‘Done deal’ city acquires property next door to remodel and expand

38_nybaby_1656NEW YEAR BABY  — Senya May Wolstad of Valier came into the world on Jan. 8 at 9:50 a.m. weighing 8 lbs.-1 oz. and was delivered by Dr. Jay Taylor. She was 20 inches in length. She is the first child of Shane and Alicia Wolstad. The paternal grandparents are John and Karen Wolstad and the maternal grandparents are Dusty and Ginny Crawford.
Baby Wolstad received a number of gifts, including a $20 gift certificate from Village Drug, a special quilt from the Montana Prairie Quilters, socks, toys, a temperature duck, a lot of baby lotion, boxes of diapers and wipes. The PMC also contributed to the gift list.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

“It’s a done deal,” Mayor Wendy Judisch said Monday evening at the city council meeting, in reference to the property next door, 413 S. Main St., at the city offices.

The purchase price for the property, which includes a small apartment upstairs was $39,911.78.

In a related matter, the council passed R-1070 authorizing the transfer of funds from SID-3400 to the general fund. Following this, the council, on a 4-0 vote approved the transfer of funds from SID-3400 to the general fund.

These funds, $39,000, will go to pay for the new property and $6,000 as well which will go towards the firemen’s pension fund.

The section of building at 413 is 1,300 square feet. The existing city hall is 2,600 square feet. After the remodeling the new city hall will be 3,900 square feet. The 413 building is in very poor condition and will need to be completely gutted in order to bring it up to modern standards.

It will need new heating, wiring and plumbing systems, all new windows and doors as well as new insulation and roofing.

In addition, this facility has inadequate bathroom facilities and that will have to be completely redone to meet the ADA (American Disabilities Act) standards.

The preliminary budget is $315,000.  City crews have already been in the building and started to tear it apart. This week members of Kadrmas, Lee and Jackson from Helena (engineers, surveyors and planners) and George Gibson Architecture from Bigfork will be in Conrad to go through the building for inspection purposes.

In other business, in a report from the library, it was noted that Greg Jensen and Jim Finlayson will be leaving the board, having been termed out.

Library board members can serve up to 10 years and then have to leave the board for at least one year. Two new members will be appointed and approved at the next council meeting.

Chief Gary Dent said the CPD received 161 calls in December. In part they included 10 suspicious persons or activity, three businesses found open, two theft reports, 11 rides home were given and there were 24 animal related calls. “It was a fairly quiet month,” he said.

Councilman Wally McHenry was presented with a certificate for his years of service on the city council and new councilman Wayne Anderson took his seat at the table and was welcomed aboard by the mayor.

In a related action, the council moved to appoint Councilman Sandy Syvertson as council president.

A sidewalk ordinance was brought up by the mayor who noted the present one, “doesn’t have a lot of teeth to them.”

“We really need to look at the  sidewalk ordinances,” she added. No action was taken on this. More information will be presented at the next meeting.

The council approved the donation of an old computer, no longer being used, to the Pondera History Society with the understanding they clean up the hard drive.

And on a 4-0 vote, the council moved to forgive a Port Authority CDBG Revolving Loan for $6,000.

The next council meeting will be on Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main Street.

The city is always welcome and encouraged to attend to see their government at work.