Shared from the 4/4/2019 Mitchell Daily Republic eEdition

Just imagine what Mitchell could become


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Mitchell City Councilman Steve Rice speaks at a 2015 City Council meeting.




Mitchell City Council President


AUTHOR’S NOTE: I believe the planning process is necessary and healthy for a strong, growing community. Vision 2000, Focus 2020 and now our Future IQ. Please take part in the discussions.

During the Future IQ think tank they asked us to imagine headlines in 2025, 2030 or 2040. As the current City Council president, this made me think about government operations and purpose in the future for the city of Mitchell and the surrounding areas. Currently the Mitchell City Council attempts to hold planning and information meetings during the months with five Mondays. I looked at April 2035 and saw that April 30, 2035, was the fifth Monday. I made up a news report about the topics of a budget planning meeting that occurs on April 30, 2035. Dream big.

Press Release from the Government Information Portal, May 3, 2035.

T he Regional Government Council

held a Town Hall 2036 Budget discussion Monday April 30, 2035. The Augmented Reality meeting was live streamed on the Palace Information Network and is available for viewing at the Government Information Portal.

During the meeting, the Transportation Department proposed to reduce staff by six employees resulting in a savings of Nine Hundred Thousand dollars [$900,000] in Salaries, Retirement and Health costs. These positions will be reduced by attrition or retraining at the workforce training center located at the Mitchell Technical Design Institute.

The freed-up dollars and space will allow for additional Government Kiosks and Virtual Reality Meeting Interfaces at the Mid James River Government Resource Center.

The reduction is possible due to the successful two-year trial of the Artificial Intelligence Road Monitoring, Traffic Flow, Repair and Signage Robotic System developed by local companies King Allied Industries and Solutions Always Software and tested in conjunction with the Mitchell Technical Design Institute and the Midwest Edge Data Center located in Mitchell.

The system uses satellite data, electronic road feedback, street light mounted cameras and public safety drones to direct the autonomous robots to adjust traffic flow, reduce congestion, and repair and overlay road systems. The system is controlled by three operators under the direction of the Information Deployment Director and can operate 24 hours per day.

The overlay and pothole repair robot uses selfcuring minus 20-degree Fahrenheit polymers that maintain the low latency communication connections for yearround operation. The two-year trial proved road monitoring, repair and traffic flow in the autonomous vehicle and electric bike lanes could maintain 97 percent normal traffic flow while repairs were taking place.

The Transportation Department also announced a trial next year with the Autonomous Snow Removal and Water Recycle Robots, also developed by King Allied Industries, Solutions Always Software and the Midwest Edge Data Center.

In additional discussion, the Life Quality Department announced the proposal of four vertical takeoff and landing [VTOL] sites at the Kelley Nature and Recreation Area.

After lengthy discussion, several conditions were proposed for the VTOL parking sites. One, no northeast approach or departure vectors will be allowed so to not interfere with the Mid James River Personal Aeronautics Travel Hub [PATH], located at the former Mitchell Regional Airport. Second, the spots would be limited to 3 hours total and can be reserved for a fee on the Palace Information Network. Third, the parking sites can be blocked during migratory movement in the Spring and Fall at the discretion of the Life Quality Department. Fourth, all flights must comply with the Federal Aeronautics Administration rules.

The proposal for VTOL in public access space comes as the Regional Council continues to discuss the proposal for VTOL from personal residences and is waiting on clarification from the Federal Aeronautics Administration.

The Mid James River Planning group proposed final budget dollars to complete the Five Mile Road Project. This project is in the third year of a four-year deployment of transition zones in the last five miles of all roads into and out of the Mitchell Regional Transportation System.

These zones allow for transition areas from autonomous vehicle operation to drivercontrolled operation and POD formation and detachment zones. The I-90 corridor and Highway 37 zones have proven successful and will be expanded where possible.

South Dakota’s congressional delegation spent time explaining the current legislation in Congress to secure the Missouri River Water rights again for South Dakota and the upper Midwest. Since the drought of 2030/31 when the emergency powers act was used to divert water to the Chicago Heartland Metropolitan Zone and points further east, South Dakota and the upper Midwest States have been working to regain control of the Missouri River Water.

The current proposed legislation allows for cost, volume and timing to be controlled by Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. With the return to normal precipitation patterns, our congressional delegation is hoping for a vote before November 2035 so it is in place before the 2036 Presidential campaigning can begin. It is not certain what budget impact this might have on Mitchell for 2036 since Mitchell’s B-Y and Mid Dakota water structure is set until 2040.

As always, the information for all regional Government operations is available on the Government Information Portal. Questions can be directed to

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