Starting up the snow sliding hill near Silver Sioux Park could cost the county $150,000, Cherokee County Conservation Director Scott Gebers, informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors during the officers meeting on Tuesday.
In response to interest in opening up the sliding hill where inner tube rides were taken up until about 10 years ago, Gebers researched the possibility of reopening. A big part of the expense would be bringing in phase 3 power at a cost of about $70,000, necessary for the motors and pumps to operate the tow rope and snow making equipment.
There would also need to be work done on the warming lodge at the top of the hill, a new tow rope, inner tubes and refurbishing a motor.
The sliding hill could be operated without snow making equipment as it did in the past but that would severely limit its use. Gebers said that during the last year of the sliding hill's operation, it was open two weekends and generated $1,200 in revenue.
Besides the equipment costs, the hill would need at least three county employees to supervise the sliding hill, according to Gebers.
Another drawback to the proposed reopening the sliding hill would be that the county would have to drop its Resource Enhancement and Protection grant application to turn the warming lodge into an overnight lodge with bedrooms. It cannot be used for both purposes.
"If we're going to spend that kind of money, I'd rather see it go for showers and remodeling a cabin," Gebers said.
Jeff Simonsen, supervisor, said, "There's more money in cabins than there is in sliding hills."
Kim Rupp, Cherokee County Nurse, reported that the county is heavily into the flu vaccination season. Her office got all that was ordered, although the hospital was a bit short. Rupp doesn't foresee a shortage like last year.
There was one case of human West Nile Virus in the county. There have been cases of pertussis (whooping cough) but not for three weeks.
Waldner's Lawn Service presented the low bid for snow removal for sidewalks and parking lots for the county at $395 per snowfall. There were two bids submitted.