City of Spearfish cancels meeting to address sewer backups - KOTA Territory News

City of Spearfish cancels meeting to address sewer backups


The sewage saga continues in Spearfish.  Now, the city has canceled the special council meeting to address homeowner concerns.  

In a letter to 8th Street residents, the city said that engineers have not yet completed the investigation, so they are unable to suggest a feasible solution.  The meeting cancellation was also prompted (according to the letter) by a group of annexation opponents who wanted to use the forum to force some sort of action.   

The issue rose to the surface after drainage from snow melt from the early October blizzard filled sewer pipes to the max, causing many basements' septic tanks and bathtubs to overflow.  Homeowners on 8th Street blame city officials, saying they experienced the same thing in 2008, 2011, and May 31 of this year.

A class action suit may be filed because homeowners say the damages are in the thousands and they say the city could have prevented this a long time ago.  

The letter states that the city is wholly committed to working with and communicating with the affected homeowners.  Staff plans on making personal visits to each property.

Some city council members have stopped by houses on 8th street to see the damage.

City administrators spent the afternoon meeting with an engineering firm in regards to what can be done. 

Spearfish City Administrator Joe Neeb said solutions to the problem should be announced sometime this week.

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