Fresh off of being drafted into the WNBA, Macy Miller is set to get a civic honor from her hometown today.
The Mitchell City Council will consider a declaration making today, April 15, as Macy Miller Day in Mitchell. The council will meet starting at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall at 612 N. Main St.
The item was not on the agenda issued by the city late last week, but City Council member Kevin McCardle said city leaders are organizing to have Miller, the former Mitchell High School great, honored today.
Miller, a 6-foot fifth-year senior guard, has had quite the last few weeks. Picked as the Summit League's women's basketball player of the year for the second straight year, Miller helped the Jackrabbits to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in her career, scoring her third Summit League Tournament MVP honor in the process.
At the NCAAs, Miller helped lead the Jackrabbits to victories over Quinnipiac and Syracuse and to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history before falling to eventual Final Four participant Oregon in the regional semifinals.
Miller closed her SDSU career as the school's and conference's all-time leading scorer with 2,355 points. On April 10, Miller taken in the third round of the WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm last week, becoming the first SDSU draft pick selected to the WNBA in 12 years, joining the defending league champions.
Council to receive tourism, economic update
Mitchell's four local entities tasked with spurring economic growth, boosting tourism and marketing the city will present their first quarter report to the Mitchell City Council at 6 p.m. on Monday.
Representatives with the Mitchell Area Development Corporation, Mitchell Main Street and Beyond, Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau will present to the council during Monday's meeting at City Hall. The first quarter spans Jan. 1 to March 31 of the 2019 fiscal year, and all four local organizations will present information and updates on the work they've been doing for the city.
According to the report filed with the council's agenda, the Mitchell Convention and Visitors Bureau saw its best-performing "Visit Mitchell" social-media post during this year's first quarter, reaching over 12,000 people on Facebook, a one-day increase of 435 visits when compared to the same day last year.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau has been ramping up its social media efforts to promote the city, as its Facebook page climbed to 4,114 followers, an increase of 204 compared to last year.
On the economic front, the Mitchell Area Development Corporation will provide the council an update on the city's job market. According to the report, the unemployment rate in Davison County was at 3.1 percent as of February, leaving the number of people unemployed at 337. However, the report says there were 768 job openings at the time.
Mitchell's Wingapalooza continues to be a hit, according to the report. Mitchell Main Street and Beyond said ticket sales for this year's eighth-annual wing event climbed to 663, breaking last year's record of 519 tickets sold.
For regional development, the Mitchell Area Development Corporation secured 10-plus acres of land in Parkston and Armour for future commercial and housing development, according to the report. The development corporation reports there are 16 business development projects in progress as well, which equates to a projected $68 million in capital investment for the city of Mitchell.
As the tourism season approaches, the chamber tourism department saw 83 bus groups schedule visits to the Corn Palace in the first quarter, in which they will be arriving this summer during the second quarter, according to the report.
The council will also meet with the Public Health and Safety Committee at 6 p.m. regarding a noise permit for Coborn's Kick Off to Summer on May 11 at the Coborn's parking lot.
The following items will be considered as part of the consent agenda:
• Approve the minutes of the April 1 council meeting.
• Approve minutes from the March 25 city planning commission meeting.
• Approve department reports.
• Set the date for the following raffle permits: Mitchell Heart and Sole Cancer Walk with drawings to be held on May 11 and June 14; VFW Post 2750 with a drawing to be held on August 31.
• Set the date for the following hearing: On the application of the Corn Palace Shrine Club for a special event liquor license to be located at the Masonic Temple for a wedding on June 14.
• Set the date for the following bid openings: 1:30 p.m. on May 14, 2019 at City Hall for curb and gutter project No. 2019-14, which the city has $654,992 budgeted for the project that includes paving alleys and parking lots; 1:30 p.m. on May 14, 2019 at City Hall for sidewalk project, which the city has $110,000 budgeted for the project.
• Set the date for the following hearings: 6 p.m. on May 6 at City Hall for proposed special assessments for sidewalk construction; 6 p.m. on May 20 at City Hall for proposed special assessments for alley project in the 201 Block of North Main Street alley between Second and Third Avenues on the west side of Main Street.
• Approve authorization to apply for the South Central Alcohol Task Force 2020 budget.
• Approve authorization to apply for 2020 speed enforcement grant.
• Approve gas and fuel quotations.
• Approve April 15 pay estimates.
• Pledge of Allegiance, invocation from Word of Life Church, roll call, hear citizens' input.
• Approve consent agenda.
• Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires.
• Meet as the Board of Adjustment and reconvene as the city council.
• Set date for Board of Adjustment hearings: May 6, 2019 for Brenda Oleson and Dan Hauser's application for a front yard variance of 10 feet vs. 25 feet as required for moving of an existing accessory building located at 721 W. Hanson Ave., legally described as lot 12, block 8, railroad addition, city of Mitchell. The said property is zoned R2 single family residential district; May 6, 2019, for Gary & Sandy Butterfield's application for a backyard variance of 20 feet vs 25 feet as required and an oversized variance of 1,848 square feet vs 1,200 square feet as required for the purpose of constructing an accessory building located at 700 W. Pine Ave., legally described as lot 1, block 6, MLC addition, city of Mitchell. The property is zoned PD Mueller Lumber Morningview subdivision planned development district; May 6, 2019, for On Sight Storage LLC's application for a conditional use permit to operate a self-service storage facility located at 120 S. Lawler St., legally described as lots 10 and 11, block 20, original addition, city of Mitchell. The property is zoned CB Central Business District.
• Hold a hearing and action on the application of Yvonne Steward, applicant, and Mid Dakota Properties, owner, application for a conditional use permit (family residential child care) at the property located at 517 N. Duff St., legally described as the south half of Lots 1 and 2 and the north half of the vacated alley, Rowley's second addition, northeast quarter of Section 21 in Mitchell Township, city of Mitchell. The lot is zoned R4 multi-family residential district.
• Approve and award bid for East Central Drainage Project to Menning Backhoe, LLC in the amount of $3,507,332.52. The city has $4,249,909 budgeted for the project.
• Approve the Application of the Corn Palace for a special event license for Food Truck Fridays to take place at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 17, June 21, July 19 and August 16, which will be located on North Main Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
• Approve city of Mitchell and Mitchell Township fire agreement.
• Approve facility use agreement with the Lakeview Lawn Bowling Association, which would increase annual maintenance fee from $3,500 to $12,688.75.
• Approve lease agreement between the city of Mitchell and the Mitchell Area Development Corporation for the former NorthWestern Energy building located at 514 N. Main St. The city would lease the building for a duration of eight years.
• Approve Resolution No. R2019-28, a plat of lot 1, block 6, MLC addition, and a portion of West Pine Avenue, a subdivision of block 3 and lot 4B, block 4, Morningview addition to the city of Mitchell.
• Approve Resolution No. R2019-29, a resolution declaring an emergency for repairs to City Hall's broken down air conditioning unit.
• Hold second reading on ordinance No. 02019-03, city's bicycle ordinance regarding updates for electric bicycles.
• Hold second reading on ordinance No. 02019-04, city's grass in parks ordinance regarding the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board recommendation to update the section of the ordinance that discusses the rules and regulations on grass in parks.
• Hold second reading and approve ordinance No. 02019-05, supplemental appropriations requests.
• First reading of ordinance No. 02019-06, an ordinance that changes the zoning district classification of the Real Property described as lot C in the East half of the Northeast quarter of Section 30, T 103 N, R 60 West Davison County, from TWC Transportation, warehousing, and commercial district to urban development district.