Meeting time changed again in Keystone

By Jeff Smith


The Keystone town board decided to change one of their meeting times back in order to  accommodate everybody’s schedule.

The reasoning behind changing the meeting time was not everyone is at  work at 9 a.m. and it is also easier for law enforcement. A member of the audience requested to have two different meeting times.

The first meeting of the month, the first Wednesday, will be at 5 p.m. and then the second meeting, the third Wednesday of the month, will be at 9 a.m.

At the Sept. 19 town board meeting, Keystone resident Nikki Ball talked to the town board about Gold Street because it is in bad shape. Her comments led to a discussion about how it is not a city street. Jerry Przybylski, public works superintendent, said Gold Street is not wide enough to be a legal street.

“We’re going to try to find property pins and make it as wide as we can,” Przybylski said.

He would like to adopt it as a street because he doesn’t expect residents to fix it. When he works on it he wants to do it right. Przybylski said they need to build up Gold Street and then create gutters or find a way to give water some place to go.

Bullion Street and Front Street are also too narrow to be legal streets. Przybylski said Keystone still helps maintain them. Some streets were created because places needed physical addresses. There are “streets” in Keystone that don’t have an owner.

President of the town board, Rick Brandfas, said it should be a priority to find out who owns and maintains all the streets in town.

The city hall offices are going to be reorganized so that law enforcement will have a locked room. The city clerk desk will be back by the city finance officer and the law enforcement office will be where the Keystone Chamber of Commerce office is now. The Chamber of Commerce will have the desk in the middle as people go into the city hall.

“We hope that it doesn’t make anybody mad, but there are reasons we want to do that,” Brandfas said.

In looking at the contract that Keystone has with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office the town is supposed to provide an office for law enforcement. Technically they are located in an office area now but Brandfas said a little sliver of a table with a chair by the copy machine is not an office. The move will maximize the privacy of law enforcement, provide them with a place to store equipment and gear plus the chatter from the communications equipment would be minimized.

The move of the chamber of commerce office will also give them more exposure. The town board wants to paint the city hall office too. The painting probably wouldn’t start until January or February.

Rich Wells, city engineer, spoke about the South Dakota Emergency Management grant that the town could get for floodplain mapping. There would be many steps to this and data collection would be part of it too. A part of the process would be to do Floodplain Hydraulic Modeling. The current models used are from the 1970’s. The town will also have to look at what they can improve in the floodplain to remove any sort of risk. The town board approved the application process to be started by Wells. It will cost between $2,000 and $3,000. The whole cost of the project would be around $120,000 to $155,000 without grant help. If Keystone had the grant, it would cost the Town of Keystone between $45,000 and $62,000.

On Nov. 3, the Town of Keystone will have the first ever  recognition dinner for the town board trustees. Everyone who has served on the board will be able to come to the event. Big Thunder Bar & Grill as well as Barlee’s will be catering at the event. The town board decided the town will use $500 to cover the cost of food for the event. Not that many people have told Cassandra Ott, acting city finance officer, that they will be attending.

Jeanie Kirkpatrick has resigned as the director of the Keystone Historical Museum. She still plans to update the website and Facebook page. She didn’t know how many people came into the museum during the summer but she thought there was at least 7,500 visitors. That is a record and also includes the schools that visited for the living history days.

On the agenda was the rental policies and procedures for the Keystone Historical Museum. A rental was created but the matter was tabled so city attorney Mitch Johnson could look it over. The only thing that needs to be handled at the next meeting is the Haunting of Keystone.

The problems at the Hill City Senior Citizens Center were also discussed. They don’t have anyone to cook meals there full-time now. A director and a cook or a director/cook is needed.

Mike Trike who has been the director/cook said there is not enough time for one person to do both. He doesn’t think that just one cook who is also the director will work.

“The place actually needs a dedicated director,” Trike said.

Even with the small number of meals that are prepared, it takes three to four hours to cook everything and then clean up.

Deb Lervaag said they are looking to change it a lot to make it a more feasible community entity.

“There have been busloads of people coming from Westhills Village and even from Hermosa,” Lervaag said.

“With Mt. Rushmore here we might be able to get some people here and they may not want to be involved with the Mt. Rushmore cafeteria because it’s so busy.”

Lervaag said they need a permanent cook and it shouldn’t be a revolving door.

A meeting on Sept. 27 could draw in more people than the first one. There will be a potluck dinner along with the meeting at the Keystone Senior Citizens Center.

Before the next meeting there will be a joint meeting with Dakota Pump and AE2S to discuss the invoice for $21,938.82. The company Dakota Pump did not have a contract with the town to do the work.