City holds first reading of 2022 budget

PHOTO BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN Mayor Gary Harrington, right, presents a proclamation to Center For Independence staff and clients recognizing Sept. 13-19 as Direct Support Professionals week.

HURON — Issues that a long work session after the regular meeting Monday of the Huron City Commission still left open were left unresolved, but the framework necessary was in place to approve the first reading of the 2022 city budget as presented.

“This has been, overall, one of the easiest budgets in years,” noted Finance Director Paullyn Carey

The overall budget is $40,244,000, which is less than the 2021 budget. After the regular meeting, commissioners met with Human Resources Director Nathan Hofer to discuss concerns with the insurance quote he received for 2022. Multiple plans were discussed, but no action was taken as union negotiations still need to take place and the employee insurance committee will need to discuss options further as well. This will affect the actual cost incurred in 2022, but the budgeted amount presented was presented based on previous expected costs, so the budget is not affected.

The city opened the meeting with Mayor Gary Harrington recognizing staff and clients from the Center For Independence. Mayor Harrington read a proclamation recognizing Sept. 13-19 as Direct Support Professionals week in Huron and presented the attendees with a copy of the proclamation.

Commissioners convened as the board of adjustment to review a variance request from Asamblea Christiana at 2410 U.S. Highway 14 East to allow a church in a zone where code does not permit a church. Commissioners approved this request.

Assistant city engineer Dennis Bennett presented four bid/quote items to the commission for approval.

The first was a payment request by Menning Excavating, Inc. for work on the Vantage Business Park Sanitary Sewer Construction in the amount of $153,940.91. This was approved.

The second was a payment for continued work at the Wastewater Treatment Facility by Gridor Construction, Inc. for $515,997.90. This was approved.

Bennett noted on the third request that the work by Midland Contracting, Inc. on 3rd St. between Union St. and Pennington Ave. is nearly finished, with curb and gutter work to go in next. The payment to Midland was approved at $498,497.13.

Finally, Bennett presented the propane quote. The low bidder was CHS Farmers Alliance at $1.48 per gallon. Bennett estimated that the city will use approximately 30,000 gallons of propane. This was approved.

Finance Director Carey presented a statement of work and services agreement for a new city website. With new requirements due to online bill pay and other federal privacy requirements, the city sharing a website with Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Greater Huron Development is no longer viable. There is not currently a timetable for the new site to be live, but CivicPlus will provide the service and begin work as commissioners approved the plans.

Commissioners heard the second reading of the medical cannabis zoning ordinance. No public attended as part of the public hearing for the ordinance, though commissioner Mark Robish voiced concerns that he received from city residents regarding the hours of operation on the current ordinance. The second reading passed 3-1, with Robish the dissenting vote.

Commissioners also:
• Approved a special alcoholic beverage license filed by Top Floor Events for a Chamber Mixer on October 12 at First Stop Insurance, 1507 Dakota Ave S.
• Approved a raffle for the Huron MS Society at Red Arrow Bar.
• Approved a raffle for  Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau at the Huron Event Center on November 4-5 as part of the Ringneck Festival.
• Approved a parade permit filed by the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau for the Parade of Lights on November 26, contingent upon approval by the S.D. Department of Transportation for the use of Dakota Avenue.
• Approved promotion of Darvin Polsean to Park Maintenance 3 position.
• Approved posting and advertising a Park Maintenance 2 position.
• Set a public hearing on Sept. 27 to consider lease agreements with Southeast Technical College for use of office space and a classroom at the Huron Community Campus.

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