September 13, 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)

**CITY ISSUES BUILDING REPORT FOR AUGUST: Rapid City issued 520 building permits in August, the third highest number of permits issued by the City for the month of August.  The total valuation of the permits issued was $24,195,581474, fourth highest valuation for August since 2000.

            The 520 building permits were the highest month of permit issuance since October 2017 (588 permits). In the past two months, the City has issued 994 building permits, the third highest July-August total surpassed only by the July-August total in 2014 (1107 permits) and in 2011 (1359 permits). As for valuation, the nearly $24.2 million for August was the second-highest monthly valuation total in the past 15 months.

            Roofing permits led the way in August with 255 residential roofing permits issued with a valuation of $2.6 million.

            The City issued five permits in August with valuations over $1 million, including: City of Rapid City for vertical circulation alterations at Rapid City Regional Airport ($2,944,300); Black Hills Surgery Center for interior build-out alterations at 216 Anamaria Drive ($2,736,512); Mirage LLC for facility alterations at CSL Plasma, 1555 Haines Avenue ($1,848,455); Yasmeen Dream LLC for footing foundation at Signify Call Center, 3330 Jaffa Garden Way ($1,283,700); and Golden Ticket Cinemas for alterations at 340 Disk Drive ($1,096,022).

**TRAFFIC RESTRICTION: DISK DRIVE & HAINES AVENUE: Effective Monday, August 12, the area near the intersection of Disk Drive and Haines Avenue will have multiple lane closures that will restrict traffic for a utility and street replacement project.  Motorists are encouraged to utilize alternate routes to avoid the I-90 Exit 58 off ramps as well as traveling northbound on Haines Avenue.  This work is expected to be completed by November 15, 2019.

CITY SOLID WASTE HOSTING HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL EVENT OCT 12: City's Solid Waste Division will again host the popular Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Saturday, October 12 at the Central States Fairgrounds.  The event, which encourages the public to bring many household hazardous waste materials for disposal, is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            The City's Solid Waste Division last hosted the event in May 2017.  This year's event, which is supported by the Local Emergency Planning Committee, will also include a food drive. The public is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items as admission to the event with the food benefitting Feeding South Dakota.

            The event is for household items and business or commercial items will not be accepted.  Acceptable items include aerosols, spot removers, pool chemicals, antifreeze, pest control chemicals, oven cleaners/degreasers, oil based paints/stains, lawn and garden chemicals, household solvents, gasoline/kerosene and disinfectants.  Items not accepted include latex paint, agricultural chemicals, commercial waste and chemicals, industrial waste, radioactive waste and ammunition/explosives.  Items such as asbestos, E-waste, latex paint, lead acid batteries, medical waste, tires and clean used oil won't be accepted at this event but can be accepted at various locations in Rapid City.

            For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items and information on locations taking non-accepted items, visit the featured news item at , or call 605-355-3496.

'YOUTH RIDE FREE' REQUIRES NEW PASSES FOR 2019-20 SCHOOL YEAR: Rapid Transit System officials are reminding youth and their parents the 'Youth Ride Free' program requires new bus passes for this school year.

            Rapid City youth will need a new bus pass in order to utilize the RapidRide system.  Bus passes are free, registration can be done online at , clicking on the 'Youth Ride Free' icon at the top left of the page and accessing the red registration button.

            Parents and youth can also pick up a form from the Rapid Transit System office at 333 Sixth Street. The passes are received within five days of submitting the form.  

            RapidRide also provides and publishes maps, material and regular ride schedules.  For more information about the bus passes, contact 394-6631.          

MEET DOLLEY MADISON AT RC LIBRARY FOR CONSTITUTION DAY: Tuesday, September 17 is Constitution Day. Dolley Madison will visit the downtown library (610 Quincy Street, upstairs) from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in observance of 232 years since our nation’s first governing document was established! Dolley Madison will be portrayed by Diana Glover, a retired teacher of 31 years with a lifelong interest in American History, particularly the First Ladies of the United States.

James Madison served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817 and is hailed as the 'Father of the Constitution.' Madison married outgoing, vivacious Dolley Payne Todd. Soon Dolley Madison’s popularity as a social host in the capital of Washington became legendary. Madison enjoyed a strong relationship with her husband becoming his political partner.

This event is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

RAPID CITY HAS GONE TO THE DOGS! It's official!  Rapid City has gone to the dogs!

            People looking for a doggone good time with their four-legged canine companions can find it in Rapid City, according to a national survey by  In a review of 567 possible destinations, Rapid City was the only South Dakota city to rank in the top 100, coming in at number 95 in 'The Best Places To Visit With Your Dog'.  Rapid City and Sheridan were the only two cities to make the top 100 in the five-state region including South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska.  Sheridan ranked 97th out of the 567 cities researched.

            Top cities were chosen by reviewing 1,000 of the country's biggest tourist destinations and filtering out areas full of traffic, concrete and crowds -- "definitely not conducive to a doggone good time" according to  The frontrunners were then ranked against seven criteria including: number of dog parks, availability of dog trails, amount of dog-friendly restaurants, options for dog-friendly lodging, nearby dog-friendly beaches, availability of dog daycares and nearby veterinarians or emergency clinics.  The criteria were grouped into two different city scores: amenities and outdoor activities.

            Rapid City ranked 74th for dog amenities and 64th for outdoor activities.  Rapid City's overall 'Dog Friendliness' score was 43.77.  The top five cities of the 567 researched were Scottsdale, AZ; Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Salt Lake City, UT and Jacksonville, FL.  Among city amenities for outdoor activities for dogs include off-leash dog parks at Robbinsdale Park, Wilderness Park, Braeburn Park, Memorial Park East, Vickie Powers Park and Knollwood Drainage Area.  Add the leash and the City's bike path and a total of 35 City parks offer a number of recreational opportunities for resident and visiting canines. Special canine events during the year include the upcoming Wags and Waves event at Sioux Park's Jimmy Hilton Pool on Tuesday, Sept. 3, hosted by the Humane Society of the Black Hills.

            View the full report at: 

**CITY IMPLEMENTS ONLINE PAYMENT SYSTEM FOR PARKING TICKETS:  Among the parking system changes for Rapid City this summer is an online payment system for payment of old and new parking tickets.

            Vehicle owners can go online to and look up their citations by the citation number, license plate number or the VIN number.  Owners can then pay the citations online.  Per City ordinance, parking enforcement can place a boot on vehicles with three outstanding parking tickets or $125 in fines.  Currently, there are 12,000 unpaid parking tickets and about 700 vehicles on the boot list.

            Paying fines online will also avoid citations being sent to collections for non-payment.  Parking tickets are sent to collections after 30 days.

            For more information or questions about the downtown parking changes, visit .

**COUNCIL LEADERSHIP SELECTED; COMMITTEE CHAIRS & ASSIGNMENTS NAMED: Mayor Steve Allender and Council members Lisa Modrick (Ward One), Bill Evans (Ward Two), Greg Strommen (Ward Three), Lance Lehmann (Ward Four) and Darla Drew (Ward Five) were given their oaths of office at the July 1 City Council meeting.  The new Council convened and elected Laura Armstrong (Ward Five) as Council president, and Chad Lewis (Ward Three) as Council vice-president for the 2019-20 term.

Council member Becky Drury will chair the City's Legal and Finance Committee with Council member Darla Drew serving as vice chair.  Other Committee members include Ritchie Nordstrom, Lance Lehmann and Lewis. Council member John Roberts will chair the City's Public Works Committee with Lisa Modrick continuing as committee vice chair.  Other Committee members include Bill Evans, Greg Strommen and Armstrong. Nordstrom will chair the Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) Committee, which will be comprised of Council members Drury, Drew, Roberts and Strommen..  Roberts will be the Council's liaison to the City's Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Commission.

**PROPER SUMP PUMP DISCHARGE: With the excessive precipitation, City officials remind residents using sump pumps to pump the discharge to their yards or to the curbs/storm water drains and not pump the discharge into their sanitary sewer system.  This includes residents living in the northeast area of the community as City lift stations there are at maximum capacity at the present time.

**CIVIC CENTER WARNS GUESTS OF PURCHASING COUNTERFEIT TICKETS: The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center wants to remind patrons to be wary of purchasing counterfeit tickets for events held at the facility.  Guests are encouraged to only buy tickets from authorized ticket agencies, including, by phone at 1-800-GOT-MINE, or in person at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office and Ellsworth Airforce Base Outdoor Recreation.   Purchasing from other sources is done at the buyer's risk.

Only tickets purchased from official outlets guarantee entry to events held at the facility, and individuals attempting to gain admission using fraudulent tickets will not be allowed entry.  If you are unsure of the validity of the tickets being purchased, we encourage you to contact our box office at 1-800-GOT-MINE.

**LIBRARY: NO MORE LATE FEES ON CHILDREN'S MATERIALS: Rapid City Public Library is pleased to announce that starting May 1, there will be no more late fees on children’s materials. This includes books, audiobooks and DVDs. We are making this change to better support our community’s literacy and early childhood education.

**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.

            Letters have been sent in August 2018, this past February and in May about the City partnering with Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) to offer the optional coverage.  Residents received an introductory postcard last September about the protection plan and the agreement between the City and SLWA and more detailed letters have been sent in recent months.  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.

**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 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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