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March 4th, 2016 — Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Sioux Falls
Poor thing, still upset they blew the siding settlement money on popcorn poppers.
I guess, I am not an expert on these kind of things, like sledge joints, or is it swedge joints, I forget;
A key architectural element of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is precast, colored concrete. The white residue on the colored concrete is a common condition called efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when salt migrates from within the concrete to the surface and forms a coating.
“The City is fully aware of the white residue on the building. It’s not uncommon to see this issue in the early years of recently constructed buildings. We are finalizing plans for it to be cleaned off the exterior,” says Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works.
Not sure if Gage Brothers is paying for the cleanup or not, I’m guessing they probably are due to the embarrassment of such work (if it really is their fault or not). But this 180 by the city is baffling hypocrisy. We find it necessary to clean up a little salt because it may ‘look bad’ but after receiving a $1 million dollar settlement for the dented up siding, we leave it, because it is a ‘design element’.
“He who dares not offend cannot be honest.”
― Thomas Paine
February 19th, 2016 — 1st Amendment, Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Media, US Constitution
Oh, this is a good read (DOC); 299786924-City-of-Sioux-Falls-Defendent-Reply-Brief
Which seems like a cock fight between attorneys, the hearing on Monday outta be entertaining;
Second Circuit Court Judge John Pekas is scheduled to hear the case at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Minnehaha County Courthouse.
No matter where you stand on the law or legal language of these statutes, it all seems irrelevant to me. Any document or settlement produced using tax payer money should be made public. It’s not like we are protecting the integrity of a man who shot himself with a 5-foot branch and a rifle in a grove of rural trees, this is about siding that was poorly installed on a building. Who are we protecting?
I also find it even more ironic we are spending MORE tax dollars on private attorneys to keep something a secret. Screw who won the spelling bee here, that should be a red flag enough to tell us something truly needs to be hidden.
February 19th, 2016 — Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center
Seems Mortenson (the nice folks who built our Events Center) ran into a $4 million dollar snag while building the new Vikings Stadium;
M.A. Mortenson Cos. executive John Wood announced Friday that the gutter on the $1.1 billion building was leaky and needed about $4 million in repairs.
The leak sprung on the inner wall of the snow gutter on the roof of the building. The work will affect about 30 percent of the roof, most noticeably on the large eastern face where the black panels will come down.
Last fall, workers noticed dampness on the parapet wall and some pooling of water in the gutter, Wood said, adding that the water had yet to seep into the inside of the building.
“We’re happy they found it now; stuff happens on projects,” Wood said.
As many homeowners know, determining the source and path of leaks is tricky. Wood said it took months of testing to diagnose the problem and then determine a suitable fix.
The cost doesn’t affect the Minnesota Vikings or the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority; Wood said Mortenson and the design team would pay for the fix.
So what about our consultant’s report that we never got to see? Or how about the models we were going to see? That’s just it, we don’t know IF or WHAT kind of (water) damage the poorly sided Events Center has. On top of that, we got a settlement that we are NOT using to fix it. At this point, I couldn’t agree more with councilor Jamison that it is time to tear a hole in the wall and see if there is any damage.
February 5th, 2016 — Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Sioux Falls
Another fine city of Sioux Falls government document
As the Argus Leader reports today, they have attained 27 pages of change orders from the city on the Events Center (you can go over there and try to decipher the fun stuff). There are some things missing though.
No beginning costs on the change orders (for instance, the siding is only listed as warranty)
What was the original estimate on the siding? What was the final ‘changed’ price.
While Mortenson made 2.25% commission on building the place (over $2 million) There are no records of what subcontractors who were in direct business made/shared with Mortenson. In other words some of the subcontractors may have shared profits with Mortenson since they may have been in a business partnership together. Finance office, Tracy Turbak with the city mumbled about this on the SuFuStu show saying something to the effect of, “We don’t know what those numbers are.”
While it is all fine and dandy we got these documents, they are just the tip of the iceberg.
January 29th, 2016 — 1st Amendment, Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Sioux Falls
Goddammit! You will eat our moldy bread, drink our over-priced ruffied drinks, or you will sit in the car;
Guests will still see similar security procedures as they have for other concerts. Bags will be checked and hand held metal detectors will also be used upon arrival. But for this show, the new security element is a bag restriction. No bags larger than 13″ by 15″ or 6 inches deep will be allowed for this performance.
In other words, any bags that can carry in extra snacks, booze, bottled water or whatever will be monitored.
The honey moon period is over folks for the Events Center. How ironic that the concert they choose to implement this fascism is at an already duplicate act.
These posts write themselves.
January 28th, 2016 — Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Sioux Falls
Let’s face it, I don’t think too many tax payers in Sioux Falls are that naïve or ignorant to think the Events Center will pay for itself (You know, cuz like, it is quality of life). Even with sponsorships, you have operating expenses, maintenance and mortgage payments, a steep bill that has to be paid for the next 30-50 years.
I think this is pretty obvious to anyone who owns a home or business, or for that matter a lawnmower or snowblower.
But it still hasn’t stopped the manager of the Events Center and our city finance director from talking about ‘Net Operating Income’ which leaves out our mortgage payment on the facility.
Paying 9 million in debt service to make 2 million in income doesn’t make you a financial genius, and surely not worth bragging about. Even if you factor in the supposed tax income of $1.5 million you are still at a $5.5 million dollar loss for the year. It would be like making a household income of $3,000 a month with a $6,000 a month home mortgage payment. Not sustainable, or even reasonable.
It’s dishonest to say ‘its in the black’ or ‘net income’. Now if you want to say the operations are in the black, that is perfectly honest, and believable. But don’t say it’s making a profit or ‘net income’. This word play effects people not knowing the distinction and creates the perception that it’s a wild success.
Also note, anyone who has read the prospective and then retrospective studies on all of these venues knows that the first two years don’t really mean anything. It takes until about the third year before you see what NORMALIZED operations will be. This is the honeymoon period and cannot be counted on as the norm going forward.
We should be honest. Don’t claim it’s making tons of money, it’s not. Why not say it’s costing us money, but it provides a quality of life, and it’s worth the cost (and you can agree with that or not).
January 25th, 2016 — Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Sioux Falls
Last week on SuFuStu’s show the director of Finance for the city of Sioux Falls, Tracy Turbak announced that they ‘may’ be getting metal detectors for the Events Center. Earlier last week, the city put out bids for metal detectors.
According to a council staffer, the metal detectors are for the Events Center. The promoter ‘Live Nation’ said they will not promote shows at the EC unless they are installed.
While I guess we could debate about that, which is fine, I have recently become concerned that the City of Sioux Falls is now using a purchasing consultant, Mercury Commerce (EMS).
Many government entities use them, but one has to question, is our purchasing department so busy they cannot review bids? Not to mention how we are told consistently that we need a new administration building because of city growth, yet we job-out out consultants and temps not only in our engineering department, custodial department and Parks and Rec, but now it seems we need consultants to help us weed through bids.
December 14th, 2015 — Audit, Denny Sanford, Event Center, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
This audit is similar to wiping your butt 8 hours after you took a crap . . . but I will keep an open mind 😉
December 14th, 2015 — Denny Sanford Premier Center, Event Center, Greg Neizert, SF City Council, Sioux Falls
Greg touches on transparency in government;
The citizens deserve better than this. Secrecy breeds mistrust and erodes confidence in government. We need to demand transparency from our government. It is our government after all.
December 5th, 2015 — Event Center, Sioux Falls
This is the first question that popped into my mind when I saw they were going to sue for the information. But I wasn’t the only one asking the question, I have received several emails asking the same thing.
It’s clear from the city’s track record on all things transparent and legal, they will spend as much money as they can fighting this (our money) which will probably never be decided until it makes it to the SD Supreme Court, which will take several years.
Cameraman Bruce and I both told the Argus there are other ways to skin a cat on this topic, and if they want to take the courts route, good for them, but other information about how the EC was built and paid for also exists in the private sector with the contracts the contractors signed.
While I will commend them for taking on the legal aspects of transparency in government, South DaCola will continue to pursue the low road. You never know who will crack that nut first?
It also seems the Argus finally figured out how to quote Bruce in an article;
Citizen activist Bruce Danielson, one of the most vocal critics of the city’s handling of the Premier Center siding dispute and closed-door nature of the manager at risk method used for the building project, agreed the public should have access to the settlement.
“The underlying issue here is this is a public building, and the public has to pay for this building for the next 19 years, and we do not know anything about the financing, the construction, the change orders or where the money went to. We know nothing,” he said. “The first step in any audit of any situation like this is breaking the seal of secrecy.”
Something we have been asking of this administration and city council now for several years. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take several more years to unveil the truth. Let’s face it, this isn’t about poorly constructed siding, this is about secrecy, what is the city trying to hide? I have a feeling once that skin is pulled back, we are going to find much more then a dead cat.