The Shelby City Council held their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 20. The meeting opened with a public hearing on a variance request. Robert Luquette wants to build a six-foot-tall fence along the front of his property, located on Fifth Street South. The Council approved his request.

Appearance requests were made by Barry Damschen, the City’s landfill engineer, and building inspector, Rob Tasker. 

Damschen presented a site plan, a sequence and base contour plan and detail sheet that showed the Council how expanding the landfill will extend the overall life. The Council will be reading through the information received and will discuss the direction they would like to take with the landfill at future meetings.

Tasker advised the Council he is working on the community decay issue discussed at the last meeting, specifically properties that have been abandoned. Currently he is working on properties on Teton Avenue, Sheridan Avenue, Galena Street and two properties on Seventh Ave. South.

The Council approved summer hires, Tabris Correa, Tyler Larson, Landon Omdahl and Alex Stratton.

The Council unanimously approved second reading of Ordinance No. 838, amending the City’s notice of violation procedure. This amend- ment will allow the City to notify abandoned property owners by running a notice in the newspaper upon all other attempts at contact being unsuccessful.

The Council approved Resolution No. 1991, authorizing the submittal of the TSEP Infrastructure Planning Grant Application. If received, the grant would be used to finance a new water infrastructure system preliminary engineering report. The TSEP grant is a 1:1 match, which the City would apply for $14,500 and match with water funds. The application is to be awarded during the 2021 legislative biennium.

In other matters, the Council:

 •Approved reappointing Elisha Dempsey to another three-year term on the Urban Supervisor Board.

•Awarding the bid for Phase 2 stormwater improvements to Central Excavation out of Great Falls, with the recommendation of KLJ and the swimming pool roofing repair bid of $11,082, from American Roofing.

•Approved Wellfield Improvements Task Order No. 6, which is a $10,000 amendment for additional engineering time, which is needed to evaluate issues and present potential solutions. 

•Approved Stormwater Improvements Change Order No. 5. This change order is in the amount of $44,600.87 and was needed due to an increase in material costs and design changes.

Before adjourning the Council agreed to table the MDT construction agreement for ADA upgrades. After discussing the matter further the Council agreed to ask MDT if Shelby could trade the ADA ramps already done on Oilfield Ave. for sidewalk along the Shelby Gas/MRE property on Roosevelt Highway. 

The Council also touched on starting a program to assist property owners with the expense of installing sidewalks, curbs and gutters. It was agreed that an estimated budget would be set at $15,000, per fiscal year. City Attorney Bill Hunt advised he would work on a draft and present it at the next Council meeting.

The City Council will meet again on Monday, June 3, starting at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall.

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