Meade County Commissioners kill Box Elder pipeline plan

MEADE COUNTY, S.D.– Meade County Board of Commissioners members voted unanimously to deny the request to install a water pipeline in the county.

Box Elder Event Center 13As NewsCenter1 reported back in August, board members expressed serious concerns about the project. Talbot Wieczorek was among those with concerns about the project. “I’ve never seen a rural water system just jammed down people’s throats,” he stated. “And I think that’s the feeling everybody has here.”

The proposal called for a 16-inch line to run from Black Hawk’s Norman Avenue to Elk Vale Road in Box Elder. The system, requested by the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority, was estimated at a $30 million cost. The organization was also calling for $12 million in state funding to help pay for a portion of the cost.

The main focus of the pipeline was to provide clean drinking water to hundreds of Box Elder residents affected by local wells previously contaminated by fire-fighting chemicals from Ellsworth Air Force Base. Building plans for the Ellsworth Development Authority had hoped to begin work on the project this coming November.

However, despite the board’s decision, the Ellsworth Development Authority say it’s continuing to look  at different solutions for the area.

“We remain committed to the project,” Executive Director Scott Landguth said. “And are considering other options to address the issue.”

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