Council to consider approving engineer firm to survey shared use paths installment area

The Mitchell City Council holds a meeting earlier this month in the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell City Council will consider approving an engineering firm to survey an area in Mitchell where the city is seeking to install a shared use path during the 6 p.m. meeting on Monday.

The shared use paths will be installed along portions of West Norway Avenue and South Rowley Street located in southwest Mitchell. According to City Engineer Joe Schroeder’s documents attached to the council agenda, the city of Mitchell was awarded a grant from the South Dakota Department of Transportation for the project in the amount of $400,000. The project cost of the shared use path installments is estimated at $1,036,000.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the City Council meeting will be held at the Corn Palace instead of City Hall in efforts to allow for the audience to social distance with more space.

McLaury Engineering is the firm being recommended to fulfill the survey that will include a boundary survey to establish the right-of-way boundaries and encroachments. According to Schroeder’s documents, the cost for McLaury Engineering’s services for the shared use paths is set not to exceed $4,640.

A portion of the path that will be constructed along South Rowley Street is expected to be 10 feet wide with two crosswalk locations. In addition, the section of shared use path along West Norway Avenue will be 8 foot wide. The shared use paths welcome bicycles, jogging, running and more activity.


Consent agenda

The following items will be considered as part of the consent agenda:

  • Approve the minutes of the March 16 meeting, and the minutes of the 24 and 30 special council meetings.

  • Approve department reports.

  • Approve the following raffle permit: LifeQuest’s Dancing for Dreams with the drawing to be held April 18.

  • Approve automatic supplement to the special revenue fund -- sports complex in the amount of $4,000 for batting cage improvements, which was supported through private donations.

  • Approve property tax abatements for 2019 taxes payable in 2020.

  • Approve change order No. 3 to H & W Contracting, LLC, for Sanborn Bridge project.

  • Approve request for street light on Anderson Street between Williams and McCabe avenues.

  • Approve request for street light on Snead Avenue between Tiger and Mattie streets.

  • Hear quarterly report from Mitchell Area Development Corporation.

  • Approve Mitchell Main Street & Beyond’s special event permit/consumption permit/noise permit located on Main Street between Fifth and Seventh avenues to include Sixth Avenue Plaza between Main Street and Lawler Street for the Following Fridays: May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4 of 2020 for First Fridays On Main.

  • Approve request to transfer funds in the amount of $64,309 for the remaining airport entitlements to the state of South Dakota.

  • Approve April 6, 2020 pay estimates.

  • Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires.

Other business

  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance, receive invocation from Mitchell Wesleyan, and hear citizens’ input.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Consider tabling discussion on one-way vs. two-way streets for Second, Third and Fourth avenues to take place at the April 20 council meeting.

  • Approve Purr N’ Ruff Rescue for Rodz N’ Pawz event, closing the 100 block of North Main Street and the parking lots located at First Avenue and Rowley Street and north of 107 North Main Street for a car show and fundraising event slated to take place May 30.

  • Approve contingency funds in the amount of $14,000 for part-time work with the Public Works and Street and Sanitation Department.

  • Approve awarding bid for James Valley Community Center drive up window and parking lot improvements,

  • Approve awarding bid for the $169,000 reroofing project at the public safety building to Weathercraft Roofing.

  • Hold second reading on supplemental appropriations requests for 2020.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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