City pushes back deadline on fire station plans


There’s no hurry to complete a plan for the new Flandreau fire station, a committee looking at options has decided.
The plan was not ready by last week’s public hearing because the group is still looking at options for the project and needs drawings and schematics, said Mayor Dan Sutton. As a result, the city won’t apply for a grant to help pay for project this spring but will be ready by the fall deadline for grants, he said.
At that point, the city council will seek community comments. The March 29 public hearing was removed from the city agenda.
“We just felt we wanted to get it right. We didn’t want to rush it. We still think we can fit in the timeframe we have,” Sutton said. “By no means are we not commit to get this project done.”
The city has purchased a lot south of the Moody County Courthouse for $170,000 after deciding the volunteer fire department is out of space, especially considering modern equipment needs. The department stores some of its vehicles off site because there is nowhere to put them at the current station.
The committee working on the project includes Sutton, City Administrator Jeff Pederson, Fire Chief Don Peters, Alderman Karen Tufty, Alderman Brad Bjerke and residents Josh Weston, Richard Jones, Bill Nibbelink, Dave Feske, Linnea Janssen and Mike Blum.
In other city business:
•Sutton and Pederson said the city will have a public session on plans for the dam over the Big Sioux River, a project they say has sparked conversations around town.
“Going forward, just know there is a lot of discussion yet to be had and what if anything is going to be done with the dam down there,” Sutton said. Whether the dam stays or goes, it’s important that the city at least take an opportunity to clean up that area down there, he said.
•The occupancy and rental of the community center will go back to normal beginning April 20.
• Pay was approved for the aquatic center manager who will earn $6,965 for the upcoming season. Michelle Ten Eyke will return to that position, a post she has held for several years.
Pay for Josh Edlund, who also will return as the summer recreation director, will be $3,990.
• Two police officers were given step increases in their pay. Gabriel Frias will earn $20.77 an hour, and Taylor White will earn $21.87 an hour.

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