FEMA awarded another million dollars to Rapid City for clean-up costs from Winter Storm Atlas. According to a KOTA story, the city is being reimbursed based on how quickly work was done after the storm. The city received $1.35 million in January, which was 85% of eligible costs for work done in the first 30 days. This new award is set at 80% of eligible clean-up costs from 31-90 days after the storm. Read more »
Rapid City Awarded Another Million for Storm Clean-Up
Location for Summer Nights Determined
The Rapid City Council was deadlocked, but Mayor Sam Kooiker cast the deciding vote in favor to approve Summer Nights' permit. It was determined that marketing consultant Roger Brooks' recommendation will be put into practice for the 2014 summer event, according to a Rapid City Journal article. Read more »
Court Rules Against Rapid City's Sign Code
Although not absolute, Lamar Advertising was awarded a victory over Rapid City's sign code last week. In his decision for Lamar Advertising's case against Rapid City, Judge Jeffrey Viken decided that Rapid City's ban on digital billboards conflicted with state law, so wasn't valid. He did not believe the sign code singled out Lamar or restrict its speech. A trial would be necessary to determine if the spacing requirements are too strict, or if Rapid City must pay attorneys' fees. Read more »
Public Meetings Scheduled for Wildland Urban Zone Ordinance
With many parts of Rapid City in areas at high-risk for damage by wildfires, an ordinance will be considered to limit the damage. Areas in this Wildland Urban Zone may have additional requirements for fire-resistant materials and restrictions on vegetation. Public input will be taken at meetings in the Community Room of the City/School Administration Center at these times:
February 26, 7-9 pm
March 18, 6-8 pm
March 25, 6-8 pm Read more »
Medicaid Expansion Request Rejected
A measure to expand Medicaid eligibility for all people below the federal poverty level was recently defeated in a 9-3 vote by a legislative panel. According to the Rapid City Journal, Governor Daugaard has already requested the same waiver needed from the federal government. At this time the panel has decided to wait for the response that the governor’s request receives.
Memo Outlines City's Financing Options
A memo created in conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan outlines financing options available to the Rapid City government. It also explains some sources used in other states.
The city's revenue comes from property tax and sales tax. Rapid City has the option of increasing property tax by 3% or an amount based on the consumer price index, but hasn't taken either option in recent years. Sales tax requires state legislation to increase. Read more »
Sign Ordinance Amendment Passes through Rapid City Council
The amendment allows the maintenance and repair of digital signs without requiring a sign building permit. The amendment does not allow new digital signs to be erected nor does it allow for a sign to be altered to become digital.
The amendment will be reviewed by the Legal and Finance Committee at the February 26, 2014 meeting.
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Destination Rapid City Outlines Requirements for Parking Funds
Dan Senftner presented the requirements for Destination Rapid City's offer of $2 million in matching funds for parking to the Legal & Finance Committee. For a project to qualify, it would need to have City Council approval by June 1st and be under construction by December 1st of this year. The goal is to have new downtown parking available by the end of 2015. Read more »
The City of Box Elder joins other South Dakota Cities by passing a Distracted Driving Ordinance to help increase public safety and awareness of the increased dangers when operating a motor vehicle while distracted. Read more »
2014 Box Elder State of the City Address
Join Mayor Griffiths and staff for the 2014 State of the City Address on February 12, 2014 at 12:00pm. The address will be held in the Box Elder Event Center 420 Villa Dr. Refreshments and cookies will be provided.