City Council Hears Reports

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Winner City Council met Monday night and heard reports from city administrators.

Police chief Paul Schueth reported there were 89 inmates in jail on Monday.

Brent Gill, public works director, reported on cleanup efforts after the last ice and snow storm. He said there were a lot of tree branches down from ice on tree limbs.

Karla Brozik, executive director of the Winner Area Chamber of Commerce, presented her quarterly report.

She said the Taste of Winner was held on March 20 with 11 entries.

Plans are in the works to continue the Winner Summer Nights which was a success last year. She said dates selected will include June 14, July 12, Aug. 9 and Aug. 30. She asked permission to have one block of Main Street blocked off those evenings for this event.

Brozik added the barbeque pit row will be held on Aug. 4 and also requested a part of Main Street be blocked off.

A public hearing was held on the application to transfer the on sale liquor license from Wings and More to St. Mary’s Hall for a wedding reception on April 28. The council approved the application.

The city will advertise for hay land bid for the landfill for this summer only.

The city will advertise for 2018 asphalt bids.

Kaylea Littau was advanced two steps for completion of state of South Dakota training requirements for a communications officer/911 dispatcher. Her salary was set at $17.58 per hour.

Employment was offered to Hanna Peterson as a summer intern for a control desk operator in the jail and her salary was set at $14.75 per hour with no benefits.

The council accepted the resignation of full time dispatcher Cami Woodward and moved her to part-time effective April 2.

The city will advertise for a full time dispatch worker.

The council approved the cancellation of Patrick Falencik’s hangar lease agreement and approved the transfer of the lease to Howard Aviation.

Put on first reading was Ord. 899 which deals with vacant structures.

Second reading was given to Ord. 898 which is a supplement to the appropriations ordinance. This is for funds that were donated to the cemetery to purchase software for tracking purposes.

The council voted to purchase twin 48 inch culverts for drainage ditches along Pine and Plum Street in the amount of $16,000. The city received a grant of $10,000 for this project.

Approval was given for purchase of 36-inch culvert to extend the drainage from the bass pond. The cost is $13,300. The city will obtain an easement from the landowner.

A discussion was held on a water line for the airport. Gill explained this will be an extension to a 6-inch line and will include a lift pump.

The Britton addition for housing was discussed.

Approval was given to rent an excavator for four weeks to clean out some ditches.

Final closeout approval was given for the airport apron expansion phase I at the Winner airport.

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