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New speed limit signs going in west of Mitchell

The Davison County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday for eight new speed limit signs and a "children at play" sign to be posted in a residential area west of the Highway 37 bypass in Mitchell.

Planning & Zoning Administrator Jeff Bathke brought the issue to the commissioners at their regular meeting at the Davison County Courthouse in Mitchell. Bathke said a resident who lives on Fourth Avenue was concerned about people driving too fast near his home.

"He has small children and would like to have a sign there," Bathke said. "It's for heightened awareness."

According to the resident -- who was not at the meeting -- many people drive 40 mph in the area, Bathke said. The speed limit signs will be 25 mph, which is consistent with Mitchell city speed limits.

Bathke and Nathan Wegner, the county's deputy Planning & Zoning administrator, said there are no speed limit signs in the area, which is between 253rd Street and West Third Avenue and is just outside city limits. Signs will be placed west of the bypass on West Third, West Fourth, West Fifth and West Seventh avenues, North Galloway Street and North Blair Street. Total, there will be eight new speed limit signs.

The "children at play" sign will be placed on the same post as the speed limit sign on Fourth Avenue, Bathke said.

New copier

The commissioners approved the purchase of a new copy machine that will be shared between the Planning & Zoning office and the Register of Deeds. The previous copy machine "said its goodbyes a few weeks ago," Wegner said.

Wegner presented three options for copiers, and the commissioners approved the purchase of a Toshiba E-Studio 356 copier to purchase for $4,152.58 from A&B Business Solutions in Mitchell. The copier costs $2,652.58. The rest of the cost is for a 60-month maintenance package for $1,500.

Other business

In other regular business Tuesday, the commissioners:

• Met as the county board of equalization. Equalization Director Kathy Goetsch had no business to bring before the board, but said her office dealt with 112 appeals this year.

• Approved motions to pay bills, timesheets, deny a welfare request and sign a Family Medical Leave Act form for an employee.

• Also approved the annual Women Infants and Children (WIC) contract for $23,737, which is the amount the county will receive from the state for paying the program's employees in Davison County for the next year, ending May 31, 2015.