Sioux Falls Schools officials have told county election managers that Hawthorne won’t be available for voting this election, citing security concerns.
Bob Bray, risk assessment manager for the Sioux Falls School District, said the building’s layout and scheduling make it hard to keep voters and students separate.
First off Mr. Bray, kids can be shot anywhere, parks, churches, walking down the street, and an election being held in your school is NOT going to increase that risk, and I almost question if you are using school shootings as an excuse.
Secondly, schools are publicly funded, and I almost question the legality of the districts denying access for an election, and would challenge Auditor Litz to dig up the laws on it.
Thirdly, the irony of all this couldn’t be more hypocritical. In a state where we scream and hollar about gun rights and being able to carry guns anywhere, we turn our backs on the very people who carry these guns and say, “Not in our facilities.” Well we can’t have it both ways. Until we change our culture about guns in South Dakota, there will still be shootings, whether they are accidental, intentional, or in a church or school setting, elections have little to do with when they occur.
Let’s end the paranoia, and stop the musical precincts;
Minnehaha County Commissioner Dick Kelly said he’s concerned the move will contribute to voter confusion during an important election.
“I think it is unfortunate you have to vote here one day, vote here another then vote here the next,” Kelly said
Litz agreed the search for polling places is a joint effort, requiring cooperation between the district and the county.
Never thought Bob and Dick would be the words of wisdom on this one, but they are right. Consistency helps with voter turnout.
Let’s talk trees. Especially the trees growing in the boulevard area between your house and the street. It is city property and in many cases you have been required to plant trees on it. They look nice and help cool the city but do you know the damage they cause?
The City Councils of Sioux Falls and Brandon got together for dinner at Leonardo’s Cafe on Wednesday evening November 18, 2015. Cameraman Bruce showed up also to capture the event for all to see and hear. There was a lot of talk about sewers, roads, car shows and more until closer to the end when Councilman Jamison talked of the boulevards. This part of the meeting is here for you.
We learn about Brandon’s determination to trim boulevard trees. To them, tree trimming is the responsibility of the city, not the homeowners. The city contracts with a certified arborist to trim the trees with branches below the safe height. As the Brandon members stated, it was cheaper for the city to hire the tree trimming on the city’s property than to leave it to inexperienced homeowners.
After the measurements, letters and ticketing the fines / fees were shown not be a cost effective program. They could hire the work done, have it performed properly and save not only the taxpayers but the city as well. At one point Rex Rolfing mentioned a Sioux Falls city plan to spend $1,000,000 to buy the equipment necessary to do the trimming plus hire employees to which a Brandon member stated they had other things they would rather spend a million dollars on.
The audio isn’t that great on this (mostly because of the ventilation system) but there are some audible parts. My camera man, Bruce, gets invited to sit at the royal’s table though;
Thank you for the gracious invitation allowing me to join your Brandon – Sioux Falls Joint Meeting dinner and conversation. The invitation was not expected.
It was very good to witness the open discussion of joint problems and issues during the meeting. For some of the issues discussed, it appears the Sioux Falls region in time could consider a more formal regional council similar to the Twin Cities Met Council to help operate regional services and joint planning. The meetings you have started with the area communities is a great first step.
I had hoped to inform the joint meeting members of the work of the Minnehaha County Election Review Committee in a “public input” type setting. The informal nature of the meeting allowed me to explain our work. The time given me to explain and then answer your many questions was very enjoyable.
UPDATE: Not sure if you noticed, but this meeting was only announced about 24 hours before it happened on the agenda page. That’s it, no press releases on the main page, no special announcements or even a camera man to film the event. And guess what else, while most of the SF & Brandon city council, including the Brandon Mayor were able to attend, our Mayor did not. In fact due to the lack of publicity, only one citizen showed up, and not only did he film it for me, he got invited to join the group for discussion. Let’s just say it is probably a good thing Mike didn’t show, several Brandon officials didn’t have many glowing things to say about him.
I’m told the meeting is NOT at Carnegie or being recorded because this is an ‘informal get to know each other’ meeting.
I’ll bring the snacks and handycam, who is bringing the beer?
The big story at the Brandon city council meeting last night was when they revealed the bogus deal offered to them by Great Life Fitness. As they are going around gobbling up fitness centers and golf courses in the region, they seem to be doing it on the cheap.
Brandon wasn’t selling what Great Life wanted to buy.
Notice the interest from our Mayor and Public Works director. Great work by my SouthDaCola camera man, “Bob the Barracuda.”
WOW, Brandon (Weirdsville) has done it again. Another genius move. Remember when they tried to raise property taxes to build baseball fields? Well this one takes the cake, or should I say the cowpie. They are proposing to build a wastewater lagoon next to 3 important waterways. They are tired of paying Sioux Falls to ship their crap to us. Believe it or not, the very public works director that was pouring sewage down SF city streets and into Covell Lake made a presentation to the SF city council (FF: 1:06:30) about how this site is worrisome. Yeah, Mark, you ain’t a kidding.
If the very guy who didn’t have a problem with pouring poop down our city streets is ‘worried’ about this lagoon proposal, we should be worried. My suggestion is to make Huset’s speedway into a lagoon, it will get a good use for once 🙂 Or better yet make the city of Brandon the Poo version of Venice and have the crap run down the streets. That would make Automania interesting.
Commissioner Jeff Barth sent this information to me from the county’s equalization office;
The combined worth of TIF’s in Minnehaha County is $91,326,856. Of this number the base value (Number that is taxed and distributed to all entities) of $28,861,936 is subtracted from the total leaving $62,464,928 that is considered increment value and is taxed and used to pay off the Increment Districts. I can show you individual projects if needed. TIF’s are in the County, Sioux Falls City, Brandon City and Dell Rapids City.
Craig: “Not that anyone reads things beyond the first page of this blog, but the Brandon bond vote failed horribly. Those in support of the new park managed to collect less than 7% of the vote. That’s right – over 93% of the voters voted against a 12.5MM park that would have added $300 in taxes per $100k of value.
Saw this one coming from eight miles away. Just another example of how out of touch city leaders are from the citizens.”
BRANDON, SD – It’s back to the drawing board for Brandon’s City Council and its plans for a city park.
1,940 ballots cast Tuesday voted against plans for a $12-million renovation to Aspen Park.
134 voters were in favor of the proposal to updated the town’s pool and add softball and baseball fields.
If the bond had passed it would’ve added $300 in property taxes per $100,000 of value.
WOW! I knew this would probably fail, but the bigger failure is the proposed plan the Brandon city council came up with. It reminds me of when the SF city council approves of something and the public is strongly opposed, or vice versa, like snowgates. The Spring municipal election should be very telling of just how much the public agrees with their local government officials. Apparently in Brandon, they don’t have much confidence in their proposals.
Reminds me of the Argus making hay about the $25 appeal fee to parking tickets (two days after I posted about it). Did I get some kind of tip? Nope, just read the City Council agenda and attached documents.
What does our local media do anyway? Show up? Collect a paycheck, and maybe if someone craps on their reporter pads, they will do a story?
The amazing part is if that was my attitude when waiting tables, I would be a very poor man. But please, feel free to crap on my Ugly Table anytime you please.