**MAYOR ALLENDER ISSUE PROCLAMATIONS FOR APRIL OBSERVANCES: Mayor Steve Allener has issued several proclamations for various observances in April, including National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 8-14), Week of the Young Child (April 16-20), Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) and Sandra Schwan Day (April 12).
**RAPID CITY LIBRARY HOSTING CROSSWORD PUZZLE TOURNAMENT: If you race to be the first one to the crossword puzzle when the paper arrives, this tournament is for you! Test your skills in our friendly contest Sunday, April 15 from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs). Each participant will solve three unpublished, New York Times daily crossword puzzles with 20-minute rounds for each. Puzzles are provided by NPR Puzzle Master and NYT Crossword Editor Will Shortz. The top three scorers will advance to a final playoff puzzle in a nail-biting, sudden-death round.
Tournament sign-in is at 1:30. Puzzles 1, 2 and 3 will be worked from 2 – 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. we will announce the playoff contestants. The championship playoff sudden-death round will be held at 4 p.m. on giant grids for all to view. Scoring is based on speed and accuracy. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Take-home crosswords and word games are available for tournament viewers.
**CIVIC CENTER ARENA EXPANSION PRESENTATION: A presentation by Mayor Steve Allender on the Civic Center Arena expansion is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in Pavilion A at the Hilton Garden Inn, 815 E. Mall Drive. The presentation is sponsored and hosted by the Hilton Garden Inn.
**CITY SEEKS TO FILL VACANCIES ON AIRPORT BOARD, RSVP AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION: The City is seeking residents to fill multiple vacancies on the Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission, Rapid City Airport Board and Black Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program+. Interested residents should complete a Citizen Interest Application online at www.rcgov.org, or stop into the Mayor’s Office to pick up an application or ask questions regarding the vacancies.
**MT. RUSHMORE ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE: Beginning Monday, March 12, Complete Contracting, Inc. will start phase 4 work of the Mount Rushmore Road reconstruction project, from Fairview Street to Flormann Street. Motorists are advised of lane closures of the inside median lanes at the north end of the project for work on asphalt removal, subgrade preparation, curb and gutter and stamped concrete median. Business access on Mount Rushmore Road will remain open at all times.
Work in this phase of the project includes medians, pavement markings, handrails and landscaping, with an anticipated completion date of May 2018.
**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.
**RAPID CITY LIBRARY RELEASES 2017 ANNUAL REPORT: Rapid City Public Library released its Annual Report summarizing 2017 highlights and statistics. The number of library cardholders and use of the digital library increased. Computer and Wi-Fi use and questions asked by the community remain in-demand services. The library’s events and classes grew in attendance both inside the library as well as partnerships and connections out in the community.
Notably in 2017, the library introduced an updated community space and expanded services and offerings, including Grants Funding Research Database, and Adventure and Experience-themed collections featuring hands-on tools and instruments.
**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.
**COUNCIL LEADERSHIP MAKES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:
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.
**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
- 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.