City okays variance request in southwest Huron


HURON — A variance request to allow a handful of lots in a developing southwest Huron neighborhood to be platted less than the minimally required width of 100 feet has been approved by the City Commission.
The area is approximately between 24th and 27th streets and between Van Hall Drive and Illinois Avenue Southwest.
It’s zoned for one- and two-family and townhouse residences.
There are about six lots that don’t meet the required 100-foot minimum frontage. Three of the ones that would be close to 100 feet wide are 98.9 feet, 93.3 feet and 95.2 feet, said City Planning Director Ralph Borkowski.
The current plan by Brookings developer Paul Moriarty is to plat lots along 24th Street for twin homes and the balance for single-family homes.
In a related matter, commissioners approved a preliminary plat filed by Moriarty to subdivide a parcel of land in Prairie Green Addition.
Also, they set June 3 as the hearing date to consider a resolution on street vacation petitions filed by Moriarty and Lori Rathjen to vacate a short stretch of the Illinois Avenue Southwest street right of way south of 24th Street in Prairie Green Addition. Borkowski said the need for that piece has been undone.
Meanwhile, commissioners accepted a recommendation from an appraisal committee to appraise the former street shop at 467 First St. S.W. at $200,000 and the former water-sewer shop at 215 Market Street Southwest at $125,000. The city plans to sell the properties at auction. No date has been set.
Commissioners also:
• Reminded residents that the annual city cleanup event runs from Thursday through Saturday. Residents are asked to bring their water utility bill to the rubble site.
• Awarded a $399,791 bid to Midland Contracting Inc. of Huron for surfacing of Third Street Southwest between West Park and Union avenues.
• Set June 3 as the bid-opening date for water main replacement work.
• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by the Red Arrow Bar for charity benefits on June 1 and 15.
• Authorized the mayor to sign an agreement to provide police officers with Knockout Events.
• Proclaimed this as Police Week, Wednesday as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and this as Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Dakota Week.
• Learned from Huron letter carrier Roger Hunt that the food drive by letter carriers on Saturday brought in 2,150 pounds of non-perishable food items.
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by the Community Improvement Committee for a street dance June 8 on Third Street Southeast between Dakota and Kansas avenues.
• Approved a parade permit for Wheel Jam on June 1 requested by the South Dakota State Fair contingent on approval by the state Department of Transportation for use of Dakota Avenue.
• Reappointed Ken Shoultz to the Alternate Board of Adjustment.
• Approved the regular status of patrol Sgt. Phillip Van Diepen on completion of his probationary period.
• Approved Kata Marie L. Schmidt, Craig R. Lee, Tracey S. Thorne and Scott M. McGaugh as members of the police department’s reserve officer program.

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