By Jada Smook
The regular Libby city council meeting was held on Monday, April 16 at 7 p.m. The meeting started with committee reports. First on the list was cemetery/parks. The report was based on lawn work in the cemetery, in which the tree board agreed to prune the trees in the cemetery this spring.
The board is currently waiting for the March budget to be approved to start the 2018-2019 budget year. The city administrator’s report stated that there were two seasonal employees hired for the year. The two employees will be working on the outside of the city hall building doing maintenance.
The city county board of health reported that someone will be hired as a full-time animal control keeper Monday-Friday.
New businesses were next on the agenda. The board approved additional diagonal parking on the north side of the 100 block of West 2nd street and north side of the 100 block of East 2nd street. There will be 12-15 more diagonal spots added. The board spoke of it benefitting the VFW tremendously. The city will only have to pay for the painting of the lines, if any business wants to add handicap signs then they will be responsible for purchasing them as well. This project is estimated to begin at the beginning of June when the weather is nicer.
Approval for funding the way-finding signs that will be added at Riverfront Park and City Hall was granted. Talk about who will be making the signs and what they want them to look like were discussed. It was decided that the new signs should match the style of the signs that are at Riverfront Park and City Hall.
The collective bargaining agreement between the City of Libby and the Libby members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) was discussed and approved by the council.
The recreation service agreement city of Libby, Lincoln County, and Libby Park Board is to provide funding for a Park District Manager of Projects who will be an independent contractor. The duties include identifying, developing, and coming up with and approving recreation projects. The term of the agreement is for a period of one year starting May 1. The agreement will be renewable on a yearly basis for up to three years. Each entity will contribute $10,000 annually to fund projects that are approved. The funds will be placed in a special account managed by Lincoln County. Libby District Road Foreman will be reviewing and approving all expenditures and contractor invoices.
Approval of the independent contractor agreement for a Lincoln County Park District Manager of Projects was granted.
The approval of the resolution of the City of Libby Montana providing for the amendment of the budget for the fiscal year will be postponed until it can be explained better to the council.
The council approved the renewal of all business licenses received to date. Approval of new business licenses was granted for the following businesses, Iron OrrKids Concessions: Mobil Unit food vendor and Williams Marketing and Booking Agency.
The Libby website redesign is still under way. The board got authority to for the Montana Sky account granting them the ability to do improvements to the website. The meeting was adjourned after public comments.
On Wednesday, April 18 the City Council met for a special meeting and appointed Rob Dufficy to fill a board vacancy. Other applicants for the position included William Holcomb and DC Orr.
Angel Ford and Gary Armstrong have both resigned from the council leaving vacancies this year. Hugh Taylor was previously appointed to fill the other open position.
The council now includes Dufficy, Taylor, Peggy Williams, Brian Zimmerman, Gary Beach, and Kristen Smith.