Council to consider approving installation of new street lights along west Mitchell

The two street lights that the Mitchell City Council will consider approving are being requested for 20th Avenue and 21st Avenue.

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The front entrance of Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St. (Matt Gade / Republic file photo)

The Mitchell City Council will consider approving a request to install street lights on two streets along the west side of Mitchell during the 6 p.m. meeting on Monday.

According to City Engineer Joe Schroeder’s documents attached to the agenda, both of the street lights are being requested to be installed on 20th Avenue in between Ohlman and Quail streets, and 21st Avenue in between Pheasant and Quail streets. Monday's meeting will be held at City Hall.

Northwestern Energy, the electricity utility company that the city occasionally works with, have recommended one street light per-city block. The street lights for the proposed streets will be constructed at the intersections of the newly developing areas.

According to Schroeder, street lights are installed free of charge to the City of Mitchell if the wood pole is installed by Northwestern Energy. The city is then charged $13.74 a month per light to the once it is installed.

Water tower mixer

The council will also consider approving the installation of a water tank mixer for the south water tower during Monday’s meeting.


According to Public Works Director Kyle Croce’s document submitted to the council, the city currently has one mixer installed in the south storage water tank. However, Croce noted a consultant recently found the water tank was “experiencing problems with nitrification,” which fluctuated greater during warm temperature months.

Those problems resulted in lower chlorine residual levels, and an increase in the frequency to flush the south water tower, according to Croce. As part of the solution, the city’s consultants, SPN and Associates and Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc., recommended the installation of a second mixer for the water tank.

The installation of the second mixer would cost the city $18,250. Previously, the city’s utility water division budgeted $50,000 in 2020 for clear well repairs at the water treatment plant, which came under budget. Therefore, the city has over $19,000 left over from the past project, which will be used to fund the $18,250 water tower mixer project.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the Nov. 16 City Council meeting, and the Nov. 23 special meeting.

  • Approve the Nov. 9 Planning Commission meeting minutes.

  • Approve department reports.

  • Approve the following raffle permit: Big Friend Little Friend with the drawing to be held Feb. 6, 2021.

  • Approve new vehicle for hire company applications for the following: Palace transit, Granite Springs Lodge, E-Z Ride taxi, D&J Fun Bus.

  • Approve new transportation network company application for a Lyft driver.

  • Approve Palace transit CARES Act amendment.

  • Approve 2019 delinquent utility billing account write-offs.

  • Approve automatic supplements.

  • Approve change order No. 1 to Metcalf Engineering for Mitchell Airport Archeological survey for master plan.

  • Approve change order No. 6 and No. 7 for Phase I of the East Central Drainage Project to Menning Backhoe.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: Jan. 19, 2021, resolution of necessity for Anthony Avenue assessment.

  • Approve gas and fuel quotes.

  • Approve Dec. 7 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 Salvation Army, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Hear update on COVID-19 impacts from Avera Health Dr. Hilary Rockwell.

  • Hold hearing on the following alcohol licenses: Blarney’s, LLC, doing business as Blarney’s Sports Bar and Grill, for a new retail (on-off sale) malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine license, located at 2100 Highland Way; Application to transfer RL-5773 retail (on-sale) liquor license from VFW Post 2750, doing business as VFW Home Association, located at 215 N. Main St., to VFW Post 2750, doing business as VFW Home Association, located at 215 N. Main St. in Mitchell.

  • Approve applications for renewal of liquor licenses.

  • Approve awarding bid for Ash Avenue CIPP Project No. 2020-11.

  • Approve purchase of a marathon CR300K crack router project No. 2020-48.

  • Approve amending the termination date for the recently adopted citywide mask ordinance, ordinance No. O2020-13.

  • Approve purchase of second mixer for south water tower project.

  • Approve agreement No. A2020-47. An environmental study for Norway/Rowley shared use path project with HDR Engineering.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2020-79, a plat of lots 62 and 63 of Maui farms second addition, a subdivision of the southeast quarter of section 31 and previously platted lot 4 in the east half of the west half of section 31, township 104 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2020-80, a plat of lot 46 of the Island First Addition, subdivision of the southeast quarter of section 31, township 104 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Action On Resolution #R2020-81, a plat of lot 55 of the Island First Addition, subdivision of the southeast quarter of section 31, township 104 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve second reading of Ordinance No. O2020-14, amending department head titles and departmental organizations.

  • Approve first reading of Ordinance No. O2020-15, supplemental appropriations.

  • Approve first reading of Ordinance No. 2020-16, creating the golf and cemetery board.

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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