State board decides today on water-project fundingAid requests made by Pierre, Spearfish, Astoria, Twin Brooks, Bear Butte Valley.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — Decisions were scheduled for this afternoon by the state Board of Water and Natural Resources on financial assistance to water and sewer projects planned at Pierre, Spearfish, Astoria, Twin Brooks and Bear Butte Valley.
Pierre is seeking $500,000 of assistance toward a $1.118 million rebuild of about 2,000 feet of sewer main and three manholes that were damaged in the 2011 flood.
City officials have been advised they should try for substantial completion of the Lincoln Avenue project by March 1. The loan details would be 20 years at 3 percent interest.
The pipe was plugged during the flood, and a 4.7-inch rainfall caused extension damage to the pipe and associated parts while also causing holes in the ground surface.
Spearfish is requesting $3.254 million to construct 4,200 feet of water main and a ground storage tank with capacity of 2 million gallons. The current system isn’t sufficient for the 10,494 population.
The Spearfish package would be a 10-year loan at 2.25 percent interest. The tank would be constructed south of Oliver Street along the west side of McGuigan Road.
Twin Brooks is seeking $131,900 as the balance needed for a $260,900 connector line that will cover one mile of distance between the community and the Grant-Roberts rural water system. Flow meters also would be installed at each home.
The plan calls for Twin Brooks residents to become individual members of the Grant-Roberts system as a replacement for the existing well and treatment system, which currently serves 63 residents. Twin Brooks recently was approved for a $129,000 community development block grant.
The board’s options are a loan or a combination package of a loan and either a grant or principal forgiveness.
At Astoria, local leaders plan a $603,700 upgrade of the wastewater system. They want to expand the treatment facility by building a 1.9-acre pond, clean and inspect the collection system, and rehabilitate a diversion channel.
The system’s current service population is 139, and the application is for a loan or a combination of a loan and either a grant or principal forgiveness.
The Bear Butte Valley regional water system has a $7 million project planned in Meade and Lawrence counties that would serve about 490 residents. The project’s planners are seeking a total of $1.5 million in state assistance, including a $500,000 grant that was previously awarded.