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Mitchell City Council to consider final approval of VFW, Jitters purchases

The Mitchell City Council will consider a resolution to formally approve the city’s $175,000 purchase of the damaged Veterans of Foreign Wars building at its meeting tonight. The agenda includes a Public Works Committee meeting at 5:55 p.m., which will consist of a bus tour of sidewalk projects around the city. It also includes a Traffic Committee meeting at 6:35 p.m.; a Public Health and Safety Committee meeting at 7:05 p.m.; a Public Properties Committee meeting at 7:10 p.m.; a Finance Committee meeting at 7:15 p.m.; and the City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m, all in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St.

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At its last meeting Sept. 3., the council voted 7-1 to allocate $175,000 for the purchase of the VFW building. Council Vice President Dan Allen was the only council member to vote against the purchase.

The VFW voted Tuesday to approve the sale of its current building to the city. The building, which is located at 105 N. Main St., was damaged during the demolition of the former Longhorn Bar, with which it shared a common wall.

If approved by the council, a resolution on tonight’s agenda would authorize Mayor

Ken Tracy and Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson to purchase the VFW building for $175,000. A similar resolution also on tonight’s agenda would do the same for the city’s $55,000 purchase of the former Jitters Coffeehouse building, located at 512 N. Main St.

The former Longhorn — which was believed to be the oldest surviving building in Mitchell — was deemed unsafe after a wall collapse in November 2011. The city bought the building for $1 from the owner, who said he couldn’t afford to repair or demolish the building on his own. He moved his business across the street.

Demolition of the former Longhorn began May 14 but was halted two days later when it was discovered the building’s shared wall with the VFW building was unstable. The VFW was forced to close for more than a month as a result of the situation.

The city intends to demolish the VFW building, which is located near the proposed site of a new city hall.

Consent agenda

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

  • The meeting agenda, council minutes from the prior meeting, minutes from various committee meetings and reports from various city departments.
  • Raffle requests from John Paul II’s parent-teacher organization with the drawing to be held Oct. 12; Tea Storm Chasers with the drawing to be held Sept. 22; Trinity Lutheran Church with the drawing to be held Oct. 6; and Mitchell Technical Institute’s wind turbine technology program with the drawing to be held on Nov. 4.
  • An application from the American Legion for a special event liquor license for the Bull Bash on Oct. 4-5, at the 600 block of North Main Street, including the parking lot north of City Hall.
  • A $24,779 automatic supplement to the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department’s special revenue fund from an insurance claim reimbursement for roof damage repair.
  • A list of pay estimates.
  • Gas and diesel fuel bids.
  • Approve bills, payroll salary adjustments and new employee hires, and authorize the payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Other business

In scheduled business, council members plan to:

  • Sit as the board of adjustment and consider approving the application of Troy Helleloid for a conditional-use permit to construct an accessory building located across from 25 West Harmon Drive; and the application of Rodney Klinger for a backyard variance of 17 feet rather than the 25 feet as required for installation of a roof and overhang of an existing deck located at 1411 Sharpstone Drive.
  • Discuss the architect and construction manager at-risk delivery method for public construction projects with representatives of Puetz Corp.
  • Hear recommendations for committee appointments from Mayor Ken Tracy.
  • Consider adopting a resolution to plat Lot 2A, Block 3 of Westwood First Addition, a subdivision of the southwest quarter of Section 16, Township 103 North, Range 60 west of the fifth P.M., city of Mitchell.
  • Consider adopting a resolution to plat Lots 5A and 6A of Enemy Creek Estates, a subdivision of previously platted Lots 5 and 6 of Enemy Creek Estates in the northeast quarter and in the southeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section 14, Township 102 North, Range 60 west of the fifth P.M., Davison County.
  • Consider adopting a resolution to plat Lot 7, in Tract J, Wild Oak Golf Club Addition, city of Mitchell.
  • Consider adopting a resolution to approve a developer’s agreement for a tax increment financing district involving an apartment development on West Eighth Avenue near Mitchell Middle School.
  • Consider the second reading and conduct a final vote on the annual appropriations ordinance for 2014.
  • Consider the second reading and conduct a final vote on an ordinance to supplement the health and welfare portion of the general fund with $175,000 from the general fund cash balance for demolition of the VFW building; and the Antach/Mitchell High School TIF portion of the capital projects fund with $66,000 from the general fund for infrastructure construction.
  • Consider approving a lottery game of chance for the Mitchell Area Safehouse to be held on Feb. 22.
  • Consider approving Mayor Ken Tracy’s appointment of Council President Jeff Smith and Councilman Randy Doescher to the City Hall Relocation Committee.