November 17, 2017

What's News In The City

Changes in traffic flow will be made this month at the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets. Changes in traffic flow will be made this month at the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets. (City Photo)

**THANKSGIVING WEEK/CITY SERVICES ADJUSTED:  City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  The City-School Administration Center will be closed Thursday and Friday.  

            The meeting of the Rapid City Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission will be held a day earlier on Wednesday at 7 a.m. in Council Chambers.

            Hours of operation for other city facilities and services during Thanksgiving Week include:

            *Solid Waste: The City's trash collection schedule will be altered during the holiday week.  Monday and Tuesday's regular collection will be collected Monday. Wednesday's collection is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday's collection is set for Wednesday.  Friday's collection will be collected on Friday.  Residents are advised to leave their trash out until collected.  The Landfill will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

            *Rapid Transit:  Services will be suspended Thursday and Friday. 

            *Rapid City Public Libraries: Both locations of the Rapid City Public Library, the downtown library at 610 Quincy Street and the north library at 10 Van Buren Street, will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed Thursday.

            *Rushmore Plaza Civic Center: The facility will be closed Thursday and will open Friday at noon for Friday and weekend events.

            *Roosevelt Swim Center: The Rapid City Swim Center is closed on Thanksgiving Day and will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Friday with no land or water fitness classes either day.  Open swim hours Wednesday and Friday from 1-8:45 p.m.

            *Roosevelt Ice Arena: The facility will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

            *Rapid City Regional Airport:  The Airport will be open Thanksgiving with administrative offices closed both Thursday and Friday.  The public is encouraged to check with the respective airlines for travel updates.

            *Rapid City Police and Fire Departments: RCPD and RCFD will operate regular shifts Thanksgiving Day. Administrative offices for both departments will be closed Thursday and Friday.

**COMMUNITY SURVEY: The City is encouraging residents to take a detailed community survey to assess Rapid City's budget priorities.  Information collected from the survey will be used to help prioritize City programs and services.

            The survey is being launched on November 14 and can be accessed online at .  Paper surveys will be mailed to 3,000 randomly-selected Rapid City residents with each of the City's five wards receiving an equal number of mail-in surveys. Deadline for completing the surveys is December 22.  

**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 15) – Saint Charles and Saint Andrew streets will be closed Saturday for asphalt paving, which is anticipated next Tuesday. Concrete work is being done from Saint Cloud Street to Saint Charles Street, on curb and gutter, sidewalk, and fillets, as well as the turn lane at Saint Charles Street. Work continues on lighting, and landscape on the east side of Mount Rushmore Road, from Saint Cloud Street to Saint Patrick Street. There will be intermittent closures of side street intersections in this area during this work. Mount Rushmore Road is anticipated to have all lanes open by the end of November. Minor work items will remain until next spring including pavement marking, landscaping, and miscellaneous cleanup.

The inside lanes of Mount Rushmore Road, from Flormann Street to Saint Francis Street, are closed for work on pavement markings and islands. Work continues in the area on landscape, lighting, and miscellaneous cleanup.

Work is being done on lighting and landscape on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road from Saint James Street to Saint Andrew Street.

A Temporary Pedestrian Access Route is being maintained on the west side of Mount Rushmore Road from Flormann Street to Saint James Street.

Business access on Mount Rushmore Road will remain open at all times. Left-hand turns across traffic are discouraged to allow for continued flow of traffic. Motorists are asked to slow down through the work zone and be prepared for: suddenly slowing, merging and stopped traffic, minor delays, loose gravel, uneven surfaces and bumps, as well as construction workers and equipment adjacent to the roadway.

Public progress meetings are held every Wednesday at 8 a.m. at The Rushmore Hotel. Project information is available at 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

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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