The Silver Sioux Park improvements have been getting rave reviews from campers, Ginger Walker, Cherokee County Conservation Board director, informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors during reports from department heads at the Tuesday meeting.
A primitive restroom without running water has been replaced with a modern restroom with showers at the park near Quimby.
This past weekend, the CCCB offered free camping and a free meal at Silver Sioux. Walker noted that many of the campers were regular users of the park and the free camping was a good way to thank them.
It was also a way to inform them that camping fees are going up. It will be $15 for modern and $10 for primitive. Walker said she has heard no complaints about the increase in fees.
Walker said the CCCB has recently purchased canoes for rental.
Walker was asked about turkey vultures that are nesting on the tower at the courthouse, creating a nuisance and potential equipment damage. She noted that this is a protected species. Dean Schmidt, supervisor, suggested an electric vibrator to remove the birds. This possibility will be looked into.
Lynde Lundquist, treasurer, reported that tax sale on June 18 was successful, selling 108 of the 112 parcels up for sale, raising $40,796. The amount includes delinquent tax plus a penalty. Property owners have up to two years from the date of the sale to redeem the property.
Robert Hart, county assessor, noted that the website showing real estate information for the county, should be ready very soon. The website will contain maps, photos and sketches as well as text.
Dave Skou, communications supervisor at LEC, informed the supervisors that the county is getting new radios for deputies free of charge. The older radios couldn't be programmed to use the repeater in the patrol cars for distance communication. This won't be a problem with the new radios.