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City crews lauded for fixing water main break in frigid temperatures

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014

HURON — Mayor Paul Aylward is praising the efforts of 13 city employees in repairing a bad water main break Monday in extremely cold conditions.

At the start of the Monday City Commission meeting, he said the water main break occurred on Terrace Drive.

It was hoped that the valves could have been pinched down and that the repairs could be made under better weather conditions, “but the water/sewer department felt the break was bad enough that the work needed to be done today,” Aylward said.

“With today’s weather and a broken water main, the job conditions couldn’t have been much worse,” he said.

The main was fixed by 4 p.m. Monday.

For going above and beyond, the following individuals were publicly thanked:

Doug Bell, Ross Jensen, Chad Bogh, Matt LaFortune, Dave Lentz, Rob Reiger, Doug Tschetter, Vince Juelfs, Mike Hall, Lonnie Oxandaburu, Randy Schumacher, Bob Simpson and Phil McCaskell.

Commissioners also:

• Gave second and final reading of three ordinances that take the filing fees for street, alley and public ground vacations; variances, conditional use permits, home occupation permits, annexations, rezoning requests and plats out of the planning and zoning ordinances and into one resolution.

• Approved a service agreement with Trane Building Services for the municipal building.

• Approved the combined election agreement with the Huron School District and set the election date for April 8.

• Approved a request from the Huron Volunteer Fire Department for alcoholic beverage consumption for events Jan. 8, April 3, July 7, Oct. 7 and Dec. 20 at the north fire station.

• Gave first reading of an ordinance removing a clause in the ordinance pertaining to disturbance of the peace by dogs that calls for a copy of the ordinance to be issued to each person who registers and receives a dog license each year.

• Deferred for one week the awarding of a bid for a used automated side loader refuse compactor.

• Had a brief executive session on a legal/contractual matter. When the board reconvened, commissioners approved a motion calling for the retention of outside legal counsel to perform legal work on a quiet title action relating to the Pagel Swanson property located between Coborn’s and First United Methodist Church in southeast Huron.

The city has now accepted the property from Beadle County, which took over ownership following a bankruptcy. The county attempted to sell the property at a recent land sale, but received no bidders.

For the complete article see the 01-07-2014 issue.

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