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

 

 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

 

Public Hearing

The Town of Chester Council held the Public Hearing Meeting on October 14, 2020.

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

 

Members Absent: 

Staff Present:        John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                              Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:  Terry Tyler

 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the Public Hearing Meeting to order at 6:07 pm
  • Public Comment: None 
  • Tina Neer made a motion to adjourn the Public Hearing Meeting. Wendy Dauwalder seconded.  Public Hearing Meeting was adjourned at 6:08 pm.

 

Regular Meeting

The Town of Chester Council held the regular meeting on October 14, 2020.

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

 

Members Absent: 

Staff Present:        John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                              Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests: Terry Tyler

 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the regular meeting to order at 6:08 pm
  • Public Comment: None 
  • Tina Neer made the motion to approve the minutes from the September 9, 2020 regular council meeting. Scott Ross seconded the motion.  Motion to approve minutes passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Claims were presented to the council for approval. Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment. Wendy Dauwalder seconded the motion. Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in September. Shane Kenfield made the motion to approve the JV & Adjustments.  Tina Neer seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: was faxed to the office by Ellen Gage, and reviewed by the council.
  • New Business:
  • Resolution #05-2020 Garbage Rate Increase: Resolution 05-2020 Garbage Rate Increase was presented to the council.  Shane Kenfield made the motion to accept Resolution #05-2020 Garbage Rate Increase.  Tina Neer seconded the motion. Rate increase will be in effect for November 30, 2020 billing.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • CDC Trick or Trunk- Block off 1st East- Oct. 31, 2020- discussion: The Liberty County Community Development Committee would like to block off 1st Street East, to do Trick or Trunk again this year. This was done last year and the council agreed that it would be okay again this year. 
  • Old Business: None
  • Mayor Report/ Additional Agenda Items: The Town has hired Aumri Brinson for the full-time operator position.  Aumri is very motivated to obtain his certifications.  He is a member of the Army Reserves and began work on October 8th full time. 
  • Kai Ghekiere is still helping as needed as part time summer help. He’s been helping with the fence out at the Water Treatment Plant. 
  • Mayor Dahlen has not received anything back from the engineers on the WTP upgrades.
  • PWD Report: John Kleinsasser reported a member of Rural Water stopped today. 
  • The sparling meter for the WTP had to be returned for the second time. John has been working with Dennis of MET to try and get the meter fixed.  John has extensive documentation of the communication with the company on why the meter was sent back the first time and that it wasn’t fixed when they returned it.  This meter needs to be working for the WTP.  The inline meter purchase cost was credited back to the town and Dennis with MET is ordering a meg meter and will help to set it up. 
  • The water and sewer samples are normally sent to Billings, however, there has been a lot of trouble with temperatures resulting in retesting increasing the cost. The town is still using Energy Labs, but sending the samples to Helena to see if this will correct the issue.
  • John is concerned about the county landfill permits. It has been noticed that when farmers are purchasing the permit, the garbage being hauled to town is not for a single household, but for multiple households (as many of the farmers have multiple families that live in the same farm yard).  The current ordinance is not specific about who can dump on the purchase of the permit, however the letter that is sent out is specific to one household per permit.  This will need to be addressed. 
  • The doors are going up at the city park. Still waiting for them to be completed.  Will need to install a new side door as it has been wreaked by kids.  The doors will be locked open during the summer and then locked closed and the pavilion will be used for storage by the town during the winter.  
  • Clerk update: Ashley Wickum reported that she is working with the town attorney to update and clarify water easements south of town.  Land has changed property owners and clarification on who retains the “5000 gallons of free water” for the easement is needed.  Also, working with the attorney to complete a document to be filed with the title when a water line that was abandoned is reconnected to the water main.  The sidewalk & outdoor shower at the pool has been approved for reimbursement through the CARES program and will be submitted.  Also, time taken that qualifies for reimbursement under the CARES program is being tracked and will be submitted as well.  Ashley is going to sign up to attend the Neptune virtual class to learn more about the meters and meter reader as new software is going to be required by the end of FY22.  LGS is also offering virtual classes and webex classes that she is sitting through as time allows. 
  • Council Report: Tina Neer asked about the home at 11 Main Street NW.  Ashley Wickum reported that she talked to local law enforcement and the doors and windows have been nailed shut so no one can occupy the home.  A letter was sent to the property owners to clean up the yard, and it has had some improvement done. 
  • Rachel Ghekiere inquired about the trees at the Lions Park. There is a problem with the beavers right now and the trees are being damaged and destroyed.  The town has not purchased trees for the Lions Park in the past, and Ashley Wickum suggested that Rachel talk to Northwestern Energy worker, Jim Vinson, as he has asked to do a tree project in the City Park and maybe there could be a collaboration between the two. 
  • Scott Ross updated the council that Bear Paw Development has had turn over in the community development outreach program.
  • Rachel Ghekiere made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Wendy Dauwalder seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:22 pm.

 

 

 

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