City approves Whoop-Up street closures’ for event

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Council members approved a request from the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce to close streets for the June 4 Whoop-Up parade.

The event is the 71st annual Whoop-Up Trail Days Celebration and Rhubarb Festival. Streets will be closed for both the children’s and general parade.

The general parade comes up (north) Main St. to Second Ave. S. and goes up to the PMC to disband.

In a related matter the council also approved a request from the Lions Club for use of a garbage truck at the rodeo grounds. PWD Rich Anderson noted, “The city has been doing that for years.”

The council also approved a request from the Rhubarb Festival committee to pay half the cost of a portable toilet. That cost will be about $40.

Building permits at 111 N. Virginia, 913 Mountain View and 6 N. Maryland were approved. They deal with concrete work, fencing and a storage shed respectively.

Aldermen approved a street closure for Tuesday evening for a photo-shoot at the Orpheum Theatre.

That photo-shoot, for Signature Magazine was postponed until May 24.

In other action, the council set June 6 as the date to adopt and accept the Growth Policy as recommended by the planning board. Mayor Wendy Judisch commented, “It will be useful in the future of our city.”

The Blue Sky Villa lease committee recommended a rejection of the latest offer from BSV and to continue talks. A sticking point is a 10-year extension of the lease.

With the 4th of July Holiday fast approaching, the council OK’d the permits of two fireworks stands.

One is for the 4 H Clubs which will be located in the Port Authority vacant lot across the street from the Town Pump. The other is for the American Legion which will be in the parking lot of G&D Hardware. Permits run from June 23 to July 5.

Chief Gary Dent requested the use of the Conrad Lions Swimming Pool Park and the Legion Park for the third annual Family Night Out to be held Aug. 2.

Dent also commented that the 20th annual DARE graduation will take place at UMS on Wednesday evening.

Harold Olson from the Pondera Historical Society was on hand to make two requests.

The first was for the use of Norley Hall for a dance on Sept. 30 in conjunction with the CofC Harvest Fest. The dance will be a fund-raiser for the museum.

The second was to ask for $1,200 from the Genevieve Rankin Anderson Foundation for a camera security system at the museum.

Both of his requests were approved on 4-0 votes by the council.

Ron Ries was on hand to request a street closure at the end of 4th Ave. heading east. He would like to put up a security fence on the property there and enclose as much of it as possible.

It was noted that section is plotted by the city but is actually outside the city limits. His request was taken under advisement until further information can be obtained.

The next regular meeting of the city council will be on June 6, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main St. The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings.