Mitchell City Council to consider rejecting bids for new golf carts

The three bids that were submitted for a new fleet of golf carts at the Lakeview Gold Course are recommended to be rejected due to "clarifications in the bid specifications."

Lakeview Golf Superintendent Jason Gunnare stands in front of the golf carts that the city is seeking to replace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Mitchell City Council will consider rejecting three bids for a new fleet of golf carts during the 6 p.m. meeting on Monday at City Hall.

According to City Engineer Joe Schroeder’s memo in the council agenda, the Feb. 17 bid opening for the fleet of golf carts -- which are set to replace the current carts at Lakeview Golf Course -- saw three bids that ranged from $94,800 and $117,024. However, the council is being recommended to reject the bids due to “a clarification needed in the bid specifications.”

Among the recent bids for the fleet of 48 new golf carts were submitted by Miller and Sons E-Z Go in the amount of $94,800, which represented the lowest bid. Yamaha Golf and Utility’s bid came in at $96,984, while the highest bid was submitted by NB Golf Carts, coming in at $117,024. The council will set the date for the next bid opening to take place on March 17 at City Hall.

Lakeview Golf Superintendent Jason Gunnare said fuel-injected carts are the main specification that golf course officials look for in new carts. The existing fleet of carts at Lakeview Golf Course are approaching eight years of ownership, which is typically when they are replaced, Gunnare noted.

Nathan Powell, interim golf and cemetery director, said Lakeview’s current golf carts will be traded in to help offset the costs of purchasing a set of new carts from the bids received.


Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes from the Feb. 16 City Council meeting and the Jan. 25 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

  • Approve committee and department reports.

  • Approve declaring Self Breathing Apparatus packs as surplus.

  • Approve supplemental appropriations for the Mitchell Recreation Center’s advertising of the new diabetes program. The $900 for advertising will be used to advertise the diabetes program that the Rec Center was chosen to offer by the South Dakota Department of Health.

  • Approve 2020 annual report.

  • Approve property tax abatement for 2020 taxes payable in 2021.

  • Approve purchase of curb tender garbage collector in the amount of $263,385.

  • Set the date for the bid opening to purchase a new set of golf carts at Lakeview for Mar. 17, 2021.

  • Approve Mitchell Main Street and Beyond’s permit for a temporary street and parking closure, along with an alcohol consumption permit for the 2021 First Friday events.

  • Approve VFW’s request for Second and Rowley Street parking lot and alley closure on April 16-17, 2021.

  • Approve the following raffle permit: Palace City Renegades with the drawing to be held on May 1, 2021.

  • Approve gasoline and fuel quotes.

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

Other business

  • Recite Pledge of Allegiance, hear invocation from Resurrection Lutheran Church, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Hold hearing on the following applications: Groenweg Construction’s application for a backyard variance of 32 feet vs. 35 feet and a front yard 25 feet vs. 35 feet as required for the property at 3209 Canal Circle, legally described as lot 35, The Island First Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an Urban Development District; Russell and Teresa Quist’s application for a non-conforming lot size variance of 7,149 square-feet vs. 7,500 square-feet and a conditional use permit to construct an accessory building not located adjacent to a principal building located across the street from 5 W. Harmon Dr., legally described as the west half of lot one, Nels Jensen Second Addition, Nels Jensen subdivision, Lake Development Plan, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Set the date for the Board of Adjustment hearing: Mar. 15, 2021, David Baker’s application for a side-yard on a corner variance of 8 feet vs. 15 feet as required and a backyard variance of 24 feet vs. 25 feet as required, and a height variance on an attached accessory building of 25 feet vs. 22 feet as required for construction of an attached garage at 400 W. 14th Ave., legally described as lot 12, block 12, Capital Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an R4 High Density Residential District.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve quarterly funding request from the Mitchell Area Development Corporation in the amount of $41,750. The $41,750 would represent a quarter of the $167,000 that the MADC requested for 2021 subsidy funds from the city.

  • Approve contingency funds for HVAC control replacement at the Deerland Estate. The contingency funds in the amount of $

  • Award recycled asphalt and concrete crushing bid project No. 2021-9.

  • Approve agreement No. A2021-12 with CJM Consulting Inc. for perpetual easement in conjunction with Dailey Lift Station improvement project.

  • Approve Resolution No. R2021-11, a plat of tract 1 of backlash addition in the southwest quarter of section 24, township 103 north, range 60 west of the fifth prime meridian, in Davison County.

  • Hold first reading on Ordinance No. O2021-01, the rezoning of certain lots platted and unplatted With The Island First Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The Island development is zoned in an Urban Development District, but the ordinance is proposing to switch some lots to an R1 Single Family Residential District

  • Hold first reading on Ordinance No. 02021-02, rezoning lots 9, 10 and East half lots 11 and 12, block 12, Van Eps First Addition, in the city of Mitchell. From R3 Medium Density Residential District to Highway Business Oriented District.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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