The construction phase of the city’s wetland project near Lake Mitchell is looming on the horizon.
On Monday, April 18, Mitchell City Council will consider approving a $50,000 agreement for construction oversight and tendering services with Ducks Unlimited.
According to Public Works Director Joe Schroeder’s memo to council, the agreement with Ducks Unlimited will provide final tender documents, construction staking and construction management services for “s ‘ensure that the project is built according to plans and specifications’.
Wetlands and silt ponds will cover about 37 acres of land along Firesteel Creek, Schroeder noted. The wetlands are proposed to be built on part of the city’s 371 acres of land it purchased from the Kelley family in 2019 in a $4.1 million land deal that came with a home of several million dollars.
With the large amount of phosphorus and sediment flowing into Mitchell Lake via Firesteel Creek, Mayor Bob Everson said the wetlands will aim to significantly reduce phosphorus and sediment loads that are known to cause the blooms of algae in the lake.
During the city’s most recent discussion of the wetland project, Schroeder said cattails will be planted throughout the wetland. The cattails would act as natural filters collecting phosphorus and sediment flowing along the creek.
According to Schroeder, some of the construction of the wetland will require the excavation of large areas of land near the creek. The council has yet to open bids for the construction phase, but agreement on Monday’s case will bring the city closer to the start of accepting bids.
Previous project timelines indicated that construction could begin as early as this spring.
The wetland project, including construction works and design, is funded entirely by grants from non-point sources through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) which is available to communities undertaking wetland projects. improvement of wastewater, storm water and drinking water projects. For the wetlands project, the city secured approximately $1.1 million in grants from non-point sources.
The following will be considered part of the consent agenda:
- Approve the minutes and reports of the following meetings: municipal council meeting of April 4; March 28 Meeting of the planning and zoning commission.
- Listen to the Mitchell Area Development Corporation Quarterly Report.
- Approve special event permit for Dakota Wesleyan University’s graduation reception on May 8, 2022.
- Approve the raffle permit for Mitchell Friends of NRA with the draw taking place on September 10.
- Approve Land Water Conservation Fund grant application to develop pickleball courts.
- Set the following bid opening date: April 27, 2022 for the construction of the Mitchell landfill cell.
- Set the date for the following liquor license hearings to be held on May 4: A request from Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area for a Special Event Liquor/Malt Beverage License, located on Main Street, for May 28, 2022 Memorial Weekend in Mitchell; An application by Jlin Crafts LLC doing business as Board & Brush, 405 N. Main St., Mitchell, for a new retail malt beverage (on-site sale) and SD farm wine license (does not include not the video lottery); An application by Jlin Crafts LLC doing business as Board & Brush, 405 N. Main St., Mitchell, for a new retail wine and cider license (to-go) (does not include video lottery ); An Application for Transfer of Liquor License RL-5757 Retail (On-Sale) from Fredericksen Restaurant LLC doing business as Chef Louie’s, 601 E. Havens Ave., to Mitchell, to Austen LLC doing business as Corn Palace Inn, 1001 S. Burr St., in Mitchell; An Application for Transfer of Wine and Cider License RW-7501 Retail (On-Off Sale) from Fredericksen Restaurant LLC doing business as Chef Louie’s, 601 E. Havens Ave., to Mitchell, to Austen LLC doing business as the name of Corn Palace Inn, 1001 S Burr St., Mitchell (includes lottery).
- Approve gas and fuel quotes.
- Approve April 18 salary estimates.
- Approve invoices, payroll, salary adjustments, new hires, authorization of recurring payments and other expenses.
- Recite the Pledge of Allegiance and receive the Mitchell Word of Life Church invocation.
- Listen to citizen feedback.
- Meet as an adjustment board.
- Hold hearings on the following applications: Amy Hotz’s application for a conditional use license to operate a family residential daycare, located at 708 E. Second Ave., legally described as Lot 9, Block 16, FM Greene Addition , in the town of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an R2 single family residential area; Application by Jasmyn Lang for a conditional use permit to operate a family residential day care center, located at 717 W. Ash Ave., legally described as Lot 12, Block 10, Railroad Addition, in the Town of Mitchell. The property is zoned in an R2 single family residential area; Request by Mike Hauser for a waiver for a combination of attached and detached accessory buildings of 3,270 square feet vs. 2,000 square feet and a height variation of 24 feet vs. 22 feet for a new accessory building, located at 2021 W. 23rd Ave ., legally described as Lot A of Mason’s Addition in the northeast quarter of Section 17, Township 103 North, Range 60 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian, in Davison County. The property is zoned in an R4 high density residential area; Application by Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village for a waiver for a minimum front yard setback for a 22 foot by 30 foot historic site building, located at 3200 Indian Village Road, legally described as the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village site in the North Quarter. east of Section 9, Township 103 North, Range 60 West of the Fifth Principal Meridian, in Davison County. The property is zoned in a PL public land district.
- Set the following hearing date: May 2, Stephen Laughlin’s waiver application for the construction of an accessory building, located in the front yard at 925 E. Seventh Ave., legally described as Lot 4, Block 6, FM Greene Addition, in the town of Mitchell. The property is zoned R2 Quartier Residential Single Family.
- Reconstitution in city council.
- Hold a special event liquor license hearing for the Corn Palace Shrine Club on April 30 at Masonic Hall.
- Approve the Tender Offer for the 10th Avenue East Utility Upgrade Project.
- Approve Special Event Request for Beers and Gears Mountain Bike Race on July 16th.
- Approve SD DOt grant for vehicle cameras.
- Approve project design for Qunice, Miller and Wisconsin streets with SPN and Associates.
- Approve construction phase services for the wetland project with Ducks Unlimited.
- Approve Resolution No. R2022-19, A Platform in Lot 1 of the Moore Addition in the Southeast Quarter of Section 9, Township 104 North, Range 60, West of the Fifth Principal Meridian, as requested by Ashton Connell.
- To approve the second reading of Ordinance No. O2022-06, amending the planned development of Ethan Co-op Lumber’s Woodland Heights.
- Approve Ordinance No. O2022-07 at second reading. Additional credits.
- Approve designation funds in the general fund reserves.
- Hold first reading hearing on Ordinance No. O2022-05, codifying and amending the BID hotel tax 2.