HURON State Fair Manager Jerome Hertel said the fair finished in the black once again at the end of its fiscal year June 30, and is moving forward with more improvement projects on the grounds.
In a semi-annual update for the City Commission on Monday, he said improvements completed last year included work at the grandstand, purchase of a house for the low-risk inmates and the purchase of a couple pieces of equipment.
State funds have been allocated to make electrical upgrades at the dairy barn and to relocate overhead electrical power in the grandstand.
In other upbeat news, Hertel said the capital campaign to raise $4 million to build the Nordby 4-H exhibit hall has reached $2.7 million. The goal is to raise $3 million by fair time and the balance of the funds by the end of the year so construction can begin next spring.
While it is a campaign aimed at raising private funds, he said the State Fair budget will also be allocating some funds for the project.
With the 2014 State Fair a little over a month away, he said there are 400 vendors signed up. There are more than 1,600 campsites committed. More space is available for campers not needing hookups. The livestock entry deadline is next month.
He also said there will be a 40 percent increase in security on the grounds this year. Some things were noticed at last years fair and officials want to boost security manpower. Fairgoers will see a noticeable difference, he said.
We want people to be safe when they come to the State Fair, Hertel said.
Many other events on the grounds throughout the year have also contributed to the bottom line for the State Fair budget, he said, most recently the Red Power Round Up that attracted about 19,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors.
He also said the fair has a new Web site: www.sdstatefair.com.
In answer to a question, he said fair officials are looking into the feasibility of becoming a part of the city recycling program. However, it will take an education process so non-eligible materials arent put in the containers. One food item, for example, would contaminate the entire container. The fair does recycle all of the cans from the grandstand and beer gardens.
In other business, the commission approved two variance requests.
The first was for Regan Glanzer, 719 Nicholas Court S.E., to build a detached garage closer to the north property line than allowed. The other was for James Musil, 20771 403rd Ave. N.E., to build a pole shed closer to the west property line than allowed in the joint jurisdictional area.
Approved a change order requested by Key Contracting of Fargo for the sanitary sewer manhole renovation project for a net increase of $2,467, and approved a progress payment of $88,145.
Appointed Bruce Smalley to the planning commission, succeeding Bob Jones who recently resigned.
Renewed mobile home court licenses for Sheltered Trailer Court, 1500 Third St. S.W.; Huron Mobile Estates, 541 Ohio Ave. N.W.; and Prairie Villa, 1400 21st Street Southwest.
Renewed home occupation permits for Gregory Peck, 364 Sixth St. N.E., gun repair; Richard Decker, 77 Colorado Ave. S.W., pest control; Dan Leichtenberg, 761 Wisconsin Ave. S.W., lawn care; Jennifer DeBoer, 705-721 Third St. S.E., dog kennel; Ryan Volkert, 1642 Wisconsin Ave. S.W., handyman service; Oscar Garza, 1500 Fourth St. S.W. No. 24, construction; James Kleinsasser, 819 Kansas Ave. N.E., motorcycle repair; and Gene Halsey, 39996 205th St., sell/service outdoor equipment.
Approved a revised contract with Banner Engineering for engineering services for wastewater treatment facility improvements. The contract is for $76,000.
Approved a special event alcoholic beverage license for the State Fair for the Mens Expo and a wedding reception at the fairgrounds.
Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption filed by Cody Daly for Saturday at Central Park for a class reunion, Knights of Columbus for Aug. 10 at Ravine Lake for a family picnic, Gary French for Aug. 14-17 at Memorial Park for a family reunion; and Kathy Phillips for Aug. 31 at Ravine Lake for a family reunion.
Approved a raffle request for South Dakota Quilters Guild for Sept. 26, 2014 to Sept. 20, 2015.
Approved a plat filed by Roger and Michelle Chase for property at the site of the former Huron Dressed Beef plant. Chase is selling the property.
Approved a plat filed by Eric Johnson and First Assembly of God Church.
Approved a plat filed by S.D. Landholdings LLP. Tim Hofer is purchasing the east portion of the building at 387 Fourth St. N.W.
OK Tire will keep its business in the west portion of the building.
Gave first reading of an ordinance updating one approved in 1992 regarding 911 service. The surcharge rate will be the current state 911 reimbursement rate per month for each local access line.
Approved the regular status of Stan Wollman, volunteer firefighter, on completion of his probation.
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