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Midcontinent franchise agreement finalized with city

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012

HURON — In follow-up action to votes taken in August, the City Commission on Monday approved a franchise agreement with Midcontinent Communications.

The term is for 10 years with one five-year renewal and the franchise fee is 4 percent of gross subscriber revenue.

Six weeks ago, the commission adopted a new ordinance for a base cable TV system involving Midcontinent as the only provider for the time being. Future franchisees would be tied to the same set of regulations if their applications are approved.

The city and Midcontinent worked for a number of hours to update the ordinance based on the many technological advances that have occurred since the last ordinances were adopted as long ago as 1997.

Commissioners also:

• Announced that the board won’t meet next Monday night due to the Native American Day holiday. The rubble site will be closed on Saturday and Monday, and the Monday garbage and yard waste collection routes will be done on Wednesday.

In a related note, the city has given away 26 tons of compost to residents in the first week of a program to distribute a large stockpile of the material. Residents need to bring their city water bill and will be helped loading compost if the labor is available at the time.

• Accepted the gift of a treadmill from the Nordby Center for Recreation.

• Authorized Police Chief Gary Will Jr. to apply to the attorney general’s office for an $8,700 grant to provide dispatch training on fire dispatching. The Huron Fire Department dispatches locally, but the police dispatchers do it for five surrounding counties.

• Approved the full-time status of Officer Jeff Van Gerpen after a probationary period.

• Approved a $75,000 change order in the contract with Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls for the east industrial park water tank, and approved a progress payment of $121,227. The payment will be made after the company arrives in town to begin the project.

• Agreed to assess delinquent special assessments on property in the city.

• Approved a plat filed by George Bauder and Roger Bauder for Bauder Outlots 4-7 in the joint jurisdictional area. The Bauders want to divide 20 acres into four five-acre parcels in an area south of Huron.

• Approved a contract for telephone answering service with the city of Clark’s police department.

• Approved updated job descriptions for positions in the police department.

• Approved a raffle request from the Huron Country Club.

• Went into executive session for union negotiations.

For the complete article see the 10-02-2012 issue.

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