Groups to improve local Veterans Memorial

HURON — With Monday’s approval by the City Commission, two local organizations plan to make improvements to the Beadle County Veterans Memorial by adding landscaping and a drop box for used and worn American flags.
The Huron Veterans Council plans to add two burr oak trees behind the memorial wall. They will be provided and installed by East River Nursery at no cost to the city, said Ralph Borkowski, coordinator of the memorial.
Two existing trees at the site are ash, and will eventually have to be removed when the emerald ash borer arrives in Huron and begins killing ash trees. Borkowski asked that two new trees be planted at that point.
If the trees interrupt the underground irrigation, the council will make the necessary revisions.
The Huron Elks Lodge No. 444 will add a metal drop box to the north side of the site where members of the community can deposit used and worn flags, said Jeremy Jungemann, lecturing knight for the Elks. The flags will then be destroyed in a formal disposal ceremony.
Huron Welding will build and install the drop box on existing concrete or on a new concrete pad to make it easier to maintain the lawn around the box. There will be no cost to the city.
Also, there will be a vinyl wrap on the box with the logos of the VFW, American Legion, Elks Lodge and Boy Scouts.
The memorial is located on city property at Third Street and Wisconsin Avenue Southwest in downtown Huron.
Commissioners also:
• Approved a variance application filed by Kirk and Heather Dietz, 217 Seventh St. S.E., to construct an addition on the north side of their smaller garage that will be 114 square feet over code.
• Set Nov. 18 as the public hearing date to consider transferring a 2019 retail on-sale liquor license from JAB Enterprises LLC to B&R LLC, 455 Dakota Ave. S.
• Set Nov. 18 as the public hearing date to consider off-sale liquor, on-sale liquor and on-sale wine licenses for the 2020 licensing period.
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by Nichole Wenz for the bean bag league from November through December at the Campus Center.
• Approved special event off-sale wine licenses filed by Schade Vineyards Inc. and Alley Exchange for Nov. 23 at the Huron Event Center.
• Accepted the voluntary resignation from Justin Jury, water-sewer maintenance uncertified position.
• Hired Colby Hoff to fill a police officer position.
• Approved a $16,481 change order for Midland Contracting Inc. of Huron for work on Third Street Southwest between Union and West Park avenues.
• Approved a $156,911 progress payment to Olson Construction of Huron for water main replacement work.
• Announced that city offices will be closed and the City Commission won’t meet next Monday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
The solid waste department will be closed Saturday and Monday. The Monday garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Containers should be out the night before as the trucks will not be rerouted.
• Reminded residents that yard waste collection ends this Friday. People can take yard waste to the city drop-off site until it’s closed with the first significant snowfall.
• Declared six culverts as surplus and appointed an appraisal committee of Vince Juelfs, Dale Fortin and Dennis Bennett.
• Authorized the engineering department to apply for grant funds from the James River Water Development District to help pay for a water and wastewater rate study. The total cost of the study will be $34,000 and the grant requested would cover half of that amount.
• Proclaimed this as National Veteran Small Business Week in Huron.


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