Citywide cleanup nets tons of trash

HURON — For three days late last week, residents unloaded the equivalent of five semi-tractor-trailer loads at the rubble site at no cost as part of the first citywide cleanup of the year.
Solid Waste Superintendent Dale Fortin said a total of 105 tons of materials were brought to the rubble site.
Figures show there were a total of 617 incoming loads Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Twenty-eight tons of household garbage and electronics came in, and will now be trucked to the Pierre landfill.
Another 67.4 tons of metal, construction demolition debris, carpets, mattresses and other materials that can be buried at the rubble site were brought out.
There were 9.2 tons of tires, and two batteries.
Fortin said the material came from 239 residential locations. The number of times the water utility bill was shown for free entry at the gate was 373, so 134 people used their bill multiple times during the cleanup.
Most of the materials brought to the rubble site came from the southwest part of town. There were 110 loads from that area, while there were 84 loads from the southeast part of town, 35 loads from northeast Huron and 10 loads from northwest Huron.
Mayor Paul Aylward reminded the public that people don’t have to wait for the citywide cleanup to access the rubble site for free. They can bring one load per month to the site with their utility bill at no charge. There is typically no waiting line, he said.
Commissioners also:
• Promoted Foster Knudson to captain in the fire department, and promoted Jeremy James to fire lieutenant.
• Hired Jay Winter to fill a firefighter position.
• Accepted the resignation of police officer Alexander Casey.
• Approved a fireworks public display permit filed by the Huron Fire Department for July 1 at State Fair Speedway.
• Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area from Juan Gomez for a birthday party on May 18 at Prospect Park Glide and Slide Shelter, Vilmarie Cotto for a birthday party on May 27 at Prospect Park Glide and Slide Shelter and Thomas Glanzer for community receptions today at the Nordby Exhibit Hall for 4-H, Youth and Community and the NorthWestern Energy building.
• Deferred for one week an application filed by Hurst’s Corner for a sidewalk use permit. The sidewalk café would be a designated, fenced area on the north side (Second Street) of the business.
Hurst’s Corner will have to replace a short section of sidewalk. City Engineer Mike Wever is recommending that the city replace the deteriorated curb between Dakota Avenue South and the alley. Since the business must replace part of the sidewalk it makes sense to do the curb work now, too, he said.
He will come back to the commission in a week with a cost estimate. It will also be determined whether an outdoor light is needed so passersby can see the fence at night.
Hurst’s Corner can meet all of the ordinance requirements. It is also responsible for policing the outdoor café.