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.
SMASH — Cowboy junior tennis player Austin Zomer goes high to return a shot during play at the Best of the West tournament in Missoula this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Brian Robinson
The Conrad Tennis teams departed early Saturday morning to attend the Best in the West Tournaments in Missoula.
In their last regular season matches the Boys Team played well against netters from Loyola, St. Ignatius, and ‘AA’ JV’s from Hellgate, Big Sky and Sentinel High Schools.
The Tournament at Missoula’s Playfair courts was hosted by Loyola High School and featured four brackets consisting of #1’s, #2’s, #3’s and #4’s in both singles and doubles.
#2 singles Camron Janzen lost in first round action to Hellgate’s #2, but then defeated Big Sky and Sentinel’s #2’s.
#4 singles Konnor Bjelland finished 2-1 as well losing early to Hellgate’s #4, but then besting Loyola and Big Sky #4’s.
Both players worked to improve their play during matches and didn’t let mistakes interfere with their overall game. They played from point to point and focused on getting better instead of winning and it paid off it the end.