City receives 2018 Excellence award in Ready Mixed Concrete


HURON — The city of Huron has been honored with the 2018 Excellence in Ready Mixed Concrete Award for its new public works building.
The award, which notes the project embodies “quality from concept through completion,” was presented by the South Dakota Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Mayor Paul Aylward announced the award at Monday’s City Commission meeting.
The $5.1 million public works facility, which includes a separate cold storage building, was constructed in what was originally called the West Industrial Park on the west side of Huron.
Members of the Greater Huron Development Corporation board recently decided to rename the city’s industrial parks to reduce confusion and improvement marketing, and the West Industrial Park is now known as Horizon Industrial Park.
The SDRMCA plaque lists the city’s partners in the construction of the public works facilities, which is now home to the street, traffic and water-sewer departments.
Kyburz-Carlson Construction of Aberdeen was the general contractor and Pierce & Harris Engineering of Huron was the engineer.
Stone Group Architects of Sioux Falls was the architectural firm and the concrete sub-contractor was Chris Waldner & Sons of Huron. Foerster Testing of Brookings provided testing services and GCC Ready Mix of Huron was the concrete producer.
The excellence award was for commercial and industrial facilities.
Commissioners also:
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by Denise Swartz for a party on July 12 at the Ravine Lake southwest shelter.
• Accepted the retirement resignation of Don Pickering from the solid waste maintenance department. He will continue to work on a part-time basis as needed.
• Proclaimed May 18 as Kids to Parks Day in Huron.
• Awarded a $720,031 bid to Asphalt Paving & Materials Co. of Huron for street milling and overlay and a $63,890 bid to Dakota Constructors of Harrisburg for crushing of stockpiled concrete and asphalt.
• Approved a $3,522 progress payment to Hydro-Klean LLC of Des Moines for sanitary sewer main lining and a $244,598 progress payment to Olson Construction of Huron for Third Street dam improvements.
• Heard a semi-annual update from  Jim Hofer, executive director of the Huron Area Senior Center.
• Approved a request from Police Chief Kevin Van Diepen to promote a patrol officer to a sergeant position.
The position has been open due to the illness of Sgt. Dan Schlader. He hopes to be back on the job this fall.
• Declared a 2018 Ford Explorer as surplus and transferred the title to American Family Insurance. The police Interceptor was involved in a total loss crash on Feb. 17. American Family Insurance will issue payment of $24,913 to the city.
As part of the settlement, the company will pay to have city staff remove all of the electronics, such as the radios, that the city can keep and install in another vehicle.
The crash occurred when an officer was responding to a rollover accident and the parked police vehicle was struck by another vehicle.

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