April 21, 2017

What's News In The City

Street Operations Trivia: Fifth Street is an example of a main line or arterial route. Street Operations Trivia: Fifth Street is an example of a main line or arterial route. (City Photo)

**NEW DIGITAL MEDIA POLICY: The City is advising the public of a new requirement for digital media material for presentations at City Council and City Committee meetings.  Effective May 1, digital media submissions must be provided at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting where the material will be presented.

 "This new guideline will allow for more efficient presentation of the item, ensuring there are no compatibility or virus issues with the item and the City's display system, as well as providing sufficient time for City staff to contact individuals for any changes that may be needed to the item prior to the meeting," said Darrell Shoemaker, City Communications Coordinator.  "Too often, items are brought in a few moments before the start of a meeting, even after the meeting has started, and there is not sufficient time to ensure compatibility with our system, make sure there are no viruses, problems or issues with the item and for effective presentation of the item."

Digital media items can be submitted to the appropriate department division at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.  For Monday's Council meetings, the item should be provided no later than Friday at 5 p.m.    The City reserves the right to reject any items for presentation due to digital compatibility issues or content appropriateness.

**LIBRARY TO PRESENT 'LION':  Enjoy Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated “Lion” on the Library's big screen Friday, April 28 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (610 Quincy Street, downtown). “Lion” tells the powerful story of a five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, India. Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, the 2016 film is based on the novel “A Long Way Home: A Memoir” by Saroo Brierley, and celebrates the importance of hope and finding out who you are.

Popcorn and beverages will be served. (Rated PG-13) 

**AlertRC & AlertPC TEXT MESSAGE SYSTEM: The City of Rapid City, Pennington County, Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Rapid City Fire Department, Pennington County Fire Service, and Pennington County Emergency Management have partnered with the 211 Helpline Center to provide information to the public of important information via text messaging.  Subscribers will receive official notifications regarding incidents that have public impact such as:

--No travel advisories

--Extensive road closure as a result of infrastructure failure such as a water line or gas line break

--Structure fire that creates traffic hazards

--Wild Fire with evacuations and/or closures

--Major accidents with road closures

To subscribe texting 'AlertRC' to 898211 for Rapid City events and 'AlertPC'  to 898211 for Pennington County events.  Text “STOP’ to cancel subscription at any time. There is no cost to sign up for this service, however standard messaging and data rates apply.

**MOUNT RUSHMORE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION UPDATE: (April 20) – Paving is anticipated to begin April 20 in the southbound lanes of Mount Rushmore Road from Saint Patrick Street to Flormann Street. Work on curb and gutter, fillets, lighting and associated side street surfacing is expected to follow. Access to businesses on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road, between Saint Patrick and Saint Anne streets, will be available from Ninth Street

Removals in the southbound lanes of Mount Rushmore Road, from Franklin Street heading south to Saint Patrick Street will continue. The west half of the Franklin Street intersection and the alley south of Franklin Street will be closed for work on water and sanitary sewer. Work on storm sewer is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of April 24 at Saint James Street moving south. There will also be intermittent closures of the west half of the Mount Rushmore Road/Saint Cloud Street intersection for grading, surfacing and lighting.
Work on spall repair and lane striping on Mount Rushmore Road, between Omaha and Kansas City streets, is tentatively scheduled to begin April 24. This work is anticipated to last two to three weeks. Temporary lane closures will be set up in this area as the work is being done.
Work continues on medians, pavement markings, retaining walls and landscaping from Kansas City Street to Saint James Street. North and south bound lanes have been reduced to one lane. Pedestrian access between Clark and South streets on the east side of Mount Rushmore Road will remain closed until sidewalk and handrail installation is completed. Temporary Pedestrian Access Routes will be maintained at Fairview and South streets. The anticipated completion date of work on the project between Kansas City and Saint James streets is May 2017.
Business access on Mount Rushmore Road will remain open at all times. A “Temporary Pedestrian Access Route” will be maintained on the east side of Mt. Rushmore Road through the first phase of construction. Left-hand turns across traffic are discouraged to allow for continued flow of traffic. Motorists are asked to slow down through the work zone and be prepared for: suddenly slowing, merging and stopped traffic, minor delays, loose gravel, uneven surfaces and bumps, as well as construction workers and equipment adjacent to the roadway.
Weekly progress meetings at The Rushmore Hotel are held every Wednesday at 8 a.m. for the project between Saint James and Flormann streets, and every Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the project between Kansas City and Saint James streets. Project information is available at www.mountrushmoreroad.com. For questions, the public may contact Debby Heisinger at Ferber Engineering Company Inc. by phone (605) 343-3311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

**POLICE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: The Rapid City Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of police officer. The RCPD is seeking highly motivated candidates from all walks of life to apply and test for the position. Successful candidates will be welcomed on to work for one of the most professional and progressive law enforcement agencies in the Midwest. 

Even before they go to the State Police Academy in Pierre, newly hired officers of the RCPD can expect to be gain vital experience in a variety of law-enforcement-related areas including codified law, emergency driving, firearms, and defensive tactics. Following 13 weeks of training at the academy, the officers will return to the RCPD to complete the agency’s Police Officer Field Training Program which ensures officers are ready to hit the streets on their own.

The Rapid City Police Department is the only accredited law enforcement agency in the State of South Dakota. That means officers of the Rapid City Police Department operate under the highest standards for law enforcement as set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The RCPD’s continued success in the accreditation process has earned it the status as a ‘Flagship Agency’ by CALEA.

Applications are currently live in the ‘Jobs’ section of the city’s website, RCGov.org. Qualifications to apply include:

  • Must be at least 21 years-of-age by date of hire.
  • Must have an Associates degree, or the equivalent of 64 college credit hours; or four years of certified law enforcement experience; or four years of active full-time military experience.

The deadline for candidates to apply is May 12th, 2017.

**NEW RAPID CITY POLICE ONLINE SERVICE: In an effort to provide added convenience to the public, the Rapid City Police Department is offering an online service in which victims of crime may report non-emergency incidents to police. The ability to do so is currently live on the RCPD homepage at RapidCityPolice.org.

The service is located under ‘Online Crime Reporting’ on the website, and will allow citizens to report the following types of crime:

  • Vehicle Burglary
  • Gas theft
  • Hit and Run
  • Lost Property
  • Theft
  • Unauthorized Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
  • Vandalism

From there, a simple and easy-to-use interface will guide citizens through the reporting process. Police personnel will review the report and, once approved, the reporting party will receive an email with a copy of the report attached without cost. The report will transfer into the RCPD’s records management system and receive the same investigation and statistical analysis review as if a police officer had filed the report.

It's important to note that this service is not for use in emergency situations. Members of the public should always call 911 in an emergency.

**SNOW ALERT MESSAGES: The City and the 211 Helpline Center have partnered to promote information when Snow Removal Alerts are declared in the downtown core area from Fifth to Ninth Streets and Kansas City Street to Omaha.  Text 'RCSnow' to 898211.


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