More budget work for council


Malt, wine license going to new restaurant at former Mama Mia location

BROOKINGS – The Brookings City Council will take another look at the 2020 budget and proposed policy changes this week.

The council’s study session starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Brookings City & County Government Center, followed by a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Both are open to the public.

“During the second work session, staff will give a brief overview of the budget and offer an opportunity to answer Council’s questions,” says a memo from City Manager Paul Briseno, in an attachment to the agenda online. 

“Minor changes from the budget presented July 23 are included. These deviations are attached and do not significantly impact the overall budget but adjusts expenditures within funds. Should time allow, a discussion will occur of proposed fees and policy. The budget, CIP, fee schedule, and proposed policy will be further discussed for public comment at the public hearings scheduled in August/September.”

Overall, the proposed 2020 budget is $55,146,680, which is 3.7% more than 2019.

Part of Tuesday’s regular meeting, the council will consider a resolution to authorize the mayor to sign an agreement between the State of South Dakota Department of Transportation and City of Brookings for a roadway safety improvement project to install reflective traffic signal backplates at several intersections in Brookings:

• Eighth Street South and Main Avenue South;

• Fifth Street South and Main Avenue South;

• Second Street South and Main Avenue South;

• 12th Street South and Main Avenue South;

• 22nd Avenue and Third Street;

• 22nd Avenue and Orchard Drive;

• 22nd Avenue and Olwein Street; and

• 22nd Avenue and Eighth Street South.

The DOT will provide 100% of the funding which is from Highway Safety Improvement Program federal funding, an attachment to the agenda reports.

The council will also consider during the regular meeting a resolution to authorize the city manager to sign bid award and grant documents for Brookings Regional Airport apron and taxilane improvements.

This involves the reconstruction of the apron area and adjacent taxilanes at the Brookings Regional Airport, including grading, aggregate base course, storm sewer, asphalt paving and lighting.

“The total project cost, including construction, engineering and testing is estimated at $2,674,329.70, which is higher than the budget amount of $2,350,000. The City will receive a grant for the project, which will be funded by 90% federal funds, 5% state funds, and 5% city funds,” according to an attachment to the agenda.

The only items among the public hearings Tuesday are transferring an on-off sale malt license and entering into an operating agreement for a wine license for Yessica’s Restaurant, owned by Jessica Ardueda, at 1300 Main Ave. S., which is the former location of Mama Mia.

The Mama Mia Facebook page says the new restaurant will open Aug. 15 and will feature Mexican and Italian food, prepared by a family who ran a restaurant in Huron.

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