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Nordby family donates $240,000 to project

The Earl Nordby family has donated $240,000 toward a 10-field soccer complex in Mitchell, the City Council learned Monday evening at City Hall. The council also conducted the first reading of an ordinance that would add $400,000 of city funding t...

The Earl Nordby family has donated $240,000 toward a 10-field soccer complex in Mitchell, the City Council learned Monday evening at City Hall.

The council also conducted the first reading of an ordinance that would add $400,000 of city funding to the project, putting it on track to begin construction next spring. The total cost of the project is estimated at $1.85 million, and the rest of the funding is expected to come from a mix of donations, grants and city funds.

Earl Nordby, of Huron, owns the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, which is headquartered in Huron and has locations in Mitchell, Chamberlain and Pierre. Nordby's son-in-law, Dan DesLauriers, is the sales manager in Mitchell and is the husband of Nordby's daughter, Diane DesLauriers.

Nordby did not attend Monday's meeting, but Dan and Diane DesLauriers presented an oversized check to the council and received a standing ovation from those in attendance.

"We're really quite honored to be a part of this complex," Mrs. DesLauriers said. "It's exciting for the youth of Mitchell."

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The complex will be named Pepsi Soccer Complex for a period of years, City Councilman Marty Barington said after the meeting, but the number of years has not been finalized. The naming rights account for $200,000 of the donation, while the remaining $40,000 will cover two $20,000 field sponsorships.

One of the fields will be named Mountain Dew Field, and the other will be named Dr. Pepper Field.

In addition to the donation, 8 percent of the Pepsi sales from the complex's concessions will be donated to help cover operating costs.

Land for the complex already has been acquired along the southwest edge of the airport in northern Mitchell. Soccer enthusiasts have been lobbying for the complex, saying the current five-field setup at Cadwell Park is too small for the hundreds of children who play soccer in the city.

The complex will be the second site in Mitchell named in honor of Pepsi and the Nordby family. In 2005, Area Community Theatre named its new facility Pepsi Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts following a $100,000 donation from the Nordby family.

Mayor Lou Sebert thanked the family Monday evening on behalf of the city.

"You have made a difference in this community, and you will see it for a long, long time," Sebert said.

In other business Monday, council members:

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n Approved, during the Traffic Commission meeting that preceded the council meeting, temporarily changing the block of Hanson Street fronting Hitchcock Park to a one-way street going east and covering up the no-parking signs during the Summer Solstice Arts Festival June 23-24; painting a crosswalk from the Delaney Clinic parking lot across Fifth Street going to the Avera Queen of Peace Hospital's west side; placing stop signs for east-bound traffic where August, Pinehurst and Sawgrass intersect Thunderbird Drive; granting a parade permit to the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee for July 21; and allowing no parking along the Corn Palace Stampede parade route and line-up area.

n Heard Chuck Mauszycki say during public input that his proposed events center site along the state Route 37 bypass is not as expensive as it may appear and is arguably cheaper than downtown sites -- it would save about $1.5 million on site acquisition and demolition costs compared to downtown sites, he said, and his proposed 2,700-vehicle parking lot could be reduced to 1,700 to save another $800,000.

n Were told by council member and events center task force member Ken Tracy that the task force has little to report, because it is still waiting for some information from three design firms.

n Fielded a complaint during public input about damaged trees at the cemetery and discussed ways to fix the problem with Golf and Cemetery Director Kevin Thurman.

n Unanimously elected Tracy to another term as City Council president, and chose Doug Molumby over Britt Bruner to serve as council vice president; the voting for the vice president position was conducted by secret ballot, and the vote tally was not announced.

n Accepted the reappointments of all the city department heads to another one-year term and watched as Mayor Sebert administered the oaths of office.

n Approved, sitting as the Board of Adjustment, a conditional use permit to allow Anne Krietlow to operate a daycare center in her home; approved two variances to construct garages that do not conform to the zoning code; and set June 4 as the date for hearings on two additional variance applications.

n Approved reports from eight city departments.

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n Approved the transfer of an off-sale liquor license from RJA Inc., doing business as Moonlight Bar and Lounge, to AP Investments LLC, doing business as Amstar.

n Awarded a bid for haying on city-owned land at the cemetery.

n Adopted a plat that subdivides a lot in the P&H Commercial Properties First Addition.

n Approved the creation of a tax increment financing district and developer's agreement to supply up to $650,000 of financing to help Vantage Point Solutions build a new office building at the corner of Innovative Drive and North Minnesota Street.

n Tabled, after fielding a request for more time to do research from Councilman Bruner, an ordinance that would prohibit video lottery with new wine licenses and another ordinance that would remove the cap on on-sale beer licenses but prohibit video lottery with new beer licenses.

n Adopted an ordinance that supplements the budget with 19 amounts totaling $57,300, all of which are payments from one city office to another for utilities, which Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson said is a required accounting practice.

n Adopted an ordinance that supplements the budget with $40,000 for a Cadwell Park restroom project, a $60,000 transfer of surplus money from the Entertainment Tax Fund, $4,000 for lounge chairs at the Mitchell Aquatic Center, $1,500 to send Corn Palace Director Mark Schilling to an events center-related conference in Kansas City, $4,000 for a roof repair and $36,000 for a lift station.

n Adopted an ordinance that supplements the budget with $5,100 for police equipment.

n Adopted an ordinance that changes the names of Williams Street and Hurst Street to Williams Avenue and Hurst Avenue.

n Adopted an ordinance that allows a previously approved increase in compost collection fees to take effect by changing the change city code to say "the fee for the collection of compost shall be set from time to time by resolution of the city council," instead of the current "this fee shall include seasonal, weekly compost service and no additional monthly charges shall apply."

n Set June 4 as the date for three applications for special-event beer licenses, numerous applications to renew beer licenses, and the consideration of bids for several city projects.

n Authorized a funding agreement with the state Department of Transportation that says the state will reimburse 81.95 percent of the estimated $47,590 needed to move a bridge in from the county to use as part of a proposed bike path.

n Withdrew, at the request of applicant Boyd Reimnitz, a request to temporarily rezone the old Mitchell Christian property at 723 E. Ash Ave.

n Approved a list of volunteers for the Corn Palace and RSVP Patrol, along with several requests to conduct raffles.

n Approved the paying of estimates and bills.

n Conducted a closed, non-public session for unspecified personnel matters.

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