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Joliet City Council Minutes
Joliet Council discuss grant issues and well update
Meeting Call to Order: Mayor Sorrells called the meeting to order. In attendance were Council members Emily Ringer, Marla Moody, Sherry Munoz, Gary Gray; Clerk/Treasurer Tracy McNeiley; Police Chief Kyle Croft; Officer Bob Reed, Public Works Director Charles Buechler; Town Attorney Hope Freeman; Fire Chief Melvin Hoferer. Consent Agenda: Emily Ringer entered a motion to accept the agenda as presented. Sherry Munoz second. Discussion. Motion passed. M i n u t e s / D i s b u r s ements: June 17, 2013 Regular Meeting Minutes: Gary Gray entered a motion to accept the minutes. Emily Ringer second. Discussion. Motion passed. July 2013 Disbursements: Sherry Munoz entered a motion to accept the July 2013 disbursements as presented with additions. Emily Ringer second. Discussion. Motion passed.
Mayor/Council Reports: Mayor Sorrells discussed federal grant issues, weed notices, drainage issues, dispatch and fireworks. Several complaints were voiced from the audience that two days was not long enough for the lighting of fireworks. The MS Bike-athon will be going through Joliet on Aug 17. Gary Gray reported that putting a test well on Cottonwood is not an option, as one nearby homeowner has objected. Marla Moody reported that putting a test well on the parking lot at the school is not an option, as they object. Emily Ringer reported that the ordinance committee has been working on the table of fees. There will be a flat rate of $75.00 for all business licenses. Sherry Munoz praised the Mayor for his work on the parks/alleys for the 4th of July festivities. Employee Reports: Charles Buechler, Public Works Director, reported on water usage, aerators, State Street well, and sewer status. Trash in the sewer ponds is still a problem. Mr. Buechler presented some samples of this trash for viewing. Geese are also an issue. The new generator will be installed Aug 7 & 8. Alleys need to be kept clear so MacKenzie Disposal has access with their new truck. Mr. Buechler recently spent a day with the City of Billings Public Works Dept.
Fire Chief Melvin Hoferer, reported on downed trees and lines. Stage 1 burning restrictions will probably be implemented by the County shortly, so open burning will not be allowed. The fire station mill levy passed. Police Chief Kyle Croft reported on recent activity. Unfinished Business: Test Well Project Update – No word on the grant. Railway right of way is the only option left of the three locations discussed at the last meeting. The new fire station lot and near the Creek well were suggested as possible locations for test wells. Marla Moody suggested that wells 2, 1 and 6 be rehabilitated before drilling of a new well is considered. New Business: Chapter 9 – Public Works 1st Reading: Various objections were voiced regarding Chapter 9, including the prohibiting of new private wells and tenant/landlord responsibility. Much discussion ensued. Sherry Munoz entered motion to accept. Motion died for lack of a second. This item will be placed on the August agenda. Ordinance 9-2-12, Repealing Title 9 Bars & Saloons - 1st Reading: Emily Ringer entered motion to accept. Sherry Munoz second. Discussion. Motion passed. Zoning-207 S Main (fence): Sherry Munoz entered motion to accept. Emily Ringer second. Discussion. Motion passed. Sheriff ’s Office Interlocal Agreement: The cost has increased to $3,601.96 for the year. Sherry Munoz entered motion to accept. Emily Ringer second. Discussion. Motion passed. Emergency Ordinance – Implementing Water Restrictions: Marla Moody voiced strong objections. Ms. Moody does not believe the current situation is an emergency, as we only went from 280 gpm to 240 gpm. That only adds approximately one more hour of pumping for the two wells. Ms. Moody added that the water restrictions will not reduce water usage anyway, as they are not strict enough. The ordinance also does not distinguish between private well users, who are not bound by these restrictions. Emily Ringer entered motion to accept with the addition of “from city water supply” to the ordinance. Sherry Munoz second. Discussion. Motion passed with Marla Moody voting against. Easement/Right of Way: Emily Ringer entered motion to accept. Sherry Munoz second. Discussion. Motion passed. Correspondence: A letter received from Allison Mouch regarding growth policy grants was reviewed. We are still in need of a volunteer to sit on the Carbon County Planning Board to represent Joliet. John Francis volunteered. His appointment will be put on the August agenda. Public Comment: Marla Moody reiterated that, according to DEQ, storage is a bigger problem for Joliet than lack of wells.
Ms. Moody made several suggestions regarding more storage. Mr. Buechler, Public Works Director, argued that a new well is more important than lack of storage. The recently updated burning ordinance was discussed. Residents are to obtain permission from Fire Chief Melvin Hoferer. Upon doing so, they are to request a burning permit at Town Hall for a cost of $20. Meeting Adjourned: The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Budget meeting to precede at 6:30 pm. Emily Ringer entered motion to adjourn. Sherry Munoz second. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned. Minutes unapproved.