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Mitchell City Council to hear transfer of VFW liquor license again

The proposed transfer of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post’s liquor license to a new location downtown is again on the Mitchell City Council’s agenda tonight.

0 Talk about it

The council agenda includes a 7:20 p.m. Public Works Committee meeting and the 7:30 p.m. council meeting, both in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St.

The council voted at its last meeting Jan. 20 to delay the transfer of the VFW’s retail on-sale liquor license from its old address, 105 N. Main St., to its new address, 215 N. Main St., after two nearby business owners objected.

Members of the VFW met last week to discuss the concerns with several downtown business owners, including Jim Johnston, owner of Harve’s Sports Shop, 213 N. Main St., who spoke at length against the transfer at the last council meeting.

The VFW’s old building was damaged during the demolition of the old Longhorn Bar, with which it shared a common wall. The council approved the city’s purchase of the damaged VFW building for $175,000 in September.

The VFW’s membership later voted to approve their own purchase of a building located at 215 N. Main St., which was occupied by Prairie Breeze Gallery, an art gallery and gift shop. According to Pat Ziegler, post commander, the VFW purchased the property for approximately $79,000, less than half the amount it was paid by the city for its old building.

New councilman

The council will vote tonight on the nomination of Dave Tronnes to fill a newly empty council seat.

Tronnes is in line to take the place of outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Dan Allen, who submitted his resignation letter in December. Allen, 54, had represented Ward 2 since he was appointed in May 2006, but is moving out of the ward, which is in southeast Mitchell.

Mayor Ken Tracy publicly announced Tronnes’ nomination last month.

Tronnes, 63, is vice president of Toshiba in Mitchell. He has no experience in city government, but has served on a number of committees for city projects, including for the first and second sheets of ice at the Mitchell Activities Center, and the Pepsi-Cola Soccer Complex.

The council also plans to elect a new vice president tonight due to Allen’s resignation.

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 and minutes from various committee meetings.
  • Raffle requests from Pheasants Forever, with the drawing to be held Oct. 20, and the Poet Foundation, with the drawing to be held March 31.
  • Pay estimates.
  • Gas and diesel fuel bids.

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

Public Works Committee

The Public Works Committee’s agenda has only one item, involving street lights for the public parking lot at Fifth Avenue and Main Street.

Other business

In scheduled business tonight, council members plan to:

  • Sit as the board of adjustment and set a Feb. 18 date for a hearing on the application of Fred and Bonnie Shank for a conditional use permit to operate an automotive repair and sales business at 407 S. Rowley St.; set a Feb. 18 date for a hearing on the application of Marci Stults (Traci Loecker property owner) for a conditional use permit to operate a day care in her home located at 516 N. Edmunds St.; and conduct a hearing on the application of Pat Clark for a front yard variance of 17 feet, 6 inches instead of the 35 feet as required for construction of a storage building at 109 S. Edmunds St.; and conduct a hearing on the application of Brian and Joanna Bierema for a conditional use permit for an automotive repair business at 1500 Eitel Drive.
  • Set a March 3 date for a hearing on proposed new sidewalk construction and repair of existing sidewalk in various locations in Mitchell.
  • Consider adopting a resolution for a contingency transfer of $25,000 for building repair at the James Valley Community Center.
  • Consider adopting a resolution for plat of lots 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B and 7B, Block 8, Sunnyside Addition to the city of Mitchell.
  • Consider adopting a resolution establishing procedures for the solicitation and award of contracts for construction management services.
  • Hear the second reading of and conduct a final vote on supplemental appropriations ordinances that include about $60,000 for improvements to Camp Arroya, which the city recently reclaimed control of from a nonprofit group that had been operating it for many years.
  • Consider approving an application to transfer a retail on-off-sale malt beverage license from Village Bowl/Spare Change Casino, 1500 N. Duff St., to Village Bowl/Spare Change Casino, 1500 N. Duff St., due to a change in configuration of the licensed premises.