Unofficial Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the City Council
of the City of Hot Springs
November 2, 2020
A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, was convened on November 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mueller Civic Center with Mayor Bob Nelson presiding
Members Present: Wes Grimes, JR Huddleston, Debra Johnston, Bill Lukens, Larry Pratt, Craig Romey and Caitlin Turner
Members Absent: David Burris
Staff Present: City Administrator John Gregory, Finance Officer Misty Summers-Walton, MCC Staff Karl Bochert, Police Chief Mike Close, Police Officer Jen Winscot and PD Admin Assistant Darcie Engel
All actions recorded in these minutes were by unanimous vote unless otherwise stated.
Agenda: Mayor Nelson requested to modify new business item j on the agenda to only authorize the re-issue of 1 SD FIT CD (701). Moved by Lukens, seconded by Turner, to approve the amended agenda
Minutes: Moved by Romey, seconded by Pratt, to approve the minutes from the 10/19/20 regular council meeting
Claims: Moved by Romey, seconded by Turner, to approve the bills in between of $166,769.41
Bills In Between: Nov 2, 2020: City of Hot Springs, $21,121.91, General Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $10,293.19, Golf Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $10,421.41, Water Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $6,748.64, Sewer Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $11,698.47, Evans Plunge Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $16,635.05, Payroll Federal Deposit Deductions; City of Hot Springs, $2,117.09, General Payroll-leave payout; City of Hot Springs, $642.78, Payroll Federal Deposit Deductions-leave payout; City of Hot Springs, $2,680.20, Council Payroll; City of Hot Springs, $764.60, Council Payroll Federal Deposit Deductions; AFLAC, $972.14, Premium; Avesis, $163.45, Premium; Delta Dental, $1,154.82, Premium; Hot Springs Fire Department, $7,500.00, Allotment; Credit Collection Bureau, $378.52, Garnishment; Office of Child Support Enforcement, $1,298.00, Garnishment; Black Hills Energy, $17,881.56, Utilities; Battle Mountain Humane Society, $650.00, Monthly Contract/Animal Boarding ACO; Jessica Luther, $1,085.00, Water Meter Reading; Theresa Maas, $605.20, Police Dept Janitorial & City Hall Janitorial; US Bank, $47,726.62, Drinking Water/Clean Water SRF Loan Payment; Wells Fargo Financial Leasing, $4,180.38, Golf Cart Lease Payments; SD State Treasurer, $50.38, 2020 UCP reporting; Total: $166,769.41
Moved by Romey, seconded by Johnston, to approve the current claims of $418,988.71
Current Claims: Nov 2, 2020: I & S Group Inc, Final Design Riverfront Suspended Sidewalk, $67,895.75; Brosz Engineering Inc, Jennings Bridge Construction Managemet Billing Thru 10/17/20, $26,532.50; Evergreen Office Products, 2 New Office Chairs, $518.00; Nelsons Oil & Gas, City Hall Thermostat, $96.90; Ecolab Pest Elim, Pest Control City Hall, $166.72; Black Hills & Badlands Tourism, 2020 Trade Membership Renewal, $546.00; Chamber Of Commerce, Bid - 2nd Half 2020 Social Media Posn, $5,000.00 - Bid - Full Pg Shvg 2020/2021, $2,850.00 - City - 2nd Half 2020 Social Media Posn, $5,000.00; Innovative Office Solutions, Binder Clips, Pens, Envelops, Mailer Tube, Folders, Index Erase, $108.48 - Ruler, Yard Stick, Folders, 2 Stapler, $99.14; Fall River Auto, Control Arm, Ball Joint (Aco 97 Ford), $100.59 - Brake Pad (2016 Charger), $39.14; Servall, Rug Contract, $31.95; Sturdevants Auto Parts, Mini Light Bulb (2014 Explorer), $1.19; Dollar General, Cleaner W/ Bleach, $1.85 - Air Freshner Refill, Toilet Paper, $16.50 - Camera Flash Drive (2020 Durango), $12.00; Julianne Standen, 17 Patches Applied, 10 Removed, $105.00; M. G. Oil Company, 450 Gal Gas For Carts, $807.61; Fall River County Herald, 4 Newspaper Ad’s W/ Coupon, $155.40; Ace Hardware, 2 Brass Couplers, $15.46; The Toro Company - Nsn, Oct 2020 Irrigation It Support, $155.00; Sturdevants Auto Parts, Carb Spray, Brake Cleaner, $5.73; Bomgaars, 3 Rv Anti-Freeze, $8.07; Pete Lien & Sons, Inc, Pga Top Dressing Sand, $1,666.80; Cwt, Cwt Worker 44 Hrs at $9.50Hr, $418.00 - Cwt Worker 20 Hrs at $9.50Hr, $190.00; Lawrence & Schiller, Sept Mightyhive, Bookings, Expedia Group, $3,413.74; Verizonwireless, Monthly Charges, $438.05; Scott Martin, Thermal Drawers, Gloves, Jacket, $84.97; M. G. Oil Company, 200 Gal Diesel, $357.58; Bomgaars, Diesel Fuel De-Ice, Anti-Freeze, P-Towels, $24.97; Bomgaars, Fuel De-Ice Supplement, Electrical Repair Clips, $11.98; Bomgaars, Wand/Shut-Off Kit, $19.99 - 2 Bleach, Hose, $47.97; Sonnys, Gatorade, $8.85 - Laundry Soap, $7.29; Ace Hardware, Connector Kit, Sharkbite Couples, Foam Sealant, Pipe Thread Compound, Nozzle, Caster Cup, Brass Nozzle, Nipple, Couple, Water Jet Nozzle, Flapper (Water Fountain), Shoe Goo, Brass Nozzle, Hose Ext Kit, Torch Head, $123.48; Servall, Towels 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27/20, $127.59; Hillyard/Sioux Falls, 4 Cs Hair/Body Soap, $171.28; Sd Dept Of Health, Food Service License #12730 2021 Renewal, $170.00; Sturdevants Auto Parts, 16 Oil Filters, 2 5W30 Oil, $222.86; Midwest Turf & Irrigation, 8 Tooth Sprocket, $45.39; Van Diest Supply Company, 215 Bgs Assorted Fertilizer, $2,720.80; North Central Rental & Leasing, Freight Due Loader Rental 8/12 -8/20/20, $595.00; Four Seasons Sport, Oil Drain Plug (P4), $15.78; Brown S Small Engine Repair, Diagnostic Of Chainsaw Salvage (Not Repairable), $15.71; Simunek Electric Inc, Troubleshoot Centennial Park Outlet, Add 20Amp Gfci, $103.99; Simon Materials, Gravel For Asphalt Prep Holes, $1,646.09; Bomgaars, 3 Overalls, 3 Pr Gloves, 2 Pr Socks, 1 Pr Boots, 7 T-Shirts, 1 Sweatshirt, $623.81 - 4 Bg Floor Dry, $29.96 - Bolts, 4 Halogen Bulbs, $36.17 - 2 Spray Paint (S29), $40.70 - 2 Pallets Ice Melt, $861.42; Ace Hardware, Ball Valve, Brass Hose Bibb, Spigot, Thread Seal Tape, $52.15 - 5 Spray Paint (S29), $20.66 - 2 Flat Shovel, $34.18; Fall River Auto, 20 Miniture Bulbs, $90.50 - Cs Lubricant, $31.19; Hydraulic Fittings, $34.69 - Oil Filter, $6.66 ; Sturdevants Auto Parts, Running Boards S21, Govenor, Oil, Airbrake, Heater Assmby, Bulbs S29, $498.38 - Oil, Hex Set Metric, Polish Fluid & Pads, Fitting, $61.79 - Atv Oil, $24.98 - Plexiglass Cleaner, $13.10; Sd Dept Of Health, Food Service 2021 License Renewal, $230.00; Servall, Mats, $69.79; S.D. Golf Association, Handicap Cards, $22.00; Sturdevants Auto Parts, 5 Fuses, $4.45; Usa Bluebook, Root Cutting Blade (Jet Truck), $93.21; S.D. Dept Of Public Safety, Boiler Inspection, $60.00; Grainger, Transformer, $8.83; Dakota Pump Inc, 2 Lift Station Replacement Pumps, $3,990.00; Bomgaars, 3 Pr Jeans, $67.97 - Bulk Bolts, $24.43; Core & Main (Hd Supply), 24 Meters (Upgrade Repl), 50 Meter Gaskets, $3,493.06; Dales Tire & Retreading, 4 Tires (2006 Chev), $407.04; Ecolab Pest Elim, Oct 2020 Pest Control, $75.84; Rapid Delivery, Shipping From Rdo Equip, $14.38; Ace Hardware, Mop Stick, T-Paper, Dry Erase Markers, $26.61 - Marking Paint, Wheel Grinder, Cut Off Wheel, Cooler, $29.84 - Microwave Oven, Memory Card, $134.08 - Fuse, Pipe Cleaner, Couple, $12.38; Lighting Maintenance, Contracts, Monthly Light Maintenance Service, $530.88; Sturdevants Auto Parts, 2 Rotors, Rr Brake (2001 Dodge), $109.78; Dietzler Construction, Payment #4 9/28-10/26/20 Jennings Ave Structure Replacement, $278,711.01; Farrell Farrell & Ginsbach, Legal Services Rendered 8/20 -10/19/20, $1,257.75; Black Hills Energy, Monthly Charges, $4,237.90; Total: $418,988.71
Communications from the Public: Ron Elliot discussed a sewer back up that occurred at his residence on the evening of September 25th, he shared his frustration and concern with the length of time his claim is taking and asked for the City’s assistance in moving his claim through the claim process. Mayor Nelson said the City would follow up with the claims adjuster and get back with him
Business Improvement District Board Annual Update: Wally Cachro, BID Board President, provided an update regarding activities in 2020 and a preview of the plans for 2021. Although this year has not gone as planned the Board continues activities to promote and market our area. He highlighted the 2021 plans to continue supporting the City 4th of July fireworks show with a $5K donation and also their recent decision to support paying for 1 of the police vehicles to be wrapped this year. At the January meeting they will discuss putting lights on the COHS welcome sign coming into town from Maverick Junction
Executive Session: Moved by Turner, seconded by Pratt, to go into executive session under SDCL §1-25-2 (1)-Personnel at 7:15 p.m., Mayor Nelson, Police Chief Mike Close and Councilmembers Grimes, Huddleston, Johnston, Lukens, Pratt, Romey and Turner attended. At 7:30 p.m. Mike Close left the executive session and at 7:46 p.m., all present exited the executive session and the meeting resumed.
Personnel: Moved by Turner, seconded by Huddleston, to approve personnel item a; Jennifer Winscot, FT Police Captain $23.75/hr. effective 11/3/20. Grimes abstained, Romey opposed all other members voted to approve
Moved by Johnston, seconded by Turner, to approve personnel items b-e; Dennis Nuehardt, PT EPMS Custodian $10.15/hr. effective 10/21/20, Kelly Anderson, PT EPMS Custodian $10.15/hr. effective 10/28/20, Pete Miles, FT Water/Wastewater Maintenance Operator, step increase to $17.04/hr. effective 11/2/20, Misty Summers-Walton, FT Finance Officer, longevity increase to $25.80/hr. effective 11/3/20, Mike Close, FT Police Chief, longevity increase to $29.17/hr. effective 11/6/20, Bart Sieg, FT Class III Maintenance Operator, longevity increase to $19.62/hr. effective 11/15/20, Joe Hayaski, FT Police Officer, step increase to $20.32/hr. effective 11/26/20
Committee Reports: Committee reports were heard by; Administrative and Finance: Caitlin Turner-PD surplus weapon, daycare ordinance, residential tax rebate ordinance, agreed to move forward with council laptop purchases, discussed potential tenant at Airport, approved adding Reserve Officers to Work Comp. coverage effective 1/1/21, MCC needs $9,500 in repairs to HVAC system, recommending contingency transfer, discussed poor power factor at MCC and costs of potential improvements, will revisit in Jan., recommending continuation of the $200 bonus for EPMS lifeguards, discussed paying for remaining wraps for PD vehicles with supplemental appropriation. Next mtg. 12/7, 1 p.m. at CH. Airport Advisory Committee: Bill Lukens-met with representatives of Advanced Aero Technologies Group looking to grow their company in Hot Springs, installation of Jet A fuel was determined to not be beneficial at this time, airport fees were discussed and the committee did not recommend any changes. Next mtg. 11/19, 8 a.m. at Airport. Custer/Fall River Regional Waste Management District: Larry Pratt-Next mtg. 11/12, 7 p.m. at MCC. Downtown Historic Preservation Commission: Debra Johnston-Next mtg. unscheduled at this time, committee is working on Ordinance revision recommendation by email and citizens interested are welcome to contact committee to be involved in discussions. Evans Plunge Advisory Committee: Larry Pratt- Next mtg. 11/12, Noon at EPMS. Parks, Recreation, Beautification & Cultural Development: Wes Grimes-Next mtg. 11/4, 3 p.m. at CH. Planning & Zoning Commission: Caitlin Turner-request from 602-610 Baltimore to split lot in 2 parcels, denied request, discussed armory property and potentially vacating alleys, discussed Hult Homes potential lot division and setback variance requests were tabled, and the petition for a life structure easement for Sam Pierce was heard and recommended for approval. Next mtg. 11/18, 6 p.m. at CH. Public Safety: Bill Lukens/JR Huddleston-a request to donate funds for additional crosswalk signs was reviewed and the city donation policy was shared, BID board offered to wrap a PD vehicle, Zuercher system going live on 11/12, new officer actively patrolling alleys as a proactive crime prevention effort, 2013 Ford Taurus to be surplussed due to reliability and service repair issues, 2020 deer population survey reviewed, 22 amber warning lights are needed for city vehicles, draft daycare ordinance, a public request for a crosswalk on Minnekahta between Moccasin Springs and the overflow parking discussed, committee supports request, a public request for a railing on west side of floodwall by Americans Best Value Inn, hydraulic oil spills by garbage trucks, reviewed TNC application, and discussion regarding new state law on use of mobile electronic devices while driving. Next mtg. 11/18, 1 p.m. at CH. Public Works: Craig Romey-Valley View Dr. drainage issues, alley maintenance including removal of shrubs & trees obstructing views is beginning and property owners responsibility will be enforced, sewer obstructions discussed and maintenance being performed, sludge hauling to RC landfill, set fees for mobile vending area in 2021, discussion regarding planning of brush pile burning Next mtg. 11/10, 1 p.m. at CH Southern Hills Economic Development: JR Huddleston-no meeting scheduled-attended a Dakota Resources webinar where COHS and other communities shared activities relating to economic development. Southern Hills Golf Course Advisory Committee: Bob Nelson-Next mtg. 11/9, 5 p.m. at CH. The public is welcome to attend committee meetings.
Ordinance: Moved by Johnston, seconded by Romey, to approve the second reading of Ordinance 1219: An Ordinance revising Title VII Traffic Code Chapter 70 Traffic Regulations §70.08 and Chapter 71 Bicycles and Skateboards §71.03(A)(1)&(2), §71.04 (J)(1)&(2) and §71.05. A roll call vote was taken with all present voting in favor
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Turner, to approve the first Reading Ordinance 1220: Revising Title XV Land Usage Chapter 150 Building Regulations §150.01(B), §150.03, §150.04(I)(1)(2) & (J)(1)(2)(3) & (K) & (N) and §150.05(A)(B). A roll call vote was taken with all present voting in favor
Resolution: Moved by Turner, seconded by Johnston, to approve resolution 2020-29: a resolution to surplus City property-PD 2013 Ford Inter Taurus VIN 1FAHP2MT7DG123571:
A Resolution to Surplus City Property
BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota: to surplus the following City property;
POLICE DEPARTMENT: 2013 Ford Inter Taurus VIN-1FAHP2MT7DG123571
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Hot Springs finds that said property is not useful or useable to the City; and finds that said property should be made surplus and sold, in as-is condition.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, that the above described property be declared surplus.
Dated this 2nd day of November 2020
Bob Nelson, Mayor
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
Moved by Pratt, seconded by Turner, to approve resolution 2020-30: a resolution to grant an easement for either the life of the current garage that encroach on Abrams Way, or until Abrams Way is developed to Sammy Dee Pierce AKA Sammy D. Pierce as owner of Lots 9, 10 and 11, Block 23, Mammoth Springs Addition to the Town, now City, of Hot Springs, Fall River County South Dakota. Attorney Pat Ginsbach, representing Mr. Pierce summarized the request to the Council.
BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota:
WHEREAS, Sammy Dee Pierce (a.k.a. Sammy D. Pierce) as owner of Lots 9, 10 and 11, Block 23, Mammoth Springs Addition to the Town, now City, of Hot Springs, Fall River County South Dakota, petitioned the Common Council on October 19, 2020, for an EASEMENT FOR LIFE OF STRUCTURES, BUILDINGS AND IMPROVEMENTS, as describes as follows:
A. An easement either for the life of the current garages that encroach on Abrams Way, or until Abrams Way is developed adjacent to said Lots 9, 10 and 11, Block 23, Mammoth Springs Addition to the Town, now City, of Hot Springs, Fall River County South Dakota, which ver occures first, with the condition that the City will not be responsible for any inadvertent damage caused to the property which is receiving the easement while repairing any City utilities, said easement to be approximately 13.3 feet +/- as shown and described on attachments A, B, C and D all attached hereto and made part of this Resolution by this reference; AND
WHEREAS, said encroachments are minimal and granting said easements will not pose any burden upon the City of Hot Springs or its residents and will not be a traffic impediment to Abrams Way as that portion of Abrams Way is not currently maintained, built or improved in the area affected by this request, and said easements are requested by the party for his respective properties for the life of said buildings, structures and improvements or the easement shall terminate when Abrams Way is developed along Lots 9, 10 and 11 in Block 23 Mammoth Springs Addition, which ever event occurs first, for the structures as currently constructed and as they are currently encroaching on Abrams Way as dedicated and said request is reasonable, with the further condition the City will not be responsible for any inadvertent damage caused to the property which is encroaching and receiving the easement, while repairing any City utilities.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Hot Springs, South Dakota, that the City of Hot Springs hereby grants an easement to Sammy Dee Pierce (a.k.a. Sammy D. Pierce) as owner of Lots 9, 10 and 11, Block 23, Mammoth Springs Addition to the Town, now City, of Hot Springs, Fall River County South Dakota, and to his successors in interest, an easement either for the life of the current garages that encroach on Abrams Way, or until Abrams Way is developed adjacent to said Lots 9, 10 and 11, Block 23, Mammoth Springs Addition to the Town, now City, of Hot Springs, Fall River County South Dakota, which ever occurs first, with the further condition that the City will not be responsible for any inadvertent damage caused to the property which is receiving the easement while repairing any City utilities, said easement to be approximately 13.3 feet +/- as shown and described on attachments A, B, C and D all attached hereto and made part of this Resolution by this reference, onto said Abrams Way as dedicated.
Dated at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, this 2nd day of November, 2020.
Robert Nelson, Mayor
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
New Business: Moved by Johnston, seconded by Turner, to authorize the Mayor to sign the State of South Dakota Department of Transportation Bridge Improvement Grant Agreement for Preliminary Engineering-State Administration funding agreement for preliminary engineering for structure number 24-290-029 (Minnekahta Bridge), project number BRO 8024 (00)21-1, PCN 08C5
Moved by Turner, seconded by Lukens, to authorize the Mayor to sign the corrective quit claim deed, granting all interest in the South Half of the South Half of the Southeast Quarter (S1/2S1/2SE1/4), Less Tract 1, Less Tract 2 of Section 10, Township 7 South, Range 5 East of the Black Hills Meridian, Fall River County, South Dakota, from the City of Hot Springs to Donna Jenniges
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Turner, to authorize the City Administrator to accept change order #1 for an additional $1,725 to Dietzler Construction for the removal of 69 square yards of concrete pavement under the asphalt street on the east end of the structure. Project #BRO 8024(00) 18-1, PCN 06VF aka Jennings Bridge replacement
Moved by Huddleston, seconded by Johnston, to authorize the Mayor to sign the Professional Engineering Services Agreement between the City of Hot Springs and FMG Engineering for the North River Street Geotechnical Investigation Services to be provided in the amount of $6,657.00, Grimes opposed
Moved by Johnston, seconded by Turner, to hire Gene Fennel as an expert witness in the Corner Construction case, and authorize the Mayor to sign the Consultant’s Agreement on behalf of the City at a rate of $145/hr.
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Pratt, to approve and authorize the Pro Shop Manager to sign the scorecard agreement and proof approval form from Golf Skor LLC
Moved by Turner, seconded by Romey, to approve the transfer of the following property to the COHS Maintenance Department; 2003 Ford F250 (7191) from the Water Fund and 2005 Kenworth Semi Truck (3669) from the Wastewater Fund
Moved by Turner, seconded by Huddleston, to approve the following liquor and retail wine license renewal applications; American Legion Post #71, Big Time Pizza, Buffalo Dreamer Restaurant LLC, BW Gas & Convenience Retail LLC DBA Yesway #1177, CS Inc. DBA Winner’s Circle, Consoer Corp DBA Bourbon County, Dakotamart Inc. DBA Lynn’s Dakotamart, Dolgen Midwest LLC DBA Dollar General Store #18181, Earth Goods LLC, Family Dollar Stores of SD LLC #7126, Frankie’s Place, G2 Lawn Care Svc. DBA The Vault, Hanging J LLC DBA Red Rock River Resort, Sonny’s Super Foods, Southern Hills Golf Course, Springs Restaurant and Woolly’s Western Grill
Moved by Lukens, seconded by Pratt, to authorize the Finance Officer to cash out the 3 Wells Fargo CD’s; at maturity and deposit those funds into the Bank of West checking account (212, 602, 604)
Moved by Turner, seconded by Lukens, to authorize the Finance Officer to re-issue one SDFIT CD for a term of 12 months (701)
Moved by Turner, seconded by Romey, to table a plat of Mammoth Tract of Block 1 of Anderson’s Mountain View Addition, City of Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota-containing lot 14 less the W. 15’ of the N. 35’, all of lots 15 thru 32 and lots 60 thru 77, and the alley vacated with this plat adjacent to lots 14 thru 19 and lots 65 thru 70, and the previously vacated alley adjacent to lots 20 thru 24 and lots 60 thru 64, and the vacated portion of Evanston Ave. adjacent to lots 62 thru 77, all in block 15 of Stewart’s Second Addition to the Town now City of Hot Springs and lots 1 thru 8, 9C, 10, 11, the balance of lot 12, 13C thru 23C of block 1 and the vacated portion of Evanston Ave. adjacent to lots 2 thru 6 of block 1 of Anderson’s Mountain View Addition, to the City of Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota to review for utility easements
Moved by Pratt, seconded by Romey, to approve a plat of Daniela Tract & Thomas Tract of Block 4, Grand View Place Addition to Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota-formerly lots 21, 22, 23 & 24, Block 4
Moved by Pratt, seconded by Lukens, to remove Ashok Chaudhari from the Business Improvement District Board and appoint Vicky Wetzel to fill the remaining term through 12/31/2021
Finance Officer Report: Reviewed decision to not reissue the EPMS DSR CD at this time due to upcoming bond refunding and change to required DSR balance requirements, credit card claim approval postponed until next meeting, reported on pandemic impacts on revenue throughout the City highlighting the revenue increases which include both the SHGC and municipal sales taxes, working with Department Heads on preparation of the 2021 City Wide Fee Resolution and final 2021 supplemental appropriation, current CRF$ remaining for potential reimbursement $454,044, completed annual unclaimed property reporting, beginning review and revisions of personnel and safety policies, highlighted how much goes into the “running” of the City, and thanked Council and excellent City Staff for all they do to keep it running
City Administrator Report: Provided an update to Council on recent discussions with SD-DOT regarding planning and scheduling for the Hwy 18/385 reconstruction project. A City Council meeting, SD-DOT presentation with Q&A opportunity is planned for Nov. 16th meeting. Described SD-DOT consideration of our proposed N. River Street (at EPMS) reconstruction project with a City Project letting coinciding with the SD-DOT highway letting schedule. Summarized recent activities of our Streets, Maintenance, Parks and Utilities Department, which included: asphalt-street patch work; recent equipment additions & maintenance; assessment of 2020 fiber-optic installer damages; removal of scrap metals collected from City’s Free Dump events; Oct. snow removal activities; WWTP DENR compliance items; on-going sewer jetting work; and equipment replacement planning at WWTP and Evans Pump Station. Identified City Ordinance revisions and enforcement that will be occurring in Nov. associated with alley and intersection ROW maintenance; and on-street parking violations that impede snow removal. Reminded the public of Library activities that are planned for November, including: free computer skills training; weekly & Friday youth programs; Poetry night 11/6 and the annual “Food for Fines” forgiveness program
Mayor Report: I want to thank Councilman Larry Pratt, City Administrator John Gregory, Finance Officer Misty Summers-Walton and City Engineer Tracy Bastian for participating on behalf of the City, in the Merchants Trick or Treat Halloween event at City Hall on Halloween night. They all said there was a great turn out and everyone had a fun time.
The second reading of Ordinance 1219 an ordinance that addresses parking within the City was approved by Council tonight. The ordinance won’t take effect until November 25th but I want to mention one change to the existing ordinance. “No recreational vehicle or trailer can be parked on any public street, alley or public property, including right-of-way, between November 1st and March 31st. This change to the ordinance was made to help with the removal of snow during our winter months. I’ll be asking the Police Department, Building Inspector and Animal Control Officer to take advantage of the time between now and November 25th to begin notifying property owners they have until November 25th to move their vehicles or they will be subject to being towed. Please help the City Street Department keep up with clearing snow off the streets by removing your recreational vehicles or trailers. The golf course staff and volunteers have begun work on replacement of the cart path on hole #12 at the golf course. Money was raised from a memorial golf tournament for Don Gannon and donated to the City with the stipulation the money would be used for the replacement of the cart path. Don was a long time Hot Springs golfer and hoped to someday be able to replace the cart path on hole #12. The golf community came together and raised money through the memorial tournament with the intent to honor Don by completing his wish to replace the golf cart path.I also want to thank the local fire department for their quick response to the fire on Sunday near Bomgaars. Their actions kept a small fire from becoming a much larger fire that could have quickly threatened surrounding residences.
Executive Session: Moved by Huddleston, seconded by Pratt, to go into executive session under SDCL §1-25-2(3)-Legal at 9:11 p.m., Mayor Nelson, City Administrator Gregory, Finance Officer Summers-Walton and Councilmembers Grimes, Huddleston, Johnston, Lukens, Pratt, Romey and Turner attended. At 9:48 p.m. all present exited the executive session and the meeting resumed
Adjournment: Being no further business to come before the Council, moved by Romey, seconded by Pratt, to adjourn at 9:49 p.m.
Bob Nelson, Mayor
Misty Summers-Walton, Finance Officer
Published once at the total approximate cost of $289.17
Published: Nov. 12, 2020