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City to consider more action on Jitters building

The city of Mitchell will continue moving toward the demolition of the Jitters building in the downtown district with a set of expected moves today. The Mitchell City Council will meet today starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall for its regular city co...

The city of Mitchell will continue moving toward the demolition of the Jitters building in the downtown district with a set of expected moves today.

The Mitchell City Council will meet today starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall for its regular city council meeting. A traffic commission meeting will precede the council's regular meeting.

The council previously opened bids for the asbestos remediation of the building, which is the first step to demolish the building, according to the city. Horsley Specialities, Inc., of Rapid City, was the lone bidder and the city is recommending awarding the bid at a cost of $7,600.

As part of the council's consent agenda, the council will also set 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 as the time and date for the bid opening to demolish the building.

The overall budget for the project is $100,000 and the earliest demolition will take place is after the Blue and White Days homecoming parade for Dakota Wesleyan University.

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The Jitters Building, located at 512 N. Main St., dates back to 1916 but hasn't been used since 2015, when the Mitchell Retired Senior Volunteer Program last used the building for a thrift store. It was a longtime home of the local Salvation Army, as well.

The city has owned the Jitters building since 2013 and found that restoration could cost $560,000. A 2016 city inspection found broken windows, exposed electrical outlets and probable mold infestation as the primary issues with the building.

The city also owns the former next-door NorthWestern Energy building, meaning the city will have the ability to potentially expand the newly completed Corn Palace Plaza closer to Fifth Avenue.

Consent agenda

• Approve minutes of the July 2 council meeting and Planning Committee meeting from June 25.

• Receive June finance, police, fire/EMS, library, water, Palace Transit, community services and airport reports.

• Appoint Kevin Genzlinger to fill the unexpired term of Bob Everson through July 2021 to the planning commission.

• Supplement the police department's general fund in the amount of $9,000 for radar speed boards from an Elks Club donation.

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• Amend event map for Aug. 2 special event.

• Approve pay estimates, bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires and authorize payment of recurring and other expenses.

Other business

The council will consider the following actions:

• Pledge of Allegiance, invocation from Grace Baptist, roll call.

• Hear citizens input and receive traffic committee report.

• Hold the following hearings: a special event liquor license at the Masonic Lodge Aug. 3 for the Lakeview golf mixer; and the transfer of retail (on-sale) liquor license RL-5363 from LAB, LLC, 501 S. Sanborn Blvd. to The Back 40, LLC, dba The Back 40 Taphouse Grill, 511 N. Main St.; and the transfer of retail (on-off sale) malt beverage license RB-2169 from The Back 40, LLC, dba The Back 40 Taphouse Grill, 511 N. Main St. to LAB, LLC, 501 S. Sanborn Blvd.

• Award the bid for the wastewater manhole rehabilitation project to Key Contracting, of West Fargo, N.D., in the amount of $239,210.55. The project will include renovating 29 manholes in the Dry Run Creek area that are deteriorating. Key was the only bidder.

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• Will hold a public hearing for the North Sanborn Boulevard Utilities Project scheduled for 2019. The city is seeking funding from the state Board of Water and Natural Resources for the project.

• Authorize Mayor Bob Everson as signatory for documents for bridge funding agreement with the South Dakota Department of Transportation for a Bridge Improvement Grant on the Sanborn Boulevard project.

• Consider agreement with GeoTek Engineering, of Sioux Falls, for $9,515 at the Recreation Center water leak slab assessment. Moisture is still occurring in the Rec Center following the water main break last month.

• Consider resolution action on the following plats: #R2018-35, a plat of Lot 13, Block 4 of The Woods First Addition, a subdivision of the east half of the southwest quarter of Section 23 of Mitchell Township, city of Mitchell; #R2018-36, a plat of Lot 21, Block 9 of CJM Second Addition in the west half of Section 32, Mitchell Township, city of Mitchell; #R2018-37, a plat of Lot 3A, Block 1A of CJM Second Addition, a portion of previously platted Block 1A of CJM Second Addition in the northwest quarter of Section 32, and a portion of previously platted Irregular Tract No. 3 in the southwest quarter of Section 32, all in Mitchell Township, city of Mitchell; #R2018-38, a plat of Lot 0, a subdivision of previously platted Lot S Of Maui Farms Second Addition, city of Mitchell; #R2018-39, a plat of Lots A And B of Mason's Addition in the west half of the northeast quarter of Section 17, Mitchell Township; #R2018-40, a plat of Lot 5 in Tract H Wild Oak Golf Club addition to the city of Mitchell.

• Meeting as the Board of Adjustment, consider the following motions: a conditional use permit from Tammy Miller to operate a family residential child care center in her home at 506 W. Birch Ave.; a front-yard variance of 20 feet instead of 25 feet and a backyard variance of 18 feet instead of 25 feet from Boyd Reimnitz to construct a single-family home in the 200 block of W. 15th Ave. (the planning commission voted 5-0 against); a conditional use permit from Dustin and Nichole Sullivan to build a facility to provide outside commercial storage, outside storage and a self-service storage facility at 40822 256th St.; a sideyard variance from Darlene Buhler of 1-foot instead of 3 feet to build a detached garage at 508 E. Sixth Ave. (planning commission voted 3-2 against).

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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