The Mitchell City Council will meet Monday to consider approving an engineering firm to design the new groundwater storage tank.

Infrastructure Design Group is being recommended to complete the design of the new 2.5 million gallon groundwater storage tank, along with providing bidding services. The council will consider approving the engineering firm for the design work at a cost not to exceed $720,180 during the 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

According to City Engineer Joe Schroeder’s memo in the council agenda, the tank is proposed to be 110 feet in diameter with 35 foot sidewalls. The storage tank will be constructed on 10 acres of land that the city recently purchased north of Highway 37, near the 256th Street intersection.

A pump station and chemical feed facility will also be placed on the site, Schroeder noted in his memo. The design will also include incorporating a separate pressure zone for the southern portion of the city to address low pressure, additional piping at the current water treatment facility to allow for a bypass and demolition of the Burr Street elevated storage tank. Infrastructure Design Group will also assist the city with securing SRF funding for the project.

During a recent City Council meeting, Public Works Director Kyle Croce said the construction of a 2.5 million gallon groundwater storage tank is estimated at a cost of roughly $5 million.

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“We have investigated our problem of a single-source water supply by B-Y, and when we compared our water supply source compared to other first-class municipalities in the state, they are showing they have two supply sources, whereas we have one,” Croce said.

The city’s lone water supply source comes from B-Y Water District, which transports the city’s water from the Missouri River. According to Croce, most of the state’s first class municipalities or like-sized cities have a two- to three-day water supply storage capacity. However, Mitchell’s water supply has a one-day storage capacity.

Croce alluded to potential water main breaks and issues with the city’s single supply source as a critical reason for the city to build a groundwater storage tank. The tank would provide Mitchell with a two-day storage capacity, Croce said. If the project is approved in the future, the groundwater storage tank would be constructed on the south side of Interstate 90.

“It would also give us the average daily demand from 2.5 million gallons to up to $5 million. That would get us through any breaks that we anticipate with a single-source line,” Croce said.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the following meetings: April 5 City Council meeting; Mar. 22 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting; March Parks and Recreation Board meeting; Golf and Cemetery Board meeting.

  • Approve committee and department reports.

  • Hear quarterly reports from the Public Works Department and Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Approve authorization for the 2022 speed enforcement grant requested by the Mitchell Police Department.

  • Approve authorization for the Mitchell Police Department to apply for an alcohol task force grant in the amount of $7,173.

  • Approve authorization for the Mitchell Fire Division’s request to apply for a trenching and confined space safety grant.

  • Approve appointing Jordan Unterbrunner and Cole Morgan to the Community Services Board for an unexpired term lasting from May to July to June 2024.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: May 3, Corn Palace Shrine Club’s application for a special event liquor license at the Masonic Hall for a wedding on May 15 and June 12.

  • Set the date for the following bid openings: April 26, for 600 North Davison Utility Improvements project No. 2021-26; April 26, for paving and overlay project; April 26, for West Harmon Utility Improvements project; April 26, for concrete project.

  • Approve gas and fuel quotes.

  • Approve April 19 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 Mitchell Wesleyan Church, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-25, annexation of parcel A in lot A of section 23, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing for the following application: Gregory and Kerry Brosz’s application for a backyard variance of 7 feet vs. 25 feet as required for construction of an attached garage at 409 S. Wallace, legally described as Parcel A in Lot A of Section 23, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County and Lot 3, Block 6, Sunnybrook Estates, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District; Mueller Lumber Company’s application for a backyard variance of 24 feet vs. 25 feet as required for construction of a twin home with attached garages at 804 & 806 W. Pine Ave., legally described as Lot 5 and the W 42' of Lot 4, Block 6, MLC Addition, A Subdivision of Lot 4A, Morningview Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned Planned Unit Development; Darin Richey’s application for a side-yard on a corner variance of 13 feet vs. 20 feet as required and a height variance of 25 feet vs. 22 feet as required to construct a detached garage at 801 E. Hanson Ave., legally described as Lot 6, Block 5, Applegate Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District; Abbott House’s application for a side-yard on a corner variance of 8 feet vs. 20 feet as required for construction of a detached garage at 1001 S. Main St., legally described as Lots 1, 2 and N 50 feet of Lot 3, Block 14, University Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R3 Medium Density Residential District; Groeneweg Construction’s application for a conditional use permit for construction of a building housing a childcare/preschool at 1101 Commerce Street, legally described as Lot 5-B, Block 7, Westwood First Addition, A Subdivision of the SW 1/4 of Section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth P.M., in the city of Mitchell.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Hold hearing and take action on the following alcohol license applications: An application to transfer RB-26523 Retail (On-Off Sale) Malt Beverage & SD Farm Wine license from West Coast Tacos, 108 N. Main St., to Jose L Haro Valencia doing business as LA Catrina LLC, 108 N. Main St., Mitchell; Jose L Haro Valencia doing business as La Catrina LLC for a new Retail (On-Off Sale) Wine and Cider license, located at 108 N. Main St., Mitchell; Logan Luxury Theatres Corporation for a new Retail (On-Off Sale) Malt Beverage & SD Farm Wine license, located at 209 N. Lawler St., Mitchell.

  • Approve special event application for the Back 40 and Moses Bike show event on June 5. The road closure request for the event includes Main street from Fifth to Sixth avenues.

  • Discuss and possibly vote on the parking lot closure notification process.

  • Award bids for the Dailey Drive lift station project, which is contingent on state’s approval.

  • Award bid for golf carts at Lakeview Golf Course.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-29: Authorization to apply for the Land and Water Conservation fund grant.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-24, annexation of various parcels owned by the city of Mitchell into corporate limits. The parcels consist of the Kelley property.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-26, a plat of lot 8, block 4A, a subdivision of block 4 of westwood first addition in the northwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-27, a plat of lot 7 in the replat of tract A, Wild Oak Golf Club addition to the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-28, a plat of blocks 1, 2 and 3, west hoppy loop, East Hoppy Loop and Zeke Avenue of Lakeridge Addition, a subdivision of irregular tracts No. 1 and 2 in the northwest corner of section 19, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve second reading of supplemental appropriations ordinance.