**ELECTION PACKETS AVAILABLE: Tuesday, June 6 is the Municipal/School Election: Election Packets are available for anyone interested in running for the position of Mayor or Alderman for the City of Rapid City. Packets may be picked up at the City Finance Office, 300 Sixth Street. Candidates can begin circulating petitions on March 1. Any petitions signed or notarized before March 1 will not count. Petitions containing signatures of at least fifty (50) persons registered to vote in the candidate’s ward must be filed with the City Finance Office by March 28. If you have any questions, please contact the City Finance Office at 394-4143.
Election Packets are available for anyone interested in running for the School Board positions in Representative Areas Four (4) and Five (5). Packets may be picked up at the School Business Office, 300 Sixth Street. Candidates can begin circulating petitions on March 1. Any petitions signed or notarized before March 1 will not count. Petitions containing signatures of at least twenty (20) persons registered to vote in the candidate’s representative area must be filed with the School Business Office by March 28. If you have any questions concerning the School Board election, please contact the School Business Office at 394-4026.
**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.
**ROAD CONSTRUCTION: Construction work on the West Omaha Drainage and Utility Improvements Project will begin March 20. Eastbound traffic on Omaha Street will be restricted to one lane at Oshkosh Street for approximately one week. Traffic will not have access to Oshkosh Street. As construction work continues onto Oshkosh Street, the street will remain closed for an additional six weeks. A disc golf course and soccer field parking lot will be closed to public access through July 15.
**MOUNT RUSHMORE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION UPDATE: (Wednesday, March 15)--Work on storm sewer has begun in the Saint Anne Street to Saint Patrick Street section of Mount Rushmore Road. Saint Francis Street from Mount Rushmore Road to the west 140-feet, up to the alley, is closed for approximately one more week for the installation of storm sewer. Saint Anne Street from Mount Rushmore Road to the west 160-feet, including the alley, will be closed intermittently for work on water and storm sewer. There will be intermittent closures of both Saint Francis and Saint Anne streets through the end of April for grading and gravel, curb and gutter, paving and lighting.
Removals are beginning at Saint James Street and moving south along Mount Rushmore Road. Work on sanitary sewer will follow removals in Mount Rushmore Road from Saint James Street to Saint Cloud Street and to the west on Saint Cloud Street approximately 180-feet. Saint Cloud Street is tentatively scheduled to be closed for one week, starting March 23.
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.
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. Traffic control will be shifted next week on the northbound lanes, moving northbound traffic to the outside 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.
Weekly progress meetings are rescheduled to 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. The meetings will be held at The Rushmore Hotel.
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.
Project information is available at www.mountrushmoreroad.com.
**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.
**MT. RUSHMORE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION BEGINS MARCH 6: Beginning Monday, March 6, Complete Contracting, Inc. will start construction on the next phase of the Mount Rushmore Road reconstruction project from Saint James Street to Flormann Street, and Reede Construction, Inc. will resume construction on their part of the Mount Rushmore Road reconstruction project, from Kansas City Street to Saint James Street.
Motorists are advised the southbound lanes from Flormann Street to Saint James Street will be closed, on-street parking will be removed and two-way traffic will be placed in the northbound lanes. 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 Mount Rushmore Road through this phase of construction.
Motorists are also advised the southbound and northbound lanes from Saint James Street to Kansas City Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction. 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.
Work in the Flormann Street to Saint James Street project area will begin on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road on the south end of the project, tying water into Saint Anne and Saint Francis streets. The following week construction will begin at Saint James Street and progress from north to south through July 2017. Work includes setting traffic control; surfacing removal in the southbound lanes; sanitary sewer, water and storm sewer construction; grading and graveling operations; concrete placement for two southbound lanes, curb and gutter; sidewalks and driveways.
Work in the Saint James Street to Kansas City Street area includes medians, pavement markings, retaining walls and landscaping, with an anticipated completion date of May 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
- Unauthorized Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
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.