MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE TOWN OF COLUMBUS,
COLUMBUS, MONTANA HELD NOVEMBER 16, 2009 AT 7:30 P.M.
The meeting was called to order with the Pledge with Mayor Woltermann presiding. Council persons present were Gary Anderson, Patty Sundberg, Terry Nystul, Jon Brown and Harold Houghton. Paul Edwards was absent.
Officers present were Fire Chief Cowger, Chief Pronovost, DPW Holten, Attorney Howard and Clerk Barndt.
Irmgard Houghton, Jennifer Ries.
The Mayor stated that this was the time and place advertised for Public Hearing on the Subdivision Amendments. He asked if there were any written comments? The Clerk stated that there were none. He asked three times if there were any public comments. Hearing none, he declared the hearing closed at 7:32 p.m.
The Mayor asked Council if they had reviewed the minutes of the 11/2/09 meeting and were there any additions deletions or corrections? Nystul moved to approve the minutes as written, seconded by Houghton, roll call; all-yes.
The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the delinquent shut off request. Nystul moved to approve the request, seconded by Anderson, roll call; all-yes.
Petitions and Communications
The Mayor stated that Travis Eickman had requested that the airport pay requests be on the agenda. He stated that there was no Town funds involved so he didn’t think any action was necessary.
Reports of Officers Rich, Bill, Dennis, Doug and Ron submitted written reports.
Rich had nothing additional to report.
Bill stated that the damage to the car was probably at least $10,000.
Dennis had nothing additional to report.
Doug had nothing additional to add to his report.
Ron had nothing to add.
The first item was the second reading of the ordinance amending subdivision regulations.
ORDINANCE NO. 334
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING THE TOWN
OF COLUMBUS AND STILLWATER COUNTY SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS.
Houghton moved to waive the reading of the ordinance, seconded by Sundberg, roll call; all-yes.
Houghton moved to adopt the ordinance, seconded by Brown, roll call; all-yes.
There was no New Business.
Comments not on the Agenda.
The Mayor told Council about the recent test of lower decibel horn system that is a less expensive alternative to a silent rail crossing. He said that a silent crossing would be cost prohibitive unless we could get grants. He also stated that the train horn is at 94 decibels and that every increase in 4 decibels doubles the loudness. The horn system would cost about $80,000.00 per crossing so we will probably not go much further with it at this point.
Nystul stated that maybe we could decrease the train speed limit?
There being no further business to come before Council, the meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
GARY WOLTERMANN, MAYOR
RONALD D. BARNDT, CLERK-TREASURER