Mitchell City Council to approve $10M in projectsContracts for Corn Palace design also on agenda for Tuesday.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic
The Mitchell City Council will designate nearly $10 million for its four major projects during its meeting Tuesday night.
The city is planning renovations and additions to the Corn Palace, the Mitchell Public Library and the Mitchell Activities Center, and has decided to build a new City Hall. On Tuesday’s agenda are $2.6 million for the Corn Palace project, $2.498 million for the MAC project, $2.347 million for City Hall, and $2.3 million for the library.
The money designated in Ordinance 2429 comes from the $10 million in bonds issued in December. It is being re-appropriated for 2013 in an ordinance that moves more than $2 million for other projects that were not undertaken or completed in 2012 ahead to this year, including $1.98 million for the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital storm drainage project.
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is being held on Tuesday instead of today due to the Presidents Day holiday.
In other agenda items, the council will:
• Witness as Mayor Ken Tracy signs a contract with Mitchell artist Cherie Ramsdell to design the Corn Palace murals for 2013.
Ramsdell, a Dakota Wesleyan University assistant art professor, has been the artist for the 12 murals since 2003, and this will be the 10th time she has created designs for the outside of the building. No murals were erected in 2006 due to a drought.
She will be paid $8,200 for her services. The Corn Palace Committee is scheduled to tell Ramsdell what the theme will be for this year’s murals by Wednesday.
The city will also enter into an agreement with farmer Wade Strand to supply the colored corn and other plant materials that are used to decorate the city-owned structure. He has grown the corn, which now comes in 12 shades, on about 50 acres of land in his rural Mitchell farm for about a decade.
Strand will be paid $52,250. He will supply the equipment to grow and harvest the colorful corn.
• Set a March 4 date to hold a hearing on an application for financing for the Norway lift station Project.
• Set a March 12 date to receive and consider bids for rock chips, City Project 2013-10; petroleum projects, City Project 2013-13; and paving, City Project 2013-15, all at 1:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.
• Set a March 18 date for a hearing on proposed sidewalk construction for 2013.
• Consider adopting Resolution 3070, the plat of Lots 16 and 16A, of Enemy Creek Estates.
• Consider adopting Resolution 3071, the plat of Lot 2-A of Circle K Ranch Third Addition.
• Consider adopting Resolution 3072, the plat of Schlaffman Tract 1 in the southeast quarter of Section 26, Township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian in Davison County.
• Consider adopting Resolution 3073, authorizing the mayor and Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson to execute a quit claim deed to Barbara Johnson over a five-foot wide utility and drainage easement, turning the property on Lots 21 and 22 of the Island First Addition over to her.
• Hold the second reading of and consider adopting Ordinance 2428, supplemental appropriations of $851,000 for the Norway lift station, with $800,000 coming from a low-interest loan from the state Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and $51,000 from the city Sewer Fund. The ordinance also designates $5,000 for computer hardware for the water treatment.
• Consider approval of Lawler Street, City Project 2010-2, State Project P3693(01) Lawler grading, curb and gutter, sidewalk, storm sewer, asphalt concrete surfacing, water main and sanitary sewer improvements, change order 5, increasing project costs by $4,583.56 for an adjusted contract amount of $451,640.97.
• Consider an agreement between the city and the South Dakota Department of Transportation for state of good repair grant, with the city receiving a $240,000 grant for vehicle maintenance for its Palace Transit buses. The city will spend $60,000 on the project.
• Approve a Finance Committee report from its Feb. 4 meeting.
• Approve department and division reports.
• Hear an invocation from a Grace Reformed Church representative.