New ordinance has more bark than bite

13_tree-7598STORM DAMAGE  — Marge Gebhart who lives at 204 No. Delaware and her neighbor, survey a large branch that snapped off a tree and crash-landed in her front yard last Tuesday. The area experienced high and gusting winds. No damage was done, luckily the branch missed everything. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler.

The lower picture is of the intersection of 6th and S. Iowa Street which gets backed up from rain, as a result, a large pool is formed and is just right for kids, like Caden Gebhart, to ride their bikes through the pond.  Photo for the I-O courtesy of Brian Robinson

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

City council members, on a 3-0 vote, passed Ordinance-401 at their regular meeting on Monday.

Using MCA-76-2-301, as a guide line, the city is authorized to regulate land uses within the city limits to promote health, safety, morals and general welfare of the community.

The ordinance notes that the council has determined it is in the best interest of the city and its citizens that land uses that are in violation of federal, state or local law shall not be permitted within the city limits.

Section 1 of the Ordinance-401 simply states that no use of land shall be permitted or allowed, within the City of Conrad that is in violation of federal, state or local law.

The ordinance becomes effective 30 days after passing of this second reading on Aug. 19.

Passing of the ordinance does not mean that marijuana medical caregiver shops will be shut down. They will still be able to operate as care givers. Authorities are taking a “wait and see” approach, namely  to see what the legislature does when they go into session. But that won’t be until after the New Year.

There were no comments, pro or con, made at the public hearing portion of the council meeting.

In other business the council moved to close the swimming pool at 3 p.m. on July 30 so that the swim team members and volunteers can set it up for the state swim meet on July 31-Aug. 1.

Residents on the 7th Ave. need to be aware that this year, for the swim meet, 7th Ave. between Delaware and Virginia will be closed to traffic for that weekend, beginning Friday afternoon.

Also closed, as it has been in the past, will be the block between Maryland and Virginia beginning Friday afternoon.

13_water-0441Acting mayor Sandy Syvertson  presented a certificate of appreciation to Search and Rescue for their work on the flag pole at the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park. Accepting the certificate were Everett Breding, Keith Thaut and from the sheriff’s office Eddy Erickson. Gary Weist also received a certificate but was not able to be present at the council meeting.

Police Officer Andre Harris submitted his resignation which, with reluctance, was accepted by the city council. Harris is going across the street to join the PCSO.

No action was taken on a request by the Soccer Club to receive insurance coverage under the umbrella of the city. The matter was tabled until the next meeting.

Also tabled, until the next meeting, was a request by Alice Gustafson for a sewer average on her bill.

There was discussion on city employee wages. Councilwoman Wendy Judisch recommended a $25 pay raise for the mayor, no increase for city council members, and a 15-cent step increase across the board for all employees.

The library staff was excluded. Their wages go through the library board and they don’t want to deal with wages at this time.

The board feels they need more information from the county.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main Street.