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Council to hear lake restoration plan

The Mitchell City Council is expected to hear a presentation regarding lake restoration from the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee. The presentation will be held during the Finance Committee meeting beginning at 6:40 p.m. on Monday in Council Cham...

The Mitchell City Council is expected to hear a presentation regarding lake restoration from the Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee.

The presentation will be held during the Finance Committee meeting beginning at 6:40 p.m. on Monday in Council Chambers at City Hall.

At the most recent regular City Council meeting in February, Mayor Jerry Toomey asked Omaha-based water resource specialists Fyra Engineering to return to Mitchell to give the council a similar presentation to the one already given to the lake committee.

Fyra's proposal to restore Lake Mitchell and reduce its algae-causing phosphorus levels begins with a $73,725 plan to fund about six to 12 months of data analysis, collection and modeling to pinpoint the source of the problem and establish a community-based planning committee.

In February, the council approved the first step of Fyra's plan, which included a $3,000 core sampling of the lake to determine how much phosphorus is leeching up into the lake from its soil. Those samples have already been collected.

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During a February lake committee meeting, several members shared their support of the $73,000 plan for its scientific approach to restoring Mitchell's backup water supply and what one member called one of Mitchell's greatest assets.

Consent agenda

The council will consider approving the following items of the consent agenda:

• Approve the City Council agenda and minutes from the Feb. 8 Planning Commission, Feb 16. Traffic Commission and previous City Council meeting.

• Change Order No. 1 to the City Hall Waste Plumbing Project No. 2015-33A to Krohmer Plumbing decreasing the contract amount by $6,190 to furnish, install and wire additional sump pit and pump, discharge line to existing line and install drain tile for Alternate No. 2 on the northwest corner of the building. Drain tile will be installed approximately 20 feet on the north side of the building and the rest of the drain tile will be eliminated to adjust the contract amount to $96,561.

• Approve 2015 annual report.

• Set Plains Commerce Bank as an official depository.

• Set 1:30 p.m. on March 28 as date to receive and consider bids for the 23rd Avenue and Ohlman Street holding pond project, rock chips project and for petroleum products.

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• Set date of March 21 for a hearing on the application to transfer retail on-off sale wine license RW-7571 from Hohn Partnership, 415 W. Tenth Avenue to Xtreme Golf Inc., doing business as Lake House, 2700 N. Main Street, Suite 2.

• Set date of March 21 for a hearing on the application of Xtreme Golf Inc., doing business as Lake House, to obtain a package off sale malt beverage license.

• Approve property tax abatements for 2015 taxes payable in 2016 for the Salvation Army, Lot 8 in Block 6 of the Woods First Addition in the amount of $600.66 for tax exempt entity.

• Consider raffle request for Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area with the drawing to be held on Aug. 17.

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

Agenda items

The following items are on the council's agenda:

• A Traffic Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. and a Finance Committee meeting at 6:40 p.m. prior to Monday's meeting.

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• Call the meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, hear an invocation from the Grace Reformed Church, conduct roll call and hear citizen input.

• Approve committee reports from the traffic and finance committees.

• Recess as City Council and meet as the Board of Adjustment.

• As the board of adjustment, the council will hold hearings on the following applications: a hearing on the application of Tawny Williams for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential day care center located at 404 E. Second Ave., legally described as Lot 8, Block 35, Lawler's First Addition; a hearing on the application of Devon and Ann Long for an oversize variance of 9,600 by 2,000 square feet and a height variance of 31 feet by 22 feet for construction of an accessory building located at 1926 Bridle Drive, legally described as Lot 2 of D. & D. Long's First Addition, a subdivision of Irregular Tract No. 3 in the Northeast quarter of Section 23, Township 103 North, Range 60 West of the Fifth P.M.; a hearing on the application of Daren and Lisa Long for an oversize variance of 4,800 by 2,000 square feet for construction of an accessory building located at 1920 Bridle Drive, legally described as Lot 1, Block 2 of the Roselander Ridge Addition, Irregular Tract No. 3, Northwest quarter of Section 23, Township 103 North, Range 60 West.

• Reconvene as City Council.

• Hear an update on 2015 camping operations.

• Consider action to approve appointment of volunteer members and alternate to the consolidated boards of equalization.

• Consider action on Resolution No. 3336 updating fees and charges for animal control, check return fees, building permits, cemetery genealogy research and hydrant meter deposit.

• Hold a second reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 2529 for supplemental appropriations to eight funds.

• Hold a first reading of Ordinance No. 2530 amending the Mitchell City Code by changing the time for snow removal from sidewalks from 15 hours following snowfall to 24 hours.

• Hold a first reading of Ordinance No. 2531 amending Section 1-6-1 of Title 1, Chapter 6, City Officials, Subsection B, Qualifications and Appointments, Subparagraph 2, by modifying the term of appointments from one year to three years for appointive officers.

• Hold a first reading of Ordinance No. 2532 amending Section 1-5-4 of Title 1, Chapter 5, Mayor and City Council, by altering the provisions for regular meeting start times and the methods and requirements for providing notice of special meetings.

• Consider action to authorize the application for two SAFER grants for full-time employees.

• Consider action to authorize bridge inspection by the Department of Transportation from Brosz Engineering.

• Enter executive session to discuss the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.

• Motion to adjourn.

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