City to pay for project service updates


By Katie Zerr –

Deciding to help out home-owners who would not be included in water service updates during a city project, the Mobridge City Council Monday, July 1, agreed to pay for those updates.

Mobridge Water Department Manager Brad Milliken told the council at the June 7 meeting that there are galvanized drop boxes in the water systems to houses along the Second Avenue West storm sewer project. Those boxes will be replaced to houses located on the east side of the street at no cost to the homeowner as part of the project, while those on the west side would not. He said the street would be torn up during the project and that those boxes should all be replaced as problems may arise in the future.

The cost of replacement, $1,500 per home would be the responsibility of the home-owner according to Mobridge ordinance. Milliken on Monday, asked the council to pay nearly $25,000 for updating the water service from the main to the curb boxes to those 17 homes.

Ward III City Councilman Randy Carlson told the council he thought it was the right thing for the city to do.

“If something happens in the future, they (the property owners) would have to pay the extra to tear up the street,” he said. “Then we would have to have patches on the road.”

Mobridge City Attorney Rick Cain voiced his concern that the city be in compliance with the state regulations of the bidding process as he thought the additional work is a new project and not part of the original bids that were let for the Second Avenue West project.

Milliken said since the cost was below the $25,000 limit, the work could be a change order and the city could bypass the bidding process according to the regulations.

The council approved replacing the services that needed to be changed with the city paying for the work, as long it did not surpass the $25,000 limit.


Airport hangar

Corey Helms of Helms and Associates of Aberdeen requested the council approve the airport hangar project and to approve Mayor Jamie Dietterle signing the grant for that project.

Helms told the council the yearly funding from the federal government’s Airport Improvement Plan had not yet been allotted, but the deadline for the project requests was moving closer. He requested the council approve the project and advertising for bids to avoid loosing the two weeks between council meetings that could cause problems with that deadline. He said his firm has the plans nearly complete and ready to go to bid.

The project, an 8,800–square-foot revenue-producing hangar, would be rented for use, with the state storing their firefighting airplane as part of the rental revenue. The state fire crews have been using the Mobridge Airport as their base during the summer fire season and would move a home base here if there were a hangar large enough to store the plane.

The project would be funding by what is currently left in the state allocated fund and the allocation for 2013 and 2014. The total cost of the project is projected to be $436,000. The federal government would pay 90 percent of the project, the state 5 percent and the city 5 percent.

The council approved Helms’ request contingent on the bids coming within the projected cost of the project.

– Katie Zerr –




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