City water meter project begins today

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HURON — The Huron City Commission heard in public forum from commissioner Rich Bragg regarding the water meter change-out project, set to begin today in Huron and continue through Nov. 10.

The water and sewer department sent notices out to 992 residents in South Huron. Thus far, 359 appointments have been made through those letters.

Bragg explained that staff will need to enter homes to install these new meters, which is why appointments are required.

Those who have received a letter and not yet scheduled an appointment to have their water meter changed should call 844-741-6248 or go onto the scheduling website at https://huron.umsscheduling.com.

In consent agenda, commissioners approved setting Nov. 6 as the public hearing date to consider the transfer of a retail on-sale liquor license from Columbus Club of Huron Inc, Knights of Columbus, 565 21st St SE, to Columbus Club of Huron Inc, Knights of Columbus, 425 21st St SW.

Assistant city engineer Dennis Bennett presented a change order and payment request for the Huron parking ramp removal and construction.

The change order regarded finding a sag in existing storm sewer that needed to be repaired and was not originally part of the project. This resulted in an increase of $3,500, which was approved.

The payment request was for $294,726.15 and was approved. Bennett explained that the south portion of the lot will be paved by Asphalt Paving before the winter.

Bennett also presented the recommendation from an appraisal committee to sell four pieces of culvert at $25 apiece. These pieces were declared surplus previously. Commissioners approved the sale of surplus culverts.

Huron Community Campus (HCC) executive director Doug Pietz and Dr. Erin Folberg of Northern State University explained an upcoming change in branding for HCC.

The branding would allow HCC to operate as a satellite of the Northern Academy portion of Northern State University, offering dual-credit course options to high school students in the Huron area. Those classes would be offered during the afternoon, whereas most HCC offerings are presently offered in the evening or on weekends.

The dual-course options would be in coordination with Huron schools and would also be in partnership with other area school districts.

The commission completed regular business and met for a work session regarding future plans at Memorial Ballpark and for a review of the policy book.

The next Huron city commission meeting will be Monday, Oct. 23, at 5:30 p.m. in the commission room at City Hall.