HURON — A project is under way to enhance the Beadle County Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Huron by adding statues and a memorial wall to display the engraved names of veterans who have served since World War I.
A joint effort by Leadership Huron and the Beadle County Veteran’s Council, the project will add to what is already at the corner of Third Street and Wisconsin Avenue Southwest.
Keith Schrader of the veteran’s council told the City Commission Monday there is nothing wrong with the existing memorial, but it is felt that enhancing it will bring more attention to it.
Huron is also getting the singular honor of being able to display a statue of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mike Fitzmaurice, who was awarded the medal for heroic actions while serving in Vietnam.
Fitzmaurice is a native of the Huron area.
The public will be able to donate funds toward the construction of the enhanced memorial. The wall will take longer to create, but the plan is to dedicate the statues on the Fourth of July. The statues, for example, will cost $2,500 each.
Records indicate there have been between 1,600 and 1,800 veterans from Beadle County.
The memorial wall will display engraved names of veterans and current active duty military personnel who have ties to Beadle County.
There will also be room built in for future expansion.
The city’s various department personnel have also been asked to provide in-kind services to defray expenses.
Meanwhile, commissioners, after drafting language with the assistance of local landlords and representatives of James Valley Housing and the Huron Housing & Redevelopment Authority, have given first reading of a rental housing ordinance.
The ordinance spells out what are considered to be minimal standards for rental units in Huron. Forty percent of housing in the city is rental units.
Building Inspector Roger Bell said the city has been wanting to implement a rental housing ordinance for some time because of complaints received on a regular basis.
The ordinance lays out the responsibilities of not only property owners but also tenants. It covers such minimal requirements as hot and cold running water, exterior doors, a working furnace, electrical outlets and minimal standards for lighting and ventilation.
Each rental unit will also have to be registered and receive an inspection every three years.
Fees will be set separately by resolution after second and final reading of the ordinance is given. That is scheduled for next Monday.
Commissioners also gave second and final reading of an ordinance extending the terms of the mayor and commissioner from three years to four years starting in 2014. The change will not impact this April’s election.
• Awarded a $39,111 bid to Olsen Implement for a new skid steer for the solid waste department.
• Set Feb. 11 as the bid-opening date for sanitary sewer wet well replacement at 22nd Street and Wisconsin Avenue Southwest.
• Set Feb. 11 as the hearing date for special event on-sale wine and off-sale wine licenses filed by the South Dakota Wine Growers Association for an event Feb. 21 at the Campus Center.
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption by the Huron Fire Department for events April 4, July 8, Oct. 10 and Dec. 21.
• Approved special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license applications for chamber mixers at James River Equipment on Feb. 12, TanCity on March 12, the Taste of Cultures event on March 23, Wyshbone Market on April 9 and Splash Central on May 14.
• Gave first reading of supplemental appropriation ordinances for 2012 and 2013.
• Went into executive session for negotiations and later had a work session on liaison assignments.For the complete article see the 01-29-2013 issue.
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