Sales Tax Revenue up in Dell Rapids

The city of Dell Rapids has seen a growth in sales tax revenue in 2014.  Sales tax revenue has increased by 10.55% this year for the reported months of January through October over the same time period in 2013.  City Administrator Justin Weiland reported the numbers to the Dell Rapids City Council during their regular meeting on Monday, December 15th.

“We’re continuing to see a steady rise every year we’ve had increases.  Things are looking well,” Weiland said during the meeting.  Weiland also mentioned that he would provide the council with the final year end numbers after November and December numbers are reported.

 

 

Dells Nursing and Rehab Center Christmas Party

DNRC Christmas Part 1

DNRC Christmas Party 2Dells Nursing and Rehab Center held their Christmas Party for their residents on Sunday, December 14th.  The event was filled with carolers entertaining with song, Christmas goodies, and Santa even made the trip to the party.  Dells Nursing and Rehab Center staff would like to thank everyone in the community for the kind donations that made the event special.DNRC Christmas Party 3

 

More pictures of the Christmas Party can be found by clicking here.

Dell Rapids Schools Participate in Christmas for our Kids

ChristmasForKidsCandyCaneThe Dell Rapids School District spent the week of December 8th – 12th collecting items for the 2014 Dell Rapids “Christmas for our Kids”.    Items were collected from students and staff throughout the week.  Each day was a different donation category.

Monday was “Make a Donation Monday”.  Monetary donations and gift cards were collected.  Tuesday was “Tag & Tape Tuesday”.  Gift tags and tape for wrapping were collected.  Wednesday was “Wrap it up Wednesday” in which new rolls of wrapping paper or other decorating items were collected.  Thursday was “Thankful Thursday”.  Staff and students brought in items they wished were under their tree to give to someone in the program.  Friday was “Festive Friday”.  The final day was for batteries for the donated toys.

The school district had great participation and support throughout the week.

“Christmas for our Kids” is a community project that is lead by the local ESA women’s organization.  Last year the project was able to deliver gifts to 95 children in 42 families.  Along with the event at Dell Rapids School last week, the project also had other areas of support this year.  Adopt-a-Family, the Angel Tree, and monetary donations have been accepted throughout the holiday season.

Dell Rapids City Council Meeting: 12/15/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, December 15th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include public hearing for first reading of ordinance 814, outdoor event permit request, second reading and adoption of ordinance 813, on sale/off sale liquor licenses and operating agreements, and the administrator’s report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

Storehouse Thanksgiving Food Basket Giveaway a Huge Success

The Dell Rapids Storehouse Community Food Pantry held their annual Thanksgiving Food basket giveaway on Saturday, November 22nd.  They gave away 66 baskets.  The giveaway was accomplished by the wonderful donations of food and money, plus the many wonderful volunteers that worked to put the baskets together.  The Storehouse had volunteers from age 2 to 92 all coming together to put the baskets together and deliver them.

The Dell Rapids Storehouse Community Food Pantry would like to thank the community!

Ice Rink to Get Trial Run

UPDATE:  Temperatures for the next few days are expected to be above normal, thus making the flooding/prepping of the ice rink impossible at this time.   If temperatures drop low enough to allow for the prepping, the ice rink will be able to happen.

 

An ice rink in Dell Rapids will get a trial run during the Christmas break.  During the city council meeting on Monday, December 1st, the Dell Rapids City Council voted in favor of giving an ice rink in Dell Rapids a trial run during the holiday season.  A Dell Rapids resident brought up the idea of an ice rink to the council during their regular meeting on November 17th.  The council at that time voted to table a decision about the ice rink until their next meeting to allow city administration to put together a plan.

City Administrator Justin Weiland proposed the idea of getting an ice rink ready for use during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.  After a trial run during that time, the city would then gather reaction from the public to determine if there was enough interest to justify maintaining the ice rink for the rest of the winter season.   The council voted in favor of this plan 6-1.

Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 12/8/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet in regular session on Monday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the MS/HS DDN Room.  Some of the items on the agenda include the consent agenda, Lunchtime Solutions survey discussion, determine 2015 school board election, and the superintendent’s report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The school board will also have two executive sessions during the evening.

The regular session meeting will be webcast.

City Council Meeting – 12/1/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session starting at 7:30 p.m. on  Monday, December 1st, in the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include an update on a potential ice skating rink, declaration of surplus items, 2015 fire department agreement, and the administrator’s report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.

The regular session meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.  The council will enter into an executive session after the completion of the regular session.

Quarrier Athletic Surplus Sale

NewDRLogoThose interested in owning a piece of Quarrier history and showing Quarrier Spirit are in luck.  This winter the Dell Rapids School District will be selling surplus jerseys and athletic equipment.  This sale will be done in two parts.

Part one of the surplus sale will be an auction-style sale and will start on Monday, December 1st.  Bids can be made with LuAnn at the district office for football jersey numbers of the uniforms worn by varsity last year and prior years.  This auction-style sale for both the black and white varsity football uniforms is intended to give everyone who may want those jerseys and numbers a fair chance to get them.  The bids will come to an end at the close of school on Friday, December 19th.

The second part of the surplus sale will include any of the football jerseys that were not sold along with older track sweats, cheer outfits, basketball jerseys, football pants, volleyball tops, golf gear, along with some other possible treasures.  This part of the sale will be a rummage-type sale and will take place at three home basketball games.  The three dates are January 3rd, January 6th, and January 9th.

For any questions, contact Jeff Dvorak or LuAnn Heidebrink at 428-5473 ext. 1.

Water Rates to Increase

DellRapidsTowerWater rates within the city limits of Dell Rapids will increase starting December 20th.  The Dell Rapids City Council approved the second reading and adoption of ordinance 812 on Monday, November 17th, during their regular meeting.  The rate will increase by 3%.  The increase in rates will be spread across the base rate and an increase per 1,000 gallons used.

The base rate will increase from $9.88 to $10.00.  The rate per 1,000 gallons used will increase from $4.26 to $4.37.  The average water bill will increase by a total of $.67 per month.

Alderman David Sommerfeld made the motion to approve the second reading and adoption with the second coming from Alderman Mike Geraets.  The roll-call vote passed 7-0.