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Local soccer club's new home now in hands of council

More disapproval of the Mitchell Soccer Association's request to rezone property has come out of the woodwork since the Planning Commission recommended the rezoning on Oct. 26.

More disapproval of the Mitchell Soccer Association's request to rezone property has come out of the woodwork since the Planning Commission recommended the rezoning on Oct. 26.

The Mitchell Soccer Association plans to enter a lease purchase agreement with Boyd and Kay Reimnitz for property at 723 E. Ash Ave., which formerly served as the Mitchell Christian High School.

In order to operate an indoor soccer training facility in the building, the association and the Reimnitz family need to get the property rezoned from a single-family residential district to a transportation, warehousing and commercial district. The TWC zone allows for indoor recreation facilities while the residential zoning district is permitted for less uses.

The Mitchell City Council will hold the first reading of the ordinance at Monday's meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Eight neighbors to the facility have returned their notification to express disapproval with the rezoning, and one more notice was returned without marking whether they approved.

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While some neighbors say the rezoning is a great idea, if the property is cleaned up of its broken glass, tires and abandoned vehicles, others are concerned the rezoning could result in worsening cleanliness of the property.

Among those against the rezoning are Bill and Rita Lester, who are concerned the property will "become more of an eyesore than it already is."

At last week's Planning Commission meeting, all members approved of the rezoning after a lengthy discussion and hearing from association President Jodi Cain-Lambert.

Cain-Lambert told the commission that the association has encountered trouble finding practice time at John Paul II Elementary, Mitchell Middle School and the current Mitchell Christian School, and access to this facility would give the association's 15 teams twice as much practice time.

Like some of the building's neighbors, the commission was concerned with the property's appearance, but felt the Mitchell Soccer Association would do well at cleaning up the grounds.

Consent agenda:

The council will consider the following items as part of the consent agenda:

• Minutes from the Oct. 19 City Council meeting, Oct. 13 Planning Commission and Oct. 19 Traffic Committee.

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• Set date of Nov. 16 for a hearing on the application of the Palace City Lions Club of Mitchell, for a special event license and a liquor license for the Avera Winter Party on Jan. 15 at the Corn Palace and City Hall.

• Set date of Nov. 16 for a hearing on the application of TG Partnership, 1610 S. Burr St. to transfer package off-sale liquor license PL-4697 to T.E.A.M. Haus Inc. doing business as Northside Sinclair, 1905 N. Main St.

• Consider change order No. 2 to increase the contract amount for the Paving and Overlay No. 2015-15 contracted to Commercial Asphalt by $109,697.52 to adjust final quantities as constructed on project, adjusting project amount to $636,973.57.

• Consider change order No. 1 to City Hall and Community Center Facility No. 2015-33 contracted to SEH, increasing the contract amount by $3,000 for inspection of the wall of the American Legion building on S. Main St., adjusting the contract amount to $24,200.

• Consider election workers compensations for the Dec. 8 special election.

• Hear gas and diesel fuel competitive quotations.

• Pay estimates, bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires and authorize payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Agenda items:

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The following items are on the council's agenda:

• Call meeting to order and roll call.

• Enter executive session from 5:25 p.m. to 7 p.m. to consult with legal counsel or review communications from legal counsel about proposed or pending litigation or contractual matters.

• Reconvene in regular session at 7:30 p.m.

• Conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, hear invocation from First Lutheran Church, hear citizen input and conduct roll call.

• Recess as the board of adjustment and entertain a motion to set date of Nov. 16 for a hearing on the application of Marilee Johnson-Geary for a conditional use permit for a home occupation that provides counseling services located at 1321 E. Second Ave., legally described as Lot 1 and East 1/2 of Lot 2, Block 12, St. Greene Addition, Mitchell.

• Reconvene as City Council.

• Hold a discussion on the second floor of the Corn Palace.

• Consider action on resolution No. 3314 of the intent of the city of Mitchell to enter into real property exchange with a private individual and notice of hearing.

• Hold first reading of ordinance No. 2525 to rezone real property legally described as Lots 1-7, Block 7, Applegate Addition, Mitchell, from single family residential to transportation, warehousing and commercial district and amending the official zoning map of the city of Mitchell.

• Consider action to table the approval of the 2015 Personnel Policy Manual until Jan. 4.

• Motion to adjourn.

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