City opens playgrounds and shelters


HURON — After requesting to reconsider playground opening last week, city commissioners debated the issue Monday evening, eventually approving the re-opening of playground equipment and outdoor picnic shelter areas at Prospect Park and Ravine Lake Park Southwest Shelter at 50% capacity levels with signage to be posted.

The commission also approved opening the Pyle, Kerr, and Reynolds meeting rooms in the Campus Center as of July 1 for rental requests at 50% capacity. Blackburn Hall was approved with a maximum occupancy of 100 people.

The meeting opened with the commissioners convened in the city board of adjustment to hold a public hearing on the variance request for Clair Buesing to build a detached garage. The request was approved.

Robert Rieger of the Water and Sewer Department spoke during public forum to address debris filling catch basins around the city. “We have 2,000 of these basins around the city and after a rain, we simply can’t clear every one,” Rieger stated.

Rieger encouraged residents to place accumulated sticks and debris after a rain from the catch basin into their green bins to assist with avoiding water buildup at intersections.

Mayor Harrington also introduced Tucker Volesky as the city’s attorney during public forum.

Commissioners also:
• Approved the resignation of Jake Redden from the library board
• Approved the appointment of Paul Aylward to the parks and recreation board
• Approved the updated job description for street maintenance 3 position and approved posting and advertising for the position
• Approved the hiring of Cody Maxwell for police officer position
• Approved the promotion of Christian Rodacker to Patrol Sergeant
• Approved the residency waiver for Alex Gigov, Technology/Assistant Library Director
• Accepted the resignations of seasonal employees Abbie Dejong and Jammee Kattner
• Approved title change for Landon Mohr to central park maintenance
• Approved addition of Other Recreation and Softball Maintenance titles for Karissa Schroeder
• Approved rehire of Don Bennett for golf maintenance
• Approved hiring of Logan Oster for part-time library clerk position
• Approved hiring of Sam Carr for COVID-19 Call Center
• Approved contract renewal with Kingsbury County for E-911 services

City offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day.

The Solid Waste Department submitted the following schedule:

“The Solid Waste Department rubble site will be closed on Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Friday’s garbage, recycling, and grass collection will be on Wednesday, July 1. Please place containers out Tuesday evening as trucks will not be rerouted.

If you have any questions, please call 353-8542."

Huron city commission meetings are available on the Huron city YouTube channel at any time and can be viewed live at 5:30 p.m. Monday evenings as the meeting takes place with the ability to participate using the live chat feature on YouTube.

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