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New mayor, council to be sworn in tonight

The new mayor of Mitchell will get to work tonight for the first time. Bob Everson, who was elected less than a month ago, will be sworn in as the city's new leader, starting a three-year term at the Mitchell City Council's regular meeting at Mit...

Mitchell City Hall. (Republic file photo)
Mitchell City Hall. (Republic file photo)

The new mayor of Mitchell will get to work tonight for the first time.

Bob Everson, who was elected less than a month ago, will be sworn in as the city’s new leader, starting a three-year term at the Mitchell City Council’s regular meeting at Mitchell City Hall. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. tonight.

Everson earned 1,365 votes, or nearly 46 percent of the vote, in the four-candidate June 5 election for the city’s mayoral seat, replacing Jerry Toomey, who did not seek re-election.

In addition to Everson, new Ward 1 councilor Dan Sabers will also be sworn in, alongside existing councilors Kevin McCardle, Marty Barington and Jeff Smith, who will represent Wards 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Sabers and McCardle also won elections in June, while Barington and Smith were unopposed.

The council will also decide a president and vice president for the council tonight, as well.

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Unfinished business The following actions will be taken prior to the swearing in of the new council:

  • Call meeting to order, Pledge of Allegiance, invocation, roll call.
  • Approve previous meeting minutes, and committee meeting minutes.
  • As part of the consent agenda, approve a change order for Sanborn Boulevard utility and street improvements to BX Civil and Construction.
  • As part of the consent agenda, approve gas and fuel quotes, pay estimate schedule, and bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires.
  • Hear citizens input.
  • Sitting as the Board of Adjustment, hold a hearing on a request from Laura Picek to operate a family residential child care center at 1033 E. 1st Ave.

Consent agenda The new council will consider the following consent agenda items:

  • The following raffle permits are subject to approval: Holy Family Church on Aug. 5 for a new church organ; VFW Post 2750 on Sept. 29 to benefit ALS research and the VFW renovation; two raffles from the Mitchell Skating and Hockey Association on Jan. 19, 2019 and Feb. 16, 2019, benefitting the Avera Queen of Peace Foundation and the MSHA.  
  • Set July 16 as the date for: a special event liquor license at the Masonic Lodge Aug. 3 for the Lakeview golf mixer; and the transfer of retail (on-sale) liquor license RL-5363 from LAB, LLC, 501 S. Sanborn Blvd. to The Back 40, LLC, dba The Back 40 Taphouse Grill, 511 N. Main St.; and the transfer of retail (on-off sale) malt beverage license RB-2169 from The Back 40, LLC, dba The Back 40 Taphouse Grill, 511 N. Main St. to LAB, LLC, 501 S. Sanborn Blvd.
  • Consider the application of the Palace City Pre-Sturgis Party for a special event license to close: Main Street from Fourth to Seventh avenues, a half-block east and west of the 100 blocks of the Fifth and Sixth Avenues from noon to 11 p.m., the Sixth Avenue Plaza, and closure of the Fifth and Main parking lot, as well as the Northwestern parking lot to allow motorcycle parking, car show, food vendors and a farmers market. Also, to obtain a consumption permit from 5 to 10 p.m. in the above described area, public property only, and a noise permit for Aug. 2.
  • Consider the appointment of Jon Osterloo to the city planning and zoning commission through July 2023 and Chris Retterath to the parks and recreation board through July 2021.
  • Set bid opening time for the south water tower coating project at 1:30 p.m. July 30.
  • Authorize the purchase of a used oil distributor for the street department, at a cost of $60,000 or less.

Other business The council will consider:

  • Meeting as the board of adjustment, set a date for a July 16 hearing for the following requests: conditional use permit from Tammy Miller to operate a family residential child care center in her home at 506 W. Birch Ave.; front-yard variance of 20 feet instead of 25 feet and a backyard variance of 18 feet instead of 25 feet from Boyd Reimnitz to construct a single-family home in the 200 block of W. 15th Ave.; conditional use permit from Dustin and Nichole Sullivan to build a facility to provide outside commercial storage, outside storage and a self-service storage facility at 40822 256th St.; a sideyard variance of 1-foot instead of 3 feet to build a detached garage at 508 E. Sixth Ave.
  • Action on Resolution R2018-33: A plat of Lot 1 of Peters Addition in the Southwest 1/4 Of Section 10, T 103 N, R 60 W of the 5th P.M., City Of Mitchell; and resolution 2018-34: A plat of Lot 2-B, a subdivision of Lots 1 and 2 of Skyline Estates In the south 100 Acres In the northwest 1/4 pf Section 14, T 103 N, R 60 W of the 5th P.M., Davison County, South Dakota.
  • Motion to adjourn.
Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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