PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A forum will be held tonight which will give city residents a chance to talk about what to do with at least one roadway that was damaged during the 2011 flood. The focus of the forum is Pawn Street-an east/west road which is located just north of the city’s softball complex in southeast Pierre. Mayor Laurie Gill says two years ago, the flood left water on the softball complex and resulted in nearby Pawn Street being closed to traffic. Since then, lots of infrastructure work has been completed on underground systems in that area of Pierre and the softball complex is once again fully functional for the most part. Mayor Gill says now, the focus is what to do about Pawn Street, between Buchanan and Lincoln Avenues.
Gill says because the area is surrounded by residences, the city wants to bring possible re-designs for the streets before the public. She says it’s possible that the short segment of Pawn between Buchanan and Lincoln could become part of the nearby parking area for the complex-instead of being re-constructed as it was before the flood.
Gill says the city really needs to do best thing for that Pierre neighborhood and says the city wants to balance residential needs vs. the needs of softball complex.
City commissioners heard an update on Pawn Street last Tuesday and announced that a public meeting would be held tonight to discuss proposals for the area roadways in more detail and get input from residents.
Tonight’s meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Room of Pierre City Hall.
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