Library Project gets council approval, will move forward


by Katie Zerr

The Mobridge City Council Monday, May, 21, took their final steps needed to clear the way for the new addition to A.H. Brown Library project to begin.

Under the recommendation of the South Dakota Legislative Audit and auditing firm that serves the city, Finance Officer Heather Beck told the council a donation of the funding for the project would be made to the city.

The A. H. Library Foundation will make the donation to the city and the city will create a separate account for the construction project. The city will then pay the bills and costs and oversee the project.

Any funding that is left will be turned back over to the foundation.

Beck said the donation will include the bills that have been paid, the costs the foundation have incurred up to this point, which adds up to $165,061.

The fund will include $605,668 in checking and investments and $257,500 in a Community Development Block Grant.
Before the project can start, City Administrator Steve Gasser told the council, contracts have to be signed by the city, by the North East Council of Governments and Rural Development.

Once all the signatures are on the contract, the project can begin. He said he hoped it would be June 1.
The council approved accepting the donation and the project oversight.

Mayor’s comments
Mayor Jamie Dietterle told the council the Mobridge clean-up days were a success. He said 12-30 yard dumpsters were filled during the week’s project.

“We had to weed through a few things, but over all it went smoothly,” he said.

He thanked the Boy and Girl Scouts for volunteering and cleaning up the parks and shoreline and Liz Rische who organized that effort. He also thanked all of the volunteers who helped their neighbors and those who didn’t have pickups.

Dietterle also told the council that Ecklo Road, which runs parallel to the walking trail, was now open from Fourth Avenue East to south of the drive-in theater. He thanked the work of Gasser, and the street department employees for their hard work in repairing the road and getting it open to traffic again.

The road was washed out by high water from last summer’s flooding and wind.

– Katie Zerr –

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