March 15, 2019

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)

**YOUTH NEED PASS FOR 'YOUTH RIDE FREE' PARTICIPATION: Beginning in early February, all youth participating in the 'Youth Ride Free' program through the Rapid Transit System (RTS) will be required to have a bus pass.  City officials indicate the bus pass, which is similar to the pass required of adult riders on the RTS system, provides better safety and security for the youth rider.

       The youth pass requirement is effective February 4 for any child in kindergarten through 12th grade and there is no cost for the pass.  The Rapid City Area School District sent a letter addressed to parents from RTS Manager Megan Gould a few days before the District went into winter break.  Promotional flyers are also being distributed in local schools.   A completed RapidRide registration form is required for the Youth Ride Free pass.  The half-page form asks for the student's name, the name of a parent or guardian, home mailing address, phone and e-mail contact information, school and grade of the student. 

       The completed form can be submitted to the Rapid Transit System at 333 Sixth Street.

**CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK'S DAY WITH CELTIC MUSIC:  Singly, Carrie Bartsch on fiddle and Mike Lemay on mandolin, guitar and Irish bouzouki and bodhran are incredible musicians. Together, they perform the merrymaking sounds of St. Patrick’s Day! We’re excited to welcome them to the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) Sunday, March 17 from 2 – 3 p.m. and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with live Celtic music!

**'DAMBUSTERS' FEATURED AT MILITARY HISTORY FORUM:  Because the SD Air and Space Museum was closed last Saturday (March 9) on their usual presentation day, the South Dakota Military History Foum has been rescheduled.  They are hosting Chuck Ellington and his presentation: The“Dambusters” Raid and Sir Barnes Wallis this Saturday, March 16th, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Museum.

Please keep the Forum in mind for the second Saturday of every month (unless the weather gets us!). Visit us on our Facebook page for all the latest information on our events, including any changes.

**JOURNEY MUSEUM PRESENTS 'NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG':  The Journey Museum is bringing back the South Dakota movie 'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' for a special showing, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Journey Museum and Learning Center.  April 8 is the 100th birthday of the late Lakota Elder Dave Bald Eagle, who stars in the film.

**DOWNTOWN BID BOARD SEEKS GRANT APPLICANTS--The City's Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) Board is seeking applications to award matching grants to assist in funding downtown improvements and economic development projects.  The BID Board plans to award up to six $15,000 grants.

            Application deadline has been extended to March 29 and applications and questions can be sent electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to the City Attorney's Office at 300 Sixth Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

           The purpose of the grants is to stimulate downtown projects encouraging economic development, improving public places, encouraging activities resulting in the public spending more time downtown, promoting downtown as the center for arts and cultural expression and contributing to a stronger connection with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

**JOURNEY'S LEARNING FORUM PRESENTS 'PIONEER WOMEN':  Life in the 1800s was tough, but the hope of a new start drew emigrants out west via the Platte River Road - a major travel corridor used by the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express.  The Journey presents 'Pioneer Women' March 24 at 2 p.m. at The Journey.

The presenter will read from the diary entries of various women to share unbelievable stories of heartbreak and happiness on the overland trail.

**NEW YEAR, NEW LIBRARY HOURS!: In response to community feedback we're extending our service hours at the downtown library! Beginning January 2, 2019 the drive-thru hours will be Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p. m. and Friday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. General downtown Library hours will be Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The hours for the North library in General Beadle School (10 Van Buren Street) have also been adjusted to better match visitors’ use patterns. The North library will be open Monday – Thursday, 3:15 – 7 p.m., Friday, 3:15 – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and closed on Sunday. 

**CITY REC WINTER PROGRAM GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: The 2019 Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department's Winter Program Guide is now available to the public online.  The Guide details information on winter sports leagues, programs, classes and special events scheduled at the Roosevelt Ice Arena, the Roosevelt Park Swim Center and various recreation facilities in the community.

            The Guide can be viewed online at

            The public can register online for leagues and classes at

            The Guide features information on adult winter basketball and hockey leagues, spring volleyball leagues and skating programs.  Aquatics activities at the Roosevelt Swim Center and skating programs at the Roosevelt Park Ice Arena are profiled as well as information provided on daily open swim and public skate activities at the facilities.  Information on various instructional and safety classes is also listed along with facility rental information for special events.

            For more information, check out the Guide on the Parks and Recreation Department page on the City's website at or call the Department at 394-4168.

**ROOSEVELT PARK PLAYGROUND SLATED FOR MAKEOVER:  The playground area at Roosevelt Park will be closed for the next few months for renovation.  Crews are in the process of removing the existing play equipment with the exception of the swings.  The play surface area will also be removed and replaced.

            New playground equipment and surfacing will be installed in 2019 with completion dependent upon weather conditions but expected by May 1.

**AIRPORT RECEIVES SD HALL OF FAME ACT OF EXCELLENCE AWARD: The Rapid City Regional Airport and the Airport Board of Directors are proud to announce their honor from The South Dakota Hall of Fame for being named one of The Acts of Excellence in South Dakota. The program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Working with the SD School of Mines and Technology, the airport is creating a rooftop that is filled with small plants. The so-called green roof helps save water and reduce storm run-off. Green roofs also can help reduce heating and cooling costs. The plants absorb heat during the day to aid in cooling the building and releases the trapped heat at night, which keeps temperatures somewhat warmer than with a normal roof. The project meets the Airport’s mission to provide a safe, environmentally responsible and fiscally self-sustainable operation ensuring high quality services and facilities.

The green roof project is not the only effort the Rapid City Regional Airport is doing to be more environmentally responsible. RAP has upgraded 122 outside light fixtures and 55 inside baggage tunnel lights to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) within the past three to five years.  RAP also purchased a Glycol Recovery Vehicle (GRV) in 2017. Last snow season, RAP’s GRV recovered 9,250 gallons of glycol runoff from the aircraft being deiced on the aircraft parking apron, thereby limiting glycol runoff.

**2019 MOBILE FOOD VENDING PERMITS AVAILABLE: The City's Parks and Recreation Department has published guidelines and the permit application for vendors for the 2019 calendar year. The permit application and requirements can be found on the Department's webpage at .

            Mobile food vending is allowed in several City areas including Sioux Park (east parking lot); Vickie Powers Park parking lot; West Memorial Park parking lot; Roosevelt Park parking lot adjacent to Waterloo Street; the south half of Founders Park parking lot toward Omaha Street; Canyon Lake Park at the Beach Drive parking lot; and the Cambell Street Soccer Field parking lot adjacent to Cambell Street.  In addition, push carts are allowed at the Memorial Park Promenade.

            The application/permit fee is $100 and applicants must have a sales tax license, state food license, a complete menu including pricing information and carry general liability insurance.  Permits are good for a calendar year and can be renewed annually.  Mobile food vendors can operate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., shall not obstruct the visibility of motorists or block access to a public street, bike path or sidewalk, and operators are responsible for storage and daily removal of trash, refuse and litter, among other guidelines.

            Contact the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department at 394-4175 for more information or with questions.

**CITY RESIDENTS RECEIVING LETTERS:  It's not a scam!  Letters sent from the City of Rapid City recently are the latest effort to inform residents about an optional customer service line protection plan offered to homeowners.

            In August, the City partnered with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to offer the optional coverage.  Residents received an introductory postcard in early September about the protection plan and the agreement between the City and SLWA and now a more detailed letter has been sent.  With its membership in the National League of Cities, Rapid City is able to offer the service line protection plan, which is administered by SLWA and offers important coverage for interior plumbing and drainage systems, exterior sewer/septic lines and exterior water service lines.   City Public Works Director Dale Tech advises homeowners the postal material they have and are receiving is legitimate.  There is no cost to the City in offering the voluntary coverage plan to homeowners and is being offered because of the City's membership in the National League of Cities.

**NORMAN SHORTBULL ARTWORK DISPLAYED IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS: Two artwork pieces from the late artist Norman Shortbull have been donated to the City and are now on display next to the lectern in the Council Chambers.  The artwork pieces were donated by Norman Shortbull's son, Dr. Thomas Shortbull in coordination with the South Dakota Hall of Fame and former Rapid CIty Mayor Don Barnett.  The artowrk was presented to Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender in a September 10 ceremony in Chambers.  One artwork piece shows a buffalo and the other shows a Lakota woman and child.

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

**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.

**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 85511.

**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 85511 for Rapid City events and 'AlertPC'  to 85511 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.

**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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