Snowgates are popular and many people want them. Others think it is a silly use of taxpayer money.
There’s no justification at this point to add, except that people love snowgates. Public policy and budgeting need to be based on more than what we want. We need to make those decisions based on what makes sense.
Why change things now? Was a new EC a want or a need? How about Jr. Football fields?
You know who is ‘silly’? The editorial staff of the Argus Leader. While you praise monkey spas and indoor hockey and event centers, when the city is actually providing a service for taxpayers, it is ‘SILLY’ and too expensive. But a heated floor for Rhinos? That sounds like a perfect project to spend our tax dollars on.
And you sit around in meetings for hours on end, wondering why your newspaper subscriptions are in the toilet, because you don’t have a freaking clue who your subscribers are.
I don’t know whether to feel sorry for you, or just laugh it off. I’m laughing today.
“If you have a question about something, just ask me.”
Ok. I concede.
So I have been throwing things his way (still haven’t asked him his chicken salad recipe – I am a chicken salad fanatic) but I did ask him about snowgates.
Dean Borchardt, from the department of snow gate testing, I guess, sent me this email;
The 2011-2012 snow gate summary memo has been added to the City of Sioux Falls website at the following link: http://www.siouxfalls.org/public-works/street-fleet/snow/snow-gate-analysis-pg.aspx. I have also attached a copy of the original memo as Director Cotter requested. We are currently on the August 21st, 4 pm City Council Informational agenda to discuss snow gates. Thank you for your interest.
So I guess we are going to just keep testing these things until all the test areas include the whole damn city.
The funny part about snow gates is if you put these things on the ballot, it would pass in flying colors. I found this comment interesting in the statement linked above;
We have learned a large number of homeowners support the use of snow gates in the areas we have tested in the past two winter seasons.