Keystone museum needs repairs

By Jeff Smith

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The Keystone Museum which is an integral part of the”Old Keystone” area. A wall needs sealed protection and a stairwell needs to be replaced. The museum provides information on the people who founded the Town of Keystone and more.

A lot has transpired in Keystone since the last town board meeting. Funds are needed for the museum and a massive water leak are two of the big things that were brought up at the Jan. 16 meeting.

Jerry Przybylski, public works superintendent, gave a report on an incident on a water leak that caused damage to a Keystone hotel.

On Jan. 5, before the weekend, there was a water leak of 200,000 gallons. One leak was found in a nearby house but most of it was discovered Monday morning in the Ramada Inn.

The water went through the water meter and was in the crawl space. If it wasn’t for the help of public works and the city clerk in Keystone Przybylski said there could have been close to one million gallons underneath the hotel.

Damage to the hotel building was minimal as everything took place under the hotel. It is believed that the water froze over the cold New Year’s weekend and then thawed causing pipes to burst.

The same software program for meter reading is used for leak detection through a radio scanner.

Three different companies have given bids for the public bathroom sinks. There are two sinks in each bathroom now. The plan is just to have one large sink.

Przybylski also went to a conference about water in Pierre where he saw “amazing” technology. He mentioned the technology surrounding meters is phenomenal and it’s just getting better.

“It’s kind of like Siri or Echos in your house. It’s getting that way with water too,” Przybylski said.

Old meters can’t detect flow until there is two gallons but new meters Przybylski ordered start picking up flow at half of a gallon. At three-quarters of a gallon they become 100 percent accurate.

“It doesn’t seem like a lot but at the hotels in the winter there’s only one or two rooms using water the old meter might have not even picked it up,” Przybylski said.

A wall at the Keystone Museum is having problems with seepage that was not permeated with protection.   The problem exists with the fourth wall that faces the alley. Over the last year more damage has occured to the wall.

“It’s not as bad as what we imagined or anticipated,” Mike Trike said on behalf of the Keystone Historical Society.

Parts of the walls in the museum were never sealed correctly when dirt was back-filled into the building. Moisture has been entrapped in the wall and it is causing decay.

Stairs have dropped one to two inches and bricks are falling out. Workers need to remove the decaying bricks and the stairs.

In 2007, an inspector gave the museum a review and they were informed that they needed to put a permeated cover over the foundation walls to prevent damage.

Rapid Foundation recently came and looked at what was going on.

“There is a lot of water seepage and it’s real evident any time we have a lot of moisture and rain. Whenever things freeze up in the winter all the smell and everything goes away. Spring, summer comes it all gets wet again,” Trike said.

The Keystone Historical Society has also wanted to upgrade electrical system and upgrade windows. But the foundation work takes priority so there is a building that will last.

The outside is going to have to be excavated and waterproofing membrane seal will have have to be put on the wall and be filled again.

“The happy news is that the wall itself is not collapsing,” Trike said.

He was afraid that would happen if the area was dug out. This prevents them from having to crib the wall so it is kept from sinking.

Trike said the work that needs to be done would be really foolish to ignore.

The Keystone Historical Society has applied to get an Outside of Deadwood grant from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. The Keystone Historical Society is hoping to receive $25,000 through the grant.

On the application for the grant it says that they are awarded for no more than 50 percent of the total project costs, with the project sponsor providing at least half of the total costs of the project. The applicant must demonstrate that funds are available to match the grant. 

Project contributions from the grant typically will not exceed $25,000 except for special circumstances.

The cost of the funds needed was over $50,000 in the proposal sent to the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission. The matching funds will come from the Holy Terror Days Association, the Keystone Historical Society and city funds.

“Like Sandi said to me we might as well go for the full amount. We probably won’t get the full amount but we can try for it anyways,” said Finance Officer Vanessa Row. 

Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Keystone museum director, said when the construction work takes place the museum will remain open.  People will not be able to go downstairs. Some of the exhibit items will move upstairs.

The Keystone library has had good participation in the various parties they’ve had. Library director Robin Scott said there will also be book discussion on “Kitchens of the Great Midwest” on Feb. 22.

Cassandra Ott, city clerk, said that there have been good applications for the city clerk II position and  the city is going to be accepting applications until the end of the month.

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