September 15, 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)

**ROBBINSDALE PARK CLOSING FOR IMPROVEMENTS--Robinsdale Park and Robbinsdale Park Road from East Fairmont Boulevard to East Oakland Street will be 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.

**TRAFFIC FLOW AT DOWNTOWN INTERSECTION TO CHANGE--Changes in traffic flow are coming soon to the intersection of Fifth Street and Main Street in Rapid City.

            Persistent problems with traffic safety at the intersection has prompted the change, which will include converting the northbound approach of Fifth Street at Main Street to two left turn lanes and two thru lanes from the current layout of a left turn lane, shared thru/left turn lane, thru lane and parking lane.   

                The parking spaces along Fifth Street north of St. Joseph Street and extending towards the railroad tracks at Nikko Street will be removed to facilitate smooth transition for northbound thru traffic around the turn lanes. Changes with the intersection's signal timing will also be implemented.

            In a September 1 letter to the City's Public Works Committee and the City Council, City Traffic Engineer Steve Frooman expects to make the changes this fall.  The item is on Tuesday's Public Works agenda for information only and the changes do not need Committee or Council approval.

            The Rapid City Police Department indicates the Fifth Street and Main Street intersection was the highest crash location in Rapid City in 2014 and was the seventh highest crash intersection in 2015. 

**RECORD-BREAKING SUMMER FOR CITY'S BUILDING SERVICES--The City's Building Services reports the City experienced the highest building permit valuation for the month of August, issuing 340 permits with a valuation of nearly $55 million.  The record-setting August follows July's activity, which resulted in the second-highest July for permit valuation (nearly $30 million).  Through eight months, the City has issued 2,158 building permits for a total valuation of $212.2 million.

**CIVIC CENTER PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS--Mayor Steve Allender will be hosting two public presentations on the future of the Civic Center's Barnett Arena.  The meetings will be held Thursday, September 14 and Monday, September 25, both from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in LaCroix Hall A of the Civic Center.  The events will include a presentation by Mayor Allender, a question and answer discussion and a tour of the Barnett Arena. The public is invited

**LIBRARY'S 'LUNCH & LEARN' RETURNS--Lunch & Learn returns to the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) Wednesday, September 20 from noon to 1 p.m. with the popular Badger Sett Band. Guitarist and singer Pegie Douglas and fellow band members celebrate Badger Clark, South Dakota’s first poet laureate, by setting Clark’s Black Hills poetry to music. Bring friends and enjoy lunch while listening to unique and exceptional acoustic music!

Lunch registrations are still available. Please sign up on our online Events Calendar by noon Monday, September 18. Lunch is provided by the Friends of the Library and Great Harvest Bread Co.

**IT'S LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH--For the month of September, Rapid City Public Library is offering several promotions for Library Card Sign Up Month. Anyone who signs up for or renews their library card this month will be entered in a drawing for an iPad mini (provided by Friends of the Library). 

Want a new library card or need to replace your old one? We are offering our newly designed cards for free during September.

Find a library item you thought was lost? Bring it to the library and we will waive the fines the lost item accrued.

The library is also holding a Fines Forgiveness Event. From September 10 – 23, for every 1 lb. of canned / dry goods or pet food donated, we will forgive $5 in fines. Donations will go to Church Response or Humane Society of the Black Hills.

For more information the library’s services and collections, please visit our website at

**AQUATICS DIVISION DONATES 300 POUNDS OF FOOD--The Rapid City Aquatics Division has donated 300 pounds of food to Feeding South Dakota as a result of its summer food drive at local City pools.  The City's Military Swim program allowed free pool admittance to military personnel with the donation of two cans of food.


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.


Work on water line and storm sewer installation continues on Mount Rushmore Road and is anticipated to be through Franklin Street by the end of this week and will continue south to Saint Charles Street. Surfacing work will begin this week at Saint James Street and move south through Franklin Street. During work on water, sewer, and surfacing, there will be intermittent closures of intersections on the east side of Mount Rushmore Road from Saint Cloud Street to Saint Andrew Street. The pedestrian crossing to Wilson Elementary School is at Saint Charles Street.

Saint Anne Street, from Mount Rushmore Road to the east approximately 120-feet, is closed for work on surfacing. Saint Francis Street, from Mount Rushmore Road to the east approximately 100-feet, is also closed for work on surfacing. Saint Anne and Saint Francis streets are anticipated to be paved at the end of next week. Work is being done on curb and gutter, retaining walls, sidewalk, lighting, and landscape on the east side of Mount Rushmore Road, from Flormann Street to Saint Francis Street.

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

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

**NEW 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, 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 new 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.

**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.

**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.

**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.


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