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Mayor Huether under the impression that sweeping streets is a government handout

During ‘Ask the Dictator . . . uh, I mean Mayor’ (FF:19:32). He says;

“You know Sioux Falls, we don’t have to wait for the street sweepers to come by and sweep our streets, we don’t have to, ah, if you got leaves or junk in your curb or gutter, hey, go out there and sweep it up . . .

I think sometimes we rely on government so much to do the work for us, when we are so capable to do the work ourselves . . .”

He also went on to claim that they are sweeping the streets three times a year. I don’t think so.

I will have the mayor know, that I do go sweep my own curb, several times a year, but I usually have to use a scoop shovel, because there is so much crap, and while I don’t take issue with that, I take issue with your statement about ‘depending on government’ to do our work for us.

1) The streets are owned by the city and we pay taxes to have them maintained. This includes repair, resurfacing, snowplowing and YES sweeping.

2) The city maintains a public works department responsible for street maintenance, our taxes buy the street sweeping equipment and YES, pay the operators to run the machines.

Do I expect government to do everything for me? Not at all, but when I am paying into government to perform a service, I expect it to be done.

Locally I figured I spent about $2,800 in taxes (sales/property) last year. If I sweep my own street (which I do quite often) do I get a discount?

As for government ‘expecting’ to do things for us, you are right. I don’t expect things like;

– $500,000 to an indoor tennis center so 102 members have a place like that.

– $24 Million to an indoor pool

– $115 Million for an entertainment facility

Government’s first expectation is to provide services for the taxes we pay (like sweeping the streets) Not to entertain us.

Once again, the mayor demonstrates his skewed priorities.

Mac Huether?


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Why only thank FOUR councilors?

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Notice that he thanks only FOUR councilors for support of the Events Center, I am assuming he is talking about the FOUR that voted for the Arena location.

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A Million Cups of Yankton more important then being the mayor of Sioux Falls?


The new fire station ribbon cutting today in Sioux Falls. Good thing SF Chamber Board Member (and part-time city councilor, Dean Karksy could make the event for the mayor)

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After getting a good clubbing at last night’s council meeting, the mayor headed off bright and early this morning to Yankton.

He did the full scale tour.


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I had to chuckle at the irony of my friend Ben Hanten in Yankton inviting the mayor to speak at Yankton’s 1 Million cups. If it wasn’t for Mr. Hanten, I would have never gotten into politics or blogging. Thanks Ben.

Put on a tie & get a job! Some more infinite wisdom from our Esteemed Leader

Last Sunday, Mike went to First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls for another exciting edition of his ‘Shut Up and Listen’ session. He gave advice on how to dress for an interview (if they even call you for one) and put his foot in his mouth so many times that I am guessing his breath smells like sweaty toes and shoe leather to this day!


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What happened to Mayor Huether’s ‘communications’ presentation

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On Friday, I noticed in the SF City Council’s informational meeting agenda, that Huether was scheduled to do a presentation entitled ‘Communications’ it has since been removed.

Not only can’t he communicate with the council, he can’t even communicate about the lack of communication. But hey, we have another billboard with his face on it, what more do we need?


Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!


Joe Sneve, the new city reporter for the Argus Leader wrote and article about the under hand moves of the Mayor and his Sidekick, Darin Smith;

The city already had spent more than $35,000 building the website and buying advertising to promote it before City Council members or the public learned about the project.

“You talk about transparency in government. You talk about saving money. You talk about building trust in government. What (Huether) has done violates a lot of the principles that I think most of us live by,” Councilor Greg Jamison said. “I’ll be proposing to change the language so we can prevent things like this from happening again.”

And it seems as of 7AM this morning, people are ready for a new mayor or is it an indoor pool? Elections and polls are so confusing these days. I think we should act quickly like we did with the indoor pool and hold the next mayoral election next week. And who are these 13% anyway?


Grow up and tell us the truth about the MOU with the Veterans Administration


The city attorney was asked recently at Democratic Forum what was going on with the Spellerberg pool MOU with the VA. His response, “We are in communications and working on it.”

At last week’s Spellerberg pool presentation the Parks director was asked about the MOU. His response, “We are in communications and working on it.”

This week they plan on starting site work for the pool and at yesterday’s press conference at Spellerberg Park the Mayor was asked about the MOU, His response, “Next question.” And when pressured to answer the question, he still did not respond and recommended that we “move along.”

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After the press conference, Bruce and I were talking with a reporter from KSFY and explaining the MOU situation to him, and how we have been asking for a resolution for almost 3 years. As we were standing in the parking lot, the mayor slowly drove up in his truck with his window down and spouted out his window (in a most mature manner) “Thank You KSFY for coming today.” And drove off grinning sarcastically in his rearview mirror.

Mr. Mayor, you have been given plenty of opportunities to address the MOU, but instead you and city staff continue to blow it off and feed us the same line over and over, “We are working on it.”

Here’s the deal, I don’t give a rip if you get the MOU, if you think it is prudent to spend $24 million in tax dollars on a piece of property controlled by the Federal Government, so be it. But if you have no intention of attaining that document, instead of acting like a little kid yelling from your pickup window, why don’t you just tell us the truth, “I have no intention of attaining an MOU.” Instead all this smoke and mirrors and public pouting.

The resolution is simple. Tell the truth.