The Mitchell City Council will consider approving a license application on Monday for a controversial taxi to operate in the city.

The taxi license that the council will consider approving during the 6 p.m. meeting on Monday at City Hall was submitted by Dustin Feistner, who previously ran a controversial taxi service known as Speedy Taxi, which came under scrutiny by some business owners and city officials. Feistner’s application to get Speedy Taxi back in business once again comes roughly two years after the Mitchell City Council unanimously denied the taxi businesses license due to Feistner’s extensive criminal history and allegations of dangerous driving habits and poor business practices.

Feistner submitted a letter to council with his application, which addressed some of the past accusations made against him and the taxi business. In the letter, Feistner wrote “There has been some accusations toward Speedy Taxi in the past. In my opinion, none of those accusations held any water, as it was local competition trying to start trouble to benefit their business.”

Feistner’s past legal troubles include being arrested in 2019 for his alleged involvement in two pursuits, during which he was accused of nearly hitting multiple law enforcement officers in Sanborn County. When the council unanimously denied the license in 2019, Council member Susan Tjarks said Speedy Taxi’s operation was not “in the best interest of public safety” in the community.

"It's a matter of public safety. Is Speedy Taxi running an operation that is in the best interest of public safety in our city? To me, the answer is no," Tjarks said during the Dec. 18, 2018 council meeting.

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Prior to the recent Aug. 7, 2019, arrest, Feistner received a handful of complaints from community members, citing dangerous driving habits and poor business practices that he previously denied at past council meetings.

Despite the past controversy that surrounded Speedy Taxi, Feistner wrote he “would really like a second chance to be a professional and respectable transportation business” in the Mitchell community.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the following meetings: May 17 City Council meeting and the May 25, June 2 special council meetings; May 10 Planning and Zoning meeting.

  • Approve committee and department reports.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: Moose Lodge with the drawing to be held on July 17; VFW Post 2750 with the drawing to be held on September 26; Mitchell Ducks Unlimited with the drawing to be held on October 7; Mitchell Boy’s Golf with the drawing to be held October 15; Davison County Democrats with the drawing to be held on November 16.

  • Set the date for the following alcohol license applications to be heard on June 21: National Exchange Club of Mitchell’s application for a special event retail (on-off sale) malt beverage and South Dakota farm and wine license located at Cadwell Park for Aug. 4 through Aug. 15 for the State Amateur Baseball Tournament; Application to transfer RB-2846 retail (on-off sale) malt beverage and South Dakota farm and wine license from Sport Time Inc. doing business as Scoreboard Sports Bar, 522 N. Main St., to Bradley Theme, LLC, doing business as Scoreboard, located at 522 N. Main St. in Mitchell; Application to transfer RW-6509 retail (on-off sale) wine and cider license from Sport Time Inc. doing business as Scoreboard Sports Bar, 522 N. Main St., in Mitchell to Bradley Theme, LLC, doing business as Scoreboard, located at 522 N. Main St.

  • Approve gas and fuel quotes.

  • Approve June 7 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 Grace Baptist Church, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing for the following application: Mueller Lumber’s application for a backyard variance of 20 feet vs. 25 feet as required to build a twin home at 722/724 Pine, legally described at Lot 3 and West 38 feet of Lot 4, Block 6, MLC Addition, a subdivision of Lot 4A and 4B, Block 4, Morningview Addition in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in a Planned Development District; Justin Adams’ application for a front yard variance of 20 feet vs. 25 feet as required to remove an existing garage and replace it with a new one at 1021 University, legally described as Lot 5, Block 11 & east half vacated alley abutting Lot 5, University Addition in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2, Single Family Residential District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Hold hearing and take action on the Palace City Lions Club special event liquor license located at the Horseman’s Sports Arena on July 15 through 18 for the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo.

  • Approve resolution No. R2021-38, a plat of lot 2, block 5 of the Woods First Addition, a Subdivision of the East half of the southwest quarter of Section 23, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve second reading of ordinance No. O2021-08, amending the Woodland Heights Planned Unit Development.

  • Approve first reading of ordinance No. O2021-09, rezoning lot A-3, sub of lat A, southwest quarter of section 27, 103-60, south 128 feet thereof the city of Mitchell from transportation, warehouse and commercial zoning district to Residential 4 district.