Brown resigns from city council

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Brown resigns from city council
LAYING THE CHIPS — Fed by a gravel truck in front, a chip machine from Pavement Maintenance Solutions out of Columbia Falls/Kalispell, lays down a thin layer of rock called “chip” on a fresh sheet of water based asphalt hot mix on I-15 just outside of Conrad Tuesday afternoon. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   Alderman Gary Brown submitted his letter of resignation to the city council Monday evening.
   He is moving outside the city limits, making him ineligible to serve as a council representative.
   In his letter he recommended Karla Breding be named to replace him for the remainder of his term. Brown commented that, “It was a hard decision for us to make. I appreciate everyone I’ve worked with while on the council.”
   Mayor John Shevlin said, “We’ll miss you for the remainder of the year.” Councilman Sandy Syvertson echoed those remarks.
   Breding is already the lone declared council candidate for Brown’s seat. He had chosen not to run for re-election in November.
   Mayor Shevlin asked Breding, who was present at the meeting, if she would be willing to accept an appointment to fill out Brown’s term in office.    She said she would.
   Breding’s appointment to the council will be effective Sept. 1, although she may be sworn in before that date.
   Once she is sworn in as a city council member, Breding will serve as the city representative on the Port Authority, the Interlocal board, and help work with the city budget, as do all council members.
   In other business before the council, four building permits were approved. One permit is at 606 S. Michigan. The others are at  318 S. Montanan, 209 S. Montanan and 320 S. Illinois.
   Resolution 1004, dealing with a $7,400 general fund transfer to a SID revolving fund for the fire truck to be purchased was passed.
   Resolutions 1005 and 1006, dealing with a bond for the wastewater project, and a loan with Rural Development for the same project were passed. The full resolutions may be viewed by interested individuals at city hall during normal working hours.
   The council voted against buying advertising in the book, A History of Pondera County. The book is a project of Cope Graphics.
   Courtesy Ford and Van Motors each submitted bids on a new city truck. However, both businesses submitted their bids past the deadline date.
   By law, they now are not considered bids, but “quotes,” thus allowing the city to go into a negotiation phase with each business and make the best deal possible.
   The Ford shop entered a quote of $33,920 with a trade-in of $6,620 for a 2010 model pick up. Van Motors quoted a price of $33,520 with a trade in of $7,535.
   The use of Norley Hall at Blue Sky Villa was approved for city judge Al Farnstrom for a trial court.
   The city council meets every first and third Monday at city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main, 7:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.