Rapid City Council dedicates $20M for various improvements

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Common Council has voted to dedicate $20 million in surplus funds for a variety of improvements.

All six projects were approved, the largest being $15 million to renovate Fire Station One.

The facility is nearly 50-years old and according to Fire Chief Jason Culberson, the department has been busting at the seams for years. The renovation will double the size of the station from 19,000 to 41,000 square feet.

The conceptual design is still subject to change as officials meet with architects and engineers now that the project can progress.

The renovation passed by a vote of 7-2, with John Roberts and Bill Evans voting no. Weifenbach was absent for the vote.

Also, $1.5 million of the surplus funding will go toward building a fire training tower.

Another $1.5 million will help pay for a new police precinct in the southwest corner of the city. $1 million will fund an upgrade of public safety radios and the rest is set aside for various street projects and IT equipment upgrades.

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