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December 10, 2019

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Chair Parks called the meeting to order at 7:02 PM. All members were present, including the Administrative Manager; members of the public in attendance included (but not limited to) the following: Mary Strickroth, Zondra Skertich, Bob Kopeland, Neala Siegle, Chelsea DeWeese, Dennis McIntosh and JoLynn Sharrow.


Administrative Manager Bush presented the November meeting minutes. Director Dawson moved to approve the November minutes. Director Gerdes seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed. Administrative Manager Bush presented the current expenses and financial reports for the month. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the current expenses and financial reports. Secretary/Treasurer Stone seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.


Chair Parks welcomed the public to the meeting, explaining that members of the Board can make motions on any of the existing applications. Secretary/Treasurer reported that the District has $425,666 available funds for appropriation. The following motions were made:


Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve EPAC’s Shakespeare in the Parks application for $1475.00. Secretary/Treasurer Stone seconded the motion.


Chair Parks moved to approve EPAC’s Youth Initiative 2020 application for $4900.00 and EPAC’s Matching Funds Winter 2020 application for $3501.00. Director Gerdes seconded the motion.


Secretary/Treasurer Stone moved to approve the Bruin Booster Club’s application for $40,000. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion.


Chair Parks moved to approve the Gardiner Water & Sewer District’s application for $321,075.00. Director Dawson seconded the motion.


A brief discussion was held, determining that Secretary/Treasurer Stone does not have to abstain from voting on this request, as she does not stand to personally gain from it.


Director Gerdes moved to approve GGCC’s Jail Masonry application for $12,500.00 Director Dawson seconded the motion.


Director Dawson moved to approve GGCC’s Right of Way Fence application for $3500.00. Secretary/Treasurer Stone seconded the motion.


Secretary/Treasurer Stone moved to approve the NYEF’s Strategic Planning application for $2500.00. Chair Parks seconded the motion.


Director Gerdes moved to approve the Gateway Hose Company’s Safety/Paging Improvements application for $36,290.00. Secretary/Treasurer Stone seconded the motion.


Director Dawson moved to approve the GGCC’s Partitions application for $4200.00. Chair Parks seconded the motion.


A brief discussion was held, determining the Director Gerdes will abstain from voting on this application, due to her business’ location in the GGCC.


Director Gerdes moved to approve the Gardiner Chamber’s Rodeo Grounds Update application for $32,000. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion.


Chair Parks moved to approve the Gardiner/Mammoth Youth Soccer application for $1495.00 and the Bear Creek Council’s Bear Cans application for $4580.00. Director Gerdes seconded the motion.


Chair Parks stated that because they had already over-appropriated, he was now opening up all of these motions for Board discussion. Much discussion ensued, with members giving their thoughts and ideas of where to cut/shift. The options were narrowed down to three and spreadsheet columns were created. After more discussion, a motion was made that included all the projects/amounts agreed upon by the Board:


Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the following applications for their full amounts:


EPAC – Shakespeare in the Parks 2020 – $1475


EPAC – Youth Initiative 2020 – $4900


EPAC – Matching Funds Winter 2020 – $3501


Gardiner Chamber – Rodeo Updates – $32,000


Gardiner/Mammoth Youth Soccer, NOT to include tournaments – $1495


Gateway Hose Company – Safety/Paging Improvements – $36,290


NYEF’s – Strategic Planning – $2500


GGCC – Partitions – $4200


GGCC – Right of Way Fence – $3500


Director Gerdes seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed. All voted in favor; none opposed; motion passed.


Chair Parks clarified the remaining projects to be decided on are: the Booster Club sound system, Bear Creek Councils Bear Cans, the Gardiner Water/Sewer District project and the GGCC’s Jail Masonry project. Further Board discussion was held.


Director Gerdes moved to approve the GGCC’s Jail Masonry application for $12,500.


Director Dawson seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed. 4 votes in favor (Director Dawson, Director Gerdes, Vice-Chair Dalling and Chair Parks) 1 opposed (Secretary/Treasurer Stone) Motion passed.


Director Dawson moved to approve the Bear Creek Council’s Bear Cans in the amount of $2290.00. Director Gerdes seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.


Director Gerdes moved to approve the Bruin Booster Club’s sound system in the amount of $20,000 and the Gardiner Water/Sewer District in the amount of $301,015.00. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.


Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the complete list of projects and applications as listed and voted upon. Director Gerdes seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.


Chair Parks accepted several public comments (Bob Kopeland, Chelsea DeWeese, JoLynn Sharrow and Tom Stone) thanking the Board for their hard work and their diligence in determining which projects to fund.

In Old Business, Secretary/Treasurer updated the Board on the new insurance policy being drafted for the Directors/Officers liability insurance. The district will be dropping the liability policy they initially had for using the Chamber building as an office, saving the District $500/year. There is not a new cost yet available, further updates to come.


In New Business, Secretary/Treasurer gave the Board a DRAFT 2020 budget. This will be a discussion item at the next meeting. The Board also received notification from Park County, MT that Vice-Chair Dalling and Director Dawson’s term in office will be ending. This will leave two vacancies on the Board needed to be filled. The filing deadline is February 10th, with an election held in May 2020. Secretary/Treasurer Stone suggested splitting her position when the new Board is reorganized in the spring. Finally, Vice-Chair Dalling wondered whether it was time to bring up changing to a year-round tax and suggested that be a discussion for next month.


A Board discussion was held concerning the new 1% tax. Other resort tax communities have begun work on this; it was decided to get legal counsel’s opinion on a timeline needed to begin this process in Gardiner and to begin a discussion with the qualifying entities here, most especially the Gardiner Water & Sewer District. The next steps suggested were:

  • Make new or use current application and give notice to the public that we are accepting applications

  • Identify appropriate project(s)

  • Craft wording for the ballot by February 10th. Start explaining process to the public

  • Place on ballot for May election; vote held

  • If it passes, educate the public about the additional 1% happening in the NEXT season

  • Enact it (1% collected, beginning season of 2021)

The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 7:00 PM at the Gardiner Visitor Center. Director Gerdes moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:39 PM. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.





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