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(S.D.)-Lots Of Items Discussed At Fall River County Commision Meeting

By: Kevin Larsen Posted at: 08/12/2014 09:33 AM

HOT SPRINGS – The Hot Springs Star is reporting that after many months of discussion, several meetings and a state Department of Transportation recommendation, one of those most affected by the closure of a bridge on Fort Igloo Road, may have come up with the best alternative around the problem area.
Jack Brunson, who with his wife Cindy lives near the former Army ammunition depot south of Edgemont. They brought a different alternative route than those already proposed by the DOT, to the attention of the Fall River County Commission at its Aug. 7th meeting.
Brunson said that his route, which he said is kind of a combination of two of the routes already proposed, with a slight difference, would limit the number of bridges that would be crossed and could be useable with very little of the work required by the other alternatives.
After considerable discussion and explanation on Brunson’s part, the commission unanimously approved Resolution 2014-22, requesting an amendment to the previous agreement between Fall RiverCounty and the DOT regarding bridge replacement on Fort Igloo Road and proposing that Brunson’s alternative route – identified as Alternative 1- be endorsed as the preferred alternative.
In a related item, Highway Superintendent Randy Seiler said that Heavy Constructors, the contractor for the smaller bridge repair in the area would not be able to begin timber replacement until September. Commission Chairman Mike Ortner suggested that Seiler attempt to get a signed quote from the contractor, stating exactly when the work would be completed.
Oral resident Steve Simunek requested that the commission take action to reduce the heavy truck traffic on the gravel road known as the Buffalo Gap Road. Simunek asked if there was any agreement for repair of the road from the company doing the hauling of if the county’s taxpayers were going to be on the hook.
After a short discussion the commission voted unanimously to place a seven-ton-per-axle weight limit on the road, and instructed Seiler to inform the hauler of the change.
The commission accepted petitions from concerned citizens, calling for a referral of the resolution to not oppose the construction of a soil farm near Edgemont. Susan Henderson said that the required 257 signatures had been approved and that she had received an opinion from the state’s attorney that it should be placed on the ballot.
The commission did agree to place the referred question on the November ballot, for a county-wide vote on the question. The language to be included on the ballot would be decided by the state’s attorney.
The commission went into executive session to interview candidates for the Veterans Service Officer. When out of executive session, the commission agreed to hire Daniel Cullen, a recent Coast Guard retiree, who has moved to the area from his posting in Kodiak, Alaska.
--Story From Hot Springs Star


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