Council to consider approving facility upgrade at northside Mitchell station

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A firefighter drives a fire truck of the Mitchell Fire Division. The Mitchell Fire Division's northside location is in need of a new HVAC system to maintain the equipment inside. (Republic file photo)

The Mitchell City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Monday and consider approving some facility upgrades for the Mitchell Fire Division’s second location on the north side of the city.

The rescue vehicles that are utilized by the Mitchell Fire Division are experiencing mold buildup due to the lack of heating and cooling systems in the building, according to City Engineer Joe Schroeder’s documents attached to the council agenda. Monday’s meeting at City Hall will be the first regularly scheduled meeting for the council since the cancellation of the Oct. 5 meeting.

The city is estimating the new HVAC system installation will cost $13,000. Paulson Air Heating and Cooling, of Mitchell, is the HVAC company the city is recommending the council approve for completing the work at the northside fire station that’s located just north of Airport Road and west of the Municipal Airport off Highway 37.

According to Schroeder, Paulson Air Heating and Cooling’s quote for the HVAC system came in at $11,325. But Schroeder’s documents explain that moving the HVAC unit from the proposed location would increase the costs in the amount of $1,200, which includes the need for installing a concrete pad to complete the project.

The project would require the city to utilize contingency funds in order to complete the HVAC project.


Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the Oct. 7 City Council meeting.

  • Approve the minutes from the following committee meetings: Sept. 28 Planning and Zoning Commission; October Community Services Board meeting.

  • Approve Department report.

  • Approve the following raffle reports: Voiture 481, 40 and 8 Veterans with the drawing to be held on Dec. 16, 2020; Kiwanis Club of Mitchell with the drawing to be held on Dec. 16, 2020; Mitchell Quarterback Club with the drawing to be held on Dec. 29, 2020; Mitchell Area Networking Association with the drawing to be held on Jan. 14, 2021.

  • Approve to accept $20,000 grant for the Mitchell Public Library through the South Dakota Humanities Council CARES Act Relief grant.

  • Approve Oct. 19 pay estimates.

  • Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.

Other business

  • Recite Pledge of Allegiance, hear invocation from Word of Life church, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing and take action on the following application: Christy Duba, 113 W. Douglas Ave., legally described as the east half of lots 11 and 12, block 12, Van Eps first addition, in the city of Mitchell. Last year the city planning commission and the board of adjustment approved the conditional use permit for an indoor recreational facility with the following conditions: a code review be completed and the applicants come back in a year for a review, which will be voted on Monday.

  • Hold hearing and take action on the following application: Oct. 19, 2020, Steven and Roberta McCullough’s application for a backyard variance of 1 feet vs. 5 feet, a height variance of 26 feet vs. 22 feet, and an oversize variance of 2,630 square feet vs. 2,000 feet as required for construction of a detached garage located at 103 N. Minnesota Street, legally described as lots 11, 12, and 13, block 90, Lawler’s second addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District.

  • Hold hearing and take action on the following: Stacy and LaVonne Murtha’s application for a height variance of 25 feet vs. 17 feet as required for construction of a detached garage at 2700 Mentzer Court, legally described as lots 8, block 3, woodland heights first addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in a Planned Development District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve awarding airport farm ground lease No. 20201-5 and airport pasture lease No. 2021-6, both for a duration of three years, extending from 2021 to 2023. City staff recommends awarding Nick and Doug Hohn’s bid to lease the farmland for three years at a cost of $442,824, and Josh Russel’s three-year lease that was bid at $3,333 for the pasture.

  • Consider approving $10,000 in contingency funds to Friends of Firesteel nonprofit organization that’s beginning a fundraising campaign for Lake Mitchell water improvement solutions.

  • Approve amendment to agreement No. A2020-10, the construction engineering services for Sanborn Boulevard Phases II and III with Brosz Engineering.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2020-39, the design and construction of landfill cell No. 4, contracted with Helms and Associates.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2020-40, the South Dakota Department of Transportation for pavement maintenance at the Mitchell Municipal Airport.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2020-41, Fifth Avenue and Ninth Avenue reconstruction project contracted with McLaury Engineering.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2020-42, to improve the North Foster lift station lining with Hydro-Klean.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2020-52, railroad crossing flashing signals on Spruce Street.

  • Approve agreement No. A2020-31, an agreement with South Dakota Department of Transportation for new railroad flashing signals on Spruce Street.

  • Approve resolution No. R2020-72, a plat of tract P, Wild Oak Golf Club Addition, a subdivision of irregular tracts No. 3A and No. 4, in the northwest quarter of section 23, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, Davison County.

  • Hold discussion on mandating masks at city-owned facilities.

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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