City of Sioux Falls ODDS & ENDS

Not the ‘Official’ Flag of Sioux Falls, but pretty close

PROJECT TRIM TO BE SUSPENDED FOR ONE YEAR

Because of the Emerald Ash bore the city of Sioux Falls will suspend Project TRIM for a year. I think this would be a perfect opportunity for the city council to re-vamp the program and make it into a partnership between homeowners and the city. In other words if you want to trim your boulevard tree, the city will give you that opportunity, otherwise they will take care of it, at no charge and no fine.

STATE VETERAN’S CEMETERY ON HOLD

For some odd reason at the city council meeting Tuesday night the Veterans cemetery land gift was withdrawn by councilor Kiley instead of just deferred. He mumbled something about not getting the right people together to finalize paperwork. I find this incredibly suspicious. The local vets have been fighting for this for over a decade and now all of sudden they can’t get together for a simple meeting to finalize things? I have a feeling the Feds or the State are dragging their feet and Kiley didn’t want to say anything since the donations have started to come in already. Funny how we have so many resources for dead soldiers just not much for the survivors.

WE NEED AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF FALLS PARK SAFETY

Before blowing our wad on $300K on viewing decks at Falls Park councilors Starr and Stehly have suggested that an actual safety study is done by a 3rd party after Starr took several photos of adults and kids dinking around on the rocks.

SOME CITY DIRECTORS AND COUNCILORS THINK PUBLIC AMBULANCES ARE FUNNY

While I was promoting Public Ambulances at the Informational meeting I was told that the City Health Director Bride of Franken was laughing it up with the manager of Paramedics Plus. Apparently they found something hilarious about public ambulances, something that works fantastic across the country in thousands of US cities. I also caught councilor Kiley (who is turning into Rolfing Jr.) laughing at me when I pointed out the super secret operations committee. Surprised that so many people in city government hate public input, seems to me it’s like a comedy show to them.

IT’S NOT A PRECINCT (EVEN THOUGH IT REALLY IS)

Recently on KSFY, Mayor TenHaken, his Deputy COS and the Police Chief have been talking about ‘Report to Work’ stations. But Burns and TenHaken have been adamant that they are NOT precincts. LOL. But they will work JUST LIKE precincts. But we can’t call them that because we need to save face after the fiasco before the mayoral runoff election.

Whatever you want to call them, tie them into the fire stations with a public ambulance and you take care of many birds with one stone.

NEW SCHOOL IN WHITTIER NEIGHBORHOOD MEANS BYE-BYE TO 43 AFFORDABLE HOUSES

Let’s talk about progress. In order to upgrade the Whittier Elementary they have to tear down 43 houses. Why not just move the school and put it on an already empty lot and sell the current location. As we saw with the old Longfellow, these old schools can be repurposed, quite economically (funny how the school district hasn’t figured that out).



12 comments ↓

#1 guest on 07.12.18 at 3:04 pm

the old Jefferson school was completely demolished for the new Sonia Sotomayor immersion school??? I think the only thing repurposed from the old Jefferson elementary was the library books.

What empty lot do you propose they move Whittier too?

#2 JKC on 07.12.18 at 3:11 pm

I am quite confident that we will get “precincts” under Ten Haken’s leadership. It was just that the white male dominated police department didn’t want a woman running City Hall, is my guess.

Now, if we could only get the School Board to adopt “precincts” once again. Not “Super Precincts,” rather “precincts.” Maybe the SFPD and the Board can trade. The SFPD will get “Super Precincts” and the Board will return to “precincts” when it comes to elections.

Oh, and these new police “precincts” had better get some paint, too, to make them “Super.” Because the gang graffiti is becoming worse than the Emerald Ash Borer infestation around here, even in my white picket fence neighborhood….

#3 l3wis on 07.12.18 at 3:47 pm

I meant Longfellow. There is a lot of lots in the DT area by Whittier that could be used for a new school.

#4 JKC on 07.12.18 at 3:56 pm

Maybe we should move Whittier to the railroad redevelopment area so that School Board Member Mickelson can fight for a “Workforce Development” program, where 8th graders can replace english and math with diesel and electrical mechanic classes to facilitate the BNSF’s needs and that future “High Speed Train,” which we will be getting out by Brandon…

#5 D@ily Spin on 07.12.18 at 4:40 pm

Kiley has attitude. He’s tried to move public comment. He opposes due process. When he goes to war with veterans, he’ll get the publicity he’s looking for. The wrong kind. He’s going to eventually disappear like Rolfing and Erpenbach. Meanwhile, how can he be removed from office?

#6 D@ily Spin on 07.12.18 at 4:59 pm

The emojicons and Mario add something to the flag.

The colors of the US flag are symbolic; red symbolizes valor, white symbolizes purity, and blue represents justice.
Does light blue instead of blue symbolize lack of democracy and due process?

#7 anonymous on 07.12.18 at 5:24 pm

STATE VETERAN’S CEMETERY ON HOLD

Funny thing, when Councilor Soehl asked what the value was for the land SF taxpayers are donating to this cause, no one in attendance at the Council meeting could give him a straight answer. In fact, there was a lot of dancing going on……

I found this very odd, shouldn’t that answer have been on the tip of Councilor Kiley’s tongue?!

#8 anonymous on 07.12.18 at 5:30 pm

NEW SCHOOL IN WHITTIER NEIGHBORHOOD MEANS BYE-BYE TO 43 AFFORDABLE HOUSES

Shelly Conlon, the AL’s new education reporter has a good article in today’s paper on the Whittier neighborhood:

Keeping Whittier School In City Core Will Mean Removing Dozens of Homes

#9 scott on 07.12.18 at 9:33 pm

there’s an article on the argus website now about using the school for the deaf location for a new whittier. it seems to be a bust as an office complex and future strip mall location.

#10 D@ily Spin on 07.13.18 at 12:24 pm

I favor the veteran’s cemetery. As a veteran, I want to be buried at Sturgis National Cemetary where it’s more solemn. The state cemetary here allows for more space at Sturgis. Since living in this city I’ve witnessed lack of democracy and due process. Political and developer corruption is flagrant. I’ll haunt you if you bury me on land inside and once owned by the city. I’ve made it specific in my will to be buried at Sturgis with heroes who fought for this nation and not for oligarchy set forth per the Sioux Falls City Charter.

#11 D@ily Spin on 07.13.18 at 12:30 pm

“Oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people. These people may be distinguished by nobility, wealth, family ties, education or corporate, religious or military control.”
Wikipedia

#12 LINDA on 07.14.18 at 9:43 am

If they start ripping out houses cross the street to the east meaning im sure they will being as they do have a parking lot at the end of block. I hope my family raises holy hell there was money spent in behalf of my dead granddaughter for kids having problems and needing a safe place . Then the money needs to go back.

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