Clay Rural Water sets annual meeting

Clay Rural Water sets annual meeting The Clay Rural Water System will hold its 24th annual meeting on Saturday, March 22 in Vermillion.

The meeting will be held at the St. Agnes School Auditorium, located at 416 Walker Street, two blocks south of the Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the business meeting scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m.

Members will hear reports from the board of directors and staff on 2002 operating activities. Results of the board of directors district elections will be announced. A representative from the South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems will also speak on rural water activities in the state. All members attending will receive a certificate for a $10 credit on their water bill.

A pork loin lunch will be served following the meeting at noon.

The Clay Rural Water System is a non-profit, member-owned corporation that supplies water service to 1,600 farms, residents, and businesses in parts of five counties in southeast South Dakota. Organized in 1975, the water system has been operational since 1979. Water service is also provided to the towns of Wakonda and Gayville.

Over 60 people, including the president and vice president of the Sigma Nu fraternity house, were arrested March 15 following an alcohol party at the house.

Late on the evening of March 14, the Vermillion Police Department received information of the large underage alcohol party taking place at the fraternity house located at 221 E. Main Street.

Shortly after midnight on March 15, Vermillion Police officers served a search warrant at the house.

As a result of this search, 60 people, ages 18 to 20, were arrested for underage consumption. In addition, a 20-year-old male was arrested for false personation. Two juveniles, both from Moville, IA, ages 16 and 17, were taken into custody for underage consumption.

Matthew Barnett, 21, the Sigma Nu president, and Derrick Kok, 21, the Sigma Nu vice president, were arrested for the following offenses: 1) Two counts of furnishing alcohol to a juvenile; 2) Two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor; 3) Sixty counts of furnishing alcohol to persons 18 to 20 years of age. 4) Maintaining a common nuisance; 5) Disorderly house.

In addition, both Barnett and Kok will be assessed a police services fee for reimbursement to the city of Vermillion for all salaries and overtime that were accumulated by police officers for time spent at the scene.

The search warrant and arrests at the Sigma Nu House were completed shortly after 3 a.m. During the investigation, a large quantity of alcohol was found and removed from the fraternity house.

Barnett and Kok were transported to the Clay County jail where they were later released on personal recognizance bonds.

Officers from the Clay County Sheriff's Office and the USD Department of Public Safety assisted the Vermillion Police Department.

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