Residents in one area county will consider a $350,000 annual opt-out over five years on Sept. 14, while commissioners in another county approved a new wheel tax last week.
Both measures were taken for immediate road repairs or overdue road maintenance.
Sanborn County commissioners approved the opt-out and set the election, while Gregory County leaders ratified a maximum 4-cent wheel tax.
Davison County won’t receive any disaster funding for its storm-damaged roads this year, said Davison County Emergency Management Director Jim Montgomery.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is working to process 550 applications for assistance from counties and townships. Flood relief was the topic of a roundtable meeting led by U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., in Corsica last week at which local, state and federal officials discussed the need for a long-term mitigation plan for flooding.
But in the meantime, roads need fixing.
The annual summer rite of road repairs and detours will begin in a few short weeks in the Mitchell area.
The city’s major project entails mill and asphalt overlay work on Minnesota Street from Havens Avenue to 15th Avenue. Sidewalk ramps and curb and gutter also will be rebuilt.
The project won’t be bid until June, but Public Works Director Tim McGannon anticipates that work will begin in August and end in October. Detours have yet to be planned.
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