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Council to consider final pool approval

The Mitchell City Council will consider tonight whether to give final approval to an ordinance that would pay for the design phase of a proposed indoor swimming pool.

The agenda includes a 6:55 p.m. Public Properties Committee meeting, a 7 p.m. Public Works Committee meeting and the 7:30 p.m. council meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St. The meeting is being held tonight due to Monday's Labor Day holiday.

At its last regular meeting, the council authorized the creation of a fund dedicated to the city's proposal to build a competition-sized indoor pool next to Dakota Wesleyan University's as-yet unbuilt wellness center on the south side of the school's campus in Mitchell. It also gave initial approval to an ordinance that, if passed, would supplement that fund with $25,000 to pay for an architect to design the project. That ordinance will go to a second reading and final vote at tonight's meeting.

The council is scheduled to hold a discussion tonight on the proposed indoor pool project prior to considering the ordinance. A discussion is also scheduled tonight on the project to build a new city hall in southern downtown.

At least 125 people attended a public forum last week on the proposed indoor pool project, and though most residents who attended seemed be supportive of building an indoor pool, questions remained as to where such a facility should be built in the city.

Dakota Wesleyan plans to begin work this fall on a $10 million, 90,000-square-foot wellness center. Groundbreaking for the center is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 18. If the city builds an indoor swimming pool, the two facilities could be built next to other, or could even be attached.

Mayor Ken Tracy has said the proposed indoor swimming pool is expected to cost roughly $6 million. Despite the proximity of the two projects, the city and school would pay for their own facilities and not share in the cost of construction.

Consent agenda

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

• The agenda, minutes from prior council meetings and committee meetings, and minutes from various committee meetings.

• A raffle request from the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation, with the drawing to be held Oct. 7.

• Applications of the Palace City Lions Club for a special event liquor license for a wedding dance Sept. 12 at the Lake Mitchell Sportsman's Club; and a special event liquor license for the car show dance Sept. 20 at the Corn Palace.

• The application of the Area Community Theatre of Mitchell, 700 N. Main St., for a retail on-off sale wine license.

• A Sept. 15 date for a hearing on the application to transfer a retail on-sale liquor license from V.V. Inc., doing business as EZ$, 1801 N. Main St. Suites No. 3, No. 6, to V.V. Inc., doing business as EZ$ and The Grille, 1801 N. Main St., Suites No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6.

• A Sept. 15 date for a hearing on the application to transfer retail on-sale liquor license from V.V. Inc., 1801 N. Main St., to A-Z Gaming Inc., 77 N. Harmon Drive.

• A Sept. 15 date for a hearing on the application to transfer a retail on-sale liquor license and package off-sale liquor license from Frederickson Enterprise LLC to Frederickson Restaurants LLC, doing business as Chef Louie's, 601 E. Havens St.

• Change orders for the Corn Palace renovation project, including $174 for modifications for electrical distribution, $3,647 for plumbing modifications and $6,406 for box office modifications, for an adjusted contract amount of $3,654,124.

• A Sept. 29 date, at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, to receive and consider bids for airport farm ground and airport pasture ground.

• Surplus property items.

• Gas and diesel fuel bids.

• A list of pay estimates.

• 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.

Other business

In scheduled business tonight, council members plan to:

• Sit as the board of adjustment and set a Sept. 15 date to consider the application of Brian Temple for a conditional use permit to construct an accessory building on a lot not contiguous to his principal building and a variance for lot width of 71 feet versus the required 75 feet at 8 S. Harmon Drive.

• Consider awarding a bid for a side dump semitrailer.

• Consider approving a request from the Mitchell 125th Statehood Anniversary Committee for the 125th Statehood Celebration on Sept. 9, providing riders and participants of the wagon ride an evening meal and entertainment, children's activities and other expenses in the amount of $2,400.

• Consider approving a resolution to transfer $2,400 to the culture and recreation portion of the general fund for the 125th Statehood Celebration.

• Consider approving a resolution for the plat of Tract 4 of Prairie Ethanol Addition in Lot 1 of the southwest one-fourth of Section 24, Township 104 North, Range 61 West of the fifth P.M., Davison County.

• Consider approving a resolution for the plat of Lot 3 in Tract C Wild Oak Golf Club Addition, city of Mitchell.

• Conduct the second of two required readings and consider adopting an ordinance rezoning the real property legally described as the west half of the west half of Block One Morningview Addition to the city of Mitchell.

• Conduct the first of two required readings of the 2015 annual appropriations ordinance.

• Conduct the first of two required readings of an ordinance to supplement the street and sidewalk portion of the general fund with $280,000 from a reimbursement from Davison County for the Williams Avenue street project; and the Corn Palace portion of the enterprise fund with $8,194 for computer software and support, and $9,636 for computer hardware, both from the Corn Palace cash fund balance.

• Consider authorizing Gary Larson to conduct the annual audit for the fiscal year from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014.

• A raffle permit from the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association, with the drawing to be held in February 2015.

• Conduct a closed-door executive session for the purpose of preparing for contract negotiations or negotiating with employees or employee representatives.