Dell Rapids City Council Meeting: 7/21/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session starting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21st, at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include Eagle Scout project presentation, second readings and adoption of ordinances 803, 804 and 805, mayor veto, fire pit/smoke nuisance discussion, warming house property update, and the administrator’s report.  The full agenda can be found by clicking here.  After the regular session, the council will enter into an executive session.

The City Council regular session will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

Family Dollar Opens in Dell Rapids

FamilyDollarJuly2014The Family Dollar store in Dell Rapids officially opened its doors on Thursday, July 17th, at 9:00 a.m.  The store is located at 301 W 4th Street in Dell Rapids.

The 8,000-squre foot store will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.

The Family Dollar in Dell Rapids will make 25 Family Dollar stores in South Dakota.

Dell Rapids School Board Meeting: 7/14/14

The Dell Rapids School Board will meet on Monday, July 14th, in the MS/HS DDN with two full agendas.  Starting at 7:00 p.m., the school board will hold their budget hearing.  Items on this agenda include the proposed 2014-2015 budget and 5-year Capital Outlay Plan along with approval.  Immediately following the budget hearing, the school board will move into their re-organizational meeting.  Items on that agenda include the organization of the school board, an executive session, the consent agenda, appointment of school board members to committees, and review of the Dell Rapids School District policies and procedures.

The full layout of both agendas can be found by clicking here.

Speed Limit Increase Proposal to be Vetoed

SpeedLimitIncreaseProposalCity Councilman Gary Haak proposed to raise the speed limit on 15th Street in Dell Rapids during the City Council meeting on Monday, July 7th.

“There is nobody crossing the street, there are no houses across the street from the water tower, there is a sidewalk for kids to walk on and no kids crossing it, and there are flashing lights by the school to drop down to 15 mph,” said Haak during the discussion.

City Administrator Justin Weilaind mentioned, “Turning sight distances (on 15th street) were designed for 35 mph, because the speed limit is 25 mph.  If you raise the speed limit to 35, people will drive 40 or 45 potentially, so you want a 10-mile threshold on that sight distance requirement.    I’d be a little careful about going to 35, because of the sight distances.”

City Councilman Mark Crisp added, “The people of my ward don’t think it’s a good idea, the school doesn’t think it’s a good idea….you know, if it’s the high school, maybe, but it’s our grade school.”

After discussion, Haak made the motion to increase the speed limit to 30 mph on 15th Street.  City Councilman Chad Andrews seconded the motion.  The motion passed by a 4-3 vote, however, Mayor Scott Fiegen stated his intention to veto the action.  Councilmen Crisp, Lee Burggraff, and Paul Miles voted no on the motion.

Library Ground-Breaking Ceremony Held

LibraryGroundBreaking-2The Library addition/renovation project took another step forward with the ground-breaking ceremony that was held on Tuesday, July 8th, at 4:00 p.m.  Past and present library board members, the mayor, city council members, along with many others were on hand to take part in the ceremony.

Library Board President Tom Earley started the ceremony by saying, “We are here to celebrate a significant event to the history of the Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library.”

“This thing has been a long time coming.  I think as long as I’ve been mayor, we’ve been LibraryGroundBreaking-3working on this project.  This is going to be a fantastic addition to the community.  Want to thank all the people that donated money to this cause,” said Mayor Scott Fiegen.

The Dell Rapids City Council recently voted to provide $360,000 of municipal money to help the library close a gap in funding of the project.  The project is going to add about a 2,000-squre foot addition to the library along with restoration to the current building.

LibraryGroundBreaking-4“All along our main priority has been the renovation of the existing Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library, making the library ADA accessible to all customers and that will be achieved with the addition of the elevator.  We have also wanted to increase the square footage of the library,” said Earley during the ceremony.

Members of the library board of trustees, Mayor Fiegen, Helen Aspaas, and LibraryGroundBreaking-1current Library Director Brittany Moeller dug the first hole for the ground-breaking ceremony.  Gil Haugan Construction, Inc. began work on the $1.1 million project on Wednesday, July 9th.

The library will be closed Monday, July 14th through Sunday, July 20th, while they move into their temporary location of the old elementary school building.  The library will re-open on Monday, July 21st, on the east side of the building.

City Council Meeting: 7/7/14

The Dell Rapids City Council will meet in regular session on Monday, July 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Council Chambers.  Some of the items on the agenda include rezoning request first readings of ordinances 804 and 805, clarification on bid award for the library addition/renovation project, second readings on ordinances 801 and 802, 15th Street proposal to raise speed limit discussion, fire pit ordinance discussion, and the administrative report.

The full agenda can be found by clicking here.  The meeting will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.

Fireworks Reminder

With the 4th of July just around the corner, residents need to be reminded of the fireworks ordinance in Dell Rapids.  The 2013 South Dakota Legislature changed the state law to allow the discharge of fireworks from June 27th until the Sunday after July 4th.  This year it is legal to discharge fireworks through Sunday, July 6th, in the state of South Dakota.  However, individual cities have the option of adopting stricter limits to the use of fireworks.  Dell Rapids passed Ordinance 668 on June 7th, 2004, limiting the discharge of fireworks to just July 4th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. within the city limits:

  • (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to shoot or discharge any fireworks, as that term is defined and used in SDCL ch. 34-37, within the city limits except on July 4 of  each year. On July 4 of each year, only permissible fireworks as defined by SDCL 34-37-5 shall be permitted to be discharged and then only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on each said July 4. Violation of this section shall result in a minimum fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) plus costs, and each subsequent violation in the same year shall result in a minimum increase in the fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per subsequent violation (i.e., twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for first offense, fifty dollars ($50.00) for second offense, seventy-five dollars ($75.00) for third offense, etc., plus costs).

City and state officials also remind residents to be safe this holiday with a few tips:

  • follow the instructions on the product
  • avoid using fireworks in places where a fire could start
  • keep a source of water handy
  • make sure children use sparklers under adult supervision

State-wide Texting Ban In Effect

TextingWhileDrivingHouse Bill 1177, “Texting While Driving Ban”, became state law on Tuesday, July 1st.  The ban states that no one operating a motor vehicle on a highway is permitted to use a wireless electronic device to write, send, or read text-based communication messages.  The ban does not apply when:
1) the vehicle is lawfully parked
2) contacting any emergency public safety answering point or dispatch center
3) using the device to write, read, select or enter a telephone number/name to make or receive a phone call
4) using voice operated or hands free technology.

The violation of the texting ban is a secondary offense, meaning that the driver must be pulled over for another violation before being ticketed for texting.  The fine for texting while driving is $100.

A complete list of all the laws that went into effect on July 1st can be found by clicking here.

Library Project to Move Forward

DRLibraryThe Dell Rapids Carnegie Library project will move forward after a decision made by the Dell Rapids City Council on Monday, June 16th.  During the council’s regular meeting, the council voted to use general fund dollars to offset the gap the library had in their building fund for the addition/renovation project.  The Council approved an amount of $360,000.

Prior to the approval by the council to give the library the amount of money needed to move the project forward, a proposal was defeated that would have loaned the amount to the library over a 10-year period of time.  The vote for the loan was defeated with five ayes and two nays.  A 2/3 majority was needed to approve that proposal.

City Councilman Dave Sommerfeld stated he would be in favor of the acceptance without the loan stipulation on the money.  City Councilman Paul Miles moved to approve the amount without the loan stipulation.  Councilman Mark Crisp seconded the motion.  The motion passed with a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Chad Andrews voting nay.  Councilman Lee Burggraff was absent from the meeting.  The approval of the $360,000 also brought some changes to the original plans.  The SEH contract will be changed to reduce the amount of on-site visits from twelve to six, and attendance at meetings will be teleconference in order to save costs on the project.

Billion Chevrolet Makes Big Donation to DR Little League

Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball initiative, donated $500 cash to the Dell Rapids Little League this year along with nearly $1,000 in baseball equipment.  The league received an L-screen, 4 sets of full catcher’s equipment, lineup cards, umpire clickers, and water bottles and backpacks to hand out at tournaments throughout the year.

On Monday, June 23rd, Mike Person, Sales Manager at Billion Chevrolet of Dell Rapids, presented the $500 check to the Dell Rapids Little League on Field B in City Park.  Four of the seven Dell Rapids Little League board members along with a few players from various teams in Dell Rapids were at the field to receive the donation.

Billion Chevrolet was also the tournament sponsor for the Dell Rapids Little League Tournament held on May 30th through June 1st.

Back L to R:  DRLL Board Member Jeff Holm, DRLL Board Memeber Jeff Welbig, Mike Person - Billion Chevrolet, DRLL President Matt Larson, DRLL Board Member Nate Henry...along with players from various teams in Dell Rapids

Back L to R: DRLL Board Member Jeff Holm, DRLL Board Memeber Jeff Welbig, Mike Person – Billion Chevrolet, DRLL President Matt Larson, DRLL Board Member Nate Henry…along with players from various teams in Dell Rapids