Water board OKs loans and grantsPIERRE — Astoria and Twin Brooks won loan and grant packages for local projects while the Bear Butte Valley association got the OK for a grant Friday from the state Board of Water and Natural Resources.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — Astoria and Twin Brooks won loan and grant packages for local projects while the Bear Butte Valley association got the OK for a grant Friday from the state Board of Water and Natural Resources.
Twin Brooks plans a $260,900 connector line that will extend one mile to the Grant-Roberts rural water system. The state board approved a grant of $81,900 and a loan of $50,000 to cover the balance of the money needed.
Water meters will be installed at each home, and Twin Brooks residents will become individual members of the Grant-Roberts system. The existing well and treatment system currently serves 63 residents. Twin Brooks recently was approved for a $129,000 community development block grant for the project. The $50,000 loan will be for 20 years at a 3 percent rate of interest.
Astoria received the board’s OK for a grant of $368,700 and a loan of $235,000. A $603,700 upgrade of the wastewater system is planned, including construction of a fourth treatment cell.
The system’s current service population is 139.
The Bear Butte Valley regional water system received a $500,000 grant from the state board. The Bear Butte association plans a $7 million project in Meade and Lawrence counties north and east of Sturgis that would serve about 490 residents.
The state board also provided additional money Friday for two previously approved projects. Eagle Butte will get an additional $260,000 to assist in paying for wastewater system improvements while Bison will get another $19,350 for a stormwater project.