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January 9, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1251st REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JANUARY 9, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called.  Council members Huntsberger, Bothman, Leckrone, Crismore, McElmurry and Roll, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.

Mr. Crismore moved to accept the minutes from the December 5, 2005 regular meeting with three changes.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Ordinance No. 1654 Revising the Existing County Air Quality Ordinance was scheduled for the second reading. Lincoln County is awaiting some additional changes to the wording and asked that the City of Libby incorporate the changes into the ordinance. The second reading was tabled until the February 2006 regular meeting.

Ordinance No. 1657 was presented for the second reading.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Ordinance No. 1657 Creating a City Planning Board.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Eileen Carney, representative for the Kootenai Pets for Life, presented the City Council with a more detailed proposal for their facility. She clarified in depth how the group plans to control the noise from barking dogs. She said they plan to have the spay/neuter clinic on premises. The overall plan detailed a comfortable, safe and healthy environment for the facility. As she explained, most of the funding is in place for the construction and they are awaiting approval from the City Council to begin the plans. Mr. Crismore said Lincoln County has voiced concerns over several issues. He presented a signature list from the surrounding property owners who were against the construction of the facility at that location. No action was taken at this time.

Munro Investment’s request for tax exemption was discussed in length. Bonnie Drew from the Montana Department of Revenue explained how the application process was intended to work. The exemption was for remodeling, reconstruction or expansion of an existing commercial building or structure. Ms. Drew explained that this building was new construction and did not apply to the criteria. She handed out a worksheet that showed the loss of revenue for the city over the period of time should the Council decide to accept the request. Mr. Roll had called the state for clarification on what was meant by “commercial buildings and structures that have not used in a business for at least six months”. He was told by the state that it was up to the City to interpret the criteria for exemption. The Council requested that City Attorney Charles Evans research the application for clarification on the definition of “reconstruction” and clarification of the “six month not in use” criteria. This item was tabled until the February regular meeting at which time Mr. Evans will report his findings to the Council.

Mayor Berget called a five-minute break at 8:04 p.m.

The City Council reconvened at 8:08 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Berget presented the Oath of Office to City Council members Gary Huntsberger, Charlene Leckrone, Lee Bothman and Walt McElmurry who were reelected effective January 1, 2006 for four-year terms.

George Niemi of Kootenai Paving presented a request to the City Council to modify the annual payment plan on his current loan to a seasonal payment schedule. Instead of twelve equal payments annually; it would change to nine equal payments annually. The annual amount of loan payments would remain the same but it would free up operating capital during the winter months, which are the slow time for construction. This item was tabled until the February regular meeting to allow comments from the public regarding restructuring existing loan payments.

Verizon was previously granted an easement on the City of Libby property that allows them to gain access to their tower. The original easement has not been used for years due to the impassability of the easement. Because of this, Verizon has used another ingress/egress route through the City’s property to gain access for a number of years. They are making a formal request to record the current easement that is being used. At the request of Mr. McElmurry, this item was tabled until the February regular meeting to allow the Council to view the area in question and possibly create a different route outside the City’s fenced area rather than grant a permanent easement through City property.

Mr. Huntsberger moved to accept the annual City Hall Maintenance Contract renewal for Gene Wise with no change to compensation.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mr. Huntsberger moved to accept the annual City Hall Cleaning Contract renewal for Patty Thompson with no change to compensation. Mary Wise has requested to be removed from the contract effective January 1, 2006.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

There were no comments regarding the Lincoln County proposed land subdivision.

COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION

Mr. Roll moved to accept the 2006 Liquor License renewal for the VFW.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The annual City Council Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2006 at the Venture Inn. The meeting, which is opened to the public, will convene at 9:00 a.m.

Mayor Berget announced that the weekly Wednesday morning City Council breakfast meeting would be held at the Venture Inn at 7:00 a.m. until further notice.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PARKS  – Mr. Huntsberger reported the concrete slab was in at River Front Park.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – Mr. Crismore said discussion regarding the Kootenai Pets for Life proposal is still being considered.

FIRE  – None.

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL PARK  – None.

INSURANCE  – None.

PERSONNEL  – Ms. Leckrone reported that the issue regarding Mr. McElmurry’s position on the City Council was not within the scope of decision making for the personnel committee. Mr. Evans explained there were three ways to have a City Council member removed from office; any citizen or council member not acting as a city representative could make a formal request to the district court, the person could step down voluntarily or the Mayor could not recognize that person’s votes during meetings.

POLICE  – Chief Clay Coker gave the monthly report.

RESOLUTION/ORDINANCE  – None.

WATER  – Mr. Bothman reported one complaint regarding inadequate water pressure.

SEWER/LIGHTS  – Mr. Huntsberger said Dan Thede signed the DEQ request to have the lagoons on the old Stimson property tested.

STREETS/ALLEYS  – Mr. Roll presented the monthly report from Supervisor Corky Pape.

SIDEWALKS/CURBS  – Lee Bothman is taking pictures of the sidewalks that are in violation of the snow removal ordinance for sidewalks. He stated the worst violators are the Old City Hall and the Memorial Building.

BUDGET/FINANCE  – Ms. Leckrone said the Munro Investment request was presented. Mayor Berget announced the annual City audit is being conducted.

JUDICIAL  – None.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS  – None.

RC & D  – None.

KRDC  – None.

LADC  – None.

CAG  – None.

TAG  – None.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS  – None.

EDUCATION  – None.

PUBLIC SAFETY/TRAFFIC COORDINATOR  – None.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Duane Williams reported the new paving on Cedar Street in front of the radio station is eroding to the point he feels will jeopardize the integrity of the street if it is not repaired.

D. C. Orr commented regarding the legal counsel.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

February 6, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1252nd REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON FEBRUARY 6, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Roll was called. Council members Huntsberger, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Council Member Crismore was absent.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes from the January 9, 2006 regular meeting with two changes.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The second reading of Ordinance No. 1654 Revising the Existing Lincoln County Air Quality Ordinance was tabled until the February 27, 2006 special meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

George Niemi of Kootenai Paving had presented a request at the City Council meeting in January to modify the annual payment plan on his current loan to a seasonal payment schedule. Instead of twelve equal payments annually; it would change to nine equal payments annually from May through January. The annual amount of loan payments would remain the same but it would free up operating capital for his business during the winter months.

Mr. Bothman moved to accept the loan revision as presented for Kootenai Paving.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Eileen Carney, representative for the Kootenai Pets for Life, appeared again before the Council. She did not receive a list of reasons against construction of the facility as she was promised and requested approval from the Council for a lease option at this time.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the concept of the Kootenai Pets for Life facility and approve a preliminary agreement for a lease option.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Munro Investment’s request for tax exemption was discussed. Commissioner Windom spoke in support of the tax exemption stating approval would open opportunity to encourage future entrepreneurs to expand businesses in the Libby area. Commissioner Windom also pointed out the investment that was made into the community by improving the area and the energy the new building brought to a main entrance to the city. Mr. Roll presented another concept to the tax exemption proposal, which would allow only one year of tax exemption verses five years of exemption that the County approved.

Mr. Bothman moved to accept the MCA 15-24-1502 tax exemption proposal for Munro Investments, LLC to mirror the Lincoln County proposal which included the six month vacancy clause, the five year zero tax exemption and the four year tax reduction abatement.
The motion died for lack of a second.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the MCA 15-24-1502 tax exemption proposal for Munro Investments, LLC allowing for the first year to be zero tax exemption and the following four years would be a graduated tax reduction abatement as outlined in the MCA 15-24-1502 schedule.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The easement request for Verizon was briefly discussed.

Mr. McElmurry moved to grant the revised easement allowing Verizon to access their tower across the City of Libby property.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Mayor Berget announced the City Council position vacated by Mr. Huntsberger who moved outside of the city limits and is no longer eligible to serve on the city council. He asked for any interested parties to submit their letter of intent to the City Clerk.

Lincoln County Crisis Solution requested permission to reoccupy the city owned property on Utah Avenue, the previous location of the Helpline House Women’s Shelter. Barb Guthnick, director of the group explained they now have funding in place to operate a women’s shelter. Eventually they would like to purchase the facility from the City. They asked to take over occupancy by March 31, 2006. As the city currently has tenants in the house, they were advised a 60-day notice to the tenants would be necessary. Once the City receives written intent and proof of funding, the tenant would be put on notice.

Ken Gehlhoff brought a request for variance before the Council. He currently owns a residence on Mineral Avenue in a residential zoned area that he would like to operate a call center home based business from that employs between six to eight people. There would be no on street parking, no deliveries to or from the residence and nothing sold from the residence. It is strictly served by telephone to conduct out of state business. His business is very low key with no late night or early morning disruptions to the neighborhood. He spoke with the surrounding property owners who gave him a go ahead based on the business criteria. Once the business is established and grows, he plans to relocate the business to another area in town. The Council tabled this issue to the February 13, 2006 special meeting until further investigation could be conducted.

Gary Rantala, of the Igniters Car Club came before the Council to request closure of Mineral Avenue for their annual event. He presented a financial statement that indicated how much money the event brought into the community last year.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the request from the Igniters to close Mineral Avenue for their annual car show.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget spoke briefly about the Mayor’s Academy he had attended in Bozeman. As he stated, it was very informational and he learned a great deal from all the networking and seminars that took place.

Mayor Berget recognized the local Boy Scouts that were present in the audience.

COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION

A second City Council Retreat is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2006 from 10-noon. No decisions will be made. The public is invited to attend.

Bill Bischoff representative for the City of Libby Planning Board gave the Council a copy of their vision statement. He asked that the Council review the document, make any changes necessary and give comments to Doug to be discussed at the February 13, 2006 special meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

PARKS  – Mr. Huntsberger reported he made an agreement with Jim Beasley that the tree committee would donate trees for Creek View Subdivision if he would insure more trees would be planted along the streets.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – None.

FIRE  – None.

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL PARK   – None.

INSURANCE  – None.

PERSONNEL  – None.

POLICE  – Chief Clay Coker reported his computer had been down and he no report to present.

RESOLUTION/ORDINANCE  – None.

WATER  – Mr. Bothman reported the pressure station project was moving along.

SEWER/LIGHTS  – None.

STREETS/ALLEYS  – Mr. Roll had no monthly report from Supervisor Corky Pape. Mr. Roll stated the alleys needed work.

SIDEWALKS/CURBS  – Lee Bothman stated the cooperative program was generating interest.

BUDGET/FINANCE  – None.

JUDICIAL  – None.

UNION NEGOTIATIONS  – None.

RC & D  – None.

KRDC  – None.

LADC  – None.

CAG  – None.

TAG  – None.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS  – None.

EDUCATION  – None.

PUBLIC SAFETY/TRAFFIC COORDINATOR  – None.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Commissioner Windom addressed the Council regarding the walking trail planned to cross the Stimson Bridge to join J. Neils Park to the Heritage Museum. CTEP funds and a grant from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will fund the project. They are currently working with Kootenai Paving to have bridge surface retrofitted for safety.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

 

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD AT  CITY HALL  COUNCIL CHAMBERS ON FEBRUARY 13, 2006 AT 5:30 P.M.

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.

Present were Council Members Crismore, Roll, Leckrone, Bothman and McElmurry and City Services Supervisor Dan Thede, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson.

Resolution No. 1658 was amended to include the parkland area of the Creek View Subdivision.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Resolution No. 1658 Amending Resolution No. 1653 Extending the Boundaries of the City of Libby to Embrace, Include and Annex the Creek View Estates and the Parkland.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Resolution No. 1659 was presented for adoption.

Mr. Bothman made a motion to revisit the vote cast at the February 6, 2006 regular meeting.
Motion failed for lack of a second.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Resolution No. 1659 Approving an Application for Munro Investments, LLC for Tax Exemption and Reduction for the Remodeling, Reconstruction or Expansion of Existing Commercial Buildings or Structures.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried. Mr. Bothman voted nay.

Mr. Gehlhoff was present to answer questions regarding his request for variance. Mr. Crismore asked several questions as to the nature of the business and the parking.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the request for variance as presented.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The City of Libby Planning Board presented a Vision Statement to the Council for approval.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the Vision Statement for the City of Libby Planning Board as presented.
Mr. Crismore seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

No public comment was offered.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:46 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD AT  CITY HALL  PONDEROSA ROOM ON FEBRUARY 27, 2006 AT 8:20 P.M.

City Council President Charlene Leckrone called the special meeting to order at 8:20 p.m. immediately following the public hearing. Council members Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry, and Roll, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede, and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Council member Crismore was absent.

The second reading was done for Ordinance No. 1654 City of Libby’s Air Pollution Control Ordinance.

Mr. Bothman moved to adopt Ordinance No. 1654 City of Libby’s Air Pollution Control.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Resolution No. 1660 Approve and Adopt Revisions to the Lincoln County Air Pollution Control Program.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Tom Wood, Libby Revitalization Board Member, explained the significance of incorporating a Main Street Program within the City of Libby. Becoming a member enables the Libby Revitalization group to be an eligible recipient for various grants for improving the downtown area of Libby.  The request also included participation from a city council member. It was agreed that appointment would be at a later date.

Mr. Bothman moved to accept Resolution No. 1661 Endorsing Participation in the Main Street Program and Authorizing the Selection of a City Employee to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Local Main Street Program.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

There was no request for public comment.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

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Charlene Leckrone, City Council President

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

March 6, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1253rd REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MARCH 6, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:08 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bothman, Crismore, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.

Mayor Berget gave the Oath of Office to Police Officer Jason Place. Jason was deployed in October 2004 to Iraq and was put on military leave with the City of Libby. He returned in February 2006 and accepted the new position as a police officer. The Council welcomed him to his new position.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the minutes from the February 6, 2006 regular meeting and the February 13, 2006 and February 27, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Council member Gary Huntsberger moved out of the city limits and therefore had to vacate his position on the city council. The open seat was advertised for interest. There were seven individuals who expressed written interest in being appointed to the vacant position. The applicants were Bill Bischoff, Gordon Price, Carol Ann Peltier, Ron Thatcher, D. C. Orr, Peggy Williams and Ron Carter. Mayor Berget assigned the task of interviewing the candidates to committee and asked that they bring their recommendation to the March meeting. Council President Charlene Leckrone presented Bill Bischoff as the committee’s recommendation.

Mr. Roll moved to appoint Bill Bischoff to fill the council member position.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Mr. Crismore stated he felt the process regarding appointment to vacant positions needed to be refined, as it seemed to him to always differ when a vacancy occurred. According to the Charter of the City of Libby, the majority vote regarding a vacancy on the council decides vote. Mayor Berget stated that upon the advice of prior counsel, this was the way the appointment would be decided. City Attorney Evans presented Mayor Berget with a revised process for voting to fill a vacancy. The council members received the revision too late for discussion and acceptance of the modification. Mayor Berget made the decision to have the Council Members vote on each candidate individually by roll call vote and the majority vote would win.

The first motion was withdrawn.

From the list of candidates, Mayor Berget presented Mr. Bischoff’s name for vote.

A roll call vote was taken: Mr. Crismore-nay, Mr. Roll-aye, Mr. Bothman-aye, Ms. Leckrone-aye, and Mr. McElmurry-nay.

Mr. Bischoff was appointed as Council Member due to a 3-2-majority vote.

Mayor Berget asked Mr. Crismore to prepare a policy for a revised process to incorporate in which to appoint future vacancies to the city council.

Mayor Berget presented the Oath of Office to Bill Bischoff. The Council welcomed him to his new position.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Mary Klinkham, Lincoln County employee acting as advisor for the City of Libby Planning Board, distributed a list of goals and objectives the Board had compiled for the community growth policy. She asked the Council to prioritize the list so the group could begin working on modifying the growth policy. The categories were Land Uses, Population, Housing Needs, Economics, Local Services, Public Facilities, and Natural Resources. The Council agreed that the most critical area to begin focusing on was Public Facilities with Economics being second. The Council will prioritize the remaining categories at a later date.

NEW BUSINESS

David Harman, legal representative for Fred Thompson, brought a request for easement before the Council. The City owns a parcel of land adjacent to two parcels owned by Fred Thompson. Mr. Thompson has a commercial building constructed on his two parcels. Mr. Thompson is requesting an encroachment easement on a portion of the lot owned by the City to allow for access to his building on the north side and a to allow for a turn around area on the east side of the building. Dan Thede and Fred Thompson and David Harman and Charles Evans will meet and confer on the issue.

Larry Comer of Welsch-Comer and Associates presented a detailed plan to the City Council that would mark the beginning of the Libby Revitalization’s Streetscape Improvement project. An SID has been discussed as a way to obtain funding to start the project. Mr. Comer invited Darrell Kerby, Mayor of Bonners Ferry, Idaho and Robin Ponsness, Economic Development Director to the meeting. Bonners Ferry completed one phase of a downtown revitalization plan they initiated a few years ago. Mr. Comer felt it would be beneficial to the Council to hear firsthand from a municipality who has done such a project to get a feeling as to the impact such a plan had on a downtown area. They were able to answer investment concerns, vacancy questions and overall success stories about the project. As Mr. Comer emphasized, it is important to have a SID in place first before seeking outside grants for the project. It gives a sense of support from the city to the grant providers. As discussed, SID’s only apply to the property owners directly affected by the area to be improved. The monies can be paid back over a term of 15 years or paid individually in full with no tax lien involved. The first step to implement the project would be to submit an RFP to qualified engineering firms who are interested in providing engineering and architectural services and who can develop a funding package for the project.

Mr. Roll moved to direct the City of Libby to submit a Request for Proposal for engineering, architectural and funding services to qualified and interested engineering firms for the Libby Streetscape Improvement project.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Due to time constraints, there were no committee reports. The fire, police and street departments handed in monthly written reports.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Lee Disney, spokesperson for the Friends of the Historic Libby High School brought the City Council up to date on the future of the building. He asked that representatives from the City Council attend the school board meeting scheduled for March 13, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.

D. C. Orr spoke regarding tax breaks to local business, the LADC accounting and SID’s.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY MARCH 20, 2006 – 5:30 P.M. RIVER FRONT PARK

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 5:45 p.m. at River Front Park. Council members Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry, Crismore, Bischoff and Roll, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede, and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Also present was Jim Germany.

As Mayor Berget explained, the EPA is preparing to install the sprinkler system at the River Front Park. Landscaping, parking and an asbestos victim memorial at the park had been discussed briefly prior to this meeting and Mayor Berget wanted input and decisions from the City Council as to what they would like done before the installation of the sprinklers. The pad for the memorial was erected further down in the park than originally intended but as agreed would work where it was.  It was suggested to move the parking across the City Service Road and make the current parking lot grass. It was suggested that the tree committee design a landscape plan and bring it to the City Council for approval.

Mr. Bothman made a motion to move the existing road in 20 feet on the river side, create a turnaround area for boats, create boat and RV parking on the other side of the road and make the east end of the lot smaller for limited parking and more grass.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Jim Germany gave a short accounting of a meeting he attended in February regarding a splash park proposal with Mayor Berget, Dan Thede, Betty Jo Wood, Cheryl Chandler and Tom Erskine of Interstate Engineering in Billings. At this point, he is asking for support from the City Council. Mr. Germany felt the community would much better receive the pool project if it were constructed in phases with the splash park being the first phase. The cost of the splash park would be easier for the community to support at this point. The Park District will own the splash park and pool. The City of Libby would lease the property to the Park District and construct the water lines and provide the water supply for the splash park. Mr. Germany felt receiving the contract from Interstate Engineering was the first step in moving forward. He emphasized the necessity to create a memorandum of understanding before any commitments are made to have all parties clearly agree where all the responsibilities before the construction begins. The group would like to see the splash park in operation for the 2006 summer season, if possible. It was agreed that the public will be much more receptive to support a pool once they see how beneficial the splash park will be to the community. The City Council agreed to support the splash park in theory.

Chief Clay Coker requested approval to order two additional police vehicles from the 2006-07 budget. He has to put in the order by March 21, 2006 in order to get the agreed upon price. He has set up a long-term replacement schedule for vehicles insuring none become too old for operation. Mayor Berget stated other departments were in dire need of newer equipment and have not been able to replace worn out equipment. Mayor Berget agreed to consider his request and provide him with an answer the next day.

There was no public input.

Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.

                                                           

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

ATTEST:

                                                           

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

There was no request for public comment.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

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Charlene Leckrone, City Council President

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Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

April 3, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1254th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON APRIL 3, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Crismore, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede was absent.

Pastor Tim Jahn offered prayer.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes from the March 6, 2006 regular meeting with one change and the March 20, 2006 special meeting as presented.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

The City of Libby Planning Board requires one representative from the City Council. Bill Bischoff, the new council member, is currently serving as a board member, which would fulfill the city’s responsibility. Doug Roll had been appointed to be the representative for the City Council. As the City cannot have two representatives on the board, Mr. Bischoff decided to step down from his position on the Planning Board.

Mayor Berget reminded the council of the need to prioritize the list for the growth policy for the planning board and added it to the agenda for the April 10, 2006 special meeting.

City Attorney Chuck Evans presented a revised proposal from Fred Thompson. This item was tabled until the April 10, 2006 special meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Russ Thompson, Vice President of the American Legion Baseball, requested a grant of $9000 from the city to repair the existing bathroom facility at the ballpark. The money will be used for material only. Volunteers will donate all the labor. The organization has plans to host numerous baseball tournaments this year and in the future. In order to host specific events, a requirement is to have bathroom facilities in place. This large expense item was not budgeted in the city’s current year budget. If the request was granted, it was uncertain where any available funds could be found. This item was tabled for discussion until the April 10, 2006 special working committee meeting.

Terry Brooks, spokesman for the David Thompson Search and Rescue came before the city council requesting assistance in upgrading their new facility. Currently, the group has supplies and equipment in two different locations. They would like to move everything to their facility, that is located on city property, by summer of 2006 but the building has no utilities. He requested a waiver of building fees and water and sewer hookup fees. This item was tabled for discussion at the April 10, 2006 special working committee. A decision will be made at the May 1, 2006 regular meeting.

A request for destruction of certain city records was presented.

Mr. Crismore moved to approve destruction of specified city documents and records according to the Montana Local Government Retention and Destruction Schedule.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mr. Crismore asked for clarification of the responsibility of the city as to the procedure for payment of certain claims for special projects that were not budgeted for or had no agreement in place for reimbursement.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery/Parks  – Gary Huntsberger, spokesperson for the Tree Committee shared information on the pruning seminar held in March.

City/County Liaison  – Mr. McElmurry informed the council of the task force meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 2006 to discuss a trust fund set up by W. R. Grace to assist asbestos victims in their health care costs.

Fire  – Tom Wood, Fire Chief, presented the monthly fire report.

Building/Industrial Park  – Ms. Leckrone reported on the EPA cleanup going on at the Old City Hall building.

Insurance  – None.

Personnel  – Ms. Leckrone said the city has advertised for the two seasonal employees for the street department.

Police  – Officer Barnett presented the monthly police report.

Resolution/Ordinance  – Mr. Crismore said he would like to change the ordinance requirements for the Tree Committee membership. Currently, the ordinance states the members must live within the city limits. He would like to allow at least two members to reside outside the city limits.

Water  – There was vandalism done to some water hydrants in town with a loss of approximately 57,000 gallons of water.

Sewer/Lights  – Mr. Roll reported the replacement of a short section of sewer line on Fifth Street.

Streets/Alleys  – Mr. Roll reported on the water line construction currently being completed on First Street.

Sidewalks/curbs  – Mr. Bothman emphasized the need to replace the sidewalk outside of the Old City Hall building as soon as EPA completes the cleanup.

Budget/Finance  – Ms. Leckrone reminded the council of the first budget meeting for fiscal year 2006-07 scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

Judicial  – None.

Union Negotiations  – None.

RC&D  – Mr. Crismore said the next meeting is in Kalispell on April 10, 2006.

Mr. Roll moved to pay the claims as presented.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Mr. Huntsberger encouraged the city council to consider assisting the American Legion to refurbish the bathroom facility possibly utilizing funds from the LADC account.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

 

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON APRIL 10, 2006 AT 6:00 P.M.  IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Anthony Berget called the special meeting to order at 6:02 and led the pledge of allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bothman, Crismore, Leckrone, Bischoff, McElmurry and Roll, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede, and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. City Attorney Charles Evans was absent.

OLD BUSINESS

The easement request by Fred Thompson was briefly discussed. It was decided individual easements would rectify the situation.

Mr. Roll moved to grant a 40-foot easement to Fred Thompson for the portion of land that a corner of the building currently sits on and Mr. Thompson would grant a 40-foot easement to the city to allow for snow removal.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The City of Libby Planning Board had submitted a list of priorities for the Growth Policy. The City Council designated the top two categories they wanted the Planning Board to focus on and was asked to prioritize the balance of the list. The list of priorities in order of importance was decided upon as follows:

Public Facilities, Economics, Land Uses, Local Services, Housing Needs, Natural Resources and Population.

NEW BUSINESS

Chief of Police Clay Coker has a couple of vehicles that had been abandoned and/or impounded for which he has received the title. The Safe Kid Program at the Libby Public Schools donates a car each year to a high school graduate that has been drug and alcohol free. He would like to donate the vehicles to that program. The vehicles could then be sold with the proceeds going toward the purchase of a newer model vehicle, which will be donated, to the recipient. This would be the donation from the City of Libby toward that program.

Mr. Roll moved to donate the two vehicles to the Safe Kids Program at the Libby Public Schools.
Mr. Crismore seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Ron Carter asked that the City Council review the labor and material bids submitted with the Streetscape Plan proposal. He believed that local vendors and contractors could be more competitive with the costs.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:28 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

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WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY APRIL 10, 2006 (immediately following the special meeting) WAS HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The working committee meeting convened at 6:29 p.m.

The American Legion’s request for assistance for a bathroom addition to the park was discussed. The general consensus of the city council was that this project should be a joint effort between the city, the county and the parks district. Projects of this magnitude needed to be budgeted for, as no funds had been set-aside in the current budget. Mr. Crismore suggested funding the project through the LADC fund. It was agreed the council would table the decision until the regular meeting in May to allow time to verify if any excess funds could be found in the current year budget for assistance.

Mr. Roll inquired about the posting date for oil and gas bids. He would like it to be in conjunction with the County bids so the bidding for both entities would be fair to all local vendors.

David Thompson Search and Rescue had come before the city council at the April 3rd regular meeting requesting assistance in water and sewer hookups to the city facility they currently lease. Dan Thede stated there was probably enough six-inch water line left from the Johnston Acre project that could be used. The sewer line would have to be engineered, as the grade must be right for proper operation. Again the request for assistance falls outside the current budget. The city council requested an itemized cost estimate for the proposed work to be presented at the May 1, 2006 regular meeting.

The city council was in agreement that in the future, any projects that require the assistance of city funds should be outlined in writing so all parties know what costs will be incurred and what donations will be required. Verbal agreements will be no longer be acceptable.

Mr. Crismore requested that part 3, section 4 of the City Council Rules of Procedures be revisited by the council. He is not in agreement regarding the affirmative vote and would like input from the city attorney as to the correctness of the rule.

The insurance premiums from Montana Municipal Insurance Authority were reviewed. The medical benefits will increase from last year. The current health plan the City of Libby has will be obsolete in fiscal year 2006. A representative from MMIA will come during May 2006 to review the various plans offered and to assist the employees in choosing the best plan for health benefits for the coming year. The process of reporting workers’ compensation claims was reviewed. The worker’s compensation modification factor for the new fiscal year was discussed.

No public input was offered.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

May 1, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1255th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON MAY 1, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Council member Crismore was absent.

The pastor from the Methodist Church offered prayer.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept the minutes from the April 3, 2006 regular meeting with one change and the April 10, 2006 special meeting with one change.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

Russ Thompson, Vice President of the American Legion Baseball, requested a grant of $9000 from the city to repair the existing bathroom facility at the ballpark. The money will be used for material only. Volunteers will donate all the labor. Mayor Berget stated he had reviewed the budget and suggested allocating funds of $6,000 from the Parks and Cemetery budgets to assist with the bathroom project. The American Legion is receiving $3,000 in grant monies also.

Mr. McElmurry moved to grant $5,000 from the Parks budget and $1,000 from the Cemetery budget for the bathroom project with the monies being disbursed upon receipt of invoices.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The David Thompson Search and Rescue request was tabled until the June 5, 2006 regular meeting because of sewer line issues not yet resolved.

NEW BUSINESS

Tungsten Holdings put in a request for alley abandonment for the alley directly behind their place of business. Mayor Berget assigned the subject to the street committee for a recommendation at the budget hearings.

Pat Pezzelle, board member for the Economic Development Committee came before the council to request city council participation on the board. He said the city is an integral part of the success of economic development and they should have a voice and accountability. There are nine board member positions. Currently six positions are filled. The board meets Tuesday evenings. Mayor Berget told Mr. Pezzelle the council would make a recommendation and let him know.

The subject Council Rules and Procedures was tabled until the next regular meeting in June so all board members would be present to discuss the issue.

Mayor Berget asked Doug Roll to meet with the members of the Board of Adjustments to reaffirm their interest in continuing to serve on the board. Mr. Roll will verify his findings at the June regular council meeting.

Mayor Berget expressed his interest in a splash park for the City of Libby. There is a proposal that is connected to phases of the pool proposal. His thoughts were for the cost and timeliness, it would be a great idea to have a smaller version of a splash pad completed by summer 2006. He suggested construction at the Fireman’s Park due to the fact another well could be dug allowing for recirculation of the water. The original idea was to be at the city hall property but the water situation was becoming a major issue and would be very expensive and time consuming to complete.

Mr. Bothman moved to proceed with the splash pad at the Fireman’s Park location with the understanding the city would not pay any money toward the project for labor or materials.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION

Mayor Berget requested a volunteer from the council to fill an open position on the Lincoln County Tourism board.

Logger Days Committee requested permission to close Mineral Avenue on June 24, 2006 for the annual parade.

Ms. Leckrone moved to close Mineral Avenue on June 24, 2006 for the Logger Days parade.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Gary Doubek submitted a request to have a street dance for Logger Days on June 23 and June 24, 2006 and a request to have a street dance for the rodeo on July 28 and July 29, 2006 on Mineral Avenue. The request was tabled until the June 5, 2006 meeting in order to obtain more detail regarding the events.

U-Serve made a request to construct a sign on the property they currently lease from the city. They plan to hold a fundraiser and feel they could benefit by having the visibility of a sign. The validity of the current lease was discussed and it was unsure if the lease was still valid. The council will revisit the lease at the regular meeting in June 2006.

Mr. Bischoff moved to allow U-Serve to construct a sign stating “possible future home of U-Serve”.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery/Parks  – Mr. Bothman met with Mr. Huntsberger of the Tree Committee regarding their assistance with the River Front Park. Mr. Huntsberger relayed the information that the committee would like to assist with any tree planting but do not want to work with a landscaping plan.

City/County Liaison  – A phone conference call was held on May 3 at 3:30 p.m. with Max Dobb regarding the delay in the record of decision. Mr. McElmurry said weed spraying would begin.

Fire  – None. Mayor Berget report mill levies should be increased for the fire department to bring the pension plan up to date.

Building/Industrial Park  – Ms. Leckrone reported that Bonnie Morrow of the MAC approached her with a request to have more new carpet and who could assist them in completing maintenance projects when they arise.

Insurance  – Mr. McElmurry reported there was an employee meeting scheduled May 3 to review the new health plans offered by MMIA.

Personnel  – None

Police  – Officer Barnett presented the monthly police report.

Resolution/Ordinance  – None.

Water  – Mr. McElmurry reported he was using a new chemical with great success and a great savings.

Sewer/Lights  – Bids on the new sewer line were going to advertised.

Streets/Alleys  – Street patching was being done.

Sidewalks/curbs  – Mr. Bothman said he has had numerous inquries.

Budget/Finance  – None.

Judicial  – None.

Union Negotiations  – None.

RC&D  – None.

Mr. McElmurry moved to pay the claims as presented.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

No public asked to speak.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

June 5, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1256th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JUNE 5, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Council President Charlene Leckrone called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Crismore, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Mayor Anthony Berget and Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede were absent

Pastor Bill Sonntag from Family Worship Center offered prayer.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes from the May 1, 2006 regular meeting as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

The David Thompson Search and Rescue request for sewer utility was discussed. Mr. Thede said the city had enough materials to complete 150’ of sewer extension and would provide the labor. From this point, the sewer could easily be extended to River Front Park.

Mr. Roll moved to agree to extend the sewer line to the main building with the remainder of the hookup costs to be born by David Thompson Search and Rescue.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Tungsten Holdings request for alleyway abandonment was tabled until the July 2006 regular meeting. However, the issue of blocking off the driveway for through traffic was discussed. Numerous vehicles are using the alley as a through street.

Mr. Crismore moved to allow Tungsten Holdings to block off the alleyway entrance to deter through traffic.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The Board of Adjustment members’ renewal was discussed. Mayor Berget had suggested keeping the current board members for another term.

Mr. Bothman moved to accept the recommendation of the Mayor to retain the current membership of the Board of Adjustments.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried. Mr. Crismore opposed.

Gary Doubek submitted a request for street closure at his establishment to host the Logger Days Dance. He requested Mineral Avenue be closed from Second to Third Streets on June 23 and June 24, 2006 between the hours of 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. The music will end at midnight both nights. He will sign an agreement and have a certificate of insurance in place for any liability issues that may arise.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the request from Gary Doubek to host the Logger Days Dance on Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24, 2006 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. and have Mineral Avenue between Second and Third Streets closed off during the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. with an agreement and insurance certificate in place.
Mr. Crismore seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Gary Doubek submitted a request for street closure at his establishment to host the Rodeo Dance. He requested Mineral Avenue be closed from Second to Third Streets on July 28 and July 29, 2006 between the hours of 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. The music will end at midnight both nights. He will sign an agreement and have a certificate of insurance in place for any liability issues that may arise. The Council expressed concern about approving an event such as this without being assured of not encountering problems with the public function.

Mr. Roll moved to approve the request from Gary Doubek to host the Rodeo Dance on Friday July 28 and Saturday July 29, 2006 between the hours of 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. and have Mineral Avenue between Second and Third Streets closed off during the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. with an agreement and insurance certificate in place, subject to the satisfactory outcome of the Logger Days Dance in June 2006.
Mr. Crismore seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

U-Serve has requested a 5-year renewal of the current lease with the City of Libby. The Council discussed the progress to date of the organization.

Mr. Roll moved to extend the current U-Serve lease for two more years.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Part III, Section 4 of the Council Rules & Procedures was discussed in length. The wording is unclear to some of the council members as to the number of affirmative votes required. Mayor Berget asked Mr. Crismore to rewrite the part that he feels is unclear in wording and bring it to the July regular meeting for discussion.

MMIA has offered four new health insurance plans that will be in place for the next fiscal year. The plan the city currently has with MMIA will be obsolete June 30, 2006. The City must choose a new plan to become effective July 1, 2006.

Mr. Bothman moved to table the decision until the June 12, 2006 special meeting.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

AFLAC representatives have offered a flex plan to the city employees. The city currently has a plan in place with USAble Life but due to lack of agent representation, no open enrollment has been offered to the city employees. The AFLAC plan contributions are strictly from employees. AFLAC has agreed to waive the setup fees. Therefore the city will incur no cost whatsoever.

Mr. Bischoff moved to replace the current flex plan with AFLAC effective July 1, 2006.
Mr. Crismore seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

COUNCIL ACTION/DISCUSSION

A request for quote for engineering services was advertised for the Streetscape Project. Two firms, WGM and Welch-Comer Assoc., applied and were interviewed by the street committee members. The committee made the recommendation of firm of WGM to the council for engineering services. If no reasonable contract with WGM can be accepted, the council can reject the proposal and interview the other firm. The decision was tabled until the July 2006 regular meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery/Parks  – A group from Montana Athletic Club has been donating time and money for the upkeep of the planted triangle area on Highway 2 and Minnesota Ave. They are requesting reimbursement from the city for beautification supplies.

Mr. Bischoff moved to grant $258.40 from the parks budget for supplies for the planted area.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

 

City/County Liaison  – None.

Fire  – Fire Chief Tom Wood presented the monthly fire report.

Building/Industrial Park  – None.

Insurance  – Mr. McElmurry reported there was a proposal for new health plans offered by MMIA. AFLAC was accepted for the employees’ participation.

Personnel  – None

Police  – None.

Resolution/Ordinance –  None.

Water  – None.

Sewer/Lights  – None.

Streets/Alleys  – None.

Sidewalks/curbs  – Mr. Bothman reported the sidewalk in front of Old City Hall was being completed and it will be great when done.

Budget/Finance  – None.

Judicial  – None.

Union Negotiations  – None.

RC&D  – None.

Mr. Roll moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget agreed to be the council representative for the Economic Development Committee.

A special meeting and budget workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 12, 2006 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers. A budget workshop meeting is scheduled Wednesday, June 14, 2006 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Venture Inn. The public is invited to attend both meetings.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

No public asked to speak.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL JUNE 12, 2006 – 6 p.m.

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. Roll was called. Present were council members Crismore, Roll, Leckrone, Bischoff and McElmurry and City Clerk Chris Erickson. Absent was City Services Supervisor Dan Thede.

Resolution No. 1662 amending the General Fund Budget to allow for a FEMA grant to be expended for an air vacuum system at the fire department.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept Resolution No. 1662 Amending the General Fund Budget for the Fiscal Year 2005-06.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The MMIA employee health plan was discussed. The Council decided on a plan with less benefit but less premium with the intention of upgrading to the next higher plan the first couple of weeks of July if the budget allows.

Mr. Bischoff moved to accept the Mission Plan through Montana Municipal Insurance Authority for the fiscal year 2006-07 with the option to upgrade in July.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Adoption of Resolution No. 1643 allowed the city council to require property owners to annex as a condition of continued utility service. This item was tabled until the July 10thregular meeting.

Mayor Berget asked the Street Committee to meet with the two engineering firms who had expressed interest in the Streetscape Plan by way of a Request for Quote and bring a recommendation to the city council. Mr. Roll, Mr. Bischoff and Mr. Bothman spoke with each firm individually and gave the recommendation of WGM firm from Missoula as their first choice.

Mr. Bothman moved to enter into negations with WGM Engineering for a proposal for engineering services for the Streetscape Plan.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried. Mr. Crismore opposed.

No public offered comment.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

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WORKING COMMITTEE/BUDGET MEETING CITY HALL JUNE 12, 2006

Subjects discussed during the working committee meeting were:

Charges to contractors for use of the water pump at the river. It was suggested an annual fiscal year charge of $100 per contractor would be fair with a neon sticker placed in the windshield for verification of payment.

Standard Operating Procedures needed to be reviewed and reflected as Standard Operating Guidelines.

Fiscal year 2006-07 budget issues were discussed. No action was taken.

No public offered comment.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

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Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

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SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY CABINET ROOM – VENTURE MOTOR INN JUNE 14, 2006 – 6 p.m.

Subjects discussed during the fiscal year 2006-07 budget meeting were: Long range plans for the city including the sewer lagoons at the Port Authority; the Cabinet View Golf Course plan; Streetscape project; infrastructure issues; and annexation. No action was taken.

Mayor Berget assigned the long-range plans to respective committees to discuss and bring a recommendation to the city council.

2006-07 budget issues were discussed. No action was taken.

No public offered comment.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m.

July 10, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1257th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON JULY 10, 2006 A 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Tony Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.   Council member Crismore was absent.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes from the June 5, 2006 regular meeting and the June 12, 2006 and June 14, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The first reading for Ordinance No. 1663 Creating a Shade Tree Committee was done.

OLD BUSINESS

Council Rules & Procedures – Part III, Section 4, Affirmative Vote was discussed again. Mr. Roll still strongly felt the wording should be changed to reflect the correct meaning of what constitutes a quorum.

Tungsten Holdings requested a meeting at the location of the alley that they requested to be abandoned. As the council voted to allow the alleyway entrance to be blocked to deter traffic, there was some confusion as to why Tungsten still wanted to meet. As the council agreed, Tungsten Holdings representatives needed to be in attendance at the council meeting to discuss their concerns and to include the public in comment.

Ms. Leckrone moved to submit a letter to deny abandonment of the alley.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Possible approval of a letter regarding annexation as a condition of continued utility service was discussed. It was explained that if a property owner does not choose to disconnect from services, they give up the right to fight annexation should it be proposed at a later date.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept the letter with two changes with the intent not to send the letter  to property owners until the decision is made to annex.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mr. Bischoff moved to send the letter written by City Attorney Charles Evans regarding annexation to all property owners in the Cabinet View Heights area.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Negotiations for the streetscape plan with the engineering firm WGM is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.

NEW BUSINESS

Fuel, gravel and asphalt bids for fiscal year 2006-07 were awarded. Moore Oil received bid for gas, diesel and propane. Kootenai Paving received the bid for asphalt. Remp Sand and Gravel received the bid for crush.

Moore Oil, Inc. for unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Fuel: (as of 6/16/06)

Unleaded                   Diesel                       Propane

Gasoline                    Fuel

Supply Rack                    Missoula                    Tacoma                       Billings

Posted Price                       2.1725                       2.045

Discount (if any)                  0.000                         0.0000                      0.0000

Freight to Libby                    .0916              .          .2442

State Tax                              .27                             .2775

DST Fee/Super Fund Fee     .0075                         .2775

Subtotal 2.5416                  2.5742                         .995

Minimum Mark up at 7%       N/A                            N/A                         N/A

Additional Margin                 .05¢/gal                      .05¢/gal                  10.0¢/gal

            Total Bid                 $2.5916                      $2.6342                  $109.5

City Service Valcon             Option 1: Rack price                $1.28 per gallon for propane.

                                              Option 2: Fixed price               $1.39 per gallon for propane

Golden State Oil for unleaded Gasoline and Diesel Fuel: (as of 6/16/06)

Unleaded          Diesel

Gasoline            Fuel

Tax Paid           $2.8290           $2.8821

Tax Free           $2.3663           $2.3416

Kootenai Paving: Prices in effect until December 31, 2006. January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007 subject to reflection of increase in raw materials.

Asphalt paving machine with operator and screedman;             $185.00 per hour

(For non Prevailing Wage) if Prevailing Wages add                   $  30.00 per hour

Requires 1 hour prior and 1 hour after production            8 Hour Minimum Rental

 

Paving Roller with operator                                                    $  68.00 per hour

(For non Prevailing Wage) if Prevailing Wages add                   $  20.00 per hour

4 hour Minimum Rental

 

Asphalt Laborer (Raker/Shoveler)                                              $  45.00 per hour

(For non Prevailing Wage) if Prevailing Wages add                   $  20.00 per hour

 

Equipment Transport                                                                     $  80.00 per hour

(For non Prevailing Wage) if Prevailing Wages add                   $  20.00 per hour

 

Asphalt Emulsion Grade CRS-2P                                               $405.00 per ton

34-ton minimum with 2 hr. unload time.    Excess unloading at $105/hour

 

Bearcat Computerized Asphalt Distributor                                $125.00 per hour

8 hour minimum

 

City Furnished Aggregates Cold Mixed Asphalt             $59.70 per ton

 

2 inch thickness Type ‘B’(3/4’) or Type S-1 (1/2”) Hot Mix Asphalt:

Less than 3000 SF (500 SF Min.)                          $   2.50 per Square Foot

3000 or more SF                                                       $   1.70 per Square Foot

 

Alternate Item: Produce Hot Mixed Asphalt Concrete

 

Loaded into City Trucks                                                      $41.00 per ton

If produced with City furnished aggregates                              $6.75 per ton

Ongoing plant operations                                                       5 ton minimum

Non-ongoing plant operations                                           200 ton minimum

Remp Sand & Gravel, Inc.

5/8 minus crushed gravel                                                  $  4.35 per cubic yard

3/8 minus crushed chips                                                    $14.50 per cubic yard

 

Mr. Roll moved to accept the bids from Moore Oil, Kootenai Paving and Remp Sand and Gravel as submitted.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Debi Davidson, spokesperson for the Dream It Do It campaign appeared before the City Council requesting funds of $2500 for food items during the two-day seminar scheduled for August 14 and August 15, 2006. As this was an unexpected request for funds, the council tabled the decision until the special meeting scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2006.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Cemetery/Parks  – The water line is ready to be tied into at River Front Park. Mr. McElmurry was asked to have Chris Swenson start weed spraying in the cemetery.

City/County Liaison  – Mayor Berget requested the city clerk to submit a thank you letter to the County regarding their gift of the dump truck.

Fire  – Mr. Roll reported all was quiet for the month.

Building/Industrial Park  – None.

Insurance  – Mr. McElmurry reported he received a letter from the Union pertaining to a request for a meeting regarding insurance.

Personnel  – None

Police  – None.

Resolution/Ordinance  – None.

Water  – Mr. McElmurry reported the water tank tested out fine.

Sewer/Lights  – None.

Streets/Alleys  – Mr. Roll reported the pump at the river survived the floods and is operating.

Sidewalks/curbs  – Mr. Bothman reported he has received several requests for sidewalk repair and is waiting for the budget to be approved before awarding any funds.

Budget/Finance  – Budget meetings are scheduled for Monday, July 12 and July 14.

Judicial  – Judge Briggs will be gone the week of July 17  – 21, 2006. Marlene Herreid will substitute.

Union Negotiations  – None.

RC&D  – None.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

No public asked to speak.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL JULY 12, 2006 – 6 p.m.

The budget meeting convened at 6:02 p.m. Present were council members Roll, Leckrone, Bothman, Bischoff, McElmurry, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson. Also present was Corky Pape, Public Works Supervisor. Absent was Council Member Crismore.

Fiscal year 2006-07 budget items were discussed. No action was taken.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

 

SPECIAL MEETING/BUDGET MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL JULY 17, 2006 – 6 p.m.

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. Roll was called. Present were council members Roll, Leckrone, Bothman, Bischoff and McElmurry, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson. Absent was Council Member Crismore.

Debi Davidson, representative for the Dream It-Do It Seminar came before the city council requesting $2500 in funds to purchase food items and a brochure for the $8 Million Fund for the seminar scheduled August 14 and 15, 2006. Mayor Berget said the Chamber of Commerce had agreed to fund $1000 toward the request. Mr. Roll suggested that the Chamber of Commerce split the $2500 with the City. The Chamber agreed to do so.

Mr. Roll moved to give the Dream It-Do It seminar $1250 to purchase food and fund a brochure from the Executive Services Public Relations account in the fiscal year 2006-07 budget.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried. Mr. Bothman abstained.

No public offered comment.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:18 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

BUDGET MEETING

Fiscal year 2006-07 budget items were discussed. No action was taken

Meeting was completed at 8:46 p.m.

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL JULY 26, 2006 – 6 p.m.

The budget meeting convened at 6:02 p.m. Present were council members Roll, Leckrone, Bothman, Bischoff, McElmurry and City Clerk Chris Erickson. Also present was Corky Pape, Public Works Supervisor. Absent were City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and Council Member Crismore.

Peggy Williams inquired about a budget for the planning board. A consultant will need to be hired to assist with the growth policy that has a date of completion of October 2006.

Fiscal year 2006-07 budget items were discussed. No action was taken

No other public was present.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL BUDGET MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT CITY HALL JULY 31, 2006 – 6 p.m.  – 7 p.m.

The budget meeting convened at 6:02 p.m. Present were council members Roll, Leckrone, Bothman, Bischoff, McElmurry, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson. Also present were Corky Pape, Public Works Supervisor and Clay Coker, Chief of Police. Absent was Council Member Crismore.

Fiscal year 2006-07 budget items were discussed. No action was taken

Bonnie Morrow, Director of the Montana Athletic Club thanked the council for their support.

Next budget meeting was scheduled for Monday, August 7, 2006 at 6 p.m. before the regular city council meeting.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

August 7, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1258th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 7, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Tony Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.   Council member Crismore was absent.

Kevin Lindgren offered prayer.

Mayor Berget presented community announcements.

Due to lack of a quorum, the regular August monthly meeting was rescheduled for Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 6:00 p.m.

OLD BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

HEAR THE PUBLIC

The meeting was adjourned at 7:39 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

THE 1258th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON AUGUST 9, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Tony Berget called the regular meeting to order at 6:42 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.   Council member McElmurry and Crismore was absent.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept the minutes of the July 10, 2006 regular meeting with one change and the minutes of the July 12, July 17, July 26 and July 31, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

The street committee met regarding the proposal from WGM Engineers for the Streetscape Plan. The committee is still working with the merchants. They would like to hold another public meeting with the downtown merchants regarding the project before a decision is reached to accept the proposal.

NEW BUSINESS

Charlie Wright from the Department of Commerce presented information on W2WA. This is an application that is completed once and submitted to the various agencies (TSEP, CDBG, etc.) when requesting grant money to fund projects.

Libby Nordicfest requested street closure for the annual parade and festivities that are scheduled for September 8, 9 and 10, 2006.

Mr. Roll moved to grant the street closure request for Saturday, September 9, 2006.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Brian Wilkins came before the city council to request annexation into the city limits for his property located at 221 Mahoney Road. He was asked to submit a formal property description to the city in order for the city to complete the request with a resolution.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept the annexation of the said property.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Leroy Thom presented an update for CARD. Dr. Brad Black presented a $5,000 check to the City of Libby per the agreement of an annual payment and thanked the council for having faith in their endeavors.

Thomas Cook from CDM gave an update of the progress of the cleanup at the railroad tracks. Asbestos was discovered when the water line to the David Thompson Search and Rescue building was excavated. The cleanup will begin about August 28, 2006 after the award of the contract. He stated they have no plans to excavate outside the trench area.

Gary Huntsberger came before the council concerning a letter sent to the Kootenai Heritage Council regarding their LADC loan that was in arrears. He stated since there had been no formal disbandment of the LADC, the council should renegotiate the loan with KHC. Although Mr. Huntsberger was not formally representing KHC, he wanted to insure that some type of system was in place for any future LADC loans or grants that would be approved.

Wayne Hirst, representative for the Downtown Merchants Association, spoke to the council regarding to the Streetscape Plan. He did a survey of all the property owners and came up with the majority opposed to the project. As he stated, they had no opposition to cleaning up and improving Mineral Avenue but they felt the project was too large and Libby had too many other needs. He stated the association was in favor of sprucing up Libby, not transforming it.

The fiscal year 2006-07 preliminary budget was discussed briefly with a few minor changes made. The changes were to remove the verbiage of carpet in city hall and to cancel the MMIA insurance representative for a cost of about $2100 per year.  Libby Revitalization also requested continuance for one more year utilizing the excess balance of $35,416.20 left in the grant.

Mr. Bothman moved to allow LRI to continue for one more year utilizing the balance of $35,416.20.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept the fiscal year 2006-07 preliminary budget as amended.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

There were no committee reports.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Peggy Williams requested clarification of the CARD payment of $5,000 to the city.

Gary Huntsberger restated he was not representing KHC but wanted clarification of the LADC situation.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD AT THE CABINET VIEW COUNTRY CLUB AUGUST 11, 2006 – 8 p.m.

Mayor Berget called the special public meeting to order at 8:06 p.m. Present were council members Leckrone, Bothman, Bischoff.

The public meeting was held to inform the residents and property owners in Cabinet Heights of the possibility of annexation. Mayor Berget told the audience that there was a possibility a 30-notice of annexation letter would be submitted. He wanted to allow the property owners a chance to understand what the process meant and how it would affect them.

Other topics of discussion were financing, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and city verses county tax comparison.

The public was encouraged to participate in the discussion and allowed time to ask questions.

Meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY WAS HELD ON AUGUST 28, 2006 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 6:08 p.m. Roll was called. Present were council members Roll, Bothman, Bischoff, McElmurry, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson. Also present were Corky Pape, Public Works Supervisor and Clay Coker, Chief of Police. Absent was council member Leckrone.

Mayor Berget asked City Clerk Chris Erickson to give a brief overview of the budget for fiscal year 2006-07. As she explained, the budget will be tighter this year due to lack of reserves in most of the funds. The Johnston Acres project required most of the reserve money. The projected revenues will not recognize much increase from the previous year. The mill levies for the fire department pension fund will be increased for this fiscal year. Due to a law change in 2001, which required a percentage calculation verses a mill levy, an actuary will be completed to replenish the pension funds over a three-year period. Plans needed to be put into place to begin reserving funds to repair the water and sewer plants and to replace equipment as needed.

Resolution No. 1664 Fixing the Annual Appropriations for the City of Libby, Montana as set Forth in the 2006-07 Preliminary Budget Approved by the City Council was read.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Resolution No. 1664.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Resolution No. 1665 Setting the Salaries and Wages of Elected Officers, Appointed Officers and City Employees was read.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Resolution No. 1665 with one change.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Resolution No. 1666 Making Tax Levy for the Year 2006 Upon All Real Property in the City of Libby for General and Special Purposes was read.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept Resolution No. 1666.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget stated the public meeting at Cabinet Heights, which was held on August 11, 2006, was received well. He said the next step was to mail a letter to the Cabinets Heights property owners regarding the impending annexation. He asked the city attorney to compose the letter. As one property owner stated he never received the public meeting notice, it was suggested signing and notarizing a certification of service to insure when the mailing was sent. An ad will also be posted in the Western News paper.

Mr. Bischoff moved to send the annexation letter to the Cabinet Heights property owners who reside within the sewer project.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

No public comment was offered.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:03 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

September 11, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1259th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2006 AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Libby Revitalization requested a meeting with the city council prior to the regular meeting. The meeting was called to order at 6:02 and began with introductions from the LRI board. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the progress of the Streetscape Plan, the future existence of LRI and to solidify the partnership between LRI and the Libby City Council. The opposition to the streetscape was discussed, as was the future of LRI. A five year commitment from the City was requested. The city council was unable to commit to that request without having it on the agenda for discussion. The city council verbally gave its support to LRI and will discuss future longevity at the October meeting.

Mayor Tony Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Crismore, Leckrone, and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.   Council member McElmurry was absent.

City Attorney Chuck Evans addressed the council regarding the Writ of Prohibition received from Judge Prezeau temporarily prohibiting removal of Mr. Crismore as a council member. The council has the opportunity to respond and show cause why not to make the decision permanent for Mr. Crismore to remain. The court must receive a response from the city no later than September 20, 2006.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the minutes of the August 7 and 9, 2006 regular meetings and the minutes of the August 11, August 16, August 21 and August 28, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Ordinance No. 1663 Creating a Shade Tree Committee was read for the second time.

Mr. Roll moved to approve Ordinance No. 1663.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Ordinance No. 1669 Floodplain Management Ordinance as set by FEMA was read for the first time. As Mayor Berget explained, the floodplain management measures must be adopted no later than September 29, 2006 or the City of Libby becomes ineligible for flood insurance, new policies cannot be sold and existing policies cannot be renewed. The state law (M.C.A.) dictates the order in which an ordinance must be adopted into law. This would not allow enough time to implement the agreement per FEMA’s deadline. In special circumstances such as this, the community can show through meeting notes that the ordinance will be effective one date but not passed until a later date, which would allow the city to be in compliance with state law.

Mr. Bothman moved that be it hereby ordained that the city council of the City of Libby hereby adopts the attached set of comprehensive land use regulations as the City of Libby’s Municipal Code Title 14, Chapter 32 to replace the existing floodplain regulations that were adopted January 1993 to be effective September 11, 2006 and passed November 6, 2006.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

The 30-day letter to annex Cabinet Heights was sent out to the required property owners on September 1, 2006. The residents have 30-days to present a written letter to the city if they choose to discontinue water service.

NEW BUSINESS

Andrea Hammond the program director for the Lincoln County Crisis Solutions (LCCS) came before the council requesting information on the possibility of purchasing the crisis center property from the City. The previous history of the facility was explained in brief. As she stated, they have received several grants and have begun rehabilitating the structure and grounds. The group would eventually like to have a facility they can expand, refurbish and not have to worry about being a temporary tenant. They would like the city to produce proof in writing that if they were to pay off the mortgage, the shelter would become the sole property of the LCCS. As Mayor Berget stated, the house was purchased by the city several years ago. The real estate market is not at the same level it was then. If the LCCS considered purchase, it would have to be done legally and each party would have to realize the equity in the property. This item was given to the building committee for a recommendation to be brought back to the regular monthly council meeting on October 2, 2006.

Bob Zimmerman made a request to the city for reimbursement of sewer lines that he had constructed from his home at 717 Main Ave. to the sewer main on California Avenue. He gave a brief history of the adjoining properties and the sewer line hookups each home had to the city’s main. He had been experiencing backup problems due to the size of the lines from the house to the main and the number of hookups that were on the same lines. The city had agreed to assist in the cost by purchasing the materials, which they did. Mr. Zimmerman was to absorb the cost of the actual construction and hookup from his house to the main. His son Brian Zimmerman had misunderstood that he would be able to use Noble Excavating equipment for the job. Noble Excavating had made no such agreement nor had they presented a bid to the Zimmerman’s. Consequently Mr. Zimmerman was charged for the cost. He is now asking for reimbursement from the city stating it is the city’s responsibility to provide the service. This item was presented to the Sewer Committee for a recommendation to be brought back to the October 2, 2006 regular meeting.

The current City of Libby parking ordinance was briefly discussed. It was agreed that parking restrictions were not always enforced during snow removal times and street sweeping times. This issue was given to the Ordinance Committee for recommendation.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS  – Ms. Leckrone commented the cemetery looked greener and more well kept and wanted to thank the crew.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – Mr. Bischoff said the meeting with the Corp. of Engineers regarding the river flow went well. The Secure Schools Program has been authorized for the Libby area.

FIRE  – Mr. Roll presented the monthly report.

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL PARK  – Ms. Leckrone reported on the tour of Old City Hall.

INSURANCE  – None.

PERSONNEL  – None.

POLICE  – Chief Coker said Officer Scauflaire is currently at the academy in Helena. He spoke regarding the letter to the editor from Sandy Doubek.

RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES  – None.

WATER  – Mr. Bothman asked when EPA was to be finished with the trench work at the railroad property. The water main on Montana Avenue was finally finished with plenty of valves installed.

SEWER/LIGHTS  – None.

SIDEWALKS/CURBS  – None.

BUDGET/FINANCE  – Ms. Leckrone said the fiscal year 2006-07 budget was approved last month.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

D.C. Orr spoke regarding Stuart Crismore.

Stuart Crismore addressed the council regarding the misinformation that had been presented about his attendance at the past council meetings. He stated he had no other recourse than to file a lawsuit against the city.

Jim Rostorfer spoke regarding Stuart Crismore.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING PUBLIC HEARING – WATER AND SEWER RATE INCREASE COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL SEPTEMBER 20, 2006 – 6 pm

Mayor Berget called the public hearing to order at 6:02 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Roll, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry, Bischoff and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. City Services Supervisor Dan Thede was absent.

The public hearing was held to allow the public to make comment regarding the water and sewer rate increase.

D.C. Orr spoke against the increase.

Alan Bernhard requested clarification of the issue.

Cheryl Stern spoke against the increase.

Ronald Stern spoke against the increase.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:18 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING COUNCIL CHAMBERS – CITY HALL SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 – 7 pm

Mayor Berget called the public hearing to order at 7:02 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Roll, Bothman, Leckrone, Bischoff and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Council member McElmurry and City Services Supervisor Dan Thede were absent.

The water and sewer rate increase resolutions were presented for adoption.

Ms. Leckrone moved to adopt Resolution No. 1667 approving a rate increase for the City’s water system without the 1,000-gallon adjustment.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mr. Bischoff moved to adopt Resolution No. 1668 approving a rate increase for the City’s sewer system.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Kelly O’Brian had requested a variance to allow the Libby High School to hold a fireworks display for the Homecoming celebration. As it was, they changed the area to conduct the display from the original request. The new area is in the county, which is in the Rural Fire district. Therefore, the city did not need to take action on the request. He did however state he would like to have the original area for next year.

No public presented comment.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:12 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

October 2, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1260th REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 2, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Tony Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and Utility Billing Clerk Tanya Gehrke were present. City Clerk Chris Erickson was absent.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes of the September 11, 2006 regular meeting and the minutes of the September 20, and September 21, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget pointed out that Resolution No. 1667 wording should have read “a rate increase for the City’s water system with the 1,000 gallon adjustment” not “without the 1,000 gallon adjustment.”

City Attorney Charles Evans addressed the council about allowing more time for the public to respond on Resolution No. 1670 Cabinet Heights Annexation. It will be addressed at the special meeting scheduled for October 16, 2006.

OLD BUSINESS

Andrea Hammond the program director for the Lincoln County Crisis Solutions (LCCS) came before the council putting in place the purchase of the crisis center property from the City. She had met with Ms. Leckrone who sits on the building committee. Ms. Leckrone said that she was misinformed on some of the issues and City Attorney Charles Evans said he would review the paperwork.

Mr. Bischoff made a motion not to reimburse Mr. Bob Zimmerman for construction costs he incurred for the installation of a sewer line from his home at 717 Main Ave. to the sewer main on California Avenue, and that it was determined not to be an allowable cost for the City.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried. All members present were in favor.

NEW BUSINESS

Matt Hollingsworth came to the council to present information on the Eagle Ridge facility he is planning to build on the former Pacheco property. The development would be a hotel and restaurant complex. He wanted to know if it might be “in the realm of possibility” to build a health and wellness facility and also a swimming pool and ice rink on the adjoining land which is city property. He also needed information on water and sewer utilities and to see if they would be available while their plans are still Phase 1.

Jim Morey addressed the Council on behalf of the Lincoln County Transportation Committee. They are interested in providing safe and affordable transportation to the citizens of Lincoln County. The LCTC need about $15,000.00 and they are also going to meet with Lincoln County Commissioners in hope of securing some funding from the County. Jim left paperwork and requested to be placed on the agenda for the October 16, 2006 meeting.

Don Lindholm of 150 Cedar Creek addressed the council about his need for about 10 acres of land with railway access. He wants to build a Biodiesel Production facility which when completed would employ at least 20 people. He had tried unsuccessfully to approach the Port Authority about purchasing land from them. He will go back to the Port Authority and try to schedule a meeting with them.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS  – Ms. Leckrone commented the cemetery was fine and everyone was still there.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – None

FIRE  – None.

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL PARK  – Mr. Thede reported that the water line is in place at River Park and the brackets are in place under the bridge. Oedewaldt construction is going to do the work to install a sewer line at River Park for Search and Rescue, which should start about November 1, 2006.

INSURANCE  – None.

PERSONNEL  – None.

POLICE  – None

RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES  – None.

WATER  – None.

SEWER/LIGHTS  – None.

SIDEWALKS/CURBS  – None.

BUDGET/FINANCE  – None.

Request to write off delinquent sewer charges from 2004 in the amount of $267.36 was presented by Tanya Gehrke.  Mr. McElmurry made a motion to accept request as presented.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

D.C. Orr spoke regarding Mr. Zimmermann’s situation and questioned the payment of certain claims.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Tanya Gehrke, Deputy City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS  – CITY HALL OCTOBER 16, 2006  – 6 pm

Mayor Berget called the public hearing to order at 6:02 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Roll, Bothman, McElmurry, Bischoff and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Council member Leckrone and City Services Supervisor Dan Thede were absent.

OLD BUSINESS

Discussion on the Lincoln County Transportation Committee proposal was tabled. It was decided due to budget constraints discussion should be held when all members are present.

Resolution No. 1670 was presented for a second time. City Attorney Charles Evans suggested delaying adoption in order to allow sufficient time for all property owners to have received the notice and be able to protest if need be.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Resolution No. 1670 Approving the Annexation of Properties Located in Sections 9, 10 and 15 T30N, R31W, M.P.M.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Mary Klinkham of Klinkham Consulting presented a proposal to the city council for resource analysis and growth policy. The professional service agreement was for Phase I for the growth plan for a not to exceed $12,000 cost. The revised growth plan was mandated for completion on October 1, 2006. Mrs. Klinkham discussed the content of the agreement and answered several questions regarding inclusions and exclusions of the proposed project. Ken Peterson offered several comments regarding the necessity of getting the growth plan in place. Mayor Berget asked the council to review the proposal and be prepared to discuss the same at the November 6, 2006 regular meeting.

Mr. Roll stated Candace Peterson had contacted him regarding painting of the school crosswalks. Mr. Roll gave the request to the Streets Supervisor Corky Pape who assured him that as soon as weather permitted, they planned to get them painted.

Mary Klinkham stated she was surprised to know the city was annexing property without notifying the county. Mayor Berget assured her it was not the intention to not inform the county but the proposed annexation had been noticed several times in the paper including a public meeting being conducted. Also, Commissioner Windom was aware of the impending annexation.

Mr. Roll stated the City of Libby must get subdivision regulations in place.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:12 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

November 6, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1261st REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON NOVEMBER 6, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Tony Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and   City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes of the September 11, 2006 regular meeting and the minutes of the September 20, and September 21, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget presented the second reading of Ordinance No. 1669 Floodplain Management Regulations.

Mr. Roll moved to accept Ordinance No. 1669 Adopting Floodplain Management Regulations that were effective September 11, 2006.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS

The Building Committee recommended that City Attorney Charles Evans prepare a lease with option to buy between the City of Libby and the Lincoln County Crisis Solutions (LCCS) regarding the shelter they currently rent. This item will remain on the agenda until the lease is official.

Mr. Jim Morey of the Lincoln County Transportation Committee was not in attendance. However, Mr. Bischoff reported the funds Mr. Morey had requested earlier were not needed at this time as the county had assisted in the funding.

The Planning Committee recommended approval of the growth plan proposal from Klinkham Consulting.

Mr. Roll moved to accept the proposal from Klinkham Consulting to prepare Phase I of the Growth Plan for the City of Libby.
Mr. Bischoff seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

The Personnel Committee had interviewed three individuals who were interested in the open position for a city council member. They were Peggy Williams, D. C. Orr and Mark Roberts. The Personnel Committee recommended offering the position to Peggy Williams.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept Peggy Williams as the new city council member whose term will expire in 2007.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget gave the Oath of Office to Peggy Williams. She took her place at the council table.

Mayor Berget allowed the public to speak early as one person had to close their business in order to attend the council meeting.

Mrs. Jean Parnell, Manager of the Mountain Magic Motel spoke of her dissatisfaction with the way the city handles vandalism reports, speeders and non-resident registered vehicles. Ms. Leckrone assured Mrs. Parnell that she would forward the concerns to the Chief of Police.

The annual contract for the city attorney was due to be renewed. The effective date was changed to July 2006 through June 2007 in order to stay in sync with the current pay increases of the city employees.

Ms. Leckrone moved to approve the annual contract for City Attorney Charles Evans effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

The Chamber of Commerce requested street closure of Mineral Avenue during the Christmas Parade scheduled for December 1, 2006.

Mr. Roll moved to close Mineral Avenue during the annual Christmas Parade on December 1, 2006.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Paul Rummelhart gave a PowerPoint presentation to the city council regarding the renovation of the Industrial Park. He discussed ore transportation for the mines, permits, sewer ponds and CDBG grants. The council continued to support the concept and scheduled a special meeting for Monday, November 13, 2006 at 5:30 to discuss the options.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS  – None.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – None

FIRE  – Fire Chief Tom Wood presented the monthly report..

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL PARK  – None.

INSURANCE  – None.

PERSONNEL  – None.

POLICE  – None

RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES  – None.

WATER  – None.

SEWER/LIGHTS  – A letter will be sent to local contractors and roofers regarding storm drain infiltration violations. Mr. McElmurry requested a camera to purchase. It was suggested partnering with Troy and Eureka with the expense and usage.

SIDEWALKS/CURBS  – None.

BUDGET/FINANCE  – None.

JUDICIAL  – Judge Briggs and Donna Moe will be gone the week of November 13-17 to attend the annual convention in Great Falls.

Mr. McElmurry moved to pay the claims as presented.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Tom Wood said he had received a grant from FEC for training equipment for school presentations.

Jeff Weigle made a complaint about the way a traffic violation was handled in city court by the judge.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS  – CITY HALL NOVEMBER 1, 2006  – 6 pm

Council President Charlene Leckrone called the public hearing to order at 6:00 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Leckrone, McElmurry, Bothman and Bischoff and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. Council member Roll, Mayor Berget and City Services Supervisor Dan Thede were absent.

NEW BUSINESS

Resolution No. 1671 was presented for adoption. This resolution amends Resolution 1670 approving the annexation of properties located in Cabinet Heights by adding notice of a public hearing to be held December 4, 2006 at 6 p.m.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept Resolution No. 1671 Amending Resolution No. 1670 Approving the Annexation of Properties Located in Sections 9, 10 and 15 T30N, R31W, M.P.M.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:03 p.m.

Paul Rummelhart of the Industrial Park Board gave a brief presentation to the city council regarding the future infrastructure development plans to the Industrial Park. The plans included rail renovation, new truck scale, electrical power, water mains, sewer collection and lift station, and road improvements. He was asking the city to apply for a CDBG grant to assist in the renovations.

The council members in attendance were in support of the project and proposal. As there were some members absent, it was decided to table the discussion to the regular November monthly meeting.

Discussion was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

                                                                       

Charlene Leckrone, City Council President

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS  – CITY HALL NOVEMBER 13, 2006  – 5:30 pm

A special committee meeting of the Libby City Council was held on the above date and time. Mayor Berget, council members Roll, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry, Williams and Bischoff, City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.

Discussion ensued regarding the possibility of the city completing a CDBG grant application for the Industrial Park District to assist in rehabilitation of the area. The Industrial Park Board has several potential business interests that would like to relocate to Libby and utilize the space at the park. In order to provide quality space for businesses, several areas are in need of rehabilitation and repair. The Industrial Park Board has applied for several grants to assist in the refurbishing project. In order to have enough funds to complete the necessary repairs, they have requested that the city apply for a CDBG Economic Development Grant in the amount of $400,000 to assist in the project.

Concerns and questions raised during the discussion were:

  • What if the city has other uses earmarked for CDBG grants;

  • What criteria determines approval of grants;

  • Who would administer the grant;

  • Does the project include the sewer lagoons;

  • Has the Industrial Park Board applied for any other grants;

  • Does the Industrial Park Board intend to front any of the funding themselves;

  • What guarantee does the city have regarding surety of potential businesses;

  • Can the property eventually be annexed;

  • Is the intention of the park to hook up to all city services;

  • If the grant is approved, what assurance does the city have that the funds will be used for the intention they were applied for; and

  • What criteria qualifies a CDBG grants for economic development vs. public facility.

    Public was heard.

    Discussion was adjourned at 7:06 p.m.

    Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

December 4, 2006 | Regular Meeting

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THE 1262nd REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL WAS HELD ON DECEMBER 4, 2006 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Mayor Berget called the regular meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Council members Bischoff, Bothman, Leckrone, McElmurry and Roll, City Attorney Charles Evans, Supervisor of City Services Dan Thede and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present.

Mr. McElmurry moved to accept the minutes of the November 6, 2006 regular meeting and the minutes of the November 1 and November 13, 2006 special meetings as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Resolution No. 1672 Approving CDBG Grant Application for Kootenai Industrial Park was presented. There was no discussion.

Mr. Bischoff moved to accept Resolution No. 1672 as read.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Motion carried. Mr. Roll voted nay.

Resolution No. 1673 Approving a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for Cabinet Heights Annexation was presented. After discussion of the correct wording, it was decided to table the resolution until the December 12, 2006 special meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

Lincoln County Crisis Solutions has requested modification of the current lease with the City of Libby to include the option to purchase the property. They currently lease the facility for the monthly amount of the city’s loan with First National Bank. Upon purchase, they agreed to reimburse the city for all cost incurred in conjunction with the purchase and maintenance of the building and the amount of the current loan.

D. C. Orr, 1117 Nevada Ave., inquired whether the prior shelter tenants had been paid off for the monies they had invested. Mayor Berget stated they had been.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept the modified lease with Lincoln County Crisis Solutions, which included the option to purchase the property.
Mr. Bothman seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

Neil Milner came before the city council requesting a lot line adjustment between two parcels of property he owns on California Avenue. The parcel measures approximately 65’ by 63’6” and each part contains a dwelling. The city council agreed it could easily be done but because these types of requests are few and far between, they felt they needed to do research the process. The item was tabled until the special meeting on December 12, 2006 at which time they plan to be prepared to grant the request.

Thirteen out of twenty-one 2007 Liquor License application renewals were received. The other eight need to be applied for before the end of the year in order to legally sell liquor within the city limits.

Mr. McElmurry moved to approve the thirteen applications.
Ms. Leckrone seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

CEMETERY/PARKS  – Ms. Leckrone reported all is going well with the parks.

CITY/COUNTY LIAISON  – Rita Windom said Mines Management had received approval of the permit to begin drilling.

FIRE  – Fire Chief Tom Wood presented the monthly report.

BUILDING/INDUSTRIAL PARK  – Ms. Leckrone reported the LCCS lease had been approved.

INSURANCE  – Tom Wood reported MMIA had approved two assistant fire chiefs to join the health insurance plan. He will gather the information and present it to the city clerk to process.

PERSONNEL  – None.

POLICE  – Chief Coker presented the monthly report.

RESOLUTIONS/ORDINANCES  – None.

WATER  – Mr. Bothman reported the water department had a difficult month with all the snow fall.

SEWER/LIGHTS  – Mr. Roll stated with the amount of the monthly electric bill, Flathead Electric should be more on top of replacing the inoperable lights. The water line extension began today for the Search and Rescue building.

SIDEWALKS/CURBS  – Mr. Bothman reported it has remained difficult to get merchants to clean the snow off the sidewalks. He felt it would be best to continue working with the Main Street program to encourage participation.

BUDGET/FINANCE  – None.

JUDICIAL  – None.

Ms. Leckrone moved to pay the claims as presented.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 5:30 p.m.. He announced the Department of Commerce Tourism meeting was scheduled for December 5, 2006 in Kalispell. Mayor Berget plans to revise the committee lists for the upcoming New Year and asked for suggestions from the council members. He would also like to have more volunteers for the Planning Board.

HEAR THE PUBLIC

Mike Frasier of TD&H Engineering announced his impending retirement and introduced his replacement, Ian Bailey.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

                                                                                   

Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

PUBLIC HEARING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY CABINET HEIGHTS ANNEXATION DECEMBER 4, 2006

Mayor Berget called the public hearing to order at 6:02 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Roll was called. Present were council members Bothman, Bischoff, Leckrone, McElmurry, Roll and Williams. City Services Supervisor Dan Thede, City Attorney Charles Evans (6:25 p.m.) and City Clerk Chris Erickson were also present.

The public hearing was held to allow the residents and property owners in Cabinet Heights to speak for or against annexation. Mayor Berget briefly explained to the audience the area included for annexation, the reason for annexation and the process, which the city will follow. Mayor Berget addressed the issues that were in question at the previous public meeting held on August 11, 2006. City crews would be able to handle the additional snow clearing. The sewer and water plants would be able to deal with the additional flows. The city police have been patrolling the area for the last two months and see no problems continuing to do so after annexation.

Jim Rostorfer of Libby questioned where the city planned to find funding for the project. He was dissatisfied that the petition process for annexation was not being followed. Mr. Rostorfer was in favor of the annexation.

Burt Ward, 248 Highwood Dr. voiced his dissatisfaction on the annexation process being changed and felt the public had not been properly noticed. Mr. Ward was in favor of the annexation.

Gary Elwood, 425 Highwood Dr. asked for explanation of the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding annexation. Mr. Elwood was in favor of the annexation provided the issues mentioned at the hearing were addressed properly.

Mayor Berget and City Attorney Charles Evans explained the annexation process the city is taking.

No other public asked to speak.

The public hearing was closed at 6:50 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS  – CITY HALL DECEMBER 12, 2006  – 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 5:36 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Leckrone, Crismore, Roll, Bothman, McElmurry, Bischoff (5:40 p.m.), City Attorney Charles Evans and City Clerk Chris Erickson were present. City Services Supervisor Dan Thede was absent.

Mayor Berget read Resolution No. 1673 Identifying an Urban Renewal Area, Approving the Creation of an Urban Renewal District, Appointing the Libby City Council as the Urban Renewal Agency and Approving the Creation of a Companion Tax Increment Financing District.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept Resolution No. 1673.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
Mr. Crismore asked several questions regarding what the next steps were going to be.
Jim Rostorfer asked what impact a TIF would have on the district.
Kirby Maki, Superintendent of Libby Public Schools, wanted assurance that once the project was paid off that the tax dollars would return to the proper channels.
Jerry Frament of 224 Neil Lane asked to be notified of any activity regarding this project as he is a property owner on Bowen Hill.
Motion carried.

Mayor Berget performed the first reading of Ordinance No. 1674 Extending the Corporate Limits of the City of Libby (Cabinet Heights).

Jim Rostorfer objected to the cost and the process of the annexation.

Ron Carter, 214 W. 4th St. objected to the cost of the project.

D. C. Orr, 1114 Nevada protested the annexation.

OLD BUSINESS

Neil Milner returned to the council to ascertain if he was able to do the lot line adjustment on his property on California. Mayor Berget said all he had to do was get it surveyed and go through the county for the legal lot line adjustment. The city had no issues with the request.

NEW BUSINESS

None.

Meeting was adjourned at 6:22 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS  – CITY HALL DECEMBER 18, 2006  – 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Leckrone, Crismore, Roll, Bothman, McElmurry, Bischoff and City Clerk Chris Erickson and City Services Supervisor Dan Thede were present. City Attorney Charles Evans was absent.

Ordinance No. 1674 Extending the Corporate Limits of the City of Libby (Cabinet Heights) was read.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept Ordinance No. 1674.
Mr. Roll seconded the motion.
Mr. Crismore had several questions regarding the area.
Motion carried. Mr. Crismore-nay.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:36 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Chris A. Erickson, City Clerk

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LIBBY COUNCIL CHAMBERS  – CITY HALL DECEMBER 27, 2006  – 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Berget called the special meeting to order at 5:31 p.m. Roll was called. Council members Leckrone, Crismore, Bothman, McElmurry, and Bischoff were present along with City Services Supervisor Dan Thede and City Attorney Charles Evans. Council member Roll and City Clerk Chris Erickson were absent

This special meeting was held to adopt Ordinance No. 1674. An attempt to adopt the ordinance took place on September 18, 2006, but an outdated version of the ordinance was mistakenly voted on.

Ordinance No. 1674 Extending the Corporate Limits of the City of Libby (Cabinet Heights) was read.

Ms. Leckrone moved to accept Ordinance No. 1674 as read.
Mr. McElmurry seconded the motion.
All voted in favor of the motion except for Mr. Crismore who voted nay.

Meeting was adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

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Anthony J. Berget, Mayor

Lee Bothman, Council Member