SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS – Nestled in the heart of Conrad, Courtesy Ford will have you covered from the sale of your new or used vehicle to the service it needs for a lifetime. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
As a new special for the I-O we will be running a bi-monthly ‘Spotlight on Business’ with an emphasis on their contributions to our community and their history.
Back in the fall of 1986, a family looking to own their own business in Conrad, came from Choteau and bought Courtesy Ford from Audi Solvie. Fred and Laurie Morris had looked at several businesses and were hoping to find one that they could work together within. Shortly after their purchase, they moved to Conrad to work and raise their children.
Four years after Fred and Laurie purchased the business, another man, Jack Rogers, also of Choteau, bought in and also continues to be an owner to this day.
Currently 12 people are employed by Courtesy Ford. Fred would like to pat them all on the back and is grateful to the fact that many of them have been with them for a long time.
MAKE YOUR MOVE – Deep in the game of checkers, these two opponents challenge each other during the Valentine’s Day party put on by Prairie View at the Horizon Lodge. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
Conrad Mayor John Shevlin was on hand at the county commission meeting on Wednesday to request help from the county to help pay for furnace repairs at the library.
He noted that any funds the county could contribute to that expense would be appreciated.
Readers may recall that water seepage in the basement of the library caused some furnace damage that resulted in a repair bill of $1,477.
Commission Chairman Cynthia Johnson told the mayor that, “We don‘t have any spare money lying around.” In fact, the county commissioners have been having discussions as to where cuts can be made.”
On another matter, the mayor and commissioners talked about the speed limit on the new road by the overpass.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
It really was a no brainer – on a 4-0 vote, Tuesday evening, the city council passed Resolution-1041 which is the early bond redemption for SID-68.
By paying off the bond two years early the aldermen saved taxpayers $468,398.65.
Taxpayers may not have noticed that their property tax statement did not have a charge on it for SID-68 when they came in the mail.
City Finance Officer Agnes Fowler commented that early redemption was good planning by the council. She went on to add, “This is a big deal, and $500,000 is a lot of money.”
In other business, the council acted on a request from an earlier meeting to grant the Pondera Arts Council (PAC) $1,000. Councilman
Sandy Syvertson moved to allocate the PAC $500 from the Genevieve Rankin Foundation, however, the motion died for lack of a second.