South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem announced Thursday that the Board of Water and Natural Resources had awarded to Onida $5,746,000 for drinking and wastewater projects, which includes $3,570,000 in grants and $2,176,000 in loans with $345,000 in principal forgiveness. The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Onida additionally received $945,500 in grant funds from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency. Monies from the two funding sources will be combined and directed toward Phase II of the city water and sewer infrastructure project.
The consulting engineers Schmucker, Paul, Nohr and Associates (SPN) will work to complete the design of the project, and then it will be examined by engineers from the DENR for approval. Once approved, bid books can be developed and advertising for bids to complete Phase II of the city’s project initiated. Central South Dakota Enhancement District Executive Director David Reiss met with the Onida City Council during their regular meeting Monday to introduce himself as a new CSDED staff member. Since Onida is a CSDED member, Reiss reminded the council of the planning assistance the agency provides. Reiss also commended council member LaJena Gruis who, through her testimony on behalf of the city before the Board of Water and Natural Resources, was instrumental in securing the DENR funds.