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City hears report on Splash Central

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2013

HURON — The word on Splash Central is getting out to many other communities in South Dakota, the manager said Monday.

Laura McGirr briefed the City Commission on the first few weeks of the park’s opening.

She said 6,710 daily passes have been sold for a total of $42,502. There have been 483 group passes, for $1,726, and 783 season passes, for a total of $96,510.

For the concessions, there have been 4,062 drink transactions for $6,871; 16,753 food transactions for $23,293 and 228 gift shop transactions for $1,581.

The cabanas have been rented by Huron residents, but also by people from several other cities, she said.

Word is also getting out on the private parties. More than 400 Little League players rented the park for a private party over the weekend. Two teams decided to stay over a day when they heard about the party.

So far, life guards have had 11 “saves.” There has been one ambulance call and one diabetic reaction.

Parks and Recreation Director LaRon Klock said work continues on the landscaping in Central Park, located outside the fence at Splash Central.

Irrigation work is under way and the grass areas will soon be seeded.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Gary Harrington said tree and bush growth has been especially aggressive due to the wet spring and it is causing problems in the alleys when city graders and solid waste trucks are working there.

Low and intrusive branches are hitting mirrors and other parts of the equipment. The city is asking that residents check their alleys to be sure they are passable.

Code enforcement officers are also checking the alleys and leaving notices for people who need to trim the branches, Harrington said.

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, solid waste trucks will do Thursday collections on Wednesday.

Harrington said the recycling program continues to do well in its infancy. The department will have delivered all of the recycling containers to those who have signed up in the next couple weeks.

Commissioners also:

• Hired Samantha Doll as a volunteer firefighter.

• Renewed the contract with Robert Sharp & Associates for the Web site.

• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license for a chamber mixer July 9 at the Center for Independence facility at 1644 Lincoln Ave. S.W.

• Approved the rules, waiver and release form and police department physical fitness policy for the wellness room at the Campus Center. The facility is for city employees and their families.

• Approved a progress payment of $41,644 to Key Contracting of Fargo for sanitary sewer manhole renovation.

• Approved a progress payment of $25,811 to CB&I Inc. of Clive, Iowa, for work on the north elevated water storage tank. The tower should be operational by the end of July.

• Approved a $51,895 change order and progress payment of $382,280 to Asphalt Paving & Materials Co. of Huron for street milling, overlay and street paving. The project is substantially complete and it is the end of such work for the year.

• Set July 15 as the hearing date for a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by Gamers Casino for Top Floor Events July 20-23.

• Had a work session to discuss alley tree trimming and a Fine Arts Center rent reduction request.

For the complete article see the 07-02-2013 issue.

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