To further advance the wetland project for Lake Mitchell, the city is seeking to take a deeper look at the behavior of Firesteel Creek through the guidance of a national water science firm.

The Mitchell City Council will decide at 6 p.m. Monday whether the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center guides the city in collecting data related to Firesteel Creek near the wetland area. The regular meeting will be held at City Hall.

The city purchased 371 acres of land -- formerly known as the Kelley property – along Firesteel Creek in January of this year to implement a wetland aimed at improving Lake Mitchell’s water quality. According to Public Works Director Kyle Croce’s council documents, the city will strive to accomplish six tasks with the help of the water science consulting firm. The tasks are intended to aid the city when it begins designing effective wetland treatment cells in the low-lying area that’s roughly 2.5 miles west of Lake Mitchell.

Among the tasks are identifying effective ground-water and surface-water management tactics regarding the Firesteel Creek and exploring ways to protect and enhance water resources for human, aquatic and environmental health. According to Croce’s documents, the city will collect and analyze data consisting of the daily discharge coming from the creek.

In addition, a flow and stage analysis will be conducted through the process. According to Croce’s documents, the city is in need of information relating to the water levels that Firesteel Creek experiences throughout the year.

The project will span two years and will cost a total of $24,100.

Consent agenda

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

  • Approve the minutes of the September 3 council meeting.

  • Approve the minutes of the August 26 Planning Commission; August 19 Traffic Commission meeting.

  • Approve department reports.

  • Approve the following raffle permits: Longfellow PTO with the drawing to be held on Oct. 4, 2019; Mitchell Catholic Foundation with the drawing to be held on Oct. 16, 2019; James River Gobblers NWTF with the drawing to be held on Oct. 31, 2019.

  • Set the date for the following bid opening: Oct. 8 2019, for Corn Palace basketball backstops project.

  • Appoint the following members to the nuisance appeals board: Joe Schlimgen for a term to run from July 2019 to July 2022; Larry Jirsa for a term to run from July 2019 to July 2022; Jay Larson for a term to run from July 2019 to July 2022; Doug Molumby for a term to run for July 2019 to July 2022.

  • Approve the following new taxi cab licenses: Logan Smith, Devin Dethlefsen and Eric Zilla, all doing business as Lyft drivers.

  • Approve request to apply for Walmart community grant.

  • Approve automatic supplement to the Special Revenue Fund in the amount of $2,500 for fireworks cleanup, which is from a donation of funds.

  • Approve automatic supplement to the Special Revenue Fund in the amount of $500 for baseball equipment, which is from a donation of funds.

  • Approve automatic supplement to the General Fund in the amount of $700 for the Police Department’s ERU and Police training.

  • Approve September 16 pay estimates.

  • Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires.

Other business

  • Meet with the traffic commission at 6 p.m.
  • Pledge of Allegiance, receive invocation from Salvation Army, roll call, hear citizens’ input.

  • Consider entering into an executive session regarding economic development legal discussion.

  • Approve consent agenda.

  • Approve Traffic Committee report.

  • Hold hearing and take action for the following hearing: Corn Palace Shrine Club’s application for a special event liquor license for a September 7 birthday party to be located at the Masonic Hall.

  • Meet as Board of Adjustment.

  • Set the date for the following hearing: Oct. 7, 2019, Terry & Frances Rietveld’s application for a back-yard (road side) variance of 22 feet vs 30 feet as required for construction of a new home at 95 S. Harmon Dr., legally described as Lot 48 & 49, Indianhead Addition, city of Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota. The property is zoned (RL) Single Family Residential District.

  • Hold hearings and take action on the following applications: Lamar Advertising owners David and Connie Deinert’s application for a conditional use permit/variance to replace the off-premise billboard sign that was destroyed by a storm. The new sign will exceed the 300 square feet signage area, (approximately 400 square feet) standard. The property is legally described as; southwest quarter of Highway 4 south of Interstate-90. The property is zoned Historic Business Highway District; Selena Thomas’ application for a conditional use permit to operate a massage business at 622 S. Wisconsin St. in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Medium Density Residential District; Christy Duba and Long Brothers, LLC application for a conditional use permit to operate an indoor recreational facility within the existing building located at 113 W. Douglas Ave. in the city of Mitchell, Davison County, SD. The property is zoned R3 Medium Density Residential District; Jason and Ramy Norgaard’s application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential child care center in their home located at 1220 E. Havens Ave., lot 103, Brendan Mobile Village, in the city of Mitchell.

  • Reconvene as City Council.

  • Approve and award bid for Burr Street median landscaping project No. 2019-51.

  • Approve to adopt the finding that all feasible and prudent alternatives to demolish the 305 and 307 N. Main St. Buildings have been considered, along with ensuring the demolition contractor will comply with certain conditions. The corroding Third Avenue and Main Street building is deemed historic, and the city had to allow the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to complete its review on the building. Upon the completion of the review, the SHPO approved all feasible and prudent alternatives were considered, clearing the city to demolish the building.

  • Approve resolution that levies special assessments for Business Improvement District No. 3.

  • Hold a hearing and take action on the assessment roll for 2018 construction and 2018 nuisance abatements.

  • Approve a resolution that would allow the city to apply for grant funds from the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources, which would go towards the city’s single stream recycling program.

  • Approve a resolution agreement that allows the city and the South Dakota Department of Transporation to share design costs for upgrading the Rowley Street and Intersate-90 bridge crossing. The estimated cost for the city is $4,803.75.

  • Hold second reading on ordinance No. O2019-13, amending BID 2 to extend SEA funding.

  • Approve an ordinance that amends changes to the Mitchell City Code Drainage Plan Submittal Requirements. The amendment changes state that all commercial developments (regardless of size) and all other developments over 1 acre shall provide the city with a drainage plan.

  • Hold second reading of 2020 annual appropriation ordinance, which will be the final ordinance for the city’s proposed 2020 budget that includes all of the changes discussed by council during the previous work sessions that took place through August.

  • Hold first reading on Ordinance No. O2019-21, revising Mitchell City Code Title 4, Chapter 4, vehicles for hire, by reorganizing, renaming and amending the sections.

  • Hold first reading on Ordinance No. O2019-22, amending the city chapter codes for the Corn Palace Entertainment Board.