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June 07, 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)

**DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS BEGIN TO SHARE STORY WITH VISITORS, RESIDENTS: The Downtown Ambassadors program began June 3 and will run through September. Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The area covered by the Ambassadors includes Memorial Park to Columbus Street and from East to West Boulevard. They will carry material like the Downtown Magazine and maps.  The Ambassadors will be able to answer questions, give directions and help with the new parking meter system.

“Downtown Rapid City is more than just a collection of buildings, stores and restaurants. For visitors and those who live and work here, Downtown Rapid City is an experience all its own,” said Dan Senftner, President and CEO of Destination Rapid City. “We are uniquely fortunate to have a community where diversity and creativity are not only expected but honored and welcomed.”

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 605-716-7979 or stop by the office at 512 Main Street, Suite 980.

**BIKE PATH AREAS REMAIN CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING:  The excessive precipitation and increased releases from Pactola Reservoir has caused localized flooding on the City's bike path.  City officials continue to advise no travel through many portions of the bike.  Specific bike path areas that remain closed include: Sioux Park near the horseshoe pits, Memorial Pond, Old Storybook Island, Canyon Lake Drive near Mary Hall Park, Founders Park, West Main Street near McDonalds, Fifth Street bridge underpass, Mount Rushmore Road bridge underpass, Canyon Lake Drive bridge underpass, Cambell Street near KIA auto dealership, path area west of 4-H Building at Central States Fairgrounds.  City Parks officials will be monitoring the bike path daily.  Officials advise the general public to use caution if they are near Rapid Creek and not to cross flooded areas of any depth.

**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 www.gotmine.com, 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.

**CITY PLANTING THOUSANDS OF FLOWERS: City Greenhouse Specialist John Berglund and his crews are busy planting 25,000 flowers, perennials, shrubs and rose bushes in the City's parks and presentation areas.  Crews had hoped to get busy with planting in mid-May but chilly temperatures lingered and were followed by persistent rainfall.  The crews are focusing their planting efforts in Halley Park, Wilson Park, Sunken Gardens, Formal gardens, Omaha Street at the West Boulevard intersections and the Promenade/Legacy Commonds area.

**CITY TROLLEY READY TO TAKE VISITORS, RESIDENTS FOR A RIDE: The seasonal rides offered by Rapid Transit System through the City View Trolley began operation June 1.  

            The Trolleys, known by their green and red turn-of-the-last-century cable car appearance, provide a narrated tour throughout Rapid City with 15 stops, including visits to popular attractions like the Journey Museum, Storybook Island, Dinosaur Park, Stavkirke Chapel in the Hills, Founders Park, Sioux Park Formal Gardens, Main Street Square, the Berlin Wall in Memorial Park, Canyon Lake Park, and the Dahl Fine Arts Center.

            The City View Trolley became a part of the Rapid Transit System in 2007 and operates daily except Sundays and Independence Day, from June 1-August 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  The trolleys begin and end at the Milo Barber Transportation Center, 333 Sixth Street, but riders can board at any of the stops along the tour route.  Fares range from $2 for adults to $1 for children 12 and under, and $1 for "honored citizens": riders 60 and older, disabled citizens and Medicare card holders.

            For more information, contact the Rapid Transit System at 394-6631.

**CITY CREWS REPLACING ASH TREES IN WEST BOULEVARD AREA:  From last fall to late winter, City crews removed approximately 30 ash trees from the West Boulevard area due to concerns with the Emerald Ash Borer.  Recently, City Urban Forester Andy Bernard and his crew planted replacement trees in the same area.

            Bernard says one to two trees per block were removed in the West Boulevard area and five trees are being planted per block to replace them.  The trees are of different varieties.

            Funding for the new trees comes from a Gwendolyn Stearns grant and remaining funds from the Public Parks Foundation.  Beginning this fall, Bernard says crews will remove additional ash trees in the West Boulevard area as well as the Canyon Lake Park area.  Crews expect to plant new tree varieties to replace the removed trees in these areas next year.

**CITY ISSUES 2019 ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM GUIDE:  One can't help but get a warm feeling browsing through the pages of the City's Parks and Recreation Department's Summer Program Guide, as the many activities, camps, classes and events immediately foster thoughts of summer!

            The City's Parks and Recreation Department has issued its 2019 Summer Program Guide, listing numerous activities, special events and programs available to the public this summer.  The Guide contains important information for the public wishing to utilize everything from the City's pools, golf courses, and park shelters, and to participate in camps, classes and special events.

            The Guide can be accessed online at https://www.rcgov.org/departments/parks-recreation/parks-program-guide.html .  The Guide is a convenient resource used to obtain activity and facility information and to register for summer programs, classes and activities.  Anyone wishing to reserve park facilities must call the City Parks Department.

            For more information, contact the Rapid City Department of Parks and Recreation at 394-5223.

**CITY GOLF COURSES OPEN:  City officials indicate both the Meadowbrook Golf Course and Executive Golf Course are now open for play.  For more information, contact Meadowbrook at 394-4191 or the Executive at 394-4124.

**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.

**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 rcgov.org .

            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.

            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 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.