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Mitchell board to discuss annual Palace mural replacement

Corn has fallen off of the Corn Palace's Willie Nelson mural that was installed in September of 2015. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Earlier this year, Mitchell City Councilman Marty Barington called not redecorating the Corn Palace murals in 2016 "a mistake," and he'll bring the matter up again Monday night.

Barington, one of Mitchell's longest-tenured council members, asked for the Mitchell City Council to discuss feedback the eight-person board has received on the city's decision not to redecorate the murals in 2016. The discussion about the corn murals, which are typically replaced every year, will be held at the council's 6:30 p.m. meeting at Mitchell City Hall.

This year, murals will be replaced from a music theme to a weather theme, but the harsh South Dakota weather hasn't been kind to the murals that were completed in the fall of 2015. Kernels of corn have been pecked away by birds, and less lucky ears of corn have fallen off completely. Over the winter, Barington told The Daily Republic the murals were starting to show signs of "dilapidation" and "tiredness" as the summer tourism season approached.

In 2015, the last time murals were replaced, the city spent more than $157,000 on decorating at the city's best-known attraction.

The plan to try changing the corn murals along the west and south sides of the Palace every other year had an early backer in Mayor Jerry Toomey, which he saw as a possible cost-saving measure for the city if it worked. The plan was also pitched to help avoid construction conflicts in late 2016 with the infrastructure work at the Sixth Avenue plaza just south of the Corn Palace, but the Sixth Avenue work didn't kick in earnest until 2017.

But the plan was met with mixed reviews, and Corn Palace Director Scott Schmidt said earlier this year that a lot of corn fell off the Palace following a tough winter.

The Corn Palace murals discussion is listed early on the City Council agenda, just after citizen input.

Consent agenda

The council will consider approving the following items of the consent agenda.

• Minutes from the June 5 and June 12 City Council meetings, the May 22 Planning Commission and June 5 Public Health and Safety Committee meetings and various department reports.

• A request to apply for surface transportation grant funds.

• A raffle permit request from the Mitchell Area Networking Association with the drawing to be held on Sept. 23 and a permit request from the Corn Palace Shrine Club with the drawing to be held Sept. 28.

• A change order for Water Valve Replacement Project No. 2017-24/25, increasing the project cost by $665.

• Two change orders for the city's veterans park project at the intersection of First Avenue and Main Street. One change order increases a contract with James Valley Nursery by $1,175, although the contract has previously been reduced by $23,094.74. A second change order reduces Krogman Construction LLC's contract by $511.20. Krogman's contract had been previously reduced by $15,000.01.

• An application of Robert Phillips, doing business as Xpress Cab Service, for a taxicab general license.

• A request from Potters Plus Studio to sponsor an event on Oct. 7 that would require the closure of the 100 and 200 blocks of North Main Street and the east and west half blocks of Main Street and Second Avenue from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the "What is Art?" event.

• Set July 3 as the date for three hearings. If approved, July 3 would be the date to consider an application from OverTime Steakhouse & Sports Bar for a special event liquor license for July 15 located at the OverTime Event Center at 812 N. Rowley St. The board would also consider an application of the Corn Palace Shrine Club for a special event liquor license for Sept. 28 at the Masonic Lodge. If the hearing date is approved, the board would also consider an application to transfer retail on-sale liquor license RL-5350 from Tapp Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Dr. Lucky's Bar & Grill, 205 N. Main St., to Tapp Enterprises, LLC, doing business as Dr. Lucky's Bar & Grill, due to a configuration of the property to the south of Dr. Lucky's.

• Gas and fuel quotes, pay estimates, bills, payroll, salary adjustments, new employee hires and the payment of recurring and other expenses in advance as approved by the finance officer.

Agenda items

The council will consider the following agenda items:

• Call the meeting to order, conduct the Pledge of Allegiance, hear an invocation from Word of Life, conduct roll call and call for citizen input.

• Hold a discussion on the annual decorating of the Corn Palace murals.

• Meet as the board of adjustment and consider setting July 3 as the date to consider a Mitchell Technical Institute variance request for the installation of three on-premise signs of approximately 672 square feet, which exceeds the maximum square footage permitted in the sign code.

• A hearing on Mitchell Power Equipment LLC and Gordon and Darlene Bailey's application for a conditional use permit for the operation of a service center for small engines or motorized engine repair and outdoor sales and storage at 118 N. Main St.

• A hearing on Randy Wittstruck's oversize variance request for construction of a detached garage at 615 S. Kimball St.

• Hold a discussion on possible consideration to change ordinances to allow for a "pet pig project" at 1513 W. Hanson Ave.

• A bid award recommendation to DW Proehl Construction and TK Electric for wastewater work.

• A bid award recommendation for a $197,000 bid to Key Contracting for manhole rehabilitation.

• A recommendation to reject all bids on the Mitchell Recreation Center's locker room remodel project as the costs came in twice as high as the $120,000 budget amount.

• Action on Resolution No. R-2017-44, a plat of the CJM Second Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R-2017-45, a plat of The Island First Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R-2017-46, a plat of the CJM Second Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R-2017-47, a plat of Cabela's First Addition.

• Action on Resolution No. R-2017-48, a reviewed and revised James Valley Community Center facility rental application and agreement.

• Hold a closed-door executive session to discuss contractual legal matters and personnel.

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