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Mitchell City Council to discuss major projects

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On Election Night, Mayor-elect Ken Tracy said the city faced several pending questions on major projects and there was a need to prioritize them.

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The Mitchell City Council will examine some of those issues tonight. It has scheduled discussions on the future of City Hall, with the City Hall Relocation Committee, which Tracy chairs, scheduled to make a report. The council will also review the proposed Mitchell Public Library renovation project, a Recreation Center indoor pool and a second ice sheet at the Mitchell Activities Center.

The city wants to improve and possibly expand the Corn Palace, and the first step to do that is to move city offices out of the adjacent City Hall and use that space for tourism attractions and other facilities. The City Hall Relocation Committee has been looking at new sites for city offices and attention has turned to the Mitchell Technical Institute North Campus.

The library renovation has been under review for several months, and an indoor pool and second ice sheet were mentioned by Tracy during his successful campaign for mayor.

Tonight will be, unless a special meeting is called, the final full meeting for Mayor Lou Sebert and Councilman Travis Carpenter, who did not seek third terms. Tracy will take office July 2 and the new council will also be seated that night. Tracy still needs to choose someone to serve in the council seat he will be resigning from to become mayor.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 612 N. Main St. The meeting is open to the public.

In other agenda items, the council will:

• Discuss a naming policy for municipal facilities, which was brought to the fore after Councilmen Tracy and Mel Olson advocated renaming Northridge Park for Iszabella Morgan, 9, who was killed in a two-vehicle crash this spring.

While the council seemed sympathetic with the idea, it asked the Parks Board to review the matter and also said there was a need for a city policy on naming parks, streets and other city-owned properties for someone or something.

• Hear reports from the Public Health & Safety Committee and the Traffic Commission, which meet prior to the council meeting.

The Public Health & Safety Committee, which meets at 5 p.m., will discuss how to deal with the old Longhorn Bar at 101 N. Main St. The two buildings at the site were declared a public nuisance on June 12.

The city was weighing two options: Buying the space from owner Jason Bates for $1 and tearing it down, or repairing the building and billing Bates for the costs. It has prepared a pair of resolutions to deal with the crumbling building, believed to be the oldest structure in Mitchell.

Resolution 3003 calls for the purchase of lot 12, block 13 in the original addition to the city of Mitchell owned by Bates Rentals LLC for $1 subject to receiving the same free and clear of all liens and encumbrances and with payment of all real estate taxes paid in full to date of purchase.

Resolution 3004 calls for condemning lot 12, block 13 in the original addition of the city of Mitchell owned by Bates Rentals LLC and directing either the removal of said building on said property and assessing said property for the cost of removal; or repairing the same and assessing the cost of the repair against said property.

The Traffic Commission will meet at 5:15 p.m. to discuss signage for one-way streets. That is listed as old business and was discussed before voters rejected a proposal to convert three streets from one-way to twoway traffic in the June 5 election.

The commission will also examine a parade permit for the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo on July 21, which would mean no parking along the parade route or the area on Main Street where parade entries line up starting at 4:30 a.m.

It will review a request from Mitchell Main Street & Beyond to block off the Fifth and Main streets parking lot on June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 20 for a planned "Third Thursdays" event that would feature farmers market produce, building tours and downtown businesses remaining open until 8 p.m.

The commission will also review a parade permit request for a benefit poker run starting at 1 p.m. July 7. The poker run will start at The Depot, travel north on Main Street and then head west on the Highway 37 bypass to Cubby's and then turn right onto Highway 16.

• Set a July 2 date for a hearing on the application of Jack and Jamie Wipf for a variance for a front yard setback of 4 feet instead of 30 feet at 1123 S. Duff St. The request is being made because the front yard setback of the new addition is not being met.

• Set a July 2 date for hearing on the application of Kay L. and Boyd A. Reimnitz, Sr. for a conditional use permit to build mini-storage buildings at 400 block of West Birch Avenue.

• Hold a hearing on the application of Joe Schlimgen for a variance to construct a garage, with the side yard setback 1 foot instead of the required 3 feet at 308 W. Fifth Ave.

• Set a July 2 date for a hearing on the application of Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village for a special event malt beverage and wine license on Aug. 4 at 3200 Indian Village Road for the August Moon Festival.

• Set a Sept. 13 date for the city of Mitchell's surplus auction.

• Consider Resolution 3001, the plat of Lots F and G of J.A. Harris First Addition, a subdivision of Lot 2 in the west half of the west half of Section 31, T 104 N, R 60 W of the fifth prime meridian in Davison County.

Consider Resolution 3002, plat of Lot A-1, a subdivision of previously platted Green's Outlots 1 and 2 to Mitchell in the northwest quarter of Section 15, T 103 N, R 60 W of the fifth prime meridian in the city of Mitchell.

• Consider Resolution 3005, an emergency procurement for repairs, without advertising, for the repair of the Corn Palace Roof pursuant to SDCL 5-18A-9. The roof of the cityowned building was damaged by hail this spring.

• Hold the first reading of Ordinance 2407, supplemental appropriations of $130,000 for street construction and $7,200 to purchase a water line leading to BankWest.

• Consider allowing the Department of Public Safety to apply for an $18,441 grant from the South Dakota Department of Highway Safety to fund the South Central Alcohol Task Force, with no matching monies required.

• Consider allowing the Department of Public Safety to apply for a grant from the South Dakota Department of Highway Safety for speed enforcement overtime of $11,520 with no matching monies from the city of Mitchell, and $5,065 for a speed board which is an 80/20 match with the city of Mitchell paying $1,013.

• Consider an automatic supplement to the Special Revenue Fund-Parks & Recreation in the amount of $1,000 for the purchase of benches.

• Consider an automatic supplement to the Special Revenue Fund-Parks & Recreation in the amount of $1,571 for shelter repair expenses from donations of funds.

• Review the application of the Exchange Club of Mitchell for a special event malt beverage and wine license at Cadwell Park for Aug. 1-12 for the state amateur baseball tournament.

• Review the application of the Exchange Club of Mitchell for a special event malt beverage and wine license at the Horseman Sports Arena on Aug. 22 for the Bull Bash.

• Review raffle requests from the Safe House Foundation Board with the drawing to be held in February 2013 and the James River Gobblin-National Wild Turkey Feed with the drawing to be held Oct. 22.

• Examine the Norway lift station improvement project contracted to SPN & Associates. Pay estimate 3 in the amount of $7,600.

• Approve an April report from the Finance Department, and May reports from the Police and Fire Division, Mitchell Regional Ambulance, the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, Palace Transit, the Water Department, Mitchell Regional Airport and the Airport Board as well as May building permits.

• Hear the invocation from a Word of Life representative.

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