Harvey sworn in as commissioner

PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN CHASE/PLAINSMAN Finance director Paullyn Carey, left, swears in new Huron city commissioner Shawn Harvey Monday night.

HURON – To open the Monday evening meeting of the Huron City Commission, Finance Director Paullyn Carey gave Shawn Harvey his oath as city commissioner. Harvey will take over as the public works commissioner, liaisoning with the engineering, library, and street departments.

The commission approved the rescinding of the cannabis conditional use permit granted to Huron Specialty Retail, LLC for the location at 2021 Dakota Ave. S. During discussion on the motion, city planner Barry Cranston explained that when speaking with Genesis Farms, who oversees the local LLC, they confirmed that they will be moving forward with contractors at the location on Old Hwy. 14, but did request an extension to get the site up and running. This was granted to October 1.

The rescinding opens one of the four cannabis conditional use permits for the city.

Before regular business was addressed in the meeting, Mayor Gary Harrington made a proclamation declaring May 1-7 as Elks youth week in the city. Two members of the Huron Elks lodge were present to receive the proclamation.

Mayor Gary Harrington, right, read a proclamation declaring May 1-7 as Elks youth week. He is joined by two representatives of the Huron Elks lodge.

The commission approved two new on-off sale malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine licenses filed by MG Oil Company for locations at 563 3rd St. SE, Suite B, and 2075 Dakota Ave. S, Suite C.

Huron Event Center manager Brenda Jager presented a renewal of the agreement with Top Floor Events LLC to manage the food, beverage and alcoholic beverage service at the event center. This was approved.

Solid waste director Dale Fortin explained a release and waiver agreement with Wheatgrass Properties LLC to provide solid waste services. Fortin explained that city trucks damage the parking lot of the facility due to where the facility chooses to place containers for pick up. He also stated that similar agreements will be drafted for other businesses with similar issues around the city to protect the department from liability. This was approved.

Commissioners approved the first reading of Ordinance 2254-5-134 regarding the Business Improvement District. The ordinance primarily cleans up language in the previous ordinance about the makeup of the BID board.

Commissioners also:
• Designated the official newspaper for the City of Huron.
• Designated the list of official depositories for the City of Huron.
• Proclaimed Buddy Poppy Day on May 6.
• Proclaimed National Music Week on May 7-14.
• Set May 15 as public hearing date to transfer a retail on-sale liquor license from Moore Enterprises, 460 Dakota Ave S, to Fire Pit Pizzeria LLC, 460 Dakota Ave S.
• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by Top Floor Events for a Chamber Mixer May 9 at Marone Transport and 18 Wheel Promotions, 1755 Old Hwy 14.
• Set May 15 as the public hearing date to consider retail on-off sale malt beverage and South Dakota farm wine license renewals for 2023-2024.
• Approved hiring seasonal Central Park/Splash Central positions.
• Approved hiring for seasonal T-ball/Coach Pitch positions.
• Approved the appointment of city officers.
• Approved the reorganization of the commission and commissioner duties.
• Approved the unaudited financial statements for 2022 to be submitted to state auditor.

The commission then adjourned to executive session regarding a personnel matter to end the meeting.