August 16, 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 CONTINUING MOSQUITO FOGGING OPERATIONS:  City crews continue to fog areas of the City as a control measure on mosquitos.  Through the balance of August, crews will be focusing in on park areas where community and school activities are scheduled.  General time for fogging is 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

**KEEPING UPDATED ON CONSTRUCTION: To view City construction public service announcements, click on 'Cone Zone Road Construction & Closure Information' on the City's website.

**2018 BUDGET HEARINGS:  City Council leadership has scheduled hearings on the 2019 City budget for Wednesday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 28, both at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.  A third hearing may be scheduled Wednesday, August 29 if needed.

**LIBRARY HOSTING HARRY POTTER TRIVIA NIGHT:  Wizards. Muggles. Ministry of Magic. Moaning Myrtle. Portkeys. Pensieve. Quidditch. Gillyweed. If these mean something to you, apparate to the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) Thursday, August 23 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. for Harry Potter Trivia Night. We’ll test your knowledge of all things Harry Potter. The highest OWL (Ordinary Wizarding Level) score will receive bragging rights and a custom 3D-printed house cup that will glow in your house colors.

For more information about library events for adults, including movie series, hands-on workshops, classes and live music, please visit our website at

**CITY OFFICES CLOSED: City offices will be closed Monday, September 3 for Labor Day.  The City Council meeting scheduled for the first Monday in September will be held Tuesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

**COUNCIL LEADERSHIP FINALIZES COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR 2018/19 TERM:  Rapid City Council leadership has designated committee chairs and completed committee and board assignments for the 2018-19 term.

            Council President Amanda Scott and Vice-President Becky Drury advise Council member Laura Armstrong will chair the City's Legal and Finance Committee with Council member Steve Laurenti serving as vice chair.  Other Committee members include Chad Lewis, Jason Salamun and Drury.

            Council member Darla Drew will continue to chair the City's Public Works Committee with Lisa Modrick tabbed as committee vice chair.  Other Committee members include Ritchie Nordstrom, John Roberts and Scott.

            Nordstrom will chair the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Committee, which will be comprised of Council members Modrick, Salamun, Scott and Drew.  Salamun will be the Council's liaison to the City's Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission.

**CITY POOLS OPEN-- City outdoor pools are open and are an inviting option on toasty summer days!  City pools include the Roosevelt Swim Center's 50-meter outdoor pool, Sioux Park's Jimmy Hilton Pool, the Parkview Pool, and the Horace Mann Pool.  Pool hours are Noon-6 p.m. at each facility.

            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 or call the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department at 394-4175 or the Rapid City Swim Center at 394-5223 for details.

**RAILROAD QUIET ZONE DRAFT REPORT ISSUED: The City Council recently approved the Draft Report of the Rapid City Railroad Quiet Zone Study. The Study identifies options to improve safety and minimize the impacts of train horn noise at multiple railroad crossings in the downtown Rapid City area.

Thirteen rail crossings were assessed through a field diagnostic review, and the Study details proposed crossing improvement scenarios with planning level layouts, construction cost estimates, and potential phasing options for quiet zone implementation.

The four crossing improvement scenarios included in the report are a baseline scenario that implements a quiet zone but requires an annual review, a high safety scenario that provides the greatest risk reduction at the highest cost, and two cost effective scenarios that involve prioritizing improvements for maximum return on improvement investments.

**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 were 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

**VIRTUAL REALITY IS VIRTUALLY UNSTOPPABLE: Once found only in the realm of science fiction, virtual reality is here and it is changing industries such as entertainment, education and science. Saturday, July 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs), virtual reality enthusiast Chad Severson will demystify VR technology and talk about its real-world uses. Hear how you can travel to a national park, outer space, or even inside the human body using a headset and motion tracking. Learn how virtual reality is transforming classrooms, allowing teachers to create empathy and long-term learning not possible with traditional instruction methods.

**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.

**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, 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.


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

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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