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


 Submitted by  Clerk/Treasurer


February 14, 2018


The Town of Chester Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on February 14, 2018.

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

Members Absent:       

Staff Present:              John Kleinsasser (PWD)

                                    Ashley Wickum (Clerk/Treasurer)

Guests:                        Jesse & Martin Fulbright – Boy Scouts

                                    Johanna Lesiak – Pool Manager           

  • Mayor James Dahlen called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
  • No public comment.
  • Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the minutes of the regular council meeting January 10, 2018. Tina Neer seconded the motion. Motion to approve minutes passed with all voting ayes.
  • Scott Ross made the motion to approve the claims submitted for payment. Tonia Wickum seconded the motion. Motion to approve claims passed with all voting ayes.
  • The council reviewed the adjustments and journal entries made in January. Rachel Ghekiere made the motion to approve the adjustments and journal vouchers. Tonia Wickum seconded and the motion to approve the adjustments and journal entries passed with all voting ayes. 
  • Sheriff’s Office Report: None
  • Guest Paul Tuss, Bear Paw Development was unable to attend the meeting due to weather. Will reschedule
  • Swimming Pool: Johanna Lesiak – Job Title/Salary: 

Johanna updated the council on her current position at the Liberty Medical Center and how this would impact her position as pool manager.  It is her hope to remain as the manager at the pool and to provide swimming lessons the same as in the past.  The only change would be that she wouldn’t be available to fill in for life guards should they call in.  The suggestion was made to have a head lifeguard position to do the basic supervising of the lifeguards during pool hours.  The council are all in support of having Johanna remain as the pool manager, discussion of time spent managing the pool and salary.  The administrative committee will work with Johanna to come up with some ideas.  Johanna also updated the council that there may only be 3-4 life guards returning this year, and that it might be a good idea to have a pool attendant to help take pressure off of not having enough life guards.  Will need to have 8-10 lifeguards.  Council discussed certification and paying of this, contracts, clauses, and positive incentives to retain lifeguards.  There is a need for a new section on the tarp.  The pool will open around the 1st-4th of June, with swimming lessons the 18-22 & 25-29 of June.  Tabled until March meeting. 

  • Resolution of Intent : Floodplain Hazard Management Regulations:

Council reviewed the resolution of Intent and notice of intent.  The notice of intent will change the wording to clearly identify the public meeting at the March 14th meeting.  Scott Ross motioned to approve the resolution of Intent and Notice of Intent.  Tina Neer seconded the motion.  No further discussion.  The motion passed with all council members voting ayes. 

  • Resolution of Intent: State of Montana Deferred Compensation Plan/457b:

Council discussed and reviewed the information provided, item was tabled until next month so that Joel Thompson with the program could come and visit with members of the council and staff. 


Old Business:

  • RFP – Request for Engineering Contract:

City clerk followed up on the email that was sent out on January 16, 2018, informing the council that the Town received only one RFP, from Robert Peccia and Associates.  The Town has accepted this proposal as it is the only one, and meets all requirements in the RFP.  Work has already been started by RPA including the change in grant administration being provided by RPA and not Bear Paw Development.   

  • Waste Water Project Financing- SRF Update:

Phone conference scheduled for initial meeting.    

  • Additional Agenda Items
  • PWD Report:

Garbage truck should be coming, however have not received a call back with an update.  There is a need for a new Jetter, John Kleinsasser has spoken with Mike Patterson, Northwest Pipe, and this could cost as much as $60,000.  Need to start budgeting for this cost. 

Eric Kleinsasser has resigned from his operator position with the Town.  This opening is being advertised for and the Town has received two applications at this time. 

  • Clerk update: Lionettes made a donation for the paint for the pool.  Ashley Wickum will put a thank you in the paper for this. 
  • Council Report: Scott Ross reported that the annual Bear Paw Development meeting is in February.  Tina Neer brought up a public comment about RV parking for the all class reunion.  Will discuss options similar to the swim meet parking, and open lots.  Shane Kenfield brought up the need for a new safety officer as Eric Kleinsasser is no longer working for the Town.  John Kleinsasser has Dave Ghekiere set up to take over the safety meetings.   
  • Tina Neer made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Rachel Ghekiere seconded.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.