Anderson reappointed Public Works Director

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

On a unanimous vote of the council on Tuesday, Richard Anderson was reappointed to the position of Public Works Director.

In his December report, he told the council that his crews were sanding and snow shoveling with some street sweeping during the nice weather.

Members of the public works representatives from Conrad, Cut Bank and Shelby went to Texas and will be going to Iowa to view and check out prospective garbage trucks.

These will be a bid process through the Tri-City Interlocal for a better price since three trucks will be purchased.

Anderson noted he submitted bid requests for a new pickup truck for his department with the bids being hand delivered to local dealerships.

A CDBG loan to the Port Authority was passed on a unanimous vote for $12,437.54.

A contract for interim Residential Building Inspector from inspection services (Kyle Harlan) was submitted for consideration with similar terms as his Commercial Building Inspector contract with the city.

On a motion by Drew Lesnik and second by Ron Widhalm, the contract was tabled by unanimous vote for furtherinspection.

In a related matter, the job roles and responsibilities for contracted Residential Building Inspector (RBI) need to be defined prior to advertising for the position.

A draft has been presented to the council for review. Alderman Aaron Jones feels that incorporating the current contract, job description and any new ideas would be best.

On a motion by Lesnik and a second by Karla Breding, the RBI contract was tabled for the time being.

Like the county, as mandated in a 10-year cycle, the city moved to establish a ballot issue for a study commission.

For the city there may be a five member board with a budget of $3,000.

The process would simply go like this: In June voters will vote on whether or not they want a Study to be done.

If it passes, the Study Commission members will be elected in the General Election in November. The Commission will have about a year (2015) to do the study and prepare their findings and recommendations.

These recommendations would then be voted on in the Primary Election in 2016.

If the public has an issue they would like to have the Commission review (such as combining the sheriff and police departments) they just need to meet with the Study Commission once they are elected and begin meeting regularly.

The city council meets every first and third Tuesday at 6 p.m. in city hall at 413 S. Main Street.

The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings of your government at work.