Council: No need for housing study
May 21. 2013 3:09PM
The city council will pass on a state program to study housing needs in Dell Rapids.
City Administrator Justin Weiland told the council at its May 6 meeting that the South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s Housing Needs Study would pay for half the costs of researching present and future unmet housing demand in Dell Rapids.
Weiland said the South Eastern Council of Governments also committed to paying for a quarter of the $7,500 study, leaving the remaining $1,875 the city’s burden.
After councilor Dave Sommerfeld made a motion to pursue the grant to pay for the study – seconded by Craig Lauritzen – Mark Crisp said any assessment of housing needs can be done locally without bringing in an outside agency.
“Why would we spend $1,800 to see housing needs in Dell Rapids?” Crisp asked. “I think Dell Rapids would be better off visiting with the local real-estate firms and the local landlords in town and the developers in town.”
“I think it’s a good outside perspective,” he said.
Although the $1,875 isn’t a large bill, it’s still money that could be used in other areas of city government where there’s a greater need, said Lee Burggraff.
“It seems like every time we have a grant coming along, it costs us money,” he said.
The motion failed with Sommerfeld and Lauritzen casting the only two ayes.