Issue 3 | July 2023





Session 3 and session 4 swimming lessons still have openings!

Call the City Office to inquire and sign up. 605-627-9113

Spots Available for Fishing Day and Nature Day Outings!

Fishing Day:

Who: Boys and girls entering 1st-8th grades

When: July 21st, both leave at 11:00am and return at 2:00pm

Where: Dakota Nature Park - Bus will pick up and return at the Sioux Valley Commons.

Cost: $25.00

Nature Day:

Who: Boys and girls entering 1st-8th grades

When: July 28th 11:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Oakwood State Park - Bus will pick up and return at the Sioux Valley Commons.

Cost: $25.00

Call the City office to sign up - 605.627.9113.

From your City Administrator, Michael Schulte

Water Tower Tank to be Raised in July

You have likely driven or walked past the new water tower on the corner of 6th and Caspian already, but painting the tank is complete - for now. The next step of the water tower is to raise the tank to the top and connect it at the base of the tank. Raising the tank involves a crane and jacking system. The raising of the tank is scheduled for July 12 - weather permitting. Because a crane is involved, the wind speeds need to be low and weather overall suitable for this work. If it cannot be completed on July 12, or if there is a change in the crew's schedule, it is scheduled to be completed between July 12 and August 2. It's not a fast process to raise it to the top but it will certainly be a unique experience to watch if you make your way to this part of the city during the raising! When the tank is raised and connected, a roof will be placed on the top and painted. Then internal piping, coating, and electrical work will take place. The completion of the whole tower will be this fall.

The design on the tank was created by Julie Sperlich, who submitted the design in a design contest in early 2021. Over 20 artists submitted designs in this contest which was sponsored by the city and Volga area businesses. The colors were modified to match the Sioux Valley Cossacks colors which are also on the current 250,000 gallon tank near Highway 14. The art design was positioned to angle towards the current residential area of Volga for residents to best view.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details on the tank raising!


The South Dakota Department of Health offers suggestions to control mosquitos in your yard.

  • Empty water from buckets, tarps, toys, water troughs, or other containers.
  • Get rid of old tires.
  • Change water every other day in birdbaths, fountains, rain barrels, and potted plant trays.
  • Drain or fill puddles and low spots with dirt or landscape to reduce standing
  • water.
  • Treat and clean swimming pools and keep them circulating.
  • Make sure windows and door screens are "bug tight."
  • Turn off lights that attract mosquitoes.
  • Replace outdoor lights with yellow "bug lights".
  • Get rid of old cans, containers, pots or other water-holding containers on your property.
  • Check your roof gutters and adjust to eliminate standing water.
  • Turn over children’s wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows, or keep them where they will not collect water.
  • Fix leaky taps, faucets and sprinklers.
  • Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
  • Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.
  • Use a flyswatter or household spray to kill mosquitoes inside buildings.
  • Limit time outdoors from dusk to midnight when Culex mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 when necessary, following label directions and precautions carefully.

For more information, visit the South Dakota Department of Health's website here.

2023 Volga Tree Program

The Volga Tree Program is still accepting reimbursement applications for up to two approved trees per yard. Click the link for more detailed information on the new program.

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Does My Project Need a

Building Permit?

With longer days to spend outside, you may be planning a summer building project. Building permits are to benefit the property owners to ensure projects meet any city setbacks or ordinances and ensure safe and reliable construction. A building permit is needed for, but not limited to, the following types of projects:

-New House

 -New Commercial or Industrial Building

 -New Additions

 -Finishing Basements

 -Remodels where Interior Walls or Structures are Significantly Modified

 -New Egress Windows or New Differently-Sized Windows (where walls are modified)

 -New Fencing

 -New Shingling/Roofing

 -New Siding

 -Detached or Attached Garages

 -Accessory Structures such as Garden Sheds

To learn how to apply or to learn more about the process, click here to visit our website.