Sixth Street promenade and Memorial Park crosswalk redesign recommended.
Pedestrian safety or beauty? Rapid City's Sixth Street crosswalk is being recommended for a redesign. Currently there is one crosswalk across Omaha Street on the west side of Sixth Street The new design would be V-shaped from both sides of Sixth Street that would merge at the entrance of the Sixth Street promenade.
Rapid City citizens have complained about train noise.
Rapid City Ward 2 Councilman, Ritchie Nordstrom has been contacted by citizens who are unhappy about train noise. He is developing a plan that would involve private investors or look at the vision fund. Full article available at KOTATV.
'Rapid City Hens' Group will bring message or urban chickens to 2013 West Boulevard Festival.
A resident new to the Rapid City area is disappointed to learn that raising chickens in the backyard is in violation of city policy. Brita Craven and the Rapid City Hens group is hoping the Council will revisit the issue. The Hens will begin by educating the public and better-educating the city council. Read the full article in the Rapid City Journal and find
Sam Kooiker, newly re-elected Mayor of Rapid City, sat down for an interview with the Rapid City Journal.
Sam Kooiker, newly re-elected Mayor of Rapid City, sat down for an interview with the Rapid City Journal. Questions included what Kooiker would do to improve the infrastructure, use of the Vision Fund, and how to manage the Civic Center renovation and expansion.
The 2 mile Memory Walk will take place Sunday, June 9th in commemoration of the 1972 Flood in Rapid City.
This Sunday will be the second Memory Walk to commemorate the 1972 flood. The walk begins at Sioux Park and ends at Mountain View Road. This year, the walk will include a demonstration of smart phone technology: QR codes that link to web-based information. The Rapid City Public Libraries are developing the material and links to the flood archive.
In observance of the 41st anniversary of the Rapid City Flood of 1972 on June 9th, a collection of photographs will be on display at the downtown library.
Throughout this past year, the Libraries’ team of staff, interns, and volunteers has worked diligently to digitize photos, newspaper articles, film, radio and news broadcasts and as a result, have assembled the most comprehensive source of information regarding the 1972 Flood.
The University of South Dakota used phone surveys and focus groups to identify what would draw residents 50 and older to Rapid City. See the Power Point presentation and the full report.
An analysis of the services provided to senior citizens and residents age 50 and up in Rapid City shows a need for improved transportation, affordable single-level housing and better neighborhood shopping opportunities as areas in need of improvement.
The University of South Dakota conducted the study, using telephone surveys and focus groups, and presented the findings to the city council. Both the Power Point presentation and the full report are attached to this post.
Research participants identified three areas as exceeding the need for seniors in the community:
The city of Piedmont is looking forward to getting streets fixed.
Meade County Commissioners will accept bids for the Piedmont Street Project on Monday May 30th at 10am as stated in the minutes of the May 7th meeting. Piedmont has agreed to pay a portion of the cost according to the May Board of Trustees unapproved minutes.
Director of Douglas County Colorado Library System speaks on change in librarianship.
James LaRue, Director of Douglas County Library System in Colorado, presented at the 2013 spring workshop for the Black Hills Knowledge Network. He spoke on the changing nature of the work of librarianship and how to embed libraries into a community.
View LaRue's informative and inspirational presentation in the video record below.
View the latest update on the Piedmont water project as well as other information about water services in Piedmont.
Jeff Hines, city engineer gives an update on the Piedmont water project. Board of Trustees Chairman, Phil Anderson shares information about the water system. There is also information available on what you must do to get your water hooked up.
Council member Charity Doyle believes some residents are being overchaged for sewer services.
At the Rapid City Legal & Finance May 1 meeting, Council member Charity Doyle questioned the city's method of determining sewer rates. Currently, residents who do not use any water in the first three months of the year are charged a default 7-unit rate, which is among the highest rates charged to residential sewer usage. The full story may be read in the Rapid City Journal and a collection of
The Rapid City Business Improvement District has decided to install more lights on Main and St. Joseph streets.
The Rapid City Business Improvement District has decided to install more lights on Main and St. Joseph streets. The increased lighting is intended to make the area safer and encourage more foot traffic downtown. The project is currently planned to have funding in combination from 2015 Vision funds as well as BID assessments that are paid by downtown business owners.
Rapid City is on track to surpass last year in residential building permits.
Rapid City is on track to surpass last year in residential building permits. During the 1st quarter of 2013 there were residential building permits issued for 333 units, while last year there were only 405 units issued for the entire year. This is a trend that Rapid City has seen over the past few years according to the Rapid City Progress Report which shows the number of permits issued since 2010. More information can be found at the <
Are you concerned about the possibility of wildfires this summer? Do you know alternative ways to collect and conserve water? Have your heard of organic mulching?
The Piedmont Valley Library is hosting a Property Defensibility Class Saturday, April 27, from 9 to Noon presented by Keena Michelle. Topics covered will include: Fire Defensible Space, Alternative Water Collection and Conservation, Organic and Native Mulching, and Design for Use and Functionality. There is no fee--the class is free! We would appreciate an RSVP. 718-3663 or www.piedmontlibrary.net.
Concerns over tax revenue put decision of 160 acres at Exit 17 on hold.
At a Spearfish City Council meeting, the decision has been made to put off the annexation process of the proposed 160 acres at Exit 17, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. Concerns have been raised over the amount of time that it would take for the development to generate the property tax revenue to cover the costs of city services.
Updated flood plain maps more accurately record threatened properties.
Rapid City Public Works City Engineer Dale Tech reports that updated FEMA maps more accurately record what properties are threatened by flooding and what properties are not. The Public Works Committee will consider adopting the maps which will have an impact on federal flood insurance costs. Read the full artic