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Mitchell City Council to discuss offering $175,000 for VFW building

The Mitchell City Council plans to consider taking the first step toward buying the damaged Veterans of Foreign Wars building for $175,000 at tonight's meeting.

The city has already offered the VFW $150,000 for the three-walled building, which was damaged during the demolition of the former Longhorn Bar. But, at the council's Aug. 5 meeting, VFW Post Commander Pat Ziegler asked the council to increase the offer so the VFW can afford to move to a new location. See the full agenda here.

The agenda includes a traffic committee meeting at 7:25 p.m., and the council meeting at 7:30 p.m., both in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St.

The former Longhorn Bar -- the oldest building in Mitchell -- was deemed unsafe after a wall collapse. The city bought the southern downtown building from the owner for $1, who said he lacked the resources to repair or demolish the building.

He moved his business across the street.

Demolition of the former Longhorn Bar building 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 has already spent about $171,000 to remove the Longhorn and to address structural problems with the shared wall between the two buildings, and it was recently learned the bids to repair the shared wall all exceed $150,000 -- the price the city offered the VFW to sell the building or help fix the wall.

Ziegler said the VFW is looking at the former Cherrybees building, located on North Lawler Street, just east of Main Street, as a possible new location. Cherrybees, a floral shop, recently moved onto Main Street.

Other business

The Traffic Committee will meet at 7:25 p.m. and:

• Consider a request from the Mitchell Area Historical Society to use the west half of a public parking lot at the corner of Second Avenue and Rowley Street from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 for a pork barbeque.

• Consider a request from the Corn Palace Championship Bull Riding Challenge to close the east portion of the City Hall parking lot from 5 a.m. Oct. 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 7; the entire City Hall parking lot from 7 a.m. Oct. 4 to 7 a.m. Oct. 6; and the 600 block of North Main Street from 7 a.m. Oct. 4 to 7 a.m. Oct. 6.

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

• The meeting agenda, council minutes from the prior meeting, a traffic committee report and reports from various city departments.

• Reset a Sept. 3 date for a hearing on the application of Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Dakota for a special event malt beverage and wine license for Summer's Last Dance, Sept. 7 at Hitchcock Park.

• Set a Sept. 3 date for a hearing on the application to transfer a retail on-off sale malt beverage license from Bates Enterprises LLC, Big Dummy's, to Bates Enterprises LLC, Aces & 8's Pub & Grub.

• Applications from the Palace City Lions Club for a special event malt beverage and wine license for the OutKasts Car Club Dance on Sept. 21 at the Corn Palace and City Hall; for a Bon Jovi Tribute/Bed of Roses concert on Sept. 27 at the Corn Palace and City Hall; and for the Reza/Spill Canvas Concert on Sept. 28 at the Corn Palace and City Hall.

• An application from the American Legion for a special event liquor license for the Bull Bash on Oct. 4-5 at the Corn Palace and City Hall.

• A raffle request from My Fishing Pond Inc., with the drawing to be held Sept. 30.

• Declare numerous items as surplus property.

• Declare four bicycles as surplus property, to be donated to the South Dakota Pedal Power Program.

• A change order from Spencer Quarries Inc. decreasing the cost of Lawler Street Project 2010-2 by $524.63

• A list of pay estimates.

• 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.

In scheduled business, council members plan to:

• Sit as the board of adjustment and consider approving the application of Samantha Menning for a conditional-use permit to operate a day care in her home at 712 W. Third Ave.; the application of Jessica Skinner for a conditional-use permit to operate a day care in her home at 1028 W. Cedar Ave.; and for a hearing on the application of Josh Phillips and Amy Hoeltzner for variances for the construction of a duplex at 615 S. Rowley St.

• Award a bid for the Mitchell School District storage shed project.

• Consider adopting a resolution to cancel an outstanding $20,250 check to Mitchell Area Development Corp.

• Consider adopting a resolution to plat Lot 75 of Maui Farms, Second Addition, a subdivision of the southeast one-quarter of Section 31, Township 104 North, Range 60 West of the Fifth P.M., city of Mitchell, Davison County.

• Consider adopting a resolution to allow the city of Mitchell to participate in the SDRS Roth 457 plan as provided for in SDCL 3-13-57.

• Consider adopting an ordinance to supplement the Sanborn County Transit portion of the special revenue fund from a reimbursement from Sanborn County including $12,000 for salaries, $50 for miscellaneous expenses, $200 for OASI, $150 for retirement, $600 for group insurance, $100 for drug testing/physicals, $250 for advertising, $700 for repair and maintenance, $450 for accident repair, $150 for garage and maintenance repair, $300 for supplies and materials, $2,000 for gas, oil and tires, $100 for postage, $500 for travel conference dues, $200 for utilities and $1,100 for garage utilities.

• Consider approving an agreement for the transfer of entitlements from the South Dakota Department of Transportation in the amount of $115,000 for a 2013 airport tractor.

• Consider approving a right-of-way certificate and a utilities certificate for a Davison County historic bridge project.