SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT — From the left, Monday at the regular city council meeting, Mayor Wendy Judisch presented Bjorn Swanson and Conrad High School Principal Ken Larson with special certificates of appreciation for extra work done at the ball fields. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Industrial lots at the city’s east side Industrial Park are moving at a brisk pace. Of the seven lots at the Park, only Lot #1-3.94 acres, is still for sale.
The other six lots are all under a buy-sell agreement. Lot 2 has gone to the Patrick Megan Heinen Revocable Trust, lots 3-4-5 were snapped up by Landmark Builders with lots 6-7 going to Prairie Dog, Inc.
A proposal to pay the Port Authority a one percent finder’s fee, for bringing in a buyer, was OK’d after some discussion and clarification was made to council members.
The usual finder’s fee is 10 percent. A realtor was asking for six percent, however, the council approved the one percent fee. That fee will come to about $1,500 at the time of closing.
In other action the council approved pay increases for the Fire Chief and secretary of $50 each. They are retro-active to July 1.
In a related matter, the aldermen also approved a raise for the city judge. Councilman Drew Lesnik wondered about the judge’s case load. Since the judge was not present at the meeting, Chief Gary Dent was asked if he knew about the case load and he noted that it seemed constant.
The councilmen, on a vote of 4-0, approved a raise in pay that works out to be $55.08.
Nine building permits were read; they include a fence project at 315 S. Iowa for Penelope Douglas and a ramp at 20 N. Maryland for George Erickson.
The other seven are roofing projects and they are for: Jim Greer, 16 S. Maryland, Kirk Kestler 104 S. Iowa, and Brian Kimball 217 Kansas, Maxine Schlosser 605 Sunset, Lisa Whitaker, 11 N. Idaho, and Joseph Bailley, 613 7th Ave. SW.
Public Works Director Rich Anderson gave a monthly report. He noted that crews had worked in the park and at the pool for the divisional swim tournament. He has been doing some fogging for mosquitoes and needs to do some more.
The city crew is doing a lot of weeding around town, they are working on getting nitrate levels down at the water plant. The standard is 10 parts per million, Conrad is down to 29 parts per million. Crews are also working on holes in the streets on the east side of town.
Chief Dent reported that the police department had 225 calls for service in July.
In part they included 15 calls on suspicious activity, 11 domestic situations, and four businesses were found open. Surprisingly he noted there were no vehicle accidents this past week. Six rides home were given, there was 16 calls about fireworks, six assists with the ambulance crew and the doggy hotel has six cats and 11 dogs visiting.
Mayor Wendy Judisch read a proclamation for NNO, National Night Out, commenting, “It’s an awesome event and gets better each year.”
The mayor also presented special certificates of appreciation to Conrad High School Principal Ken Larson and former CHS student athlete Bjorn Swanson for their extra work put in at the ball fields.
Aldermen moved on a 4-0 vote to proceed with loan interest reductions on Conrad water revenue bonds, on a water-sewer loan and a group of three loans. This action will save, on the combined loans, the city almost $500,000 ($495,600).
In other action, the council OK’d resolution #13 which will allow the city to dispose of surplus property.
There were two bids to consider for sludge removal from the waste water ponds. 21 Construction of Malta submitted a bid of $1.08 million and Sanders Construction turned in a low bid, which got the award, of $489,650.
The next regular meeting of the city council will be on Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. at city hall, 411-1/2 South Main Street.
The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend and watch their government in action.