Last week the Meade County Commission approved the Department of Game Fish and Parks’ plan to build a big shooting range northeast of Rapid City on Elk Vale Road. And after posting its invitation for bids to build the project in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader on February 23 and March 2, GF&P received one bid for building the South Dakota Shooting Sports Complex:
The Meade County Commission draft minutes from its March 28 meeting confirm that the only bid GF&P received for this project came from Scull Construction, owned by Jim Scull, who already made $900,000 selling the land GF&P acquired for the shooting range. Now Scull is the only outfit offering to build that shooting range, and his bid is $7.2 million higher than the original $9.9M price tag proposed by GF&P in August 2021. Add the alternates included in the bid—a shotgun bunker and a solar array—and the shooting range could cost $19.1 million.
Governor Noem rejected $3 million from Uncle Sam to plan for climate change for fear that such government spending would worsen inflation. Good grief—by that thinking, pouring $19.1 million in state funds into mere recreation should tank the whole state economy! Where’s that VETO branding iron when we need it?