HURON — Demolition of Clover Hall on the South Dakota State Fairgrounds late last year created a large open space, but the capital campaign to raise funds to build a new 4-H exhibit hall on the site has already surpassed $1.8 million.
In an upbeat semi-annual report to the City Commission on Monday, State Fair Manager Jerome Hertel said the fair will finish its fiscal year at the end of June in the black.
“The State Fair is doing well,” he said. “We are financially stable.”
That is the case despite the lower attendance at the 2013 State Fair due to hot weather.
With help from the city in demolishing Clover Hall and hauling away the debris, the State Fair and the project were able to save $130,000, Hertel said.
Planners of the exhibit hall have narrowed down the list of architects to three, and will also soon be asking for input from user groups and people in the community on what the interior of the building should look like.
Hertel said State Fair officials have booked the fairgrounds with events starting at the end of March and running through the end of October.
“We’re not just resting on those events, we’re looking for new events, too,” he said.
More than 25,000 people are expected to be in Huron at the end of June for the three-day National Red Power Roundup event.
“It’ll be like a mini fair,” Hertel said. “It’s going to be a huge event, a great event for us.”
He said fair officials are also looking at some improvements to buildings on the grounds, for example, electrical upgrades that aren’t necessarily visible to visitors.
Meanwhile, the commission will not meet next Monday due to the Presidents’ Day holiday.
The rubble site will be closed Saturday and Monday, and the Monday garbage and recycling routes will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 19. Containers should be placed at their collection points on Tuesday night to ensure pick up.
Commissioner Gary Harrington announced that another public input meeting for the James River Master Plan will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Campus Center and run about 90 minutes.
On Thursday, middle and high school students will be asked for their ideas.
Input generated locally for improvements on both sides of the river will be given to Stockwell Engineers of Sioux Falls, the consulting firm retained to draft a master plan.
Commissioner Mark Robish asked residents to make sure their sidewalks are free of snow. There hasn’t been much snow lately, but the wind has drifted snow on sidewalks and generated some complaints.
• Gave a second and final reading to a sewer rental ordinance that eliminates duplication of language.
• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by the Huron Area Community Theatre for Friday evening at the Fine Arts Center.
• Approved a request from the South Dakota Army National Guard to use the old west landfill for training exercises April 4-6.
• Approved a temporary easement with Mark and Chris Coborn and other agreements with the state Department of Transportation for milling and overlay work on 21st Street between Dakota and Sherman avenues.
• Approved a two-year memorandum of understanding with Northern State University for academic programs at Huron Community Campus.
• Approved a resolution for a bridge reinspection program. The inspections will be done by Pierce & Harris of Huron, and the state will pay 80 percent of the cost.
• Hired Terrill Bechtold as police department administrative assistant.
• Accepted the voluntary resignation of Tobi Hakes, solid waste transfer center scale operator.
• Accepted the voluntary resignation of Stephanie Cardona, part-time, year-round library clerk.
• Approved a request for alcoholic beverage consumption filed by Corinn Decker for an event April 24-25, 2015, at the Campus Center.
• Set Feb. 24 as the hearing date for a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by the city of Huron for Ryan’s Hangar for a March 19 event at the Campus Center.For the complete article see the 02-11-2014 issue.
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