City of Conrad receives top rating for audit

At Tuesday’s council meeting, representatives of Anderson-ZurMuehlen were on hand to meet with the council members and review the Fiscal Year 2012-13 audit.

Rick Reisig and Sarah Stanger told the aldermen that the city account records are in good condition and no adjustments were necessary to the records submitted which “ensures to the council that the monthly financial reports they receive are accurate.”

In auditing language, the city audit was given a clean ‘unmodified opinion’, which used to be known as ‘unqualified with no findings’. This is the best rating a city audit can receive.

In reports to the council, Cheryl Curry of the Pondera Regional Port Authority (PA) said the Rail Study has been completed, and two new revolving loan requests have been submitted. There are nine active loans out at this time, she said.

The PA also has a private revolving loan that is outside of the CDBG regulations, and they are waiting for approval on the NSP (Neighborhood Stabilization Program) house to move forward with the bidding.

Valier has asked the PA for assistance with grant writing for the expansion of the town library and the Brady water portion of the project is scheduled for pressure testing with hopes that Brady will be ready to hook on by the end of the year.

Chief Gary Dent reported that 165 calls were received in February.

Among them were seven calls for suspicious activity, one vandalism case, a number of public assists, four thefts, and nine rides home, three felonies, four misdemeanors and seven domestics.

There were 11 accidents since the second week in January, mostly due to bad weather.

From the library, Carolynn Donath reported that 2,050 patrons were in the library last month.

There were 15 applications for the Assistant Librarian position, from which Anna (Pearson) Pollard was hired. She reported that the Chocolate Party was a huge success with over 250 people attending for the annual fund-raiser.

Public Works Director Richard Anderson reported that delivery has been taken of the new dump truck. He, Jerry Griggs and Agnes Fowler attended the Rural Water Conference, and he is waiting for quotes for a new lawn mower.

In other business before the council, Brad Koon of KLJ Engineering submitted a task order for the review of subdivision regulations for $10,500 and an update to the current zoning ordinance for $4,500.

Funding for these was to be offset with a planning grant, but there are no grant funds available at this time.

On a motion by Councilman Drew Lesnik and a second by Daniel Jones, the task order was tabled for further review of regulations. The motion carried on a 3-0 vote.

Victoria Padilla submitted a request for a sewer average adjustment at 505 S. Delaware due to a leaking toilet that has been fixed. The council moved to approve the adjustment.

The Northern Transit Interlocal has requested a commitment letter for financial support for FY-2014-15 in the amount of $5,000. The council moved to approve the request.

Mayor Wendy Judisch recommended the appointment of James DeStaffany to the Zoning Board with the term of appointment ending in January 2017. The council approved the request.

The possibility of a refinanced Rural Development loan from 4.124 percent to a SRF loan of 2.5 percent is being considered. The refinance has the potential savings of about $34,000 over the term of the loan. On a motion by alderman Lesnik and a second by Jones, the council approved going forward with the refinance of the Rural Development water loan to a SRF water loan at 2.5 percent.

The council meets every first and third Tuesday in city hall starting at 6 p.m.

The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend.