Pennington County Commissioners approve CARES fund resolution

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Pennington County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allow for a contract to be made between the county and State of South Dakota to begin submitting for CARES Act funds.

The county recently received $7.5 million from the state’s COVID-19 Resource Fund (CRF). Rapid City Auditor Cindy Mohler suggests that guidance is still coming down as to what the money will reimburse. The approval of the ordinance allows the county to begin the process of submitting requests.

“Things like setting people up who work from home; laptops, facemasks, hand sanitizer,” Mohler said. “All those types of things that people have purchased extra, things we don’t normally purchase, so specifically for COVID-19. So we will be submitting the reimbursement request to the state.”

Other agenda items:

The Pennington County Highway Department received an award for a federal bridge replacement program. There are several bridges in the county that are in need of repair or are currently being worked on.

Recently, the commissioners approved a wheel tax ordinance that overtime would collect enough money for a bridge repair, but those funds would not be available until next year. However, it does allow them the opportunity to apply for state funding via a grant.

“Total cost of these replacements was about $1.6 million if we had to pay for the whole thing up front, on our own,” said Highway Department Superintendent, Joe Miller.

There will be a public information meeting about the recently collapsed bridge in Nemo on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the community hall.

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