Common Council Working Session talks funds, public marijuana rules

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Surplus money and what to do with it was Topic A during Wednesday’s Rapid City Common Council Working Session.

There are seven possible projects on the list which would cost $20 million of the available $36 million in surplus funds.

A little more than $16.5 million has been requested by the fire department.

Some of the money would replace the fire training tower burn building combo, that was taken down in 2017 when WestGen bought the property from Western Dakota Tech.

Most of the money requested by the Rapid City Fire Department would go to renovate station one, something the chief says is long overdue.

“At this point we’re busting at the seams,” said RCFD Chief Jason Culberson. “We have ADA issues, we have dormitory issues we have tons of things that need to be updated and expanded in that building. At this point we’re just simply out of space.”

Council members were also taking up the introduction and first reading of an ordinance which would prohibit public smoking of marijuana.

Under the ordinance, smoking would be prohibited in all public areas and public access businesses, including those that allow the smoking of tobacco.

“I think we’re just trying to be proactive,” said Ward 4, Council President Lance Lehmann. “The city attorney can clarify but we can be, to my understanding, a little more restrictive than the state has and so I don’t think this ordinance would be uncompliant if we moved it forward.”

The first reading of the ordinance will come at next week’s meeting on Monday.

If approved, one more reading and approval would be needed before it becomes law.

Another working session on the pot ban is scheduled for this Friday.

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