Mitchell City Council to consider installing LED street lights, pedestrian buttons along Sanborn Boulevard

Sam Fosness, The Daily Republic, Mitchell, S.D.
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Mar. 14—The Mitchell City Council will consider approving the installation of LED street lights and pedestrian buttons along a portion of Sanborn Boulevard during Monday's meeting at City Hall.

According to City Engineer Joe Schroeder's memo in the council agenda, the LED street lights and pedestrian buttons would be installed along Sanborn Boulevard at the intersections of First, Fifth, Seventh and 12th avenues. The lights along the Sanborn bridge would also be included in the project.

The request to add LED light fixtures and audible pedestrian buttons at a handful of intersections along Sanborn Boulevard comes after the city recently finished the $9 million Sanborn Boulevard utility improvement project in late October. Schroeder's memo states the LED lights would make all of the street light fixtures along the high-traffic Sanborn corridor "consistent."

The audible pedestrian push buttons that are requested to be installed will mimic the buttons that are currently placed on Burr Street and Havens Avenue. To complete the project, the city received two bids for the installation of the LED lights and pedestrian buttons. In total, the LED lights would be installed at 15 street lights.

For the pedestrian buttons project, TK Electric submitted the low bid, which came in at $69,840. Muth Electric's bid amounted to $98,928, roughly $30,000 more than the low bid. The city is recommending the council to approve TK Electric's low bid.

However, the city is recommending Muth Electric's bid for the installation of the LED light fixtures, which came in at $23,540, roughly $7,000 lower than TK Electric's $30,841 bid.

Following the completion of the three-year long Sanborn Boulevard improvement project, which included upgrades to the sanitary and sewer system, concrete surfacing, curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements, Terry Johnson, the city's engineering supervisor, said the LED lights and pedestrian buttons will drastically improve the lighting for drivers and walkers.

Consent agenda

The following items will be considered as part of the consent agenda:

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Approve the minutes from the following meetings: March 2, City Council meeting; Feb. 22, Planning and Zoning Commission meeting; Golf and Cemetery Board meeting; January Parks and Recreation Board meeting.

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Approve committee and department reports.

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Approve the following raffle permit: Mitchell Lions Club with the drawing to be held on May 11, 2021.

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Approve authorization for the Recreation Trails Program grant.

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Set the date for the following hearing: Mitchell Area Big Friend Little Friend's application for special event liquor license on May 29, 2021, Memorial Weekend.

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Approve change order No. 1 for Public Safety Self Controlled Breathing Apparatus and confined space equipment to Alex Air Apparatus.

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Approve change order No. 2 to Dakota Constructors for asphalt and concrete crushing project.

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Approve March 15 pay estimates.

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Approve bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.

Other business

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Recite Pledge of Allegiance, hear invocation from Salvation Army, roll call, hear citizens' input.

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Meet as Board of Adjustment.

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Hold hearing for the following applications: David Baker's application for a side-yard on a corner variance of 8 feet vs. 15 feet as required and a backyard variance of 24 feet vs. 25 feet as required, and a height variance on an attached accessory building of 25 feet vs. 22 feet as required for construction of an attached garage at 400 W. 14th Ave., legally described as lot 12, block 12, Capital Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an R4 High Density Residential District; MPR Real Estate Holdings LLC's, Pizza Ranch, application for a parking space variance to allow 73 parking spaces vs. 78 as required at 502 E. Norway Ave. location. The variance is temporary and will be revisited when future developments take place.

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Set the date for the following hearings: April 5, Ryan Kirkpatrick's application for a side yard on a corner variance of 11 feet vs. 20 feet as required to construct a new home at 823 E. Fifth Ave., legally described as lot 1, block 11, F.M. Greene Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an R2 Single Family Residential District.

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Reconvene as City Council.

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Approve Mitchell Main Street and Beyond's request for a temporary parking closure and consumption permit for 2021 First Fridays on Main events.

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Approve volunteer member to the consolidated Board of Equalization.

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Approve Sew 605's 15-minute parking sign on the east side of the 300 block of Lawler Street.

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Approve bid for Loma Linda storm sewer project No. 2021-13.

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Approve bid for rock chips project No. 2021-10.

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Approve bid for petroleum products project No. 2021-13.

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Approve agreement No. A2021-13, James Valley Drug Task Force multi-jurisdictional joint powers agreement.

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Approve agreement No. A2021-14, risk and resilience assessment for water supply project No. 2021-36.

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Approve resolution No. R2021-13, hire Brosz Engineering for the South Dakota Department of Transportation's bridge inspection program.

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Approve resolution No. R2021-14, a plat of tract 2 of Amy's Addition in the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of section 35, township 104 north, ranger 61, west of the fifth prime meridian.

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Approve resolution No. R2021-15, a plat of lot 6, block 6 of Woodland Heights First Addition, a subdivision of lot 3, Crane's Addition in the southeast quarter of section 34, township 104 north, ranger 61, west of the fifth prime meridian.

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Approve resolution No. R2021-16, a plat of lot 5-B, block 7 of Westwood First Addition, a subdivision of southwest quarter of section 16, township 103 north, ranger 61, west of the fifth prime meridian.

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Approve resolution No. 2021-17, a plat of lot 1 in tract H, Wild Oak Golf Club Addition, in the city of Mitchell.

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Hold second reading on Ordinance No. O2021-01, the rezoning of certain lots platted and not platted within The Island First Addition, in the city of Mitchell. The Island development is zoned in an Urban Development District, but the ordinance is proposing to switch some lots to an R1 Single Family Residential District.

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Hold second reading on Ordinance No. 02021-02, rezoning lots 9, 10 and East half lots 11 and 12, block 12, Van Eps First Addition, in the city of Mitchell, from R3 Medium Density Residential District to Highway Business Oriented District.