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Borszich: Huron is moving ahead

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 26th, 2014

HURON — Trailing only Spearfish and Aberdeen, sales tax dollars in Huron have risen 6 percent on an annualized basis for the past decade.

The city’s population has also climbed 6 percent between 2000 and 2010, and the trend of losing sales tax revenues to other cities has been reversed. Huron is now bringing people to shop here, Greater Huron Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Jim Borszich said Monday.

In a semi-annual report to the City Commission, he said the manufacturing, service and agriculture sectors all remained strong in 2013. There is volatility in the retail sector, and concern about how much disposable income people have, he said.

However, the city’s tax base has increased significantly in the last 10 years, according to a retail report he shared with the commission.

Huron continues to have a shortage of housing units, and a limited amount of development last year is disappointing.

“Clearly, the message needs to get out that Huron is in need of housing,” Borszich said.

Also, even at this slower time of year, there are 374 job orders open. Many of them are good-paying positions, he said.

“Tell your friends and neighbors that Huron has some good opportunities,” he said.

In his semi-annual report to the board, Huron Area Senior Center Executive Director Jim Hofer said the center finished 2013 in the black and this year is starting out better than a year ago.

There are a handful of units open in the Campus Apartments.

Hofer said people are encouraged to support the center by eating their noon meals there. There is always a challenge with low meal counts and high food costs, he said.

Meanwhile, the commission voted 3-2 to deny a request from Keith Rounds that would have allowed a twin home/duplex at 1424 Idaho Ave. S.E.

His brother, Mark, resides at that address, and the plan was to attach a twin home for their parents. The proposed homes would straddle the common property line separating the two lots.

Keith Rounds, of Brookings, is a construction manager who said multi-generational homes are becoming more popular.

There were neighborhood objections at the hearing examiner meeting last week, but no one rose to object at the commission meeting.

However, there were commission opinions that there should be two single-family homes instead of a combined unit.

Mayor Paul Aylward said he saw the situation differently.

“I don’t believe it’s going to be out of place in that neighborhood,” he said.

But while he said he understands the opposition, he thinks fears of more neighborhood multi-dwellings are unfounded.

Commissioners also:

• Accepted the voluntary resignation of Officer Amber Tennant.

• Promoted Melinda Ellenson to the technology librarian/assistant library director position.

• Adopted a resolution to reverse a restrictive covenant and separate two lots at 950 Saxton Drive at the request of owner Spencer White. Initially, the plan was to build a large garage on the adjacent empty lot. But there is now a buyer for the house on the other lot, and the empty lot is being split off to be marketed.

• Adopted a resolution to accept the lot at 451 Beach Ave. S.E. from Beadle County for $1,000 and deed it to Greater Huron Development Corporation for the same amount.

• Approved a plat request filed by Earl Nordby for the property to the east of the old Pepsi Company building so it can be sold.

• Approved a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by the city of Huron for Ryan’s Hangar on March 19 at the Campus Center.

• Approved alcoholic beverage consumption July 5 at Ravine Lake for a Dietz family reunion.

• Approved a raffle request from the Huron Elks for April 5.

• Set March 10 as the hearing date for a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau for the Leadership Huron Comedy Show fundraiser March 22 at the Campus Center.

• Set March 10 as the hearing date for a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by the Scoreboard Bar & Grill for events on April 5-6, April 26-27 and July 12-13 at the Campus Center.

For the complete article see the 02-25-2014 issue.

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