By Katie Zerr –
Changes to the shopping tradition in Mobridge were explained to the city council Monday, July 15, as the Chamber of Commerce works to breathe life back into Crazy Days.
Mobridge Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Harrison told the council that the chamber has been working with the retail committee to come up with new ideas to bring people to Mobridge for the annual sale day. She said this year on Saturday, Aug. 4, there will be vendor booths on Main Street to offer more of a variety to people who come to shop. There will also be a farmer’s market, a sidewalk art contest and an open mike event in the afternoon.
She requested permission to have two blocks of Main Street from Fourth Street to Second Street blocked off for the event. She said there was only one business owner in the affected area that did not like the idea of blocking the street and his business is not located with in the two-block area.
Harrison said there is still time for vendors to sign up for the event, which is free to vendors.
The street would be blocked off from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Mobridge Police Chief Justin Jungwirth told the council he had no problem with the street being closed for the day for the event.
In other business the Mobridge City Council:
• Heard Jungwirth report on the progress of the code enforcement effort.
• Approved advertising for a position at the wastewater plant.
• Approved declaring the 2003 Dodge Ram as a surplus vehicle and requested City Administrator Steve Gasser ask three members of the community to assess the value of the vehicle.
• Approved advertising for a public hearing for vacating an alley between 11th and 12th Avenues East and First and Second Streets East that is platted as an alley, but has never been opened.
• Approved step increases for deputy finance officer Jackie (Linderman) Quaschnick from $13,19 to $13.51 effective July 15; E911 dispatcher Randi Van Horn, from $15.95 to $16.18 effective July 15; and officer Jordan Majeske, from $17.59 to $17.82, effective July 29.