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AED to improve readiness at city pool

Garbage collection rates will increase

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The De Smet Common Council met in regular session Wednesday.

City lifeguard Noah Roth requested an AED for the city pool. Roth told the council that if a guest drowns or became unresponsive, CPR alone would have a success rate of 2-13%, but use of an AED would increase those odds to 80%. The cost of a new unit is $1,500 to $2,500.

The council, surprised that there was not an AED at the pool, agreed to get one. The city will investigate funding from the Wellness Coalition or purchase a new unit, hopefully at cost.

In public comments, resident Mark Siefkes (no relation to the reporter of this story) voiced his displeasure with water and sewer rate increases adopted at the last meeting. He felt the rates were not justified. He also admonished the council, saying just because state agencies mandate certain rates does not mean the city has to follow along.

The council held their first reading to amend Ordinance No. VII-2GA on garbage collection rates. Brookings Landfill has increased their rates, and Cook’s Waste is passing the increase along to the city. The rate increase per bill will be 47 cents (45 cents for seniors). The new rates were approved and require a second reading before they can be implemented.

Helms and Associates has submitted a contract agreement to perform field surveys, environmental review and a final design for an airport Automated Weather Observing System. The airport equipment will monitor the weather at Wilder Field and give real-time reports on wind speeds, temperatures, humidity and precipitation. The project is expected to cost $54,991.86, with the Federal Aviation Administration covering 95% of the cost. COVID stimulus monies have been covering the additional 5%, but it is unclear if this aid will continue.

Resident Roberta Brown with Knobloch Property has requested a moving/demo permit from the city. Brown would like to move an older garage, but it is uncertain if the structure will survive the move. If it does not, then a demolition will be performed.

De Smet Event Center Director Kristy Hubbard told the council there were two rentals this past weekend that ended up being cancelled due to illness at the last minute, with the Event Center not being notified. One event had no deposit placed on the venue while the second event did.

The council decided that deposits will be required, and a portion will be non-refundable.

Hubbard also reported that the ice-skating rink is set, and skates can be obtained from the Event Center across the road from the temporary rink. Temperatures above freezing lately may affect the surface and skating abilities.

Other business

• Advertising for 2022 summer lifeguards, help and coaches was approved by the council.

• The city has some training available to their employees and anyone interested. There will be a free online/virtual class on Debris Management offered April 19 and 21.

• The council approved sending Street Department Superintendent Ryan Petersen to Pierre, Feb. 16 - 17 for an Asphalt Conference.

• A roofing inspection contract was submitted to the city for an annual inspection of the De Smet Event Center roof at a cost of $450. The council approved the expenditure.

• A 2022 irrigation contract proposal with Mack Landscaping for the baseball field and City Hall was presented. The council approved renewing the contract, but just for the beginning and ending of the season.

• The federal holiday Juneteenth was discussed. President Biden declared Juneteenth an official holiday in 2021. The council tabled the item.

• Bids were open for the city’s hay land leases. The restricted use sight lease was awarded to Austin Gehm, and the industrial park lease was awarded to Doug Jensen.

• The council approved the fire department’s request for a new member. Dane Coughlin will be replacing Tom Crain.

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