Mayor Winchell called the meeting of the Cut Bank City Council to order at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17, 2022. The following persons answered roll call: Mayor Winchell, Councilpersons Timothy Curtiss, Kacie Fey, and Doug Vermulm. Also present were City Superintendent James Suta, City Attorney Robert Smith, Building Inspector Jim Yeagley, Police Chief Mike Schultz and Clerk-Treasurer Linda Burley.
All present recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
VISITORS: Kodiak Krapf, John Reynolds
ABSENT: Councilperson Cesar Morales
CLAIMS: Councilperson Vermulm moved to approve the claims through October 14, 2022, for $86,703.44 including warrants 60642-60687. Councilperson Curtiss seconded the motion. A vote was called, and motion carried 3-0.
Councilperson Curtiss moved to approve the minutes from the Oct. 3, 2022, meeting, payroll from October 13, 2022, for $79,659.03. Councilperson Fey seconded the motion.
Motion carried 4-0.
DEPARTMENT HEAD REPORTS:
Councilperson Fey moved to accept the Police Chief’s report and Councilperson Vermulm seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
Building Inspector Yeagley presented his report.
Councilperson Fey moved to accept the report. Councilperson Vermulm seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Clerk-Treasurer Burley reported to the Council. Councilperson Curtiss moved to accept the Clerk-Treasurer’s report. Councilperson Fey seconded the motion. Motion passed 3-0.
John Reynolds and Kodiak Krapf addressed the Council with their interest in being appointed to the vacant Council seat. An email was also received from Vernon Thomas expressing his interest.
A letter of resignation was received from Councilperson Morales explaining that he had accepted a new job and would not be available to fulfil his appointed term. Councilperson Curtiss thanked the residents who showed interest in the Council. It is good that we have people wanting to serve. He encouraged all parties interested to run in the next election.
Councilperson Curtiss motioned to appoint John Reynolds to the Council as a replacement for Cesar Morales. Councilperson Fey seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-0.
Councilperson Reynolds was sworn in and took his seat at the table.
Councilperson Curtiss moved to approve the annual contract for Mobile Testing with Integrity. Councilperson Vermulm seconded the motion. The price of the testing has gone up slightly, but all other aspects of the contract remain unchanged from last year. Council approved the motion 3-0.
The zoning ordinance was discussed. We will need to add “short-term rentals” to the ordinance in order to accommodate these types of businesses. They will be required to get a conditional use permit to operate in compliance with the City’s zoning laws. They will need to be defined and added to all zones. We also need to add the definition for “travel trailers” and state that they are prohibited as living quarters.
Mayor Winchell adjourned the meeting at 7:33 p.m.. The next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7, 2022.