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Becky Pittenger Resigns

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Children’s Librarian for the Yankton Community Library Becky Pittenger has resigned her position to take a job as librarian with the Fargo, North Dakota school system. Yankton Community Library Director Kathy Wibbels says during her time as Children’s Librarian Pittenger has touched the lives of many children, care givers and teens through her programs and the new services she established. Wibbels says a search for a replacement for Pittenger is now underway. Wibbels says an open house for Children’s Librarian Becky Pittenger will be held from 9 AM to 5 PM on August 1st at the Yankton Community Library.


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West City Limits Road Proposal

Thursday, July 17, 2014

While acknowledging that road does need work, members of the Yankton County Commission said earlier this week that reconstructing West City Limits Road is not as high a priority as other infrastructure needs that Yankton County currently has. City Manager Amy Nelson told members of the Yankton County Commission earlier this week that West City Limits Road is in need of being rebuilt now and the longer that work is put off into the future, the greater the cost will be. The city of Yankton is asking that Yankton County pay for sixty percent of the project and Commissioner Garry Moore says repair work and bank stabilization at Fleege’s Bridge on Old Highway 50 east of Yankton is a higher priority right now than rebuilding West City Limits Road. The estimated cost of the West City Limits Road project is four million dollars, of which the city is requesting that Yankton County pay two-point-four million based on its share of ownership


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Yankton County Drug Court Graduation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A graduation ceremony was held yesterday for the first graduate of the Yankton County Drug Court. The keynote address was given by South Dakota Supreme Court Justice Lori Wilbur who says the drug court provides an effective alternative form of sentencing for people who are facing felony prison time because of their addiction to alcohol or drugs. Wilbur says people who are in the drug court program are able to work and support themselves and their families while addressing the root of their problems; their addiction issues. Yankton County is one of nine areas throughout South Dakota that has either a drug or D-U-I court currently in operation.


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Napa-Platte Rail Authority

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Members of the Napa-Platte Regional Rail Authority have decided to ask state rail officials to amend their lease of that rail line to allow the rail authority to operate the line and benefit from federal tax credits that are now going to the current operator, Dakota Southern. Napa-Platte Board member and member of the Yankton County Commission Garry Moore says due to ongoing problems with the handling of the line’s operation by Dakota Southern, it is important that the rail authority have some control over who is the operator in the future. Moore says the federal tax credits could be used for upkeep and maintenance of the Platte-Napa line including repairing the railroad crossings on county highways at Utica and Lesterville. Moore says the Platte-Napa Rail authority plans to put their proposal for the line before the South Dakota Department of Transportation railroad board next month.


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Fleege's Bridge

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

After hearing a report yesterday from the firm of Johnson Engineering that the bridge on old Highway 50 east of Yankton near Fleege’s Roadhouse doesn’t yet qualify for federal funds for repair but is expected to by next year, members of the Yankton County Commission weighed their options for funding the project. Commission Chairman Bruce Jensen says it may be possible to get some funds for the project from the James River Water Development District. Jensen says with the bridge’s condition deteriorating as well as problems with bank erosion and scouring at the site, the issue of repair to the bridge and bank stabilization is becoming more critical as time moves on. Of  just over forty-one hundred county bridges in South Dakota, seventy-three are currently are closed with an additional one thousand forty-five officially rated by inspectors as deficient or posted for special weight restrictions. 


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Mead Building Donation

Monday, July 14, 2014
The Otto Ulrich Trust completed a major donation to the Mead Building Restoration project with a $25,000 donation Monday.  Dick Kulbel and Duane Frick from the Trust say this is the completion of a $50,000 donation to the Mead project, and is among the last contributions by the Trust.
The third floor balcony at the Mead Building will be named after Otto Ulrich, whose trust has donated over $627,000 to organizations in the Yankton area.  The final three contributions from the Trust are for the Mead Building, Heartland Humane Society and Yankton Special Olympics.


   

 
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Greeneway School Board President

Monday, July 14, 2014

Kathy Greeneway was selected yesterday to serve a one year term as President of the Yankton School Board replacing Jim Fitzgerald who served in that capacity for the last year. Greeneway says she is excited to serve a second term as president and wants to continue the positive changes that have been brought about by her fellow board members. Greeneway says working with the school districts’ general fund budget deficit will continue to be a challenge for the near future. Frani Kieffer was sworn in as a new school board member yesterday, replacing Jay Williams who left after one three year term to pursue a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives.  


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Williams Leaves School Board

Monday, July 14, 2014

At yesterday’s Yankton School Board meeting, new member Frani Kieffer was sworn into office, replacing Jay Williams who left after one term. Kieffer says working towards a balanced budget for the school district while providing a good educational opportunity for students are priorities for her. Newly elected school board President Kathy Greeneway says Jay Williams was a good member of the board who was not afraid to speak his mind openly on issues that needed to be addressed. Williams has said he declined to seek another term on the Yankton School Board in order to seek a seat in the South Dakota House of Representatives in the 2014 fall general election.


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City Sales Tax Numbers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Halfway through 2014, sales tax revenues for the city of Yankton are showing an improvement from what was seen last year. City Manager Amy Nelson says for the month of June sales tax numbers have shown an increase of four-point-six-nine percent over June of 2013 and an overall increase of about three percent for the year. Sales tax numbers for the city of Yankton have shown consistent improvement throughout this year after a relatively flat 2013.

 

 


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JRWDD Meeting

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Board of Directors of the James River Water Development District met in Yankton yesterday to discuss issues related to the James River valley watershed. The board discussed increasing the amount of money paid to landowners who participate in the district’s enhanced C-R-P program or who are either constructing or repairing earthen dams and District Manager Dave Bartel says there are direct benefits from both programs in the form of improved water quality and less erosion of riverbanks. The board of directors discussed increasing the amount of money paid to landowners in the enhanced C-R-P program to seventy five percent above the federal program level as well as paying for seventy-five percent of dam construction or repair and Bartel says it is hoped that participation in both programs would be increased. Bartel says the James River Water Development District Board of Directors will take formal action on the two proposals at their next regular meeting set for September 11th in Aberdeen.


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