City hears report about Huron Rising 2.0

Notes from February 5 Huron City Commission meeting

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HURON — The Huron City Commission heard from a pair of representatives of the Huron Community Foundation regarding the upcoming “Huron Rising 2.0” discussion on February 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Campus Center.

Steve Gohn and Rhonda Kludt spoke about the first Huron Rising town hall meeting in 2018 and the priorities that came from that discussion. Many topics have been accomplished or steps toward the goal have been made in the time since that first presentation.

The Huron Rising 2.0 in person event is limited in seating, so pre-registration is requested at huronsd.com. Those wanting to send input can also email rising@huronsd.com or take the online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/HuronRising. After the town hall portion on Feb. 27, there will be a wrap-up and presentation of priorities on March 5.

During public forum to open the meeting, Commissioner Drew Weinreis encouraged Huron residents to attend the Beadle County Humane Society fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Campus Center.

City engineer Brett Runge presented the bid proposal for the 3rd Street Bridge project. This project was originally scheduled for 2020, but work on the dam and flooding pushed back the program. The cost estimate is $155,000, and this will be covered through two Bridge Improvement Grants that require the city to pay twenty percent of the cost.

Commissioners asked about the length of time the project would take and whether the bridge would be fully closed during that time. Runge stated that the time frame will be “multiple months” and that while the epoxy deck seal is put on the bridge, one side will be closed at a time. Runge was also asked about responsibility for the embankment work to be done, and he stated that the responsibility would lie on the city for maintenance once the job is complete. This was approved to go to bid for opening on Feb. 27.

Runge also presented a bid request for a crop lease on the Kamenz Addition recently purchased by the city on the southeast corner of town. The lease will be for one year with an option to add two more years. This was approved for bid to be opened on Feb. 27.

Fire Chief Ron Hines requested authorization to apply for a 2024 FEMA Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant for a new ladder truck. This was approved.

Commissioners also:
• Approved a raffle for Huron Elks Lodge No. 444 at Fire Pit Pizzeria from Feb. 28 to Dec. 31.
• Approved a property tax exemption for Huron Area Center for Independence.
• Approved Fire Captain Jeremy James and Fire Lieutenant Joshua Sterrett for completion of 30-day probationary period as of Feb. 1.

• Accepted the voluntary resignation of volunteer fire fighters Braxtyn Mendel and Ethan Comes.
• Approved the hire of Rhonda Yates as a part-time year-round library clerk.
• Approved a quit claim deed to transfer Lot A in the Broadland Creek Industrial Park Lot 6 to Greater Huron Development for the purpose of selling the parcel.

The announcements were made that city offices, including solid waste department, would be closed on Feb. 19 in observance of President’s Day.

The solid waste department and rubble site will also be closed Saturday, Feb. 17, for the holiday. Garbage and recycling regularly scheduled for Monday will be picked up Wednesday, Feb. 21.