Sizzling Springs historic constructing will get grant cash to make repairs

HOT SPRINGS, SD – After traveling to the Black Hills from Colorado for many years, the Alleys began looking for a way to move here and saw the potential of a building that was up for sale around that time last year.

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

Kimberly Alley, co-owner of Fargo Mercantile, says, “We love the story. We fell in love with it as we walked through the building. “Jeff Alley, the other owner of Fargo Mercantile, says,” I’ve always loved antiques and I really appreciate everything that is old and really old. and the stone work on the outside of the building was just spectacular. “

They quickly applied for a History Preservation Grant to aid the restoration or redevelopment of historic properties to protect the culture and history of South Dakota. The program is funded by Deadwood gaming revenue, which is provided under state law for historic preservation projects across the state. The program is administered by the company State Office for the Preservation of Monuments at the Heritage Center in Pierre.

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

They learned about the story from the collection of the Helen Magee Heritage Room in the local library.

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

It was built in 1910 and has seen a handful of owners since then, with Killinger Furniture being the longest from 1912 to 1969.

With over 10,000 square meters, the building includes a second floor with six suites.

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs (old photo)

The building is known as the Smith Fargo Suites, or to some as the Fargo Mercantile, among others. But preservation goes hand in hand with everything historical.

Kimberly says, “We (hot springs) are known for sandstone buildings and the one next to us burned down, so it would be nice to bring this back to its old beauty.” Jeff adds, “It’s very important to keep this in good shape. It’s how the On brings its face forward, it’s what it’s known for.”

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

One of 6 suites on the upper floor of the Mercantile Building

They received equivalent funding worth just over $ 16,000. The mortar that needs repairs is a top priority in order to preserve the building, as well as repairs to sandstone and fire damaged on the side of the building and work on the roof.

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

With a restaurant and real estate background, the alleys recognized the potential of the commercial building, but initially wanted to bring it to snuff.

Future plans might include leasing or partnering with someone to run a restaurant, and upstairs might include a plan for an Air B&B or Bed and Breakfast down the street. They are happy to be part of the Hot Springs Community.

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

Jeff says, “The people are extremely friendly and it’s a wonderful, small, close-knit community that is just growing, but I think the feel and make-up of the community will stay as it is, regardless of how she is growing. “

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

They will start the renovations soon. Within a few years, the street they are on will have a facelift. So you are aware of the construction on US Hwy. 385, which is planned for the future.

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs. Sheet metal ceiling

A fun fact is that the sheet metal ceiling is 100% original and is the largest continuous sheet metal ceiling of any building in South Dakota.

Jeff & Kimberly Alley, owners of Fargo Mercantile, Hot Springs

Fargo Mercantile, hot springs

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South Burlington OKs faculty funds, further cash for college and highway repairs

South Burlington voters approved a school budget of $ 55.6 million Tuesday, in addition to several other measures designed to raise funds for the city’s schools and streets.

The budget was approved without any problems, 3,145 to 2,764 – despite considerable difficulties in approving a school budget in recent years.

Last year on Town Meeting Day, voters in South Burlington did declined A $ 209 million plan to build a massive new complex that will include a middle school, high school, and sports center. At the same time, they also cut a proposed school budget of $ 55.8 million. Voters again in May 2020 declined a smaller proposed budget of $ 53.7 million – and with an even greater margin of maneuver than in the original vote.

Finally in August the voters approved a spending plan of $ 52.5 million with a vote of approximately 3,900 to 3,400 votes. To achieve this plan, school officials said They had to cut everything from athletics to advanced internship classes, in addition to a salary freeze for non-union workers and a hiring freeze for new teachers.

The $ 55.6 million budget approved this year is $ 16,852 per student – 4.31% more than current year spending.

Two additional voting questions on school financing were also answered without any problems on Tuesday.

The first, asking voters to approve an additional $ 2.5 million to replace the school’s roof and carry out related construction, went from 3,464 to 2,360. The second claim for a surplus from the 2021 financial year for “unexpected, non-reimbursable expenses” in the 2022 financial year due to the Covid-19 pandemic went from 4,525 to 1,345.

Voters on Tuesday also approved a city budget of $ 50.7 million, from 3,770 to 2,092. The city also voted 3,847 to 1,988 votes to approve a $ 4 million budget allocation for a number of highway improvement projects.

The money would finance the engineering and construction of the Garden Street project between Dorset Street and Williston Road, as well as modernization of the intersections on White Street and Midas Drive, and Hinesburg Road and Patchen Road.

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In addition, incumbent Matt Cota, with around 2,900 votes, beat out challenger David Kaufman, who received 2,600 votes, for the open seat on the city council, and the two open seats on the school board were filled by Travia Childs (two-year tenure) and Rebecca Day ( three-year tenure) after the roles of Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Martin LaLonde respectively were vacated.

The turnout was roughly at the level of the officials’ expectations – with 6,005 voters, almost 39%.

Officials from South Burlington said they typically see a turnout of around 5,000 on Town Meeting Day – out of the city’s 14,000 active voters. In the presidential election in November that number rose to around 12,000.

City clerk Donna Kinville called it a “good number for a city get-together.”

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