City hears reports from State Fair, humane society

HURON — After another successful State Fair in 2017, planning is well underway for this year’s exhibition, to be highlighted by a 100th birthday celebration of the grandstand, State Fair Manager Peggy Besch said.
In a semi-annual report to the City Commission, she said the Williams and Ree 50th Anniversary Tour will also be at the fair.
She said there continues to be growth in the number of off-season events. Last year there were 117 events on the fairgrounds, up 20 percent from 2016.
Besch said volunteers are needed to help man the National Junior High Finals Rodeo in June. About 1,200 contestants and their families will be in Huron. Volunteers are principally needed to make sure the registration and check in process goes well.
Besch also reported on progress of all of the maintenance, repair and improvement projects on the grounds.
While there have been a few inquiries about the racing promoter position, no applications have been received.
Meanwhile, Kim Krueger, executive director of the Beadle County Humane Society, said in her semi-annual update that the number of animals served in 2017 was 889, down from 950 the year before.
She said she is hoping that is due to the fact that more pet owners are getting their animals spayed and neutered. There is also more activity on social media by those looking for homes for animals, she said.
Krueger is reminding pet owners that it’s time to license their animals.
She said the humane society is also continuing to raise money to replace its animal control vehicle.
Commissioners also:
• Approved the hiring of Christian Rodacker and Dennis Maude as police officers.
• Accepted the retirement resignation of Marsha Hanson as part-time, year-round library clerk.
• Accepted the resignation of Kay Kujawa from the solid waste department.
• Accepted the resignation of Kristy Jungemann from the Library Board and appointed Dennis Olson to fill the remaining term.
• Accepted the resignation of Bruce Smalley from the Planning Commission. There is one opening on the commission for anyone interested in serving.
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area from Amber Deming for a baby shower on March 10 at the Campus Center.
• Approved a $369,839 progress payment for Kyburz-Carlson Construction of Aberdeen for work on the public works building.
• Set March 12 as the bid-opening date for curb and gutter replacement and handicap ramp installation, principally on Seventh Street Southwest between Illinois and Idaho avenues.
• Set March 5 as the bid-opening date for street milling and overlay. Major work will be on Third Street Southwest from Ohio to Pennington avenues where the water main was replaced last year.
• Announced that the City Commission will not meet and city offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. The solid waste rubble site will be closed this Saturday and Monday.
The Monday garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Containers should be out Tuesday evening as the trucks will not be rerouted.

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