City saves $90K on Dakota Avenue construction project

By Curt Nettinga of the Plainsman
Posted 6/18/24

Notes from June 17 Huron City Commission meeting

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City saves $90K on Dakota Avenue construction project


HURON — The City of Huron’s costs associated with the Dakota Avenue reconstruction shrank Monday night, when a change-order recommended by the city’s engineering department was approved at the City Commission’s regular weekly meeting.

Acting on the recommendation of Dennis Bennett, the assistant engineer for the city, the change order that lowers the cost of dirt needed for the project by more than $90,000 was approved.

Bennett said that when going through the bid amounts, the dirt bid was secured by a company from Brandon. “We did a bit of calling and determined that we could save a substantial amount of money by sourcing the material here instead,” he said. “We have dirt here.”

The commission cruised quickly through an abbreviated agenda, and ended by noting that city offices – including the rubble site – are closed Wednesday, June 19, for the Juneteenth holiday.

In other action, the commission:

• Approved partial payment requests for $330,875.28 to Midland Contracting for work done on the 4th Street SE project; approved a progress payment of $10,078.88 for work on Dakota Avenue.
• Approved an On/Off Sale Malt Beverage and S.D. Farm Wine license for Luis Tejada Contreras (for El Capitan Jarocho, 107 Lincoln Ave SW).
• Approved a second and final reading of Ordinance 2261-23-414, pertaining to manufactured and mobile homes.
• Approved bids for No. 2 Dyed Diesel ($2.749); Clear Premium Gasoline ($3.269) from Stern Oil Company. They were the lone bids received, for the Solid Waste Department.
• Approved an on-sale alcoholic beverage license request by Top Floor Events for a Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau mixer at the Dakotaland Museum on July 9.
• Approved fireworks permits for Mike Hofer for a June 29 event in the West Industrial Park and on Aug. 3, at the grandstand on the S.D. State Fairgrounds.
• Approved the hire of Chawnsey Phillips for a Maintenance 1 position with the city Street Department.
• Held a brief executive session, with no action taken other than adjournment.