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Swiftel, county arrangement on the rocks

Posted: Monday, May 13th, 2013

• Swiftel may not be getting its money’s worth, commissioners fear

BROOKINGS – An agreement for the Swiftel Center to use part of the County Resource Center may be on shaky ground, since Swiftel is crediting the county for that usage but may not be getting its money’s worth.

The two parties have been encountering scheduling conflicts and haven’t arrived at a good solution.

Their agreement outlines that, while the county would pay $40,000 to have Swiftel clean and maintain its two large conference rooms and assist its 4-H program with set-up and tear-down of events, Swiftel will knock about $20,000 off that price for the use of those conference rooms. The county’s 4-H program has first priority, but when it doesn’t need the space, Swiftel can bring in its events.

Dennis Falken told his fellow Brookings County commissioners Tuesday that Tom Richter, Swiftel Center director, had talked with him about the conflicts. Commissioners said they can understand Swiftel’s frustration because it is not getting the amount of use from those rooms that had been outlined in the agreement.

For the complete article see the 05-11-2013 issue.

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