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Mitchell City Council to consider VFW demo bid

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The Mitchell City Council will consider tonight whether to award a bid for the demolition of the old Veterans of Foreign Wars building.

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The agenda includes a 6:15 p.m. Public Properties Committee meeting, a 7:05 p.m. Traffic Commission meeting, a 7:20 p.m. Finance Committee meeting and the 7:30 p.m. council meeting, all in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St.

For months, the VFW building has sat in a state of disrepair at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street since it was damaged during the demolition of the old Longhorn Bar, with which it shared a common wall.

The city bought the damaged VFW building last September for $175,000 and the VFW has since moved to a building at 215 N. Main St., which was previously occupied by Prairie Breeze Gallery, an art gallery and gift shop.

Only one bid was submitted for the demolition of the old VFW building, a $216,742 bid from Ironman Construction, of Tyndall. That’s the same company that demolished the old Longhorn building.

Consent agenda

Council members plan to consider approving the following items as part of a consent agenda:

  • The agenda, minutes from prior council meetings and minutes from various committee meetings.
  • The appointment of Ron Kogel to the Corn Palace Committee.
  • Raffle requests from the Lakeview Lawn Bowling Association, with the drawing to be held Nov. 3; the Palace City Pedalers, with the drawing to be held Aug. 23; the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball teams, with the drawing to be held Sept. 22; the Servicemen’s Cemetery, with the drawing to be held Nov. 11; and the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village, with the drawing to be held Dec. 1.
  • A July 29 date to receive and consider bids for rock salt, with bids opened at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.
  • The application of the Palace City Lions Club for a special event malt beverage and wine license, for the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, July 17-20 at Horseman’s Sports Arena.
  • A July 21 date for a hearing on the application of Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota for a special event malt beverage and wine license for Summer’s Last Dance, Sept. 6 at Hitchcock Park.
  • A July 21 date for a hearing on the applications of the Palace City Lions Club for a special event malt beverage and wine license for the Tour de Corn, Aug. 23 at Hitchcock Park; and for the Corn Palace Festival, Aug. 21-24 at the Corn Palace.
  • A July 21 date for a hearing on the application of Walmart, 1101 E. Spruce St., for a retail on-off sale wine license.
  • An automatic supplement to the special revenue fund, parks and recreation, of $24,717 from a South Dakota Department of Health grant for mosquito control.
  • Gas and diesel bids.
  • A list of pay estimates.
  • Bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires, and authorization for payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Other business

In scheduled business tonight, council members plan to:

  • Take, during a 6:15 p.m. Public Properties meeting, a tour of the Corn Palace renovation.
  • Consider, during a 7:05 p.m. Traffic Commission meeting, a request to suspend 10 minute and 15 minute parking on Sixth Avenue and Main Street, and Fifth Avenue and Main Street, during construction at the Corn Palace; a request to close North Main Street and a half block each direction from First Avenue to Seventh Avenue from 5 a.m. Aug. 19 to 5 a.m. Aug. 25, and to close the west half of the City Hall parking lot from 6 a.m. Aug. 19 to 5 a.m. Aug. 25, and to close the parking lot at Fifth Avenue and North Main Street from 5 a.m. Aug. 20 to 12 p.m. Aug. 25, and to allow overnight camping in the Disco Lot, all for the Corn Palace Festival; and a request from Tour de Corn to block a portion of the City Hall parking lot and the adjacent 100 block of East Seventh Avenue from 7 to 9:30 a.m. for registration, and for a police escort and traffic control at 9:30 a.m. at 23rd Avenue and North Main Street.
  • Review, during a 7:20 p.m. Finance Committee meeting, the sales tax collections for the second quarter of 2014.
  • Hear Mayor Ken Tracy issue the oath of office to council members Steve Rice, Dave Tronnes, Dan Allen and Susan Tjarks, all of whom ran unopposed in the June 3 election.
  • Hear Mayor Ken Tracy recommend the appointments and issue the oath of office to the city attorney and the city’s department heads.
  • Elect the council’s president and vice president.
  • Sit as the board of adjustment and set a July 21 date for hearings on the applications of Scott Studer for a side yard corner lot variance of 16 feet rather than 20 feet to place a residence and construct an attached garage at 120 E. Douglas Ave.; of Whittier Lofts for a front yard variance of 19 feet rather than 30 feet and a side yard variance of zero feet rather than 20 feet to construct garage buildings at 410 W. Second Ave.; of David and Paige Radke for a front yard variance of 22 feet rather than 25 feet to expand an attached garage at 1513 S. Miller St.; of Hart Family Dental Center, applicant, and Mitchell Christian School, owner, for a conditional use permit for construction of a professional office for personal health services at 714 W. 18th Ave.
  • Conduct a hearing on the application of the Mitchell Exchange Club for a special event malt beverage and wine license for the Bull Bash, Aug. 20 at Horseman’s Sports Arena.
  • Consider a resolution for a contingency transfer of $4,000 for recruitment expenses for the public works portion of the general fund; and $42,000 for building demolition for the health and welfare portion of the general fund.
  • Consider awarding bids for library custom furniture, equipment and appliances.
  • Consider a resolution for the plat of Lot 8-A of River Ridge Estates, a subdivision of previously platted Lot 8 of River Ridge Estates in the southwest one-quarter of the northeast one-quarter of Section 13, Township 103 North, Range 60 west of the fifth P.M., Davison County.
  • Conduct the second of two required readings and consider adopting an ordinance to supplement the city administrator portion of the general fund with $49,000 for salaries, $3,750 for OASI, $2,950 for retirement, $7,325 for group insurance, $2,500 for professional fees and services, $1,500 for repair and maintenance, $1,500 for supplies and materials, $500 for uniforms, $2,500 for travel, conferences and dues, $1,500 for computer software and support and $7,500 for office furniture and equipment; the storm drainage portion of the general fund with $30,000 for municipal storm drainage; and $29,085 for building demolition; all from the general fund cash balance; and the water treatment portion of the enterprise fund with $3,733 from the water fund cash balance for professional services.
  • Conduct the first of two required readings of an ordinance rezoning property at 600 E. Ash Ave., from single family residential to transportation, warehousing and commercial.
  • Conduct the first of two required readings of an ordinance rezoning property legally described as Lots 8-B and 8-C, less Lot H-1 of Lot 8-C, Block Eight in Morningview Addition, city of Mitchell, Davison County; Block Seven, less H-1, in Morningview Addition, city of Mitchell, Davison County, from transportation, warehousing and commercial to public lands and institutions.
  • Conduct the first of two required readings of an ordinance rezoning property legally described as the East Half of the West Half of Block One in Morningview Addition, city of Mitchell, Davison County; and the East Half of Block Two, Morningview Addition to the city of Mitchell, Davison County; All of Block 2A and all of Block 2B within Block Two, including vacated Pine Street, Morningview Addition, city of Mitchell, Davison County, from single family residential to public lands and institutions.
  • Conduct the first of two required readings of an ordinance to amend Chapter 9-1 of the Mitchell City Code by adopting the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code, and making other amendments as necessary to reflect the adoption of the code.
  • Conduct the first of two required readings of an ordinance supplementing the public works portion of the general fund with $5,900 for computer software and $1,950 for computer hardware, from the general fund cash balance.
  • Consider approving a grant agreement with the South Dakota Department of Health for $24,717 for mosquito control.
  • Consider approving pavement maintenance entitlement transfer for the Mitchell Airport with the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
  • Consider approving change orders from Mueller Lumber for the Corn Palace renovation in the amount of $542 for drop heads in corridors; $17,943 for demolition of existing riser valve; and $1,469 for hose valve demolition, all for an adjusted contract amount of $3,644,445.
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