Council approves hiring of new police officer

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By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

City council members, on a 3-0 vote, passed the  recommendation of  the police hiring committee and approved the nomination of Kyle B. Lucas as a new police officer.

Lucas is from Great Falls. He will start about mid-May as soon as he is released from the military. He has early-out paper work in motion, which he can do, being hired as a police officer.

Harold Olson of the EDC (Economic Development Corp.) was on hand to present a check to the city for $3,000. The funding will be used to purchase a new table for council members and chairs with rollers on them.

Olson also made a request to use the city conference room for the Wednesday meetings of the EDC/Port Authority. That request was approved.

The EDC is celebrating its 40 years of existence and has been a major player in the business segment of Conrad over the years.

The EDC brought the Super 8 Motel to Conrad, helped secure ITB at its location, donated funds to pay for half of the renovation of the new nine holes at the PGC and has made generous donations to the Dollars for Scholars program and Food Pantry.

In other business, three residential building permits were presented and read, one for 520 S. Michigan for a fence, one at 706 Sunset Blvd. for a garage and the third at 623 8th Ave. SW for a new roof.

Chief Gary Dent, in his monthly report, noted the PCD had received 164 calls in March. In part, there was seven disputes, eight domestic situations, three accidents, four felony arrests, all for drugs, 11 traffic citations issued, including a DUI and one for fourth offense for not having insurance.

Cheryl Curry from the Port Authority said they are starting a print ad campaign in a number of papers to sell their house in Brady. The people from the Conrad Depot Society are interested in purchasing the depot building from the Port Authority.

She noted that the reimbursement for expenses for the Safe Routes to School was received. There were no volunteers for a crossing guard.

Curry also attended a meeting on HUB Zone information and training that “was informative with two representatives from the SBA in Helena.”

She has a lot of information about becoming a HUB zone business. Contact here at the Port Authority at 313 S. Main St or call her at 271-7237 for more information.

In part, Public Work Director Rich Anderson reported that Interlocal crews are working in Cut Bank on a sewer cleaning project. They will move on to Shelby and then finish up in Conrad.

Ken Larson and Larry Swanson were on hand to meet with the council and see about funding assistance for a new Babe Ruth field. Anderson commented that he didn’t have funds to pull out of his budget for ball field improvements, but suggested Larson and Swanson try the G. Rankin Foundation.

Agnes Fowler, city finance officer, told council members that the Foundation had $10,300 in it.

Council members approved a motion to have $900 from the Rankin Foundation to make improvements on the Babe Ruth field.

New signers for city bank accounts will be Fowler, Mayor Wendy Judisch, Deanna Suta and Gail Klette.

The city will offer the same health insurance plans to employees as last year through MMIA. It was estimated that premiums will go up 5.5 percent this year.

The council approved a motion to move forward with CTEP (Community Transportation Enhancement Project) application for their street lighting project.

After some discussion in a work session prior to the regular council meeting, the aldermen moved to borrow $64,000 from InterCap to help pay remodeling expenses.

The council meets every first and third Monday for regular business at 7:30 p.m. in city hall, 411-1/2 Main Street.

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