News for February 2014


February 27, 2014

The City of Hot Springs expects to submit an application to the State of South Dakota for a Community Development Block Grant to make possible the construction of a new ambulance building for the Hot Springs Ambulance Service.  The City expects to apply for approximately $515,000.00 of CDBG funds to be used for the proposed project which will cost approximately $3,082,510.00.

A public hearing will be held at 7:15 P.M., on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Mueller Center at 801 South 6th St. in Hot Springs, SD.  The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from members of the community regarding the application.  The meeting is open to the public and interested persons are encouraged to attend.

Public comments will also be taken during this public hearing on the City of Hot Springs community development and housing needs.

Notice is further given to persons with disabilities that this hearing is being held in physically accessible place and you must notify the above mentioned office within 48 hours of the public hearing if you have special needs for which this agency will make arrangements.

Harley Lux

Administrator/Finance Officer

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Last Modified: 02-27-2014-15:44:22

A Matter of Public Safety: From Public Safety Chair

February 18, 2014

There is a growing number of newcomers to Hot Springs and hopefully, an increase in visitors. This is a problem that has been discussed a number of times at our Public Safety meetings.

Both newcomers and people who have lived in Hot Springs for years are stopping on River Street to cross the double yellow line to either park on the other side of the street, or to simply make a U-turn and reverse direction.

River Street is part of the state highway that goes through town and crossing a double yellow line is illegal. This practice can cause accidents, when you stop in the middle of traffic and the person behind you runs into the back of your vehicle, or you make an illegal U-turn and get hit by oncoming traffic that doesn’t know what you are doing.

It doesn’t matter if we are a small town or not, we all need to think safety when driving and need to obey the traffic laws.

-Public Safety Chair Craig Romey

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Last Modified: 02-18-2014-08:21:19

From City Hall: Mayor, Alderman positions open

February 11, 2014

March is not far away, and March 1 is when petitions can be picked up at City Hall to run for our municipal election. We have a two-year position available in each of our four wards in the city for an alderman. Before picking up a petition at city hall, please confirm your ward because some ward boundaries changed a couple of years ago.

Besides one opening in each ward, the two-year term for mayor is also open. I have been mayor for three terms, and it is time for someone else to take over the mayor’s position. I have decided not to run for the office again. A change in this position could be good, with new and fresh ideas to enhance our city government.

The mayor is voted on by everyone in the city, while the aldermen are elected by the voters in each particular ward. If we could change one thing in our city, I would like to see our elections at large instead of within wards. However, elections at large are not part of the aldermanic form of government.

The commissioner form of government does elect commissioners at large. There are also other significant differences from our aldermanic form we have today. Commissioners divide up much of the responsibility of managing the city, and each of the commissioners are responsible for an area of the policy and city services. Our current city council takes on more responsibility in some functions of the city than most cities with the aldermanic form of government. Maybe the commissioner form fits our city better; I don’t know.

Remember, although we will not have our city election until June, petitions are available in March. Think about picking up a petition, or encourage someone in your ward or another ward to run for office in the city.

-Mayor Don De Vries

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Last Modified: 02-11-2014-14:50:47

From City Hall: Vision 2020 Updates

February 4, 2014

Last week I went to Wessington Springs, to speak at their Area Development Corporation annual meeting. They are kicking off their “Marketing Hometown America” project, and wanted to know how the process worked in Hot Springs.

As you may recall, our Vision 2020 committee went through this public input and study circle process last spring.

The group wanted to know how our community worked together to develop goals, and how the process worked to get community input. I explained the history of the Vision 2020 committee, and how we established a wish list of community projects through public meetings and study circles. I spoke about most of our goals to develop or enhance what we have in the Hot Springs area.

As you may recall, the community identified the river, and other outdoor attractions, as the most important areas to enhance. The city is helping accomplish some of these and other goals. We will be opening bids for a southern portion of the Freedom Trail (or River Walk) expansion in February. We also have applied for a grant to help us develop a trail from Evans Plunge to Chautauqua Park. If the grant is approved, we expect to complete this portion of the trail by 2015.

There are other projects the Vision 2020 group identified as priorities. One was welcome signs on the three major entrances to Hot Springs, and another was having a social media person on staff to help market our area through electronic means.

The welcome signs were delivered a couple of weeks ago, and will be installed as soon as weather permits. The Chamber, the BID board, and the City, together have hired a full time social media person for the marketing and electronic advertising needs of the area.

It is exciting to see work on the Freedom Trail, the welcome signs, and the electronic media person all in progress, or done. These were three of the priorities identified by the Vision 2020 group. Vision 2020 and the city are working on other community suggestions. It is good to see some of our community goals being accomplished.

-Mayor Don De Vries

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Last Modified: 02-4-2014-08:10:17