15_drilling_0929DRILLING FOR FUMES  — After Ron Prewett (center) drilled a hole in the floor at the Independent-Observer, Scott Brown on the right takes a soil sample. DEQ is checking the soil for gas fumes that may have leaked out from many years ago when Conrad Tire had gas tanks. Jill Benton-Seymour operated the high-powered vacuum to control the dust.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler







Water purchase agreement reached with NCMRWA

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

The city and the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The MoU spells out the roles and responsibility of the two government entities in their pursuit of constructing a new Rest Area in the new Industrial Park on the east side of I-15.

In part, the MDT will provide non-federal matching funds for the upgrading size of utilities installed with the project, including indirect costs and agree to design and construct the bore crossing conduit under I-15 with capacity to accommodate the extension of services for the Rest Area facility. The city will install a 12-inch water line and an eight-inch sanitary sewer and concur with the installation of a sewer lift station on the city owned property east of I-15.

The city will also operate and monitor the wastewater sewer systems and provide year around water and sewer service to the rest facility at no charge to MDT for the life of the project.


In other action, the council OK’d a water purchase agreement with the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority (NCMRWA).


Conrad agrees to treat and deliver up to 485,000 gallons of drinking water per day to the NCMRWA. Of that, 225,000 gallons per day will go to the Brady Water District and 260,000 gallons per day will go to the Town of Dutton.

The NCMRWA agrees to pay Conrad $2.46 per 1,000 gallons (of water) metered. However, on a motion by councilwoman Karla Breding and a second by alderman Wally McHenry that cost changed.

The motion is to change the NCMRW rates per the water purchase agreement, to not include the transmission costs to the current rate of $2.24 per thousand gallons and phasing in the transmission costs of six years. The motion passed on a vote of 3-0. The agreement between the Authority and Conrad has a life-time of 30 years, starting with the initial delivery of any water.

The agreement is pursuant to completion of construction of the Authority’s water supply distribution system to the Brady Water District and the Town of Dutton.

In other business the council OK’d three building permits at: 108 S. Washington, 119 S. Montana and 515 S. Iowa. They deal with building a shed, fencing and window replacement respectively.

Annually a list is prepared of delinquent water and sewer charges as of June 30. Finance Officer Agnes Fowler requested permission to turn the list over for lien filing on the real estate taxes at the county. The council approved the request.

There are 10 property owners with delinquent water and sewer bills that total $25,800.

There were a number of reports presented to the council as well.

From the library, Carolyn Donath noted that the summer reading program was over and that 45 kids participated.

The library had 1,700 people come in during July with 1,500 using the computers.

Public works Director Rich Anderson reported crews are still working on patching streets, cutting down tree branches from the last storm, and monitoring a work crew from Dick Anderson Construction at the wastewater plant.

Chief Gary Dent said that the CPD received 189 calls for the month of July. In part there were five thefts reported, 22 various assists, two businesses found open, nine assists to the PCSO and one to the ambulance crew.

Cheryl Curry of the Port Authority said that last month was fairly quiet. The community center work is back on track and moving forward and the PA is hoping to find a buyer for a house they have under construction.

The council approved a change order with Dick Anderson Const., at the wastewater plant for $1,838.83.

Gary Wiest of “Get R Done Wiest LLC” was presented with a certificate of appreciation for taking down dead trees on the city streets.

The city pool will be closed for the season at 5 p.m. on Aug. 26.

In a related matter, there was some discussion of paying lifeguards extra for doing duty at pool parties.

It was agreed to pay life guards time and a half considering there is a set up and tear down time involved for pool parties.

The council would make the change for pool party pay retro- active to two previous parties.

The council meets every first and third Monday in city at 7:30 p.m. at 411-1/2 S. Main. The public is always will to attend and see their government at work.