Auction set today for one-way causeGroup seeks to raise campaign funds for June 5 ballot issue.
By: Chris Huber, The Daily Republic
An event today will raise money for a campaign to keep three Mitchell streets designated as one-ways.
The Mitchell City Council voted in October to change three one-way streets — Second, Third and Fourth avenues — to two-way streets, but opponents gathered enough petition signatures to place the issue on the June 5 ballot.
Opponents of the change have organized a live auction to help raise money for their cause.
Starting at 10 a.m. today, the live auction at Rob’s Short Stop on Burr Street in Mitchell will feature a variety of donated items, according to organizer and mayor candidate Jerry Toomey.
“We have about $700 raised right now, but we would like to get to around $2,000,” Toomey said. “We are going to need a minimum of $1,200 to campaign for this issue.”
The group does not have to report its finances publicly, because Mitchell has no campaign finance laws regarding local races.
Toomey said the money raised from the auction will primarily be spent on signs and other forms of advertising.
Toomey also has created a website, www.mitchelloneway.com, to state his position about the proposed change.
Mitchell Main Street & Beyond brought the two-way change idea to the City Council. MMS&B Director Molly Goldsmith said the group has not yet decided if it will campaign in support of the proposed change.