HURON — A major project to replace the deteriorating 4-H Clover Hall building on the state fairgrounds is moving forward, with fund raising under way and demolition of the existing structure set for early December.
City commissioners on Monday agreed to waive landfill disposal fees for the razing of the building and disposal of the debris. The county and private operators will also assist.
The city also agreed to provide the use of a side dump truck and pay loader for the work.
State Fair Manager Jerome Hertel said about 25 percent of the $4 million needed to build the new 4-H exhibit hall on the fairgrounds has been secured. The State Fair Foundation hopes to have funding obtained by next year so construction of the 47,000-square-foot building can begin.
Meanwhile, Commissioner Gary Harrington reported on the volume of materials delivered by homeowners last week at the city-county household hazardous waste disposal.
Twelve city workers and one county employee collected 370 gallons of latex paint, 160 gallons of flammable solvents, 20 pounds of nickel and lithium batteries, 26 car and truck batteries, 15 pounds of fluorescent lamps/mercury, 360 pounds of aerosols, 130 gallons of acid/corrosive liquid waste and 55 gallons of floor wax.
Police Chief Gary Will Jr. reported on the latest drug take-back event. He said 58 people brought 159 pounds of unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs, the most ever collected at one of the events.
In other action, the commission:
• Approved a request from Chad Bogh to waive the five-mile residency requirement. Bogh, who works in the water-sewer department, is looking at purchasing property in the country and will limit the distance to Huron to 10 miles or less.
Mayor Paul Aylward said he will ask the commission at some point to review the issue of residency requirements in light of the fact that the board has approved a number of waiver requests.
• Accepted the voluntary resignation of volunteer firefighter Edmund Keeler.
• Set Nov. 18 as the public hearing date for a special event on-sale license for a chamber mixer Dec. 10 at the South Dakota Farmers Union.
• Proclaimed Smoke Free South Dakota Day on Nov. 10.
• Approved a $658,764 progress payment for the Huron Aquatic Center. The last $75,000 will be retained until spring.
• Approved a request from Dan and Kathy Kempf to waive 25 percent or $1,422 off the total assessments owed on property at 138 Colorado Ave. S.W.
The Kempfs are interested in purchasing the property from the current owner. The assessments owed to the city are for demolition, cleanup and mowing. Approval of the waiver is contingent on their purchase of the property.
• Had a work session to discuss the city parking lot at the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Dakota Avenue South.
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