July 10, 2020

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)

**RAPID TRANSIT RESUMES OPERATIONS: Rapid Transit System, including RapidRide and Dial-a-Ride services, resumed operations June 15 with adjusted schedules.  RTS operations had been suspended two weeks after three drivers tested positive for COVID-19.  The buses are continuing on an adjusted schedule after the buses and facilities were thoroughly cleaned. Drivers will be wearing masks and riders are strongly encouraged to wear masks as well, with masks provided if necessary.

**NEW COUNCIL SEATED JULY 6/OFFICERS ELECTED/COMMITTEES ASSIGNED:  City Council members elected in June were sworn in at the July 6 Council meeting, including new Council members Pat Jones and Jason Salamun, who join Ritchie Nordstrom, John Roberts and Laura Armstrong.  After taking their oathes of office, the Council elected Armstrong again as president and Lance Lehmann as vice president of the Council for the 2020-21 term.  City Council leadership has also designated committee chairs and assigned members to the City's major committees for the 2020/21 term.

            Armstrong and Lehmann advise Council member John Roberts will chair the City's Public Works Committee.  Other Committee members include Ritchie Nordstrom, Greg Strommen, Bill Evans and Armstrong.

            Council member Darla Drew will chair the City's Legal and Finance Committee.  Other Committee members include Pat Jones, Jason Salamun, Armstrong and Lehmann.

            Strommen will chair the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Committee, which will be comprised of Council members Salamun, Drew, Evans and Nordstrom.  Evans will also serve as the Council's liaison to the City's Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission.

**KEEP UP WITH CITY COVID UPDATES WITH THE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE HUB: City officials remind the public of a convenient online vehicle to remain updated on local COVID information.

            Launched in April as one of several tools to keep the public informed on local COVID response efforts, the City's Coronavirus Response Hub provides the public - both residents and visitors to the community - with various updates on COVID-19 community response efforts, important information from local medical providers and virus updates.

            The Coronavirus Response Hub can be accessed by visiting the City's website rcgov.org and clicking on COVID-19 Updates for the Hub link. It can also be accessed by clicking on https://city-of-rapid-city-coronavirus-response-rcpc.hub.arcgis.com/ .  The site was produced by the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) Division.

            The Response Hub provides City government updates; COVID-19 virus updates; community resources information; updates from Black Hills Urgent Care, Monument Health and Black Hills VA Health Care System; maps of community feeding sites and donation locations; and active tweets from the City, Mayor Steve Allender, Monument Health and the Centers for Disease Control. 

            Other information on the site includes links to Rapid City-Pennington County Emergency Management, the 211 Helpline Center, Pennington Outdoors and important COVID information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

**PARK SHELTERS AND RESTROOM FACILITIES OPEN JULY 1: City Parks and Recreation is taking reservations for the City's Park Shelters, which are available for use beginning July 1.  In addition, park shelter restrooms will also be open beginning the same date.  For more information, contact Parks/Rec at 394-4175.

**CITY SEEKS TO FILL LIBRARY BOARD TRUSTEE POSITION:  The City is seeking to fill one vacancy on the Library Board of Trustees. Applicants must be residents of Rapid City. The Board vacancy is for a term expiring 12/31/2020.

Interested citizens are encouraged to apply by submitting a Citizen Interest Application online. Application deadline is July 24th, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  

The Library Board of Trustees participates in the ongoing responsibilities of the governing body, including the establishment of library policies and planning for future Library services and programs. Board members maintain an awareness of library issues and trends and the implications for Library users. They act as a liaison with the public, interpreting and informing local government, media and public of Library services and needs.

The Library Board typically meets on the second Monday of every month at 12:00 p.m. in the Rapid City Public Library. More information can be found on the Rapid City Public Library and Library Board of Trustees web pages on the City website at www.rcgov.org.

Appointments are recommended by the Mayor and confirmed by the Rapid City Council. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please contact the Mayor’s Office at 394-4110 with questions.

**OFFICIALS SEEK ONLINE PUBLIC INPUT ON TRANSPORTATION-BIKE-PEDESTRIAN PLANS: The public is invited to participate in an on-line public information meeting as area officials seek input on the Draft Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Bike/Pedestrian Plan.

            The online meeting is presented by the Rapid City Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (RCAMPO). The public can review the plan and provide input at the project website www.rapidtrip2045.com .

            This is the third of three public meetings scheduled for the project.  The online meeting is an interactive, self-guided format and is available to access today through July 16.  The purpose of the online meeting is to present the project findings and draft report.

            The Metropolitan Transportation Plan encourages and promotes a safe and efficient transportation system to serve future year transportation demands.  Results of the Plan process are intended to serve the overall mobility needs of the area while being cost effective and consistent with state and local goals and objectives.

            The online meeting format is a result of the continued recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control to limit the size of public gatherings. The format allows participants to provide input and comment on the project findings and draft report.  After the public comment deadline of July 16, the materials will continue to be available for review on the project website.

            For more information regarding the online meeting, contact Dustin Hamilton, project manager with HDR Engineering at 605-791-6103 or Kip Harrington with the RCAMPO at 394-4120.

**SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2020 UNDERWAY: Summer Reading 2020 is underway at the Rapid City Public LIbrary! Be sure to pick up your reading log from the drive-thru or download from the library's website https://www.rcgov.org/departments/library/summer-reading.htmlhttps://www.rcgov.org/departments/library/summer-reading.html . Reading while school is out helps minimize summer learning loss and helps kids retain what they've learned throughout the school year. 

Kids should read or have someone read to them for 15 minutes per day for 25 days and submit their completed log for a small prize and book. Completing an additional 25 days of reading and turning in another log will also earn young readers another small prize and book as well as an entry to win larger prizes. 

Teens and adults also have their own Summer Reading Programs where reading and submitting their logs gives them entries to win weekly prize baskets that feature and support local small businesses. Check out the complete listing on the library's website!

**INTERIM POLICE CHIEF HEDRICK NAMED BLOOMBERG FELLOW: Interim Chief of Police Don Hedrick has been accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a Bloomberg Fellow.  Assistant Chief Hedrick is one of 58 Bloomberg Fellows this year, and is one of eight leaders in the nation to receive the fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Public Health degree from the school.  The fellowship program is part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, a project housed at the School of Public Health and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. the Initiative works to tackle critical, 21st century challenges to health within the United States through research, education and practice.

**GOT A POTHOLE? CALL THE POTHOLE HOTLINE: The City Street Department's pothole patching crews are at it as the calendar flips toward summer.  If you see a pothole that needs to be fixed, call the Pothole Hotline at 394-4152 and provide a location and crews will be on it quickly.

**CITY OF RAPID CITY AND COVID-19 UPDATES: The City of Rapid City is providing frequent COVID-19 Updates on its website at rcgov.org .  Click on COVID-19 Updates in the red menu bar on the home page.  The page includes updates, a City COVID Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link, a link to an online public comment form for City meetings, releases and other helpful information.

**PUBLIC CAN USE ONLINE COMMENT FORM TO SHARE SENTIMENTS:  The public is encouraged to use a new public comment form to share their opinions for public meetings.  Visit the City's website at rcgov.org and click on COVID-19 Updates to access the form.  There is a 950-character limit and there are deadlines to get comments in prior to a City Council, Legal and Finance, Public Works and other formal public meetings so it can be made a part of the official record.

**CONSTRUCTION MAP FEATURE ALLOWS DRIVERS TO STAY UPDATED ON PROJECTS: To stay updated on local construction projects, City officials remind the public they can utilize a newly-launched road construction site feature on the City's website which provides detailed site, map and project information.

            The City's Geographic Information System (GIS) Division launched the 'Rapid City Road Construction Site' link on the GIS page last month, accessed by visiting rapidmap.org and clicking on the orange construction barrel. It is also available by clicking on 'Road Construction Updates' on the City's home page at rcgov.org .  Once on the site, users can click on a highlighted segment and get additional information such as the project's location, the start date and estimated end date of the project, listing of the contractor and other useful information.  Each segment on the map will also have the public service announcement attached to it and there will be a link provided for State Department of Transportation projects.

            The site will be updated as active projects begin and sites will remain on the map through the duration of the specific projects.

            With local construction season well underway, City officials are also reminding drivers to slow down and use caution when driving near and through all road construction areas, allow additional time to reach their destinations and to consider alternate routes.

**CITY ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO USE ONLINE, PHONE OPTIONS FOR PAYMENTS, SUBMIT INFORMATION

City officials are encouraging citizens to by use online and phone options to conduct business with City Hall during the Coronavirus/COVID outbreak and to minimize personal visits to City facilities.

            The City advises residents to consider automatic payment of their utility bills and to pay parking tickets online as ways to minimize visits to City Hall.  In addition, questions regarding building permits and other City policies should be done by phone or e-mail to the individual City department.

            City officials provide the following guidance to limit or eliminate visits to City facilities:

**Utility Bills:  Residents are encouraged to use online automatic payment of utility bills by visiting https://selfservice.rcgov.org and clicking on Citizen Self Service on the left hand side for utility bills or by using the City's Utility Billing "Sure-Pay" system.  Call 394-4125 or visit the Water Division's page on the City's website at rcgov.org .  If you visit the self-service portal, you will need to know your account number and customer number to register, both of which can be found on your most recent utility bill.

            In addition, residents are encouraged to mail in their payment or use the night drop box on the west side of the building, which is available any time of the day.

**Parking Tickets:  Residents are encouraged to pay parking tickets online by visiting the 'How To' section at rcgov.org or https://rapidcity.citationportal.com/

**Shut-off Notices:  Residents facing shut-off notices from the City will not have their utility services and solid waste collections suspended, however late fees for non-payment will continue to accrue.

**Permits: If you have questions regarding building permits or air quality permits, contact the City's Community Development Department at 394-4120.  Customers can also e-mail questions and plan information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Staff can also work with customers for online submittals of plans.

**Development Applications: If you have questions regarding development applications, contact the City’s Community Development Department at 394-4120. Customers can also e-mail questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Staff can also work with customers for online submittals of preliminary applications.

**General Business:  Residents with general questions about City services, should call or e-mail the individual City department rather than making a personal visit to the department office.

            Residents are advised and encouraged to visit the City's website at rcgov.org for department and contact information.

**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 85511 for Rapid City events and 'AlertPC'  to 85511 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.

**DIGITAL MEDIA POLICY: The City is advising the public of a 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. In addition, no digital media containing music will be accepted.

 "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.

 

 

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