Britton gets a state loan, but Belle Fourche deniedPIERRE — The state Board of Water and Natural Resources decided Thursday to give financial help to Britton for major renovations to the community’s sewer system, but turned down Belle Fourche’s request for assistance in purchasing a second loader for its landfill.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — The state Board of Water and Natural Resources decided Thursday to give financial help to Britton for major renovations to the community’s sewer system, but turned down Belle Fourche’s request for assistance in purchasing a second loader for its landfill.
Belle Fourche sought a grant of $109,600 from the state’s solid-waste program.
But Stacy Froelich, representing the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, recommended against giving the money because Belle Fourche is transferring about $497,000 annually from the landfill fund to the city’s general fund.
She noted that the city repaid within a year a 2009 loan and asked for a loan in 2011 but then didn’t take the money.
The state board voted unanimously against grant approval.
Britton received the department’s and the board’s support in its request for a loan of $1,024,034. The loan terms are 20 years at 3 percent.
*The state Board of Water and Natural Resources on Thursday approved an additional $18,950 low-interest loan to Spencer from the Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program to complete a wastewater project.
The loan is in addition to a June 2010 loan of $230,156 for the project from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, which included $100,000 of principal forgiveness. The project involved replacing more than 5,500 feet of 4-inch and 8-inch sewer mains, replacing 10 manholes,
City leaders plan to have the entire wastewater system cleaned and tele-inspected. They also want to rehabilitate a lift station and make general improvements to the wastewater treatment facility.
The board also approved a grant package for the state Game, Fish and Parks and constructing a valve vault at a lift station. Some additional materials are needed to complete the construction project.
The loan terms are 3 percent interest for 20 years.
The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program provides grants and loans for water, wastewater, and watershed projects statewide. The Legislature appropriates water and environment funds annually to the program through the governor’s omnibus water funding bill.
*The Department will fix the Sylvan Lake area’s wastewater system within Custer State Park.
The package includes allowing GF&P to shift a $500,000 grant that previously was approved for Center Lake area’s wastewater system and adds a second grant of $281,050.