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Huron recycling program gains momentum: City supports STB requirement for former DM&E track

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 11th, 2013

HURON — The city of Huron has gone on record as supporting Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s petition to the federal Surface Transportation Board that would require the Canadian Pacific Railroad to demonstrate compliance with the improvement commitments it made for the track it purchased in South Dakota from the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad.

The Canadian Pacific has recently indicated it wants to sell the line. City commissioners adopted a resolution on Monday supporting the governor’s petition.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Gary Harrington updated the board and the public on the first few months of recycling in Huron.

“The recycling program in Huron is really picking up momentum,” he said.

As of Sept. 4, there are 1,613 private homes enrolled in the program. The goal is to reach 2,000 by January. The solid waste department is now delivering recycling Dumpsters to multi-unit dwellings.

A recycling Dumpster is also located on the north side of City Hall. People may also bring recyclables to the transfer station/rubble site at no cost.

So far, the city has recycled 52 tons of materials, a 7 percent reduction in garbage collection. Some weeks the rate has been as high as 11 percent. The goal over the next three years is to establish a weekly 25 percent reduction in the waste stream buried in the Pierre landfill.

A feasibility study three years ago indicated that 53 percent of Huron’s waste is recyclable.

A new recycling collection truck will arrive at the end of September. It will give the city the capability of tracking containers and customer usage, which may result in containers being relocated if not in use.

Commissioners also:

• Gave first reading of the 2014 appropriation ordinance, with second reading set for the end of September.

• Approved an agreement with the Huron School District for maintenance and snow removal at the parking lots at the Tiger Activity Center and Splash Central.

• Approved a request from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to use shotguns at the old trap range near the Izaak Walton Clubhouse on Sept. 20 for the 10th annual Youth Waterfowl Hunt.

• Accepted a quit claim deed from Greater Huron Development Corporation for two lots in the West Industrial Park. The lots are where a new speculative building has been constructed. The property will be held in trust until GHDC has a tenant or buyer. GHDC will make the loan payments for the building.

• Approved a 2013-14 retail on-off sale malt beverage license for Gamers Casino, 1524 Dakota Ave. S., and transferred a 2013 retail on-sale liquor license from Gamers Casino to Top Floor Events, 31 Fourth St. S.E.

• Approved a recommendation from an appraisal committee regarding the value of the water slide and mushroom water feature at the old municipal swimming pool. The committee values the water slide at $4,000 and the mushroom feature at $750. The sale will be done by sealed bids and the buyers will have to have the items removed by Nov. 15.

• Heard an update on the estimated Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement to the city for the damage caused by the June 21 wind storm.

The city’s reimbursable expenses for tree clean up and grinding were determined to be about $86,000. It is expected that it will be reimbursed about $70,000 from FEMA and the state.

• Announced that the rubble site will be closed Sept. 21 for the city’s surplus auction.

• Approved raffles for the YWCA of Huron for Oct. 30 at the Plains Range Room and for the Beadle County Sportsmen’s Club/Izaak Walton Club on Oct. 25 at the clubhouse.

• Accepted the civil service list of applicants for a 911 telecommunicator position in the police department.

• Set Sept. 23 as the hearing date for a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license for a chamber mixer Oct. 8 at Centre Plaza.

For the complete article see the 09-10-2013 issue.

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