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The hugs and smiles were never-ending Friday night, as scores of former Kernels reminisced about a South Dakota basketball legend.
A popular gathering space in Mitchell could be in line to get a bit safer. While events like the Mike Miller Classic basketball tournament aren't exactly in need of metal detectors at the Corn Palace doors, Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt believes an added security measure for well-attended concerts would be a welcome upgrade. "Every facility is different, but when we bring in large crowds like we do for the Corn Palace Festival, I feel taking one extra step for precautionary measures isn't going to be a bad thing," Schmidt said.
Got extra garbage? It will come at a cost, but not as hefty a cost as it could have. On Jan. 1, a slight change to Mitchell's garbage collection fees will go into effect. The change set fees for extra garbage at a flat rate of $2 for the first three additional bags and a $1 per bag fee for any others. Currently, a household's garbage is dumped from a receptacle, and then any additional bags are then added to the can and dumped again. But the city was charging $1 per dump rather than on a per-bag basis, likely saving a household a few dollars in the process.
Expect to see more fresh faces at the James Valley Community Center in 2018. In an effort to combat a national trend of diminishing senior center membership, the Mitchell Community Services Advisory Board voted in November to open James Valley Community Center (JVCC) membership to anyone 18 years old or older. "We want to make it available for the community and we want as much of the community to participate in our beautiful facility and all the wonderful things that we have available for this community," Mitchell Community Services Director Jessica Pickett said on Tuesday.
The city of Mitchell has three scenarios in hand to restore water quality at Lake Mitchell, but there's another option that's rarely uttered by city officials. Mitchell was given the preliminary draft of a $73,725 report this month, which highlighted several ways the city could work to reduce algae at Lake Mitchell in the coming years. The projects ranged as high as $87 million, as reported by Omaha-based water quality specialists Fyra Engineering.
Republicans reveled in their success Wednesday as tax reform finally moved through Congress, marking the end of a long-fought battle in Washington, D.C. After an arduous process and nonstop partisan debate on whether the GOP tax cuts would benefit the wealthy more than the average American income-earner, Republicans ultimately triumphed.
More money, more problems. Problems to solve, that is. As the five-person Davison County Commission prepares to tackle another year of county affairs, its members voted to give themselves a 1.6 percent raise on Tuesday. The members of the board will make $16,811.70 in 2018, compared to $16,546.95 in 2017. The board also voted Tuesday to raise county employees' wages by 50 cents per hour. Other elected officials were also given raises.
U.S Sen. John Thune believes the Republican tax plan will have a substantial impact on people living life one paycheck at a time. Before a plan to slash the taxes owed by most Americans was voted on, the South Dakota Republican spent a few minutes touting the final proposal with media from his native state in a conference call Tuesday. And Thune sees a big boost coming to middle-class wallets around the country.
Mitchell City Councilman John Doescher hit the nail on the head regarding the first phase of the city's Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction project. "It's not going to be good either way," Doescher said at Monday night's meeting at City Hall. The comment came during a presentation from SPN & Associates about the reconstruction of Sanborn Boulevard between Havens Avenue and First Avenue, and Doescher's statement was followed by concerns from other City Council members and some business representatives on the stretch of road.
The Mitchell City Council is gearing up for a massive construction project in 2018. At Monday's 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall, the council will consider setting 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 as the time and date to open bids for the Sanborn Boulevard reconstruction project. The initial phase of the project will most likely close Sanborn from Havens Avenue to First Avenue from April to August in 2018, depending on weather.