Pierre, SD -- A South Dakota summer study committee finished a full day of hearings Wednesday listening again to the service area debate between municipal and rural electrics. At one point in the meeting committee member Senator Lee Schoenbeck of Watertown questioned Dave Eide who is the head of Codington Clark Electric, a rural electric that is challenging the Watertown Municipal Utilities over what they have said has been territory encroachment. Schoenbeck’s comments were directed at what he said were higher rates charged by Codington Clark Electric. He referenced rates charged to the city of Watertown for the city’s water fields north of town.

Among those commenting was Chris Schilken who is the head of the Watertown Development Company.

Senator Solano concluded the meeting yesterday with these remarks.

Senator Alan Solano of Rapid City said the committee will be tasked with submitting recommendations at an October 11 or November 5th or 6th last gathering.