Event Center parking ramp to be inspected


City OK’s first reading of $31M budget for ’19

HURON — A Sioux Falls company has been hired to perform an in-depth inspection of the Huron Event Center parking ramp at the recommendation of city engineers.
The ramp, constructed in 1986, has seen limited repairs and attention, said City Engineer Brett Runge.
Cost of the inspection by Infrastructure Design Group Inc. will not exceed $6,500. The report will include itemization of costs and prioritization of necessary repairs.
“The structure is currently experiencing some settlement concerns along with concrete deterioration that have warranted the need for an in-depth inspection,” Runge said.
A prioritized maintenance plan with itemized costs to properly budget and plan for repairs for the next five years is needed, he said.
Inspectors from the company have been on the site already and said the first step should be sealing the upper level of the ramp so it no longer leaks water to the lower level, causing corrosion. That could cost about $200,000.
Runge said the company may also be asked to estimate the cost of demolishing and replacing the parking ramp, although he added that would be substantial.
An inspection of the parking ramp was budgeted for 2017, but was never completed. The $6,500 fee is not included in the 2018 budget so it will have to be paid for through contingency funds.
Infrastructure Design Group will inspect the ramp this fall when the company is in town to inspect the Third Street bridge, saving travel expenses, Runge said.
Meanwhile, commissioners approved first reading of the city’s 2019 appropriation ordinance, with second reading set for two weeks.
They are proposing a budget of $31,467,926 for next year, a 1 percent increase over the current year’s appropriation of $31,330,122.
City Finance Director Paulynn Carey said property tax revenue is figured with a 2.1 percent consumer price index, set by the state Department of Revenue. New growth is estimated at .92 percent, the same as 2018. The total property tax increase as of now is projected at $148,098, with the Beadle County auditor expected to have new numbers soon, she said.
The sales tax revenues for all three pennies is budgeted with a 3 percent increase. The total sales tax increase for next year is estimated at $220,000.
“I would like to thank the City Commission, department heads and the finance staff for working towards a balanced budget,” Carey said.
Commissioners also:
• Accepted the voluntary resignation of volunteer firefighter Ben Karr.
• Hired Tyler Pierson to fill a solid waste maintenance position.
• Reappointed Jeffrey McGirr to the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System Board of Directors.
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by Darik Tschetter and Angie Olmsted for a concert/fundraiser Nov. 9 at the Campus Center.
• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by Top Floor Events for a chamber mixer today at Coborn’s Superstore.
• Proclaimed this as Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week.
• Approved a net decrease of $22,125 and a final payment of $31,886 to Midland Contracting of Huron for 24th Street Southeast grading, underground work and curb and gutter.
• Approved an application renewal with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources to operate a construction and demolition debris disposal facility.
• Approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for a wildlife hazard assessment and management plan at the airport.

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