New councilman seated, another alderman resigns

07_rickmoss_2693SWORN IN  — Rick Moss is sworn in as city councilman by City Finance Officer Agnes Fowler at the city council meeting on Monday evening. Moss takes over Sandy Syvertson’s position who recently resigned.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Monday evening at the city council meeting, Rick Moss was appointed and administered the oath of office, replacing Sandy Syvertson who had tendered his resignation earlier.

Moss is coming into a term that is barely six months old. His term of office is four years and he will be paid $311.01 per month, the same as other council members.

There will be more on Moss, also a high school Speech, Drama, and Debate coach in an upcoming edition of the I-O. On a related topic, Mayor Wendy Judisch read the resignation letter submitted by alderman Wayne Anderson, recently elected to his position when councilman Wally McHenry decided not to seek re-election.

In his letter, Anderson said he and his wife Lori, will be going on a church mission to New Mexico.

His letter will officially be acted on at the June 18 council meeting.

With Syvertson gone, a new council president needed to be elected.

Traditionally that title falls to the senior council member which happens to be councilwoman Karla Breding. She was elected to the position by unanimous vote. It marked a small bit of history; it is the first time the council has had a woman president.

In other council business, police officers Scott Holbrook and Jason Korst were presented special certificates of appreciation by Mayor Wendy Judisch.

A departmental report was read from Chief Gary Dent. The CPD received 206 calls for the month of May. In part, officers did six security checks, four businesses were found open, two thefts were reported, there were nine calls for suspicious activity, six domestic situations, nine assists to the ambulance crew and 13 rides home were given.

Chief Dent also noted that the CPD had received a grant for $4,771.50 for remodeling offices at city hall.

Also, on a related topic, bids were read for the remodel project at city hall.

Outback Construction of Missoula had the low bid of $371,462. James Talcott Construction of Great Falls submitted a bid of $502,990.

On a motion from Breding and a second by Ron Widhalm the low bid went to Outback Construction on a unanimous vote, 4-0. Construction may start 60 days after the bid has been awarded.

In another departmental report, Public Works Director Rich Anderson noted city crews were sweeping streets and cleaning out sewer lines. On Ally Clean-Up Day, 15 tons of unwanted “stuff” was hauled out to the landfill. They are starting some weed control and were planting trees in the parks.

Building permits were issued for three commercial places and four residential places. They ranged in use for roof repair to fencing, a storage shed, a garage and a walk-way and bridge repair at the PMC.

A water contract for Mike and Alice Miller was approved.

The Donath minor sub-division was approved as long as necessary conditions are met. This may be reviewed at city hall during normal working hours. It is suggested one call ahead.

The Grabofsky/Bergstrom sub division was tabled indefinitely because it is deemed to be an aggregation, a collecting of units, not a sub-division.

Permission was granted to allow the 4-H Shooters to have a permit for fireworks along with the American Legion. The 4-H will be at the Port Authority lot across from the Town Pump and the American Legion will be in the parking at the former G&D Hardware store

A portion of Illinois St. in front of the high school will be closed on June 27 for a Summer Alive event to be held there.

The city will receive funds, $8,320, on a contract of safe routes to schools. The money actually goes to the school and is sent back to the city.

The costs are for part of an incentive program for the schools. Next year, the city hopes to get more of this type grant to help for signing, curbs and sidewalks.

The city is going to be advertising for a city planner.  Most likely the position will be filled by a person from out of town. If you would like more information about this position, contact Agnes Fowler  at the city hall, 271-3623.

Council members approved a gas line application for NorthWestern Energy to run a commercial line to the new Industrial Park.

The cost to the city will be between $150,000 and $180,000.

Council members approved a resolution and contract with the Department of Revenue for debt collection services for fees and fines over $300.

The aldermen also passed a resolution, which has no financial burden to the city, of continued support of the government center at MSU-Bozeman.

Established in 1985, the Center provides regional and state training and seminar sessions at MSU and Conrad for newly elected officials as well as provide other training, technical assistance and research to local officials, counties and municipalities.

The next regular meeting of the council will be on June 18, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main Street.

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