City hears report on waste transfer station study

PHOTO BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN Mayor Gary Harrington, right, presents representatives from the city’s water and sewer department with a certificate from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources for 21 consecutive years receiving the Secretary’s award for drinking water excellence.

HURON — As part of a busy agenda on Monday evening, engineers from Houston Engineering, Inc. presented the results and recommendations of a study done regarding the Solid Waste Department transfer station.

The current transfer station is 40 years old as is the baler in the building. Trucks must back into the building to dump, and the design of the area leads to an awkward angle for anyone after using the weigh station.

Houston Engineering met with multiple stakeholders, from city staff and employees, city residents, and solid waste staff to put together a study on the current transfer station and recommendations going forward. The proposals were presented to solid waste staff and city engineering staff with one of the three recommended proposals being altered slightly as the final recommendation for the commission.

The final recommended project was a new facility to be constructed that would carry a price tag of $6.9 million. Some of that cost could be offset through various government grant programs, so the final cost to the city is not fully known at this time as the scope of those government programs are still being defined for local governments.

The commission approved the study and the recommendations. That approval puts into motion the process to then bring in feasibility studies and design engineering for a future project that will likely not have construction begin until late 2023 at the soonest.

The meeting opened with Mayor Gary Harrington recognizing the city’s water and sewer department for receiving the Secretary’s Award for Drinking Water Excellence from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This is the 21st consecutive year that Huron has been recognized with this award.

City Engineer Brett Runge presented three payment requests to the commission.

The first was from Gridor Construction Inc regarding the Wastewater Treatment Facility for $429,130.35. This was approved.

The second was for Menning Excavating, Inc for water main replacement. The request included a change order for a net decrease of $68,492.50. The final payment number was $331,756.18. This was approved.

Finally, Runge presented a payment requested from Flat Rate, Inc. for crushing of stockpiled concrete and asphalt. This included a net decrease of $5,299 and a final payment of $36,701. The commission approved the payment.

Mayor Harrington thanked Runge for the net decreases and coming in under budget on the final two items. Runge credited the entire city engineering staff putting together accurate bids.

Solid Waste Superintendent Dale Fortin discussed the fall clean up. City residents can use their August water utility bill for unlimited loads of rubble, metal, and trees. Fees will still apply to tires, appliances with freon, and general household trash. Anyone with questions about what may apply should call the Solid Waste Department at 605-353-8542.

Commissioners also:
• Approved a raffle for American Legion Post 7 for Nov. 11 at Huron High School Auditorium.
• Approved hire of Christina Liebnow for Broadland Creek Pro Shop.
• Approved annual trailer court license renewals for Sheltered Trailer Court, 1500 Third St. S.W.; Huron Mobile Estates, 541 Ohio Ave. N.W.; Huron Mobile Court, 602 Jersey Ave. N.E.; Woody’s Trailer Court, 1350 Fourth St. S.W.; and Prairie Villa, 1400 21st St. S.W.
• Approved the utilities agreement between Crossroads Hotel and the Huron Event Center.

Commissioners met for three work sessions on a drainage issue, a review on capital improvements done in the city and the five-year plan on future capital improvements, and an initial discussion on the 2023 city budget.

The meeting concluded to an executive session on personnel.