Roosevelt-Custer Regional Council for Development had a strong 2018.
Mark Resner, RCRC administrator, provided an annual report to Stark County Commissioners at their monthly meeting Tuesday.
The council ended the year with revenue totaling $129,040 and expenses of $104,252.
"I'm happy and proud to report the council finished the year with a net of $24,788," Resner said.
The council made payments to a delinquent loan to Billings County. For the $65,000 loan, the council paid $35,000 of the principal and $2,600 in overdue fees.
"That debt has been reduced to $30,000," Resner said.
The council in 2018 also met some challenges.
"Financially, the most damaging thing that happened was the council was forced to repossess a property in Bowman, which resulted in about a $90,000 loss to the council's revolving loan funds," Resner said. "That process is now finished."
The council has roughly $400,000 available for economic development loans.
Two of the council's three revolving loan funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency.
"Those funds do not belong to the regional council," Resner said. "Those funds are held by USDA, and Roosevelt Custer is merely the pass-through agency."
The third is from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, and works similarly.
"The revolving loans funds are primarily designed to be used for economic development gap financing," Resner said. "If a project comes in $100,000 short, between equity and the lender, we come in."
Roosevelt-Custer also offers community development block grants.
For 2019, the council will have $223,000 available for CDBGs, Resner reported.
"The money will be split 50-50 between housing and public facilities," he said.
Resner reported that council is working on community development loan fund loan for Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing's upcoming expansion.
In other business:
County Road Superintendent Al Heiser warned about the dangers to plowing vehicles from careless homeowners.
People are pushing the snow from their driveway onto the road, Heiser reported.
"We come along with our wings on the snow plows and hit it," he said. "Once you move snow and it freezes solid and gets hard, we come along at high speeds and they hit it and they spin around backward on a rural road."
Drifting can also cause these roads to become blocked.
"Just west of town, a guy put it on the road, and with the wind blowing it drifted right across," Heiser said. "We plowed in there and there was a foot and a half of snow on the road."
Heiser also warned about snow fog, encouraging drivers to turn on their lights even if it's an otherwise bright day.
"People are wanting to pass, and you can't see them when they come out of the snow fog," he said.
Even on Interstate-94, the lights are needed.
"Twenty-two (Department of Transportation) trucks were hit," Heiser said, "and no doubt they were all in snow fog when they were hit, throughout the state, this winter alone."
Sarah Trustem, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, thanked the county commissioners for their support of Southwest Night with Legislators.
Trustem described the sold-out event, held Jan. 28 in Bismarck, as "successful," despite poor weather.
"We did have a lot of people not be able to attend, but in their place, legislators actually came in, quite a lot more than had registered," she said. "We were able to accomodate them to the people who weren't able to make it. It worked out great."
The success creates a concern for the chamber, though.
"Because it had such positive feedback, I think we're going to see larger and larger numbers, weather pending," Trustem said.
Commission Chair Ken Zander thanked Trustem for representing Dickinson Chamber and Southwest North Dakota.