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Proposed apartment complex gets permit

Sitting as the Board of Adjustment, the Mitchell City Council gave unanimous approval Monday at City Hall to a conditional use permit for a proposed north Mitchell apartment project.

Sitting as the Board of Adjustment, the Mitchell City Council gave unanimous approval Monday at City Hall to a conditional use permit for a proposed north Mitchell apartment project.

The permit was granted to CJM Consulting Inc., of Mitchell, and to Eagle Construction Inc., of Sioux Falls, for the building of two 64-unit apartment buildings in the 1300 and 1400 blocks of West 23rd Avenue, also known as Cemetery Road.

The permit approval was just the first step in the development process, said Mitchell Mayor Ken Tracy.

"They have to submit a plan to the city, and that must be approved before construction can begin, but this was a big step tonight," Tracy said.

"This will open the area for future growth and expansion," said local attorney Don Petersen, who represented Chuck Mauszycki Sr. of CJM Consulting. Petersen said the project will fill a gap for rental units in the needed $600 to $800 monthly rental range.

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The Pheasant Ridge Apartments would be immediately east of a retention pond at the corner of North Ohlman Street and West 23rd Avenue. A new road, Pheasant Street, would run along the west side of the complex and go south to West 19th Avenue, which would connect to North Ohlman Street. That would give access to the apartments from two directions, Petersen said.

Eagle Construction President Steve Boote, responding to complaints from area residents that headlights from cars using the complex would be intrusive, recommended the removal of a second, east driveway from the plans. His responsiveness pleased several council members.

Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg said recent traffic counts showed the new complex will not create traffic concerns for the city.

Downtown flowers

The council voted to give $1,110 to plant and maintain the flower pots on Main Street during the summer months. Council members Randy Doescher, Dan Allen and Steve Rice voted against the expenditure. They felt merchants should be able to pitch in and care for the flowers.

The money, with a matching amount from Mitchell Main Street & Beyond, will be used to hire a local nursery to handle the maintenance and care, Tracy said.

Other business

In other business, the council:

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  • Set a May 6 date to consider the application of Imagine Guild Inc. to hold a concert on May 25 and to obtain consumption and noise permits and a special event alcoholic beverage license.
  • Set a May 14 date to receive and consider bids for Sanborn Street Panels-Phase III Project #2013-22 at 1:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
  • Awarded a bid of $4,626 from Rexwinkel Concrete for Curb and Gutter Project 2013-14.
  • Awarded a bid of $35,504 from Cunningham Recreation for Playground Surfacing Tiles Project 2013-32, which involves the purchase and installation of rubber surfacing for a local park playground.
  • Adopted Resolution 3086, adoption of the city safety manual.
  • Adopted Resolution 3090, confirming a bid of $7,550 from Deryk Thomsen on the public sale of municipal real property at 1200 W. Fifth Ave., west of Edgerton Street.
  • Adopted Resolution 3091, confirming a bid of $35,125 from Dean Robideau on the public sale of municipal real property. The land includes Lots 13-16, Block 5, in Rowley's Second Addition, which is on North Minnesota Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.
  • Adopted Resolution 3092, authorizing and executing a deed for Lot Six, Block Nine, Fullerton Properties First Addition, to the Mitchell Area Development Corp. The property lies within the 1800 block of north Minnesota Street and south of the Highway 37 bypass, and the property will be used by Abbott House.
  • Adopted Resolution 3093, which approves the issuance of a quit claim deed, by the city, to Barbara J. Nash, 1404 E. Fourth Ave, for a 5-foot-wide utility. The deed is for title clearance purposes; the city has no use for the property.
  • Adopted Ordinance 2434, authorizing supplemental appropriations including $7,500 for insurance and bonds; $14,160 for a scoreboard, and $2,500 for a compensated absence for the Parks and Recreation Department; $3,325 for the water treatment plant; $5,300 for minor equipment for the sewer plant; and $6,000 for a utility vehicle for the sanitary landfill.
  • Approved an engineering agreement with SPN for the Norway Avenue lift station replacement project.
  • Approved of the purchase of excess property from the South Dakota Department of Transportation in the amount of $100.
  • Approved an automatic supplement to the Corn Palace fund in the amount of $2,100 from a donation of funds to purchase a corngrinding mill for tourist attraction "edutainment."
  • Approved an automatic supplement to the Parks and Recreation fund in the amount of $49,950 from an insurance claim reimbursement for roof damage repair.
  • Approved a raffle request for Family Child Care Professionals of South Dakota Inc. for a May 4 drawing.
  • Approved a raffle request for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mitchell Area for an Aug. 21 drawing.
  • Approved a raffle request for Prairie Stitchers for a Sept. 29 drawing.
  • Abated taxes in the amount of $8,115.86 to Klas LLC (Stifel Nicolaus and Company) to adjust for a discretionary taxation formula that was not applied to a new building.
  • Set a May 20 date for collection of special assessment roll for 2012 construction projects and 2012 nuisance abatements.
  • Reviewed cash statements for the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31.
  • Reviewed sales tax collections for the first quarter of 2013. Receipts from the regular 2 percent city sales tax were down 0.59 percent for January through March compared to the same period a year earlier. The city entertainment tax, an extra percent on sales of alcohol, prepared food and lodging, was up 4.53 percent.

Traffic Commission
At the recommendation of the Traffic Commission, the council:

  • Approved a request from the Outkast Car Club to close Main Street from First Avenue to Ninth Avenue, and the half-block of all side streets excluding First Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, for the Outkasts Cruise In & Car Show to be held on Sept. 21. The street closures would begin at 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 21. At 4:30 p.m., the streets will be opened except in the 600 block of North Main Street and the 100 block of East Sixth Avenue, which would remain closed until the end of the dance.
  • Approved a request from the James Valley Cycle Club for a parade permit on behalf of the March of Dimes Poker Run to begin at noon on May 4. The route will begin at South Main Street at The Depot and will travel north on Main Street and continue straight out of town to the north on Highway 37.
  • Approved a request from Scott Morgan to close 2100 Highland Way between Quizno's and Blarney's on July 13 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Blarney's fifth annual 3-on-3 Post High School Basketball Tournament.
  • Approved a request from Imagine Guild Inc. to close Main Street from Railroad Street to Sixth Avenue, excluding First Avenue, and a half block east and west off Main Street on Second Avenue, Third Avenue, Fourth Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Street closures are requested to begin at 5 a.m. May 25 and reopen at 12 a.m. on May 26. It is also requested that the Fifth and Main parking lot, and both parking lots in the 100 block of south Main Street, be closed for the Memorial Weekend in Mitchell event.
  • Approved a request for crosswalks to be installed on Lawler Street at Second and Third avenues. Each crosswalk will cost $600 for signage and paint, for a total expenditure of $1,200.

Sportsmen's Club shelter
During the meeting's citizen input portion, Doug Molumby, representing the Pheasant Country chapter of Pheasants Forever, asked for the council's support for a club project to build a $25,000, 20-by-30-foot picnic shelter at the Sportsmen's Club, as a way to give back to the public as part of the organization's "No Child Left Indoors" program.

"We would like the city to create a handicap accessible child fishing pier and restrooms, if you see fit to go along with this project," said Molumby, who asked that Pheasants Forever retain naming rights for the fishing pier.

Molumby said contractors have been lined up and the project could be started this year.

No cost estimates were available on the pier.

Allen said any project would have be included as part of the 2014 budget, and he recommended presenting the project to the Park Board for a recommendation.

"I'm all for it," Allen said.

Corn Palace plans

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Doug Dailey, head of a committee to renovate the Corn Palace, gave a brief update.

"We will return May 6 with plans," he said. "We hope to have something to show the community. We have been working hard. Everything looks good about coming in on budget."

Spring snow storm

Ron Olson, street and sanitation superintendent, said the recent storms were among the toughest he and his crews have ever handled during his 23 years with the city.

He said staff averaged 70-80 hours last week but did well considering the department is short staffed.

"The snow came at such a fast rate we couldn't get ahead of it and it was wet and heavy," he said.

Tracy said he received complaints about windrows of snow blocking driveways.

"But in this type of a storm we don't have much choice" he said. "We have limited personnel. We can't work them 24 hours a day."

Mayor Tracy also asked if snow gates would be effective.

Olson said the city does 90 percent of its plowing with trucks and it owns just two motor graders. Snow gates only work with graders, he explained, and they would not be cost effective for Mitchell.

"If you implemented a system like that we'd be looking at at budget of $500,000 a year, plus money for other items."

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