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Floodwaters cover 1st Avenue in Rapids City.

WHAT WE KNOW: The village of Rapids City is investing in infrastructure projects and an emergency alert system through Civic Ready, and is awaiting receipt of grant funds for two projects.

WHAT'S NEW: At a village board meeting Tuesday, Village President Harold Mire Jr. said Civic Ready officials will discuss launching the push notification system in the village during an upcoming conference call. The village plans to use the system when issuing boil orders and alerts about immediate hazards to the community.

The board also was updated on plans for Phase 1 of the 14th Street project to mitigate flooding. According to project engineers with MSA Professional Services, a 10-by-4-foot culvert with wing dams soon will be poured to replace the current box culvert and trees near the culvert will be removed in an effort to create “greater volume and flow” in the event of heavy rain. Adjoining sidewalks will be removed and replaced because they have been covered by dirt and grass over the years. 

In other business, trustees approved spending up to $4,000 to buy additional barricades for the village after last week’s storm and road closures due to electrical lines on the road highlighted their low stock. 

WHAT'S NEXT: The board approved setting up a accounts for state grants it will be receiving in a matter of weeks. With the accounts in place, the village can start the projects when the funds are deposited.

The board also approved buying five pieces of exercise equipment for Schuler’s Shady Grove at a cost of $9,950.20 with grant money, pending final approval from the grant program, and spending up to $2,150 for a concrete pad and bicycle repair station to be installed along the bike path. “It’s one more service that we’ll be providing,” said Trustee Dick Robertson.

The board also approved fraud and purchase/procurement policies for the village, which will help the village get higher scores on future grant applications. 

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