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City denies permit for home to serve as church

Posted: Thursday, Feb 14th, 2013

HURON – A request for a home occupation permit to operate a church in a single-family residence at 737 Beach Ave. S.E., has been denied by the City Commission.

Kway Aye represented the South Dakota Buddhist Association, which is purchasing the home, at Monday’s meeting.

He said a monk and the church treasurer live in the home. Church services would be held only on Sundays with about 20 members attending.

But neighbors had concerns about parking because there are only two or three off-street spaces at the house.

A hearing examiner who heard the home occupation permit request last week recommended denial. He said the structure and yard have been neglected and noted the undue burden on neighbors due to a lack of off-street parking.

It was also noted that typical churches are located outside of residential areas.

A request for a variance filed by Leroy Jay Thomas, 340 Fifth St. N.E., to allow a recently built 6-foot-tall fence in his front yard to remain was also denied.

Code states that fences cannot exceed four feet tall in the front yard.

A motion to let the fence remain while also penalizing Thomas for failing to obtain a building permit died on a 3-2 vote.

A second motion to require the fence be reduced to a height of four feet by the first of June, while also penalizing him for failing to obtain a building permit before constructing the fence, was approved by a 4-1 vote.

Commissioners also approved a variance request filed by Fair City Auto Sales LLC to operate an auto dealership at 315 Ohio Ave. S.W. The maximum number of vehicles that can be on site is 14.

Meanwhile, the board also officially appointed the division directors who will be mid-management supervisors between the commission and the 120 city employees.

The new division director system was approved last week.

The directors are Ralph Borkowski, planning director; Gary Will Jr., public safety director; Mike Wever, public works director; and Paullyn Carey, finance director.

Commissioners also:

• Announced that the board won’t meet next Monday because of Presidents’ Day.

The rubble site will be closed Monday, and Monday’s garbage routes will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

• Awarded a $49,500 bid to Olson Construction of Huron for a sanitary sewer wet well replacement project at 22nd Street and Wisconsin Avenue Southwest.

• Approved a request to include $25,000 in third penny sales tax reserves in the 2013 budget for the Downtown Beautification fund.

The funding was in the 2011 budget, but was not spent. The Downtown Revitalization Committee is asking that the $25,000 be reinstated as a match with funds from the Huron Community Foundation to continue the façade improvement program.

• Approved a list of $143,506 in progress payments to various vendors working on the Huron Aquatic Center.

• Approved a progress payment of $47,500 to Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls for the east industrial park elevated water tower.

• Set Feb. 25 as the bid-opening date for street milling and overlay work as well as street paving.

• Approved an agreement to market corrugated cardboard from Creative Printing.

• Approved on-sale and off-sale wine licenses filed by the South Dakota Wine Growers Association for a Go Red event Feb. 21 at the Campus Center.

• Hired Mike Tisland to help with snow removal at the airport.

• Approved the transfer of two laptop computers, hardware and software from Beadle County to the Huron Fire Department.

• Went into executive session for a contractual matter.

For the complete article see the 02-13-2013 issue.

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