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Safer streets or more unneeded regulations?

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?


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.

To Snitch or Not to Snitch, that is the question

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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?

Theresa Stehly talking boulevard gardens this Sunday

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!

Sioux Falls City Council Public input, 8/11/2015

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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

Even in Death, Sioux Falls code enforcement asks you to pay.

Item #11 on next weeks council agenda, resolution for lawn mowing/weeds…
#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.


Minnehaha County Treasurer, Pam Nelson informs the city about ‘Proper Service’


Former city code enforcement employee Kevin Smith’s new job

I believe he works for the same company that were the consultants for the city on the water and sewer rate increases.


The Little Rascal’s Clubhouse


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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.

Apparently either the Pony Express or Shopping News carriers are delivering code enforcement notices


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)

Head of Code Enforcement for the City of SF leaving?

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.

Status: FT

Post Date: 4/28/2015

Deadline: 5/12/2015

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.