Sioux Falls City Council still considers ‘Public Input’ as an annoyance.

Councilor Brekke made a presentation this afternoon to make some changes to public input. Her request was simple, another 2 minutes on 2nd readings that the council has to take action.

You would think they would say ‘Yeah, that sounds fair’. But after a lot of discussion they seemed to be on the fence.

As I mention in my public input (at the end of the meeting), it is OUR TIME not theirs. And if they have a problem with listening from the public on concerns maybe they should resign and make all of our lives much easier. The 1st Amendment demands it, and I don’t give a rat’s ass how long they have to listen. It is a part of their duty as elected officials.


#1 Sierra brousaard on 10.15.18 at 10:16 pm

You will face repercussions like me and road blocks and get your first amendment rights violated. Then you would have to being them to court and file a lawsuit letting them know you cant do that.

#2 Sierra brousaard on 10.15.18 at 10:17 pm

Tenhaken administration is just like the huethers it different ways.

#3 l3wis on 10.15.18 at 10:28 pm

You know, there was a time when I was younger, that I feared repercussions for my public statements. I still am a little scared and have missed many employment opportunities for my ‘mouth’. But I had an experience from one of my good friends who took on the establishment in SD over censorship. She scared the Dickens out of them with powerful support from national anti-censorship organizations. Some people resigned, some ran, some just folded. I learned a lot from that experience. As an individual citizen, all you really have is your voice. Yell and scream as loud as you can, because they don’t have the right to shut you down. If they try, they are truly Anti-American.

#4 Mike gunn on 10.15.18 at 11:08 pm

I3wis: Could not agree more with you on that statement nor the post! Yet question I have is when will the Citizens wake up and understand the truth, that they are the Rulers and not those that are elected to serve? The Citizens at every level of Government are lied to on a daily basis. We have all heard it from many “you can’t fight city hall” or “this is just the way it is”. Being complaisant is the normal today, but God only knows when some with a sound mind and a good heart will stand up with and for the Citizens. Not to protect us from ourselves but from those that serve with them?

It always looks grand when some bring protections for the good, yet that only brings more restrictions and less freedom in the end. let us live without the fear of chains or chains will be their end!

#5 D@ily Spin on 10.16.18 at 8:39 am

I agree. If they can’t listen to the public, they shouldn’t be in office. We don’t live in their political bubble. We’re a good resource for overlooked topics. As a citizen, I don’t want to hear about approving liquor permits. How about restrict time for that?

#6 anonymous on 10.16.18 at 4:10 pm

What I found dumbfounding about last night’s council meeting was the discussion surrounding the re-zone at 57th and Duluth.

It appeared no one on the council had viewed the Oct. Planning Commission meeting. Given there were two very controversial re-zones coming before them, I assumed they would have done their homework before the 1st reading.

Residents who live at the bottom of the very steep Duluth Ave hill have incurred tens of thousands of dollars in damages due to drainage problems (they offered public input at the Planning Commission meeting).

Planning was also less than forthcoming that Lowell Hanson (seller) and Pat Beckman (developer) are also platting the land behind where the three twin homes are proposed.

#7 l3wis on 10.16.18 at 4:18 pm

I saw that last night, unfortunately we know how these things usually go. Developer has the most money so they win. You would think after seeing that monsoon video that Stehly showed that would change some minds, but probably not. Even if it got contentious, doubt they have the 5 votes to stop it.

#8 anonymous on 10.16.18 at 7:57 pm

There were actually two different 1st readings on re-zones that involved drainage issues:

Assembly of God proposal

and, 57th and Duluth.

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