City crews praised for work after blizzard


HURON — Street crews and others who assisted them in the aftermath of Thursday’s blizzard did a great job in three days of hard work under difficult conditions, Mayor Paul Aylward said Monday.
They went above and beyond the call of duty in snow removal efforts, he said at the City Commission meeting.
Snow still remaining in windrows on streets will be left to melt in this week’s warmer temperatures because the city has run out of places to put it. Areas such as the compost drop-off site are too muddy and the trucks would tear it up and likely get stuck.
Commissioners only had a handful of items to consider, with nearly all of them approved with the one vote needed to adopt the consent agenda.

The board:
• Set the regular April 29 meeting as the public progress hearing date for this year’s sanitary sewer main lining project and its funding.
• Set April 29 as the public hearing date to consider a special event on-sale alcoholic beverage license filed by Huron Little League Inc. for the annual Canaries baseball game on May 5 at Memorial Ballpark.
• Proclaimed this as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The mayor commended the professionalism of the city’s telecommunicators, who are the first people callers talk to when they have a problem and need help, he said.
• Approved requests by the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau pertaining to the annual Turkey Days event on May 17, including closing Wisconsin Avenue Southwest between Second and Third streets; alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area and the use of bleachers, garbage cans and picnic tables.
• Approved requests for alcoholic beverage consumption in a public area filed by Sharon Hansen for a family reunion on May 25 at the Campus Center, the James Valley Shrine Club for a fundraiser on July 29 at Winter Park and NorthWestern Energy for a social next Monday at the Campus Center.
• Approved the hiring of Matthew Bowen as a water-sewer treatment uncertified operator.
• Approved an asphalt testing agreement with Foerster Testing of Brookings for this year’s street milling and overlay project for a fee of $3,090.