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

 

 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

January 9, 2019

The Town of Chester Council held the public hearing meeting on January 9, 2019.

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

Members Absent:       Scott Ross

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                                    Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Public Hearing

Guests:  None

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the public hearing to order at 7:00 pm
  • Public Comment- None
  • Tina Neer made a motion to adjourn the public hearing meeting. Shane Kenfield seconded.  Public hearing meeting was adjourned at 7:02 pm.

 

The Town of Chester Council held its regular scheduled meeting on January 9, 2019.

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

Members Absent:       Scott Ross

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                                    Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Regular Meeting

Guests: None             

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the meeting to order at 7:02 pm
  • Mayor Dahlen moved the Oath of Office to beginning of the meeting. Council members Tonia Wickum, Shane Kenfield and Wendy Dauwalder were sworn in. 
  • Public Comment: None
  • Tina Neer made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting December 12, 2018. Rachel Ghekiere seconded the motion. Motion to approve minutes passed with all voting ayes.
  • Claims for January 2019 were presented to the council. Rachel Ghekiere 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. Shane Kenfield made the motion to approve the adjustments and journal vouchers. Tina Neer seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: Copy of report faxed to the City Office by Ellen and presented to the council.
  • New Business:
  • Resolution #116-2019 Landfill Rates: Tonia Wickum made a motion to approve the Resolution #116-2019 to raise landfill rates. Tina Neer seconded the motion. Motion passed with all voting ayes.  Rates will go in to affect for February billing. 
  • Resolution #117-2019 Sewer Rates: Tina Neer made a motion to approve the Resolution #117-2019 to raise sewer rates to a base rate of $32.81 and Commercial rates an additional $1.50/thousand after the first 2000 gallons.  Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes.  Rate increase will go in to affect for February billing per bond council. 

 

  • Old Business:
  • Cellphone Reimbursement: Mayor Dahlen presented the council with a letter stating that per MCA 2017 7-5-4205 & 7-5-4206 he is officially vetoing the motion/resolution on cell phone reimbursement made at the regular council meeting December 12, 2018 and that no reimbursement checks were issued.  Mayor Dahlen spoke with the Town’s attorney, Bill Hunt and it is in the best interest of the Town to not proceed with this.  Job descriptions need to be examined and a determination reached if cell phones are a required part of the job, and a cell phone policy then put into place.  Any reimbursement needs to be equal.  Discussion followed regarding the town’s government plan, cell phone usage and requirements.  The motion for cell phone reimbursement was officially vetoed by Mayor Dahlen.  No further action.
  • Additional Agenda Items:
  • Mayor Dahlen gave an update on the Sewer Project Phase II, bids are expected to be in to the engineer’s office January 21st. 15 mph speed limit signs have be ordered and will be put up. 
  • PWD Report: John Kleinsasser reported that the loader has been fixed and it will cost about $3200.  Someone will need to go down to Great Falls to pick it up.    
  • Clerk update: Auditors will be a couple days later in January than originally planned, but still planning to be here.  FEMA is still in progress.     
  • Council Report: Tina Neer inquired about the alley by the Prairie Home Apartments and the Mormon Church and if the holes can be filled in.  The Commissioners asked about the alley by the courthouse being a one way, Mayor James will talk to Joettee Woods, County Commissioner, about this.   
  • Shane Kenfield made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Tina Neer seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.