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Seeking a "re-organization and modification" of the city's rules on fireworks, the Mitchell City Council will vote on changing its ordinance to allow novelty fireworks throughout the city. The council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at Mitchell City Hall for a regular meeting. On the agenda is a first reading for updating the city's code on fireworks and explosives. City Attorney Justin Johnson, in writing to the council about the agenda item, said that the city's current ordinance is currently "quite a bit out of date in its terminology and approach."
The imaginative and investigative skills of South Dakota's top Future Farmers of America students were on display recently at the state's Agriscience Fair. Those projects ranged from looking at which animal bedding materials were most absorbent, to whether higher-priced rabbit feed could enhance their health, to controlling raccoon populations and the effects of alternative fertilizers on plant growth. If it can be researched and is involved with agriculture, it's fair game.
Davison County Commission leaders Tuesday put their support behind a plan to hire a new employee to help develop the county's alternative programs to juvenile detention. Jim Miskimins, the county's state's attorney, is applying for a grant that would help create a coordinator position for developing the county's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative program, or JDAI. The application was approved Tuesday by the commission during its regular meeting at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
After its water tower froze in February, the city of Emery is looking at major repairs to its water tower system for the second time in less than a year. Emery leaders asked the James River Water Development District Board of Directors for financial assistance with fixing the damage caused by the freezing. After some back-and-forth discussion, the board approved giving the city $20,000, which will go toward an estimated $85,890 in work. The decision was made during a regular meeting of the board, held at the Davison County North Offices in Mitchell.
The breakdown of the Spencer Dam in Nebraska had an effect on the water provided to Mitchell and the rest of the Bon Homme-Yankton Rural Water System. The Tabor-based system, known as the B-Y Water System, pulls water from the Missouri River, B-Y General Manager Terry Wooten said. Wooten said on Tuesday that sediment loading in the Lewis and Clark Lake reservoir was "10 times higher than normal," due in part to the failure of the dam that collapsed in mid-March.
MOUNT VERNON — Community cooperation was on display Monday in Mount Vernon. About 115 Mount Vernon school students in grades 6-12 spent their morning helping to clean tree branches and debris from last month's ice storm and blizzard that moved through the area. They were organized by the school's administrators to fan out through the community and help every property in town, if possible.
There's no traversing the gravel roads of Hutchinson County this spring. And one look at the large ruts, washed out gravel, and standing water tells most of the story. The county's leaders unanimously voted last month to ban all non-essential travel in the county, especially on gravel roads, which have been the areas that felt the brunt of a seemingly unrelenting winter and a soggy spring.
The person in charge of valuing land and property in Davison County claimed Tuesday she's being "ridiculed" and compared the county's Board of Equalization process to "a boxing ring." Kathy Goetsch made a presentation to the Davison County commissioners during their regular meeting, saying she thought the commissioners — who make up the county's Board of Equalization — were losing sight of the purpose of their duties in hearing appeals. It was at that time she defended her office's assessing practices.
Flooding remains a top concern for U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds. And the South Dakota Republican has been letting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers know his thoughts about it. Rounds, who visited Mitchell on Friday and stopped by The Daily Republic office for about 20 minutes, said he's understanding of the issues that the corps faces, but wants it to be as proactive as possible with monitoring the Missouri River Mainstem Reservoir System, or the series of dams on the Missouri River.
With its community planning effort Forward 2040 well underway, Mitchell city leaders are pleased with what they've seen so far. Between various public meetings, an online survey and a community think tank event, nearly 1,000 people have had input on the city's planning effort to see what the community wants to accomplish in the next 20 years.