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Veterans Park surplus could go for maintenance

Daily Republic - 6/18/2018

June 18--The Mitchell Veterans Park can get off to a good start for its maintenance budget, thanks to the funds leftover from the park's construction.

A total of $70,739.16 is in the Veterans Park account after the construction of the project, and the Mitchell City Council will vote today to authorize the movement of those funds to a maintenance account for the park. The council will meet starting at 6 p.m. at Mitchell City Hall, 612 N. Main St.

The park, which was built at the corner of First Avenue and Main Street at the edge of downtown, was dedicated on May 26. The park cost about $400,000 to build, backed by the strength of volunteers and donations. Veterans Park also includes memorial bricks, sitting benches, insignias of the five major branches of the U.S. military and a star-shaped fountain area at which visitors can reflect.

The meeting is also expected to touch on the Lake Mitchell design refinement being done by Fyra Engineering, of Omaha, Neb. The city council approved that strategy plan on April 2, which included soft sediment analysis, mapping the lake bottom, a preliminary dredging design, reviewing dredging alternatives and a partial final design.

The council expects to gather some information related to those subjects today but will not make any decisions. That will be left for the new mayor and city council, which will be in place next month. A final recommendation will be made to the council in July.

Also on the schedule prior to the council's regular meeting is a 6 p.m. public health and safety committee meeting, followed by a traffic commission meeting.

Consent agenda

--Minutes for the June 4 meeting, the June 11 special meeting and work session.

--May monthly reports for sales tax collections, finance department, building permits, police/fire/EMS reports, transit ridership, airport reports and water report.

--A raffle permit for the Palace City Pedalers to hold a raffle on Aug. 18 valued at $400; and the Mitchell Friends of NRA to hold raffle in the future valued at $250.

--Apply for transportation grant funds.

--Declare the city's department of public safety's key card system as surplus, with the intent to sell via online auction.

--Approve taxicab license of Russell Edward Hanson doing business as Lyft driver.

--Approve gas and fuel quotes, pay estimates, bills, payroll, salary adjustments and new employee hires and authorize payment of recurring expenses.

Agenda items

--Pledge of Allegiance, invocation from First Reformed Church, roll call of councilors.

--Hear citizens input, public health and safety and traffic committee reports.

--Consider Eight West LLC doing business as Super 8 Mitchell for renewal of malt beverage license.

--Hold hearings regarding the following special event malt beverage licenses for the Palace City Lions Club at the Horseman's Sports Arena on two separate occasions: July 19-22 for the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo and the Mustang Seeds Xtreme Bulls event Aug. 22.

--Hold a hearing regarding the application of the Corn Palace Shrine Club for an on-off sale malt beverage license at the Masonic Temple, 112 E. Fifth Ave.

--Meeting as the Board of Adjustment, set a date for a hearing regarding Laura Picek's application for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential child care center at her residence at 1033 E. First Ave.

--Hold a discussion on the city's northwest bike paths at West 23rd Avenue and North Ohlman Street.

--Consider approving resolution R2018-31 and R2018-32, which authorizes the application for financial assistance, allowing the city to apply for SRF loans for Sanborn Boulevard Phase II and Phase III projects. Resolution 2018-31 is for $6,842,000 to fund storm water and sanitary sewer improvements, while Resolution 2018-32 is for $821,000 in drinking water improvements.

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