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Due to several injuries incurred by local post carriers, Lead is considering centralizing its mail delivery. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, centralized delivery would involve carriers delivering mail to a cluster of individual mailboxes, which would also include space for large mail parcels Mail carriers are being consulted about the most dangerous areas for mail delivery, due to snow…
The first reading of an increase for Rapid City’s water rates was approved by the city council, reports KOTA News. The ordinance will increase water rates by 43 percent over the next five years. Additional funds generated by the tax increase would be directed toward the city’s reserve fund in the event that upgrades or expansions to the city’s water…
In his third public presentation, Mayor Steve Allender presented two options to bring the Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to KOTA News, the third presentation of options for the arena was added due to high turnout. Another presentation will be given on October 19th at the Civic Center.…
Crow Peak Hall on the Black Hills State University campus has a new name. As reported by KOTA News, the hall was recently renamed Bordeaux Hall in honor of Dr. Lionel Bordeaux who is an alumnus of the university and later went on to earn his doctorate in educational administration from the University of Minnesota. Bordeaux then utilized his education…
The Rapid City Council is considering a five-year utility rate plan which may result in higher water bills for Rapid City residents next year. According to KOTA News, a recent water and water reclamation utility rate study found that although Rapid City water is safe, the cost of maintaining the high quality of the water has become expensive. The city…
The Deadwood City Commission is looking to supplement the Historic Preservation Revolving Loan Fund, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The commission approved the first reading of a supplemental budget ordinance in the amount of $331,000. The program has received 20 applications for historic preservation grants so far this year as well as an increase in program support in recent years,…
Teachers in the Rapid City Area School District received a salary increase of more than nine percent last year, as reported by KOTA News. This increase is slightly over the statewide average salary increase for teachers of eight percent. Officials with the Rapid City Area School District noted that they were able to offer base salaries of $40,000. To learn…
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, RapidRide experienced a 46.9 percent increase in student ridership. According to KOTA News, there were 11,695 youth passengers in September 2017 over 7,961 in September of last year. Total ridership by all RapidRide passengers increased by 14 percent in September 2017 over September 2016. To learn more about transportation issues in the…
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently awarded Pennington County with a grant to assist in criminal justice reform and to reduce the county’s jail population, reports the Rapid City Journal. The 1.75 million award is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a $100 million national initiative to reduce incarceration rates by changing the way Americans perceive…
The Pennington County Commission denied a funding request in the amount of $90,000 for the county’s health facility, reports the Rapid City Journal. The request was made in advance of preparation on the building’s second floor located at 200 Kansas City Street. A specific use for the second floor of the facility remains to be determined. The total cost of…
The Fall River County Commission recently approved its 2018 budget, according to the Hot Springs Star. The 2018 budget was set at $7 million. The county’s mill levy for the general fund was also reduced from 4.593 to 4.557 for the upcoming year. To read more news from Fall River County, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive…
The Rapid City Council denied an appeal made by a developer of a proposed subdivision intended for affordable housing, reports the Rapid City Journal. The developer had requested that the council allow the subdivision to bypass the city’s platting requirements, which include the installation of curbs, gutters and sidewalks. The city council rejected the appeal request by a vote of…
The Rapid City Council recently approved a reallocation of a two percent sales tax beginning in 2018, reports KOTA News. The reallocation will be directed toward improvements to the city’s streets and other infrastructure. Currently, the city spends approximately $25 million annually on infrastructure. To read more news from Rapid City, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.…
On September 18, the Spearfish City Council approved a budget of $25.3 million for 2018, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. The 2018 budget marks a 1.8 percent decrease over the previous year’s budget. However, the 2018 budget calls for a 0.031 increase to the mill levy to cover expenditures. The city also approved a $1 increase on the sewer…
The Lead-Deadwood School District has seen a slight uptick in enrollment this school year, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The district has seen an increase of 32 students across the middle and high schools, while enrollment at the middle school has remained flat. This year, enrollment at the elementary school is 337. The middle school hosts 175 students while enrollment…
While there were discussions of increasing the county’s reserve fund as well as an option that would maintain funding levels from 2017, the Pennington County Commissioners passed on both options. However, according to KOTA News, the commission approved a small pay increase for county employees by a vote of 3-2.  Mark DiSanto and George Ferebee were the two dissenting votes.…
The Spearfish Planning Commission has recommended establishing a tax-increment financing district for the Jackson Boulevard redesign project, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. Funds from the TIF district would go toward design updates including landscaping, enhanced sidewalks and crosswalks. The request to create a new TIF district will now head to the Spearfish City Council on October 2 for approval.…
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is working on replacing a bridge and installing a new observation deck at Spearfish Falls. According to KOTA News, interpretive signs detailing the history of the area will also be placed along trails near the falls. To read more news about Spearfish, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.
Major renovations are currently in progress at Robbinsdale Park, according to KOTA News. As a result, the park will be closed until May 2018. Construction crews are currently updating the park’s drainage system which includes the removal of trees that are obstructing the drainage field. Following updates to the drainage system, the park’s roadways will be reconstructed beginning in October…
The South Dakota Department of Education recently released its 2017 report cards, according to KOTA News. In the Rapid City Area School District, attendance was down by 1.0 percent when compared to last year, despite efforts to provide free transportation to students via RapidRide. While attendance was down slightly, the report card indicates that reading and literacy rates increased by…
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