May 25, 2017

What's News In The City

City crews are out planting flowers in many of the City's parks and presentation areas through mid-June. City crews are out planting flowers in many of the City's parks and presentation areas through mid-June. (City Photo)

**CITY OFFICES CLOSED ON MEMORIAL DAY: In observance of Memorial Day, City offices will be closed on Monday, May 29.

Monday's trash collection is scheduled for Tuesday with Tuesday-to-Friday collections remaining the same for Memorial Day Week.  The Landfill,  Rapid Transit, Rapid City Library facilities and Rushmore Plaza Civic Center will be closed.

The Roosevelt Ice Arena will be open on Monday from Noon to 6 p.m.  Public skate will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Rapid City Swim Center will be open Monday from 5:30 a.m.-8:45 p.m. with open swim beginning at 1 p.m.  There will be no scheduled classes on Monday.

The Rapid City Airport will be open however administrative offices will be closed.  The Rapid City Police and Fire Departments will be operating, however administrative offices will be closed.

**FLOWER POWER:  The City will begin planting approximately 15,000 flowers in the City's parks and presentation areas the week of May 22.  The planting will continue until mid-June.  Areas such as Halley Park, Wilson Park, Sunken Gardens, Formal Gardens, the Omaha Street frontage areas, St. Joseph Street and the Promenade/Legacy Commons area.

**VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES DEADLINE:  The registration deadline is fast approaching for Summer Sand Volleyball and Summer Women's Indoor Volleyball Leagues through the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department.

Registration deadline for both leagues is May 31st.   Both are six-week leagues followed by a tournament.  The Summer Sand Volleyball League matches will be held at the Sand Volleyball Court at Founders Park.  The Women's Indoor Volleyball League matches will be held at South Community Gym.  All divisions can be seen on the flyer on the Recreation Website http://www.rcgov.org/departments/parks-recreation/recreation.html

"Whether you're looking for great competitive opportunities or just to have fun, if you like to play volleyball, the summer leagues have a lot to offer," said Matt Brandhagen of the City Parks and Recreation Department.

The Summer Sand Volleyball Leagues include coed and women's leagues and are separated into various divisions.  Registration fee is $100 for all leagues except 2v2 which is $50.  The season begins the week of June 5.

The Women's Indoor Volleyball Leagues include divisions based on levels of experience.  Team registration fee is $135 and the season begins June 7.

Teams can register online at http://www.activityreg.com/selectactivity.wcs or visit the Swim Center at 125 Waterloo Street or the Parks and Rec Office at 515 West Boulevard.    For more information, contact Matt Brandhagen at 394-5223 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

**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.

**CITY HALL KIOSK WELCOMES VISITORS:  A new kiosk in the lobby of the City/School Administration Center welcomes visitors.  There are four blocks of information, including a block for daily meetings and locations; a block explaining the location of meetings rooms in the building; a 'what am I looking for' block that provides a brief explanation of specific offices and their missions; and a date/time/temperature block.

**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:  (May 24)  –  Work on curb and gutter, fillets, lighting and associated side street surfacing from St. Patrick Street to Flormann Street continues this week. Access to businesses on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road, between Saint Patrick and Saint Anne streets, will be available from Ninth Street

The west half of the Franklin Street intersection is closed for storm sewer installation, which is continuing south to Saint Charles Street. Pedestrian access across Mount Rushmore Road will be maintained at the Saint Charles Street intersection. Work on water installation is anticipated to begin the week of June 5, in the west half of the Saint Charles Street intersection and move south. Intermittent closures of the west half of the Mount Rushmore Road/Saint Cloud Street intersection should be expected to allow for grading, surfacing and lighting work.

The west half of the Saint Patrick Street intersection is anticipated to be closed beginning June 12 for surface removals and installation of water and storm sewer.

Work on pavement markings on Mount Rushmore Road, between Omaha and Kansas City streets, is anticipated to be completed by May 31.

Work also continues on 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 June 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. 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..

**CITY AT WORK ON MOSQUITO CONTROL: With near-freezing temperatures and hints of wintery conditions still upon us, the City is already at work on preparing for that annual pest of parks and neighborhoods, the mosquito.

The City's Parks Division and Stormwater Drainage Division are already at work with a proactive plan for mosquito control.  Residents can generally begin seeing mosquitoes around the Memorial Day period or with the season's first quick warm spell after a substantial rain event.

Parks Division Manager Scott Anderson indicates crews are already placing larvicide briquettes, which last 120 days, in standing water areas to control mosquito larvae.

"After June 1 or when actual mosquitoes are present, we will be planning out our fogging routes along with spreading the 15-day granules in temporary water areas," said Anderson.  "It can be a short period of time between snow or rain events and a hot period that will bring out the mosquitoes.  Our crews are already working and we have plans in place."

Anderson said the City's Stormwater Drainage Division will also be treating drainage areas and storm sewer inlets with briquettes.   In addition, crews will utilize fogging on a complaint basis and in areas where larger events will be taking place during the late spring and summer.

Anderson says residents and visitors can also do their part by taking necessary precautions, including the use of mosquito repellant and wearing proper clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and long pants.  Mosquito repellants containing DEET are recommended.  Residents are also reminded to get rid of standing water areas around homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and larvae can grow.

The City has also applied for the Mosquito Control and West Nile Prevention Grant.  Grant awards are issued around July 1.  Anderson said the City has applied for $20,000 to be used for additional chemicals, updating one of the fogging machines, and making all of the foggers GPS-enabled to track routes.

**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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