1. Representatives from the Izaak Walton Society and South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited approached the Fort Pierre City Council on July 1, seeking their support for the 9th annual Missouri River Lake Sharpe Cleanup. Every year, volunteers from Pierre and Fort Pierre work to scour the river and riverbanks of litter and debris. This year’s Cleanup will take place on Wednesday, July 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. It will begin at Downs Marina in Griffin Park, Pierre. Since 2009, volunteers have managed to remove an average of 2.12 tons of debris from the river every year, Walleyes Unlimited representative Bret Afdahl said. After the Cleanup, everyone who participated is invited to enjoy a picnic dinner in Griffin Park — and this is what the representatives were asking the council for financial help with. The council decided to approve up to $300 dollars for the Izaak Walton Society to buy picnic groceries from Lynn’s Dakotamart, “In Fort Pierre,” Mayor Gloria Hanson clarified.
2. Kale Urban, the “Dam Run Chairman” for the local auto enthusiasts’ club “Street Masters,” also made his case to the city council on Monday. He told the city council about several measures needed to help facilitate the Street Masters’ 30th annual “Dam Run” festival. The “Dam Run” this year will take place August 9 — 11, and will include car shows, a Saturday evening meal, and a cruise through Fort Pierre and local campgrounds. “We bring in quite a few people to this event from around the state. We’re hoping for somewhere in the 150 — 200 cars [range],” Urban said. To keep the events running smoothly, Urban said Main Street would have to be closed to traffic from The Silver Spur Restaurant to Stanley County High School. Urban suggested that the street should remain closed from noon on Saturday, August 9, to noon on Sunday, August 10. The council made no official approvals of Urban’s proposals, but after assurances to Councilman Bob Ricketts that access to the Silver Spur would not be blocked off from Deadwood Street, they seemed receptive to his ideas. Mayor Hanson said she was glad the bulk of the Dam Run events would be held in and around Fort Pierre. “That will make a very nice parade,” she said.
3. Summer efforts to curb incidence of West Nile Virus and the general mosquito population in Fort Pierre are well underway, City Superintendent Vern Thorson said. “We’re going to fog tonight and up through the Fourth,” he said. To assist with these efforts, the council authorized City Treasurer Roxanne Heezen to sign a $2,876 West Nile Prevention Grant agreement with the state Department of Health. “After we have shown proof of expenditure, they’ll reimburse us,” Heezen said. This grant money could be used in a number of ways to help the city cull West Nile-carrying mosquitos. “In the past we’ve bought additional backpack [insecticide] sprayers,” Heezen said.
4. The council approved payout number three to Sharpe Enterprises for the construction of the Yellowstone Street Project. This payout was to the effect of $338,241.73. A portion of Yellowstone Street has recently been reopened, and as the project continues, city Public Works Director Rick Hahn said “there will be one more [payout].”
5. Mayor Hanson and Councilman Larry Cronin both voiced how impressed they were with this weekend’s Indian Relay Races at the Stanley County Fairgrounds. In particular, Cronin thanked Fairgrounds Manager Scott Deal and Fort Pierre Chamber of Commerce Manager Shane Kramme for their efforts in preparing the space for the Relay. The two-day event drew large crowds, despite being the first time Indian Relay had come to Fort Pierre. “It was very nice to have something new down there,” said Cronin. With the loss of flat track horse racing this year, and its future in the state uncertain, Mayor Hanson said she hoped the Indian Relays would become an annual event for the town. “I would not be surprised if Fort Pierre is on the circuit now. That would be a good thing,” she said.