News for June 2014

FROM MAYOR DE VRIES: Thanks to all; happy trails!

June 25, 2014

I cannot say too many times, thank you to the many volunteers in our city and the area. We have seven or eight volunteer Boards and Commissions that help the city in a variety of issues. Some of the Boards and Commissions have some power to make decisions, but most of them are advisory in nature.

The Boards or Commissions we have that have power to make decisions are all given this authority by either state law, or by city ordinances. These groups are appointed by the Mayor, and must be approved by the City Council. The other advisory Boards and Commissions are appointed by the Mayor, with no City Council approval necessary.

During the last couple of weeks I have been spending time attempting to finish undone projects, and trying to wrap up various issues. I am trying not to leave too many unfinished projects for the new Mayor. This is really only a great idea and dream, because there will be plenty of unfinished issues that new Mayor Cindy Donnell will inherit. However, I will continue to help Cindy if and when she wants any information or possible help I may be able to give.

The volunteer groups, as well as the Boards and Commissions we have in town will also help immensely in the transition from one administration to the next. Projects and work in progress will continue, as these groups continue.

I thank the citizens in Hot Springs for the opportunity to have served you. I tried to work hard for the good of the community, but I can assure you that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I also truly thank The Star for making room in the paper for the many articles I have sent them. Thank you again to the citizens of Hot Springs for allowing me to be your Mayor.

-Mayor Don De Vries

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Last Modified: 06-25-2014-08:22:52

From City Hall: Reverse Diagonal Meeting

June 16, 2014

The highway project to completely rebuild highway 385 through the middle of Hot Springs is scheduled to begin in 2017. Parking is an issue not decided, and we have to help the state with the final plan. The question that faces us is “Do we want reverse diagonal parking?”

            The state does not want any vehicles backing out onto the highway, the way we do now with traditional diagonal parking. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has suggested our trying reverse diagonal parking, which would be a first in the state of South Dakota.

            Reverse diagonal parking is similar to parallel parking, in that drivers would stop, use their right blinker, and back into the parking space. The difference is that instead of parking parallel to the curb, the parked vehicles would stop in the diagonal parking spots. We will most likely lose many parking spaces throughout our downtown if we don’t use the reverse diagonal parking concept.

            With reverse diagonal, any loading into the back or trunk of a vehicle would be done near the sidewalk instead of next to the moving traffic. Another, and probably more important safety aspect would be when you pull out of a parking space, you can easily see the oncoming traffic. With traditional diagonal parking, many times the driver actually backs out into traffic (very slowly), because you can’t see if traffic is approaching.

            If we do not want to lose quite a few parking spaces through our downtown, we will most likely have to use this newer concept of reverse diagonal parking. I have scheduled a public meeting to find out if we want to try this parking throughout downtown, before plans for the new highway are completed. It makes a lot of sense to try this concept before the new highway is constructed, to see how it will work. From what I have been told, places that currently have this parking really like it, after they get used to it.

            I have scheduled a meeting at the Mueller Center Monday, June 23, at 7PM to find out if the affected business community and the public will try this concept. Please let us know if we want to try this to improve safety, and to save many parking spaces downtown in our future.

-Mayor Don De Vries

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Last Modified: 06-16-2014-07:58:34

PLEASE TAKE: City Parks Needs Assessment Survey

June 10, 2014

We want to hear from you! Please answer all multiple choice questions. Specific comments are strongly encouraged. Thank you for helping improve our City's parks and recreation amenities!

This survey is part of the City Parks Needs Assessment currently underway.

I've invited you to fill out the form Hot Springs City Parks Survey. To fill it out, visit:

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Last Modified: 06-10-2014-15:08:36

2014 Election Results

June 4, 2014

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the June 3 election.

Cindy Donnell: 439
David Burris: 303
Jim Sword: 280

Georgia Holmes: 117
Ray Ecoffey: 85
Chris Pannill: 60

Bob Evans: 534
W. Scott Davis: 507
Rich Mraz: 304

Joe Falkenburg: 733
Deb Russell: 563
Paul Nabholz: 546
Thomas Schnose: 505

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Last Modified: 06-4-2014-08:45:13