Snowgates; Will Stehly have to loan money to the city for the election?

Stehly got former city clerk Debra Owen and former mayor Dave Munson to sign the petition today (Dave was a bit camera shy).

There has been some talk that certain city council members are claiming that the snowgates initiative cannot be on the ballot with the school board election because they did not appropriate funds for it. Baloney. A South DaCola foot soldier sent me this fine piece of info;

I thought I would shoot these state statutes to you. BTW, the council called the Drake Springs Pool election. State law requires the city to formally ask the school district to join their election. This is usually done by November of the preceding year by the city clerk. The school district votes on the matter–in the past the school district and the city split duties and the bill but it appears that those days are over–given your blog. Relations with the County/City/School are always in flux but throwing Bev Chase under the bus for the City’s incompetence was shameful.


SDCL 9-20-2. Petition proposing ordinance or resolution–Contents. A petition to propose an ordinance or resolution shall be filed with the finance officer, containing in proper form the proposed ordinance or resolution. It shall be signed by the required number of the resident registered voters of the municipality. The signer or circulator shall add the signer’s residence address, county of voter registration, and date of signing. The signer’s post office box number may be given in lieu of a street address if the signer lives within a municipality of the second or third class. No signature on a petition is valid if signed more than six months prior to the filing of the petitions.

SDCL 9-20-4. Presentation of initiative petition to governing body–Submission to voters. When a petition to initiate is filed with the finance officer, the finance officer shall present the petition to the governing body at its first ensuing regular or special meeting. The governing body shall submit the petition to a vote of the voters in the manner prescribed for a referendum.

SDCL 9-20-11. Date of election on referendum petition–No action taken pending election. The governing body shall, upon the presentation of a petition pursuant to § 9-20-6, submit the question to the electors at the next annual municipal election or the next general election, whichever is earlier. Pending the election, the governing body may take no action with respect to the subject matter of the petition that would alter or preempt the effect of the proposed petition. However, the governing body may expedite the date of the election by ordering, within ten days of receiving the petition, a special election to be held on a Tuesday not less than thirty days from the date of the order of the governing body.

BTW, I was searching for the Drake Springs pool documents that were voted on by the council to call that election and discovered that there are MANY meetings that have disappeared, most of 2008 and 2009. And all swearing-in ceremonies prior to Huether taking office. So much for the most open and transparent mayor/council . . .

What is the solution? Stehly has told me today that if the city has a problem with funding the election due to appropriations she would loan the city $21,000, interest free in the form of a promissory note and they could pay her back next year. This is NOT a bluff. Stehly told me that she could pull the money out of a retirement fund.



#1 Detroit Lewis on 10.29.12 at 9:28 am

The council will vote on the contract on Nov 6.

#2 Detroit Lewis on 10.29.12 at 10:18 am

Anytime people like to talk about the cost of snowgates, just take a look at this project;

Notice that KELO doesn’t mention the millions of dollars we are spending on landscaping for private property developers.

“Only a few years ago the river banks were nothing more than rocks and weeds.”

No it wasn’t. I will admit that the bike trail needed to be redone, but that was about it. You could have spent a cool million and re-did the trail with some modest landscaping and it would have been fine. This gigantic bulkhead is ridiculous.

#3 grudznick on 10.29.12 at 6:34 pm

Get Mr. E. some snowgates, Sioux Falls people. You will all be happier in the long run.

#4 Detroit Lewis on 10.29.12 at 9:57 pm

Jack Billion signed the petition today. Good gracious.

#5 Pathloss on 10.30.12 at 9:45 am

If Billion will sacrific selling some 4WD vehicles, Huether can take less for himself from public funds and initiate snowgates.

Debra looks good. Come back, we need you. You can tell a genuine south dakotan by the jean jacket. Those guys in city hall with expensive suits are criminals from somewhere back east.

#6 scott on 10.30.12 at 11:27 am

Jack Billion is a doctor, not the car salesman.

#7 Detroit Lewis on 10.30.12 at 12:13 pm

Yes, retired doctor and ran against Mike Rounds for governor.

#8 Craig on 11.01.12 at 8:44 am

If Jack Billion didn’t share the Billion name, he might have actually won that election. I can’t begin to tell you how many people I heard openly say they would never vote for him because they got screwed on a car deal and/or didn’t like his dealerships.

Talk about guilt by association. From what I hear, he doesn’t even get along with that side of the family.

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