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WHAT's New in Human Resources

March Birthdays

The City of Box Elder is proud to recognize and celebrate the March birthdays of our tremendous staff!!! 
Wishing you all the happiest of birthday wishes!

Happy Birthday:
-Chris Misselt
-Todd Knoll
-Bruce Hegel
-Tonya Sabin
-Matt Birrenkott
-Raven Kaufman
-Richard Benn
-Doris Nelson
-Brent Hendrickson
-Sarah Cook
-Ethan Schulz

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WHAT's New In Wastewater:

Your Wastewater Department’s primary task is to manage and maintain the city’s sewer system. Additionally, this team has also taken on the responsibility of conducting water break cleanups. As we move into summer and the weather improves this team will continue to restore the areas affected to the same condition before repairs were made. This includes bringing the area to grade and seeding as needed.

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WHAT’s New In Elections:

The 2021 City of Box Elder Municipal Election will be on June 8, 2021 at the Event Center at City Hall.  There will only be one election this year, and that will be for Mayor.  The two candidates for Mayor are Scott Allen and Larry Larson.  The 3 City Council candidates are all unopposed.  We will be preparing the sample ballot and absentee ballots soon.  Don't forget to register to vote if you have not done so already!

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WHAT's New In Streets:

Truck Route Map


The Streets Department has been working hard with their street sign program. In the past month, they have identified and installed over 20 new signs throughout the city while keeping up with locating and repairing or replacing damaged signs due to vehicle accidents. They are also completed 50% of their city-wide pavement inspections and have already begun repairing the gravel roads caused by this past winter season. Finally, they have compleleted the seasonal cleanout of the city’s stormwater drainage system.

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WHAT's New In Public Works Department:



The Dirt work for the new Liberty Center/Plaza is in full swing. This 110-acre parcel located at the intersection of N Ellsworth and Liberty Blvd will soon be transformed into the crown jewel of Box Elder. This area will house a state-of-the-art Fitness center, housing, and commercial property. Phase one (1) of the Fitness center is scheduled to begin construction mid May 2021 with a completion date this fall. The Liberty Center will consist of indoor basketball courts, a running track, work out rooms and other areas for cardio fitness. The Center will accessibly place for use by both our base population as well as those not active-duty military.    



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WHAT’s New In the Police Department Administration Division:


Join us for a fun filled summer afternoon of water shenanigans between the Box Elder Police Department and the Box Elder Fire Department! Watch as the two go toe to toe with water hoses while you cheer your team on from the sidelines! Then, hop in on the fun with a water balloon fight of epic proportions featuring over 5,000 water balloons!

There will be music, games, food trucks and fun galore at the BEPD vs BEFD Water Warz!

Saturday June 26, 2021 from 11am to 3pm at the Box Elder City Hall.

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WHAT's New In Parks:


The Parks Department has been busy preparing the city’s seven parks for the summer. The team has been conducting preventive maintenance inspections of all structures and systems while identifying and researching replacement playground equipment. They also sprayed to prevent evasive weed growth throughout the city. Finally, the department found some time to improve the appearance in front of City Hall.

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WHAT's New In Building Inspection:

Box Elder preparing for B-21 with new subdivision

Ellsworth and the surrounding region will be undertaking big changes and growth in the next decade, with the coming arrival of the B-21 bomber. Box Elder is getting ahead of the growth with what’s being called “a city within a city.”

Alpha Land Company has big plans for the 1,400 acres in the southwest corner of Box Elder. The Alpha and Omega Subdivision is located between the west side of Radar Hill Road to the Northern Lights development on the Rapid City Border. The company’s plans would allow for the population of Box Elder to double in the coming years.

The company’s plans would allow for the population of Box Elder to double in the coming years.

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What's new in Community and Economic Development

Children playing in the future Candyland Child Development Center

Community and Economic Development works to make the City of Box Elder a vibrant community that attracts families, business, and industry to a growing City that is innovative and progressive.  We are looking to provide opportunities for all community members to live, work and play.

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WHAT's New In the Police Department:

Join us for a fun filled summer afternoon of water shenanigans between the Box Elder Police Department and the Box Elder Fire Department! Watch as the two go toe to toe with water hoses while you cheer your team on from the sidelines! Then, hop in on the fun with a water balloon fight of epic proportions featuring over 5,000 water balloons!

There will be music, games, food trucks and fun galore at the BEPD vs BEFD Water Warz!

Saturday June 26, 2021 from 11am to 3pm at the Box Elder City Hall.

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WHAT's New In Patrol Division:


The Box Elder Police Department would like to congratulate Officer Carter Smith for being recognized as the Officer of the year by the American Legion, Post 315 Box Elder.

Officer Smith is a valued member of the BEPD and we are proud of his accomplishments and contributions to our community mission.

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WHAT’s New In the City Clerks Department:

The City Clerks Department has been preparing for the upcoming Municipal Election on June 8, 2021.  We are continually working on adding previous City Council Meeting videos and minutes to the webpage.  We want thank you for your patience while we continue this ongoing process.

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WHAT's New In Engineering:

Work on the RAISE Grant application continues, working towards the July application deadline.  The Box Elder Engineering Division in cooperation with the Pennington County is re-applying for a planning grant thru the RAISE grant program.  Last years application made it to the Secretary of Transportations desk for final review before it fell out.  We feel we have a very viable project that should get strong consideration this year.  If awarded the planning grant it will move the City one step closer to applying for the RAISE construction grant which would allow reconstruction of Radar Hill Road and the 14/16 HWY.

The Radar Hill Road water main replacement project is nearing completion.  The SD DOT Transportation Alternative project has been submitted to the DOT for bid letting.  Construction on this project will be in late summer of early fall on this year with completion early summer of next year.   Annual projects for street maintenance have been awarded for  cracksealing, chip sealing, striping, and pot hole patching.  Several developments are preparing plans for their next phases.  The Well #10 Driling contract has been awarded. Drilling for the new well will begin later this summer.

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WHAT's New In Code Enforcement:

Box Elder will be working hard on cracking down on Nuisance issues 2020-2021

The Box Elder Code Enforcement Division in cooperation with the Public Works department will be cracking down on nuisance issues as the City works towards the goals of their City beautification plans.

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WHAT's New In the Finance Department:

The Finance Department is in the final stages of the city’s 2020 audit review.  We are excited to wrap up another year and we have jumped right into 2021.   Even though we have been exercising shortened lobby hours due to COVID-19, we are excited that the lobby is back to normal!  Stop by to make your payment with our finance team between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  We have missed you!  If you prefer to pay electronically over the phone or the web, those services are still available.  If you are interested in setting up an auto draft for the 15th of the month, please contact our office at 605-923-1404 for more information.

Finance is also busy working with the Marketing and Police Department to prepare for the City’s upcoming spring events.  We can’t wait to see you outside for Hop with a Cop, the Spring Market, and our First Movie Night in the Box!

Excellent job, Finance Team!

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WHAT's New In the Police Department Investigations Division:


The investigations division is excited to welcome Sergeant Joshua Campbell as the new leader. He replaces Sergeant Duane Peyrot who is retiring after 29 years in law enforcement. Congratulations to both of you on these new chapters in your lives!

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WHAT's New In Water:


This month crews in the Water Department have been working to GPS locate our water system component.  This includes curb stops, meter pits, valves, hydrants, and water mains. Notice the blue line on the sidewalk? These are to help your maintenance crews find water valves in case of water emergencies. By GPS locating and creating digital maps, your Public Works team is able to better plan and schedule maintenance projects to improve the system.


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WHAT's New In GIS:

Box Elder GIS creating maps to document years of undocumented Public Works infrastructure

GIS staff provides mapping services, data, and technical support to all City Department and to the public.  GIS is developing databases for the streets, water and sewer systems, parks, and other public features.  GIS staff works with both Meade and Pennington Counties GIS department to provide accurate data and mapping.

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