Town of Oacoma –
Board handles CARES Act, budget requests

By Nate Iversen

Members of the Oacoma Town Board considered CARES Act funding and budget requests when the group met Monday, Aug. 3, in Meeting Room #1 of the community center in Oacoma.
Budget requests for the Chamberlain/Oacoma Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB, Lake Francis Case Development Corporation and Chamberlain Country Club were considered. Chamber Operations Manager Angi Hanzlik noted the chamber of commerce increased its total billboard count to five over the past year. Citing a decline in membership resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, she added more memberships are starting to “trickle in.” The chamber requested a total of $33,252.
Lake Francis Case Development Corporation Executive Director Natalie Muruato requested $4,500 from the town. The corporation is currently in the process of converting to a 501c3 non-profit from the current status of 501c6. The executive director explained the corporation had acquired United States Department of Agriculture funds and will be matching $50,000 to provide low interest business loans for the area. Additionally, Muruato explained she is in talks with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks to develop trails on the land around Pontoon Bay on the Oacoma side of the river. The trails will not be located
near hunting areas or other public access.

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