Brookings Register | City gets grant for new dog park

BROOKINGS – Brookings Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department has received a $ 47,000 federal grant to help set up a dog park in Sexauer Park, Jacob Meshke, deputy city manager, announced at Brookings City Council meeting last Tuesday on.

It’s a land and water conservation grant, he added.

“The grant was a 50/50 match,” wrote Dusty Rodiek, director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry, in an email to the registry.

“We have a small dog park in town (right on Seventh Avenue South), but it’s pretty small and doesn’t have any water. The new one at Sexauer will be approximately 2.25 acres, provide water for people and pets, be ADA-accessible, and have a small shelter and seating. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of next year, ”wrote Rodiek.

Dissolving health department

The local council approved the dissolution of the health department last week.

Meshke declared Ordinance 21-021, which repealed Article II of Chapter 42 of the Public Order Act in the city.

“The role of the health committee has changed significantly over the years, becoming an annual meeting to discuss recycling and solid waste opportunities,” Meshke said.

The purpose of the sustainability committee is parallel to the health committee, and the sustainability committee could perform the same functions as the health committee, Meshke said.

Hair salon approved

The council approved conditional use permission for a hair salon on 2029 Elmwood Drive.

Mike Struck, director of community development, explained the conditional use permit “for a larger home occupancy in a residential area”.

Carla Kwasniewski applied for permission to run a one-chair hairdressing salon. The planning commission approved it on the condition that it only applies to the applicant, said Struck.

“So if they sold the house, future buyers couldn’t move in and do this type of home use right away; they would have to come and apply themselves, ”said Struck.

Only residents of the apartment can participate in the business and any signage would have to match the signage permits, he added.

Councilor Patty Bacon asked if the person moved, the license would move with the person.

“No, each location would require a new application and go through the new procedure,” said Struck.

Licenses / schedule of fees

The council approved a temporary alcohol application from Aramark Educational Services, LLC, for the SDSU College of Engineering’s Fall Kickoff Reception on August 19 in the celebration hall of the SDSU Alumni Center Woster.

The Council also approved the amendment to the consolidated fee schedule. Ashley Rentsch, assistant finance manager, stated that Resolution 21-062 would charge additional fees for renting Bob Shelden Field per game / practice from $ 25 to $ 325 per hour, contract security for reserve officers for $ 35 per hour, and for false security alarms added the first, $ 50 for the second and $ 100 for the third call.

Solid waste allowance

The council authorized the city manager to sign and submit a Solid Waste Management Program grant application for a Brookings Solid Waste Master Plan.

Resolution 21-063 authorizes the City Manager to sign and submit a $ 198,400 grant application for the Solid Waste Management Program to conduct a Solid Waste Master Plan.

“The purpose of a solid waste master plan is to assess and analyze the solid waste division’s operations and financial health, identify and address critical short and long term needs, and provide a roadmap for successful long term solid waste and recycling . Administration ”, it says in an annex to the agenda, which is available on the website of the city.

Hazardous household waste

Brookings will host its first hazardous household waste event in the Swiftel Center parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August 21st. Eligible counties – Brookings, Deuel, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, and Moody – are based on the Brookings Regional Landfill drainage area, Meshke said. Participation is free for residents of the counties listed, he added.

“However, we encourage everyone who is able to donate non-perishable food to the Brookings Food Pantry. That too is only possible if you are able to do it, ”said Meshke.

The city is signing a contract with Veolia to run the event and handle, transport and dispose of all waste, Meshke said.

He encouraged people to visit, look under City Spotlights, click on “Hazardous Household Waste?”. and read the link to find out which articles are accepted and which are not.

Safety Town / Transport Fair

Meshke announced another year of Safety Town with 185 graduates. Class sizes have been held back a bit this year due to COVID concerns, he said.

The Brookings Public Library hosted the 16th annual Transportation Fair, which featured vehicles and equipment from the city departments and state Highway Patrol, and had approximately 480 attendees, Meshke said.

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]

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