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Posted: October 11, 2017
Rapid City
Agenda Item Summary

Agenda Item Ref. #: LF101117-06

Agenda Item Title:

Authorize Mayor and Finance Officer to Sign an Agreement Between the City of Rapid City and Rural America Initiatives Inc. for the Use of City Vision Funds to Construct a New Head Start Facility

Origination Group:
Legal & Finance Committee
Origination Meeting Date:
City Council Hearing Date:
Rural America Initiatives (RAI)
Staff Contact:
Joel Landeen, City Attorney
Agenda Item Summary:
This agreement authorizes the expenditure of funds from the Vision Account to help fund RAI’s new facility to house its head start and other programs. The total cost of the center is estimated to be $7.1 million dollars and the City’s contribution from the Vision Account is $2 million. The agreement is based on the agreement the City previously entered into with Wellfully for use of Vision funds to construct their facility. The agreement is structured so that RAI will pay for the design and pay for the initial construction work and seek reimbursement from the City once the work is completed and paid for by RAI. Since the project is being paid for in part by public funds, RAI has agreed to follow state laws on public bidding. RAI is moving forward on the project. They have acquired the land and are working on completing their financing. RAI expects to be under construction sometime early next year.

Funding Source & Fiscal Impact (if applicable):

Funding Cost Center
Funding Source & Fiscal Impact Notes:
The funding source is the Vision Account. There are sufficient funds available in the account to cover the entire $2 million dollar cost of the City’s contribution to the project.


Origination Recommendation Action:
Origination Recommendation Notes:
This project was recommended by the Vision Citizen Committee and the recommendation of the committee was ratified by the City Council on December 5, 2016.