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City Commission informs public it is not endorsing insurance for leaking water lines: Golf course commission changes approved

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013

HURON – Repairing a leaking water line between the street and a home can potentially cost thousands of dollars.

Mayor David McGirr said Monday the city has been informed that an organization called American Water Resources of South Dakota is sending letters to homeowners in Huron informing them of an insurance offer to cover the cost of the repairs.

Some homeowners have already received notification and have called the city, McGirr said.

He said it’s the city’s position that it is not recommending or endorsing the insurance offer.

Homeowners are responsible for fixing the line that leads to the house, but McGirr said historically there have only been about 10 cases a year from among the approximately 5,000 hookups to city water service.

Meanwhile, the City Commission gave second reading of an ordinance that transfers the Golf Course Commission from a decision-making body to one that is an advisory board.

The panel will be accountable solely to the City Commission and the designated city commissioner, and will make recommendations on issues such as awarding contracts, but the City Commission will make the final decisions.

The commission was established about 20 years ago when the Broadland Creek Golf Course was being developed.

At the time, the ordinance gave the golf commission much of the responsibility for operating the facility.

The change has the support of golf commission members.

In other business, commissioners took the advice of the city’s insurance carrier and decided against allowing a private business or individual to use city equipment such as an air blower and man lift to auger their sewer line.

In a memo to the commission, Water-Sewer Superintendent Vince Juelfs said a situation arose recently in which a private business wanted to auger their line using city equipment and also wanted a city employee to be on hand while their employee was in the manhole.

But the insurance carrier said the city would be exposed to liability if anything went wrong. Instead, businesses or individuals should hire the city to jet the line or retain a plumbing contractor to do the work.

Commissioners also:

• Deferred setting a bid-opening date for a new skid steer for the solid waste department.

• Approved a combined election agreement with the Huron School District and set the election date for April 9.

• Approved a rental contract with the Huron School District to allow Huron Community Campus to lease a classroom at the high school this semester.

• Appointed Josh Haeder to the planning commission to fill an unexpired term.

• Promoted Dennis Holmberg within the solid waste department.

• Set Jan. 28 as the hearing date for special event on-sale alcoholic beverage licenses for chamber mixers at James River Equipment on Feb. 12, TanCity on March 12, Taste of Cultures event at Huron Campus Center on March 23, Wyshbone Market on April 9 and Splash Central on May 14.

• Accepted the civil service lists for the positions of Central Park manager, library circulation manager and a full-time information technology specialist.

• Approved a raffle for the Prairie Heartland chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

• Had a work session to discuss towing services for 2013 and to consider capital asset requests

For the complete article see the 01-08-2013 issue.

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