December 30, 2021

What's News In The City & Air Quality Index

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)


Check out this link regarding the current air quality conditions in Rapid City.

Click to see the current Air Quality Index

**RAPID CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSED JANUARY 3-7 FOR MAINTENANCE: The Rapid City Public Library reminds the public the facility will be closed next week (January 3-7) for maintenance.  Drive-thru and online services will be available during this period.

            The maintenance includes replacement of the facility’s front-entry doors.

            Digital Library services are available all day, every day and other options available to the public include the drive-thru option, texting 605-593-0380, e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , live chat at, and calling the facility at 605-394-6139.

            The facility will reopen to the public Saturday, January 8 at 10 a.m.

**CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR PUBLIC PARKING ADVISORY BOARD: The City is seeking to fill multiple vacancies on the Public Parking Advisory Board.

Interested citizens are encouraged to apply by submitting a Citizen Interest Application online. Application deadline is January 28th, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  

Applicants must be residents of Rapid City, or be the owner of property located in the district established in § 10.44.010 of the RCMC. An owner of property shall mean the title holder, purchaser under a contract for deed, lessee, or an officer, agent, or employee of a legal entity that meets one of the three criteria. This advisory board consists of seven (7) members, with a minimum of four (4) members being from the district. 

The Parking Advisory Board will advise and make policy recommendations to City staff and City Council on all aspects of public parking within the City. The purpose of the board is to provide citizen property owner input into the policy decisions for the City related to all aspects of public parking, including on-street parking, parking meters, parking garages, parking lots, and parking fees. The board is also responsible for hearing and deciding any administrative appeals from people assessed additional fees for parking in violation of RCMC 10.40 and 10.44. The board meets as necessary to fulfill its obligations and perform the duties established. 

Appointments are recommended by the Mayor and confirmed by the Rapid City Council. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

**CITY AGAIN OFFERING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RECYCLING PROGRAM: What to do with those non-working holiday lights! As you put away the holiday decorations, don't discard those strings of non-working lights into the trash.

            The City's Solid Waste Division is again encouraging the public to recycle non-working lights by dropping them off into one of several collection boxes that are placed at various Rapid City locations beginning Thanksgiving weekend.  Officials strongly advise residents to not put the lights in the blue recycling bins or trash containers.

            "This is the time of year when we encounter those non-working strings of lights as we decorate and take down holiday items,” said Ria Harper, Solid Waste outreach coordinator.  “We strongly encourage the public the place those strings of lights into the collection boxes and not into the trash or recycling containers.

            "We don't want homeowners to put the lights into the curbside recycling containers because the light strings are what we call 'tanglers'. When they get into the recycling line at the Landfill, they can get twisted up in the machinery causing backups and delays.”

            The public turned in 3,200 pounds of non-working lights last holiday season.

            Harper said the public can also turn in strings of non-working lights that may have been set aside this year from other holiday observances.

            Beginning Friday, November 26, the Christmas Light Recycling containers will be available at the following locations:

            *Ace Hardware: 1602 E. St. Patrick Street and 1724 W. Main Street

            *Western Dakota Tech: 800 Mickelson Drive

            *Boyd's Drug Stores: Baken Park (entrance to Boyd's Liquor) and at 909 E. St. Patrick Street

            *Rapid City Public Library: 610 Quincy Street

             *Hippie Haven: 806 St. Joseph Street

             *RC Hardware: 770 Mountain View road

            *City Hall: 300 Sixth Street

            *Rapid City Public Library: 610 Quincy Street

            *Runnings: 1020 N. Lacrosse Street

            *Fleet Farm: 1001 E. Mall Drive

            *MRF Office Building/Landfill: 5165 S. Highway 79

            *Roosevelt Swim Center: 125 Waterloo Street

            *Menards: 710 N. Creek Drive

            The bins will be located at these locations until January 31.

**CITY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR THE MONUMENT FACILITY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The City is seeking to fill one (1) vacancy on The Monument Board of Directors (formerly known as Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Board).

Interested citizens are encouraged to apply by submitting a Citizen Interest Application online. Application deadline is January 28th, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Members of the board must be residents of Rapid City. Interested persons should have a strong commitment to public service and to the mission of the The Monument Board.

The Monument Board of Directors supervises the operations of The Monument and of the finances thereof in accordance with city ordinances and the laws of the state. Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in The Monument Boardroom. More information can be found on The Monument Board of Directors webpage on the City website.

Appointments are recommended by the Mayor and confirmed by the Rapid City Council. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

**BE KIND TO YOUR PIPES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:  City officials are reminding the public to ‘Be Kind To Your Pipes’ as the holiday season begins. 

Among the protocols to follow in the kitchen this Thanksgiving holiday weekend is avoiding ‘FOG’! Avoid pouring fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the kitchen sink that will cause sewer clogs. In addition, remember to only flush toilet paper down the toilet.  Heavier items will cause sewer backups and lead to possible costly repairs.

           “This holiday weekend, more time is likely to be spent cooking in the kitchen,” said Rapid City Water Reclamation Superintendent Dave Van Cleave.  “It’s tempting, but it’s important not to pour the drippings from the turkey down the sink, or pour the oil from a deep fat fryer down the sink.

“And if you have a house full of visitors, it’s important that only toilet paper is flushed down the toilet to avoid sewer backups.  A little planning in the kitchen and communication with holiday guests for the bathroom will go a long way in preventing the inconvenience of backups and possibly costly repairs.”

            Van Cleave says some helpful hints in the kitchen this holiday season include:

**Don’t pour the turkey drippings down the sink, even one pan of drippings can completely clog your drain pipe.

**Don’t rinse butter or heavy whipping cream down the sink as it can solidify in the drain pipe and sewer line, causing blockages.

**Pouring the gallons of oil from a deep fryer can damage plumbing and lead to a sewer overflow.

**Instead of pouring fats, oils and greases down sink drains, toilets or storm drains, Van Cleave recommends pouring the liquids into a container, sealing and disposing of the container.  In addition, residents can wipe pots, pans and dishes with a dry paper towel before rinsing or washing.

            Van Cleave says many of the issues involving sewer main backups in Rapid City involve the flushing of products such as non-disposable and disposable wipes, rags, tampons and other heavy products.  Only toilet paper should be flushed down toilets.

            "Toilet paper breaks down in water but heavier products do not degrade and can be the main cause for blockages that lead to sewer backups. Flushable wipes are flushable only because they fit into the toilet but they can be a major cause of backups," Van Cleave said. "Products other than toilet paper should be placed in the trash and not down the toilet.”

            Common items flushed down the toilet that can lead to blockages and backups include shop and paper towels, cleaning and baby wipes, sanitary napkins and cotton swabs, wrappers, cigarette butts and condoms.  Such items should be placed in the trash.

            "Changing a few routines and habits can avoid costly repairs and cleanup costs," said Van Cleave.

The Rapid City Utility Maintenance Office promotes 'No Wipes In The Pipes' and 'Fat-Free Sewers' among its educational efforts in the community.

**RAPID CITY RECREATION HOSTING VOLLEYBALL CAMP SESSIONS: Registration is underway for advanced volleyball camps hosted by the City’s Recreation Division.  Camps are offered to players with previous experience and are divided into the 7th and 8th grade camp and the 9th-11th grade camp. Deadline to register is January 6.

The camps are scheduled each Monday from January 10-March 28 at the South Middle School Community Gym. The camp for seventh and eighth graders is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. followed by the camp for ninth to 11th graders from 7:30-9 p.m.

The cost is $50 per player and space is limited to the first 50 players in each camp division.  Others will be placed on a waiting list and added to the camps only if there are cancellations.

“The volleyball camps give middle school and high school players an opportunity to get on the court and play,” said Jeff Richardt of the City’s Recreation Division.  “We have quality staff in place to work with the girls on all aspects of the game.  We will work on skills as well as game situations and scrimmages.  Each week, players will be randomly assigned to a court of that evening’s camp.”

Entries are available online at and can be sent to Jeff Richardt at Rapid City Recreation, 515 West Boulevard, Rapid City, SD 57701.  Contact Richardt at 394-4168 with questions or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


One can only imagine this would be the response of Batman’s trusty sidekick Robin upon realizing the Rapid City Solid Waste Division collected 705.31 tons (yes, TONS!) -- or more than 1.4 million pounds of tires -- during Tire Disposal Week, September 27-October 1.

“It was an absolutely incredible response from the public,” said Ria Harper of the City’s Solid Waste Division. “That’s a lot of tires taken out of local garages and sheds, as well as collected from fence lines, fields and ditches.”

The Tire Disposal Week event was last held in 2018 when 341.38 tons of tires (682,760 pounds) were collected.  City officials used an average tire weight of 24 pounds in 2018 to estimate the public brought in 28,448 tires for that event.  Using the same unit of weight, this year’s free disposal event collected 58,775 tires – or enough rubber shoes to fit 14,693 cars…with three spares!

Harper says anyone unable to discard tires during the week-long tire disposal event can bring tires to the Rapid City Landfill.  Cost of disposal is $240 per ton or an average of $3.75 per tire (no rim) or $8.95 (with rim).

**SOLID WASTE OFFICIALS ENCOURAGING AT-HOME COMPOSTING: With fall approaching, the City’s Solid Waste Division is encouraging homeowners to implement at-home composting as part of their year-round garden and lawn maintenance and a way to lessen the amount of material needing to be processed at the Rapid City Landfill.

            At-home composting utilizes grass clippings and leaves as garden and lawn mulch, serving as a valuable source of nitrogen that can help create and maintain a beautiful green lawn and help plants grow.  City Solid Waste officials indicate at-home composting puts leaves and clippings to a practical use around the home and limits the amount of green material ending up in the yard waste stream at the Rapid City Landfill.

            City Solid Waste officials indicate 22,148 tons of organic material was accepted at the Rapid City Landfill for processing in 2020.  Organic material includes yard waste, clean wood scraps and manure.  This year, through August 31, the facility has accepted 13,101 tons of organic material for processing.

            “One of our challenges is the large amount of grass clippings and similar material that enter our facility. It makes the process of composting on a large scale very difficult for us,” said City Assistant Public Works Director Kristen Hasse.  “Homeowners can play an important role in lessening the amount of yard waste at our landfill.  Instead of throwing out your bagged grass clippings or leaves, the material can be used to help your lawn and garden, and add to your own compost pile for future use.”

            Hasse says making a compost pile for lawn and garden use is a simple process. 

            *Helpful tools include pitchforks, square-point shovels or machetes, and water hoses with a spray head;

            *Select a dry, shady spot near a water source for the compost pile or bin;

            *Add brown and green materials (lawn clippings, leaves) as they are collected, making sure larger pieces are chopped or shredded;

            *Moisten dry materials as they are added;

            *Once the compost pile is established, mix grass clippings and green waste into the pile and bury fruit and vegetable waste under 10 inches of compost material;

            *Regular mixing or turning of the material and some water will help maintain the compost

            *(Optional): Cover the top of the compost pile with a tarp to keep it moist. When the material at the bottom is dark and rich in color, the compost is ready to use. This takes anywhere from two months to two years to produce.

            For more helpful hints about at-home composting, visit Composting At Home | US EPA .

**CITY ISSUES HIGHEST PERMIT VALUATION TOTAL FOR OCTOBER; SET TO SHATTER YEARLY VALUATION RECORD: It was a record-setting October for building permit valuation in Rapid City.

            The City’s Building Services Division issued 275 permits last month with a permit valuation total of $46,877,132, only the 14th time in the City’s history of reaching $40 million in monthly valuation totals.  The valuation total shattered the previous October record set just last year when the City issued 750 permits in October 2020 with a valuation total of $42,658,163.

A total of 15 permits issued last month were valued at over a million dollars (combined valuation total of $31,379,435). The October valuation total was the seventh-best month overall for permit valuation in the City’s history. Three of the top eight months for permit valuation totals have been produced this year.

            With October’s valuation record, the City is now on the cusp of shattering another City record. Through 10 months, the City’s building permit valuation total stands at $327.3 million ($327,323,870), just shy of the yearly valuation total record set in 2019 at $330.1 million ($330,164,418).

            The City has surpassed the $300 million mark for overall permit valuation five of the last six years.

            “October was an incredible month in terms of permit valuation,” said City Community Development Director Vicki Fisher.  “It’s been a great decade for building in Rapid City, both in terms of permits issued and the value of those permits and projects.  Those trends appear to be continuing with no signs of slowing down.”

The 15 permits issued with valuations of more than one million dollars:

**Monument Health Rapid City Hospital (Layton Construction Co.), 353 Fairmont Boulevard, for second floor alterations ($4,303,525);

**LLAP LLC (Paradigm Construction LLC) for five 24-unit apartment complexes at 1820 Fox Road, 1828 Fox Road, 1864 Fox Road, 1874 Fox Road, 1882 Fox Road ($2.5 million each);

**Black Hills Capital for a grading and erosion permit on Diamond Ridge Boulevard ($2.4 million);

**Red River Valley Investment Group (MAC Construction) for two 15-unit apartment complexes at 1048 Valley Drive and 1090 Valley Drive ($1,939,180 each);

**Black Hills Federal Credit Union (Gustafson Builders) for a facility at 111 Minnesota Street ($1,774,350);

**MG Oil Company (Gustafson Builders) for alterations to the facility at 707 Mountain View Road ($1,560,000);

**Boom Investments LLC (Turnkey Solutions & Development LLC) for the Taco Johns facility at 3812 Eglin Street ($1,325,000);

**LN Real Estate (Rangel Construction Company) for a warehouse at 685 Disk Drive ($1,288,200);

**LLAP LLC (Paradigm Construction LLC) for a 12-unit apartment complex at 1890 Fox Road ($1,250,000);

**KANDW LLC (All Around Construction) for the Town Centre shell located at 4831 Fifth Street ($1,100,000).


**November 2019:     $123,469,502  (Summit Arena)

**January 2018:          $97,566,028    (Monument Health/Regional Hospital’s Phase II Construction)      

**March 2016:            $62,679,361    (Black Hills Corporation for Black Hills Energy’s Horizon Point)

**April 2021:              $55,054,531    (Monument Health’s Cancer Care Institute expansion and Security Fire Bank)

**August 2017:           $54,847,635    (Monument Health/Regional Hospital’s expansion)

**August 2020:           $48,365,368    (Samuelson Development’s Tallgrass Apartments)

**October 2021:        $46,877,132    (15 permits over $1 million each including five Fox Road apartment complexes)

**May 2021:               $44,452,882    (State Multi-Agency facility)



2021:   $46,877,132

2020:   $42,658,163

2019:   $24,672,258

2018:   $13,660,680

2017:   $17,525,506



2021:   $327,323,870 (through October)

2020:   $275,254,669

2019:   $330,164,418

2018:   $313,445,767

2017:   $302,570,950

2016:   $320,054,359

2015:   $219,494,524

**CITY AGAIN OFFERS 'YOUTH RIDE FREE' TRANSIT PROGRAM:  The City and Rapid Transit System (RTS) is again offering the ‘Youth Ride Free’ program for the 2021-22 school year.

            This is the sixth consecutive school year youth will be able to ride free on the Rapid Transit System's (RTS) RapidRide program.  The City is offering a free ride orientation period beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) through August 27 for parents to become familiar with routes and schedules by boarding any of the RapidRide buses.

               Parents can ride free during this orientation period when accompanied by their school-aged child.

                Registration is required for the free transportation program.  Parents and guardians can contact Rapid Transit Service at 394-6631 to register or go online to and click on the ‘Youth Ride Free’ button. Information requested includes student’s name, school, parent or guardian’s name, and a phone number for emergency contact purposes.

            "We are excited to again offer the ‘Youth Ride Free’ program this school year,” said Megan Gould, RTS System Manager. “The program offers a free and convenient option for transportation to and from school for youth and anywhere along our fixed route system.

“The service also provides peace of mind for parents knowing there is a reliable option for getting their child to school.  It’s also a great option when that school car isn’t working or we have cold, inclement weather with icy roads.”

Gould says the parent orientation rides are an opportunity for parents and children to ride together to learn about transit schedules, routes and boarding locations.

Local schools were impacted by COVID protocols during the 2020-21 school year which also impacted youth ridership numbers on RapidRide.  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, youth ridership averaged 12-13,000 passenger trips per month. During the COVID restrictions, youth ridership still averaged more than 3,000 boardings per month during the 2020-21 school year.

            In announcing the free youth transportation program in the summer of 2016, Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender indicated the free youth transit program would provide students better access to schools, libraries, recreation and social events as well as save money for families and foster appreciation for public transportation among the City's youth.

            RapidRide will also have maps, material and regular ride schedules available as well as published online at .

**LIGHTS OUT...WHO YOU GONNA CALL? The City's Traffic Operations Division is reminding the public if they see a street light out or not working properly, contact them at 394-4118. Provide a good location so crews can be dispatched to change out the light or make any needed repairs.  Callers are advised to leave a message in the evenings or weekends for attention the next business day.

**CITY REMINDS HOMEOWNERS & LANDSCAPERS TO NOT PILE MATERIALS ON PUBLIC ROADS AND SIDEWALKS: City officials are reminding homeowners not to place landscaping materials in the public right of way, which includes roads and sidewalks. 

Material piles can block views of oncoming vehicles and impede traffic.  Dirt and rock can also create blockages in storm sewers.  City officials recommend materials should be placed in a homeowner’s yard or in the driveway.  Any rock or dirt that gets on neighboring properties or in the public right-of-way should be cleaned up immediately.

            Officials also advise in certain circumstances, permits may be obtained to place materials in the right-of-way.  For more information, contact the City’s Public Works Engineering Division at 394-4154.

**PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO CHECK OUT 'PENNINGTON OUTDOORS!':  Looking for details on recreational opportunities in Rapid City and Pennington County? Residents and visitors to the area have a quick tool to access information through an interactive map that helps users explore local recreational facilities and opportunities.

            The site, Pennington Outdoors!, was launched last year by the City’s Geographic Information (GIS) Division, can be accessed at and is one of many valuable map and informational tools available on the GIS Division page which includes access to City and County voting precincts, the City's air quality zone, downtown parking map, the City's major street plan and much more.

            Pennington Outdoors! site users can zoom in, zoom out or pan across a map to view different park facilities; Rapid City, Black Hills National Forest and Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands trail systems; location of statues; the Rapid City bike path; park amenities and recreational sites in Pennington County and the communities of Rapid City, Box Elder, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Wall, Hill City, Keystone, New Underwood, Wasta and Quinn. Once a desired site is visible, users can click on it using the 'identity' tool to see details, website and a photo associated with the recreation site.

            As an example, clicking on Wilson Park will yield information indicating the Park includes a flowering garden, gazebo, ice skating area, tennis courts, playground, restrooms, basketball court and other amenities.  Users can easily identify the location of the Park. Clicking on Robbinsdale Park will yield information including locations of the BMX Track, several baseball fields, location of picnic shelters, playgrounds, restrooms and walking paths.

            Users wanting to know the location of specific downtown and area statues can access the site for the actual location

            The City's GIS Division provides mapping services, data and technical support to the public as well as staffs of City and County government. the GIS Division page which includes access to City and County voting precincts, the City's air quality zone, downtown parking map, the City's major street plan. RapidMap services offers information on land parcels, aerial photos, address points and other map information.  Survey Points provides information on area survey points.

**REMOTE YARD WASTE DROP-OFF LOCATIONS OPEN: The City’s Solid Waste Division reminds the public the remote yard waste locations are open for the season.

The remote yard waste drop-off sites are located at Fitzgerald Stadium and W Blvd North.  Both locations opened for the season Monday, April 5.  The locations include the yard waste containers along with the mixed recycling, cardboard, and newspaper containers.  The yard waste containers will be available at both sites through November.

Officials remind the public to utilize the containers for their intended purposes: yard waste, recycling materials, cardboard and newspaper.  The remote collection sites are not dump sites for large items such as appliances, furniture, and items that should be taken to the Rapid City Landfill.  If you have questions, contact the Solid Waste Division at 355-3496.

Solid Waste officials also remind the public to sign up for adjusted collection notices by visiting and sign up for email reminders.  The public can also keep up with Solid Waste information on Facebook at .

**CITY REMINDS RESIDENTS OF UTILITY RATE RELIEF PROGRAM: Rapid City utility customers can apply for a reduction of their monthly utility charges through a decade-long program administered by the City's Public Works Department.

            The program, entitled the Utility Rate Relief Program, is designed to lower the monthly utility expense for senior citizens and people with disabilities. The program recently underwent an update, to make the qualification process more straightforward.

            Under the City's updated Utility Rate Relief Program, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria: they must be 65 or older or disabled as defined by the Social Security Act; they must fall below the “very low income” limit criteria outlined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Rapid City Metro Area; the applicant must be the person who is responsible for payment of the utility bill directly to the City; the property must be the applicant’s primary residence.

If qualified, the rates charged for utility services billed to the applicant will be reduced by 25 percent for a period of two years or until the renewal date established by the Public Works Director.  New applications are accepted at any time, but renewal requests must be received by April 30, 2021 in order for current participants to remain on the program.

            For more information and an application, visit or call the City's Public Works Department at 394-4165.

**PUBLIC REMINDED TO SIGN UP FOR COLLECTION ALERTS: Officials with the City's Solid Waste Division remind residents to sign up for alerts about curbside collections and adjustments in pickups due to holidays and weather.

            "We've had great response since launching our website back in January," said Jancie Knight, Solid Waste community outreach coordinator.  "The site is an excellent way to receive alerts and reminders on trash collections and other updates."

            Knight says residents can visit to register in the 'Stay Informed' section.  Other informational items on the page include a color-coded map of the city to determine specific curbside pickup days, where to dispose of specific items, and hours and contact information.

**CITY'S HOME RULE COMMITTEE WEBSITE AVAILABLE FOR INFORMATION, OBTAIN PUBLIC FEEDBACK: The City's Home Rule Charter Committee has established a website for the public to learn more about the home rule concept, address questions and provide input.

            To access the site, visit .  Specific features to the site include a brief history of home rule in South Dakota, comparisons between home rule and the City's current mayor/aldermanic form of government, frequently asked questions, a tab to ask a question or provide input, opportunities and challenges to home rule and local media stories about home rule,

            The Rapid City Council authorized the mayor to establish a Home Rule Charter Committee last December with citizens appointed to the committee in early May after a delayed selection process due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Committee meets twice-monthly with subcommittees working on a weekly basis.  It is anticipated the Committee will bring forth a formal recommendation to the City Council early in 2021 for discussion and possible action, which could include a public vote later in 2021.

            "Once it got started in May, the committee has been committed to learning more about home rule, how it would impact the community and citizens," said Mayor Allender.  "They are under a specific time line to bring forth a recommendation to the City Council and the new website will provide an opportunity for awareness to the community, flush out questions and obtain important feedback from the citizens, who would be making the ultimate decision if Rapid City becomes a home rule community."

            The site will be available for public access throughout the committee's work into at least early next year. 

**GOT A POTHOLE? CALL THE POTHOLE HOTLINE: The City Street Department's pothole patching crews are at it as the calendar flips toward summer.  If you see a pothole that needs to be fixed, call the Pothole Hotline at 394-4152 and provide a location and crews will be on it quickly.

**CONSTRUCTION MAP FEATURE ALLOWS DRIVERS TO STAY UPDATED ON PROJECTS: To stay updated on local construction projects, City officials remind the public they can utilize a newly-launched road construction site feature on the City's website which provides detailed site, map and project information.

            The City's Geographic Information System (GIS) Division launched the 'Rapid City Road Construction Site' link on the GIS page last month, accessed by visiting and clicking on the orange construction barrel. It is also available by clicking on 'Road Construction Updates' on the City's home page at .  Once on the site, users can click on a highlighted segment and get additional information such as the project's location, the start date and estimated end date of the project, listing of the contractor and other useful information.  Each segment on the map will also have the public service announcement attached to it and there will be a link provided for State Department of Transportation projects.

            The site will be updated as active projects begin and sites will remain on the map through the duration of the specific projects.

            With local construction season well underway, City officials are also reminding drivers to slow down and use caution when driving near and through all road construction areas, allow additional time to reach their destinations and to consider alternate routes.

**DIGITAL MEDIA POLICY: The City is advising the public of a 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. In addition, no digital media containing music will be accepted.

 "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.



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