Chair Parks called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. All members were present, including the Administrative Manager; Doug Madsen and Zondra Skertich were members of the public that were present.
Administrative Manager Bush presented the January meeting minutes. ice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the January minutes. Secretary/Treasurer Stone 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. Director Gerdes 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.
Secretary/Treasurer Stone presented the Operating Budget for 2020, explaining all line items. Vice-Chair Dalling moved to approve the 2020 District Operating Budget. Director Dawson seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.
Secretary/Treasurer Stone presented the Administrative Managers 2020 Contract, explaining a few language changes and an increase to $1025.00/month. Secretary/Treasurer Stone moved to approve the 2020 Contract for the Administrative Manager. Vice-Chair Dalling seconded the motion. No further discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.
Secretary/Treasurer Stone updated the Board on the new insurance “Directors and Officer’s” policy which includes one million in coverage.
Chair Parks updated the Board on one remaining Board vacancy. Vice-Chair Dalling has submitted his application to run/serve again. No other applications are known about, therefore the Board may possibly have to appoint someone, at the May meeting, to complete the Board seats.
In Old Business, Chair Parks updated the Board on the meeting held January 29th regarding SB-241, confirming that the Gardiner Water/Sewer District probably has the biggest upcoming project that may apply.
Representatives from Gardiner Fire also attended and spoke to the need for a new fire truck. Others in attendance included NYEF and Park County. After the Board receives a project proposal, legal wording for the ballot can be obtained (by May) and public meetings can be scheduled (for June and July); at this point, the Board is striving to have something in place for the November 2020 election with implementation planned for the 2021 season if approved by the voters.
Finally, in Old Business, Director Gerdes updated the Board on the website changes, including the message to VRBO owners concerning collection of the resort tax. She will also breakdown the total amounts collected each year by the accounts specified in the Ordinance.
In New Business, Administrative Manager Bush will begin working on this year’s Spring Letter to all entities registered with the District; also, Manager Bush updated the Board on a meeting held with a representative from the Big Sky Resort District concerning the formation of a “Resort District Association”. Members from Big Sky feel there would be some benefits to Districts working together to share resources, possible legal representation and to provide a louder voice in legislative issues related to taxes in the state. Updates regarding this association will be coming later in the spring.
In public comment, Doug Madsen asked several questions regarding the possibility of serving on the Resort Board. He will continue to consider the idea.
Upcoming meeting dates considered were: March 10th, April 14th, May 12nd and June 9th.
The Board adjourned into an executive session at 8:31 PM. The next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM at the Gardiner Visitor Center. Director Gerdes moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 PM. Secretary/Treasurer Stone seconded the motion. No discussion was needed; all voted in favor; none opposed. Motion passed.