Syvertson honored at last council meeting

05_syvertson_2363LAST MEETING  — Conrad Mayor Wendy Judisch presents council president Sandy Syvertson with a special certificate on Monday evening. Syvertson resigned after almost 12 years on the council and serving with three different mayors.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

After almost 12 years and three mayors of service to the City of Conrad, alderman Sandy Syvertson had his resignation accepted at the council meeting on Monday evening.

He told the I-O that while there were many accomplishments over his years of tenure, “Keeping (the city) updated with water and sewer” were tops on his list.

Syvertson has also been a Cowgirl softball icon for the last 18 years, an era that has come to an end. His final visit to the big dance will be this weekend in Butte.

He was the ranking member of the council and council president. A new council president will be named at the next regular meeting on June 4 and possibly a new alderman. They have up to 30 days to appoint a replacement for Syvertson.

In other news, four residential building permits were presented to the council, two for fencing at 707 S. Iowa and 107 S. Montana and two for re-roofing at 62 S. Kansas and 114 S. Delaware.

In a report from the library, Carolyn Donath noted that the library party raised about $3,000 and a $500 on-going grant from the Conrad Lions Club had been received to purchase large print books.

The library has also received a software program of a computer for people with low vision. A workshop is being planned to teach people about computers, Kindles and related technology items.

There has been positive input about the upcoming (June 5) primary and levy election. Donath noted, “We’re in good shape with our budget.”

Fire Chief Kevin Moritz, in his report to the council, said the department has been clearing ditches at the ball fields, cleared an area of land for the Port Authority near ITB and recently installed a new computer to improve records at the Fire Hall.

He also went on to add that the extrication van would have the equipment in it going to the main fire truck and then the van will be sold.

The fire department will get $8,152.42 plus another $500 (for installation) for new radios and pagers. No grants are available for the radios. Funding will come from the Genevieve Rankin Foundation, including the installation.

Council members approved the design lay out of the Industrial park (IP) and proceeded to pass and IP subdivision on the planning board recommendation.

The next regular meeting of the council is June 4, 7:30 p.m. at city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street.

The public is always invited to attend and see their local government at work.