Board of Aldermen Minutes for Thursday, May 18, 2017

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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN REGULAR SESSION MEETING

FOR THE CITY OF BILLNGS ON MAY 18, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.

 

Present were:  Mayor Michael Hodges, Chief David Taylor, Attorney William Petrus and City Clerk Ruth M. Haskins.  Absent were: Chris M. Hopkins and Randy Poindexter.

 

Citizens and guests present were:  Jenna Groves and Dan Crouch of MDC.

 

ROLL CALL

Fender                    Present  

Huffman                 Present

Harter                     Present

Brown                     Present

Woods                     Present

Coker                      Absent

 

Mayor asked everyone to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

Fender stated a Billings water customer had posted on Facebook some complaints concerning the water being shut off over the weekend due to non-payment.  Fender asked if it was common to shut off the water without notification.  Haskins stated the customers receive three notices before the water is shut off.  Fender wanted a schedule as to what days the notices were sent before shut off.  Haskins responded will have that next month.

Fender asked why a check was written to purchase a new Leon Rauch sign.  Haskins responded the sign was hit in an accident and restitution will pay the City back.

 

OLD BUSINESS.

  1. Brown has several bids for the storage building at the wastewater plant.  Discussed the bids for the building.  Motion to postpone to the next meeting made by Fender seconded by Brown.  Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.

 

NEW BUSINESS, MEMORIALS, RESOLUTIONS, PROCLAMATIONS, ORDINANCES

  1. Consent Agenda. Haskins stated the Animal Control Report was not available.  Motion to approve the Consent Agenda minus the Animal Control Report by Fender seconded by Brown.  Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.
  2. Motion to authorize the Mayor to sign Resolution 2017-R01 for the Grant for Engineering fees made by Brown seconded by Huffman. Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.
  3. Mayor stated the water has started eroding the dirt from under the sidewalk on Mt. Vernon by the school.  Will try to have a bid by the next meeting.  Motion to postpone to the next meeting made by Fender seconded by Brown.  Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.
  4. Groves from the Library Board asked what the items were for $70.00 to the Attorney.  Attorney responded that was the two conversations with Coker and time on the new Ordinance.  Groves would like to have the Treasurer to give copies of any invoice that needs to be paid by the Library to their Board to be approved.
  5. Groves also wants copies of the utility bills.
  6. Dan Crouch from MDC to talk about changing the phone system to VoIP. The average phone bill for the City is approximately $1,200.00 per month.  The phones that are now in the City will be usable with the system.  The monthly bill will be $337.99 for six lines.  Brown asked about a contract.  Harter asked the length of the contract.  Crouch responded three years.  After three years, the contract will be yearly.  Motion to postpone to next meeting for a copy of the contact and references made by Brown seconded by Huffman.  Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions..
  7. City Hall struck by lighting on April 29th, 2017. Insurance claim pending.  FYI
  8. BNSF has sent another letter concerning the crossing at the wastewater plant. Motion to postpone to next meeting to have attorney look over the documents made by Fender seconded by Huffman.  Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.
  9. Motion to review and approve the payment of wages, expenses, bills, statements and other expenditures for the month of May, 2017 made by Brown seconded by Fender. Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.

 

No further business.

 

Motion to adjourn made by Fender seconded by Huffman.  Voting “Aye” Woods, Fender, Brown, Harter and Huffman.  Voting “Nay” None.  No abstentions.

 

Adjourn at 9:00 p.m.

 

 

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                                                                          Michael B. Hodges, Mayor

 

ATTEST

 

 

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Ruth M. Haskins, City Clerk

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