Box Elder Newsletter
Page 1 of 5 September 2008
Mayor Dial: PUBLIC WORKS:
Project Update: The North Ellsworth Road Project has HOW TO WATER YOUR LAWN CORRECTLY:
been delayed until the summer of 2009. The delay of
the project is to help reduce the congestion of traffic on Most homeowners water their lawns too much rather
the road during the school season. than too little. For the health of your lawn, and to
conserve water, you want to try to provide the amount
Thank you to all of those who took part in making the of water that your grass needs to thrive – no more, no
Movies in the Park and the Teen Dances a success. less.
There are more movies and dances scheduled for next
year, so we will keep you updated as to when the Grass needs about one inch (1”) of water per week.
events will be. How do you know how much water you are providing?
The only precise way is to measure it. You can buy a
rain gauge or make a simple one from a tuna can. Mark
one inch (1”) in depth on the empty can, then place it in
your yard where you are going to water.
Watering restrictions begin April 1st and will continue Water your lawn for twenty (20) minutes and see how
through October 31st. Outdoor watering will be allowed much water has accumulated in the can. This will help
on odd or even days according to each respective you adjust your watering, knowing that a good general
house number. For more information, please stop in or goal is one inch (1”) of water per week. This one inch
call City Hall. (1”) may be best applied in two or more watering
sessions rather than in one – it will depend on the soil
type. With a sandy or light soil, the water will run
through it more quickly rather than hold it. For this type
of soil, light, more frequent watering sessions will be
more beneficial to your lawn.
Douglas Wrestling Club:
Another watering tip: Water only early in the morning.
This will prevent evaporation of the water you are
Box Elder Parents: Douglas Wrestling Club (DWC) sign
ups will be coming in late October or early November.
Your son or daughter will be receiving a flyer issued at
For other watering and lawn tips go to:
school from Douglas Wrestling Club, explaining a date,
time, and location of where sign ups will be held. If you
have any questions, you can reach DWC President Jeff
Wilson at 923-5033 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or DWC Vice President Ed Malone at 390-4653. POLICE DEPARTMENT:
Remember school is in session, so please drive
From Chief Keegan:
There have been recent incidents of vandalism in
various locations around the City. As such, the Box
Elder Police Department and City Hall are offering a
$100.00 reward to individuals for information leading to
the identification and/or apprehension of the vandals.
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Page 2 of 5 September 2008
PLANNING & ZONING: FINANCE OFFICE:
If you call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency in your house Just a Note – Hope everyone is enjoying the newsletter.
will an ambulance driver be able to find your home? Due to the price of supplies, this will be the last
Nearly one third of the homes and businesses in Box newsletter that will be mailed to all customers. Instead,
Elder don’t have their 9-1-1 address numbers displayed. City of Box Elder has started placing the Newsletter on
Many more homes and businesses have numbers the website (www.boxelder.us/newsletter). We will also
displayed that are not easily visible from the adjacent e-mail the newsletter out to all who request an e-mail
street because the numbers are too small (less than 4” copy, to do this please provide us with your e-mail
high) or do not have a reflective finish. We urge you to address at email@example.com. Finally, we will
ensure that your 9-1-1 address numbers are displayed place printed copies of the newsletter at the 4U Store
and are visible from the street by the end of September. and they will be available at City Hall.
Our Code Enforcement Officer will begin issuing
citations in October to those property owners that are How Much Electricity does our city use?
violating the City Ordinance requiring the proper display
of address numbers. The violation is a Class 2 The City of Box Elder has a project underway. We are
Misdemeanor with a penalty of a $500 fine and 30 days trying to determine the total electricity used by its
in jail for each day of violation. residence. If you would like to participate please
provide the average watts used of electricity. Please
The City Planning Department is working on a project to provide this with your next utility payment.
review all assigned 9-1-1 addresses in the City to
ensure that all addresses within City limits conform to
the City’s address grid. The City currently has a mixture A City of Box Elder Golf Tournament was held:
of City and County addresses and also has a few
addresses that were incorrectly assigned many years Box Elder Economic Development, Box Elder Chamber
ago. Affected property owners will be notified by mail of Commerce, Purdy’s Restaurant (Robert Purdy),
by the end of this year. It is our intent upon the Charlie Arch, Mark Biggs, Glen Kane, Planning and
completion of this addressing update project to publish Zoning Board Members, City Council Members, and
a City Street Atlas and provide a copy of this Atlas to others related to the City of Box Elder, met for a friendly
every emergency response vehicle serving Box Elder. game of golf. The team of Box Elder Chamber
We are doing our best to make sure that your members won the tournament.
emergency responder reaches you as quickly as
Upcoming dates to remember:
Upcoming dates to remember:
September – 4 – City Council Meeting
15 – Water bills are due 4 – Election Day
16 – City Council Meeting at 7p.m. 10 – Planning & Zoning Meeting at 7pm
22 – Planning & Zoning Meeting at 7pm 11 – Veteran’s Day – City Offices Closed
29 – Water disconnection deadline 17 – Water bills due
October – 18 – City Council Meeting at 7pm
7 – City Council Meeting at 7pm 20 – Water Bills Sent
13 – Planning & Zoning Meeting at 7pm 24 – Planning & Zoning Meeting at 7pm
15 – Water bills due 27 – Thanksgiving Day – City Offices Closed
20 – Voter Registration deadline for Nov election 28 – City Offices Closed
21 – City Council Meeting at 7pm
27 – Planning & Zoning Meeting at 7pm
27 – Water disconnection deadline
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UTILITY BILLING: CITY STAFF:
Mayor – Al Dial
REMINDER: Finance Officer – Debbie Knapp
Asst Finance Officer - Mystee Roth
Utility Bills are due by 5:00 pm on the 15th of each Utility Billing Clerk – Randy Papendick
Month. If bills are not paid, they are assessed a $2.00 CH Admin Asst – Racheal Jundt
late penalty. PZ Coordinator – Mike McMahon
PZ Administrator – Roxanne Andre
To avoid a delinquent fee of $50.00 and possible PZ Admin Asst – Michelle Clavadetscher
disconnection of services, bills need to be paid no later PW Director – Al Todd
that 5:00 pm on the 27th of each month. PW Superintendent – Allen Steier
Police Chief – John Keegan
A courtesy red card late notice is sent out each month PD Admin Asst – Michelle Cruz
to remind you of a past due amount on your account.
City E-Mail Addresses
Please check your Pet Tag Licenses for the expiration Mayor –firstname.lastname@example.org
date. If you are not sure when they expire, please call Finance Officer – email@example.com
Racheal at City Hall, 923-1404. Assistant Finance Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Utility Billing Clerk – email@example.com
In order to renew, you must bring in a current rabies CH Administrative Asst –firstname.lastname@example.org
vaccination record and $5.00 per pet. This includes Planning & Zoning Coord – email@example.com
cats and dogs. Licenses are valid for two (2) years and Planning & Zoning Admin - firstname.lastname@example.org
you are allowed up to 3 dogs per household. Administrative Assistant – email@example.com
Public Works Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org
************************************************ Police Department – email@example.com
City of Box Elder would like to update its contact Police Dept Admin Asst – firstname.lastname@example.org
information for all customers:
Please complete the following information and
return with your next water payment.
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Page 4 of 5 September 2008
Chamber of Commerce: Chamber of Commerce:
Warm greetings to each of you! I am the Executive BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TRAINING SERIES
Officer for the Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce
and Economic Development Corporation. I am thrilled * 6 Week Overview of Successful Business Principles
to be a part of this growing community and I look
forward to serving you! It is my hope that you will share * 6:30-9:00 pm every Tuesday Evening 9/30 – 11/4
your concerns as well as your dreams for all that Box
Elder can be. Those of us that serve in leadership * Hear from experts in the areas of:
positions for the city or the economic development and Personal Finance
chamber of commerce boards want to be your collective Business Plan Development
voice as decisions are made and we continue to move Marketing
forward. Legal Business Issues
Since the beginning of my tenure which began the end Business Insurance
of July, we have determined several initiatives that we What Banks Look for in a Business Plan
are excited to share with you: Business Financing and Bookkeeping:
Projections, P& L
1st ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL for Box Elder and
Surrounding Communities! Total Cost for all 6 Weeks: $100/person (additional
family member or business attendee: $50)
Sunday, September 28
To register: call Kathleen at 593-2788
Schedule of Events
Horizons Community Development Program is
10:00 am: Senior Citizens’ Pioneer Days of ’64 Coming to Town!
Horizons is a tested and proven program to develop
11:30 am: DHS Cross Country Team/Chamber 5K new community leaders and a community action plan
Road Race followed by 1 mile Fun Run/Walk determined by community members themselves.
Through this process, cross sections of citizens will
*Pre-registration discounts before 9/22 *T-Shirts for all examine the needs of Box Elder and the surrounding
participants area, discuss potential solutions or methods to resolve
those issues, establish a plan to address those needs,
Noon until Dark: Family Activities, Games, Hayrides, and put that plan into action.
NEEDED: Study Circle Captains (opportunities for
Grand Finale: Family Dance captains include personal and leadership skill
*Business Owners: reserve a noon to 6 pm vending
space to sell your products! (Each vendor must For more information, contact John DeYoe at 209-2090.
participate in furnishing and leading a game)
Get involved …help out…participate...invite your
Call 593-2788 to see how you can be a part of making
Box Elder all it can be!
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Chamber of Commerce: * First Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce Seminar
date, topic, and time will be announced
Business Development Funds Available!
Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce Blood Drive
Thanks to the foundation laid by Al Todd and Mike
McMahon, and the grant writing expertise of Roxanne Friday, September 12
Andre, the US Department of Agriculture granted the
Box Elder Economic Development Corporation funds to 9:00 am - 2 pm @ the Chamber of Commerce Office,
assist new and established businesses with loan Tower Road
acquisition. If you are a business owner and would like
to find out more about this opportunity, please call Questions about anything we are doing in the Box Elder
Roxanne at 390-9247 or Kathleen at 593-2788 for a Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic
confidential consultation. Development Corporation?
A “New and Improved” Box Elder Area Chamber of Afraid you’re going to lose this information?
Commerce is Upon Us!
Check out our new and developing Chamber website at
With a calendar full of activities including eight ribbon beacc.org or call 593-2788!
cuttings, our first Box Elder fall festival, and the
implementation of a business development training Watch for economic development news in our new
series, our newly elected Chamber of Commerce monthly Box Elder column provided by the Rapid City
Board of Directors is fired up and ready to serve our Weekly!
community and its businesses!
Please mark the following date on your calendar so that Box Elder has been identified as the fourth fastest
you can join in on the fun! growing community in South Dakota. This is an exciting
time for us! It is a time to build on our greatest resource,
Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce Mixer and our people, and together determine what we want our
Roll Out community to become.
Thursday Evening,October 9 at Pauly’s Sub Co Each one of you is part of what the final picture will look
6:30-8 pm like.
Current Chamber members and non Chamber If we combine our strengths, there is no limit to what we
members are welcome to join in the fun of this social can accomplish.
event and hear about the new Box Elder Area Chamber
of Commerce program for Business owners. We ask you to get involved… to join us as we embark
At this event: on new horizons for Box Elder!
*Input from attendees will be tallied to determine Until next time,
desired seminar topics, and day/times of trainings and
mixers Kathleen Sheets
*Sign ups will be available for hosting future Chamber Box Elder Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic
business mixers Development Corporation
* “New and Improved” Chamber Membership info and
forms will be available for new and renewing Chamber
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