These minutes remain unofficial until approved by the council at the next meeting. 

 

 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

January 8, 2020

 Public Hearing

The Town of Chester Council held the scheduled public hearing meeting on January 8, 2020.

Members Present: Mayor James Dahlen Council persons Wendy Dauwalder, Rachel Ghekiere, Shane Kenfield, Tina Neer, Scott Ross, and Tonia Wickum

 Members Absent:

  • Staff Present: John Kleinsasser (Public Works Director)

                              Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

  • Guests: Terry Tyler

 Mayor James Dahlen called the public hearing meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

 No public Comment.

 Tina Neer made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rachel Ghekiere seconded the motion.  Public hearing meeting was adjourned at 8:02 pm.

 Regular Meeting

 The Town of Chester Council held the regular council meeting on January 8, 2020.

Members Present: Mayor James Dahlen Council persons Wendy Dauwalder, Rachel Ghekiere, Shane Kenfield, Tina Neer, Scott Ross, and Tonia Wickum

 Members Absent: 

Staff Present:        John Kleinsasser (Public Works Director)

                              Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:  Terry Tyler

 Mayor James Dahlen called the regular council meeting to order at 7:02 pm.

  • Public Comment: None
  • Wendy Dauwalder made the motion to approve the minutes from the Regular Meeting December 11, 2019. Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion to approve minutes passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Claims, with the addition of T&E,were presented to the council for approval. Scott Ross made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment. Tina Neer seconded the motion.  Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in December. Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the JV & Adjustments.  Scott Ross seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: Copy was faxed to the City Office by Ellen and presented to the council.
  • New Business:
  • Resolution 1-2020: Change Town Council Meeting Time from 7:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

 Tina Neer made the motion to approve Resolution 1-2020, changing the Town Council Meeting Time from 7:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Tonia Wickum seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 

  • Resolution 2-2020: Approving Elected Officials into the Employee Benefits Program. 

Scott Ross made the motion to approve Resolution 2-2020, allowing elected officials into the employee benefits program.  Tina Neer seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 

  • Updated code list- Clerk Ashley Wickum presented the council with a list of codes that need to be updated in the Sterling Codifiers, both online and in hard copy. Discussion, council would like to review closer.  Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to table agenda item.  Tina Neer seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Old Business: Mayor Dahlen updated the council on the Rocky Boy Water Services.  The Town’s Attorney, Jim, was present for the last Authority meeting via conference call.  He has drafted a letter to the authority requesting more information and is working directly with the Authorities attorney. 
  • Additional Agenda Items: Mayor Dahlen presented the council with a copy of a letter of support to Bear Paw Development.  Judge Frederickson wanted to let the council know that she has collected more then $4,200 in City fines.  Provided an update on the courthouse planning.  Mayor Dahlen has been working with the commissioners on the planning and costs. 

Mike Mattson would like to have the council adjust the EDU for his shop, he has a 1inch waterline, but doesn’t use the 1inch water demand.  Does the council want to look at commercial rate and usage?  Discussion, what is done for one we need to do for everyone, currently the policy states, line size going into the building.  Mayor Dahlen will talk with Mr. Mattson about his options and the council’s discussion.   

  • PWD Report: John Kleinsasser updated the council that the tin and insulation are completed.  They are moving the work bench from the old shop to the new shop and the pickup hoist and trolly lift have been purchased as budgeted for.  City crew is diligently working on cleaning off the icy streets as weather and time permit. 
  • Clerk update: Sending thank you cards for AED
  • Council Report:

Rachel Ghekiere would like to send a thank you to Ms. Henderson for helping move snow off of the sidewalk around the park.  Tina Neer wanted to know who to talk to about street lights.  The intersection in front of the lodge is very dark.  Staff will ask Jim Vinson with Northwestern Energy about options.  Shane Kenfield will help clerk to make sure firewall is installed for the computers. 

 

Scott Ross made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Tina Neer.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:24 pm.

 

 

 

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