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Hot Springs water system operation specialists Shaun Hylle and Gordon Wempen receiving the Secretary's Award for drinking Water Excellence from Mayor George Kotti. 

Isaac Zarecki

In Monday's city council meeting, Hot Springs mayor, George Kotti, presented the Secretary's Award for Drinking Water Excellence to City of Hot Springs operation's specialists. 

The award is given out by the South Dakota department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to public water systems and operators who comply with monitoring and reporting, meet drinking water standards and meet certification requirements for 10 years or more. Hot Springs has achieved the standards for 15 consecutive years. 

Hot Springs operations specialists include: Cole Richards, Shaun Hylle, Mike Parmley, Gordon Wempen and Tracy Bastian. 

Also at Monday's meeting, Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Director, Olivia Mears gave the chamber's quarterly report. In it, she touched on the preparations for the tourist season, promoting Hot Springs and putting the community's best foot forward as more visitors come to town, "our community is naturally friendly and welcoming." 

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She also mentioned the chambers next event, Wine, Walk and Put, happening the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, along with several other events happening later in the summer. 

In other happenings, the council voted to approve advertisement for a request for proposal for the development of workforce housing on the city's Canton Avenue property. 

The city will be looking for developers to create proposals that fit with the city's need for median income housing. 

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