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HOT SPRINGS- The Hot Springs City Council held its first meeting of October, Monday October 1. The meeting opened with Mayor George Kotti making an official proclomation that October 1, 2018 was World Habitat Day in the City of Hot Springs. 

The proclamation was a nod to Black Hills Habitat for Humanity as well as the United Nations General Assembly, who declared the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day.

Krystal Hammer of Black Hills Habitat for Humanity was at the meeting and thanked the Mayor for recognizing the issues surrounding housing and said her organization would continue it's mission in the Black Hills, saying, "We continue to work toward affordable housing, giving people a hand up, not a hand out." 

In new business, the Council approved several items. The Fall River Swim Team was approved to use Evan's Plunge this winter. 

The Council authorized Mayor Kotti to sign a Letter of Commitment to participate in the Fall River County Multi-jurisdictional Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. 

The Council also agreed to set a public hearing for their next meeting, October 15, so they can discuss a potential land exchange between the City and a private land owner involving the old water fill station on Canton Avenue and the Armory Lot on 11th Street. 

Council members approved the purchase of the Men's Dorm from the Sate's Veterans Home for one dollar. The purchase will happen at the next Council meeting where the Council will then vote to pass the building on to the Southern Hills Future Foundation (SHFF). 

SHFF will be converting the building into office space for businesses and already has some prospective tenants. The City is acting as a pass through for SHFF because the State is required to sell the building to a municipality. Mayor Kotti graciously offered to donate the dollar required for the purchase. 

 In his closing statements, Mayor Kotti reported $2.9 million in building permits in the past year. He said $2 million was from residential building and the $900,000 was from commercial. 

Kotti said he was pleased with the numbers with the residential permits representing nine new homes in the community. He also took the time to praise the City's Development Coordinator. He explained the city has building inspections to provide protection to both citizens and contractors. 

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