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City ordinance will allow sidewalk cafes or pubs starting May 8

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 10th, 2013




HURON — Business owners who want to add sidewalk cafes or pubs can do so starting about May 8 when an ordinance given second reading by the City Commission officially takes effect.

The ordinance will allow owners to expand their retail businesses onto the public sidewalk as long as they still allow for pedestrian traffic.

If the business is located along Highway 37 and Highway 14, however, the state will have to approve of the permit. Also, the federal government will have to OK any permit for a café or pub that encroaches onto sidewalks on streets eligible for federal funding for improvement projects.

Examples in the downtown area are Third Street and Wisconsin and Kansas avenues.

A one-year permit will cost $35. Commissioners set the fee by resolution on Monday as well.

Businesses will be allowed to have temporary objects on the sidewalk, such as carts, sandwich menu signs, tables and chairs, but will need a physical barrier around the sidewalk if alcohol is consumed or served. The fence will have to be removable without damaging the sidewalk.

Since first reading, city officials have conferred on the height of the barrier and settled on at least 42 inches unless otherwise approved by the city engineer and planner.

Meanwhile, a report from the Central Park Marketing Committee was given by Peggy Woolridge, executive director of the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau.

She said ads promoting the Splash Central water park are being placed in regional and statewide publications. Also, 20,000 rack cards are being placed in visitor centers and other public places.

A Web site for the park is expected to be online at the end of the week.

Preview weekend for season pass holders is May 18-19 and the grand opening is Memorial Day weekend. Time capsules from Voorhees Hall, Kerr Hall, Churchill Hall and the library will be opened.

Commissioners also:

• Approved a $316,128 progress payment to various vendors for the Huron Aquatic Center project.

• Accepted the retirement of Lyle Zell as assistant city engineer. Zell has worked for the city for two weeks shy of 50 years.

• Hired Jeff Dixon for a solid waste maintenance position. He has worked for the department on a part-time basis.

• Approved the regular full-time status of Sam Beuch as a police officer after his probationary period.

• Hired Aaron Meyer as a part-time police officer at the airport. The city is reimbursed by Homeland Security when an officer is at the airport for arrivals and departures of Great Lakes flights.

• Hired a long list of seasonal part-time people for the parks and recreation department, Central Park, for the golf pro shop and the library summer reading program.

• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption by Amber Moeding for an event Oct. 12 at the Campus Center.

• Approved a temporary street closing and related requests from the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau for the Huron Turkey Races on May 17.

• Approved the resignation of part-time, year-round library clerk Barb Woockman.

• Announced that the South Dakota State University landscape architecture students who are partnering with the city will have a public presentation of an active transportation project at the Huron Sertoma Club meeting at noon April 22 at the Plains. The public is welcome and is asked to RSVP the chamber, 352-0000, by April 19.







For the complete article see the 04-09-2013 issue.

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