The 2017 budget for the Town of Isabel was presented at the board’s regular meeting Sept. 12. The first reading of the budget was approved during the meeting. The budget shows a total General Fund of $148,550 with total appropriations at $288,100. Estimated revenue, including the water fund and general fund items, is listed at $247,752. Total tex levies are $40,348. A second reading of the budget will take place soon, according to Finance Officer Karen VanDeventer, although no date for a special meeting had been selected as of press time.
Northwest Area Schools is scrambling to find a teacher to replace one who was hired but resigned before classes began. The Timber Lake School Board heard a report at their September 14 meeting from board member Jake Kraft, who represented Timber Lake at the recent NWAS board meeting in the absence of A.J. Lindskov.
Cassie Foster throws a loop at the heels of a steer while Patty Jo Burress has the head during the Grand River Ranch Rodeo finals Saturday in Isabel. Events were held this summer at McLaughlin, Isabel and Bison prior to the finals.
By By Kathy Nelson
Meeting on Sept. 6, the Dewey County Commission approved Sheriff Les Mayer’s proposal to advertise a position in the sheriff ’s department. Mayer said that Sandy Koenig, present jailer/dispatcher, would like to give up her full-time position. Mayer’s plan is to hire someone to take over Koenig’s duties and begin training as a sheriff ’s deputy to eventually replace Deputy Jordan Anderson. Mayer said Anderson has begun applying for jobs close to Pierre, where his fiancee is employed. Anderson was hired by Dewey County in March, 2015 and went through the law enforcement training course in the fall of 2015. Mayer had informed the commissioners several months ago that Anderson planned to leave in 2017.
The Timber Lake Fire Department and City of Timber Lake tested fire hydrants last week as part of the ISO (Insurance Services Office) review. Fire Chief Grady Kraft reported that pumping 350 gallons per minute at 100 pounds per square inch pressure for 45 minutes indicated sufficient water availability from the main. The city council approved the purchase of some testing equipment that Kraft requested. He also asked that the council consider paying part of the cost of a new pumper/tender to replace the 1974 model currently in use.
Curtis Traversie and Sydnee Mettler were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at Timber Lake High School on Tuesday. Pictured are FRONT L-R): Crown bearers Charlie Hornick and Braden Lawrence, King Curtis, Queen Sydnee, crown bearers Jaylee Schoelerman and Talley Locken; BACK: Cody Lawrence, Nathan Swift, Brody Hall, Ethan Schaffer, Aaron Holzer, Jayden Ducheneaux, LaKesha Hettich, Hudson Ward, Zenobia Lawrence, Whitley Dupris.
The proposed general fund budget for the City of Timber Lake for 2017 is $538,211 — $223,000 less than the 2016 budget of $761,211. The money to fund the budget is expected to come from new revenue of $374,442 and $163,769 cash on hand at the end of 2016, which will be carried over.
At their meeting on Tuesday, the Dewey County Commissioners agreed to make a counter-offer to the City of Timber Lake for law enforcement coverage. Presently the City pays $60,000 annually for 40 hours of coverage per week. The county had requested an increase to $65,000 and the City responded with an offer of $60,000. The commissioners agreed to offer a three-year contract at $60,000, $62,500 and $65,000.
The Dewey County Commissioners, meeting on Tuesday, held a lengthy conversation with Attorney Steve Gunn (via telephone), D.D. Nelson and Matt Vogel, all representing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, on the question of whether the City of Eagle Butte or the County owns Bringman Street in Eagle Butte. They said the Tribe’s sewer project is being delayed because the City is claiming jurisdiction over the street.