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City Council to consider next steps for Third and Main building

Shown here is the 301 North Main Street building that the city council is looking to demolish due to the corrosion and nuisance its caused. (Sam Fosness / Republic)1 / 2
Shown here is the 301 North Main Street building that the city council is looking to demolish due to the corrosion and nuisance its caused. (Sam Fosness / Republic)2 / 2

The Mitchell City Council will look to approve a proposed resolution outlining the potential demolition of a corroding Main Street building during Monday's 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

The resolution's approval would mean the council would make findings of fact about the building located at 301 N. Main St., including those that support demolition as the only plausible remedy for the partially-collapsed building.

Under state law, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) must be notified of a project that may impact a historic property like the building in question, and the resolution would affirm that the city has complied with this. The city of Mitchell has been working with the SHPO since the building began corroding and causing a nuisance in June of 2017.

At a recent hearing, a judge said the court would not grant any decisions on the future of the building until state historic preservations laws have been met.

After the SHPO wrapped up its investigation and assessment of the Main Street building, it concluded there were no feasible and prudent alternatives to demolition, according to city council agenda documents. The city council resolution to be considered proposes confirming that this is accurate.

State law also states the city council must determine findings in order for the project to proceed. The city's findings mirrored the SHPO's findings in that there are no feasible and prudent alternatives and that the proposed demolition project minimizes harm to the historic property.

The owner of the building had plans for architectural restoration, but the city alleges the owner failed to complete the work in a timely manner, as the building permit expired.

The city then brought in a structural engineer, Albertson Engineering, who gave the city two options: partial restoration and reconstruction or full demolition.

Based on the SHPO and structural engineer's findings, the city has filed a civil lawsuit seeking demolition of the building.

Consent agenda

• Raffle permits: VFW, with the drawing to be held immediately after the sale of 100 tickets, which will go on sale Dec. 4; Mitchell Quarterback Club, with the drawing to be held Dec. 28.

• Set date of Dec. 17 for hearing application on a special event liquor license for a Corn Palace Shrine Club event for the Mitchell Area Chamber Banquet at the Masonic Hall on Jan. 11.

• Automatic supplement request form and supplemental budget appropriation request form.

• Approve pay estimates from various projects.

• 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

• Pledge of Allegiance, invocation from Mitchell Wesleyan Church, roll call.

• Hear citizens' input.

• Meeting as the Board of Adjustment, set Dec. 17 as the date for the following hearing: Boyd Reimnitz, owner of 620 W. 5th Ave., legally described as the west 50 feet of Lots 7, 8 and 9, Block 17, Rowley's 2nd Addition, is requesting a side yard on a corner variance of 12 feet vs. 20 feet for placement of a detached garage. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District.

• Consider action to approve applications for renewal of liquor licenses for Ramada Hotel and Cattleman's Club Steakhouse.

• Consider action to award bid for sale of used dozer city project No. R2018-37. The bid of Fran Rosenau in the amount of $17,558 was the high bidder, and staff recommends awarding the high bidder.

• Consider approving Resolution No. R2018-56, a resolution approving the 2019 compensation plan for the city of Mitchell.

• Consider approving Resolution No. R2018-57, regarding contingency transfers.

• Consider action on Resolution No. R2018-62, a resolution setting fees and charges, which was tabled from the Nov. 19 City Council meeting.

• Consider action on Resolution No. R2018-63, a resolution approving an easement quitclaim deed.

• First reading on Ordinance No. O2018-16, an ordinance updating the boundaries on snow removal in District A.

• First reading on Ordinance No. O2018-17 regarding supplemental appropriations.

• Motion to enter into executive session.