city council

Businesses to discuss Main Street Project plans

Highway 14 Trail project approved to access city


Gary Wolkow, Mayor of De Smet, began De Smet City Council’s regular monthly meeting on Tues., June 7, proclaiming June 14 as Cardiac Readiness Community Day in De Smet. The South Dakota Department of Health has named the City of De Smet as one of two communities in the State of South Dakota as a Cardiac Readiness Community. A certificate and road signs were presented to the mayor and the Cardiac Readiness Community Team at a special luncheon held at the Oxbow on June 14.

Council members expressed the need for a meeting with the Main Street businesses and the IMEG Engineers to provide information regarding the upcoming Main Street infrastructure project. They set the date of Wed., June 15, at 6 p.m. at the Event Center as a public meeting for the businesses and the residents to attend. Challenges with the project will be making certain of ADA Compliancy and providing access to businesses through the construction process.

With June being a busy time for construction, five building permits were discussed, and four of them were approved. Projects authorized are Bill Halverson for a concrete driveway and patio; Aruba LLC, also known as American Engineered Products, for three additions to their existing structure; Jessica Wienk for a concrete driveway, sidewalk and patio and Raegan Burke for a 4-foot chain link fence. An application by Maija Lee for a sea lion habitat was tabled for further review.

Rita Anderson and Laird Beck from the Highway 14 Trails Team presented an update on a project to create a biking/hiking trail along Highway 14, including the De Smet Forest Reserve and a boardwalk across the Big Slough near Silver Lake. They requested access to city property to extend the trail to the east of the original plan, which would shorten the length of the boardwalk to reduce costs. A tower at the east end of the trail is also proposed for bird watching and the ability for tourists to survey the Silver Lake area. The council gave approval for access to the city property as needed for the trail.

In other business, approval was given to the De Smet Development Corporation (DDC) for funding of $1,000 per month to assist in providing health benefits to the Director of the Development Corporation. This funding was requested with the retirement of the present director Rita Anderson, as benefits will be needed to be provided for the DDC Director position.

Approval was given for new housing and library board members. Ron Penney will replace Myrna Knadle on the De Smet Housing Authority Board. Kathy Hawkins will replace Sharon Petersen on the Hazel L. Meyer Memorial Library Board. Appreciation to Myrna and Sharon for their time given to the city and community as they served on these boards was expressed.

A policy was adopted regarding street repairs when requests are made to cut into the street for utilities. The homeowner will be responsible for street repair up to two years if the street settles after it was restored. Utility connections requested in the winter months will be subject to approval.

Tracey Larsen, De Smet City Finance Officer, received authorization to apply for a Community Access Grant for the Main Street project.

Ryan Petersen, Superintendent of Streets, reported that the street patch trailer has been shipped, and crack sealing and chip sealing will be completed by June 17. They have been busy sweeping streets and will begin mosquito spraying.

City staff and the Development Corporation have been working with the SD Department of Transportation to provide additional lighting along Highway 14 by the Dollar General store. The council agreed for the staff to continue those discussions to determine costs involved.

Aerial spraying applications were approved for the Fast Ag Air and Buffalo Ridge Air Spray companies.


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