Entries Tagged 'Code Enforcement' ↓
October 10th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
During the Sioux Falls City Council Public Services meeting on Tuesday they will be discussing a total cell phone usage ban (besides GPS and hands free) of course the DOCS are not up yet, I’m sure they will magically appear about 5 minutes before the meeting starts
During the October ‘Inside Town Hall’ Councilor Erpenbach pushed for the ban and thinks the city council should approve the ban.
Not so fast.
While I am not totally against the ban, and would comply if put in affect, as I have pointed out before the texting ban, that there are laws already in place. In other words if you get in an accident now, while using your cell phone while driving, you can be charged with a myriad of things. Distracted and Reckless driving come to mind. If you kill someone due to your cell phone use, you can be charged with vehicular manslaughter. Like I said, the laws are already in place.
Secondly, I think if the public really supports this, they should put it to a vote. The city council does have the power to put this ordinance change on the ballot WITHOUT a petition drive, and I would support them fully if they put it on the Spring Municipal election ballot.
I have told several councilors that is is ‘above their pay scale’ to put this ordinance into effect on their own without the voters approving it. I have even talked to several citizens who agree with the ban, but agree with me, it should be up to the voters, not 9 elected officials.
Heck, if we entrusted the citizens to an advisory vote on a $180 million dollar Events Center, why not a cell phone ban? I actually think the ban would pass if put to a public vote.
They also introduce the NEW Code Enforcement Manager, Matt Tobias, to Sioux Falls during the show. He actually looked less evil then I expected He has a rude awakening though, I wonder if he suddenly disappear after a short stint like our Human Relations director?
FOOD TRUCK SILLINESS
Seems this is coming back to Public Services on Tuesday also. I think the solution is simple. Let them park in public spaces, don’t make a bunch of noise, and clean up your trash.
October 1st, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
Da Mayor wants us to be snitches for his code enforcement officers. He is at Active Generations again to recruit the neighborhood snitches they need to build up the fees to pay for the new officers. The Sioux Falls administrative fine system is broken and needs a major overhaul. Our mayor wants to make it more punitive and mold Sioux Falls into his plastic over extended credit card image. Haven’t we seen enough of this by now?
August 21st, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
Theresa will be the guest on Jon Michaels ‘FORUM‘ this Sunday morning.
7:30 AM on Kelo AM & FM
8:30 AM KWSN
I think Theresa will also be making an appearance on another media program early next week. Stay Tuned!
August 13th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Developers, Development, Planning Commission, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Below is the final page of the written comments by Greg N. that he ran out of time for during our ‘TIMED’ public testimony (see the entire comments here: GregInput8-11-2015 )
Summary, Questions, and Concerns
This is NOT about this particular application, it’s about the PROCESS
In my opinion this hearing in no way fulfilled substantive due process
How are citizens going to have a voice if staff misrepresents the clear language of the code?
I am not a lawyer, but I can read, and the code is CLEAR and UNAMBIGUOUS
What is the point of a conditional use permit hearing if the governing body is told they cannot deny it and they are severely restricted in what they can consider and condition – both of which are found nowhere in the code!
Staff commentary is a personal opinion, directly contradicts the code, and is not appropriate for consideration
Due Process ONLY exists if citizens have a SUBSTANTIVE opportunity for input and a FAIR hearing
How can a hearing satisfy due process when staff, who guides the governing body, misrepresents the powers and duties of the commission?
If staff wants to force the Planning Commission (and City Council) to grant every conditional use permit, they should bring the ordinance forward
Similarly, if staff wants to force the PC and CC to restrict its considerations and conditions to a list of specific items for a use, bring the ordinance forward
All citizens should be very concerned if this is the direction staff is giving to the Planning Commission
Under these arbitrary rules, the deck is stacked, and the conditional use permit hearing essentially serves no purpose
August 8th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
#34 in the list of Minnehaha county weed mowing,
Deloris J Heuther
5200 W 35th St
Poor lady, even in death she can’t escape the reach of city code enforcement
DELORIS J. HUETHER~ 5200 W. 35th Street, Sioux Falls, SD; Died: Friday, October 27, 2006, Sioux Falls, SD; Age: 70 years, 3 months, 28 days
Must be a house still titled to her, I guess. Or, maybe “the city hasn’t updated their records yet” (smile). I also think it is odd they misspelled her name in the city listing.
May 7th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Minnehaha County, Pam Nelson
May 6th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
I believe he works for the same company that were the consultants for the city on the water and sewer rate increases.
May 6th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
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I drove by this place last year on Jessica Avenue, I see he has added to the He Man Woman Haters Club since I last drove by.
So do you think this is a work of art or a nuisance? Besides his rinky-dink trailer parked on the street, his yard seems to be pretty clean.
May 5th, 2015 — Code Enforcement, SF City Council, SFFD, Sioux Falls
Mayor Huether seems to be confused tonight at the council meeting about how to stack a pile of firewood
Minnehaha County treasurer Pam Nelson showed up tonight to explain to the city how to mail out proper notice in the mail for a code violation (you know, using a postman and a stamp and not a newspaper bag). Pam got a notice about her firewood stack, but instead of sending a letter to her office or ACTUAL home, they put a letter in a plastic newspaper bag and hung it to her secondary residence. Seems efficient.
Then Bob Kolbe showed up asking how private emergency for-profit services can be cheaper then city owned services. Well, Bob, have you seen the Fire Department salaries (DOC: 2015-Wages-January, Start on page 4)
May 2nd, 2015 — Code Enforcement, Sioux Falls
Not sure if Shawna Goldhammer resigned or got terminated, or put in her notice? But it looks like the meanest job in the City is Available (Besides Mayor of course) (DOC: CEM):
The job posting:
Department: Planning & Building Services
Title: Code Enforcement Manager
Hiring Range: $2,480.80 – $2,752.80 bi-weekly ($64,500.80 to $71,572.80 per year)
Job Description: Lead and manage the City’s comprehensive code enforcement program with coordination authority for inspection and enforcement elements across the City. Coordinate ongoing communication regarding all areas of code enforcement related to inspection and enforcement functions and the City Attorney’s office.
Post Date: 4/28/2015
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four (4) years’ professional focused experience in urban planning, and code enforcement; or any such combination of education, experience, and training as may be acceptable to the hiring authority.