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Humane Society makes report to City Commission

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 6th, 2014

HURON — Pet owners are stepping forward to license their animals in Huron, but the 607 sold so far this year is still lagging behind the numbers the Beadle County Humane Society would like to see.

Also, there have been more reported dog bite cases, and society executive director Kim Krueger said her organization is trying to educate kids about the danger of aggravating chained up animals.

In a semi-annual report to the City Commission on Monday, she said owners can save money and stress by licensing their animals. If they go missing, those who find them can call the owner rather than the shelter, saving the owner money. Licenses can be purchased at the shelter south of town or at the municipal building. They are $5 for pets that have been spayed or neutered and $10 for those who have not. If the animal is picked up by animal control, there is an added $25 fee.

Krueger said the new dog room at the shelter is now finished, and an open house is planned for Sept. 20. Hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The dog park is also being used more. The public is welcome to bring their dogs out to help them learn to socialize with others.

In the public forum portion of the meeting, Robert Coleman of Cavour, pastor of State of Grace Ministries, said he received a letter from the city immediately revoking his door-to-door sales license due to alleged prohibited conduct.

But he said he has not been told what the prohibited behavior was, and said it constitutes a violation of due process. He said he has done a lot for the community and would like to continue to do so.

However, Phil Wiedenman, chairman of the Salvation Army advisory board, told commissioners Coleman was going door to door collecting for a food pantry, using the Salvation Army’s name.

Wiedenman said the Salvation Army doesn’t go door to door and did not give Coleman the right to use its name.

Commissioners also:

• Announced that the solid waste rubble site will be closed to the public until noon on Aug. 21.

The department is hosting the South Dakota Waste Management Association’s annual state conference, and the staff will be showcasing the facility with multiple pieces of heavy equipment.

• Approved a request from the South Dakota Army National Guard to use city property for a field training exercise Sept. 4-7. In a longstanding agreement, the Guard will again use a portion of a quarter section that is the site of a closed landfill. The training will be done on areas other than the landfill site.

• Abated a trailer home in the Jersey mobile home park after the owner signed it off to the city. Commissioners will reimburse city inspector Roger Bell for $161.30, including back and current taxes, a sheriff’s distress warrant and a transfer fee. The court owner will be cleaning up the area and moving the trailer to the rubble site where Huron firefighters will burn it.

• Accepted a $3,000 offer from the city of Groton for the surplus water slide at the former municipal pool.

• Set Aug. 18 as the bid-opening date for a new Kunhart Softball Complex concessions and restrooms building. The Huron Softball Association is contributing $35,000 to the project.

• Approved a change order of $1,541 and a payment request of $205,528 for Hydro Klean of Watertown for the sewer main lining project.

• Approved a change order of $32,575 and a payment request of $57,917 for Flatland Concrete of Huron for concrete replacement.

• Approved alcoholic beverage consumption requests filed by Denise Matson for Aug. 30 at the Campus Center, Kerr Room; Vanya Munce for Aug. 22 at Ravine Lake, east shelter; Dennis Bennett for Aug. 10 at Central Park, Voorhees shelter; Lisa Boomsma, for Aug. 16 at Ravine Lake, southwest shelter; Dakotaland Federal Credit Union for Sept. 6 at Memorial Park, south shelter; and South Dakota Solid Waste Management Association for Aug. 19 at Huron Event Center, sidewalk and street closing from Fifth to Sixth streets on Wisconsin Avenue Southwest.

• Approved a parade request and street closing for the James Valley Road Race on Aug. 16 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

• Announced a proclamation for the 31st annual National Night Out, which in Huron is this evening at the Open Class Beef Complex on the state fairgrounds. It was moved due to the possibility of rain.

• Gave second and final reading of an ordinance clarifying designated through streets and truck routes.

• Awarded a quote of $22.50 per acre, or a total of $1,320, to Wilbur-Ellis of Huron to spray about 59 acres in the South Town Addition south of Coborn’s for weeds.

The plan is to then disk the land and grow alfalfa. The city is also marketing the property for sale.

For the complete article see the 08-05-2014 issue.

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