$1.2 million city water main & meter project trickles forward
By Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
The public hearing for public comment and to pass resolutions seeking Community Development Block Grant funding in the amount of $515,000 towards a $1,244,000 water main and water meter replacement project was held and resolutions passed at the Eagle Butte City Council meeting July 11, 2012.
The CDBG funding resolutions are part of an overall financial and planning package that the Central South Dakota Enhancement District is working with the City of Eagle Butte to put together from various state and federal funding sources.
The public hearing included a half hour long presentation by Marlene Knutson, Executive Director of the Central South Dakota Enhancement District and included space for public input that lasted about half an hour mostly with questions from the city council and response from Knutson. Those present also heard from Trent Bruce of DeWild, Grant, Reckert and Associates, the consulting engineers working on current city water projects, including storm sewers and lagoon planning.
The City of Eagle Butte qualifies for CDBG funding for low to moderate income communities as a community with 73% of the community being low to moderate income according to the 2000 census, said Knutson.
“If we don’t get funded in a funding package that’s something that we feel comfortable with, we can back off on some of this and reply in various funding cycles and keep moving forward unt i l we get something that works better for us. You need to be aware we are not obligated here and we’re looking for various CDBG grant or two, hopefully, but for sure one, there’s no guarantee, but we’ll keep moving forward until we get one,” said Sheila Ganje, City of Eagle Butte finance officer.
The EB City Council also approved a resolution to apply for state revolving funds. Other funding sources being sought are forgiveable loan programs, though any loans will need to be balanced against the city’s allowable debt load if they want to avoid needing a bond committee hearing and having to secure bonding. This includes seeking $1.2 million in Department of Energy and Natural Resources funding with 0% interest loans.
Community Needs Housing Development Plan is needed as part of the CDBG grant application. Adoption of a one-year plan that includes sewer and other city projects, as well as the project currently seeking funding through the CDBG application, was approved by the city council.
The EB City Council also heard comments from affected land owners regarding pending resolutions on upcoming annexation. Gary Rousseau, Eagle Butte, voiced concerns about being switched to municipal utilities, including sewer.
“We’re not compelling anyone to get the services. It’s completely voluntary,” said Ganje.
A full public hearing regarding annexation will be held July 30th at City Hall in an EB City Council Special Meeting, pending necessary public notice and publication.
The EB City Council went into executive session regarding personnel.
Report was heard from the liquor store, and the EB City Council approved the installation of a new roof and a new central air system due to old system break down.
Brief reports from maintenance and police were heard.
Discussion was held regarding taking a tour of the liquor store building and park facilities during the next meeting, pending public notice in the newspaper beforehand as required by law.
The rest of the agenda and approval of claims was tabled until the next special meeting.
For information from the city regarding official minutes, see a subsequent issue of the West River Eagle. Minutes were not received at time of publication.