Library, Crossing project to begin soon
By Katie Zerr
The entities involved in the planned A. H. Brown Library construction project have decided now it the time to build, Councilwoman Amy Cerney Monday, Jan. 16, told the city council.
At that same meeting, Mobridge City Administrator Steve Gasser told the council bids will be let for the raising the railroad grade east of Fourth Avenue East, the first step in the railroad crossing project.
Both of these projects have been on the table for about 10 years.
The Mobridge Library Foundation and the library board met this week and decided it was time to get the project started, Cerney said.
“This is a reality, not just a dream anymore,” she said. “It is time for Mobridge residents to check this off their list.”
She said there is a possibility there will be funding available through the grants or loans and that Ted Dickey of Northeast Council of Governments is currently seeking more funding for the project.
She said there would be a few changes, but those are small. The plans including the community room and four alternative plans (depending on costs and funding) have been submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture, through which the funding will be available.
Cerney said alternative plans include replacing the roof and replacing the windows and doors. These changes are more expensive because the building is on the historical registry, and those changes have to meet standards set by the Historical Society.
Cerney said the hope is that bids will be let in March.
Gasser told the group the South Dakota Department of Transportation (DOT) told him to have bids let for the grade project. He said it is the beginning of the railroad crossing project that is a continuation of the Main Street restoration project.
The new crossing will be located at the end of Main Street and the Fourth Avenue East crossing will be closed.
The council also approved a grant application for a DOT grant for repair of the walking trail, bike path and riprapping along the shore that runs perpendicular to the path.
The grant funding would be an 82 percent to 18 percent match with city funding.
Gasser also asked and received permission to seek a state water grant to continue the Second Avenue West sewer project.
Garbage pick-up bid
Bids were opened for the yearly residential garbage pick-up in Mobridge and only one bid was submitted.
Heartland Waste Management submitted a bid for $10.50 per household for $589,500 per year. Cost per household last year was $9.15 for 1,550 house holds in the city.
The council approved the bid, with Councilman Tony Yellow Boy asking Heartland Waste Management owner/operator Kent Mauck, who was present at the meeting, to ask the truck drivers to slow down in the alleyways.
Mobridge resident Joni Swift also asked Mauck who was responsible for refuse spilled from bags and damage to homeowners’ garbage cans.
Mauck said if the hauler spills refuse, it is their responsibility to pick it up. He said residents should call the office if the crew spills the garbage and does not pick it up.
He said damage to the cans is going to happen, as the receptacles are not made as well as they once were and break easily. He said metal cans are going to be dented because the cans hit the metal of the truck while being emptied. He said the crews should place the cans back in the racks or upside down when they are finished emptying the garbage.
– Katie Zerr –