RC Legal and Finance Committee meet to create partnership with MOA

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City’s Legal and Finance Committee met on Wednesday with an item from the mayor on the day’s agenda.

Mayor Steve Allender asked the committee to authorize the mayor and the finance officer to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to create a partnership.

The city would join with the Minluzahan Okolakiciyapi Ambassadors.

The purpose is to continue the work begun by the MOA and the former Human Relations Commission.

For the city’s part of the agreement, an executive director would be hired to oversee the work of the revamped Human Relations Commission and MOA alignment.

The goal of the partnership is to help citizens deal with issues they may have with city services.

“We’re really there to facilitate that problem solving, it doesn’t mean we have all the answers or we’re going to solve them ourselves,” said Allender. “But there are plenty of organizations in place now, but the system’s a little clunky and for that reason people don’t really attempt to get that type of justice or that type of resolution they’re looking for.”

The item was unanimously approved by the Legal and Finance Committee, and will go before the Common Council during its meeting on Monday.

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