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City Council to consider creating park

The Mitchell City Council will discuss allocating $10,000 to buy playground equipment for a proposed new park in the northwestern part of the city during a meeting tonight at City Hall.

The Mitchell City Council will discuss allocating $10,000 to buy playground equipment for a proposed new park in the northwestern part of the city during a meeting tonight at City Hall.

The park would be located on city land adjacent to the Lakeview Second Addition, a United Building Center residential development near Lakeview Municipal Golf Course.

When the addition was built several years ago, the developer allowed space for a street that could lead into the parking lot of a park. The street has been built, and some residents of the area have been asking city officials for the park.

Funding for the park is not in this year's budget, so the council must adopt a supplemental appropriations ordinance if it wishes to fund the purchase of the playground equipment. The ordinance is scheduled for a first reading tonight, and it will presumably receive a second reading and vote at the Aug. 21 meeting.

Tonight's council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be preceded by meetings of the Public Health and Safety Committee at 6:25 p.m., the Public Works Committee at 6:30 p.m. and the Finance Committee at 7:10 p.m.

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In scheduled business, the council and its committees will:

n Consider conveying the Verifications Inc. lot and building to the Mitchell Area Development Corporation.

The city has planned to convey the property to MADC since acquiring it in a development deal last year. Verifications, a personnel background checking firm, plans to move into the building in mid-September and is expected to eventually employ 160 people.

The cost of the development project was about $2 million. MADC contributed $500,000 and received a $700,000 state loan, a $200,000 loan from the Areawide Business Council, a $100,000 loan from First National Bank of Mitchell, and a $500,000 loan from the city.

n Discuss, during the Public Works Committee meeting, plans for management of a proposed conference center construction project.

Don Petersen, lawyer for the two developers proposing the center, said he plans to advocate the "construction management" method, whereby the city would contract with a company to manage the project.

The City Council has already approved the creation of a tax increment finance district to help fund the project with the new property taxes it creates, and the council plans to consider creating a business improvement district to help fund the project with a per-room tax on hotels owned by the developers proposing the center.

n Conduct the first reading of an ordinance that would repeal a list of 20 nuisance definitions that were adopted July 3 as part of an amendment to the city's public nuisance code.

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n Conduct hearings, sitting as the Board of Adjustment, on variance and conditional use applications for a garage, in-home daycare and portable storage sheds.

n Conduct a hearing, sitting as the Board of Adjustment, on the application of Bob and Pam Plastow for a conditional use permit to operate a Body Spa Salon at 1111 S. Miller St., the current location of the New Leaf Body Spa.

n Set Aug. 21, sitting as the Board of Adjustment, as the date for a hearing on a variance application to construct a governor's house.

n Conduct a hearing on the application of Wiebelhaus Companies Inc., doing business as J-Mart, for an on-sale wine license located at 1527 W. Havens Ave.

n Conduct a hearing on the application of Teresa Quist, doing business as Café Teresa, for an on-sale wine license located at 312 N. Main St.

n Consider adoption of a resolution setting the grave opening and closing fee at the cemetery at $400 plus applicable tax for any weekday, normal-size opening and $200 plus tax for any cremation size opening; and setting a $100 fee in addition to the weekday fee for any Saturday funeral or interment, or for a required Saturday or Sunday opening of a grave for a funeral the following week.

n Consider adoption of a resolution that would waive monument setting fees for all U.S. government issued military veteran markers in the City of Mitchell cemetery, the American Legion cemetery and the Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery.

n Consider adoption of a fire suppression agreement with the state.

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n Conduct the first reading of an ordinance that would amend portions of the zoning code pertaining to radio and television towers.

n Set Aug. 21 as the date for a hearing on the application of Wild Oak Golf Club for a temporary liquor license for the Outkasts Car Club dance Sept. 23-24 at the Corn Palace.

n Consider an automatic supplement of $500, from a donation, to the police portion of the general fund for a crime prevention program.

n Consider requests from Pheasant Country and the Davison County Democrats to conduct raffles.

n Consider paying estimates and bills.

n Consider, during the Public Health and Safety Committee meeting, waiving the fee and granting a fireworks permit for Nov. 11 to the American Legion.

n Discuss, during the Finance Committee meeting, the Mitchell Community Scholarship Fund's "Round-Up for Scholars" proposal and the Council for People with Disabilities.

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