City of Eagle Butte public hearing
A public hearing regarding resolutions involving the approval to seek $3,195,000 in State Revolving Fund (DW-SRF) Program loans and other funding for proposed water improvement projects was held during the June 20, 2012 regular meeting of the Eagle Butte City Council.
With representatives from the engineering firm DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates Company, Inc. and the Central South Dakota Enhancement District present, the full council passed several resolutions regarding the SD Department of Environment and Natural Resources Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CW-SRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DW-SRF) Loan Program and a Community Development Block Grant.
“You’ll be getting more information. This is just to start the process rolling and get the applications. So it seems a little scary right now, even to me, because we’re looking at loan dollars in sizeable amounts, but we don’t have to do any one of these projects,” said Sheila Ganje, Eagle Butte Finance Officer.
The resolutions approved included two regarding drinking water projects and totaling $1,460,000 at 0% for 30 years for the DW-SRF and a clean water project involving CW-SRF for the amount of $1,735,000.
“Once the public hearing is done and the city’s applying for the loan dollars at some point there will be another series of decisions to make depending on the amount of financing you get, how long it takes to get through the governmental process to get the loan dollars and each step we’ll keep you informed,” said Michael J. Carr, DGR representative.
Most resolutions were not read during the public meeting or handed out to the public. For full text of most of the passed resolutions, please see the legals in next week’s West River Eagle, not printed this week due to space constraints. For more information regarding the July 11, 2012 Public Hearing during the regular meeting, please see the public notice in this paper.
The Eagle Butte City Council also approved working agreements with the DGR engineering firm, the CSDED organization and to seek adding the four water projects to South Dakota state water plan. There will be a DGR hearing in Pierre.
“The projects proposed are the water meter head replacement, the Main Street Project including replacing water mains where the street will be reworked, lagoon improvements and the North 212 and Sycamore Street Water Main Project,” said Ganje.
The public hearing portion of the City Council meeting lasted about half an hour before moving into other business.
Lisa Blue Spruce of the Dakota Club Library brought to the council’s attention that the Dakota Club Library, being a private library according to state law, needs to work with a governmental entity to become a legally recognized public library and receive funding and South Dakota State Library recognition.
Since the Dakota Club Library has existed in Eagle Butte since 1930, Blue Spruce said she is hoping to have the library come under the organization of the City of Eagle Butte. All action was tabled pending further discussion, but Blue Spruce was encouraged that the city would work with the library’s board and staff regarding a transition.
Lavern Martin of Eagle Butte was addressed by the city council regarding his property and street drainage concerns. While any work deemed necessary by the current engineers will be done at a later date, the DGR representative was directed by the City of Eagle Butte to look over his property after leaving the meeting.
Discussion regarding the city liquor store expansion included looking for architect that specializes or has worked on liquor store improvements in the past.
“We need to decide what product we’re going to expand into. We’re not just expanding into more liquor. We’re expanding other products in there. That’s the whole reason for expanding the liquor store. We have had that there for years. It’s a revenue maker, so why not put some money into and make it look [appealing],” said Stephanie Davidson, Eagle Butte mayor.
Much discussion took place regarding replacing the city’s street sweeper. Council moved to lease a new one and sell the old as surplus property.
Street striping will be carried out in the upcoming months, possibly in coordination with a state program. City staff went to a SDDOT meeting the next morning in Mobridge to get more information. Either way, city staff was directed to try to get street striping done before Hometown Days.
Resolution to begin a study and resolution of intent to annex was approved, affected landowners would be contacted and public input will be at the next city council regular meeting. For more information regarding the annexation, contact the city office.
Other business was also discussed.
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