Another month draws to an end and we begin anew on Saturday. Hopefully we will see a little more of a warming trend with the new month. I’m ready, and you?
A couple quick announcements:
1. The rubble site will be open on Saturday, April 1st.
2. We are not collecting yard waste as of now. We have no place to dispose of it. If you know of someone willing to take it, please let us know.
We have submitted the paperwork for our Girard (Main) Street water main replacement. We dedicated a part of our last Commission meeting to public comment on the project. No one came to the meeting to offer comment so the Commission approve going forward with it.
Preliminary indications from the state of South Dakota are promising, but no guarantees at this point. It will require some more committee work at the state level and then some additional work to actually engineer the project. I’ll keep you updated on the progress.
Dennis, Kurt and Larry have been working on a lot of projects including street grading and maintenance, storm water flows, equipment repair and maintenance to name a few. I know that you residents, the town crew and commission would like nothing better than to see progress made on street paving. As I told you a couple newsletters ago, the cost for such a project is huge. A rough engineer’s estimate came in at about $4,000,000.00. That is for the street paving only. It would not include the curb, gutters and corner ramps that would have to be constructed. These are all federal government requirements that we would have to comply with to get approval for such a project.
There were resolutions passed in 1955 that called for the installation of curbs and gutters along 5th and 6th streets. The cost at that time war less than $2.00 per foot based on street frontage. The last estimate I got several years ago was at about $18.00 a foot. I’m pretty sure the price has gone up.
Also, the infrastructure beneath the street surface needs to be in good repair before we resurface or pave. We don’t want to pave a street and then have to dig it up a month of a year later to fix an issue that should have been handled before the paving. We still have areas of water and sewer pipe that met the standards that were in effect 50 to 75 years ago when the work was originally done. These issues are being addressed through the Main Street project and single block projects that the town crew is working on. Our current water rates and budget allow for about one block of repairs a year.
Our next Commission meeting will be on April 17th, one week later than usual. Elections for two open seats on the Commission will be held on April 11th. You may vote for one or two of the three candidates. It is not required that you vote for two of them.
Mayor Mike Keolker