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When Mayor Jerry Toomey announced his committee appointments, his decision was met with immediate backlash. At Monday night's regular City Council meeting, Toomey removed two people from both the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee and the Park and Recreation Board before their three-year term expired. Councilwoman Susan Tjarks instantly met Toomey's appointments with a barrage of questions and concerns. "I have a really hard time just having you waltz in and say, 'Well I'm going to replace them with someone who I've known for a really long time who wanted to serve,' " Tjarks said. Most notab
The City Hall inspection results are in, and a renovation of the building could be costly. In the second study of the municipal building in six months, Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. found eight architectural, one electrical and three mechanical issues in the 78-year old building. SEH conducted a study of City Hall, the Recreation Center and the American Legion wall at a cost of $14,800 to the city, a project City Administrator Stephanie Ellwein said is beneficial as Mitchell's City Council approaches 2016 budget hearings.
General deterioration of City Hall found in a February inspection motivated the city to conduct its second study in 2015. The City Hall inspection report could be discussed at the finance committee meeting 6:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St., in Mitchell. The regular City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Sioux Falls-based Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Mitchell's new mayor and one of his early vocal opponents from the City Council say their relationship is improving. After Jerry Toomey was elected mayor, Councilman Mel Olson said there would be "fences to mend" due to claims made by Toomey during his mayoral campaign. Toomey was satisfied with the relationship between himself and the City Council during his first month as mayor. "I think it's been very good," Toomey said after Monday night's budget work session.
It's been a whirlwind for Tim McGannon in his first two and half weeks since returning to the position he held for nearly 24 years. The public works director returned to the position from a one and a half year absence to replace Shane Crowe, who resigned unexpectedly in early July. On Thursday, McGannon answered questions from The Daily Republic. Here are excerpts from the interview: Q: Tell me about yourself. A: I'm a South Dakotan. I graduated from Groton High School and have an associate's and bachelor's degree in engineering. The bachelor's is from South Dakota State University.
With rumors swirling about former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the director of Dakota Wesleyan University's McGovern Center stood behind the school's most notable alumnus. On Monday, reports showed that McGovern fathered a child prior to his marriage in 1943.
State Rep. Elizabeth May wants to address the state's education funding needs before the 2016 Legislative session. May sent a petition to her colleagues in the South Dakota Legislature to convene for a special session on Aug.
Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey is determined to address the decades-long issues with Lake Mitchell. With the city's budget hearings approaching, on Aug. 10-11, Toomey has his eyes on one issue that isn't currently on the budget.
Corn Palace construction crews on Monday crossed one of the last major items off their to-do list. The domes for the World's Only Corn Palace are up. "I'm happy," said Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey. "I think it's a great day for Mitchell." What started out as a gloomy Monday morning took a turn for the better when the Corn Palace's signature feature rose to the roof of Mitchell's major tourist attraction.
A city budget work session gave the public a first glance at some of the fiscal priorities for the future in Mitchell. On Monday, City Council members, department heads and the city administrator gathered in Council Chambers at City Hall for a public meeting to discuss three agenda items regarding the 2016 budget. Of those agenda items, Public Works projects became the dominant topic of discussion.