Recycling project seeing more and more success

29_mayor-carey_3900RECYCLING PROCLAMATION  — Carey Monahan, in back, looks on as Mayor Wendy Judisch reads a proclamation making November Cardboard Recycling Awareness Month.  I-O Photos by Buck Traxler

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Carey Monahan was on hand to address city council members as Mayor Wendy Judisch read a proclamation making November Cardboard Recycling awareness month at the Monday session of the city council.

Monahan reported that recycled materials received through Oct. 31 make up impressive numbers.

For example, 4,673 pounds of aluminum has been collected, 72 pounds of tin, 166,205 pounds of paper, 2,900 pounds of pesticide containers, 24,777 pounds of E-waste and over 44,000 pounds of cardboard.

The Pondera County Recycling Coalition is a volunteer group and everyone is welcome to join. For more information on recycling or joining the Coalition, call the Pondera County Extension Office at (406) 271-4054.

Three residential building permits had been approved and were read at the meeting. Two were for reroofing projects at 402 S. Wisconsin and 223 Central Ave. W. and a garage at 611 S. Illinois.

In a report, PWD Rich Anderson noted a water line had broke at the water plant and has since been fixed. More than 84 tons of materials were collected from the annual alley clean-up.

His crews have been sanding the roads and streets, putting up snow fences and in general getting ready for winter.

Chief Gary Dent said the CPD received 192 calls for service in October. In part, there were five suspicious activity calls, a missing child was found, five assists to the ambulance crew were given, one business was found open, a shoplifter was aprehended and 11 burglaries were reported.

From the library, Carolyn Donath reported that they will be holding their annual recital during the Christmas Stroll. The big news however, was that the grandson of famed author Ernest Hemingway, Edward Hemingway, will be at the library for a book signing of his second book on Nov. 16, 4-5:30 p.m.

On a recommendation of a hiring committee, the firm of Hamilton Consulting was selected to do the city audit for the next three years at a cost of $8,400, $8,500 (year two) and $10,500 (year three).

The other two firms considered were Paul Foltz and Anderson/Zurmehlen.

In another hiring, a selection committee, after receiving packets and doing interviews from representatives from Morrison and Maierle, Inc. of Helena, PB&H; Stahley Engineering and Kadramas, Lee and Jackson (KLJ), selected KLJ for city engineering services. They will be paid on a per-project basis.

Aldermen approved a one-day use of Norley Hall for MMIA for an annual governmental training session. A new heating system for the city hall remodeling project will cost $21,840.

The city council will be meeting at the Conrad Public Library at 16 Fourth Ave.  SW while the city hall is being remodeled. The gavel goes down at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month.

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