As the weather begins to cool down and the days get shorter, we all tend to do our own sort of hibernation, often curling up at home with a hot cocoa and a TV show, but there is actually a lot to do around Hot Springs during these months, and a lot of it happens right here at the Mueller Civic Center!
We’re proud to be the host of many fine arts events in the coming months. Both the high school drama department and the Southern Hills Community Theatre have been busy preparing for their performances. The high school play took place last week, and the SHCT production of “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be performed December 11-13, at 7 p.m. each night.
Tonight, the Hot Springs Area Concert Association brings the area yet another top-notch concert with Two on Tap performing at 7:30 p.m.
At the same time and same place on next Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Hot Springs School Vocal Christmas Concert will take place in our theater and on Dec. 19, Pat Martin’s music students will be holding a recital in the evening in the theater as well.
Many hours of preparation have been put in by those performing at all events to entertain you and we hope you come out in full support.
Civic events are another top priority for us at the Mueller Center, and aside from a great turnout on Election Day, remember that City Council meets here the first and third Monday of the month in our annex. If you’re in search of employment, Job Service is also here the second and fourth Wednesday, be sure to stop in then for assistance. General applications are always available from the Chamber of Commerce desk.
Our other holiday events included last weekend’s annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, while on the horizon is the Christmas in the Hills Marketplace on Saturday, Dec. 6. These events are always festive and a wonderful place to pick up gifts or get gift ideas from local vendors.
Finally, supporting our youth is one of the most important things we as a city can do and on top of the Friends of the Library Halloween Carnival, AgXpo and the Boys & Girls Club of Hot Springs’ Wine and Wreaths event hosted here in the last couple months, we also have Shapeera from Barefoot Dance who comes down Rapid City every Friday to give kids dance lessons. We also provide a place for our school’s gymnasts to practice in our gym as they start preparing for their competitions this season.
We also have numerous private events & meetings going on in the next couple months as well so if you are interested in renting a room for a Christmas party, business meeting, presentation, concert or other event, you can always call the Mueller Center office for bookings at 745-3446 or if you need information on upcoming events only you can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 745-4140.
Please don’t just hibernate this winter; get out and enjoy everything our community has to offer you!
The Hot Springs Municipal Airport is beginning the process of updating its Airport Master Plan, which will guide the Airport through the next twenty years of development. The Airport Commission is hosting a Public Open House at City Hall to kick off the Airport Master Planning process on Thursday, October 30 at 6:00pm. A short presentation will be given at 6:30pm. Opportunity for questions and comments will be provided. All interested persons are invited to attend and present their views on the Airport and Master Plan. Comments received during the evening will be evaluated by the project team and incorporated into the plan as appropriate.
How fun it is to stand at The Desk and watch the faces of visitors to the Hot Springs Library. They are in awe of the building and the services provided. A common comment is, “they sure didn’t have libraries like this when I was a kid.” That’s right! Back then it was books, the local newspaper, the Omaha World Herald, and a few magazines.
Now we are Books And Beyond . . . We still have the books, newspapers, and magazines, but added to the list are: audio books, movies, computers, scanners, copy machine, website, databases, story bags, meeting room, study room. And more. Please visit the Library to see all we offer. Among everything offered at the Library, I want to highlight a few.
Databases The SD State Library has spent $ ½ million on databases. They range from automotive manuals, health information, journal articles, foreign language, and practice tests. These trusted databases can be accessed from the Library. Or from your home computer with a State Library Card. Look for the button “Online Resources” on the home page of the Hot Springs Library Website. You can apply for a State Library Card on the SD State Library site.
Supervised Testing for non-traditional college students who can schedule secure testing to eliminate the drive and test here in town. Normally 12 students and 50 tests per year.
A Volunteer Program is necessary to get everything done! We appreciate the hours our volunteers contribute and can always use one more person. Stop by the library to see how your expertise can be put to use.
Homebound Services for patrons who cannot leave their home. We will pick up and deliver library items to your home, all it takes is a phone call.
South Dakota Titles to Go takes us to another level of ‘Beyond’. SD Titles to Go is a downloadable book program. Currently this Library has a readership of 225 e-reader checkouts per month.
Lynn’s Receipts are collected at the Library.
Audio Books are a favorite with patrons who commute to work or travel, with 952 titles from which to choose.
Partner With the Schools is the Library goal. We work with the teachers and librarians at the schools in summer reading, story time, providing reading material, classroom tours, history lessons, and book talks.
Services to the Public come in interesting situations each day, here are examples how we help people:
FAX paperwork to buy and sell a house. Write a resume. Apply for a job.
Buy something necessary for their livelihood on craigslist.
Learn to send photos of grandchildren. Print off hunting licenses.
Get all the paperwork for their driver’s license renewal. Track airline flights.
Help an adopted person find relatives. Help a local author publish a book.
Create a missing dog poster after downloading the photo.
Find and print the NFL football schedule. Find the price of an antique book.
The City of Hot Springs will be hosting a memorial service for Harley Lux at the Mueller Civic Center from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Everyone is welcome come and remember Harley's life and work.
For Harley's funeral services, visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City. Services will be at 10am on Friday at Fountain Springs Community Church in Rapid City. Burial will be at 2pm on Friday at Mountain Lawn Cemetery in Lead.
Keep Hot Springs Beautiful group will be holding a free recycling event in partnership with Pacific Steel & Recycling on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:00am to Noon in the Centennial Park parking lot in front of the American Legion. This is a good opportunity for city residents to dispose of old electronics and other items you don't want in a landfill.
Accepted items include appliances, aluminum, brass, radiators, catalytic converters, cast iron, automobiles (with title), white paper (no confidential documents), magazines and catalogs (no phone books), steel cans, card board, copper, lead, stainless steel, prepared iron, engines, sheet metal, colored office paper, refrigeration or cooling units, newspapers and, of course, electronics like IVs, cable boxes, computers, laptops, modems, servers, cell phones, circuit boards and more!
Call 745-4876 for more information or visit Keep Hot Springs Beautiful's website www.keephotspringsbeautiful.org
All City Offices including Hot Springs Public Library, Mueller Civic Center and Police Station non-emergency will be closed on July 4 in honor of Independence Day. Evans Plunge, Southern Hills Golf Course and the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Union Depot Visitor's Center, however, will be open.
In case of emergencies, 911 is always available for police, fire and medical.
We wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July and hope you join in the celebrations going on around Hot Springs throughout the weekend!
We wanted to update everyone on some very exciting updates! Both the Southern Hills Golf Course and Evans Plunge have launched brand new websites in the past few months. The Golf Course now offers the ability for golfers to book tee times online, and the Evans Plunge website offers up to date information on pool hours, admission and events as well as including the monthly newsletter from the Friends of Evans Plunge group.
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.
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.
We have quite a few parades in Hot Springs. In the past, we have been relying on our police department to handle traffic control for the parades. It not only takes additional pay for our officers, but it causes our police department to be at work for a short time when normally they are off work, possibly sleeping, and this interrupts their time off duty.
I am grateful and thankful that the Legion Riders from the Battle Mountain American Legion have offered to handle traffic control for all of our parades. The South Dakota Department of Transportation will be providing some training for the Legion Riders in the near future. The training will be done before the next parade in June.
Volunteers are important, and always are appreciated by the city and all the areas and groups who benefit. The volunteers we have helping around the city in many areas are invaluable.
All of the area volunteers, wherever they help, should be thanked. Their service is always welcome, and serves our community in many areas.
Thanks again to all the area volunteers, and when we have our parades in the future, remember to say thanks to the Legion Riders. They are helping the city, the police, and helping all the parade watchers, in keeping the traffic under control when we block off a main highway through the center of town.
In a continued effort to inform the public, and in an attempt to keep people up to date with city happenings, we launched a new website about a year ago.
The site still is not completely finished; I think it will never really be done, because we will always want to change something, or add more information.
If you have been a regular watcher of the Hot Springs City Council meetings on this city website, you most likely noticed a change with the last meeting.
We have a different camera, and the audio is much better than it was previously. The sound is much improved, making it easier to understand everyone.
The Hot Springs city website is www.hs-sd.org. To see the city council meetings, go to this website, under the City Government, see City Council, then at meeting videos, you can watch any of the city council meetings since the beginning of 2013. The sound has not as good of quality as we wanted, until the most recent meeting.
If you can’t make it to the meetings, or if you just want to see the recording of the meeting, please check it out on the city website. We still have more information we will be adding to the site shortly.
If you have suggestions or know of additional information we should have available on the site, let us know. Changes will take time, and if history is an indicator of the amount of time it may take for action on any suggestions, I can just ask you to be patient.
Our website www.hs-sd.org is far better than our old site, and we will continue to add and update information in the future. Check it out; there is much information available about Hot Springs.
Fall River County Emergency Management will be conducting a planning effort meeting to create a Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county. Hazard Mitigation Plans are a requirement of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A hazard mitigation plan is a publicly-guided document which identifies vulnerabilities to natural and manmade disasters. Comments and information for the plan is encouraged and the public is welcome to attend the meeting, starting at 7pm on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at the Mueller Center. For further information or comments, please contact Frank Maynard, Fall River Emergency Manager at 745-7562.
vans Plunge: Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
City of Hot Springs announces Evans Plunge Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 29 beginning at 10am. Join the City in celebrating the new ownership and renovation of the 125-year-old warm natural springs landmark.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Volunteers will offer guided tours of the newly renovated facility, along with door prizes and refreshments will be served. Children 12 years and under swim for $2.00 all day.
Evans Plunge, located in Hot Springs, is an indoor natural spring-fed 87 degrees, mineral water pool that has been the Black Hills most exciting attraction since 1890. Pool, health club, wellness classes, concessions and gift shop are open year-round. www.evansplunge.com
Evans Plunge is located at 1145 North River Street , Hot Springs, SD 605-745-5165