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Minutes from the City Council Meetings

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CITY OF FORT BENTON
FORT BENTON, MONTANA
December 17, 2012
The Fort Benton City Council met in regular session on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM in Council Chambers of said City.
MEMBERS PRESENT:

Mayor Rick Morris, Council people Roger Axtman, Merlyn Scott, Don Hazen, Barbara Thomas, John Cloepfil, and Terri Baker.
STAFF PRESENT: Clerk/Treasurer Heydon, Police Chief John Turner and Street Superintendent Ross.
GUESTS: Bethany Munroe, Dave Bahnmiller and Dan McCauley.
ORDER:Mayor Morris called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:Mayor Morris led members and guests in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
MINUTES: The minutes of June 17, 2013 were approved as presented.
REPORTS: The updated Building Permit List and the City Judge Report were presented.
COMMITTIES:
 
Council person Barb Thomas requested an Ordinance Committee meeting to discuss fees/penalty options on the Nuisance Ordinance, specifically on un-maintained yards. The Ordinance meeting is scheduled for 7 AM July 9 at City Hall. Don Hazen reported that the Tree Board and any interested Council people will be meeting with Rocky Mountain Tree Care Specialists Inc. July 9 at City Hall after the Ordinance Committee meeting. This is to get an estimate of tree care costs for budgeting purposes.
JULY 4TH HOLIDAY City Hall and shops will be closed Thursday for the 4th of July
WASTEWATER PROJECT   Dan McCauley of Great West Engineering presented Task Order #4, which is for Professional Engineering Services for our Wastewater System Improvements. McCauley spoke of slowing the project down until all funding sources are in place. TSEP ($750,000 grant) and RRGL ($100,000 grant) are in place; however, Rural Development (up to $1,000,000 grant and loan) is not. An extension would allow for all funding sources to be in place prior to any construction. Using the RRGL grant monies, services will be completed that are requirements of RD, including System Flow Monitoring, Environmental Assessment, addressing the Administrative Order on Consent with DEQ, Permitting, and Land Acquisition. Following discussion on Task Order #4 for the Wastewater Project, Councilman Axtman moved, seconded by Councilwoman Thomas, to accept and approve Task Order #4, contingent upon City Attorney approval. Motion passed.
INDUSTRIAL PARK Dan McCauley of Great West Engineering presented Task Order #5, being Engineering Services for the Industrial Park Phase 1 and 2, Design and Construction Management. Following questions on the purpose and meaning of this Task Order, and after discussing the need to exercise caution before taking any action with this Industrial Park site, Councilman Axtman moved, seconded by Councilman Cloepfil, to approve Task Order #5 with Great West Engineering for Engineering Services for the Industrial Park Phase 1 and 2, and Design and Construction Management, with attorney approval. Motion passed.
ENCROACHMENT PERMIT Councilwoman Thomas moved, seconded by Councilwoman Baker, to approve an Encroachment Permit request by Dave Bahnmiller for landscaping and a retaining wall at 908 River Street. Motion passed.
STREET MAINTANCE Discussion on our Street Maintenance District was deferred until the July 15 Budget meeting, scheduled for 6 PM.
RESOLUTION #1174: Councilman Hazen moved, seconded by Councilwoman Thomas, to approve Resolution #1174, a resolution authorizing Budget Transfers for FY 2012/2013. By Roll Call Vote: Hazen-aye; Cloepfil-aye; Scott-aye; Axtman-aye; Thomas-aye; Baker-aye. So passed.
RESOLUTION #1175: Councilman Axtman moved, seconded by Councilwoman Thomas, to approve Resolution #1175, a resolution authorizing the transfer of all monies from the Revolving Loan Fund to the General Fund. By roll call vote: Hazen-aye; Cloepfil-aye; Scott-aye; Axtman-aye; Thomas-aye; Baker-aye. So passed.
PLEDGED SECURITIES: Councilwoman Thomas moved, seconded by Councilwoman Baker, to approve the Pledged Securities for June 2013. So passed.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Signed: Mayor Richard D. Morris
ATTEST: Patty Parchen, Deputy City Cleark/Treasurer