Monday evening’s Belle Fourche City Council meeting set the stage for a week of proclamations.
Mayor Gloria Landphere read proclamations for World Habitat for Humanity, Fire Prevention Week, and Manufacturers’ Week
In the Proclamation, the mayor stated that World Habitat provides for shelter in a time when shelter is lacking for so many and that the Black Hills for Habitat will continue to address the need for affordable housing for hard working people.
World Habitat for Humanity spokesman, Todd Ackerman, added to the Mayoral Proclamation by stating that they would not have been so successful in the Black Hills area if it had not been for the volunteers and donations. The people of the Belle Fourche area and Butte County have helped 100 families in the past 25 years.
“I am confident that you will help us fulfill our goal of helping 50 families in the next five years,” he said. “It’s a privilege for me to be a steward of the graciousness of the people of this community.”
Fire Prevention Week has been set for Oct. 9-16. Jim Moross, Assistant Fire Chief, was on hand to receive the proclamation on behalf of Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department.
Volunteer Fire Departments are a vital part of the community and through the education of students and others fire prevention can be properly managed, the Mayor said.
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Gary Wood and Hollie Stalder joined the mayor as she proclaimed Oct. 3-7 as Manufacturers Week. The week will celebrate the accomplishments of over 30 Belle Fourche area manufacturers.
Stalder informed the council that Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Sen. John Thune R-S.D., would be present Oct. 6, as part of the celebration at the opening of the rail siding. A locomotive will enter the rail park with a banner denoting the opening.
Stalder, Mutch Usera, and Ken Meirose presented Mayor Landphere with a check for over $100,000. It is payback for use toward the Industrial Park.
“I congratulate you on a great investment toward your future,” Ken Meirose said.
Following the presentation of the check, Hollie Stalder, Scott Peterson, and Mutch Usera handed a check to Mayor Landphere on behalf of Black Hills Vision. Black Hills Vision is an organization of about 80 cities and counties and businesses across the Black Hills area that contributed to a fund that was used to help generate job creation and new business opportunities. Belle Fourche has been a part of Black Hills Vision and a very strong supporter.
Because Phase Two of the vision had been accomplished, the organization decided to pay back Belle Fourche the balance of the $50,000 that had been placed in the fund to further the Industrial Park Railroad Spur Project. Only a portion had been used, so $27, 500 was given back.
There will be a public meeting concerning the Eighth Avenue project October 25. The public meeting will be held before any bids are put out.
Jim Anderson gave a more detailed report on the Fly-in held recently at the Belle Fourche Airport. He said that planes began to come in on Tuesday, September 13. Three days before the scheduled day of the fly-in. By Friday, September 16, 44 airplanes showed up. Planes came from Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, as well as, from surrounding states. Anderson said that he looks forward to next year.
In other business:
*Cheryl Miller was hired to fill a part-time position at the liquor store.
*Grap’s Burgers & Brews’ application for a Special Malt Beverage License for the Beef ‘N Beer 5K & Steak Tip Cook-off was approved.
*Branding Iron’s application for a Special Liquor Malt Beverage License for Chutes for Charity Banquet was approved.
The next regular meeting will be held Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.