January 26, 2018

What's News In The City

The public is urged to stay advised of changing weather conditions, to implement winter safe-driving techniques, to have a survival kit in their vehicle, to implement additional time in their commutes to account for winter road conditions. The public is urged to stay advised of changing weather conditions, to implement winter safe-driving techniques, to have a survival kit in their vehicle, to implement additional time in their commutes to account for winter road conditions. (City Photo)

**VIVIAN GROVER DAY: Mayor Steve Allender has declared Tuesday, February 20 as Vivian Grover Day in Rapid City.  Vivian turns 107 years old.  She was born during the William Howard Taft Administration, a few months before the Titanic sank, six years before the fall of the Russian Empire and eight years before the invention of the pop-up toaster.  She will be honored at the Fountain Springs Nursing Home, 2000 Wesleyan Boulevard at 2 p.m. Tuesday.   Council member Laura Armstrong will read a proclamation in Vivian's honor.

**CITY COUNCIL MEETING DATE MOVED: City offices are open Monday, February 19.  With the federal observance of Presidents Day, the City Council meeting has been moved to Tuesday, February 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

**CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL SESSION:  A special session of the City Council to determine the future option for the Barnett Arena is scheduled for Monday, February 26 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers. The meeting will take place after the adjournment of the Rapid City Area School Board meeting.

**CHAOS AFTER SCHOOL: Want some excitement after school? Join staff at the Rapid City Public Library, Monday through Friday from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the CHAOS Makerspace at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) and develop LEGO® marble mazes, balloon rockets and your own stop motion video. Try your hand at spaghetti engineering, marshmallow catapults or take on the KEVA building challenge. 

**RCPD To Create 'QUALITY OF LIFE UNIT':  The Rapid City Police Department, working in conjunction with Rapid City Collective Impact, has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the International Assocation of Chiefs of Police to create a 'Quality of Life Unit'.  The Unit would be comprised of police officers and caseworkers who will provide a grassroots, 'boots-on-the-ground' services to the homeless.   For more information, go to https://www.rcgov.org/news/rcpd-awarded-750-000-grant-to-stand-up-quality-of-life-unit-4120.html.

**SNOW ALERT MESSAGES:  It's never too early to be thinking about snow.  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.

**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.

**ROBBINSDALE PARK CLOSED FOR IMPROVEMENTS--Robinsdale Park and Robbinsdale Park Road from East Fairmont Boulevard to East Oakland Street are closed to through traffic from September 18, 2017 to May 15, 2018 for grading and storm sewer construction work.  If you have any questions, please contact R.C.S. Construction, Inc. at (605) 342-3787. 


RAPID CITY--City Council President Jason Salamun and Vice President Chad Lewis have finalized member assignments to the City's Public Works Committee and Legal and Finance Committee.

Darla Drew, Lisa Modrick, Ritchie Nordstrom, John Roberts and Salamun will serve on the City's Public Works Committee with Drew appointed as Committee chair and Modrick as Committee vice-chair.

 Assigned to the City's Legal and Finance Committee are Amanda Scott, Steve Laurenti, Becky Drury, Laura Armstrong and Lewis with Scott appointed as Committee chair and Laurenti as Committee vice-chair. 

The Public Works Committee meets the Tuesday, and the Legal and Finance Committee meets the Wednesday prior to a City Council meeting.  Both meetings are scheduled at 12:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

**MOUNT RUSHMORE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION UPDATE:  (Wednesday, November 29) – A shift in Mount Rushmore Road traffic flow will occur today as all four through lanes will be opened and traffic signals at Franklin Street, Saint Patrick Street and Flormann Street will be activated. 

As weather permits, isolated daytime single lane closures will be setup to allow for completion of the remaining surfacing items.    Other minor work items will remain until next spring including final pavement marking, landscaping, and miscellaneous cleanup.

Public progress meetings will no longer be held on a regular basis. Project information will continue to be 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..

**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, 2017, 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 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.

**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.



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