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Burr St. sidewalk snow removal relief to be considered

Slowly, but surely, snow removal relief is on the way for Burr Street businesses. One month after businesses expressed concern about clearing snow and ice from new sidewalks installed on Burr Street during its reconstruction, the second reading a...

Mitchell City Hall. (Republic file photo)
Mitchell City Hall. (Republic file photo)

Slowly, but surely, snow removal relief is on the way for Burr Street businesses.

One month after businesses expressed concern about clearing snow and ice from new sidewalks installed on Burr Street during its reconstruction, the second reading and possible adoption of an ordinance that gets them off the hook will be considered Tuesday night at City Hall.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday, pushed back a day due to New Year's.

The amended ordinance, if adopted, applies almost exclusively to Burr Street. It would stipulate that sidewalks more than 40 feet from a business did not have to be cleared by the property owner. Instead, the city would be responsible. At the last City Council meeting, where the first reading of the ordinance was held, City Attorney Justin Johnson said about 99 percent of Mitchell wouldn't be impacted by the change.

Property owners with sidewalks within 40 feet of the nearest property line would still be responsible for their nearby sidewalks.

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Councilman Dan Allen, representing Ward 3 in northeastern Mitchell, was the only council member to vote against the ordinance on first reading.

In December, Ward 1 Councilman Mel Olson empathized with business owners on Burr Street.

"If you are asking me to plow a sidewalk 100 feet away from my house, I'd be down here every day," Olson said.

According to the staff report filed with the ordinance, the 40-foot distance was selected "based upon a comparison of distances around the town in general."

While the second reading will be held Tuesday, City Attorney Justin Johnson recommends the council table the ordinance until the South Dakota Department of Transportation vacates rights-of-ways in the area. If the ordinance is tabled, it would allow time for a "responsibility map" to be designed.

Consent agenda

The council will consider approving the following items of the consent agenda:

• Minutes from the previous City Council meeting and committee minutes.

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• Name The Daily Republic as the official newspaper for the city in 2018.

• A raffle permit for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, with the drawing to be held on Jan. 6.

• An application for a wine license from Karmen McCain for Cafe Teresa.

• The replacement of two Mitchell Police Division patrol cars, gas and fuel quotations and pay estimates.

• Bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires and authorize payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Agenda items

• Call meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, hear an invocation from Grace Baptist Church, conduct roll call and call for citizen input.

• Hold hearings on four special event liquor licenses at the OverTime Event Center.

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• Designate the city's official depositories.

• Action on Resolution No. R2018-01, the vacation of a right-of-way that formerly separated the Coca-Cola bottling plant and Vern Eide of Mitchell.

• Action on Resolution No. R2018-02, a resolution to apply for Bridge Improvement Grant funds for work on the Sanborn Boulevard bridge. The project is estimated at $1.045 million, and the city would be responsible for $209,042 of the project if the grant is approved.

• Action on Ordinance O2017-17, amending the sidewalk snow and ice removal ordinance.

• Motion to adjourn.

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