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Resolution to annex passes EB City Council; architect visits

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by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
The Eagle Butte City Council heard more public comment in their final public hearing regarding the proposed annexation, before they passed the resolution to annex.
“Why would you stop the first one and start the second one?” asked Kelly Berndt, landowner affected by the annexation.
Mayor Stephanie Davidson said it was to fix some legal oversights.
“What’s actually going to change then?” asked Berndt.  Answers varied amongst the council people.  Davidson urged that it was necessary to protect the city’s service territory.
Berndt asked about Mni Waste/Tri-County Water’s water lines in the area.
“We’re not trying to take services, we’re trying to keep the ones we have,” said Davidson.
“I hope to have you have a better sewer system,” said Harley Morgan, council member. “That’s one thing the city is working on.”
The annexation has now gone through the entire process it needs to proceed.
The council also heard from an architect that came to tour the liquor store/city shop building. His proposal will be ready by the next meeting.
“In this case, I think your structure is sound. It just needs help,” said Thomas Baffuto, of Baffuto architecttura of Rapid City.
Baffuto spoke to the City Council for about 25 minutes regarding his ideas for the building which includes a facelift, enlarging the liquor store while allowing it to remain open during renovation and keeping an entrance on the street with the city shop on the alley side.
Other business was discussed. The next regular meeting is Wednesday, October 10.
For more information on municipal annexation laws, see our Facebook page for state links.

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