GF&P is moving ahead with Angostura sewerPIERRE — Owners of residential trailers at Angostura state recreation area face a deadline today to submit their $800 earnest money for a new sewer system that will be built next fall.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — Owners of residential trailers at Angostura state recreation area face a deadline today to submit their $800 earnest money for a new sewer system that will be built next fall.
There are 86 trailer sites total at the Summersun and Horsehead areas, which are on opposite ends of the reservoir. They don’t have any sewer service.
Whether the new system is constructed in one or both areas depends on the response from trailer owners, according to Doug Hofer, director for the state Division of Parks and Recreation.
Trailer owners were mailed a certified letter earlier this fall and recently were sent a reminder letter, Hofer said.
He gave a briefing Thursday to the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission, whose members have been pushing for several years for the Angostura pollution to be addressed.
Hofer said trailer owners who don’t deliver their earnest money by the deadline won’t have trailer sites in 2014 when the new system comes on line.
Commissioner Susie Knippling, of Gann Valley, asked why they would be allowed to remain at their sites for the 2013 season.
Hofer said the new system won’t be constructed until fall 2013. A contractor hasn’t been selected yet. The letter has made clear they’ll lose their sites in 2014 if they don’t commit now.
“We’ve been as clear and black and white on this as we can be,” he said.
If only one area is designated for the new sewer service, trailer owners at the other area who provided their earnest money will be given the choice of moving to the service area or taking a refund.