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Board accepts resignation, city proposal

The Mobridge-Pollock School Board at a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 22, accepted the resignation of Jeremy Storly effective immediately.

After an executive session that lasted 20 minutes, a motion was made and seconded to accept the resignation and all members present at the meeting (Gilbert Mickelson was absent), voting in favor of accepting the resignation. Storly taught high school English.

In other business, the board also approved the installation of curb and gutter on the east side of Tiger Stadium as part of a cost share with the City of Mobridge. The sidewalk is part of a city project that includes changes to 10th Street West that will comply with the American with Disabilities Act.

The sidewalk will connect with one to the south of the stadium in front of a residence and extend to the front of Mobridge Regional Hospital and Clinics.

The board had heard the proposal at the Monday, Aug. 14 meeting and requested more information. Superintendent Tim Frederick and Mickelson, who is on the building and grounds committee, had viewed the site and discussed the issue before the Tuesday meeting.

The concern was whether installing a sidewalk on that end of the stadium would cut into the available parking at the facility.

“Personally I think it is going to add to the value of our facility,” said Frederick. “It not only makes a better impression for our community but will also create a safer environment for people after the games.”

He pointed out that vehicles parked on the east side of the facility along the fence would have to back into the street, which created a more dangerous situation for those walking to their vehicles or home after the games.

Frederick explained that the sidewalks would be set back from the curb and gutter. He said he preferred that to having a connection between them as in that configuration snow and ice buildup on the sidewalk is very difficult to deal with during the winter months.

The cost to the district of the project will be $8,040. That money will come out of the capital outlay fund. It will come out of funds that were set aside for a new vehicle in 2018-2019. Frederick told the board the district will not need a new vehicle for driver’s education as the one they are currently using is low mileage and will last through the 2018-2019 school year.

– Katie Zerr –