SPECIAL OLYMPICS — Local and area law enforcement officers and team members from the area Special Olympics passed through Conrad last Tuesday with the ceremonial torch, headed to Bozeman for the opening ceremonies on May 11. More than 1,000 athletes from across the Big Sky will be on hand at the MSU-Bozeman campus in celebration of the games. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
With the recent resignation of former Mayor John Shevlin, the city has seen a new mayor come on board as well as a new councilman.
In addition, there are a few changes in committees that serve the public interest.
Councilwoman Wendy Judisch was appointed to fill the vacant seat when Mayor Shevlin resigned.
She was the first woman to be elected to a council position and is now the first woman (in Conrad) to be the Mayor of the city. Her term expires in 2012.
Sandy Syvertson is the council chairman. His term expires in 2012 and he recently filed for re-election to the city council.
After holding public hearings on April 26, 27, 28, the planning boards for Conrad, Valier and Pondera County are recommending that the governing bodies adopt the growth policies for each entity.
A handful of people showed up at each public hearing.
Each planning board included some changes in their recommendation for adoption. Their recommended changes are available for viewing at the city offices in Conrad and Valier and the courthouse for Pondera County.
The next step is for each governing body to adopt a notice of intention to adopt, adopt with changes, or reject the growth policy. Conrad Mayor Wendy Judisch recently noted, “This is a great document,” at a city council meeting, so rejection doesn’t seem likely.
In compliance with state and federal laws, the Northern Montana Joint Refuse Disposal District (NMJRDD) is now requiring customers who want to rent a 40-cubic yard container for the demolition of buildings to have an asbestos inspection certificate.
Landfill manager Ron Collyer says the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) all require the certification.
“This regulation has been in effect since 2006, but most people are unaware of the law,” Collyer said, adding that “people mistakenly believe that asbestos use was banned some time ago and that all modern building and renovation supplies are asbestos free.”
The asbestos inspection certificate shows the presence and types of asbestos in building materials. A certified asbestos inspector issues a certificate after he or she inspects the building before demolition or renovation.