Council to consider awarding bids for Corn Palace dome, turrets, with recommendation to reject

One of the former Corn Palace domes rests in the grass across from Muth Electric at 730 N. Kimball St. in Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell City Council will consider awarding the bids that were recently submitted to purchase an old Corn Palace dome and a pair of turrets during Monday’s meeting at City Hall.

As the old dome and two turrets that once sat atop Mitchell’s biggest tourist attraction have corroded away in the elements over the past five years, the council declared the Corn Palace artifacts as surplus in the spring, allowing for a sealed bid on June 24 which attracted two bidders. But according to Corn Palace Director Doug Greenway’s documents included in the council agenda, city officials are recommending the council reject both of the bids due to procedural issues.

Mitchell Roofing and Siding submitted the high bid for a total of $5,500, while Mike and Pam Bathke represented the low bid at $900.80. According to Greenway’s council document, the bid did not comply with the appraisal procedure that’s required by South Dakota state law for the sale of surplus property through sealed bids. Therefore, the city’s recommendation to the council is to reject both bids and rebid the surplus items.

For a rebid to take place, the council will consider appointing three individuals to appraise the value of the Corn Palace artifacts prior to opening the sealed bid. During Monday’s meeting, the council will consider appointing Larry Jirsa, Aaron Moller and Brad Ciavarella, who would appraise the value of the surplus property.

The old Corn Palace dome has been sitting in a residential area across the street from Muth Electric’s 720 N. Kimball St. location for the past five years, sparking suggestions for the community to preserve the piece of history.


Prior to the Monday’s meeting, the council will meet for a work session at 5:15 p.m. According to the work session agenda, the council will review upcoming utility projects and discuss future goals.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes of the June 15 and June 17 special meeting.

  • Approve the minutes of the June 8 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, May Parks and Recreation Board meeting, and June 16 Public Library Board meeting..

  • Approved department reports.

  • Approved the following raffle permit: Mitchell Ducks Unlimited with the raffle to be held on June 25.

  • Approve the following council members to their respective liaison assignments: Steve Rice to the Chamber of Commerce Board; John Doescher to the Community Services Board; Susan Tjarks to the Convention and Visitors Bureau; Jeff Smith to the Corn Palace Events and Entertainment Board; Dan Sabers to the Golf Board; Kevin McCardle to the Housing and Redevelopment Commission; Steve Rice to the Library Board of Trustees; Jeff Smith to the Mitchell Area Development Corporation; Susan Tjarks to Mitchell Main Street and Beyond; Marty Barington to the Parks and Recreation Board; Dan Allen to the Planning and Zoning Board; Jeff Smith to the Sports and Events Authority.

  • Approve the appointment of Luke Norden to serve on the Parks and Recreation Board for a term to run from July 2020 to June 2023.

  • Set the date for the following alcohol license applications: Transfer RL-5771 Retail (On-Sale) Liquor License from Mitchell Area Development Corporation, 601 North Main Street, Mitchell to Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc., 601 North Main Street, Mitchell. This license will be active; Mitchell Chamber of Commerce for a new Retail (On-Off Sale) Wine License and Cider, located at 601 North Main Street, Mitchell, South Dakota; Mitchell Chamber of Commerce for a new Retail (On-Off Sale) Malt Beverage & SD Farm Wine, located at 601 North Main Street, Mitchell, South Dakota; Exchange Club of Mitchell for a Special Event Malt Beverage License from August 5th through August 16th for the State Amateur Baseball Tournament.

  • Approve to accept CARES Act grant for the Mitchell Municipal Airport in the amount of $69,000 with authorization of Mayor Bob Everson and City Attorney Justin Johnson.

  • Approve space closure request for July 24-25 in front of Bonnie’s DeKor on East Third Avenue.

  • Approve change order No. 5, East Central Drainage project No. 2018-39, to Menning Backhoe, LLC.

  • Approve change order No. 1 for Department of Public Safety building reroof project.

  • Set the date for the following bid opening: 1:30 p.m. on July 22 for Mitchell Activity Center roof repair project..

  • Approve July 6 and June 16 gas and fuel quotations.

  • Approve July 6 pay estimates.

  • Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires and authorize payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Other business

  • Recite the Pledge of Allegiance, receive invocation from Seventh Day Adventist Church and hear citizens' input.

  • Mayor Bob Everson to issue oath of office for the following council members: Steve Rice, Dan Allen, Susan Tjarks, and John Doescher.

  • Elect City Council President and Vice President.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Hold hearings as Board of Adjustment.

  • Set the date for the following hearings: July 20, 2020, Michael Miller’s application for a backyard variance of 13 feet vs. 16 feet as required for replacing a detached garage that was destroyed by a fire located at 412 N. Burr St., legally described as lots 6A and 7A, block 31, Cooley and Guernsey Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The said real property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District; July 20, 2020, Adam and Katie Koch’s application for a side yard variance of 3 feet vs. 8 feet as required for construction of a garage at 2212 Kelly Dr., legally described as Lot 1 Ex. West 150 feet, Country Living Estates, northeast quarter, Section 14, Township 103 North, Range 60 West, Davison County, South Dakota. The said real property is zoned UD Urban Development District; July 20, 2020, Logan and Chelsey Smith’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential childcare center in their home at 1008 E. Seventh Ave., legally described as Lot 13, Block 13, Wilkinson's Addition, in the city of Mitchell.The property is zoned R4 High Density Residential District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve Jeremy Gunkel’s Second and Lawler parking space closure request.

  • Approve special event permit to the Corn Palace for the July 18 Tribute to Essential Workers event on Main Street.

  • Approve sidewalk waiver for new residential construction at northwest corner of Fiala Road and Jo Gene Court.

  • Approve to award a bid for the Department of Public Safety building’s reroofing project. City staff recommends Krogman Construction, LLC’s bid in the amount of $19,384.42 for schedule B of the reroofing project.

  • Approve purchase of $253,839 street sweeper from Sourcewell contract.

  • Approve three real property owners to appraise value of the Corn Palace dome and turrets.

  • Approve the acceptance of a $3,098,400 grant the city of Mitchell was recently awarded by the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

  • Approve issuance and sale of revenue bonds to finance certain sewer facility improvements.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2020-41, a plat of lot 14, block 10 of the Woods First Addition, a subdivision of block 4 of Westwood First Addition in the northwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2020-42, a plat of lots 5 and 7, block 4A of WEstwood First Addition, a subdivision of block 4 of Westwood Addition in the northwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Hold hearing for funding the Dailey Lift Station replacement project through the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).

  • Approve Resolution No. 2020-43, Dailey Lift Station, authorizing an application for financial assistance for Dailey Lift Station project.

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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