Winter Fest announced at commission meeting


HURON — As part of a fast-paced Huron City Commission meeting Monday evening, Commissioner Mark Robish announced during public forum that Huron would host “Winter Fest” on Saturday, January 29. The event will feature activities for all ages, a chili cook-off, and potentially a horse-drawn sleigh ride, weather permitting. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nordby 4-H Exhibit Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds. More information will be coming soon.

Robish also mentioned a donation from the John Hinners family to the volunteer fire department during public forum, thanking the family for their memorial gift.

Finance director Paullyn Carey explained Ordinance 2234-30-241 regarding supplemental appropriations to close out 2021. The primary fund adjustments were due to the donation to the DEX building and salary adjustments across multiple departments. The first reading was passed by commissioners with the second reading set for Jan. 24.

Carey also reviewed the contingency fund transfers for 2021, including salaries, maintenance, and snow removal. This was approved.

Commissioner Rich Bragg explained the restructure of the Parks & Recreation department budget to close the community gardens fund and transfer those funds to the main department fund. The same work will continue, but it will be supported by Parks & Rec staff, so funding will come through the department.

Bragg also explained that day camp will have its own line item to be better tracked by the department, while the basketball/volleyball budget will be transferred to the “other recreation” budget. These changes were unanimously approved by the commission.

Commissioners approved a request by Huron Police Chief Kevin Van Diepen to apply for a Department of Homeland Security grant to purchase crisis incident equipment for the department.

Assistant city engineer Dennis Bennett presented a request to apply for the VW rebate program to potentially receive a 35% match on the purchase of a new truck for the Solid Waste Department. This was approved.

Commissioners also:
• Approved purchase of a Gantry crane for mechanics shop.
• Approved Tyler Waldner, firefighter, and Collette DeShazer, account clerk, for supplementary benefits after completion of probationary hours.
• Approved wage adjustments for eight part-time city employees.
• Accepted the resignation of Zach Gertz from the street department.

Mayor Gary Harrington announced that the city offices would be closed and the commission would not meet Monday, Jan. 17, due to Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Commissioner Bragg read the holiday statement from the Solid Waste Department:

“The solid waste rubble site will be closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Monday’s garbage and recycling will be collected on Wednesday, January 19. Have your containers out Tuesday evening as trucks will NOT be rerouted.

If you have any questions, please call 605-353-8542.”

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