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Committee to review Burr St. sidewalk snow removal plan

The Burr Street reconstruction comes with new sidewalks and bicycle trails, and area landowners will soon learn who's responsible for clearing snow on them.

Prior to Monday's Mitchell City Council meeting, the city's Sidewalk Committee will take a bus tour at 12:10 p.m. of the Burr Street sidewalk. Then, the committee will review the layout of the plan at 6 p.m. at City Hall and discuss the responsibilities of nearby property owners in removing snow.

"The intention from Public Works is for the property owner to maintain the sidewalk/bike trail that is adjoining their property as shown on the attached map," states the agenda, which is available on the city of Mitchell website.

A map on the Sidewalk Committee agenda shows the areas that are the responsibility of adjacent landowners and the areas that are city responsibility.

Earlier this year, Stan Peterson spoke on behalf of Campbell's Supply and questioned why a property owner would need to clear the sidewalk along a state route. According to city code, an "occupant or owner of any premises in the city adjacent to any sidewalk shall, within forty eight (48) hours after the fall of snow or the formation of ice on the sidewalk, remove the snow and ice from so much of the sidewalk as adjoins the premises."

Under the code, if a property owner refuses, the Public Works Department director can remove or cause the removal of snow or ice. An account of the cost is then established, an estimate and notice of assessment is prepared, the council will review the assessment and the special assessment can be collected.

Another portion of city code also states that, "The owner or occupant of any lot or private ground abutting upon any public sidewalk shall not allow rubbish, debris or obstruction of any kind to be or remain on such sidewalk along such abutting property."

Consent agenda

The council will consider approving the following consent agenda items:

• Minutes from the previous City Council meeting.

• A raffle permit from the Mitchell Technical Institute Sales and Advertising class, with the drawing to be held Dec. 15.

• Change Order No. 1 to Sidewalk Project No. 2017-4 Schedule 4, raising the total contract by $2,271.18 for new sidewalk on North Langdon Street, as well as valley gutter work.

• Change Order No. 3 to Paving & Overlay Project No. 2017-15 for $26,001.40 for additional asphalt.

• Automatic supplements, gas and fuel quotations and pay estimates.

• 2018 tax licenses for E-Z Ride Taxi and Palace Transit Express.

• Bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires and authorize payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Agenda items

The council will consider the following agenda items:

• Meet as the Sidewalk Committee at 12:10 p.m. for a bus tour of Burr Street sidewalk and other state routes in Mitchell. The committee will then adjourn until 6 p.m. and will reconvene in Council Chambers at City Hall. The committee will review the sidewalks and bike trail to be constructed along Burr Street and discuss responsibilities for adjacent properties.

• Call the City Council meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, hean an invocation, call for citizen input, hear a Sidewalk Committee report and hear project updates.

• Action on the renewal of liquor and wine licenses for 2018.

• Set Dec. 18 as the date for a board of adjustment hearing to consider a conditional use permit request to from Amber Kurtenbach to operate a family residential child care center in her home at 801 W. Seventh Ave.

• $389,600 in contingency transfers and $520,511,55 in supplemental appropriations.

• Hold a closed-door executive session to discuss personnel.

• Motion to adjourn.