In light of a recent animal cruelty incident involving a local mother and son neglecting 31 cats at their homes, the Mitchell City Council will fine-tune the city’s animal abuse response contract at 6 p.m. on Monday during its regular meeting.

While the Mitchell Police Division received aid from the Sioux Falls Humane Society in the recovery of the sick and malnourished cats, an emergency agreement had to be reached for the Humane Society to assist in the July 11 incident, according to City Attorney Justin Johnson’s documents.

For the city to request help from Sioux Falls Humane Society, the council must ratify the agreement, which will allow the Human Society to fully execute its available recovery efforts and aid. The council will make the decision to ratify the agreement during Monday’s meeting at City Hall.

The agreement mandates the city pay the Humane Society an hourly rate of $43 for the services provided and requested by the Mitchell Police Division.

In addition, the Humane Society agrees to house and care for any abused or neglected animal that are seized in an animal cruelty response, according to the written agreement. In the agreement, the Humane Society will also hold the involved pet owner responsible for the costs of providing medical attention and treatment, along with the boarding costs of any such animal and will not charge city for the respected services.

According to Johnson’s council documents, it’s believed that utilizing the Humane Society would have similar costs to using the city’s own personnel and shelter.

In addition, Johnson states the Humane Society is better equipped to handle the type of large scale animal recovery operations than the city and its shelter.

Should the council ratify the agreement, the city will not form any special relationship with the Sioux Falls Humane Society, meaning it will serve as an independent contractor.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes of the July 1 council meeting.

  • Approve minutes of June 24, 2019, Planning Commission meeting.

  • Approve department reports.

  • Approve department reports.

  • Approve change order No. 1 for Phase I of East Central Drainage project to Menning Backhoe, LLC..

  • Approve new taxi license application for Richard John Foster III, of Lyft.

  • Set the date for MG Oil Company, doing business as Village Bowl 6 at 1500 N. Duff St., Suite F, using a portion of the Village Bowl parking lot for Cruisn’ for a Cuse.

  • Approve a special event permit and consumption permit for Village Bowl 6, located at 1500 N. Duff St., using a portion of the Village Bowl parking lot on August 17, 2019 for Cruisin’ for a Cause.

  • Approve July 15 and July 2 gas and fuel quotations.

  • Approve July 15 pay estimates.

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

Other business

  • Pledge of Allegiance, invocation from Assembly of God, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Meet with Traffic Commission at 6 p.m.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Hold hearing on the following: July 15, on the application of The Back 40 for a retail (on-off) sale malt beverage license located at 511 North Main Street, Mitchell, South Dakota (video lottery not included).

  • Approve quote for bi-yearly scrap iron.

  • Approve and award bid for waste tire collection and disposal project No. 2019-44.

  • Meet as the Board of Adjustment.

  • Set the date for the following Board of Adjustment hearings: August 5 for Patricia Reimnitz’s application for a backyard variance of 20 feet vs. 25 feet to construct an attached entryway from the house to the garage at her 204 W. 13th Ave. home, legally described as lot 11, block 15, capital addition, city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an R2 Single Family Residential District; August 5 for GC-VW Revocable Trust and Haley Marquardt’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential child care center and childcare center, preschool and nursery business at the property located at 1525 S. Miller St., Sunnyside addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District; August 5 for Danetrea Sonne’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential child care center in her home located at 817 W. Douglas Ave. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District.

  • Hold hearing on the following: July 15 for Michele Hanten’s application for a conditional use permit to operate an animal hospital, clinic, boarding and shelter facility located 1104 W Havens, legally described as irregular tract six, lot six and irregular tract eight, platted various, in the southwest quarter of Section 21, township 103 north, range 60 west, city of Mitchell; July 15 for Amanda Nava’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential child care business located at 516 W. 10th Ave., legally described as lot eight, block 39, capital addition, city of Mitchell.

  • Reconvene as City Council

  • Approve implementation of single-stream recycling collection and processing of recyclables.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2019-29, for Infrastructure Design Group’s development of a hydraulic model of the city’s water distribution system.

  • Approve agreement No. A2019-30, a revised settlement agreement for the 301 N. Main St.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-50, a plat of lot D in the northeast quarter of section, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth P.M, city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-51, a plat of lot six in tract H, Wild Oak Golf Club addition to the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2019-52, authorization of an abatement for a nuisance property at 518 N. Rowley St.

  • Adopt Ordinance No. O2019-09, request public comment and roll cal.

  • Hold second reading of Ordinance No. O2019-09, an ordinance of the city of Mitchell that changes the zoning district classification of the real property legally described as block 19, home park first addition, Davison County, from R4 high density residential district to Transportation, Warehousing, and Commercial (TWC) District.

  • Hold first reading of Ordinance No. #O2019-10, an ordinance that changes the zoning district classification of the real property legally described as; lots 1 and 2, block 24 and the north half of vacated alley, original addition, city of Mitchell, from Central Business (CB) District to Transportation, Warehousing, And Commercial (TWC) District, along with lots 3-6, block 24 and the north half of vacated alley, lots 7 through 11 and the south half of vacated alley, block 24, original district, city of Mitchell from an R2 Single Family Residential District to TWC District.

  • Hold first reading of Ordinance No. O2019-11, property owner liability for unpaid utility charges and fees.