City Council meets tonight

At its first regular meeting of October, the Dillon City Council tonight will vote on contracts and an agreement, as well as the second-reading of a long-rendering ordinance, and also review the reorganization of its committee and board memberships, in addition to addressing other matters.

During the Mayor’s Report shortly after the start of tonight’s meeting, the Dillon City Council will vote on whether to approve an agreement between the city and the Montana Public Employees Association Dillon City Employees Unit for Fiscal Year 2017–18.

The 16-page agreement covers a wide range of issues, including sick leave, compensation, seniority, grievances, overtime, department organization, termination and renewal.

During the report of its City Hall Committee scheduled for near the end of tonight’s meeting, the council will vote on whether to approve a contract with the city treasurer and another with a local cleaning company.

In the spring, Dillon City Treasurer Neal Straus requested to become a contract employee rather than a statutory employee of the city so he could take control of management of his retirement benefits.

The council tonight will also vote on a contract for $714 per month for janitorial services with SBRACK Enterprises, which has performed janitorial work in past years for the city.

During tonight’s report by Police Chief Don Guiberson, the council will review law enforcement statistics from the most recent Labor Day Weekend festivities in Dillon.

A recurring regular at city meetings during the past year, including the last city council meeting, the revised city animal ordinances will be up for a second and perhaps final vote by the council tonight.

Worked out during hours of meeting time this year by the council’s Health & Welfare Committee, the revised animal ordinances seemed set to be approved for a second reading in June, before they were sent back to the committee to make sure they coincided with some state and county rules regarding rabies.

The first reading of the revised revisions gained approval from the council at a meeting last month. If their second approval wins approval tonight, they will go into effect in 30 days.

The council tonight will also review the reorganization of its committees and boards.

The council this evening is also set to hear reports from City Director of Operations Todd Hazelbaker, City Treasurer Neal Straus, City Attorney Jim Dolan, city court judge, and Fire Chief Darrin Morast or Fire Marshal Rick Later.

Representatives of the city’s Planning Board, Zoning Commission, Tree Board and Library Board will also offer updates to the council tonight.

The council will also hear from representatives of its Parks, Fire & Order, Finance, Street & Alley, Cemetery, Water & Sewer and Judiciary committees during tonight’s meeting.

Tonight’s meeting will conclude with a period of “public comment on items of significant public interest not on the agenda and within the jurisdiction of the city.”

Members of the public will be able to participate in discussion on items on the agenda when they come up during the meeting.

The Dillon City Council will convene today, Wednesday, Oct. 4, for a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 125 N. Idaho St. in downtown Dillon.

A copy of the agenda and meeting packet can be viewed online at the city’s website,