Supervisors Continued: Arnold Township Approved For Additional Disaster Loan At Supervisors Meeting

The Custer County Board of Supervisors met in regular session on Tuesday, June 9 at the Custer County Courthouse. The main focus at the meeting centered around the CDBG loan to Sandhills Motors which has been reported on previously (click here to view the story).

During the meeting, the board opened four applications that were received regarding the Weed Superintendent position. To protect the identity of the applicants, the board decided to not read off the names and instead will let a committee decide on the top two candidates who will then be scheduled for an interview at the next meeting.

Initially, the board talked about delaying the interviews, but Dist. 6 Supervisor Matt Eggleston said that residents were wanting to get things looked at and there was not anyone available to do that.

Two items on the agenda centered around a bridge south of Comstock and equipment for the Custer County Highway Department. The bridge was the first item discussed where only one bid was received for $99,411.50 to repair the bridge by September 1. Custer County Highway Superintendent Chris Jacobsen requested that the board approve the bid immediately as the bridge repairs from the 2019 flooding need to be complete by September 15 to receive federal funding. The board did approve the bid unanimously.

The board also opened only one bid for a motor grader. Dist. 3 Supervisors and board President Barry Fox stated that with the trade-in of a 2008 John Deere the bid was $247,350 for the CAT 12M3 grader. The board voted to let the road committee review the bid before deciding to purchase the equipment.

Two members of the Arnold Township board talked with the supervisors about loaning an additional $100,000 to use toward repairs from the flooding of 2019. The $100,000 is in addition to the original $100,000 that was loaned out to townships from the $1 million allocated to the county to help in repairs.

Custer County Attorney Steve Bowers said they would need to draw up a new resolution, but did not see any problem with the additional loan. It was also noted that if other townships were needed additional funds, they would be loaned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Other agenda items included the reappointment of Jack Steinbaugh to the Veterans Service Commission for a term to expire 2025, announcing property tax valuation protests being held July 7-10, and allowing a pair of road studies to take place.

The next Custer County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on June 23 at 9 AM at the Custer County Courthouse.

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