A name easily recognizable to many Mitchell residents could soon appear in the city's most famous building.
In January 2016, more than 800 people gathered in the Corn Palace to remember the life of former Mitchell High School basketball coach Gary Munsen. And on Monday, the Mitchell City Council will consider naming the event center's court after the man who guided 12 Kernel teams to state championship titles.
The Mitchell City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall to consider naming the court in honor of Munsen, who died last year at the age of 72.
If approved, the Mike Miller Foundation would fund the permanent stickers to be placed on the court, which will be deemed "Gary Munsen Court." Miller played for Munsen before going on to a lengthy and successful career in the NBA.
Miller commented on the announcement on Twitter Thursday.
"Coach Gary Munsen was one of the most influential people in my life," Miller said. "The Court at the Corn Palace needs to be named after him!"
Munsen manned the Kernel sidelines for 39 years, helping nine boys teams and three girls teams to win state titles. He also taught in Mitchell for more than 30 years.
Another Corn Palace-related item will also be on Monday's agenda.
The council will consider Muth Electric's bid of $104,717 to add "dimming hardware as well as the wiring upgrades for the exterior lights." The dimmer lights were also described as "Border Marquee Lighting." An additional $70,000 in hardware and installation costs is also expected, raising the total cost to $174,717.
Muth Electric provided the only bid.
If the project is approved, it would fall within the $268,086 budget the city had leftover from not adding decorative tile to the exterior of the Corn Palace and there would be $32,508.25 in remaining capital funds for the project.
The council will consider approving the following consent agenda items:
• Minutes from the previous City Council and Planning Commission meetings and various department reports.
• Raffle permits from the following organizations: James River Gobblers, with the drawing to be held Oct. 29; Sam Tronnes Memorial Foundation, with the drawing to be held Nov. 3; Mitchell Technical Institute Rodeo Team, with the drawing to be held Nov. 18; Mitchell Area Safehouse-Holiday Spirit, with the drawing to be held Dec. 1; Palace City Lions, with the drawing to be held Dec. 15; Mitchell Area Networking Association, with the drawing to be held Jan. 11; James River Valley Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, with the drawing to be held March 24.
• Set Nov. 6 as the date for a hearing on Blarney's Sports Bar and Grill's application for a special event liquor license, located at the Highland Mall, for a Holiday Spirit event with the proceeds benefitting Mitchell Area Safehouse.
• Change Order No. 3 for the veterans park project. The change to James Valley Nursery would decrease the total contract by $6,000, adjusting the new contract amount to $17,030.29.
• Change Order No. 2 to Commercial Asphalt for a paving and overlay project. The contract would rise by $11,482.48, adjusting the new contract amount to $407,380.31.
• Accept Section 5311 funds from the S.D. Department of Transportation for Palace Transit. Total state and federal funding would be $464,620.75, which local funds would be $188,086.19.
• The application of Lori Claussen, doing business as Lori's Cab, for a taxicab general license.
• Gas and fuel quotes, pay estimates, bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires and the authorization of payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.
The council will consider the following agenda items:
• Meet as the Traffic Commission to consider directional lanes at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Iowa Street. The request is for a left turn lane and a straight lane with a right turn option on the north side of the Eighth and Iowa intersection to improve traffic flow exiting the Mitchell Middle School.
• Meet as the Public Health and Safety Committee to consider a firework permit for the Mitchell Area Community Theatre for Oct. 28 and 29.
• Call the meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, hear an invocation from Resurrection Lutheran Church, conduct roll call, call for citizen input and hear committee reports.
• Hold a hearing on the application of OverTime Steakhouse & Sports Bar for a special event liquor license on Oct. 28 located at OverTime Event Center. Hold a separate hearing on the application to transfer retail on-sale liquor license RL-19079 from V.V. Inc., 508 and 510 E. Havens Ave., doing business as Sudz, to V.V. Inc., 508 E. Havens Ave. Suite No. 2, doing business as Outback Casino.
• Meet as the Board of Adjustment and consider setting Nov. 6 as the date for a conditional use permit from Melissa Jenkins and CJG Properties LLC to allow for a family residential child care center at 924 E. Third Ave.
• Withdrawn application requests from CJG Properties LLC for a conditional use permit and variances for self-service storage facilities at 1821 W. Eighth Ave.
• Action to name the Corn Palace floor "Gary Munsen Court."
• Action to award a bid for Corn Palace dimmers.
• Action on Agreement No. A2017-30, a law enforcement training software agreement with TargetSolutions. The agreement would allow the Mitchell Police Division and Mitchell Dispatch to have access to TargetSolutions' online training platform.
• Action on Resolution No. R2017-73, a plat of Performance Pet Products First Addition.
• Hold a closed-door executive session. The agenda states that the closed session will be held for "preparing for contract negotiations."
• Motion to adjourn.