City of Eagle Butte awarded 1.64 million dollars in grant money to complete water projects
by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
Artwork courtesy Dakotafire.net.
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources awarded ten funding packages to various water projects in the state with 3/4 of the total funding available going to the City of Eagle Butte for three water projects.
The project’s lead engineer, Trent Bruce from DeWild Grant Reckert and Associates, spoke at the October 10, 2012, Eagle Butte City Council Meeting.
“Since we last met the State of South Dakota has granted the City of Eagle Butte about 1.64 million dollars in grant money to complete their water projects,” said Bruce.
The financing for the water projects will consist of a mix of loans and grants with the loans consisting of about 20 percent of the overal cost with interest rates from 0-3 percent.
“The bottom line is that it was very, very, very favorable numbers for your projects. In fact, Aaron was at the meeting and they announced the funding recommendations and everyone was looking at him like, how did they do that. It was very good funding. Bottom line your system was very in need of repair. Nobody has seen numbers like that from the state for projects of this nature in quite some time. So, I want to say congratulations,” said Bruce.
The rest of the meeting was a mixed bag of city employee reports and other business.
An updated Animal Control Code was approved and will be published publically by the city with their next set of minutes.
The Golf Course will close under current management on October 31 and next year’s options for it have not been decided.
Mayor Stephanie Davidson and City Finance Officer Sheila Ganje expressed concerns that coverage of the city council by the West River Eagle has been biased against the city and news pieces editorialized. They also mentioned that the WRE coverage seemed to focus on Eagle Butte more than other government entities locally.
WRE Manager Nancy Anderson and Editor Tasiyagnunpa Livermont addressed concerns, assuring the council that no bias was meant and that the WRE is currently seeking other writers to cover the other municipalities and the counties. Livermont shared information on state laws regarding official newspapers and publishing of legals.