Council passes 2010-11 $10 million budget

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The city council, on Sept. 7, passed the FY2010-11 budget of $10,813,737 on a 4-0 vote.

In other news from the meeting, Amanda Younce, a Pondera County Commissioner candidate, received permission to host a non-partisan voter registration party on Sept. 22, starting at 4:30 p.m. in Legion Park.

“Weather permitting there will be live music,” she said. People will be there to register individuals for the up-coming General Election in November.

If you plan to attend, you are asked to bring your own snacks and food.

Three building permits were approved; one at 120 7th Ave. SW and at 609 S. Delaware, both for fencing. The other was at 405 S. Wisconsin for doors and windows.

The city also announced an assessment savings to residents.

Conrad property owners who were assessed the Street Improvement District 68 (SID) in the past will have this line item removed from their tax bill and the Street Lightning Assessments line item will show a reduction on their 2010 real estate tax bill.

Mayor John Shevlin noted that through good fiscal management by the city, the SID-68 bond,(the street improvement district bond for the property on the west side of Main St., has been paid off three years early.

What this means is that those residents affected by this assessment won’t see this charge on their 2010 real estate tax bills they will receive in November.

The assessment removal from the tax bill, for a standard 5,880 square foot lot, will be a savings of approximately $120 per year.

In addition to this savings, the city has voted to reduce the Street Lighting Assessment city wide by 20 percent starting in 2010. The anticipated rate increases by NorthWestern Energy were more than what has actually occurred.

This assessment reduction on your tax bill, for the standard 5,880 square foot lot, will result in an approximate savings of $8 per year. Property owners may recall the city reduced this assessment last year for 10 percent as well.

The council passed R-11-1032, a resolution fixing the annual tax levies for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2011.

The total levy is 179.98 mills. The full resolution may be viewed by interested parties at city hall during normal working hours.

A water contract with Rick Hill was passed for 65 Blazen Road which will allow him to tie into city water.

In a report from Chief Gary Dent, he noted that the CPD received 193 calls during the month of August.

In part there were four domestic situations, four thefts, one shop lifter, 28 traffic citations and 11 rides home from local taverns.

With Andre Harris moving over to the sheriff’s department, Jaren Milligan was hired to replace him. Dent also told the I-O that Brandon Roos, 18, and Jed Bleecker, 18, have been charged with criminal mischief for blowing up urinals at the concession stand in the baseball complex.

City Works Director Rich Anderson reported that crews were spraying weeds and  patching streets. The city pool has been closed for the season.

It was announced that the Shooting Sports Cub will have an Open House at their shooting facility just west of the ball fields on Oct. 9. They asked to borrow chairs from the city and that request was approved.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411 ½ S. Main St.