The Mitchell City Council will consider restructuring the Golf and Cemetery Department during Monday’s meeting, which would merge it with the Parks and Recreation Department.

As part of the restructuring, Mitchell Mayor Bob Everson is proposing to appoint Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Powell as the new Golf and Cemetery Director, giving him a dual role. The council will vote on the proposed changes during the 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

If approved, the reorganization of the Golf and Cemetery Department would allow the city to hire another full-time employee, who would solely focus on the city-owned Lakeview Golf Course, according to Everson’s memo to the council.

The proposed changes to the Golf and Cemetery Department come roughly a year after former Golf and Cemetery Director Kevin Thurman retired from the role, capping off a 38-year career. Since Thurman retired in the summer of 2020, Powell has served as the interim Golf and Cemetery Director.

According to Everson’s memo, the management staff believes that "the proposed reorganization would result in more efficient operation." Everson’s memo stated that the restructuring would decrease the number of managers in the department and add a full-time golf specialist with the knowledge and experience of working on a golf course.

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Everson said the restructuring would also result in annual savings for the city, amounting between $42,444 and $63,953.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the following meetings: July 17 City Council meeting and the June 14 special council meeting; July 12 Planning and Zoning meeting.

  • Approve committee and department reports.

  • Approve the following raffle permit: Mitchell Women’s Softball with the drawings to be held daily from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30.

  • Approve automatic supplement to Parks Fund in the amount of $25,800, which will be used for installing new scoreboards along the softball and baseball fields in the Cadwell Sports Complex.

  • Approve automatic supplement to general fund in the amount of $70,000 from settlement proceeds with the former owners of the Crafty Fox building on Main Street.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: August 16, 2021 for a hearing on the application to transfer RB-3124 Retail (on-off sale) malt beverage and South Dakota Farm Wine License from XTREME Golf Inc. doing business as XTREME Golf Inc. to Jeremy Jensen doing business as Jensen Capital & Development, LLC, 968 N. Ohlman, in Mitchell, SD. This license will be inactive.

  • Approve special event permit for Kiwanis half marathon and relay on Oct. 3.

  • Approve change order No. 1 to First Rate Excavating, Inc. for East Central Drainage project.

  • Approve Aug. 2 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 Northridge Baptist Church.

  • Hear citizens input.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing on the following application: 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.

  • Hold hearings on the following special event license applications: On the application of the VFW Post 2750 for a Special Event Malt Beverage and SD Farm Wine License located on the parking lot at Second Avenue and Rowley Street and the alley between Second and third avenues for Oct. 2, 2021 for the VFW Post 2750 Chili Cook-Off; On the application of the Corn Palace Shrine Club for a Special Liquor License located at the Masonic Hall for Aug. 5, 2021 for a Celebration of Life; On the application of the Corn Palace Shrine Club for a Special Liquor License located at the Masonic Hall for Aug. 6, 2021 for the Lakeview Golf Banquet

  • Approve special event application for Sunday School relaunch of “Sunday Funday” on Sept. 12, requested by First United Methodist in downtown Mitchell.

  • Approve special event application for Mitchell Main Street and Beyond’s Oktoberfest on Oct. 9, 2021.

  • Review quotes and approve recommendations for salvage scrap iron.

  • Approve Agreement No. A2021-41, the developer’s agreement with Ethan Co-op Lumber for the Lakeridge Phase I development.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-54, plat of lots 16 and 17 of airport addition, a subdivision of the previously platted lot 2 of Fiala's Addition in the East half of the northwest quarter of Section 4, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in the city of Mitchell, as requested by Groeneweg Construction.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-55, plat of lot 5-D, 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 as requested by CJM Consulting Inc.

  • Approve first reading of ordinance No. O2021-11, an ordinance amending department head titles and departmental organization.