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

 

 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer

October 9, 2019

 

Public Hearing Meeting

 

The Town of Chester Council held a Special Public Hearing meeting on October 9, 2019.

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

 

Members Absent:  Scott Ross,

Staff Present:       

                              Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:  Patty DeVries

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the Public Hearing meeting to order at 7:03pm
  • Public Comment: Patty DeVries wanted to know more about the EDU System and the notice that she received in the mail. 
  • The Mayor and Council explained the EDU System and the methodology behind the Towns chosen multipliers.
  • Patty DeVries commented that rates do not offer an incentive for people to purchase run down lots and clean them up. Dump rates should be by weight if possible.  Council explained that the cost of a scale and maintenance of a scale would be large costs that the town could not maintain.  The town’s landfill is one of the few operated only by the town and not county. 
  • Motion to adjourn was made by Shane Kenfield. Motion was seconded by Rachel Ghekiere.  Motion to adjourn the Public Hearing passed with all voting ayes. 

October 9, 2019

 

Regular Meeting

 

The Town of Chester Council held the regular scheduled meeting on October 9, 2019.

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

 

  • Members Absent: Scott Ross,
  • Staff Present:

                              Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

  • Guests: Patty DeVries

 

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the regular council meeting to order at 7:15 pm.

 

  • Tina Neer made the motion to approve the minutes from both the special meeting and regular meeting with a correction to the spelling of Larry Bonderud’s name. Rachel Ghekiere 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. Rachel Ghekiere seconded the motion. Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in September. Tina Neer made the motion to approve the JV & Adjustments.  Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Public Comment: Patty DeVries commented on the reconnect fee, the mayor provided clarification between shutting water off for nonpayment and a reconnection fee of $150 vs abandoned water line and reconnect fee of much more.  She believes that the cost is to large, again it is not incentivizing people to fix up property. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: Copy of report faxed to the City Office by Ellen and presented to the council.
  • New Business:
  • Resolution #128-2019 – Adoption of EDU Water Rates: Tina Neer made the motion to pass resolution #128-2019 adopting the EDU Water Rates.  Shane Kenfield seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Approval and adoption of amendments to water policy as presented by the Water Committee: The amended water policy was presented to the council with changes in red.  Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve the amendments to the Water System Policy and Regulations of Chester, Montana, as presented by the Water Committee.  Rachel Ghekiere seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Resolution #129-2019 – BaRSAA FY20 Funds Request: Tonia Wickum made the motion to approve Resolution #129-2019 request for FY20 BaRSAA Funds with the condition that John and James will come up with the project plan so Ashley can submit the request before November 1, 2019.  Tina Neer seconded the motion.  Motion passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Old Business: Computer upgrades/ IT- Shane presented the council with additional research for computer upgrades and IT services.  He acquired another quote from Havre Office Equipment Company as well as speaking the M &M.  The county recently changed providers to DSI out of Helena.  Shane will get a quote from them as well and present a recommendation to the council at the November meeting. 
  • Tara Hendrickson has acquired grant funding from Triangle Telephone in the amount of $1,000, and donation from the Chester Lionettes in the amount of $800 to go towards an AED at the pool. Tara is waiting to hear back from Northwestern Energy. 
  • Additional Agenda Items: Mayor Dahlen would like to have the council think about having the crew be 1st Aide/CPR certified. 
  • Holly Fredrickson, JP, had questions about the school speed limit ordinance. Staff spoke with DA Robert Padmos and Town Attorney Bill Hunt.  Will talk to contact with the state to see what would need to be done to do an amendment to expand the school speed zone to include more than just the block that they school sits in.   
  • Mayor Report: None
  • PWD Report: John Kleinsasser was not present for an update. 
  • Clerk update: Ashley Wickum, there is a training in Great Falls on Oct 16th by LGS that she will be attending.  AFR is almost completed. 
  • Council Report:

Tina Neer requested that the crew look at the alley west of the lodge.  She has received some complaints of a pickup in the middle and a dirt pile as well. 

Shane Kenfield suggested that council meetings be switched from 7:00 to 6:00 pm.  This would need to be an ordinance change and the council would like to have it on the agenda for the November meeting. 

Rachel Ghekiere was wondering if the tarp at the pool was put in the shed.  Ashley will ask John when he returns. 

  • Tina Neer made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Wendy Dauwalder seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm.

 

 

 

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