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Brewster Street Project quote approved

Event Center to be home for SDIC Hall of Fame

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The De Smet Common Council met Wednesday at the De Smet Event Center. The council approved a revised bid for the Brewster Street Sewer Project, heard a request to host the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference Basketball Hall of Fame and numerous other items.

In the March 30 special meeting, IMEG Engineer Shane Waterman informed the council that two quotes received for extending the Brewster Street Wastewater Main were opened and reviewed. The first quote was from Bode Construction for $101,542.00, and the second from Halme, Inc. at $118.097.25. The bids were over the anticipated amount of around $80,000 for the project.

There were some items on the quote from Bode Construction that the city could take care of, such as topsoil seeding, manhole covers and other inventory the city has on hand. The item was tabled at the special meeting to allow time for the city to consult with Bode Construction.

The company agreed to use some of the city’s inventory and allow them to seed the topsoil, and a new quote came in at $86,281.00. At that cost, the council approved the quote, and work should begin soon.

Myron Moen with the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference (SDIC) Basketball Hall of Fame requested that the Event Center host the SDIC Hall of Fame. The SDIC was formed in 1920 with just 12 college teams and continued until 2000.

Plans for the Hall of Fame would be to display memorabilia on the westside walls of the track around the windows. The SDIC would also like to have a kiosk, where a person could type in the name of a player or a college and view the awards received. This would be used to avoid hanging so many plaques on the walls.

SDIC induction ceremonies would be hosted at the Event Center. The request was approved.

The council also approved the following building permits. Kathy Hawkins would like to build a lending library on her property. Ryan Griffith will be building a concrete patio and sidewalk on his property. The Weisels will be doing some concrete work, replacing an existing driveway. Last, Mike Martens has requested to build a garden shed in his backyard. All projects/permits were approved.

A grant application was approved to cover the design of the Airport AWOS III-P system. The cost for the project is $58,000, with the city’s cost being $2,800. The system will require yearly maintenance of $9,000-$10,000.

The system will give pilots real-time weather reports, altitude data, locations and runway approaches — all the data necessary for a plane or helicopter to make an instrumentation landing in inclement weather.

The weather system would allow medical flights when visibility is poor. Ground transport in conditions of low visibility could take an ambulance well over two to three hours.

Many council members were in favor of asking if Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital would share the costs since they would receive the most benefit from the installed weather and instrumentation equipment.

Street Department Superintendent Ryan Petersen reported that the new patch trailer has been ordered. It is a Dump Trailer 2 Ton Big A KM-4000 TEPD that costs $21,119. Delivery is estimated at $2,500-$3,000. Petersen is trying to figure out how to get the trailer picked up in Michigan, which is 974 miles away, and would save the city delivery fees.

Some new meter-reading equipment was approved for purchase by the council. The amount of $11,000 was already budgeted. To collect the meter readings, one just has to drive down the street, and the equipment picks up the data wirelessly.

The council approved the following pay requests. Helms and Associates were paid $6,873.98 for work on the Airport AWOS III-P system. IMEG was paid $3,600 for the Main Street Preliminary Services, $1,302.50 to update the Water Facility Plan, $1,137.50 to update the Sewer Facility Plan and $5,867.50 for their work on the Brewster Street Wastewater Project.

OTHER ITEMS

• Council members will begin their Ward drive-throughs, looking for code violations.

• The mayor wished to congratulate the De Smet Boys and Girls basketball teams, and many of the players on both teams, for all the awards and recognition they have received.

• April 29, the City of De Smet and the Conservation Office will coordinate some Arbor Day Activities for the third graders at Washington Park.

• A special liquor license was granted by the council for Klinkel’s III on April 30 at the De Smet Legion Post from 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

• The council accepted the resignation of Water Department Superintendent Richard Stoddard and thanked him for many years of service.

• Nova Fitness was approved to do an inspection of the gym equipment at the De Smet Event and Wellness Center at a cost of $330.50.

• The council opened quotes for the annual flower barrels along Main Street. Poinsett Gardens submitted a quote of $0 for the annual tradition. Their quote was accepted.

• De Smet School District had requested that a second discus throwing area would be allowed near the baseball field. The council will approve the action if Jason Springer gives his approval as well.

• The council made a $4,000 contribution to the Chamber of Commerce for Old Settler’s Day, to be held June 11.

• Tracey Larson, the City’s Finance Officer, requested to attend the Annual Finance Officer School in Huron June 8-10. The council approved her attending the event along with Karen Hansen.

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