City votes to vacate one Morningside block

HURON — A petition filed by the adjacent property owner to vacate Center Street between Redfield and Mitchell avenues in Morningside Village was unanimously approved by the City Commission on Monday.
Jody Ramon asked that one block of the 66-foot dedicated street right of way that is unimproved be vacated. She owns the property north and south of the block. She said it has not been used as a road and doesn’t lead anywhere.
Also, in her comments before the planning commission in June, Ramon said she has had issues with stealing and that an abandoned mobile home was started on fire by vandals. She said she is trying to prevent more trouble.
The area has not been used as a street for more than 20 years.
NorthWestern Energy, Midco, Century Link, Mid-Dakota Rural Water and Dakota Energy have all indicated they have no utilities in that block.
Beadle County commissioners will also consider the petition as the property is located within the joint jurisdiction area.
Meanwhile, City Planner Ralph Borkowski is advising the public that it’s too early to begin displaying political signs for the November election. The city received one complaint of a sign on Monday.
Signs aren’t allowed until 75 days before the election. It means signs can’t go up until Aug. 23.
They must be placed on private property, or on the house side of the sidewalk, and not on the public boulevard. They also cannot obstruct vision at intersections.
Commissioners also:
• Set July 30 as the bid-opening date for water main replacement work.
• Approved a $34,520 progress payment to Midland Contracting of Huron for 24th Street Southeast grading, underground work and curb and gutter. Paving could get under way next week.
• Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area from Huron Lodge No. 26 for a picnic next Monday at Memorial Park south shelter, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3 for a picnic Saturday at Memorial park north shelter, Jack Links for a company picnic July 20 and 23 at Memorial Park, Christian Antezana for an anniversary party on July 28 at the Campus Center and Wilmar OxLaj for a baby shower July 21 at the Campus Center.

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