City and canal company agree to water use agreement with Brady

At the regular Tuesday night council meeting, the city and the Pondera County Canal and Reservoir Company (PCC&RC) agreed to approve the water share transfer and interim water use agreement with changes of 225 shares and 75 acre feet to the most recent agreement.

Gerald Miller, Gary Arnst and Monty Johnson from the PPC&RC were on hand to go over the agreement relating to water share transfers to the North Central Montana Regional Water Authority for use at Brady.

For one, they wanted to make sure the city was still willing to provide Brady with water, to which Mayor Wendy Judisch, said “yes.”

With the new numbers of 225 shares, which equates to 75 acre feet, the PCC&RC was willing to transfer Conrad’s shares to the Authority and this would satisfy their by-laws.

Public Works Director Rich Anderson was concerned that Conrad may be short using the pre-1973 shares. However, once the Authority water comes on line, those shares will be returned to Conrad.

There is a deadline of Aug. 9 to have an agreement worked out and signed for the DNRC.

This agreement is specific to Brady, but it may potentially provide a framework for other water service outside of the one-mile radius of the City of Conrad.

The council agreed they would like to have more time to have attorney’s look this issue over and negotiate further, but time was of the essence.

Alderman Drew Lesnik made the motion and Councilman Rick Moss gave it a second to approve the water share transfer. The motion passed on a 4-0.

In other business, the council moved to pass a Street Lighting Assessment of 10 percent. It will appear on your next property tax bill

It was noted that there were a number of complaints regarding people lighting off fireworks within the city limits.

The current ordinance relative to fireworks was adopted 55 years ago in 1958.

A letter of reference was read for Chief Gary Dent was not able to be present at the meeting, asking how strict the council wanted the CPD to be with possible consideration to allow in-town fireworks on the 4th of July only.

Anderson commented that this is a time of celebration and should be allowed on the 4th.

The council agreed that a better of educating the residents as to the rules and direction of the CPD are important.

There was no action taken on this. The matter was tabled for further research.

Anderson-Zurmuehlen, one of the original audit firms that responded to the RFP for services, advised the city they will honor their price of $14,400 per fiscal year for a three-year contract.

The contract is expected to be received this week for signature. They are also willing to do the agreed upon procedures for the building codes for $1,500 which will be a separate document.

The three-year audit contract was approved by the aldermen on a 4-0 vote.

Ina report to the council, librarian Carolyn Donath said there 1,550 patrons in June, a little less than normal.

Work on the back room of the library has started with a group of Boy Scouts helping Logan Gouchenour with the work.

The project must be completed by the end of August to qualify for his Eagle Scout award

Donath noted a new computer for circulation will be implemented this week. The Library Foundation purchased the computer.

Firms to conduct feasibility studies and their costs have been contacted. Some stated they only study motels. There was not enough information to present to the council at this meeting for the East Industrial Park, regarding truck stops, motels and restaurants. The feasibility study was tabled.

Brad Koon of KLJ Engineering was not able to attend the meeting, but is still working on gathering more information regarding costs for the Historic Pedestrian Lighting project.

Jon Kujava has submitted a letter of resignation. He will be moving on to the county Road Department. His letter was accepted.

The Aug. 6 meeting is the same day as National Night Out. The aldermen moved to push the council meeting up to 7:30 instead of 6 p.m. to eliminate a conflict with the event.

The next council meeting will be the first Monday in August in city hall at 413 S. Main St.

The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend and get swept up by the bustling civics-in-action buzz of your government at work.