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WHAT’s New In Elections:

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The Box Elder Election Division in cooperation with the Secretary of State has prepared an election flyer that will go out with the utility bills at the end of May.  The hope is that this flyer will provide resources and information to make it easier for citizens to vote in 2020.

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WHAT's New In Building Inspection:

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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 GIS:

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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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WHAT's New In Engineering:

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The Box Elder Engineering Division in cooperation with the Pennington County is working on a planning grant to obtain the funds to prepare a BUILD grant.  Should the City be awarded this grant, it will move the City one step closer to applying for the BUILD grant which would allow reconstruction of Radar Hill Road and the 14/16 HWY.

The formal Box Elder Engineering Department is a recent addition to City staffing. Previously, duties of the department were performed by the Public Works Director and private consultants hired by the City. The City’s continued growth and increase in activity levels made it necessary to split these duties from the Public Works Director. This change will also decrease the amount of outside consultant expense the City incurs each year.

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WHAT's New In Public Works Department:

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The East Mall Drive (EMD) Extension project is part of a public/private partnership in which the City of Box Elder is constructing the base project to which a privately funded project (Seger Drive extension) is planned to connect.  The EMD extension includes approximately:

  1. ~5,000 feet of new 3-lane street section from Elk Vale Road to west of Bennett Road;
  2. connections to Elk Vale Road, America’s Way, a new cul-de-sac (south access), and Seger Drive (future), and the I-90 Service Road (temporary);
  3. ~5,000 feet of new water main;
  4. ~6,000 feet of new sewer main; and
  5. major drainage improvements along the new EMD alignment.

The EMD project is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2020.  This project is planned to eventually connect to Bennett Road and be integrated into a new I-90 Exit 63 interchange over the next several years.

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WHAT's New In the Finance Department:

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Once again, the Finance Department completed another year of audits with no findings making it three consecutive years of excellent audit reports. Additionally, the State Auditor has accepted the last three year's of annual reports all arriving before the deadline and in precise order.

Excellent job, Finance Team!

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WHAT's New In Code Enforcement:

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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 Police Department Administration Division:

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The administrations division is comprised of the Chief, Assistant Chief and Administrative Specialist. They are responsible for the day-to-day administrative tasks like records maintenance, statistical analysis, budgeting and overall direction of the Department. In addition, the administrations division directs and coordinates training, selects and hires new police officers and sees to the maintenance of professional standards.

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WHAT's New In the Police Department Investigations Division:

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The investigations division is comprised of a Sergeant, 2 Investigators and a School Resource Officer. They are responsible for the investigation of all crimes, big and small. The Investigators are always available to assist patrol in investigations. They conduct interviews, interrogations, forensic services at crime scenes, serve search warrants in and out of the City and work with all our partner agencies to bring criminals to justice.

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WHAT's New In Human Resources:

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The Good Stuffed

The City of Box Elder was proud to serve staff “The Good Stuffed” food on April 24th to honor their service and to help boost morale.  The City had the added bonus of helping one of it’s local businesses while providing meals to its greatest asset – our staff!!!  Thanks again to the Box Elder staff for all you do!

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WHAT's New In Patrol Division:

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The patrol division is comprised of two Sergeants and 11 Police Officers. They are responsible for responding to all calls for service within the City, 24 hours a day. The patrol division handles the initial response to all types of calls from quality of life concerns such as noise complaints to serious felonies, property crimes and crimes against persons. They patrol on a constant basis and conduct traffic enforcement across the City. The patrol division’s highway safety program includes 2 “speed trailers” to assist in correcting concerns with speeders, please click on the “speed trailer request” photo below.

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WHAT's New In Water:

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As a city we have a number of challenges facing us, including limited water production capacity, deteriorating utility mains, and limited system maintenance capabilities. Most of all, we have an obligation to responsibly take care of the City as a whole and this includes making sure that we have the financial resources to accomplish the variety of tasks put in front of us. To help the City an engineering firm, AE2S, was brought in to assist staff in developing a new financial plan for our water system. AE2S brings years of experience working with water utilities like ours and are well-versed in helping implement best practices in utility financial planning. The work to be completed by AE2S will include a detailed water rate study that will formulate the base of a five-year financial plan. The plan will be based on projected annual expenditures that are necessary to continue providing high quality water of sufficient quantities into the future. The plan will contain rate recommendations for 2020 as well as a forecast of future rate adjustments. These recommended adjustments will be reviewed periodically and modified based on actual revenue generated and upcoming expense requirements.  For more information please click on the links below and/or view the "Cost of Service Analysis" video.  Thank you for your understanding.

-Office of the Mayor of Box Elder, SD

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WHAT’s New In the City Clerks Department:

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We’re pleased and very excited to share the news that Ellsworth AFB has been selected as the home to the B-21 Formal Training Unit and will be the first base to receive an operational squadron of B-21 Raider bombers.  This is huge for Box Elder, western SD and the state.

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WHAT's New In Streets:

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The 7-person Street Department oversees the care and maintenance of over 36 miles of streets within Box Elder.  The streets consist of over 29 miles of concrete or asphalt paved streets and over 6 miles of gravel streets.  Annual street maintenance consists of pothole patching, street surfacing maintenance of crack sealing, chip seal surface treatment, pavement overlays, and street reconstruction, traffic sign repair and maintenance, pavement markings, and of course snow plowing in the winter.

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