Council to consider extending additional animal rescue services

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

The city of Mitchell is seeking to extend additional services for the safety of animals.

Several critical animal rescue services that aren’t included in the city’s animal rescue agreement could be added to it during the 6 p.m. Mitchell City Council meeting on Monday at City Hall.

According to City Attorney Justin Johnson’s council document, helping aid the reclamation and adoption process, along with providing transportation for animals in certain circumstances are among the major services that the city’s agreement would include, should the council approve the resolution.

In Johnson’s letter to the council, he wrote, under the city’s contract with Lakeview Veterinary Clinic, Inc. -- the company that operates the city’s animal detention facility -- there are a number of services that aren’t required but would be beneficial for the safety of animals in the rescue process. In addition, Johnson’s council documents state Lakeview Veterinary Clinic is unable and doesn’t want to provide some of the services added in the new agreement.

According to Johnson, many of those services were performed by the Mitchell Animal Rescue without a formal agreement. Another service the agreement would include is the process of engaging in activities with the animals, which helps the health of the animals through socializing with them for future placement.


The city will continue utilizing the animal clinic, as the city recently renewed its contract with Lakeview Veterinary Clinic. The proposed resolution would essentially add the Mitchell Animal Rescue to the agreement for their supplemental services they could provide. The new contract with Mitchell Animal Rescue would cost the city $4,200 per year.

The proposed animal rescue agreement come roughly three months after a Mitchell woman was charged with numerous counts of animal cruelty for hoarding over 30 cats in her home. When authorities found the cats, it was reported they were suffering from sickness malnourishment.

Lastly, for each new animal, except detained animals in connection with hoarding or cruelty, along with animals who are detained for being wild, feral or vicious, the new agreement would mandate the Mitchell Animal Rescue post a photograph of the animal on social media, including information about the animal in efforts to allow the owner to claim the animal.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes of the Sept. 16 council meeting.

  • Approve the minutes of the Sept. 23 Planning Commission; Sept. 16 Traffic Commission meeting.

  • Approve department reports.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: VFW Post 2750 with the drawing to be held on Dec. 21, 2019; Corn Palace Shrine Club with the drawing to be held on Dec. 31, 2019; MANA-Mitchell Area Networking Association with the drawing to be held on Jan. 9, 2019; John Paul II School with drawing to be held on Jan. 23, 31 and Feb. 7, 13, 21, 28, 2020.

  • Set the date for the following bid opening: Oct. 8, 2019 for Phase II of the Corn Palace Plaza project.

  • Approve automatic supplement of a $11,102.42 grant to the General Fund for the Police Department’s 1st Net Radio equipment.

  • Approve change order No. 2 to Menning Backhoe, LLC for the East Central Drainage project.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: Oct. 21, 2019, for a proposed resolution regarding necessity for construction of Sam Street from Maui Drive to the northwest direction approximately 900 feet.

  • Appoint Nick Bakhtiari to serve on the Corn Place Board Entertainment Board, representing the Chamber of Commerce’s executive board.

  • Approve Sept. 10, 19 and Oct. 7 gas and fuel quotations.

  • Approve Sept. 16 pay estimates.

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

Other business

  • Pledge of Allegiance, receive invocation from Wesleyan Church, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing and take action for the following hearing: Oct. 7, 2019, Terry & Frances Rietveld’s application for a back-yard (road side) variance of 22 feet vs 30 feet as required for construction of a new home at 95 S. Harmon Dr., legally described as Lot 48 & 49, Indianhead Addition, city of Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota. The property is zoned (RL) Single Family Residential District.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: Oct. 21, 2019, Ronald Fessler's application for a side-yard corner variance of 10 feet vs. 20 feet as required and a backyard variance of 22 feet vs. 25 feet as required for constructing an addition and garage at 1107 W. Seventh Ave., legally described as east half of lot 1, block 3, Bracy's Addition, city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve a moving permit for Dave Goldammer to move the “Mod Building” east of Mitchell High School to 324 W. Tenth Ave.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2019-43, Mitchell Animal Rescue supplemental services agreement.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2019-44, Dry Run Creek topographic survey project NO. 2019-33A with McLaury Engineering.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2019-45, Northwest Drainage Study, a drainage study for the city to examine three areas in the city, which will assist for future planning and identifying improvement projects for areas that frequently flood. The contractor would be McLaury Engineering, and the study would include evaluating areas from Eighth to 23rd avenues and Sanborn Boulevard to the railroad tracks. The study would cost the city $39,000.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-67, a plat of lot 20, block 6 of the Woods First Addition, a subdivision of the east half of the southwest quarter of section 23, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-68, a plat of lot 10, block 4A of Westwood First Addition, a subdivision of a portion of tract A-2 and block 4 of Westwood First Addition in the northwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-69, a plat of lot 5, block 9 of Westwood 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, city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-70, A Plat Of Lot 8, Block 9 Of Westwood First Addition, a subdivision of block 4 of Westwood in the northwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, city of Mitchell.

  • Approve resolution that allows the city to apply for bike and pedestrian trails transportation and alternatives.

  • Hold second reading of an ordinance that amends changes to the Mitchell city code drainage plan submittal requirements. The amendment changes state that all commercial developments (regardless of size) and all other developments over 1 acre shall provide the city with a drainage plan.

  • Hold second reading on Ordinance No. O2019-22, amending the city chapter codes for the Corn Palace Entertainment Board.

  • Hold second reading on Ordinance No. O2019-21, revising Mitchell City Code Title 4, Chapter 4, vehicles for hire, by reorganizing, renaming and amending the sections.

  • Hold discussion regarding the Mitchell Baseball Association and Dakota Wesleyan University’s request to install artificial turf at Drake Field.

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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