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Council to table parking ordinance update at Monday's meeting

A proposal to bar unhitched trailers, boats and campers from parking streetside in Mitchell will likely be tabled until May 2. The plan to overhaul the city's parking ordinances was met with complaints from homeowners who felt the plan to ban str...

A proposal to bar unhitched trailers, boats and campers from parking streetside in Mitchell will likely be tabled until May 2.

The plan to overhaul the city’s parking ordinances was met with complaints from homeowners who felt the plan to ban streetside parking of larger vehicles was not friendly to those who operate their small businesses out of their homes.

The City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers at City Hall. At 7:20 p.m., four members of the council will meet as the Traffic Commission to consider establishing a truck loading and unloading zone in the center lane of Main Street.

Under current city law, it’s illegal to park a vehicle along the street for more than 48 consecutive hours.

While the parking ordinance update will be tabled, the council will consider a first reading of ordinances to address loitering and use of skateboards on city property.

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If approved on first reading, then two weeks later on second reading, the loitering ordinance would ban an individual or group from loitering in a public parking lot between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. without written permission from the mayor. If an individual or group is found in violation of the proposed ordinance, they would have 10 minutes to vacate the premises before arrests are made or citations are issued.

The proposed ordinance comes about a month after one Mitchell resident complained to the council about noise and loitering concerns at the public parking lot between North Lawler and North Kimball streets, also known as the disco parking lot.

A second ordinance would block Mitchell skateboarders from skating on roadways except when crossing a roadway at an intersection.

The council will also consider a request from Mayor Jerry Toomey to establish a park at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street. Currently an empty gravel lot, the proposal would create  a “Veteran’s Park” at the lot next to the American Legion building, including new grass and irrigation.

If approved, the request seeks $20,000 for infrastructure and grass, a $3,000 appropriation for contingency and $12,000 for a sign on the American Legion wall with an emblem representing service organizations.

To help fund the proposal, the city received a $6,000 check from Wayne and Sue Edinger and memorial bricks could be sold to help cover the cost.

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

  • The City Council agenda and minutes from the previous council meeting. The council will also consider approving committee minutes from the April 4 Public Works and Finance committee meetings.

  • March department reports from the finance, police, building permits, Mitchell Public Library, Airport Board, airport, Palace Transit, Lake Mitchell Advisory Committee and water departments and boards. The council will also consider quarterly reports from the fire and Mitchell Regional Ambulance departments.

  • Raffle requests from the Mitchell Congregational UCC with the drawing to be held May 15 and the Mitchell Area Optimist Club with the drawing to be held August 6.

  • Set May 2 for a hearing on the application to transfer the retail on-off sale malt beverage license RB-3822 from LAB LLC, 501 S. Sanborn Blvd., to PRG Mitchell LLC, doing business as Marco’s Pizza, 605 S. Sanborn Blvd.

  • Gas and diesel fuel competitive quotations and pay estimates.

  • Consider bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires and authorize the payment of recurring and other expenses.

Agenda items The council will consider the following agenda items:

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

  • Hear a presentation from American Legion Post 18 presenting the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.

  • Consider approving the Traffic Commission report.

  • Hold a hearing on the application of Mitchell Main Street & Beyond for a special event permit and consumption permit located on Main Street for Thursdays from June 2 through Sept. 1.

  • Hold a hearing on the application to transfer a retail on-sale liquor license RL-5768 from Xtreme Golf Inc., doing business as Lake House, 2700 N. Main St. Suite No. 2, to Xtreme Golf Inc., doing business as Lake House, due to a change in configuration of the licensed premises.

  • Consider action to approve a request from the Memorial Weekend Imagine Guild for the city to donate $942, or 54 percent of the cost associated with the group’s event in Mitchell on May 28.

  • Meet as the board of adjustment and consider setting May 2 as the date to hold hearings on the application of Michelle Semmler for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential day care center located at 821 E. Fourth Ave., legally described as Lot 1, Block 14, F.M. Greene Addition, and the application of Delvin & Delana Schelske for a conditional use permit for construction of a retail building located in the 1701 Block of Rew Place, legally described as Lots 5 and 6 of Knollwood Heights Second Subdivision.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Consider action to approve a change in meeting start times. According to the council packet, the majority of the City Council has requested a start time of 6 p.m.

  • Hold a discussion about the James Valley Community Center to dissolve the Senior Citizens Association and turn over its assets to the city.

  • Consider action on Resolution No. 3346 to amend Resolution No. 3340, regarding refunding of tax increment revenue bonds.

  • Hold second reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 2534, rezoning real property legally described as Lots 3 to 8, Knollwood Heights Second Subdivision from R2 single family residential district to R4 high density residential district and amending the official zoning map of the city of Mitchell.

  • Consider action to approve the purchase of a generator set from the National Joint Powers Alliance contract.

  • Consider action to authorize Mayor Jerry Toomey to sign a utility easement with Gary W. Schlaffman and Margaret A. Schlaffman and trustees of the Gary W. Schlaffman and Margaret A. Schlaffman joint revocable trust.

  • Authorize the mayor to enter an easement purchase agreement with the Schlaffmans for the joint revocable trust.

  • Consider action to approve the painting of house numbers on curbs.

  • Consider action to approve bids on Curb and Gutter City Project No. 2016-14, Paving and Overlay City Project No. 2016-15 and Off Road Turf Utility Vehicle City Project 2016-37.

  • Consider action to table Ordinance No. 2535 on parking ordinances to the May 2 council meeting.

  • Consider action to approve the Veteran’s Park project.

  • Hold the first reading of Ordinance No. 2536 regarding supplemental appropriations.

  • Hold the first reading of Ordinance No. 2537, an ordinance amending the city municipal ordinance, Title Nine, Chapter Four on sign regulations.

  • Hold the first reading of Ordinance No. 2538, adding section 6-3-1-3 to the Mitchell City Code regarding loitering.

  • Hold the first reading of Ordinance No. 2538, an ordinance adding section 7-8-5 to the Mitchell City Code Regarding Skates and Skateboards.

  • Motion to adjourn.

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