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City holds four public hearings

The Tea City Council met May 20 and held four public hearings.

The council approved a conditional use permit for a twin home at 110/112 E. Antioch St., Heritage Addition. Planning and Zoning administrator Kevin Nissen noted the plot was originally designated for single-family use and is zoned R1. However, the plot has twinhomes on three sides of it so this would be a reasonable change, Mayor Casey Voelker said. No one from the public commented on the CUP.

They also approved a conditional use permit for a group home daycare at 845 Jesse Ct. with Emily Stoddard. She has 15 years of experience in the daycare business and the location has a fenced backyard and easy access off of Jesse Court.

The council approved transferring the alcohol beverage license from Rivals LLC to JTRE LLC.

They held a first reading for ordinance 316, an ordinance rezoning tracts 1 and 2, Tea Commerce Addition from agriculture (rural service district) to general business commercial district and amending the official zoning map of the city of Tea. Nissen said this area is at Gateway and Sundowner. The proposed zoning corresponds with the plans submitted and the comprehensive plan.

In addition to public hearings, the council also heard from two citizens about nuisance weeds in the property adjacent to them. The neighbors had started cutting the weeds down over the past two years after contacting the owner the first year and seeing no action.

Don and Sam Badure also spoke to the council about what they need to do to apply for a permit to put up a garage on their property. The council referred them to Nissen.

Voelker noted that Runge Enterprises, the apparent low bidder for the 85th Street project, made a mistake when entering numbers into their software. The council released them of their bid and awarded the bid to D&G Concrete at $6,188,087.16. Ben Scholtz with HDR noted this was still below what they estimated for the cost of the project.

Voelker said the county needs to put a TIF on portions of the county to meet their obligation for the 85th Street project. One section pertains to the city. The council approved the resolution.

The council approved pay applications for Gateway Boulevard and Bakker Landing Avenue traffic signal from LT Companies at $109,852.78 for equipment mobilization and some electrical equipment, and the regionalization pump station final pay application from Metro Construction for $146,939.85.

They also approved the change order for the regionalization pump station that required zeroing out the account due to ARPA funds. 

The Titan Tavern presented its Teapot Days activities which include the band Driven playing June 14 from 8 p.m. to midnight. They will have a DJ inside on Saturday night. The council approved the activities but suggested they talk to the police about their plans to give them a heads up.

In the consent agenda, the council approved the building permit for a 55-plus community center in Serenity Park Addition, site and building plans for Ideal Wedding Warehouse, three plats and the materials testing services contract with Geotek for 85th Street improvement project.

Scholtz noted that slurry seal will be happening this summer. HDR will have a tent at Teapot Days to visit with people about the 85th Street project with DOT and the city of Sioux Falls.

The council adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

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