BREAKING: Snowgates press conference

A press conference will be held Wednesday (tomorrow) at 1 PM at Sioux Falls Main DT Library in meeting room A to discuss a petition drive that will be taking place to put a snowgates initiative on the Spring ballot.


#1 cr on 09.04.12 at 2:27 pm

FINALLY, a QUALITY OF LIFE project that will benefit ALL SF RESIDENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#2 Pathloss on 09.04.12 at 3:35 pm

I’ll be there to sign.

#3 Detroit Lewis on 09.04.12 at 3:46 pm

The petitions won’t be available until the next day.

#4 Dan Daily on 09.04.12 at 4:14 pm

My usually small signature will be a big John Hancock. Circulate it on the sidewalk outside city hall. Citizens going in or coming out have beefs with the city. More signatures there than from in front of the main post office.

#5 Hilarious on 09.04.12 at 7:55 pm

Am I in the right place for breaking news on snow gates coming to sf? Hilarious. Keep us posted as there are very few issues more important right now to the residents of this city than snow gates. If we can get snow gates the world will be a much better place and nothing says quality of life like snow gates. Where do I send a check, starving children can wait? Maybe you could get a SNL castmember to do a commercial to get the word out. I love their spoof commercials promoting things that make the world better. Wait til they hear about snow gates.

#6 Detroit Lewis on 09.04.12 at 8:56 pm

Yes, because nothing says ‘quality of life’ like Entertainment facilities and sporting facilities that we have to pay for with our tax dollars, then pay again to walk thru there doors. Snowgates will provide a much needed service, and if it makes the ballot, it will pass swimingly.

#7 Lemming on 09.04.12 at 11:10 pm

I think this is great. If you’re going to spend our tax dollars, at least do it on something that benefits everybody – not like an indoor pool or a tennis court which would be utilized by a very small fragment of people.

#8 Jackilope on 09.04.12 at 11:16 pm

Track me down, I want to sign.

#9 Theresa Stehly on 09.05.12 at 8:51 am

This is indeed a very EXCITING project for all the citizens of Sioux Falls. We are spending tax dollars to build and operate amenities like bike trails, river greenway water features (This phase 2 greenway project is costing approximately $1million), ball fields, and our new $115 million Events Center. Now we are talking about indoor tennis, hockey and swimming facilities that would also have tax dollars attached to the deal. Money seems to be readily available for projects that make our lives fun and entertaining. Even our city finance department told the City Council 3 weeks ago that we are in fantastic shape, and part of a healthy, growing economy. NOW is the time to add Snow Gates to our community. These are a progressive, user friendly service that rank right up there with zoos, farmer’s markets, ski slopes, bike trails and entertainment centers. We want to give the good people of Sioux Falls the opportunity to vote on the Snow Gates. We need to be educating people and voting on more of the projects that the city is spending tax money on. Getting people involved and interested in what is happening in our community is a positive, healthy goal and we look forward to an engaging, exciting dialogue along the way!

#10 Craig on 09.05.12 at 9:19 am

I’m in support of allowing the citizens to vote provided we have an accurate picture of all the costs (purchase, maintenance, and operational) of using them. I don’t think it is good enough to just guess, nor do I feel it is good enough to vote on whether we have them or not until we have all the numbers.

If those numbers are available and trustworthy and can appear on a ballot then by all means go for it.

#11 Theresa Stehly on 09.05.12 at 9:53 am

Craig, I appreciate your concern for cost, and I would encourage you to look into the on going ,growing costs connected to the Events Center. Just yesterday KELO had Darin Smith on, telling us that we are now spending $15,000 a month for the next 2 years to pay a company to find business sponsors for the inside of the Facility. Many of these new costs were never mentioned before the vote last fall. The finance office just gave me a breakdown of the $500,000 that was spent before the vote happened as well. We need citizens like YOU to keep the city on their toes.

#12 Craig on 09.05.12 at 9:59 am

I agree with you about costs associated with the EC, and I wasn’t a EC supporter either (and have commented many times about the current and future costs that facility will run), but that is really a separate issue.

I’m just not willing to vote “yes” to snowgates until I know the full story. I’d love to have them, but only if the costs are reasonable. If it adds $200 to my annual taxes then no thanks… I’ll buy a bigger shovel.

#13 Pathloss on 09.06.12 at 10:54 am

Good luck Theresa. I’m sure you’ll get the required signatures. Thankyou for working for the middle class. The city seems absorbed with building palaces or building steps into the river. A little money toward citizens who support their foolish dinosaurs has to be wrung out of them.

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