CUSTER COUNTY—The Custer County Board of Supervisors continues to hear annual reports as budget time approaches.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Donna Glendy with the Seven Valleys Historical Society presented a report to the board and explained that the museum and its many components have seen an increase in attendance thanks to increased promotion and longer hours.
Glendy said the genealogy area of the Callaway-based museum brings in many people who are interested in research. She said the museum is staffed by volunteers and they are interested in hiring a custodian. Glendy requested $6,500 from the board, a $1,500 increase from last year’s request. The total operating budget for the Seven Valleys Historical Society is approximately $14,000, according to Glendy.
Emory Haynes with the Veterans Service Office also presented an annual report breaking down some of the numbers regarding Custer County veterans. He reported that the office was about $5,000 under budget last year, using approximately $80,000 for operating costs.
The Veterans Service Office helped distribute approximately $6 million in benefits last year to Custer County’s 725 veterans—around $9,000 per veteran. Haynes said 406 local veterans are enrolled in medical care benefits and that 28 veterans died in the last year, with times of service ranging from World War II to the Gulf War.
Custer Economic Development Director Andrew Ambriz presented a semi-annual report, which was approved by the board. He said the Community Development Block Grant (and other loan programs available) is a huge asset to the county.
Sue Ellen Koepke with Healing Hearts and Families requested and received the board’s signature on a federal grant received to assist with local diversion programs.
Highway Superintendent Chris Jacobsen told KCNI/KBBN that the highway department is requesting a 2.5% increase to its general fund, bringing the total to approximately $3,075,000.
The Board of Supervisors approved motor vehicle exemption applications for the Berean Church, Callaway Good Life Center, American Red Cross, Good Will, Homeward Trail Bible Camp, among others. The board also approved substitution of securities for Great Western and Custer Federal banks. The board discussed county employee time clocks before going into executive session to discuss appointed officials salaries.