OVER THE RAINBOW – These little munchkins gave it their all at their dance recital in the Weigand/Orpheum Thearte on April 26. They are under the instruction of Cassie DeVires and Step by Step Dance. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
On a 4-0 vote council members passed the second reading of Ord.-402.
The ordinance deals with noxious weeds and removal costs if a city crew has to come in and mow down weeds/grass on a property.
Essentially it will cost a property owner or resident $250 for the first hour. Funds will go to the city’s general fund.
A copy of the ordinance will be sent out to property owners with water bills. There will also be a notice in the I-O.
A final reading will be at the next council meeting on May 16. The full ordinance may be viewed at city hall during normal working hours. Please call ahead of time to read the ordinance.
Alderman Wendy Judisch was appointed by the council to replace Mayor Shevlin and Mayor Judisch is currently serving the residents as Mayor.
Under Montana election law, the appointment is only until the next election and the position will be on the ballot this fall.
Three aldermen (council members) will also be elected; two for a four-year term and the third will be for the unexpired two-year term held by Alderman Judisch prior to her appointment as the Mayor.
The alderman seats appearing on the ballot and the current officeholder of each are Ward-1, a one four-year term currently held by Sandy Syvertson and one two-year unexpired term currently filled by Ron Widhalm.
In Ward-2, there is one position that will appear on the ballot, that of alderman and serving in this capacity presently is Wally McHenry.
Ward-1 consists of Precinct-24 and Ward-2 is Precinct-27. The alderman position not up for election this year is in Ward-2 and is held by Karla Breding.
It is not known at this time if any of the current office holders will be filing for re-election to their respective positions.
The purpose of the meeting was to seek a memorandum between the town and the county regarding the proposed drilling of a water well within the town limits but on county-owned property.
Discussion was on possible sites for well(s) and the advantages and disadvantages of each location.
Mayor Graye also presented a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for consideration by the commission.
Commissioner Christiaens made the motion to approve the MoU pending the approval by County Attorney MaryAnn Ries and a FAA engineer, to set the arrangement for future cooperation between the county and the Town of Valier regarding the drilling if a water well within the towns’ limits on county property.