Council saves taxpayers over $468,000

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

It really was a no brainer – on a 4-0 vote, Tuesday evening, the city council passed Resolution-1041 which is the early bond redemption for SID-68.

By paying off the bond two years early the aldermen saved taxpayers $468,398.65.

Taxpayers may not have noticed that their property tax statement did not have a charge on it for SID-68 when they came in the mail.
City Finance Officer Agnes Fowler commented that early redemption was good planning by the council. She went on to add, “This is a big deal, and $500,000 is a lot of money.”

In other business, the council acted on a request from an earlier meeting to grant the Pondera Arts Council (PAC) $1,000. Councilman

Sandy Syvertson moved to allocate the PAC $500 from the Genevieve Rankin Foundation, however, the motion died for lack of a second.

Councilwoman Wendy Judisch made the point of suggesting the city sponsor a program instead. This item will be on the agenda for the next council meeting. Over the past 10 years the council has donated $6,800 to PAC.

Deena Maier of Winddrift Farms was on hand as the council passed R-1040, giving her a conditional use permit at 120 S. Main Street so she can move a portion of her goat milk products and a small retail outlet into the former Pizzeria building.

Vanessa Bucklin, from Stockman Bank, which owns the property was also on hand and noted, “We feel fortunate to have this business coming to town.”

R-1039 was also passed. This resolution deals with who has authority at the city to purchase surplus property through the State of Montana.

This would include Mayor John Shevlin, Finance Officer Fowler, and council members Karla Breding, Wally McHenry, Judisch and Syvertson.

There was a brief discussion on a request from Jennifer Hruska and Leanne Kellogg to use the baseball complex for the 12th annual co-ed benefit softball tournament. The request to use the fields for the tournament to be held on July 16-17 was passed on a 4-0 vote.

Council members also had a brief discussion on the requested use of Norley Hall. The Conrad Christian School wanted to use the facility for a Science Fair that would also include children from Dupuyer and home schools.

Councilwoman Judisch commented, “I don’t know if it’s in the best interest of the city.” Alderman McHenry moved to deny use of Norley Hall to CCS for their Science Fair. The motion passed on a 4-0 vote.

Council members had a dialogue on a change order on the Dick Anderson contract for the waste water treatment plant.

The change order involves piping that transfers air to the sledge pond where there are two motors that float on the pond. Air goes out to the aerial pond to help keep it from freezing.

The change order for the construction company may cost up to $107,000, not to exceed $110,000. The change order passed on a 4-0 vote.

The next regular meeting of the city council is March 7, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411 ½ S. Main Street.