Daily Republic Editorial Board
The city of Mitchell may be hurting its own case for more police officers. Long have we heard the calls for more police officers in Mitchell. But a recent policy enacted by the city of Mitchell shows the city either has enough officers, or their time isn't being managed correctly. Mayor Jerry Toomey, joined by Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg and City Attorney Justin Johnson, recently decided to station a police officer outside of the door to council chambers at City Hall during closed-door executive sessions. Here's the city's reasoning behind the decision:
CHEERS to the 10 new South Dakota Hall of Fame members who were inducted this weekend in Chamberlain. The Daily Republic wrote features on three of this year's inductees, but all 10 are worthy members of the prestigious honor. And we hope all 10 inductees and the attendees to the events enjoyed this weekend's festivities in Chamberlain. And while the type of person who finds their way into the S.D. Hall of Fame is typically humble, we hope they were showered with the praise they deserve for their contributions to our great state.
Performance Pet Products' recently approved $20 million expansion is fantastic for Mitchell, but the way the company went about the project wasn't.
CHEERS to the outstanding community support Saturday during the second annual Kernel Bowl. This sounds familiar — the Mitchell football team (2-0) picked up another win and the volleyball team is still unbeaten, now eight matches into the season. Fall sports are in full swing, and Mitchell fans have reason to be excited. The Kernel Bowl was a huge success again this year with strong turnout. About 2,500 attended the football game and 500 for volleyball. There also was good food, an awesome post-football game fireworks show and, of course, victories for the Kernels.
CHEERS to the Davison County Commission for kicking in money from their personal pockets to help get a fundraiser for a local veterans group off the ground. Last week, the commission decided it would donate $250 to help cover costs for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2750 to rent the Davison County Fairgrounds facility for a fundraiser. The fundraiser will help support the renovation effort of the VFW.
For nearly a week each August, Mitchell's Main Street is blocked off with carnival games, rides and trailers with deep-fried foods. Corn Palace Festival week is among us. It's the time of year that signifies the start of school, the end of summer and a reminder that fall harvest is right around the corner. And each year, when officials are setting the dates for the festival, they consider when farmers will get into the fields and ensure it doesn't overlap with the South Dakota State Fair in Huron and other large events in Sioux Falls.
A short discussion on the consent agenda was held during the Mitchell Board of Education's meeting Monday night. And typically, that's not a big deal. Except this week one of the five topics listed under the consent agenda was "conflict disclosures/waiver requests," a policy in place due to South Dakota Codified Law 3-23-6. The reason for the policy is to avoid school board members and other school officials from having an interest in a contract or receiving a direct benefit if the school district is a party to the contract.
CHEERS to Delmont's Zion Lutheran Church for resurrecting a church overcome by a tornado two years ago. Last week, the church attracted more than 400 people to celebrate a new, rebuilt church in the same small town it once stood. We remember arriving in Delmont following the 2015 storm stunned by the damaged caused by the tornado — a type of storm that leaves behind a trail of rubble that never fails to astonish. And one of the most notable sites wrecked in the storm was the church.
HISSES to a crumbling building near Mitchell’s Main Street. City officials have closed a portion of Third Avenue near Main Street due to a 109-year-old structure’s potentially unsafe nature.
HISSES to the federal funding cuts that caused LifeQuest to lose its free lunch program. LifeQuest provides an immeasurable service to our community, but U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cuts left the agency that supports people with developmental disabilities without the ability to provide lunch to 80 clients.