Keystone helps others, seeks out help

By Jeff Smith


People in Keystone have been able to spread holiday cheer this year. Recently, the Holy Terror Days Association decided to give back to area citizens.

Seven families and three individuals were given $100 gift cards to Wal-mart and Keystone seniors gave them food. The money for the gift cards came from the Victorian Christmas events.

“We delivered on a Sunday and they were all home,” said Sandi McLain, president of the Keystone Town Board.

In January, the Holy Terror Days Association is going to decide where money is going to be allocated in the community.

Some of the money will go to people who need propane tanks filled in the winter.

Roller skating nights are also coming up in the second week of January. These will take place on Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. They will be in January, February and March.

McLain said having someone on the town board there really helps, especially if something happens.

Parent volunteers are needed to help at the events. Ten to 15 are signed up right now. McLain said there are six parents needed each night.

“If we don’t get six parents we have to shut it down,” McLain said.

They need six people there for insurance purposes.

Altogether, there were 15 entries in the Parade of Lights this year. Over 75 people were in the the museum for the talent show after that event.

Trustee Trygve Nelson said there needs to be a change in the sound system and they need to look for something free since it wasn’t up to par for the talent show.

A problem with Java software has affected the SCADA system in Keystone.

When Jerry Przybylski, public works superintendent, comes in to work every morning the SCADA system will give him an update on water wells. There is a radio wave that runs out to the wells.

Przybylski said a new SCADA system has been in the works with wells and the sewer system so when it would all run together that would cost $65,000.

A new program with a new graphical Schneider Electric Automatic Server that will eliminate the need for Java was approved at $7,154 at the Keystone town board meeting. This might last 10 years until there is a cellular system in place.

“We really need this because if I come in and I don’t know how much water is in the tank, especially if it went down in the summer, the computer is just going to fill the tanks,”  Przybylski said.

Przybylski can read the water tanks and check to see if the wells were running from a computer.

He doesn’t want the tanks full in winter either because it can cause ice and said at Hotel Super 8 it has blown out their water meter a few years ago.

“It was blowing faucets right off the wall,”  Przybylski said.

Right now he runs the tanks full and then in spring the hydrants will be flushed to clear out the reservoir wells.

Cassandra Ott, city clerk for Keystone, presented on the annual water audit report which is mainly used for the auditor but nice for the Town of Keystone to know too.

Ott said the town is able to stay accountable with their water usage through the water audit report.

Sales tax in Keystone saw an increase of 14 percent from last year.

There remains a lot of work to be done in 2018.

An ordinance committee is going to be started in January. Five or six different ordinances are needing to be worked on next year.  They are having to do with the sewer, water and sidewalks.

“We’re looking for residents in the town of Keystone,” McLain said.

Five or six people are needed for the committee and there can’t be more than two Keystone town board members on it.

The library board is suggesting rope lights that will be used for the skate parties in the Keystone Community Center gym instead of the dimmer switch. A bid from Kilowatt Electric priced labor and materials for a dimmer switch at $3,189. They might not be able to complete the project if there are bends in the wire or other obstructions.

There was a general consensus that it would be less expensive to do rope lights. 18 ft. can cost about $7 and  any length can be purchased.

And if it doesn’t work out they can use it for a Christmas tree.

Floodlights are also going to be taken out so people don’t run into them.

During comments from city officials Justin Moss had an aside about the problem of the deer population in the area.

“I don’t know a solution but maybe we can all think of one,” Moss said.

Trustee Rick Brandfas said there should be an ordinance that proclaims feeding the deer won’t be done in town. Moss said the only way to thin the herd is issue special permits like Rapid City is doing.

Brandfas had an issue with the plot sales in the cemetery going into the general fund instead of the cemetery fund.

Vanessa Row, finance officer for Keystone, said it was a very unusual year to have that many sales and if cemetery sales went into the cemetery fund it would be considered an enterprise fund.

This would mean it would have to support itself. The Town of Keystone usually spends more money on cemetery than what is brought in.

More money than normal was spent on the cemetery this year.

“The reason that I brought it up is there are so many projects that I want to do out there that cost money if we don’t get the donations come in,” Brandfas said.

There were around 24 lots in the cemetery purchased this year. If there are only a couple plots sold in the next two to three years then no money is being made.