June 15, 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)

**CITY FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION:  The City's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 from Executive Golf Course.  Rain date is Thursday, July 5. 

The 20-25 minute show will coincide with patriotic music on radio station 93.9 The Mix.  The fireworks display will be discharged from the Executive Golf Course area. Rainout date is Thursday, July 5.

            "The City Fireworks Show is something special and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the event," said Mayor Steve Allender. "This year's show is again on Independence Day.  Independence Day is a great time for families and friends and we hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday."

**CITY OFFICES CLOSED:  City offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4. 

The first meeting of July for the Rapid City Council is Monday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers and will include the election of Council officers for the next year.

            The Rapid City Landfill will be closed with no trash collection on July 4. Trash collection will operate on a normal schedule on Monday and Tuesday with Wednesday's collection set for Thursday and Thursday and Friday collections operating on a normal schedule, keep out until collected.

            City pools will be open on July 4th from noon to 6 p.m. and the Roosevelt Swim Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4th.

            Rapid Transit services, the Rapid City Public Library and the Roosevelt Ice Arena will be closed on Independence Day.  Administrative offices at the Rapid City Police Department, Fire Department and Rapid City Regional Airport will be closed, however police and fire services will be on duty and Regional Airport will be open.

**CITY BIKE PATH CROSSINGS CLOSED: City Parks officials advise a number of bike path crossings with Rapid Creek have been closed due to local runoff from weekend and current precipitation.   Barricades have been installed at various locations and the public is advised to use the street crossing areas where available and to avoid crossing any inundated bike path areas.  The affected crossings include Canyon Lake Drive, Mount Rushmore Road, Fifth Street and Cambell  Street.  There is no current time line for how long the barricades will remain in position.

**RAPID CITY MUNICIPAL BAND CELEBRATING CENTENNIAL: The Rapid City Municipal Band performs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. at the Memorial Park Band Shell.  The weekly free concerts are performed during June and July.  This year the Municipal Band is celebrating its 100th birthday with nostalgic favorites all summer long!  Bring a lawn chair and enjoy!

**HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION PRESENTING 2018 AWARDS & UNVEILING WALKING TOUR:  The Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission is announcing completion of a new Downtown Historic Architecture Walking Tour and announcing the 2018 Norm E. Nelson Preservation Achievement Awards. The Preservation Achievement Awards will be presented to three area redevelopment projects at the June 18 Rapid City Council meeting.

            The award recipients:

            *JLG Architects and South Dakota Public Broadcasting/Black Hills Studios: for demonstrating excellence in the redevelopment of historic property, the award is given to JLG Architects and South Dakota Public Broadcasting Black Hills Studios for the rehabilitation of 415 Main Street. The building is a prime example of the Western Art Deco Movement. It was built in 1946, originally as the Casper Supply Company, and later known as the Parts Central building.  In re-imagining the space as studios for SDPB, JLG worked to retain key Art Deco historical elements of the building while creating flexibility and incorporating more natural light into the space.

            *Fennell Design Inc. and GBA, Inc. for adaptive re-use in a residential setting, the award goes to GBA, Inc. for the redevelopment of Garfield Elementary School located at 925 Dilger Avenue into a multi-family apartment building. Garfield School was constructed in 1908 and served the community as schoolhouse for over 100 years. Now it contains 12 living units, and still conveys much of its historic integrity. The Garfield is proud that each of the 12 units features historic elements from the school.

            *JLG Architects and Landstrom's Golden Creations LLC: for adaptive re-use in a commercial setting, the award is given to JLG Architects and Landstrom’s Golden Creations LLC for the redevelopment of the Landstrom’s Building at 405 Canal Street. This building was constructed as a power station in the 1920’s, and then operated as a gold manufacturing company. Now in its third life, the structure is home to retailers and offices, as well as a coffee shop and brewery. The renovation introduced modern façade elements while retaining its historic industrial feel.

            The Commission is also announcing the recently-developed Downtown Historic Architecture Walking Tour.  The tour allows the public to learn more about historic architecture in Rapid City and highlights architecturally-significant buildings throughout downtown Rapid City.  Maps of the walking tour can be picked up in several downtown locations including the Main Street Square/Visit Rapid City Offices. The public can also visit the website at www.picturercpast.com.

**CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR HISTORIC SIGN REVIEW CMTE & HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION:  The City is seeking to fill two vacancies on the Historic Preservation Commission and two vacancies on the Historic Sign Review Committee. Application deadline is Friday, July 6, 2018.

The purpose of the Rapid City Historic Preservation Commission is to preserve the quality of life and natural environment of the community, and enhance the economic vitality and diversity of the community through preservation and restoration of historically and/or architecturally significant buildings and sites. Citizens with an interest in historic preservation who could represent the Downtown Historic District stakeholders and/or the West Boulevard Historic District stakeholders are encouraged to apply.

This Historic Sign Review Committee reviews and approves sign permits located within any historic district or on property listed and regulated by the National Register of Historic Places. Citizens with knowledge and experience in historic preservation, architecture, the sign industry, and/or property owner or business owner within the historic district are encouraged to apply. Of the two vacancies to fill one is for the position of Architect, and the other for Historic Downtown Property Owner.

            All mayoral appointments are subject to City Council confirmation. More information can be found on the Historic Sign Review Committee page or Historic Preservation Commission page on the City website. Interested Citizens are encouraged to apply by submitting a Citizens Interest Application online. Please direct questions to the Mayor's Office at 605-394-4110.

**CITY POOLS OPENING UP AFTER MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY-- The Roosevelt Swim Center's 50-meter outdoor pool will open Wednesday, May 30 followed by the opening of Sioux Park's Jimmy Hilton Pool and the Parkview Pool on Thursday, May 31 and the Horace Mann Pool is set to open Friday June 1.  Pool hours will be Noon-6 p.m. at each facility.

            "Everyone is itching to get into the pool.  With school officially out on Friday and graduation this weekend, we will complete training of our lifeguards and pool staff and be ready for the official openings," said Doug Lowe, Manager of the City's Recreation Division.  "We are expecting a great summer at all our facilities."

            There are also a number of swim lesson programs, trainings and special events at the pool facilities.  Check online for the 2018 Summer Program Guide at rcgov.org or call the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department at 394-4175 or the Rapid City Swim Center at 394-5223 for details.

**FIXING POTHOLES IS JUST A TELEPHONE CALL AWAY:   Potholes can form on Rapid City streets any day of the year.  They are a common occurrence and the result of traffic and weather conditions on road surfaces, and not the result of a poorly-maintained road.

            City officials encourage residents to call the City's Pothole Hotline at 394-4152 to report a pothole for crews to repair.

            "Our crews try to get out and repair them the same day or the next day," according to City Street Superintendent Dale Pfeifle.  "We patrol the streets and work to repair potholes and also rely on the public's help to notify us if they have a pothole in their neighborhood or on a City street they travel."

            Pfeifle says major intersections and roads with considerable daily traffic may receive attention in the very late hours or early morning hours to minimize interaction with traffic.

**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.

**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.

**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.

**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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