HURON — The City Commission has approved a request from Huron Middle School students to apply for funding to establish an outdoor court and equip it for them to play the traditional Burmese game of Cane Ball, or Chinlone, on city-owned property.
City Planner Ralph Borkowski said at Monday’s meeting that the proposal is to apply for $395 in grant funds through the Huron Youth Leadership Council to purchase the few pieces of equipment needed to set up the court.
Chinlone is an historical sport of Burma, now called Myanmar, that is more than 1,500 years old and was once played for royalty.
The court is 20-by-40-feet in size and includes a net, similar to one used for volleyball. The ball is six to seven inches in diameter and was originally woven from cane.
“The intent is to spike the ball over the net with your foot,” Borkowski explained, saying it is a very athletic sport.
During his presentation, he showed photos of people playing the game, and earlier he aired a video for commissioners.
The grant funds would be used to buy two sets of nets and balls. Poles for the nets would be set in concrete and anchors would be used to tie down ropes or straps to outline the court.
The request is to set up an outdoor court on grass, and Borkowski said there is space available. There may be interest in an indoor court at some point.
The city is also being asked to store the nets and balls when not in use. Middle school kids will be approaching the Huron Parks and Recreation Board as well with the proposal.
Meanwhile, in her semi-annual report to the commission, Beadle County Humane Society Executive Director Kim Krueger encouraged pet owners to get their animal licensed. She said 1,000 licenses should be selling annually, but the numbers are lagging far behind that.
She also encourages dog owners not to tie up their animals because it tends to make them more aggressive. Anyone can bring their pets out to the shelter’s dog park south of Huron for exercise and socialization.
Krueger said the remodeling of the dog room is completed, now providing a comfortable, cleanable area that is well lit and ventilated.
The next phase is a building for storage. An open house at the humane society is being planned for late June.
In her semi-annual update, Brenda Jager of the Huron Event Center briefed commissioners on the list of meetings, conventions, conferences, tournaments and other events scheduled for the next two years.
Last year’s schedule of events was down slightly from previous years, she said.
• Hired Mike Tisland to fill an airport operations maintenance technician position.
• Approved the full-time regular status of Zane Graham as a volunteer firefighter.
• Accepted the voluntary resignation of Nathan (Ron) Greenfield, part-time, year-round custodian at the Campus Center.
• Accepted the resignation of Carrie Anderson from the library board.
• Approved a rental agreement with James Valley Equipment for a tractor for the water-sewer department. It will cost $5 an hour for 250 hours. The wastewater and street departments will also use the tractor.
• Agreed to purchase a collection basin/jet rodder from a Minnesota state contract for $288,000. An existing truck will be put up for sale.
• Set March 24 as the bid-opening date for water, sewer and irrigation materials.
• Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption from the Huron Area Senior Center for March 15 at the center and from Koree McHugh for July 19 at the Campus Center.
• Approved a request from the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau for a street closing, alcoholic beverage consumption and use of city bleachers, garbage cans and the painting of start and finish lines for the May 16 turkey races.
• Approved a raffle request from the Custodian Engineers Association of South Dakota for June 11-12 at the Crossroads.
• Approved a parade route request for Wheel Jam on June 7.
• Set March 17 as the hearing date for a special on-sale alcoholic beverage license for a chamber mixer April 8 at Banner Engineering.
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