COOL AWARD — The City of Conrad has been selected as the System of the Year for 2011. From the left is Steve Ruhd, former PWD for Conrad, Mayor John Shevlin, PWD Richard Anders, City Finance Office Agnes Fowler, Engineers Scott Murphy and Travis Meyer of Morrison-Maierle, Inc. (Engineers for the projects mentioned in the story) and Water/Wastewater Operator Jerry Griggs. Not pictured is Engineer Nancy Cormier and Byron Grubb, former mayor of Conrad. Photo courtesy of the City of Conrad
Through the Montana Rural Water Systems, Inc., the City of Conrad was recently named the Outstanding System of the Year at a convention in Helena.
According to Travis Meyer of Morrison-Maierle, Inc., in Helena, an engineer on a variety of water projects, “A ‘system’ consists of several parts – all of which, at the end of each day, needs to operate properly and meet compliance regulations.”
To make sure the system operates right, boards and councils have to make critical decisions concerning design, construction, budgets, the treatment process, operations, maintenance and staff.
Going back to 1999, this system, Conrad, was the first to use a new technique of ‘pipe bursting’ to replace sewer lines in the city. The project completed 5,700 feet of eight-inch HDPE pipe. They also sponsored a workshop for state municipal staff to share this information and view actual pipe bursting in action.
Conrad ran into a buzz saw powered by the Mustangs in their first game at the divisional tourney in Malta.
The top ranked host Malta team jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead before Taylor Judisch went 1-2 at the line. But then the Malta squad ran off eight points to go up 12-1 and eventually lead 18-5 at the end of the first period.
Malta went to the locker room with a 27-11 lead. Over the second half the M-ettes outscored Conrad 28-13 as they won going away, 55-24.
Rashelle Johns led the team in scoring with six points. Judisch put up five, Morgan VanDyke had four, Moranda Brenteson the same Taylor Johnson three, and Jayde Richardson two.
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.