HURON — An initial project being done by freshmen architecture students at South Dakota State University is a three-dimensional scale model of downtown Huron.
About 44 students and three department staff members were in Huron last month as they began their partnership with the city, a collaboration that will last for their entire six-year academic career.
City Planner Ralph Borkowski and Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Peggy Woolridge hosted the SDSU students, in part leading them on tours of the downtown, state fairgrounds and Canadian Pacific Railways facilities.
The model of downtown Huron will provide a better visualization of the core area. Students are learning scale and design in this early part of their architecture education.
“They’re learning about the community, they’re learning about infrastructure,” Borkowski told the City Commission in a partnership update Monday.
In 2011, architecture students worked with Mobridge community leaders and this year the incoming class at SDSU began its work with Huron.
Last month’s hosting also included roundtable discussions on features unique to Huron, including the railroad, State Fair and the former Huron College and Si Tanka University.
Also considered were the challenges and goals in maintaining and promoting Huron’s downtown as a walkable, active commercial and residential area of the city.
Meanwhile, the commission announced that the solid waste department would be closed next Monday for the Veteran’s Day holiday. The Monday garbage and grass collection routes will be done Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Looking to Thanksgiving week, the department will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the Thursday garbage collection routes will be done on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
The rubble site will be closed Saturday, Nov. 24 for the holiday weekend.
Also, yard waste collection is tentatively scheduled to end Friday, Nov. 16. Inclement weather could cause a change in date.
Commissioners will not meet next Monday because of the Veteran’s Day holiday.
During the public forum part of the meeting, Police Chief Gary Will Jr. presented a civilian service award to Brian Lichty for actions he took last month.
On Oct. 6, Lichty was following another vehicle on Third Street when the driver swerved and tried to hit a tree. The individual, distraught and suicidal, then attempted to jump into the James River.
Will said Lichty grabbed the person and held on until police officers arrived on the scene.
Lichty was commended “for his willingness to help someone and actually saving a life,” Will said.
• Approved a variance for Star Nails & Spa to operate a tattoo (permanent makeup) parlor and eyelash extensions business at 2945 Dakota Ave. S.
• Approved a variance for Josue Nunez, 870 Idaho Ave. S.E., to build a fence where code says six-foot-tall fences may not be erected on those parts of the lot that are closer to the street than the principle building.
• Awarded a five-year contract to the city of Pierre to handle Huron’s solid waste.
• Awarded a bid from a Spink County bid for a 2013 motor grader from Butler Machinery Co. of Huron for $258,240.
• Approved a lease agreement with Celebrate Community Church for office space at the Campus Center.
• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license request from the Scoreboard Bar & Grill for a Nov. 10 event at the Campus Center.
• Renewed the annual trailer court license for Huron Mobile Estates, 541 Ohio Ave. N.W.
• Hired Jason Bechtold, the current Bon Homme County sheriff, to a police captain position and Phil Nelson Jr. to a solid waste maintenance position.
• Approved the job description for the newly created position of Central Park manager and agreed to advertise and issue a civil service call. It will be a year-round position the commission hopes to fill by Jan. 1.
• Approved the regular status of volunteer firefighters Ned Keeler and Jason Kline after their six-month probationary periods.
• Went into executive session for union negotiations and a contractual matter.
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