
Mr. Bauer seconded.
Mr. Bauer Yes
Mr. Bothman No
Mr. Huntsberger Yes
Miss Leckrone Yes
Mr. McElmurry Yes
Mr. Roll No
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget recommended Charlene Leckrone to fill the office of Council President.
Mr. Bothman moved that Miss Leckrone be appointed Council President.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Mayor Berget has been working on a new list of assigned committee chairs and members for the Council. Listing will be given out at the January 2004 meeting.

FIRE – Fire Chief Tom Wood gave the fire report for the month. There was 1 fire call for the city, 2 for the county and 4 for out of district, a total of 7 calls for the month of October.

POLICE – Police Chief Clay Coker reported 210 calls, 18 arrests, for the month of December. The new officer is now working on his own.

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

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Betty Jo Wood, Libby Revitalization, updated the Council, concerning the downtown arch, streetscape, funding, and grants. Councilmember Bothman is the City’s representative.

Mayor Berget reminded the Council of the Mayor’s Banquet on Saturday December 6, and the annual Christmas party for staff and Council on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 6 p.m.

Next regular city council meeting will be held January 5, 2004 at 7 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm.

Mayor Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 15, 2003 AT 5:30 P.M. IN THE PONDEROSA ROOM.

Mayor Anthony Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bauer, Bothman, Huntsberger, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Scott Spencer and City Clerk Heidi Morris were present.

Mayor Berget addressed the Council reviewing the history of the property and house owned by the City at 178 Glendora. This was a HUD house purchased for $1.00. Spring of 2003 the house was placed on the market for $45,000. Town and Country Realty was chosen to list the house from a drawing of all local realtors. The listing price was lowed to $39,000, after a review and recommendation from the all local realtors. The City has an offer of $32,000 at this time. Discussion followed.
Mr. Huntsberger moved to give a counter offer for the sum of $35,000 for the Glendora house.
Mr. Roll seconded.
Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular monthly council meeting will be January 5, 2004 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

City Clerk, Heidi Morris

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A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 19, 2003 AT 5:30 P.M. IN THE PONDEROSA ROOM.

Mayor Anthony Berget called the meeting to order and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Councilmembers Bothman, Huntsberger and McElmurry, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and Deputy City Clerk Beth Burrell were present.

Mayor Berget presented the CARD draft to the Council. No action was taken.

Mayor Berget announced to the Council that the County would like to partner with the City on some of the parks in the area. The City has been asked to provide the water for the ice skating rink at Ski-Dale Park.
Mr. McElmurry made a motion to partner with the County on the local parks.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion passed.

Mayor Berget presented a buy/sell agreement on the Glendora house to the Council for approval.
Mr. Bothman moved to accept the agreement.
Mr. McElmurry seconded.
Motion passed.

The next regular monthly council meeting will be January 5, 2004 at 7 p.m.

Meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

Mayor, Anthony J. Berget

Deputy City Clerk, Beth Burrell