Mayor appoints Moritz, Jones to Chief positions

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By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The Conrad Volunteer Fire Department held elections earlier this week and reelected Kevin Moritz and Bryan Jones to the positions of Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief.

Monday evening in the council chambers Mayor John Shevlin added the city’s stamp of approval by appointing Moritz and Jones to their respective positions (See complete election results elsewhere in The I-O).

A letter was read from Karen Burditt of the NU Keil Park Project. She noted that there are two grant requests to be heard from and a bike-a-thon is being planned to raise funds for playground equipment.

However, the group may be coming back to the city to request funds from the Genevieve Rankin Foundation. There is just over $14,000 in their equipment fund which is going to cost them a little over $20,000.

In a related item, Jacob Gouchenour is heading up an Eagle Scout project to put down a 10’x13’ concrete slab in Keil Park. It will also have a covering and be similar to the one in Legion Park. He is getting donations from around town.

He was asked to bring a written plan and sketch  of the council to see. No action was taken on these two items at this point of time.

There was some discussion on the new weed ordinance but no action was taken. A copy of the ordinance did not get sent to the city attorney for review. Look for action on this at the next council meeting.

Also, no action was taken on the flag pole in the Swimming Pool Park. There are plans to remodel it so it may be lowered to half staff as is warranted.

There was discussion on personnel policy manual changes for health benefits. An insurance representative will be in Conrad on

May 10 for a second time to go over the four plans with employees who could not make the first meeting.

No policy change will be made until after this meeting.

The council approved the purchase of bleachers for the ball fields from the Dutton/Brady schools for up to $500.

Public Works Director Rich Anderson brought out an item with possible action to be taken at the next meeting.

Recently there was a demonstration of a street patching unit for city and Interlocal crews. The machine can mix the oil and chips while a street is being patched.

“We can do a better job of street patching with this unit than trying to do the job by hand out of a truck,” he told the council members.

Anderson indicated that the Interlocal (Conrad, Cut Bank, Shelby) would put out bids for three of the street patching machines. It will be cheaper to purchase three than one.

The units cost about $52,000. He is proposing to use 25 percent from his water fund and 75 percent from the street general fund to obtain the machine.

Anderson brought this subject up during the “other business” segment of the meeting where there is no comment or action taken. It will be on the agenda for the May 3 meeting for discussion and action.

Two resolutions were passed R-1020 and R-1021, concerning energy code adoption and credit card policy. Both resolutions are available for viewing and inspection by interested parties during normal working hours at city hall.

The next regular council meeting will be on May 3, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main St. the public is always welcome to attend and see their government in action.