By Ken Ross, Managing editor
The Cherokee County Board of Supervisors tabled action Tuesday on the matter of a contribution to the Aquatic Center/Gillette Park project because one of the board members was absent.
The board approved the signing a letter of support for the $3.6 million project in Cherokee that will replace the pool in Cherokee with a family aquatic center and provide other park improvements.
There was discussion about the use of county personnel and equipment to remove concrete from the present structure. There was concern expressed about the effect of hauling concrete on trucks. There was also concern about taking work away from local contractors who would otherwise be doing that work.
Scott Gebers, county conservation director, said that he would have use for the broken concrete at some time in the future. He hopes to obtain a grant to revamp a boat ramp at Silver Sioux and build new ramps at Ranney Knob and Martin's Access.
The broken concrete would be needed as rip-rap upstream and downstream from the boat ramps.
Lynde Lundquist, county treasurer, noted that there will be a tax sale next week but there are not many properties involved this time, perhaps about $72,000 in property.
Bidders don't actually receive title to the property but receive a certificate with the owners having a certain amount of time to recover the property.
Larry Clark, county engineer, noted that contractors are starting projects on the latest date specified for projects. He said this might indicate that they are busier this year than they have been.