NewsMay 03 2017

A-1 Sewer televises lines

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A-1 Sewer televises lines 
 
A-1 Sewer was hired to flush and video the City of Presho's sewer system to detect any defects that may exist. A-1 Sewer, out of Sturgis, video recorded all the sewer lines within the city. Those videos will then be sent to SPN Engineers in Mitchell for analysis. The video will show which areas of the sewer are in need of repair. Results of the videos are not expected back for a couple months. At that time the City of Presho will determine a plan of action.

NewsMay 03 2017

County receives grant for bridge survey

Posted by Lucy

County receives grant for bridge survey
 
Lucy Halverson/LCH
   The South Dakota Transportation Commission awarded 53 Bridge Improvement Grants (BIG) for a total of approximately $9 million at their monthly meeting April 27 in Pierre. 
    Lyman County was among the recipients for two preliminary Engineering grants in the amount of $27,000 each to fund the survey, hydraulic analysis and structure sizing for the Wells and Chester bridges both on County Road 27 north of Vivian. The preliminary engineering survey ensures that any future grant requests for replacement funds will be accurate. After this phase is completed, according to Doug Kinniburgh of the Department of Transportation some counties may choose to replace the bridge structures with box culverts or pipes, without grant funding. 
    “Both these structures are in pretty bad shape. The Wells bridge is real bad,” said Lyman County Highway Superintendent Walt Nagel. 
    Nagel stated that the Wells bridge is posted with a weight limit due to it’s condition.  
    Nagel doesn’t expect that the county will receive any grant funding for replacement in the near future based on the point system used to rank the project.  
     Depending on the results of the preliminary survey, the county may try to fix the crossings on its own.  
     A total of 110 applications totaling $20.55 million were received by the South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT). Nine cities submitted 11 applications, and 39 counties submitted a total of 99 applications. 
     The grant funding for this year includes 17 bridge preservation projects totaling $2.681 million, seven bridge replacement/rehabilitation projects totaling $4.705 million and 29 preliminary engineering grants totaling $0.872 million. The balance of the $9 million will be used for construction engineering costs.  
     The grants are divided into three categories: preliminary engineering, preservation and replacement. 
     Other preliminary engineering grant recipients are: Aurora, Beadle, Butte, Clark, Day, Deuel, Hughes, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Lawrence, Marshall, Miner, Minnehaha, Sanborn, Spink,Turner,and Union counties and the city of Watertown. 
     Preservation grants - to help extend the life of the structure – were awarded to: Brookings, Campbell, Codington, Gregory, Perkins, Watertown, Yankton, and Ziebach counties.  
     Bridge replacement/rehabilitation grants ranging from $482,000 to $1.6 million were awarded to: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Davison, Meade, and Union counties, based on a point system.  
     Structure condition, detour route length, traffic counts, economic development factors,wheel tax revenues and additional financial commitment were all aspects used to rank the projects. 
     Grant funds are limited to a maximum of $4 million per entity over a three-year period, to ensure the funds are shared among as many local governments as possible. The local governments are required to pay a minimum of 20 percent matching funds and have three years to expend the grant. 
     The BIG program was created in 2015 by Senate Bill 1, which set aside $7 million per year from funds generated by license plate fees to be used to repair and replace the aging local government bridges. The SDDOT added an additional $2 million this year, making $9 million available. 
      These grants are in addition to the $6 million in federal highway funding that SDDOT provides for local bridge projects for each of the years 2017 and 2018.

NewsApril 26 2017

Girls State candidates announced

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Girls State candidates announced 
 
The annual Girls State Convention will be held at the USD Campus in Vermillion May 29-June 3. Juniors attending from Lyman will be Morgan Bower, Larisa Schindler, and Brittany Langenbau. There will be no Boys Staters representing Lyman County this year. Pictured: Juniors attending Girls State Convention are l-r: Morgan, Larisa, and Brittany.

NewsApril 26 2017

April 20 climate update cool start to May 2017

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April 20 climate update cool start to May 2017
 
    BROOKINGS, S.D. - The April 20, 2017 climate outlook released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a couple of weeks of cooler weather are ahead for much of South Dakota. 
  According to the outlook, South Dakota’s planting season temperatures have an equal chance of being warmer, cooler or near average temperatures,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. “A week or more ago, I would have thought that eastern South Dakota would lean towards warmer temperatures in May but now the forecast is turning cool for the start of the month. So, we may end up near average overall, if the end of May turns warm.” 
     The forecast for cool temperatures, along with a mix of rain and snow across the state, will put a hold on field work for many. 
    “Wet fields in the southeast and cool soil temperatures across the region have prevented farmers and gardeners alike to make much progress in planting and spring activities,” she said. 
     Edwards added that thus far, the spring season has shown some early signs of weeds and insect activity. 
   “The warm 2016 fall season may have set the stage for both weeds and insects,” Edwards explained. 
     She added that SDSU Extension Weed specialists are already receiving reports of kochia and other species coming out. Some adult grasshoppers have also been observed in eastern South Dakota. 
     Precipitation outlook Based on NOAA report, the precipitation outlook for May 2017 for the northwestern corner of the state shows a good likelihood of above average rainfall. 
 This area was hit hard last summer with severe drought. The recent rains in April, along with a continuing stream of precipitation in May, could bring good growth to grasses and forages in the area,” Edwards said. 
  The current outlook for western South Dakota shows wetter than average now through July. As far as temperatures are concerned, the outlook is favoring warmer than average temperatures across all but the northern tier of the state from May through July. 
  This could be good news, since we are starting out the growing season with cooler temperatures, and some warmth could help with plant growth in the latter spring season,” Edwards said.
 
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