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January 2, 2018 | 1485

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APPROVED
The 1485 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Mrs. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Beach, Mrs. Ford, Mr. Armstrong, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, City Administrator Jim Hammons. Mr. Zimmerman was absent.
Prayer was offered by Mr. Coblentz.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes from council meeting # 1484 held on December 18, 2017.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Announcements:
Mayor Teske announced the next council meeting will be Tuesday January 16. Monday January 15 is Martin Lutheran King Day.

Committee Reports:

Cemetery/Parks: None.

Fire: None.

Police: Chief Kessel reported there were 205 calls for service in the month of December resulting in 19 arrests, 29 citations and 25 snow tickets. Cody Dewitt was hired as the new officer; he will start the police academy on January 7 for 12 weeks.

Resolutions/Ordinances: Ms. Smith will call a meeting later this month.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: Mr. Beach said the plow ordinance was in effect, he urged the public to pay attention, so their vehicles would not be towed. Mayor Teske said the city crew did a great job plowing the city roads.

Building: None.

Water/Sewer: None.

Personnel: None.

Budget: None.

Finance: November 2017cash report in council packets.

City Administrator: Report in council packets. Mayor Teske thanked Jeff Best for fixing the snow blower.
Ms. Smith would like copies of the city administrator report available to the public.
KRDC: None.

City County Board of Heath: None.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
None

New Business:
Oath of Office-Mayor Teske, Council Members Gary Armstrong, Gary Beach, Angel Ford and Kristin Smith:
Lincoln County Commissioner Mark Peck administered the oath of office for Mayor Brent Teske, Council Members Gary Armstrong, Gary Beach, Angel Ford and Kirstin Smith.

Oath of Office-Police Officer Cody DeWitt:
Mayor Brent Teske administered the oath of office for City Police officer Cody DeWitt.

Discuss eliminating the $9.40 water credit:
Mayor Teske gave a back ground on the 9.40 credit, stating it was put in place three years ago to offset rates when the new Flower Creek Dam was built. The monthly 9.40 credit is paid out of the International Paper Settlement Agreement. The city would like to start saving the monthly 9.40 credit to invest in future infrastructure projects as matching grant money.
Mr. Beach said the water/ sewer committee suggested a summer time water sprinkling credit of 3000 gallons to offset the purposed water bill increase.
Mr. Beach presented council and the public with different calculations.
Ms. Smith was in favor of using the 9.40 credit to invest in future infrastructure as matching grant funds.
Mrs. Williams said if the city continues giving the 9.40 credit then does a water project, with IP money gone the city would have to borrow money and rates would go up.
Mr. Beach said if the city is proactive with this now, the city could leverage $200,000 to $300,000 on projects making our infrastructure sounder, which potentially would keep rates lower in the future.

Public Commit:
Arlen Magill, 807 Magill, asked if council would give a break on sewer rates in the summer because the sewer is not metered.
Mrs. Williams said the sewer is an average of October, November and December water usage; it is already a flat rate.
Alan Gerstenecker, 250 Norman, applauded the city for its fiscal responsibility. Mr. Gerstenecker asked council to consider a four-month water sprinkling credit.
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, said council does not understand the IP settlement agreement and gave council his back-ground knowledge of the International Paper Settlement Agreement. Mr. Orr said council was looking at this all wrong and would be stealing tax payer’s money. The city council needs to rethink this.
Mayor Teske asked council to take their time and talk to their constituents, and then the committee can make a recommendation.

Approve renewal alcohol license received to date:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to accept all renewal alcohol licenses received to date.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve renewal business license received to date:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to accept all renewal business licenses received to date except Lincoln County Broadcasters Inc.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve renewal business license received to date:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to accept the renewal business licenses for Lincoln County Broadcasters Inc.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Mrs. Williams ABSTAINED.
Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• Shop& Drop Pick-up& Delivery Services
Mr. Armstrong MADE A MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approval of Claims and Payroll for December 2017.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve claims and payroll for December 2017.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:
 Changes to dog regulation (ordinance committee)
Ms. Smith stated there will be draft at the next council meeting.

 Reduced speed in school zone (streets committee)

 Council Rules and Procedures (mayor)

 Libby Web Site Re-Design (website design committee)
Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Smith and Mrs. Ford are on the committee.
Ms. Smith asked anyone with ideas for the website to give them to Mr. Armstrong.

General Comments from the Council:
None

Adjournment:
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 7:35 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer

APPROVED
The 1485 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Mrs. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Beach, Mrs. Ford, Mr. Armstrong, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, City Administrator Jim Hammons. Mr. Zimmerman was absent.
Prayer was offered by Mr. Coblentz.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes from council meeting # 1484 held on December 18, 2017.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Announcements:
Mayor Teske announced the next council meeting will be Tuesday January 16. Monday January 15 is Martin Lutheran King Day.

Committee Reports:

Cemetery/Parks: None.

Fire: None.

Police: Chief Kessel reported there were 205 calls for service in the month of December resulting in 19 arrests, 29 citations and 25 snow tickets. Cody Dewitt was hired as the new officer; he will start the police academy on January 7 for 12 weeks.

Resolutions/Ordinances: Ms. Smith will call a meeting later this month.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: Mr. Beach said the plow ordinance was in effect, he urged the public to pay attention, so their vehicles would not be towed. Mayor Teske said the city crew did a great job plowing the city roads.

Building: None.

Water/Sewer: None.

Personnel: None.

Budget: None.

Finance: November 2017cash report in council packets.

City Administrator: Report in council packets. Mayor Teske thanked Jeff Best for fixing the snow blower.
Ms. Smith would like copies of the city administrator report available to the public.
KRDC: None.

City County Board of Heath: None.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
None

New Business:
Oath of Office-Mayor Teske, Council Members Gary Armstrong, Gary Beach, Angel Ford and Kristin Smith:
Lincoln County Commissioner Mark Peck administered the oath of office for Mayor Brent Teske, Council Members Gary Armstrong, Gary Beach, Angel Ford and Kirstin Smith.

Oath of Office-Police Officer Cody DeWitt:
Mayor Brent Teske administered the oath of office for City Police officer Cody DeWitt.

Discuss eliminating the $9.40 water credit:
Mayor Teske gave a back ground on the 9.40 credit, stating it was put in place three years ago to offset rates when the new Flower Creek Dam was built. The monthly 9.40 credit is paid out of the International Paper Settlement Agreement. The city would like to start saving the monthly 9.40 credit to invest in future infrastructure projects as matching grant money.
Mr. Beach said the water/ sewer committee suggested a summer time water sprinkling credit of 3000 gallons to offset the purposed water bill increase.
Mr. Beach presented council and the public with different calculations.
Ms. Smith was in favor of using the 9.40 credit to invest in future infrastructure as matching grant funds.
Mrs. Williams said if the city continues giving the 9.40 credit then does a water project, with IP money gone the city would have to borrow money and rates would go up.
Mr. Beach said if the city is proactive with this now, the city could leverage $200,000 to $300,000 on projects making our infrastructure sounder, which potentially would keep rates lower in the future.

Public Commit:
Arlen Magill, 807 Magill, asked if council would give a break on sewer rates in the summer because the sewer is not metered.
Mrs. Williams said the sewer is an average of October, November and December water usage; it is already a flat rate.
Alan Gerstenecker, 250 Norman, applauded the city for its fiscal responsibility. Mr. Gerstenecker asked council to consider a four-month water sprinkling credit.
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, said council does not understand the IP settlement agreement and gave council his back-ground knowledge of the International Paper Settlement Agreement. Mr. Orr said council was looking at this all wrong and would be stealing tax payer’s money. The city council needs to rethink this.
Mayor Teske asked council to take their time and talk to their constituents, and then the committee can make a recommendation.

Approve renewal alcohol license received to date:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to accept all renewal alcohol licenses received to date.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve renewal business license received to date:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to accept all renewal business licenses received to date except Lincoln County Broadcasters Inc.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve renewal business license received to date:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to accept the renewal business licenses for Lincoln County Broadcasters Inc.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Mrs. Williams ABSTAINED.
Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• Shop& Drop Pick-up& Delivery Services
Mr. Armstrong MADE A MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approval of Claims and Payroll for December 2017.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve claims and payroll for December 2017.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:
 Changes to dog regulation (ordinance committee)
Ms. Smith stated there will be draft at the next council meeting.

 Reduced speed in school zone (streets committee)

 Council Rules and Procedures (mayor)

 Libby Web Site Re-Design (website design committee)
Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Smith and Mrs. Ford are on the committee.
Ms. Smith asked anyone with ideas for the website to give them to Mr. Armstrong.

General Comments from the Council:
None

Adjournment:
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 7:35 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer

January 16, 2018 | 1486

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APPROVED
The 1486 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Ms. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Beach, Mrs. Ford, Mr. Armstrong, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, City Administrator Jim Hammons. City Attorney Dean Chisholm was absent.
Prayer was offered by Mr. Girod.
Mrs. Ford MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes from council meeting # 1485 held on January 2, 2018.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
Mr. Zimmerman ABSTAINED.
MOTION PASSED.

Announcements:
Mayor Teske announced the opening for the planning board closes on January 19th. The city has an opening on the City County Board of Heath, Lyn Thompson has resigned. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to city hall. The City of Libby received a Tourism Grant for $85,355.00 though the Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and Business Development for Way Finding Signs.

Committee Reports:
Cemetery/Parks: None.

Fire: Mr. Armstrong gave the annual fire report for the year, the average turnout time was 5 ½ minutes, the average response time was 9.27 minutes and average time spent on scene was 55 minutes. Donated time was $ 74,760 which equaled $20 per hour and $20 per hour per person.

Police: None.

Resolutions/Ordinances: Ms. Smith said the committee had met and discussed several issues with the cemetery ordinances and will be looking at revising them. The tree board had made a request to change some ordinances and the committee will be looking at them.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: Mr. Beach will call a meeting on Monday January 22 @ noon to discuss the school zone around the middle school.

Building: Mr. Beach will call a meeting on Thursday January 25 to discuss the Ponderosa room and rental agreements.

Water/Sewer: Mr. Zimmerman will be calling a meeting later in the week.

Personnel: None.

Budget: None.

Finance: None.

City Administrator: None.
KRDC: Mr. Zimmerman said there will be a meeting this Thursday.

City County Board of Heath: Mayor Teske gave the report. The Board is working on some engineering requests at the land fill. There have been some changes to the bi-laws bylaws; Mayor Teske has copies for the public. The Board has adopted their position statement for the IC Steering Committee and City-County Board of Heath operation and maintenance (O&M) phase Libby asbestos superfund site.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
John Desch, 510 Nevada, has been having sewer issues since last August. Today at noon the problem started again, Mr. Desch’s neighbor is also having sewer issues. The city was not able to fix the issue and has been aware of the problem for months. Mr. Desch said the city needs to do something or he will call a lawyer tomorrow morning.

New Business:
Move to support the Position Statement as prepared by the IC steering Committee and City-County Board of Heath:
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION that the city supports the statement that the IC steering committee of the City-County Board of Heath has presented to the city dated January 2018.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Council discussion followed.
Public comment:
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, Mr. Orr stated this was a nonbinding resolution, well laid out protection of your neighbors. Mr. Orr would like the city attorney to read the agreement; he said it has no force or effect in the law. Mr. Orr then gave his back ground knowledge of what happened with the EPA. Mr. Orr said if the council signs this, they will be signing a lie.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

RESOLUTION 1911-An resolution of the City Council of the City of Libby Montana repealing chapter 7.44 and its subsections 7.44.010 and 7.44.020 of the Libby municipal code (Ordinance 1886).
Ms. Smith gave background on the committee’s recommendation for Resolution 1911. Stating this has taken months of work, public input and council has received lots of communication.
Ms. Smith read Resolution 1911. Ms. Smith said Police Chief Kessel and animal control had reviewed Resolution 1911 and had no further input.
Ms. Williams MADE A MOTION to pass Resolution 1911 to removing the sections of the animal ordinance.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Public Comment:
Diana Andrew, 985 Farm to Market, said she supported the repeal and gave her reasons why.
Tracy Martin, 85 Garden Road, showed council pictures of her dogs and said every dog has a personality, it does not matter what kind of bread breed it was.
DC ORR, 1117 Nevada, asked if the repeal will happen immediately.
Mayor Teske said yes the repeal will happen immediately.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong voted FOR.
Ford voted AGAINST.
MOTION PASSED

ORDINANCE 1912-An ordinance of the city council of the City of Libby Montana amending a portion of chapter 7.04.020 of the Libby municipal code entitled “definition” and amending the definition of “vicious dog’.
Mayor Teske read the definition of ordinance 1912.
Ms. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve the FIRST READING of ordinance 1912 amending definitions of vicious dog.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Council discussion followed:
Mr. Beach asked if this more closely reflects what Lincoln County has.
Ms. Smith said that is correct.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve renewal business license received to date:
Mrs. Ford MADE A MOTION to accept all renewal business licenses received to date.
Mr. Zimmerman SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• Exodus 20:12
• R&R Remodel
• Big Sky Services ,LLC
Mr. Armstrong MADE A MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Mrs. Ford SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:
1) Eliminating the 9.40 water credit (water/sewer committee)
Mayor Teske made copies of the International Paper Agreement for all council members. Mrs. Williams made copies of all the minutes of any related issues per IP agreement over the last 10 years for council members.
Council discussion followed:
Mayor Teske encouraged council to read though the past minutes.
Public Comment:
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, said he was against the council eliminating the 9.40 credit and asked council to get legal advice.
Mayor Teske encouraged Mr. Orr to read though the past minutes.
Mr. Zimmerman will be calling a water/sewer meeting by the end of the week.

2) Reduced speed in school zone (streets committee)
Mr. Beach has been working with Mr. Hammons to get the engineering studying done around the middle school parking lot. They have been talking with Mr. Chisholm the city attorney to get some different viewpoints.

3) Council Rules and Procedures (mayor)

4) Libby Web Site Re-Design (website design committee)
Ms. Williams said the committee met and talked about what direction to proceed. The next meeting will be Monday at 1:30.

General Comments from the Council:
None

Adjournment:
Ms. Williams MADE A MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong and Ford voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 8:02 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer

February 5, 2018 | 1487

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APPROVED
The 1487 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Mrs. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Beach, Mr. Armstrong, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, City Administrator Jim Hammons and City Attorney Dean Chisholm.

Prayer was offered by Mr. Sontag.

Announcements:
Mayor Teske announced that Mrs. Ford had resigned from the city council. Anyone interested that meets the qualifications, please turn a résumé and letter of interest into City hall by February 12th at 5:00 p.m.

Committee Reports:
Cemetery/Parks: None.

Fire: Mr. Armstrong reported there were 9 calls in the month of January 3 in the city and 6 rural. There is a minor leak in the new fire hall roof, the contractor has been notified.

Police: Chief Kessel reported there were 230 calls for services in the month of January, resulting in 23 arrests, 31 citations, 4 DUIS and 26 parking tickets. One officer will attend training in Kalispell this month.

Resolutions/Ordinances: Ms. Smith said the committee had met and discussed several issues with the cemetery ordinances and will be looking at revising them. They also discussed changes to the tree board ordinance.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: Will be discussed later in the agenda.

Building: None.

Water/Sewer: Will be discussed later in the agenda.

Personnel: None.

Budget: The sixth month budget report in council packets. Mayor Teske updated council and the public on the sixth month budget report. Over all the revenue and expenses are where they should be.

Finance: December 2017 cash report in council packets.

City Administrator: In council packets, Mr. Hammons gave council an update on the city report.
KRDC: Mr. Zimmerman said there was discussion at the January meeting about the Way Finding signs and the Gate Way entry signs. There will be a meeting February 6 at noon in Council Chambers.

City County Board of Heath: Mayor Teske said the city had received one application to fill the board position.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
None:

New Business:
Bob Henline Kootenai Country Montana street closure request:
Bob Henline from Kootenai Country Montana requested the following street closure.
• Mineral Ave. from the north end of Fourth Street to the turn-around, allowing a transit lane for access to the Amtrak station.
• Second Street from California Avenue to Montana Avenue.
• Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 ending at 10 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018.
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to approve the closure request for Kootenai Country Montana for the Chain Saw Carving Championship beginning at 8 a.m. September 20, 2018 and ending at 10 p.m. September 23, 2018.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Public Comment:
Bill Cunnane, 622 Michigan, requested the event be a dog free area.
Mr. Henline said he would post signs.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

April Rainey Libby Tree Board:
April Rainey chair of the Libby Tree Board introduced board members Russ Gautreaux , Dorothy McBride and Gary Huntsberger to the council. Brian Baxter and Michelle Lamey were not present. Ms. Rainey then gave council and the public an update on the tree board.
Mrs. Williams thanked the tree board for all their hard work.

ORDINANCE 1912-An ordinance of the city council of the City of Libby Montana amending a portion of chapter 7.04.020 of the Libby municipal code entitled “definition” and amending the definition of “vicious dog’ second reading.
Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to adopt ordinance 1912.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve renewal business license received to date:
Mr. Zimmerman MADE A MOTION to accept all renewal business licenses received to date.
Mrs. Williams SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• Rift Raft Rentals.
• Kootenai Property Maintenance.
• Learning Tree Montessori.
• Realistic Handyman Services.
Mr. Zimmerman MADE A MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve claims and payroll for January 2018.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve claims and payroll for January 2018.
Ms. Smith SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:
1) Approve the water and sewer committee’s recommendation regarding the $ 9.40 credit.
Mr. Zimmerman made a committee recommendation to follow the original (International Paper) agreement as it was intended and supply irrigation water to residents affected by the well ban. To supply 8000 gallons of water per month for the months of June, July, August and September, this currently consist of 1,065 customers within the city limits of Libby. The breakdown of cost is; $ 2.98 per 1,000 gallons x 8 is $ 23.84/23.84×1065=25,389.60/25,389.60×4=101,558.40 for city irrigation. The remainder of the IP money would be put into an account and used for matching grant funds to improve the city’s water infrastructure. The committee recommends ceasing the$ 9.40 credit for all 1,865 water customers on the City of Libby water system. The recommendation would start in June 2018 along with the $ 9.40 credit ceasing from the billing system. City costumers would receive the $ 9.40 credit in June 2018 and the 8.000 gallons of water.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to accept the committee’s recommendation regarding International Paper Settlement monies.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Public Comment:
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, thanked council for returning this settlement back to its original intent. This agreement will serve the citizens better. Mr. Orr then gave his back-ground knowledge of the International Paper settlement agreement. Mr. Orr asked to review Allen Payne’s contract between International Paper and the City of Libby.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

2) Discuss the lights, street and sidewalk committee’s recommendation regarding the school speed zone, move forward to a resolution.
Mr. Beach read the proposed posting of the “School Zone” with time of day signs on Education Way from HWY 2 to Ski Road. As well as Balsam Ave from Main Ave. down to Dale Street to Ski Road as a “school Zone” with a permanent 20 MPH, due to poor lighting and lack of safe area for children walking to school. This will also help law enforcement. Committee would like to move this proposal forward to a resolution.
Committee will MOVE FORWORD to resolution.

3) Libby Web Site Re-Design
Mrs. Williams said the committee met and talked about what direction to proceed. Mrs. Williams would like to present updates to council on Feb 20th before they proceed any further.

4) Council Rules and Procedures
Mayor Teske gave council an updated version of the council rules and procedures. Council then discussed and reviewed the council rules and procedures. NO ACTION WAS TAKEN.

General Comments from the Council:
Ms. Smith thanked the tree board and all the board members that volunteer their time and make Libby a great place.
Mayor Teske appreciates everyone’s efforts.

Adjournment:
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 8:29 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer

February 20, 2018 | Notice of Public Meeting Updating PER for sewer and water

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Notice of a Public Meeting
Updating PER for sewer and water
Tuesday February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Council Chambers-City Hall

Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske. Present were Ms. Williams, Mr. Beach, Mr. Armstrong, Ms. Smith, Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer Jackie Powell and City Administrator Jim Hammons. City Attorney Dean Chisholm, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum and Council person Brian Zimmerman were absent.

Update on the preliminary engineering reports:
Doug Peppmeier, TD&H Engineering, and Alan Wendt, AE2S, presented council and the public with a preliminary engineering report outlining water and wastewater system deficiencies and project priorities. Doug walked though the time line and how the grant and loan programs worked. Doug said the goal was to identify the city’s primary issues.
Alan Wendt detailed the capital improvements that should be addressed at the water treatment plant, distribution system and the wastewater system.
Mr. Hammons said some projects could be done by the city crews; the rest would be prioritized and be put into the PERS.
Doug Peppmeier then covered potential funding sources.

Public Comment:
Arlen Magill, 807 Wisconsin, asked about forming a rural water board. Magill said the city needs to pay off the water treatment plant before obtaining any new loans.
Gary Neff, 237 W. Larch, asked if the waste water used a drying bed system. Mr. Hammons said the waste water used a sludge press, a newer system upgrade.

Adjournment:
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 6:42 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Jackie Powell, Deputy City Clerk-Treasurer

Transcribed by Audray J. McCollum

February 20, 2018 | 1488 Regular Meeting

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APPROVED
The 1488 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Ms. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Beach, Mr. Armstrong, Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer Jackie Powell and City Administrator Jim Hammons. City Attorney Dean Chisholm and City Clerk Audray McCollum were absent.

Prayer was offered by Tom Cole.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes from council meeting #1486 held on January 16, 2018.
Ms. Smith SECOND.
Mrs. Williams made a spelling correction on page 2 bi laws was changed to by laws and on page 3, bread was changed to breed.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED
Ms. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes from council meeting # 1487 held on February 5, 2018.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED

Announcements:
None

Committee Reports:
Cemetery/Parks: None.

Fire: Kevin Miller Construction is repairing roof damage in the fire hall kitchen. The damage was caused by water leaking around the roof vent.

Police: None.

Resolutions/Ordinances: None.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: None.

Building: None.

Water/Sewer: None.

Personnel: None.

Budget: None.

Finance: None.

City Administrator: Mr. Hammons reported the pressure inducer went out on the hydro generator last week. The generator is fixed and generating power.
KRDC: Mr. Zimmerman said there was discussion at the February meeting about the Way Finding signs, Gate Way entry signs and potential grants.

City County Board of Heath: On the agenda to interview and possibly appoint a new board member.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
None:

New Business:
Bob Henline Kootenai Country Montana open container request (Chain Saw Carving Championship):
• Mineral Ave. from the north end of Fourth Street to the Turn-around, allowing a transit lane for access to the Amtrak station.
• Second Street from California Avenue to Montana Avenue.
• Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept 20, 2018; ending at 10p.m Sunday, Sept 23, 2018.
The area will be cordoned-off area for the duration of the event.
Mr. Zimmerman MADE A MOTION to allow the open container request from Kootenai County Montana for the chain saw carving contest.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Mr. Armstrong questioned the hours and wanted to know if they would be continuous?
Mayor Teske asked Mr. Henline if he would be opposed to amending the time to 8am – 2am each day. Mr. Henline said he would not.
Ms. Williams asked if there would be security at the event. Mr. Henline said there would be.
Council discussion followed.
Mr. Henline and council amended the open container time to 8am -6pm, Sept 21, 22 and 23 2018.
Public Comment:
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, asked if the event would have event insurance. Mayor Teske said that it would have event insurance.
Williams, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
Smith RECUSED
MOTION PASSED

Bob Henline street closure request for Sunday, May 27, 2018 (Wounded Warrior Weekend):
• Lincoln Boulevard from Louisiana Avenue to Mineral Avenue from 9a.m. until 11 a.m.
• Mineral Avenue from Lincoln Boulevard to Second Street from 10a.m. until 11:30a.m.
• Second Street from Mineral Avenue Avenue to California Avenue from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30a.m.
Ms. Smith MADE a MOTION to grant the street closure request.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Interview and appoint City Council Member.
Three candidates for the position were in attendance Mr. William Holcomb, Mr. Hugh Taylor and Mr. D.C Orr to replace Mrs. Angel Ford. Mayor Teske asked the candidates to join City Administrator Jim Hammons in the back and they would be summoned one at a time to express their interest in why they would like to be on Libby City Council.

The First candidate to speak was William Holcomb, 213 West Balsam St. Mayor Teske asked if Mr. Holcomb had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Mr. Holcomb said he had. Mayor Teske stated Mr. Holcomb’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked Mr. Holcomb if there was anything in his background that he wanted to disclose. Mr. Holcomb said he did not.
Mr. Holcomb’s family has lived in Libby for four generations; he has a lot of interest in Libby. He is a substitute teacher and works at the athletic club. Mr. Holcomb would like to get involved with local government.

Members of the council were then allowed to asked Mr. Holcomb questions. Mr. Zimmerman asked what strong points Mr. Holcomb could bring to the council. Mr. Holcomb said he gets along well with people, that he is open and honest; he is very organized and wants to learn.

Ms. Smith asked if Mr. Holcomb was involved in any community services. Mr. Holcomb said he is involved with his church and has volunteered with children at the rifle range.

Mr. Beach asked what the city should improve on. Mr. Holcomb said jobs. Mr. Beach asked what would be the cities role to move that forward. Mr. Holcomb said he does not know that process, he is willing to learn.

Mr. Armstrong asked if there was a special interest in running for council. Mr. Holcomb said he has wanted to run for government to have a say, he likes having responsibility, works well under pressure and being held accountable. Mr. Armstrong thanked Mr. Holcomb.

The second candidate to speak was Hugh Taylor, 1519 Utah. Mayor Teske asked if Mr. Taylor had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Mr. Taylor said he had. Mayor Teske stated that Mr. Taylor’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked Mr. Taylor if there was anything in his background that he wanted to disclose. Mr. Taylor said there was not. Mr. Taylor was born and raised in Libby; graduated from school in Libby went on to the Marines. Served on the Libby Fire Department for ten years, and was treasurer for four years. Mr. Taylor has worked as service manager at several places and has experience with expenditures, budgets and finance.

Mr. Armstrong asked what talents Mr Taylor could add to the council. Mr. Taylor has been a manager for over ten years and is good with the public. He could offer a new outlook .Mr. Armstrong asked what would make Libby attractive for a new resident moving to town. Mr. Taylor said Libby needs to clean up the debris coming into town.

Ms. Williams asked if Mr. Taylor had any interest in any committee work. Mr. Taylor said has an interest in sewer, water and streets.

Mr. Beach asked what Mr. Taylor had done in the Marine Corps. Mr. Taylor served in the 0351 infantry. Mr. Beach asked how long Mr. Taylor had served in the Marine Corps. Mr. Taylor served eight years and eleven months. Mr. Beach asked what the city’s role in attracting new businesses was. Mr. Taylor said the city need to work with the new port authority and work with small business owners.
Ms. Smith thanked Mr. Taylor for his service with the fire department. Ms. Smith asked if Mr. Taylor had any experience with any other board. Mr. Taylor was president of the Cabinet Rifle and Pistol Club for four years.

Mr. Zimmerman asked if Mr. Taylor had any skills that would help the council. Mr. Taylor said he willing to do whatever to make things work, he thinks outside the box. Mr. Zimmerman asked if Mr. Taylor held any other volunteer positions. Mr. Taylor has served on the police commission. Mr. Taylor thanked the council.

The third candidate to speak was DC Orr; 1117 Nevada Ave. Mayor Teske asked if Mr. Orr had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Mr. Orr said he had. Mayor Teske stated that Mr. Orr’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked if there was anything in his background he wanted to disclose. Mr. Orr said there was not. Mr. Orr said his family homesteaded in Libby in 1910, his grandchildren are fifth generation to live in Libby. Mr. Orr is retired and he is interested in serving on the council. He wants to help the council be more transparent.

Mr. Zimmerman asked if Mr. Orr served on or volunteered for any organizations. Mr. Orr is involved with his church and with his grandkids.

Ms. Smith appreciates Mr. Orr’s passion for government. Mr. Smith asked what project Mr. Orr worked on with a group of people to reach a common goal. Mr. Orr worked on the amphitheater with the Rotarians. He also worked on the landscaping around the college. Mr. Orr said his church volunteered and put in a beach for the City of Libby.

Mr. Beach asked what kind of jobs Marion Orr excavating did. Mr. Orr said he started working at WR Grace at 15 he was an employee for 10 years. Mr. Orr then bought the family business and continued to operate 20 to 30 years until he retired.

Ms. Williams asked what the city’s role is in economic development. Mr. Orr said government needs to stay out of the way. Mrs. Williams asked was there anything specific the city could do to encourage economic development. Mr. Orr said tax breaks.

Mr. Armstrong asked what special or unique talents Mr. Orr could add to the council. Mr. Orr said he would bring his different viewpoints.

Mr. Zimmerman asked Mr. Orr if he had applied for the port authority board. Mr. Orr said he had not.

Public Comment:
Allen Olsen 33692, US HWY 2 S, said council lost two really good candidates over the last year. The council needs knowledgeable people that attend council meetings. Libby needs the knowledge not your friends, neighbors or drinking buddies. Put your personal feelings aside and do what is best for Libby, not your own agenda. Mr. Olsen said out of the three candidates here tonight, one I have never seen at a council meeting, one has attended a few. One has the knowledge of the cities working business, five years on the council, can work on any committee, is versed on many state and local laws, knows MCA codes and been to more council meetings.

Mayor Teske opened the floor for nomination from the council.
Mayor Teske asked again for any nominations.
Mayor Teske asked council if they were all in agreement there were no nominations from these three nominations.
Mayor Teske said we will move on and repost for the council position.
Mr. Hammons brought all three candidates out. Mr. Teske said that council had purposed not to submit any nominations for either three candidates that applied. Mayor Teske said the council position will be reposted and asked the candidates to please apply again.

Interview and Appoint City County Board of Heath Member.
Mr. John P. Thornton RN, MSM, PHN, the only candidate to replace Lynn Thompson was in attendance. Mr. Thornton resides at 651 Terrace View Road. He has worked at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center for over five years and is currently the nurse manger for Emergency Services. Mr. Thornton has a master degree in nursing administration and is certified as a public health nurse. Mr. Thornton has two children and is married.

Mr. Armstrong said Mr. Thornton had a very impressive history.

Ms. Williams asked if Mr. Thornton had attended any heath board meetings and knew the role of the heath board. Mr. Thornton said he had just moved to town from the Yaak, he had not attended any meetings. Mr. Thornton does have knowledge of the public health issue from his role in the ER.

Mr. Beach asked what some health issues that Libby is faced with are. Mr. Thornton said there is a significant increase in the meth usage. Libby has an EMS shortage issue; there are not enough volunteers to cover all shifts.

Ms. Smith asked if Mr. Thornton had served on any other boards. Mr. Thornton has served on different hospital committees. Ms. Smith asked if Mr. Thornton would have the time to serve on the board. Mr. Thornton said he would.

Ms. Williams MADE THE MOTION to appoint John Thornton to the City County Heath Board.
Ms. Smith SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Interview and appoint Planning.
Two candidates for the position were in attendance to replace Mr. Kenny Rayome. Mr. Mark Andreasen and Mr. Charles McFarland, Mayor Teske asked the candidates to join City Administrator Jim Hammons in the back and they would be summoned one at a time to express their interest in why they would like to be on the planning board.

The first candidate to speak was Mark Andreasen, 596 Parmenter Rd. Mr. Andreasen is originally from St Louis, Missouri. He joined the navy in 1971, went to the Montana State University, graduating with a degree in forestry. Mr. Andreasen worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and volunteers for the parks district, Kootenai Pets for Life and Little League.

Mr. Zimmerman asked if Mr. Andreasen would have time to serve on the board. Mr. Andreasen said he does volunteer for FEMA; he still has interest helping other communities.

Mr. Beach asked if there were issues that need to be addressed on the planning board. Mr. Andreasen could not think of anything.

Mr. Armstrong asked if pursuing any outside work might prevent any work from getting done here. Mr. Andreasen said it would not.

Second candidate to speak was Charles McFarland,69 Avenue B. Mr. McFarland was born on the coast, went to work for pallet company, became the second man in the company retired in 1999 and moved to Libby. Mr. McFarland worked for the Western News, joined the Libby volunteer ambulance, volunteered at the museum.

Mr. Armstrong asked what the most important planning issue is. Mr. McFarland said infrastructure and tying the city in with the county and the port authority.

Mr. Beach asked if Mr. McFarland had attended any planning board meeting. Mr. McFarland said he had.

Ms. Smith NOMINATE Mark Andreasen for the Planning Board position. Mr. Andreasen was the unanimous recommendation from the planning board.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• Best Home Care.
• Colelough General Contracting,
• K.M.C Nuisance Wildlife Management.
• Tina Metcalf.
Mr. Armstrong MADE A MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:

1) Discuss the lights, street and sidewalk committee’s recommendation regarding the school speed zone, move forward to a resolution.
Committee MOVED FORWORD to resolution.

2) Libby Web Site Re-Design.
Mrs. Williams presented council diagrams of how the new draft website will look.
Public Comment: Dee Teske, 804 Michigan, asked if there would be a link to the Chamber of Commerce Web page. Mrs. Williams said there would be.

3) Council Rules and Procedures.

General Comments from the Council:
Mayor Teske said there is an opening on the Planning Board the applicant has to be a city resident.

Mrs. Williams would like to rework the planning board application for use with the council position.

Adjournment:
Ms. Williams MADE A MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach and Armstrong voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 8:55 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Jackie Powell Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer

Transcribed by Audray J. McCollum

March 5, 2018 | 1489 Regular Meeting

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APPROVED
The 1489 Regular Meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, March 5, 2018 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Mrs. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Beach, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, City Administrator Jim Hammons and City Attorney Dean Chisholm. Mr. Armstrong was absent.

Prayer was offered by Mr. Miller.

Announcements:
None:

Committee Reports:
Cemetery/Parks: Mrs. Williams will call a meeting Thursday March 8 at 9am. There will be several items on the agenda, items from last year and new items for this summer.

Fire: Mr. Zimmerman reported there were 10 calls in the month of February 5 in the city and 5 rural.

Police: None.

Resolutions/Ordinances: None.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: Will call a meeting later in the month.

Building: None.

Water/Sewer: None.

Personnel: None.

Budget: None.

Finance: None.

City Administrator: In council packets, Mr. Hammons gave council an update on the city report.
KRDC: Mr. Zimmerman said there will be a meeting the third Thursday of this month.

City County Board of Heath: None.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
Allen Olsen, 33692 USHWY 2 S. said council violated council rules by having an illegal meeting behind closed doors and by not picking a council member within 30 days. Council needs to do the right thing before there is a law suit.

DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, council needs to tell the truth, council should be united by the truth.

Gary Huntsberger, 384 Commerce way, council needs to move on.

Arlen Magill, 807 Wisconsin Ave, said council broke the law and the council has gained nothing.

New Business:
Kootenai Pets for Life-wave use fee for the Ponderosa Room on April 20 and 21, 2018.
Judy Hyslop, 69 Hamann Ave, gave council and the public an update on Kootenai Pets for Life and asked for the use fee to be waived for the Ponderosa room.
Mr. Zimmerman MADE A MOTION to wave the use fee for the Ponderosa Room but required a cleaning deposit check.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Charles Stambaugh and Lila Simpson voice concerns about the community garden at Asa Wood.
Not Present.

Resolution 1913-A resolution of the City of Libby Montana providing for the amendment of the budget for the fiscal year 2017/2018 insurance payment of $12,327.37 for repair of kitchen ceiling at Fire Hall.

Mr. Zimmerman MADE A MOTION to accept resolution 1913.
Ms. Smith SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• Angels Mobil Notary.
• Susan Kulbeck Cleaning.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Ms. Smith SECOND.
Council Comment:
Ms. Smith had questions about Angels Mobil Notary and Angel Ford’s felony charges. Mayor Teske said the one applying for the license was her husband.
Public Comment:
DC Orr, 1117 Nevada, stated if you go to Angels Mobil Notary website, it states she is also a paralegal. Mayor Teske said it is not part of this business application.
Mayor Teske asked Patrick Ford if paralegal was part of this business application, he said it was not. Mayor Teske said if you do conduct business as a paralegal, then you do need to apply for a separate business licenses as paralegal.
Council discussion followed.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Approve claims and payroll for February 2018.
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to approve claims and payroll for February 2018.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:

1) Discuss the lights, street and sidewalk committee’s recommendation regarding the school speed zone, move forward to a resolution.
Committee MOVED FORWORD to resolution.

2) Libby Web Site Re-Design
Mrs. Williams is working on pictures and the welcome.

3) Council Rules and Procedures
Mayor Teske did some work on the paragraph rearrangement.

General Comments from the Council:

Adjournment:
Mrs. Williams MADE A MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Zimmerman SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach voted FOR.
MOTION PASSED.
Meeting was ADJOURNED at 7:30 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer

March 18, 2018 | Meeting 1490

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APPROVED
The City Council held Meeting #1490 on Monday, March 19, 2018, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Ms. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Beach, Mr. Armstrong, Mr. Taylor, City Clerk/Treasurer Audray McCollum, and City Administrator Jim Hammons. City Attorney Dean Chisholm was absent.

Ms. Smith MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes of the public meeting for updating Water, and Sewer PER held on February 20, 2018.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Mr. Zimmerman stated he was not absent from the meeting he was late.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong, Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.

Mr. Zimmerman MADE a MOTION to approve the minutes for # 1488 held on February 20, 2018.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong, Taylor voted FOR:
Mrs. Williams noted some typing errors.
MOTION PASSED.

Mr. Zimmerman MADE A MOTION to approve the minutes for# 1489 held on March 5, 2018.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong, Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED

Announcements:
Mayor Teske introduced the new council member, Mr. Taylor.

Committee Reports:
Cemetery/Parks: None.

Fire: None.

Police: Chief Kessel reported there were 207 calls for services in February. Resulting in 24 arrests,21 citations, nine parking, three DUI and one domestic violence arrest. The department is trying out body cameras on a year-long trial agreement. Kessel would like to obtain in-car video camera’s as well; this would help with transparency with the officers and the public.

Ordinances: None.

Lights/Streets/Sidewalks: None.

Building: None.

Water/Sewer: None.

Personnel: None.

Budget: None.

Finance: None.

City Administrator: Mr. Hammons has a company coming Thursday to inspect the sewer line on Nevada with a camera to find the blockage issue so the city can move forward on fixing the line.
KRDC: None.

City-County Board of Heath: Mr. Thorton reported the Board of Health had put together an Institutional Control Committee related to the Libby asbestoses superfund site. They have put out a recommendation report. The report will be released at a later date; Mr. Thorton urged council to watch the paper. The next meeting will be the second Wednesday of the month.

Public Comment on Non- Agenda Items:
Dr. Ben Scott thanked the city for their support of the biathlon range. Scott held the first competition in February. Dr. Scott will be applying for more grants to improve the infrastructure.
Scott gave the council his background knowledge of the financial benefits a trails system could bring to Libby. Scott asked the City of Libby to write the Inter-Local agreement between the County, Parks, and City to hire Tony Petrusha to oversee the trails program.
Mayor Teske said the city is waiting on final word from the county on who is going to oversee the funding and who will be drafting the contract.

Arlene Magill, 807 Wisconsin, would like council to inform the public on water saving ideas.

Allen Olsen,33692, Hwy 2, said council needs to stop embarrassing Libby and do the right thing for Libby.

New Business:
Lincoln County Crisis Solutions-Kandis Peterson.
Ms. Peterson thanked council and said the Lincoln County Crisis Solutions is having a march on October 6 to honor Shenna Devine and victims of domestic violence.
Ms. Peterson asked Mayor Teske to proclaim October Domestic Violence Awareness month.
Mayor Teske said yes.
Ms. Peterson invited the public to march on October 6, 2018, from Achievements Park up to 3rd and over to Lousiana ending at the Libby Care Center with a police escort from 7:30 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

Mayor Teske asked council if they had any issues with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Council did not.
Mayor Teske thanked Ms. Peterson for all the work she does with Lincoln County Crisis Solutions.

Approve application for inclusion in Opportunity Zone-Tina Oliphant.
Tina Oliphant, Kootenai River Development Council, gave her background knowledge of Opportunity Zones. Based on census tracts, the program is new; minimal information is available. Only so many communities per state will be selected for inclusion. Oliphant would like to apply for the City of Libby.
Ms. Smith MADE a MOTION to assign KRDC to apply for the Inclusion in (Montana’s) Opportunity Zones.
Mr. Zimmerman SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong, and Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new liquor license:
• Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant LLC
Mr. Armstrong MADE a MOTION to approve Rositas Mexican Restaurant.
Mr.Beach SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong, and Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.

Approve all renewal business licenses received to date:
Mr. Zimmerman MADE a MOTION to approve all renewal business licenses received to date.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach, Armstrong, and Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.

Approve new business licenses received to date:
• American Arms and Shooting Supply.
• Tudor Contracting.
• Will Robert Painting.
• Covered up Tattooing.
• Janke&Janke INC. DBA McDonald’s.
Ms. Smith MADE a MOTION to accept all new business licenses received to date.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach Armstrong and Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.

Unfinished Business:
1) Resolution1914-Resolution of the City Council establishing special school zone speed limits of 20 miles per hour on the portion of Education Way from U.S Highway 2 to Ski Road, as well as on Ski Road, as well as from Dale Street and Balsam Avenue from Ski Road to Main Avenue.
Mr. Zimmerman MADE a MOTION to accept RESOLUTION 1914.
Mr. Beach SECOND.
Council discussion followed.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach Armstrong and Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.

1) Libby Web Site Re-Design
No new progress.

2) Council Rules and Procedures
No new progress.

General Comments from the Council:
Ms. Williams asked council for any additions to the council application; please be brought to her soon.
Ms. Smith would like a set of consistent interview questions for council interviews.
Adjournment:
Ms. Williams MADE a MOTION to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Armstrong SECOND.
Williams, Smith, Zimmerman, Beach Armstrong and Taylor voted FOR:
MOTION PASSED.
The meeting was ADJOURNED at 8:07 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer

March 19, 2018 | Interview and Appoint a Council Member

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A Special Meeting of the City Council was held Monday, March 19, 2018, in the Council Chambers at City Hall to Interview and Appoint a Council Member.
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by Mayor Brent Teske.
Present were Mrs. Williams, Ms. Smith, Mr. Zimmerman, Mr. Beach, Mr. Armstrong, City Clerk Audray McCollum and City Administrator Jim Hammons. City Attorney Dean Chisholm was absent.

Interview and Appoint City Council Member.
Four candidates for the position were in attendance: Rob Dufficy, William Holcomb, Hugh Taylor and D.C Orr, to replace Angel Ford. Mayor Teske asked the candidates to join City Administrator Jim Hammons in the back, to be summoned one at a time to express their interest in why they would like to be on Libby City Council.

The first candidate was Rob Dufficy, 1307 Nevada. Mayor Teske asked if Dufficy had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Dufficy said he had. Mayor Teske stated Dufficy’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked if there was anything Dufficy wanted to disclose about his background. Dufficy said he did not. Dufficy has been on the police commission for three terms and served on the library board. Dufficy moved to Libby eleven years ago from California where he retired as a police officer; he has plenty of time to serve as a council member.

Members of the council were then allowed to ask Dufficy questions. Zimmerman asked what he could bring to the council. Dufficy said he is a team player and would help out.

Smith thanked Dufficy for applying and appreciated his wealth of education. Smith asked if Dufficy had participated in any other organizations. Dufficy said he was chair of the library board.

Beach asked Dufficy to list 3 to 5 priorities of importance for the city. Dufficy said the budget, attracting new business, roads, and water. Beach asked how crucial it was for the council to work together. Dufficy said after watching the council for the last 11 years, it is vital.

Williams asked what Dufficy did to prepare for this interview. Dufficy said he updated his resume. Williams asked what the city’s role is in economic development. Dufficy said the city needs to keep up with police training to keep the riffraff out of town.

Armstrong said economic development happens over the basic needs of the city, how we can balance that out. Dufficy said he was not aware of how the city’s money is rationed out. Dufficy is not sure what the solution should be, he would like to get involved and help out.

Dufficy said if he is fortunate to be chosen, he will give his best.
Mayor Teske asked for any public comment.

The second candidate was William Holcomb, 213 West Balsam St. Mayor Teske asked if Holcomb had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Holcomb said he had. Mayor Teske stated Holcomb’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked Holcomb if there was anything in his background that he wanted to disclose. Holcomb said he did not.
Holcomb worked in the lumber and mining industry and now works as a substitute teacher. Holcomb would like to have a voice in our city and get involved with local government.

Members of the council were then allowed to ask Holcomb questions. Armstrong asked Holcomb how he would approach his first month as a city council member. Holcomb would talk to each council member so he would be informed and talk to the public.

Williams asked, “What you did to prepare for this interview.” Holcomb spoke to the City Administrator, improved his resume and letter of interest and attended city council meetings.

Beach asked what should be the city council’s priorities and list them in order from first being most important to least. Holcomb said clarity, economic development, infrastructure and clean up areas around town.

Smith thanked Holcomb for his strong letter of interest.

Zimmerman asked what Holcomb’s strongest suit was. Holcomb said he was a fast learner and has a vested interest in Libby and city government.
Mayor Teske asked the public if there was any public comment for Holcomb.

The third candidate was Hugh Taylor, 1519 Utah. Mayor Teske asked if Taylor had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Taylor said he had. Mayor Teske stated that Taylor’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked Taylor if there was anything in his background that he wanted to disclose. Taylor said there was not. Taylor was born and raised in Libby; graduated from a school in Libby then went on to the Marines. Taylor worked at Timberline Auto; Harlow’s Bus Barn and is currently at Kootenai Truck Repair.

Zimmerman asked what Taylor’s strongest points are that he could bring to the council? Taylor said he is a team player, 100 percent committed to whatever he does, and give it his all. He believes in Libby.

Smith appreciates Taylor’s application and resume.

Beach asked Taylor to rank the city councils priorities from most important to least. Taylor said infrastructure, clean up Libby, and work with the port authority to bring jobs to Libby. Beach asked how important it is for the council to work well together. Taylor said it is very important.

Williams asked, “what did you do to prepare for this interview?” Taylor met with the city administrator, went over the city infrastructure, contacted each of the city council members asked if they had questions, approached the mayor, and asked if he had any questions.

Armstrong asked how he sees the economic balance between the business community and the residential community. Taylor said the council needs to figure out what projects they can handle without increasing rates. The council needs to look at grants.
Taylor read a statement to the council and the public.
Mayor Teske asked if there were any public comments for Taylor.
Mr. Hammons stated Orr requested that all candidates be present for his interview.
Mayor Teske said if that was his prerogative, that was fine. All candidates returned to council chambers.

The fourth candidate to speak was DC Orr; 1117 Nevada Ave. Mayor Teske asked if Orr had been a resident of the City of Libby for 60 days. Orr said he had. Mayor Teske stated Orr’s background check was good. Mayor Teske asked if there was anything in his background he wanted to disclose. Orr said Libby has been in turmoil for years; the council had nine appointments in the last two years, several lawsuits, scandals, and disruptions. Libby needs some stability and stability is gained by following the law. Orr had Clay Coker give him his letter of reference because Coker followed the law and policy. Mr. Orr had Councilman Olsen do a letter of reference; he admired the way he fought against people who lied about him and false accusations. Orr said council could all work well together yet have a difference of opinion, respect each other and respect the law.
Mayor Teske asked Orr did Mr. Coker, and Mr. Olsen write you letters of reference? Orr said yes. Mayor Teske said they were not attached to your resume. Orr forgot they were references.
Orr said everybody is under the law. The mayor enforces the law. The public has a right to know about your deliberations. Orr knows the law and can help council abide by the law.

Members of council were then allowed to ask Orr questions. Mr. Zimmerman asked Orr, “You want honesty and transparency. How do think that has helped or hindered with your dealings on social media?”

Orr said he did not understand Zimmerman’s questions.

Zimmerman said Orr, “you are on the Libby Troy news, and opinion site, you call out members of the council how do you feel this will help things?” Orr said “you are on there reading it. You could reply, be honest and transparent. Those are the discussion the public wants to hear. In Bozeman, the council’s email is available to the public on the city’s website.” Orr said the Libby City Council could use some social media work. Orr said the council could get their ideas out there to the public.

Orr asked Zimmerman if he was part of the discussions to legally not appoint anyone.
Zimmerman said he discussed with Beach, Armstrong, and legal counsel.
Mayor Teske said the issue first came up before the appointment of Mrs. Ford; when there was only one application. Mayor Teske talked to the city attorney and asked if the council was bound to select that candidate. The City attorney Dean Chisholm said no and explained why.
Orr asked if the council had received the letter from his attorney.Mayor Teske said he had. Orr said the council should receive legal counsel before continuing. Mayor Teske said that they had.

Smith had no questions for Orr.

Beach asked how important is it that the council works well together?
Orr said it is not important that they work well together, it is important that they come to a decision and that is something that this council has failed to do. I want you to follow the law and not in secret.
Beach asked Orr to list the city council priorities starting with the most important.
Orr said following the law is the most important. Orr said you need to consider what is important at the time and make that your priority.

Williams had no questions for Orr.

Armstrong had no questions for Orr.
Orr said Armstrong wrote demeaning things about him in the newspaper. Orr asked how he could get a fair vote from the council.
Armstrong said he does not know how to answer that question.

Williams passed.

Beach said he would not respond to anything Armstrong wrote. Beach said he had not been part of any secret deliberations.

Orr asked Smith how do you see Armstrong’s comments in the paper as anything but personal attacks?
Smith said,” Mr. Orr, your reputation precedes anything that Mr. Armstrong wrote in the paper, you attack people and issues and things.”
Orr called POINT OF ORDER.
Mayor Teske said this is her answer to your question.
Smith said she was surprised Orr applied for the council based on the way he has treated every council member. Orr said the council is lawbreakers.

Orr asked Zimmerman “ Councilman Armstrong said I enjoyed criticism and insulting that I live for it, do you think this is true?”
Zimmerman said “with everything I read on social media it makes a person wonder that it is true. When I am out in public, people approach me about you and the negativity.” Zimmerman said Orr needs to bring solutions to council meetings.”
Orr said council needs to work with him, not against him.

Orr asked Zimmerman, “ do you believe you are above the law or do you follow the law as a council person.” Zimmerman said,” yes I follow the law as an American citizen. Orr said, “ did you follow the law a month ago when you refused to nominate anyone.” Zimmerman said, “I believe so.”

Orr asked Smith, “do you believe you’re above the law or do you follow the law as a council person?” Smith said she followed the law as a council person and she followed the law a month ago with her decision or lack thereof.
Orr said there was no decision.
Mayor Teske said she said or lack thereof.
Orr said Mayor Teske could not limit her answers.
Mayor Teske said he had not limited her answers, just because you do not like the answers does not open it up for debate.
Orr. Said, “yes it does.”

Orr asked Beach if he was above the law and if he followed the law a month ago?
Beach said he was not above the law and he as an individual followed the law, “the law states a suitable candidate, I felt we did not have a suitable candidate for different reasons.”

Williams passed on the discussion.

Orr asked Mr. Armstrong if he was above the law Armstrong said no he was not above the law. Orr said, “did you follow the law a month ago?” Armstrong said he was not clear on what the law was a month ago; he was not aware of the 30-day window. Armstrong stated he was not aware there was a deadline sitting in front of us; he could not decide with the choices.

Orr said three applicants applied within the 30 day period. The fourth applicant, Dufficy applied after the deadline, he is an untimely applicant. Orr said the council would be breaking the law if they appoint accept Dufficy’s application.

Mayor Teske said those are your opinions of the law.

Orr then asked Armstrong about Montana Code 7-4-4111.

Armstrong called POINT OF ORDER and said he refused to participate any further.

Mayor Teske told Orr, “ we are moving on.”

Orr called POINT OF ORDER.

Orr stated, “ if he refuses to answer my question he will have to site his fifth amendment rights.
Mayor Teske said that is your legal opinion.
Orr said the council is going to continue to violate the law.
Mayor Teske said that is your opinion.

Mayor Teske asked all candidates to the back room.
Mayor Teske asked for public comment for Orr.

Council Comments:
Beach Would like a better procedure for interviews in the future.Smith liked the letter Holcomb put together.
Zimmerman nominated Hugh Taylor.
Zimmerman nominated Rob Dufficy.
Council comments followed.
Mayor Teske called for the vote.
Taylor 4-Yes 1-No
Dufficy 3-Yes 2-No
Taylor had the most votes.
The candidates were brought out.
Council took a five-minute recess.
Council resumed at 6:55 p:m.
Mayor Teske swore in Hugh Taylor

The meeting ADJOURNED at 7:05 pm.

______________ Attest; ______________________________
Mayor, Brent Teske Audray J. McCollum City Clerk/Treasurer