– By #MillerSD
Last Thursday night, the City of Miller, the Miller School District, On Hand Development, Miller Civic and Commerce, and Hand County celebrated 2019 with the annual Magnificat Miller! This event is typically held in April but because of the current situation, was pushed to August. This year was a little smaller crowd for obvious reasons, but our victories that we celebrated weren't small!
The City of Miller celebrated the electric project being completed, phase one water and sewer project were also completed, a FEMA grant was received to place a storm shelter in Crystal Park, the Electric Department received a grant from Heartland Consumers District to replace more street lights with LED lights, the City Municipal Airport received a grant to develop an Airport Improvement Plan for future development, AND municipal sales tax was up 5.38%!
The Miller School District also celebrated a number of accomplishments. The Miller Robotics Team, the Volleyball team, girls’ basketball, Coach McGough inducted into the SD Coaches Hall of Fame, All State Chorus, SDSU Honor Band, Augustan Honor Band, FCCLA, and a student being recognized in the top 1% of the senior classes in South Dakota are just a few mentioned. Miller School Superintendent Dr. Charlene Crosswait, introduced herself and is optimistic for the 2020/2021 school year even with the challenges we face.
On Hand Development had a number of accomplishments in 2019. The 2nd Governor’s house sold, six loans out in our county for over $600,000, visiting over 75 businesses, grant for a hotel study, new full-time director, re opening of Miller Main Street business, youth leadership project, shop local campaign, grant for sidewalk project, and the Community Center staying busy with over 60 paid rentals.
The Miller Civic and Commerce presented their accomplishments for 2019. Christmas on the Prairie, Crazy Days, the 1st Annual Smoke on the Prairie, were just to name a few. They are excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Smoke on the Prairie (September 26) and a new addition to Christmas on the Prairie.
The last group of the evening presenting was Hand County. Hand County has a lot to be proud of. A couple of accomplishments are the finances remain strong at the county, several large developers have received zoning authorization, the county and cities worked together on a COVID ordinance, technology updates are being explored for refining the equalization process, and the county is exploring changes at the ruble site.
Every organization has worked together to make Hand County thrive. We have so much to be proud of and so much to celebrate! Miller really is Magnificent.