A brief look at what is happening on the government level today:
County sets emergency meeting
Pennington County commissioners will be asked today to declare a state of emergency, according to a press release from the Emergency Operations Center.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the commission meeting room in the Pennington County Courthouse. In addition to discussing the state of emergency, county officials will be briefed on the county's response to the storm.
County, city offices to reopen
Pennington County and Rapid City government offices will reopen today. In addition, the 7th Circuit Court will be open but no jury trials will be held. The county’s 24/7 program resumed its normal operations on Monday evening.
Classes cancelled again
Classes at Rapid City’s public schools and at Western Dakota Tech have been cancelled again today. According to an email sent to Rapid City Area Schools personnel, the administration said it is concerned about impassable bus routes, power outages at schools and residences, and “infrastructure damage to schools.” Classes were also cancelled on Friday and Monday due to the blizzard.
The Rapid City landfill will not be accepting yard waste debris from this weekend’s storm. Instead, the city is asking residents to take the debris to one of the three collection sites: the overflow parking lot at Fitzgerald Stadium along Sheridan Lake Road; the Fairmont Street Yard waste site; and the Civic Center overflow parking lot across from the Club for Boys where debris can be put directly on the pavement.
Park closed for assessment
Hanson-Larson Memorial Park in Rapid City has been closed indefinitely while officials assess the damage to trails and trees. According to a press release from the HLMP Foundation, it could be several weeks before the park is reopened.
Free showers at YMCA
The YMCA of Rapid City is offering free showers from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and use of its locker rooms to residents without power, according to a press release. Towels and shampoo will be available and residents must have a photo ID when they check in to the facility at 815 Kansas St.