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City rolls out five-year plan

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Street reconstruction and improvement, the creation of an animal shelter and continued work on the new city community center are all parts of an ambitious five-year plan approved by the Custer City Council at its June 3 meeting. Over one million in such projects are slated for fiscal year 2014. Money for the projects will come from a variety of sources, including reserves, general fund revenue, state funding and the city’s enterprise (sewer and water) funds.
The approval came after months of crafting by the council with input from the city’s department heads. At the top of the list for 2013 is West Dam, which needs its outlet structure replaced. The project, which is expected to cost $250,000, may require some demolition of the dam and subsequent reconstruction to replace the valve and install a new anti-seep collar. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is interested in participating in the project and may want to include dredging of the pond.
Also on the docket for 2014 is the creation of a sidewalk from the Mickelson Trail to the east campus school property, where the high school and elementary are now located. The project will include a bridge to cross French Creek. Location for the bridge has not be determined with any certainty, as floodplain issues will come into play on the project. The five-year plan slates the project at a cost of $50,000, but city public works director Bob Morrison warned the council at the meeting that price may climb.
A long-awaited storm water pre-disaster mitigation project is slated to begin in 2014, as well. The city has applied for a pre-disaster mitigation grant, which provides funding to fix potential problems before a disaster occurs. The idea is to prevent property loss and save lives when tragedy strikes. The project would focus on West Dam and French Creek drainage within city limits.

Street reconstruction and improvement, the creation of an animal shelter and continued work on the new city community center are all parts of an ambitious five-year plan approved by the Custer City Council at its June 3 meeting. Over one million in such projects are slated for fiscal year 2014. Money for the projects will come from a variety of sources, including reserves, general fund revenue, state funding and the city’s enterprise (sewer and water) funds.

The approval came after months of crafting by the council with input from the city’s department heads. At the top of the list for 2013 is West Dam, which needs its outlet structure replaced. The project, which is expected to cost $250,000, may require some demolition of the dam and subsequent reconstruction to replace the valve and install a new anti-seep collar. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is interested in participating in the project and may want to include dredging of the pond.

Also on the docket for 2014 is the creation of a sidewalk from the Mickelson Trail to the east campus school property, where the high school and elementary are now located. The project will include a bridge to cross French Creek. Location for the bridge has not be determined with any certainty, as floodplain issues will come into play on the project. The five-year plan slates the project at a cost of $50,000, but city public works director Bob Morrison warned the council at the meeting that price may climb.

A long-awaited storm water pre-disaster mitigation project is slated to begin in 2014, as well. The city has applied for a pre-disaster mitigation grant, which provides funding to fix potential problems before a disaster occurs. The idea is to prevent property loss and save lives when tragedy strikes. The project would focus on West Dam and French Creek drainage within city limits.

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