Commission discusses dust on West Park Avenue

By Benjamin Chase of the Plainsman
Posted 6/12/24

Notes from June 11 Beadle County Commission meeting

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Commission discusses dust on West Park Avenue


HURON — Tuesday morning’s Beadle County Commission meeting was brief, with a discussion about dust control on 398th Avenue, also known as West Park Ave., north of Highway 14, as the longest discussion point of the day.

A group of residents along the road met with the commission and Highway Superintendent Jason Fritzsche to discuss potential dust mitigation measures on the road. The residents reported that high speeds on the road leads to dust levels that make it near-impossible to do outside work and leaves residue on homes and vehicles of those who live along the road.

Fritzsche discussed the issue with laying dust control on any particular road, as his department faces issues with those in other portions of the county upset if dust control is applied by the county on one road but not another.

In the end, the suggestion of Fritzsche and the commission was to work with Agtegra and Glacial Lakes Energy, as the reasons for the heavy traffic on that particular road, to potentially fund dust control measures on the road as a show of being a “good neighbor.”

Questions were also raised by the residents regarding the care of the railroad tracks on the road. Fritzsche noted that the tracks fall in city property, but the caretaking of the tracks would lie with the railroad and encouraged contact with the railroad for any issues.

The commission also opened bids for work to be done on the air conditioning system for the courthouse. Two bids for the work were submitted. The bid from Curt’s Heating and Cooling for $114,216.95 was approved.

The commission then went into executive session to discuss a land owner dispute at Lake Byron and the legal implications of that dispute.

They also held executive session to discuss upcoming budget requests with department heads.

The next county commission meeting is set for 9 a.m. on June 25 in the commission room on the second floor of the Beadle County Courthouse.