LISTENING PARTY — Members of the Listening Party met on Thursday to finalize project ideas that may make Conrad just a little better place to live. The top four were; walkways, green space, ambiance and support a safe and friendly city. From the left in front, are I-O reporter Melissa Huber, Jamey Byrnes and Renae Bouma. In the back is John Shevlin, Peggy Young and Cheryl Curry of the Port Authority. A motto, Simple Living was adopted by the group. A sketch of the plan, held by Byrnes and Bouma will be mailed off and if it wins, the committee will receive $500 to help move their plans along. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Melissa Huber, I-O Reporter
A brainstorming session on how to improve the community took place after the Listening Party on Aug. 22 among those whom attended. Dialogue was heavy with the idea of promoting Conrad as a Mayberry-like town (Mayberry, the fictional town in which the Andy Griffith Show is set). Ideas for improvement hinged around the “small town” quaintness Conrad has in spades, and thoughts on how to promote and improve that were plentiful.
A follow up meeting was set for the morning of Aug. 29 with the intent of bringing one of those ideas into fruition. The original attendees of the Listening Party gathered again to discuss their thoughts on the previous session, and to pin down one idea to focus on.
Many had gathered ideas and input from current citizens and out-of-towners. Renae Bouma went so far as to gather ideas from the entire Stockman Bank staff, and Peggy Young asked several shoppers at Village Drug what was missing from our town.
The idea most prevalent on peoples’ minds seemed to be some sort of green space on Main Street designed to get people to stop and enjoy themselves, and also to add to the beautification of our town. A walking path for Conrad’s plethora of active citizens was set as the secondary idea.
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By Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune
The state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) downgraded a “do not use” order in place for Brady water to a health advisory on Thursday as the town’s malfunctioning treatment plant began producing usable water again.
The treatment plant hasn’t produced usable water in more than two weeks for Brady’s 200 residents.
“I’m really ecstatic we’ve finally gotten Brady back on a water supply and things are moving along,” said Shelly Nolan of the DEQ’s Public Water Supply Bureau.