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02
May
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Survey being considered to determine city right-of-way

Some dirt moving and grading at the corner of Eighth and F Streets in Timber Lake last week is intended to reclaim the city right of way. That street is supposed to be 100 feet wide to accommodate drainage, snow removal and parking. Not everyone agrees that it’s necessary.

The Timber Lake City Council is considering having a survey done to show where the right of way is for streets.

Council member Tom Hermes told the council at the April meeting that he gotten had an estimate of about $14,000 for a survey to have the four corners of each block marked.

The council has often discussed reclaiming the right of way where lawns, fences, trees and even some buildings have encroached onto the streets in some areas. In many places, the streets have gotten narrower, largely due to the nature of the sandy soil, which blows and fills in the area that is supposed to be the drainage ditch or space for parking.

Hermes said this week that a survey would be helpful for the sign and delineation project which the SD Dept. of Transportation has planned.

He said that Main Street and 8th Street (the street north of the courthouse going west past the post office) have 100 feet of right-of-way, and other streets have 80 feet of ROW.

Thu
25
Apr
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Blood drive

Photo by Kathy Nelson

Twelve units of blood were donated at the latest Timber Lake community blood drive on Friday, April 19. PICTURED are (FRONT) Jaclyn Richter, a donor; MIDDLE: Roberta Cruse and Heather Irwin of Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) of Bismarck, ND, and BACK: Kendra Enright, another donor. Jerimiah Garon was the local coordinator. Donors were entered in a drawing for an Easter ham, and Greg Garon was the winner.

 

 

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Thu
25
Apr
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Timber Lake city limits include rodeo grounds

At the Timber Lake City Council meeting on April 9, Finance Officer Karla Nordyke reported that recently-discovered county records had revealed that Lots 8 and 9, which includes the rodeo grounds, had been annexed into the city limits in 1950. The lots had been sold by Dewey County to the City in 1946 for $600. The property was sold to the county in December, 2018 to become the site of a new county highway shop.

There is no taxable property in the area but since the rodeo grounds is in the city limits, the Timber Lake Rodeo Association will not need a county license for alcohol sales during the rodeo as it already has a city license.

 

 

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Thu
25
Apr
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CRSTTA to apply for GOED grant for Timber Lake fiber

Mona Thompson, manager of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority, said Monday that the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has released the application for broadband expansion funds. CRSTTA intends to apply for funds for their Timber Lake fiber project. They will also seek federal funds when that application process opens.

Part of the GOED application is a pre-subscription form which asks some questions of potential customers. It is specifically for business, home employment and critical facilities. 

 

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Thu
25
Apr
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Isabel Town Board to hold public hearing on TIF district

The Isabel Town Board met in special session Monday, April 22 to address a short agenda.

Business owners Brandon Heck and Joe Locken were present to participate in discussion about the town establishing a tax increment financing (TIF) district.

Trustee Ryan Maher said he had been in contact with the town’s attorney Shane Penfield, and that he advised that the Central SD Enhancement District would help Isabel with the project if Dewey County becomes a member of the CSDED. The town board voted at the regular April meeting to pay their portion of the membership fee plus some additional if the county joins.

The board passed a motion to hold a public hearing about the TIF district, the next step in the process, for Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

 

 

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Thu
18
Apr
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Worked to the bone

This past winter (Is it over yet?) calls for a sense of humor. Pat Aberle of Trail City shared this photo.

 

 

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Thu
18
Apr
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Fancy fingers

Bryndle Riemer is pleased with the pretty nails she got at the Spring Fling at Timber Lake on Saturday.

 

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Thu
18
Apr
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Isabel board sets special meeting

The Isabel Town Board met on topics old and new at the regular monthly meeting on April 15. In addition to handling the agenda, they set a special meeting for the purpose of looking into establishing a Tax Increment Financing district.

Brandon Heck, owner of Tri-County Chiropractic, told the board of his plans to build a new commercial building on the former Isabel Dakotan lots. He asked if there were markers on the Main Street lots, which there are not. In order to be sure he is within one foot of the lot line for building, the board advised Heck to have it professionally surveyed.

Heck also asked about the possibly of establishing a TIF district. This was discussed in the past with Joe Locken of Locken Oil.

Trustee Ryan Maher said he looked up the ordinances the town would have to change in order to create the district and suggested a special meeting for Monday, April 22 to follow up.

 

 

Thu
18
Apr
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City continues to wrestle with broadband issues

In its next-to-last meeting before the new Town Board is seated, the Timber Lake City Council heard updates on familiar topics, including Timber Lake Broadband, on April 10.

TLB CEO Ryan Farlee presented an update as requested by the council. Regarding the sale of the city-owned enterprise, he said he has the inventory list the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service has requested before approving the sale. City voters mandated the sale of TLB in a November 2018 special election but the council has yet to get the green light from RUS.

“I have the same list they have,” Farlee said. “I made it for them.”

He quoted values of the devices, some of which are obsolete, and said he would be sending the information in a letter to the RUS.

“I’m struggling to word it ethically and professionally,” he said.

 

 

 

Thu
11
Apr
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County commissioners act on assessments, purchases

The Dewey County Commission met in two sessions on Tuesday, first to handle equalization of property assessments and then to conduct regular April business.

Sitting as the consolidated county board of equalization, the commissioners considered appeals presented by Director of Equalization Brandy Meier.

Attorney Eric Bogue represented Francis Zacher in his appeal of the valuation of 1.4 acres of property located along Highway 212 near the Eagle Butte city lagoons. Meier had assessed the property at $39,025. The property has not been developed but does have access to city utilities. It has been leased for grazing for about $500 a year, nearly the same amount as the annual taxes.

 

 

 

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