City OKs Stockman request to paint sidewalks for cancer

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Stockman Bank employer Renae Bouma was on hand to address city council members about a fund-raiser for cancer.

A team of employees are taking part in the Relay for Life event in Cut Bank in August. “We’ve organized a team to participate in the Relay as our effort to make strides toward the fight against cancer,” she said.

She went on to explain that “Cancer awareness ribbons” are recognized by all and there are different colors for nearly every type of cancer.

The Stockman team has selected three colors to show and offer to individuals and businesses who would like to show their support in the cancer fight.

For $10 each, “We would like to offer to paint a ribbon on business entry ways, residential driveways and sidewalks or any other flat surface they might request.”

The three colors are Gold for childhood cancer, Pink for breast cancer and Pearl for lung cancer. Latex paint will be used to paint the ribbons.

The bank team is called Stockman Stampede, Going the Extra Miles and is made up of Bouma, Alyssa Garcia, Barb Habets, Cynthia Ries, Donna Warwick, Joan Jensen, Kathy Robinson, Laurie Philipps, Marla Bruner, Sheri Weis, Sherry Stewart, Tonya Breding and Vanessa and Tyler Bucklin.

On a 3-0 vote aldermen approved the fund-raiser contingent on approval from the state highway department. For more information, contact Bouma at Stockman Bank, 278-8200.

Bouma hopes all businesses will have a “ribbon” by Whoop-Up.

In other business before the council, a building permit was approved for a fencing project at 409 S. Michigan.

Members of the swim team were on hand as well to request pool use. There will be a two-day swim meet here on June 18-19 and a swim-camp on June 6-7. These dates were approved by the council.

In a related matter pool safety rules and regulations were also passed.

Public Works Director Rich Anderson request $1,600 from the Genevieve Rankin Anderson Foundation to purchase a robot-pool cleaner. The swim team has already donated $1,000 to purchase the piece of equipment. Council member, on a 3-0 vote, approved the request.

The council also approved a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) drawdown for $224,697.40 for the community center.

A portion of the council meeting was set aside for a public hearing to read and receive comment on Ordinance-402. This is the first reading.

The ordinance deals with weeds and removal. If the city has to take care of the problem weeds it will cost the property owner or resident $250 for the first hour to cut weeds and $125 an hour after that.

The full ordinance is available for review during normal business hours at city hall.

There was no action on the Blue Sky Villa lease update, however, a roof at BSV will be replaced with A.T. Clemens doing the work, estimated to cost $60,000. The cost for this will be incurred by BSV.

There was some discussion on the city health insurance benefit. Council voted to pay for the Mission Plan and $25 towards prescription cards.

The next regular council meeting is May 2, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411 ½ S. Main Street. The public is always invited to attend to see their government in action.