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Mitchell Public Works Director Shane Crowe has tendered his resignation, but city officials on Monday were hesitant to discuss details on the department head’s exit. Crowe informed Mayor Jerry Toomey of his resignation on Friday, which Toomey accepted immediately. Toomey declined to comment on the reasoning behind the resignation. “I think there were some issues he was dealing with, and the decision was made that he resigned,” said Toomey.
SPRINGFIELD—After a successful inaugural event in 2014, the Fort to Field 50 Paddle Battle returned to the Missouri River on Saturday. While the amount of paddlers dropped from more than 100 competitors to approximately 85 in 2015, event founder Jarett Bies said the grassroots support and word of mouth generated by last year's race helped it return for a second year. "We had such a great turnout, with more than 100 people last year, that a lot of people were hopeful we were coming back," Bies said. In 2015, Bies decided to donate the funds raised by the Paddle Battle to a different or
After a second failed health inspection in less than a year, the New China Buffet in Mitchell faces an unannounced follow-up that could temporarily shut down the restaurant. The New China Buffet, located at the Palace Mall on North Main Street, has recorded some of the worst health inspection scores in Mitchell over the past two years. In July 2014, a complaint sparked an impromptu check that earned the restaurant a score of 68, well below the 80 grade that typically signifies a failing grade.
Family child care homes remained more affordable than large child care centers for another year, according to a recent report from Child Care Aware of America. In the 2015 report, parents who sent their infant to a family child care centers saved approximately $900 compared to those who sent their infant to a center, which supervises 21 or more children. For a 4-year-old child, parents save about $300 annually. Tia Kafka, of the South Dakota Department of Social Services, said child care centers typically have higher overhead and operating costs that make the facilities less affordable.
Much to his surprise, Councilman Jeff Smith hasn't missed a City Council meeting in more than 12 months. "That was obviously strictly by luck," Smith said. Smith, one of Ward 4's two council members, attended 33 consecutive regular and special City Council meetings as well as a few work sessions. He said it's difficult to make every meeting because unforeseen issues like a death or illness in the family can arise unexpectedly.
Tuesday was a busy day for new Mitchell Mayor Jerry Toomey. In his first full day in office, Toomey's schedule was packed with meetings with department heads and other city officials as he attempts to overcome the learning curve that comes with the position. "I've been running all day today," Toomey said. For his efforts, Toomey will earn a salary of $30,900 in 2015, according to city finance officer Michelle Bathke. The mayor's salary is determined by the City Council during the yearly budget meetings. The mayor, like all city employees, got a 3 percent cost of living raise in 2015.
It was newly elected Mayor Jerry Toomey's day, but former Mayor Ken Tracy received the praise. "We really appreciate the nine years you served on Council and the three years as mayor," said Councilman Jeff Smith. "It's not an easy job. Tracy leaves the post after having lost the June 2 election to Toomey by about 400 votes.
The winds of change will be blowing through Mitchell Monday night as Jerry Toomey takes the reins of the city from incumbent Mayor Ken Tracy. The oath of office will be administered to the 35th mayor of Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall, 612 N. Main St., in Mitchell. The agenda includes a public health and safety meeting at 7 p.m., a finance committee meeting at 7:05 p.m. and a public works committee meeting at 7:10 p.m. Toomey defeated Tracy by approximately 400 votes in the June 2 mayoral election.
Serving as mayor has been the highlight of Ken Tracy's career. Tracy's three-year term as Mitchell's mayor comes to an end at Monday's City Council meeting, but he is proud of the momentum and growth the city has achieved under his watch. "I don't have a lot of regrets about what happened," said Tracy. "I think we've made some significant strides." Tracy hands the city's top post over to Jerry Toomey after Tracy's unsuccessful bid for re-election. Tracy, 68, defeated five candidates, including Toomey, in 2012 to begin serving as mayor.
After her first year as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2750 commander, Gloria Hanson, of Mitchell, was named the state's outstanding post commander. Hanson, a Cold War veteran who served in Berlin, Germany, during the 1970s, was named the 2014-2015 Baker-Simpson Award recipient at the South Dakota VFW convention in Yankton. Hanson said she was proud of her achievement. "I felt it was deserved," said Hanson.