Water share with Brady and weeds tops council

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By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Discussion of the Brady water project and the draft of a new weed ordinance were the hot topics on the agenda of the city council this past week.

However, before the meeting took place, after the Pledge of Allegiance was said, the mayor asked for a moment of silence to remember those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, 68 years ago.

With the problems that Brady has with its water, an engineering firm came in to look at the situation. Six alternatives were looked at with Conrad being the best and actually the only one that was viable.

Now that the city pumps water from a deep pool at Lake Frances it would not be a real problem to supply water to Brady, approximately 16 million gallons a year. There would be about 115 new water connections in Brady.

It was asked if there would be any cost to Conrad in this project. Mayor John Shevlin commented, “We’ve said from the beginning there would be no cost to Conrad,” and, “If there are problems, Conrad is taken care of first.”

There is a new ordinance covering weeds which is presently a work in progress.

When finished, it will establish the duty of a landowner and/or property owner to remove unkempt vegetation, allow the city to mow it down and provide penalties.

The new draft also allows for grass, over eight inches in height to be included and costs to have the city remove weeds and penalties will be stiffer than before.

The new draft will be up for discussion at the next council meeting on Dec. 21. “It’s a long way to summer, but we need to take care of this,” commented the mayor.

Business permits were passed, and they included one at 4 North Delaware for basement insulation and window replacement, another at 702 S. Michigan for windows, and one at 20 N. Iowa for a driveway. All were passed..

Council members authorized using Denning-Downey and Associates, PC of Kalispell to do the city audit for a cost of $8,950. It was noted that Choteau pays a firm $15,000 for their audit and the county pays out over $23,000 for their audit to be done.

The use of Norley Hall in January was OK’ed by council by MMIA for regional training of elected officials.

Janet Spears was appointed to the library board. A change order, the third one, for Morrison and Maierle for the wastewater project was OK’ed.

There was discussion on city health insurance, but no action taken and an Arbor Day proclamation, with a day to be determined in May was passed (tree planting).

There was concern, presented through councilwoman Karla Breding about the sidewalk at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church. The church is actually responsible for the sidewalk that runs to the street.

Chief Gary Dent reported that the Police Department received 141 calls in November. Some, but not all, included three domestic situations, four accidents, two thefts, 22 animal related calls, and five rides home were given among others. He also recommened Patrolman Andre Harris for promotion and that was passed by the council..

Rick Anderson reported that a yearly inspection from the DEQ was done, fire hydrants have been pumped out, a number of his crew have been sick, they are helping in snow removal and a ruptured water pipe was fixed.

Cheryl Curry of the Pondera Regional Port Authority told the council that a house in Brady has been purchased which will be demolished and replaced with a manufactured house.

She met with mayor-elect of Valier, Mackenzie Gray, to discuss the growth policy. It included new councilman Rod Christiaens as well.

There were two meetings with the North Central Regional Water group in November and Mary  Heller, an office staffer with Rep. Denny Rehberg in Washington, D.C. will be a new manager.

The section from Conrad to Brady and Dutton has been designated a top priority due to water quality issues in those communities.

Editor’s note: Parts of this story are from the Nov. 16 meeting and the current Dec. 7 meeting.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend.