The Mitchell City Council will consider a proposal on Tuesday to design and construct a recycling facility that would serve as the city’s new transfer station.

Designing the recycling facility is the first phase of the proposed project, which is estimated to cost roughly $95,950. During the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday at City Hall, the council will vote to decide if the first phase of the project that’s being proposed by the city will move forward.

According to Public Works Director Kyle Croce’s memo attached to the agenda, the new recycling facility would make for a more efficient operation and cut costs from the current operation. In addition, the existing building that the city currently uses as its recycling transfer station and facility at the old landfill site is in “poor condition.”

The proposed location of the new recycling facility is intended to be built at the city’s existing landfill just 2 miles south of Mitchell near Highway 37.

With the move to build the recycling facility at the landfill, Croce said it will help reduce costs significantly, estimating it could save up $40,000 in operational costs. Under the existing setup, the city’s recycling crew have to sort the recycled material at the facility and haul any items that are not considered recyclable to the landfill at a different location, adding expenses.

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In total, Croce said the preliminary construction costs to build the facility are estimated at $1.2 million. However, Croce noted the city plans to utilize available grant funds from the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. If the project materializes, it’s planned to be built in 2022.

The facility would mark the latest addition to the city’s new recycling program that was implemented roughly one year ago in January 2020. Since its implementation, city officials have been pleased with the success of the program.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the Feb. 1 City Council meeting and the Jan. 25 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

  • Approve committee and department reports.

  • Approve acceptance of COVID-19 relief funds in the amount of $128,000. The federal funds will be dispersed to the Corn Palace and the adult nutrition program at James Valley Community Center due to the revenue loss during the pandemic.

  • Approve new vehicle for hire company application for CabMe.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: MItchell Boosters with the drawing to be held on April 10, 2021; PF Mitchell Area Youth Shooters with the drawing to be held on June 1, 2021; Palace City Pedalers tour de Corn, Inc. with the drawing to be held on Aug. 21, 2021; Abbott House with the drawing to be held in October 2021.

  • Approve appointing Tonya Klingaman to the Mitchell Main Street BID tax Board, filling an unexpired term that runs from February 2021 to December 2022

  • Approve reappointing Mark Vandenhoek to the Main Street BID tax board for a term running from February 2021 to June 2024.

  • Set the date for the following bid openings: Mar. 3, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. for rock chips project No. 2021-10; Mar. 3, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. for petroleum products project No. 2021-13.

  • Approve Feb. 16 pay estimates.

  • Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.

Other business:

  • Recite Pledge of Allegiance, hear invocation from Northridge Baptist church, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Hear quarterly report from Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: Mar. 1, 2021, Russell and Teresa Quist’s application for a non-conforming lot size variance of 7,149 square-feet vs. 7,500 square-feet and a conditional use permit to construct an accessory building not located adjacent to a principal building located across the street from 5 W. Harmon Dr., legally described as the west half of lot one, Nels Jensen Second Addition, Nels Jensen subdivision, Lake Development Plan, in the city of MItchell; Mar. 1, 2021, Groenweg Construction’s application for a backyard variance of 32 feet vs. 35 feet and a front yard 25 feet vs. 35 feet aas required for the property at 3209 Canal Circle, legally described as lot 55, the Island first addition, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve concept plan for shared roadway, which entails installing signage and markings on the shared-used roadways.

  • Approve purchase of 508 W. Ash Ave. property as part of FEMA Hazard Mitigation program. The purchase will allow the city to demolish the home that’s in the middle of a flood zone along Dry Run Creek.

  • Approve agreement No. A2021-11, an improvement project for the city’s North Wastewater treatment plant on Highway 37 near Lake Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-08, a plat of lot S-12, a subdivision of the replat of lot S In the northwest quarter of section 27, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-09, a plat of lots 8-J and 11, block 7 of Westwood First Addition, a subdivision of the southwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-10, a plat of tract 1 of Mitchell Waterworks first addition in the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter of section 35, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County.

  • Approve real estate purchase for groundwater storage tank.

  • Consider entering into an executive session, citing legal matters.