TSEP grant out the door

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Council members passed, on a  4-0 vote, a Treasurer State Endowment Program (TSEP) application on Monday evening.

The city is asking for $15,000 and will match that with $15,000 for a planning grant for the water system. The city’s portion will come from the water fund.

City Finance Officer Agnes Fowler commented, “This will benefit the city in the long run.”

This TSEP grant will be followed up with another grant request for $750,000 also to be matched by the city. Council approved the application that, “Will be out the door tomorrow,” said Mayor Wendy Judisch.

Funding for the TSEP grants have to be approved by the Montana State Legislature.

Conrad’s newest police officer Ted Thornton was introduced to council members along with his wife Christy who works at the Pondera Medical Center.

A discussion on pipeline agreements with BNSF was tabled for the time being on the advisement of the city attorney.

Council members were asked to review the tentative remodeling plans for city hall. The final design will be done by April 2.

The aldermen were also asked to review the draft lease agreement for Blue Sky Villa (BSV).

The current lease expires in 2013. The city is working on a 10-year lease with a $47,000 rental payment with a one percent rent increase yearly.

Rent received from BSV is ear marked for economic development and in this case it is for the new Industrial Park that is going in just across from the north I-15 exit.

The county also receives a share of the BSV annual rent, $14,962. The county puts their share into the Road Department.

Reports from department heads were read and accepted. The next regular meeting of the council will be on March 19, 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 S. Main Street. The public is always welcome to attend and view your government at work.