City Hall to reopen on Sept. 21


HURON — Huron’s City Hall, closed since March 19, will re-open to the public after over six months of closure, after a decision by the Huron city commission Monday evening.

In a unanimous vote, commissioners voted to re-open City Hall to public access as of Monday, Sept. 21. Plexiglass protection for employees is currently being installed this week that will allow for the re-opening to occur.

“It’s time for this to happen,” stated commissioner Bryan Smith during discussion of the motion.

Commissioners also held a work session with Doug Pietz, the executive director of the Huron Community Campus, about the Fine Arts Center, and the capacity for the auditorium for upcoming events.

Commissioners discussed the current city ordinance and how those restrictions, along with CDC guidelines, would impact the number of people that could attend a performance in the auditorium. With a seating capacity of 244 people in the auditorium, the number put forward by the commission was 122 in seating, six in the sound booth, and a maximum of 25 people on the stage at any one time.

The commission adopted two ordinances on the evening. The first was an ordinance outlining the 2021 budget and setting a second public reading for September 28. The second was an ordinance outlining building code clarification within the municipal building codes to bring the city to ICC 2018 code.

Commissioners approved the contract with Carr Chiropractic Clinic for the oversight and operation of the COVID-19 call center and testing center. The contract pays the clinic $25,000 per quarter for services beginning in July.

Commissioners also:
• Approved transfer of 2020 retail on-sale liquor license from The Lodge Steakhouse and Lounge, 460 Dakota Ave S, to Huron Elks #444, 460 Dakota Ave S.
• Approved appointment of Mayor Gary Harrington to the Northeast Council of Government’s Board of Directors
• Accepted the resignation of Megan Scheidegger from the Community Improvement Committee
• Accepted the appointment of Jessica Hotchkiss to the Community Improvement Committee
• Approved a parade permit filed by Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau for the Parade of Lights on November 27th
• Approved alcoholic beverage in public area filed by Darlisi Dobal for a birthday party on September 19 at Prospect Park Glide and Slide shelter
• Approved date change for alcoholic beverage consumption permit filed by Rachael Hunt from September 21 to September 23
• Approved special event on-sale liquor licenses for the South Dakota State Fair for wedding receptions to be held at the Nordby Exhibit Hall on Sept. 19 and 26, and Oct. 17 and 24.
• Set September 28 as public hearing date to consider a 2020-2021 retail on-off sale malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine license filed by Carlson’s Northside Service
• Set September 28 as public hearing date to consider a 2020-2021 retail on-off sale malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine license filed by Don’t Spill the Beans

Mayor Harrington read a proclamation recognizing September 13-19 as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. Staff and serviced clientele from Center for Independence of Huron were present to receive the proclamation.

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