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City Council Meeting-September 23

regular meeting badgeGood morning Colstrip!  Your City Council will meet tonight starting at 7PM at City Hall.

Have you ever attended a Council meeting before?  It can be helpful to know the people who were elected to serve you and manage tax payer funds.  By going to a meeting you’ll get to meet your representatives and learn a little bit about them while watching them think through and decide on agenda items.

The line up for the evening is:

Public Comment and Participation
A. Public Hearing – Solid Waste Special Assessments

Unfinished Business
A. Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy
B. Resolution No. 2014 – R16/Goodwill Policy
C. Resolution No. 2014 – R22/Solid Waste Special Assessments

New Business
A. Interlocal Agreement w/Colstrip Public Schools
B. Mobile Home Purchase
C. Public Works Department Pickup Purchase
D. Bid Award – Backwash Treatment System

Let me know if you have any questions about the listed items. I can help you find out about the details.

Meeting Minutes for March 25, 2014–Colstrip City Council

At the regular Colstrip City Council held on Wednesday, March 25, 2014 the Council considered six (6) motions and approved six (6) motions.  All council members and the mayor were present.  No members of the public spoke when the floor was opened for pubic comment.  You can read the official minutes online at cityofcolstrip.com.

The Business

Add Two Claims to the Consent Agenda

Motion: Council-member Miller made a motion to add a claim from DPS Company for the amount of $50,019.87 and a claim from Department of Revenue for $505.25 the Consent Agenda at the request of Mayor Hanser.  Council-member Jankowski seconded.

Discussion:

No discussion was offered.

No public comment was received.

Result: Motion carried all in favor.

 

Approve Consent Agenda

Motion:  Council-member Jankowski moved to approve Consent Agenda with the addition of the two claims and correction to the minutes.  Council-member Koczur seconded.

Discussion:

No discussion was offered.

No public comment was received.

Result: Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Health Insurance Benefit for Elected Officials

Motion: Council-member Williams moved to approve Resolution No. 2014-R08 to allow elected and appointed officials to participate in the city’s group health insurance program with Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority.  Council-member Miller seconded.

Discussion:

Council-member Miller “asked if it will be included in the resolution who will be paying for the health insurance”.  Attorney Ryder explained that the resolution refers to the budgetary process as the method used to decide the funding for the proposal.  Council-member Williams further explained that the “resolution only authorizes the participation of the officials and is not to decide who will pay for it”.

No public comment was received.

Result: Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Amendment 2 to Engineering Task Order No. 11

Motion: Council-member Williams moved to approve Amendment 2 to Engineering Task Order No. 11 for the Water Plant Backwash System in the amount of $97,916.00.  Council-member Miller seconded.

Discussion:

Council-member Jankowski asked “if there were any modifications to the other terms and conditions of the original task order”.  The engineer from KLJ Billings stated “there are no modifications to the original terms and conditions”.

No public comment was received.

Result: Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Chemical Purchase for Public Works Department

Motion: Council-member Jankowski moved to approve the request from Public Works Director Swan to purchase chemicals from Hawkins in the amount of $13,231.60. Council-member Koczur seconded.

Discussion:

Council-member Miller asked “if there is any risk in raising the purchasing policy limit so that it would not be necessary to come to the city council for prior approval for this type of purchase”.  This question will be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting.

No public comment received.

Result: Motion carried with all in favor.

 

Meeting Adjournment

Motion: Council-member Jankowski moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 PM. Council-member Miler seconded.

Discussion:

No discussion was offered.

No public comment received.

Result: Motion carried with all in favor.

 

NOTE: The information above is from the official draft copy of the March 25, 2014 meeting minutes available to the public online and upon request from the office of Colstrip City Clerk.

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Colstrip City Update: Week of March 23, 2014

Summary:

On Tuesday night, 3/25, starting at 7:00 PM, the Colstrip City Council will meet in regular session at City Hall.

The business on the agenda will be:

  • Resolution No. 2014-R08/Allow Elected Officials Participation in MMIA Employee Benefits Program
  • Engineering Task Order No. 11/Water Plant Backwash System
  • Hawkins Chemicals Purchase

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend.  Comments and questions are welcome during specified times of the meeting.

More information:

Resolution No. 2014-R08/Allow Elected Officials Participation in MMIA Employee Benefits Program

At the previous Council meeting, Mayor Hanser requested the Council consider allowing the Mayor to participate in the medical benefit program provided to city employee’s and administered by the Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority (MMIA).  This resolution is a follow up to that request.  The resolution states, “the City of Colstrip determines that both elected and appointed officials of the City of Colstrip, including the Mayor, City Council members and the City Attorney should be eligible to participate in the City of Colstrip’s employee medical benefit program…”.  The resolution specifies that the “funding for this particular medical benefit will be made through either the City of Colstrip’s budgetary process and/or contributions by the official.”

If approved by a majority of the Council, this resolution would not require any official to participate, but only allow them to participate.

Engineering Task Order No. 11/Water Plant Backwash System

This item concerns a proposed second amendment to Task Order 11; an engineering task order authorizing KLJ of Billings to provide engineering services for the Water Plant Backwash System project.  The original task order was for the amount of $83,644.00.    The amendment seeks to add project services to the original order for the completion of the project: final design phase ($42,054.00), bid phase ($12,305.00) and construction administration ($43,557.00).  If approved, the proposed amendment will add a total of $97,916.00 to the original project cost.

Improvements to the backwash system are required by order of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MT DEQ).  The DEQ requires that “system improvements and compliance with Colstrip’s permit must be achieved by February 27, 2015”.

Hawkins Chemicals Purchase

Public Works Director Bryan Swan will ask the Council to approve the purchase of “14136 lbs of Aqua Hawk 457 and 3220.8 lbs. of Potassium Permanganate” from Hawkins, Inc, a chemical supply company in Roseville, MN, for the total amount of $13,231.00.  According to Mr Swan’s written report, “these 2 [sic] products used for water treatment have been purchased from 2 [sic] different vendors in the past but are both now purchased from Hawkins.”  The Council must approve the purchase since the total amount is over $10,000.00; the limit is set by the City purchasing policy.

Note: All citations and quotes were taken from public documents provided by the office of Colstrip City Clerk.

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