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December 11, 2017

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

Chair Demaree called the meeting to order at 7 PM. All members were present, including the Administrative Manager; members of the public in attendance included (but not limited to) the following: Joseph Gross, Mary Strickroth, Zondra Skertich, Doug MacCartney, Tim Wagner, Francesca Monte, Bob Kopeland, Dennis McIntosh, Randy Russell, Jenny Golding, Mike Tercek, Schalene Darr, Geoff Darr, Anne Foster, Nathan Varley and Bill Berg.

Administrative Manager Bush presented the November meeting minutes. Director Dawson moved to approve the November minutes.Secretary/Treasurer Parks seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed. Administrative Manager Bush presented the financial statements for the month, including a Recent Transaction List, a Profit/Loss statement for 2017, a Profit/Loss Statement including all dates and a list of outstanding expenses. Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the financial reports and all outstanding expenses. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Chair Demaree welcomed the public to the meeting, giving a short background of this year’s application process, the Q&A session and that the public was given various opportunities to comment. Chair Demaree reminded the board that appropriations can be made based on conditions and that changes can be made to appropriations made earlier on the list if later motions make that necessary. Secretary/Treasurer reported that the District has $555,231 available funds for appropriation.

Greater Gardiner Community Council (GGCC) Request #1–a ROLLOVER of the Grant Writer Project, $12,083. Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the $12,083 request. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the notion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #2–a ROLLOVER of the Hazmat Abatement Project of $7,000. Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the $7,000 request. Director Laubach seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #3 – Gardiner Jail Stabilization in the amount of $16,599. Director Dawson moved to approve the $16,599 request. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #4–Community Center Design – Final Phase in the amount of $88,047. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the $88,047 request. Secretary/Treasurer Parks seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Gateway Hose Company Building Addition Project, $80,000.

Director Laubach moved to approve the $80,000 request. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Gardiner Water and Sewer District Asbestos Cement Water Main Replacement Project, $80,000 request.

Director Laubach moved to approve the $80,000 request. Director Dawson seconded the motion. Secretary/Treasurer Parks asked for clarification that the Water/Sewer District would be willing to spend $15,000 from cash reserves and that the property owner involved had agreed to pay $10,000. Director Laubach amended his motion to include the “condition” that the property owner does pay the $10,000, with supporting documentation provided. Director Dawson seconded the amended motion. No further discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Gardiner Snoopy Cooperative Preschool Yellowstone Adventure Camp 2018, $4,881.

Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the $4,881 request. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Gardiner Chamber of Commerce Request #1–Visitor Center Carpeting, $14,719.

Director Dawson moved to approve the $14,719 request. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #2–Park Street Bear Proof Trash Cans & Wraps, $3,718.

Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the $3,718 request. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #3 Arch Park Stage Electricity, $16,000. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the $16,000 request, which includes approximately $2,000 worth of labor for the project provided by the National Park Service. Secretary/Treasurer Parks seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Electric Peaks Arts Council Request #1–Youth Initiative, $2,300. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the $2,300 request. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #2–Ukulele Initiative, $5,000 Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the $5,000 request. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #3–Shakespeare in the Parks, $1,300 Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the $1,300 request. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Request #4 –Touring Artist Opportunity Fund, $1,000 Director Dawson moved to approve the $1,000 request. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Bear Creek Council

Enrichment Through Projection Arts, $2,730. This is a reduced amount due to the screen that was already purchased being excluded from the project by the District’s legal counsel since tax dollars should not be used to reimburse an organization for expenses already incurred. Director Laubach moved to approve the $2,730 request. Secretary/Treasurer Parks seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Gardiner Public Schools Roof Replacement Project $350,000. Chair Demaree moved to approve up to $200,000 of matching funds (Resort District will match dollar-for-dollar the money spent by Gardiner Public Schools) on the roof replacement and related repairs with the condition that theGardiner Public Schools balance their 2018-2019 budget with Impact Aid (this would call for roughly $250,000 in budget cuts). Director Laubach seconded the motion. Secretary/Treasurer Parks asked the Gardiner Schools Superintendent, Randy Russell if this motion “works for the school district”. Mr. Russell clarified the school year budget to be balanced as 2018-2019 and mentioned that the Impact Aid Fund is limited in how it could be spent, compared to the school’s miscellaneous fund. He stated that balancing the budget by 2018-2019 will mean 8-10 people lose their jobs. Director Demaree commented that it did not seem appropriate to give the school such substantial additional funds if they do not operate within their budget as other applying entities do. Director Dawson commented that the school’s budget problems did not happen in one year and suggested they be given more time to gradually bring the budget into balance. Vice-Chair Dalling questioned Mr. Russell about completing the roof in phases and the about the condition of the school’s boiler system. No further discussion was needed. Directors Dalling and Dawson abstained from voting given their personal connections to the school so only Directors Demaree, Laubach, and Parks voted; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

Chair Demaree stated that $19,854 will remain available and that “emergency requests” could be made to the District throughout the year. She also reminded the Board that any unspent money will go back into the “pot” to be allocated next year. In addition, any group may choose not to use appropriated funds should they find board conditions unacceptable. In total, the District appropriated $535,377 for 1 project. Secretary/Treasurer Parks moved to approve the complete list of projects and appropriations. Director Laubach seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed.

Chair Demaree called for public comment. Thanks for given to the Board for their hard work and dedication to be careful to spend wisely and to share the wealth with different entities.

Chair Demaree reminded the public that three board seats are coming open. Applications are available on the District website and at the Gardiner Chamber office; they are due by Mid-February. The January meeting will include a Q&A session with any applicants. The next meeting will be held on January 9th at 7 PM at the Gardiner Visitor Center. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:38 PM. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.

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