October 08, 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

**BLACK HILLS RSVP SEEKS SOCKS AND SWEATS FOR VETS: The West River Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP+) is seeking public donations of socks and sweats as part of its annual Make A Difference Day project.  Donations will be accepted through Monday, October 18.

The project collects socks, underwear and sweats for veterans throughout area communities.  Last year, West River RSVP+ donated more than 940 items to the Cornerstone Rescue Mission Veterans program and the Fort Meade and Hot Springs VA facilities.

            Donations of new socks and underwear, and new or slightly-used and clean sweatshirts and pants can be dropped off at the West River RSVP+ Office, 333 Sixth Street, or at the City Finance Office, 300 Sixth Street. A drop off box is also located outside the RSVP office in Spearfish, 540 Heritage Drive, Suite 5.

            “We look forward to this project every year, knowing the donations of socks, underwear and sweats are making a big impact in the lives of our veterans,” said Ann Hines, program director for West River RSVP. “It may not seem like much, but these items are a necessity and are really appreciated by the veterans who receive them.”

            Make A Difference Day is the fourth Saturday in October and was created in 1992. It has developed into the largest national day of service for more than 20 years.  Tens of thousands of people across the country unite to improve the lives of others through a wide range of community-driven service projects.

            For more information, contact West River RSVP+ at 394-2507.

**CITY PREPARING TO HOST POPULAR HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DISPOSAL EVENT: It’s time to get rid of those chemicals just sitting around the house, garage and yard.

The City’s Solid Waste Division will again host the popular Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event Saturday, October 16 at the Central States Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free to the public and City officials encourage the public to bring many household hazardous waste materials for disposal.

            The City's Solid Waste Division last hosted the event in October 2019.  Similar to 2019, 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.

            "It’s a very popular event and we work to host it every few years,” said Ria Harper of the City’s Solid Waste Division.  “It’s a great opportunity to get rid of materials and chemicals that have been sitting around the house, yard and garage.

            “The public can bring these items to the event for disposal.  We don’t want these items getting dumped down the drain or disposed of in the environment.”

            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; oil based paints/stains; lawn and garden chemicals; latex paint, household solvents; hobby chemicals and disinfectants.  Items not accepted include ammunition and explosives; agricultural chemicals; E-waste, medical waste, lead acid batteries; tires and clean and used oil.

            For a complete list of acceptable and non-acceptable items and information, visit https://www.rcgov.org/news/household-hazardous-waste-7087.html or call 605-355-3496.

**REGISTRATION BEGINS FOR WINTER VOLLEYBALL, DODGEBALL LEAGUES: Registration is underway for the Rapid City Recreation Department's Winter Volleyball and Dodgeball Leagues.

            Registration deadline for both sports leagues is October 27 with the seasons set to start the week of November 2.

            For dodgeball, the six-week season for the coed league will be played Tuesdays at West Community Gym and there will be an end of season tournament. Cost is $135 per team.

            For volleyball, there are men's, women's, coed and reverse open divisions with matches held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The 11-week leagues will play at both South and West Community Gyms and there is a double-elimination end-of-season tournament.  Cost for league play is $240 per team.

            "We are looking forward to hosting the winter volleyball and dodgeball leagues again," said City Recreation Specialist Matt Brandhagen.  "These are great opportunities to compete and have fun with friends and coworkers."

            Visit the Parks and Recreation Department page on the City’s website at www.rcgov.org , or sign up online at https://rapidcity.activityreg.com/ClientPage_t2.wcs . Participants can also stop by the Swim Center, 125 Waterloo Street or the Parks and Rec Office, 515 West Boulevard.  For more information, contact Matt Brandhagen  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 394-5223 (work) or 415-0226 (cell).

**CITY ISSUES SEPTEMBER BUILDING PERMIT REPORT: The City’s Building Services Division issued 289 building permits in September with a valuation total of $34,626,013.

Last month’s valuation total was the third-highest valuation total for building permits for any September month, surpassed by last September ($40,490,494) and September 2014 ($39,022,720).  For the nine-month period of January through September, the City has issued 3,400 building permits this year for a valuation year-to-date total of $280,446,738.  The nine-month total is second only to the January-to-September period of 2018 ($284,001,759).

            Last month, the City issued seven permits valued over one million dollars each: Creekside Heights Apartments LLC for two 58-unit 59-unit apartment buildings at 3281 Jim Street and 3257 Jim Street (permits valued at $5.9 million each); Creekside Heights Apartments LLC for two 32-unit apartment buildings at 3245 Jim Street and 3223 Jim Street (permits valued at $3.2 million each); Red River Valley Investment Group for two 15-unit apartment buildings at 1150 Valley Drive and 1062 Valley Drive (valued at $1,939,180 each); and Community Enhancement VII LLC for a footing foundation permit for the VA Outpatient Clinic at 2165 Promise Road (valued at $1,398,000). Other top permits issued include Atlantis LLC for an entry relocation for the Fairfield Inn at 1300 N. Elk Vale Road (permit valued at $950,000), and Creekside Heights Apartments LLC for a community center at 3276 Jim Street (permit valued at $600,000).

**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 .

**COMMUNITY DONATES RECORD NUMBER OF DIAPERS DURING DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK: Officials with Volunteers of America indicate a record number of diapers and supplies were collected during last week’s Diaper Need Awareness Week. More than 9,300 diapers – 9,317 to be exact - were collected at five collection areas during the community drive, including a donation of 2,000 diapers from Rapid City’s Modern Woodmen of America.

            “We are overwhelmed by the support shown by the community during the week’s collection drive,” said Kelly Folsom of Volunteers of America.  “Once again, Rapid City area residents have responded to a community need.  Their donations will assist many families with their diaper needs in the weeks and months ahead.”

            Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender declared September 27-October 3 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Rapid City and encouraged residents to donate diapers.  Collection cribs were located at City Hall, Main Street Fire Station 1, the Public Safety Building, One Heart’s Home Brew Coffee Shop and Mommy’s Closet.  Corporate support was provided by Modern Woodmen, Farm Bureau Financial Services and TSP Architecture.

            National surveys report one in three American families struggles with diaper need and 48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply in an effort to lessen economic hardships.  Children go through six to 12 diapers each day over two to three years, totally nearly 11,000 diapers per child.  Volunteers of America-Mommy’s Closet of Rapid City is one of three diaper banks in South Dakota, providing diapers and supplies to families in need. The three diaper banks in the state distribute more than 500,000 diapers annually.

            Although Diaper Need Awareness Week has concluded this year, donations of diapers, supplies and money are accepted throughout the year at Mommy’s Closet, 111 New York Street.  Mommy’s Closet officials indicate $10 provides a package of baby wipes, $25 a pack of diapers, $35 a combination pack of diapers and wipes, $500 a pallet of diapers.

            For more information about Mommy’s Closet, contact 341-8336 or visit www.voanr.org/diapers .

**AIRPORT SEES HIGHEST SUMMER ON RECORD: Rapid City Regional Airport reported the highest summer season on record for passenger numbers during the months of June through August 2021.  Total passengers were 280,544, an increase of 11% over the previous record in 2019 of 253,329 passengers.  Enplaned passengers rose 14% from 124,339 in 2019, to 141,382 in 2021.  Year to date total passengers are 2.9% below with 457,051 total passengers in 2021, and 470,924 in 2019. 

“The summer season ended well and we are very pleased with the passenger numbers,” stated Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame.  “The additional flights added for the summer and the Sturgis Rally contributed to the strong season, and we are particularly grateful to our staff and tenants who worked hard this summer through a challenging year.  I can’t say enough how much I appreciate all of them.”

Rapid City Regional Airport offers six year round nonstop routes to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Mesa, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City.  The 2021 summer season included 25 different nonstop routes.  The 2022 season has yet to be announced. 

It is the mission of the Rapid City Regional Airport to provide a safe, environmentally responsible and fiscally self-sustainable operation ensuring high quality services and facilities.  Our vision is to provide world class transportation service enhancing economic growth. 

**RAPID CITY TOPS SOUTH DAKOTA CITIES FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN NATIONAL REPORT:  Rapid City ranks as the best city for young professionals in South Dakota, according to a new report issued by Insurify.

                Researchers at Insurify – an online insurance marketplace - analyzed statistics from multiple sources to determine the best cities in each state with the most to offer the nation’s youngest members of the workforce.  The researchers devised a composite score based on those factors for cities in each state.  In South Dakota, Rapid City scored 90.7 out of 100 for overall appeal among young professionals.  The score is seven percent higher than the state average.

                “We are pleased with the ranking,” said Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender.  “The bottom line is this ranking is nothing new to the people who live and work in the Rapid City area – this is a great place to work, to live, raise a family and recreate, especially for young people.

                “We are seeing an influx of young professionals to our community and there are increasing opportunities for employment, especially in the tech sector.  Rapid City offers a lot for people of all ages. For young professionals and their families, there are growth opportunities in employment, opportunities to start their own business or venture; we have great schools, health organizations and a great quality of life with numerous recreational opportunities in the area.  Our community and area are growing, and with that growth will come even many opportunities for young people to thrive.”

                Insurify evaluated 134 cities nationwide, considering factors including cost of living, unemployment rate, ease of alternative transit, number of arts and entertainment establishments and dating opportunities for singles.  A higher score indicates a greater prevalence of favorable factors.

                Only five cities scored higher than Rapid City: Minneapolis and Lincoln, NE (both 100 scores); St. Louis, MO (98.4); Madison, WI (95.1); and Pittsburgh, PA (92.9).  Other top cities in the region with their scores included Cheyenne, WY (60.5), Fargo, ND (88.9), Missoula, MT (88.6) and Des Moines, IA (77.8).

                For more information on the Insurify report, visit: The Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2021 – Insurify

2021’s Best Cities for Young Professionals

**CITY TO AGAIN OFFER 'YOUTH RIDE FREE' TRANSIT PROGRAM:  As parents and students scamper to buy school clothes, sneakers and supplies, one of the key boxes on the school checklist that impacts many families is reliable transportation to and from school.

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 rapidride.org 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 rapidride.org .

**NO ILLEGAL DUMPING AT REMOTE YARD WASTE SITES: An uptick in the dumping of inappropriate items is being reported by City officials at the remote yard waste sites at the Fitzgerald Stadium and West Boulevard North sites.  Officials remind the public the sites are for yard waste only, and limited to residential use only. The sites can also be used for disposal of recyclable and cardboard items.

            The remote yard waste sites were opened to the public on April 1 and have been used annually by thousands of residents for collecting yard waste, tree branches and similar items.  In recent weeks, there has been an increase in the dumping of items such as household garbage, fencing, furniture, paints and other items.

            "Unfortunately, this appears to be a major problem each summer for the Solid Waste Division," said Jancie Knight, Solid Waste community outreach coordinator. "Whether they are unaware or don’t care, when non-yard waste items are placed in the dumpsters or tossed outside the containers, it takes City staff away from their day-to-day duties to clean up these areas.

            "The non-yard waste items must be hand-removed because they do not break down into compost and they can contaminate the entire yard waste load. This results in significant staff time spent pulling the contaminants out, sifting through the load and grinding it, prior to starting the composing process."

            The Solid Waste Division recently posted a pair of videos on their facebook page highlighting the issue.

            Illegal dumping, whether at the city remote yard waste sites or within city limits, is against city ordinance and violators can be subject to a fine.

            Officials also remind the public the facilities are for residential use only.  Commercial entities disposing of large loads at the remote sites results in containers filling rapidly and increasing overflow dumping outside of the containers. All commercial and overly-large loads of yard waste should be taken to the City Landfill. 

            Knight says the green waste containers can fill up quickly and it takes staff 45 minutes per trip to remove and return bins from the locations.  If bins are full, the public is advised to wait a short period of time for new bins to arrive or take the yard waste to the landfill yard waste disposal site, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

**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 rapidmap.org 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 www.rapidcityrecycles.org and sign up for email reminders.  The public can also keep up with Solid Waste information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SolidWasteRC .

**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 https://www.rcgov.org/departments/public-works/water-division/urr-587.html 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 www.rapidcityrecycles.org 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 rapidcityhomerule.org .  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 rapidmap.org and clicking on the orange construction barrel. It is also available by clicking on 'Road Construction Updates' on the City's home page at rcgov.org .  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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