Rapid City looking at changing snow removal boundaries

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA News) – Efforts to extend the snow removal boundaries passed at Rapid City Public Works committee on Tuesday and will go before council on Monday. Snow removal is controversial in so many ways, and this is no different. An ordinance amendment would extend the western boundary to West Boulevard to better provide the downtown core with snow removal services.

Alderman Bill Evans said sometimes people have car emergencies during a snow emergency, and are not able to get their car started.

The Public Works Director Dale Tech said so far they haven’t called for a snow emergency in the 3 or 4 years since the ordinance has been in place.

Tech said the Police Department also has maintained a commitment to attempt to contact any car owners ahead of any towing operations.

He said it’s hard for plow drivers to work around those vehicles when the snow is deep.

He said the fee resolution would be updated and an amended fee resolution is expected to come up for approval around the first of the year.