The Mitchell City Council will consider shifting the city’s surplus auctions to a new format during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Rather than holding an annual in-person auction like the city currently does, the proposed change would shift to an online auction format. According to City Finance Officer Michelle Bathke’s memo to the council, the city is seeking to utilize an online auction company called Purple Wave, which specializes in government auctions.

The council will consider the new auction format at its 6 p.m. meeting on Monday at City Hall.

The surplus items that would be auctioned off through the online format would be “larger items” and “larger than a lawn mower,” according to Bathke’s memo. Surplus items are typically used pieces of equipment that the city no longer needs whether due to replacing them with newer equipment or other reasons.

The surplus items would be placed online through the Purple Wave company for roughly three weeks, and the winning bidder has 48 hours to pay for the surplus items they purchased. In addition, the winning bidder has 14 days to pick the surplus items up from the city.

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According to Bathke’s memo, representatives with Purple Wave will take photos and videos of the surplus items that the city is auctioning off which will then be shared online for bidders. There is no charge for the city using the new online auction format, Bathke noted.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the following meetings: July 6 City Council meeting and the June 14 special council meeting; June 28 Planning and Zoning meeting.

  • Approve committee and department reports.

  • Hear a quarterly report from Mitchell Area Development Corporation.

  • Approve special event permit for 2021 Corn Palace Festival.

  • Approve street closure at Grace Baptist Church on West Douglas Avenue for August 13 event.

  • Approve July 19 pay estimates.

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

Other business

  • Recite pledge of allegiance and receive invocation from Assembly of God church.

  • Hear citizens input.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing on the following application: Marci Stults’ application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential childcare center located at 523 S. Montana St., legally described as lot 6, block 4 of Van Eps Second Addition, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Set the date for the following hearings: Boyd Reimnitz’s application for a front-yard variance of 7 feet vs. 25 feet as required for construction of an attached garage at 719 S. Edmunds St., legally described as lots 5 and 6 Block 9, Van Eps Second Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District; Emma Selland’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential childcare center located at 311 McCabe St., legally described as west 72 feet of lots 1 and 2, Block 17, University Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Single Family Residential District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve noise and fireworks permit for Aug. 13 event at 40 N. Harmon Dr. for a 50th birthday party.

  • Approve special event permit application for July 24 Crazy Days at 2nd and Lawler business in downtown Mitchell.

  • Approve parking closures on Main Street for Crazy Days on July 24. The parking closures include one space in front of Michael’s Toggery, two spaces in front of Geyerman’s Clothing and two spaces in front of Cherrybees Floral and Gifts.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2021-37, recommendation to approve Servicemaster Clean to complete lead remediation at 223 N. Main St. building, formerly known as the Crafty Fox.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-51, amending the city’s water and sewer rate resolution to include a surcharge for the water tower repair project.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-52, a plat of lot 15 in the replat of tract A and lot 3A and lot 3B in tract D, Wild Oak Golf Club addition, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-53, dissolving the tax increment district No. 17.

  • Approve second reading of Ordinance No. O2021-10, establishing time periods for annual appropriations proceeding.