Demolition still uncertain for Pukwana grain elevator

Farm Forum

PIERRE — There isn’t a signed agreement yet for the state Department of Transportation to provide $8,000 toward removal of the grain elevator facility at Pukwana.

Pukwana Mayor Larry McManus met with the state Railroad Board earlier this year asking for its financial help.

The state board voted to provide the money, but McManus isn’t satisfied with the proposed contract.

DOT staff members and Pukwana city attorney David Natvig are working further on details.

The original plan as discussed at the railroad meeting called for a variety of government bodies to have responsibilities in the project.

“The money is there,” Todd Yeaton, chairman of the state Railroad Board, said Wednesday.

The defunct elevator facility is privately owned, but the property taxes are in arrears.

Brule County has a tax lien against the structures. State government owns the railroad land beneath them.

“I don’t think any of this is unworkable by any stretch of the imagination,” said Bruce Lindholm, a DOT staff member.

He said the razing of the facility would need to be delayed until winter or early spring because of the dry fall weather and vegetation.

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