July 18, 2019

Researchers hired to study land in industrial park - Daily Leader Extra : Local News

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Researchers hired to study land in industrial park

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:48 pm

An Aberdeen research company will perform two archaeological studies on land in Madison's Lakeview Industrial Park to determine whether proposed infrastructure additions will disturb any historically-significant sites in the construction areas.

The city commissioners hired Prairie Lakes Archaeological Services of Aberdeen to conduct two surveys on land involved in proposed water storage and distribution improvements and electrical-distribution expansion in the industrial park. The Lakeview Industrial Park is located on the south side of Madison.

City officials plan to install the infrastructure upgrades to assist the construction and operation of a proposed Tru Shrimp facility. The Tru Shrimp plant would raise shrimp in the industrial park for human consumption.

In two letters sent to Chad Comes, city engineer, Pat Downing of the Aberdeen company referred to the studies as Phase III level intensive archaeological surveys.

For the water storage and distribution survey, the researchers will study three acres of land intended for use for water storage, a proposed new water tower, and land -- about 1 mile in length -- along the route of new underground pipes. Prairie Lakes officials told Comes that the survey work and report would cost Madison $750 plus any related taxes.

The researchers will also review two options for electrical-distribution improvements within the second survey.

The first option involves the construction of an electrical building, about 1.5 miles of new transmission lines, and about 2 miles of service lines.

The second option involves the construction of a new electrical substation, about 1.5 miles of new transmission lines, and about 1.3 miles of service lines. The researchers estimated the cost of the second survey would amount to $900 plus any related taxes.

Officials with USDA Rural Development want the city to perform the historical surveys prior to the start of construction work. USDA-RD is providing funding to help Madison install water system improvements.

A Phase III survey is supposed to identify any prehistoric, historic or architectural sites within a proposed project area. The researchers are supposed to provide a preliminary evaluation of any identified areas and make recommendations to minimize any possible conflicts with the area's development.

The researchers will perform the work following guidelines established by the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office. Downing, the Prairie Lakes official, said the surveys are typically completed within 30 days of their approval.

Local Videos