Mobridge mayor outlines ongoing projects in city


By Peg Wunder
Mobridge Mayor Jamie Dietterle was introduced by John Rothstein when Rotary met on Monday, Aug. 27, at the Moose Lodge. Jamie talked briefly about the projects, both public and private, that are currently happening in Mobridge. He said that there is a lot of excitement in watching the library addition come to reality and congratulated Rotary on deciding that the Roses for Rotary project this year will be to raise money to furnish the community room in the library.
The second project Jamie mentioned is the closure of the railroad crossing on Fourth Avenue East and adding the crossing at the south end of Main Street. Work has started on preparing the Fourth Avenue East crossing for closure which must be completed before opening the South Main crossing. Work should begin right after Labor Day.
The expansion at Runnings is progressing. Jamie said it makes him feel good that a company as big and successful as Runnings feels that Mobridge is a good place for them to invest in a larger facility that will continue to serve the area in the years to come.
The building addition to the Catholic Church is very impressive and will be very attractive when it is completed.
The roadwork on Grand Crossing is slated to be done in 2013.
The new strip mall with Deb’s Family Hair Care is complete and the possibility of Subway moving into part of that building will leave only one retail spot open.
Jamie also noted that there is the possibility of more apartments being built as Mobridge has a critical shortage of rental units.
The storm sewer is a continuing project with DENR approving a loan of $764,000 at 3 percent for 20 years. The old water tower, with a capacity of 100,000 gallons will be replaced in the near future with a 600,000 gallon tank. Presently, the pumps go all night to refill the tanks during the summer months. The new tower will be built across the alley from the existing tower.
Jamie talked briefly about the walking trail and the swimming pool. City Councilwoman Rose Henderson is helping work on future plans for both of these projects. The long-range plan for the walking trail is to lengthen the trail on both ends. The swimming pool has $320,000 in its fund toward a new pool with a projected to cost about $2.5 million.
Jamie ended by saying that Mobridge is prettier than ever and that people are taking pride in what the city looks like. Building permits thus far this year have totaled $3,796,793.
Sharon Martin was welcomed back with cheers and a round of applause. The only announcement was from Jan Sayler reminding people that the American Legion Auxiliary will be serving breakfast at the Legion starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8, Beef ‘n Fun Day.
Bill Zacher was present to claim the 50/50 pot. There will be no Rotary next week as it is Labor Day and the meeting on Sept. 10 will be the monthly business meeting when Rotary meets at the Moose Lodge at noon.

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