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Was this car dealership a non-profit charity when we gave them a $1 million dollar street?

Remember this? The city employees and directors working hard to not only close a public residential street but also working OT to make sure a private business owner got the property (valued at close to $1 million) for FREE. The dealership offered to pay nothing for the street vacation. But hey, how many jobs were created? How many people stayed out of jail? How much did this save our justice system? Not sure, but they did get to build a gigantic parking lot. When the mayor’s administration wants to throw a hissy fit over giving away a rust bucket of a building, I only have to show them this fiasco, and then ask them to STFU.

Glory to the IcePlex (Jan 17, 2017)

Is the move on or is the mayor’s hissy fit on? Why did the mayor of Sioux Falls put on a full court press against the Glory House on January 17, 2017? The Sioux Falls City Council decided to explore the options of legally gifting the old IcePlex land to the Glory House and the mayor sent his big guns in to shoot it down.

This Council vote was to set up the discussion process, it does not give the building and land to the Glory House. It is the first of 4 votes necessary to accomplish the gifting. If at any point the process falls apart, the property does not transfer. So why is the mayor so afraid of the first step?

As we write and post this video, the mayor still has not signed the formal paperwork. One of those things that makes you go HMMMMMM?

When will the City of Sioux Falls tell it’s citizens we are going broke?

City workers collecting their pay checks

You can’t rack up millions in record debt building structures we don’t need, turn around and give your directors atrocious corporate like raises then turn around and tell the minions, here are your crumbs;

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, which represents hundreds of clerks, drivers, and maintenance workers, said Friday that members have rejected a contract offer from the city that would have offered 1.5 percent annual pay increases through 2018.

A spokesman for the union said the raises aren’t enough to cover the rising cost of health insurance paid by city employees. The union representing police officers in the city rejected a similar contract late last year, leaving firefighters as the only employee group with a new labor contract in place.

At the end of the day, the city council will be expected to do the heavy lifting without being let in on the negotiations, basically a shot in the dark;

Although not privy to the negotiations, the City Council will be asked in the coming weeks to approve  the new terms. If the unions declare an impasse, the Council can impose the contract without the consent of the employee groups. Asked by leadership and city attorneys to stay quiet on the topic as it could end up in litigation, councilors mostly have balked at questions surrounding the labor dispute.

“We were told not to comment,” Councilor Greg Neitzert said Thursday.

Councilor Theresa Stehly said it’s not her intention to complicate the process, but she shares the unions’ concerns about not prioritizing personnel.

The city in recent years has extended itself financially with more than $150-million worth of large-scale spending projects like the Midco Aquatic Center, the Denny Sanford Premier Center and the planned city administration building, yet can’t keep the labor force happy, she said.

“I can understand how these unions feel like things aren’t adding up when we’re extending ourselves with pools and administration building,” Stehly said. “It’s so very important in our personal lives and in city life that we take care of what we already have and support what we have before we go out and extend ourselves for these wants.”

While true, seems too little too late. People often tell me that Mayor Huether has accomplished a lot, he sure has, on the backs and debt of the citizenry. He has been anything BUT prudent with our money and now it is time to pay the piper on the bill of goods he sold us.

Video or not here we go (Jan 17, 2016)

Open government or not, here we go. This Sioux Falls City Council decision starts the official process requiring boards and commissions to post their meetings on line.

The public discussion part of this item on January 17, 2017 was started by Park Department Director Don Kearney when he jumped to the front of the line and gave the mayor’s well rehearsed talking points. When Liz, Scott and Bruce finished the mayor once again had interject with pre-discussion commentary toward David Zokaties. Once David finished we had another Ferris moment when the mayor decided to call out Tim Stanga. What is it about the mayor? Why can’t people just attend City Council and not be harassed by him?

Based on experience with this administration, they will either:
1. spend another $60,000 on equipment and a staffer to operate it or
2. they will go to the Kmart clearance sale to buy a recorder to prove it won’t work.

In this discussion opponents stress:
* The burden of operating a video camera (even though they have been shown how easy it is to setup and record).
*The mental pressure on members being recording (if public scrutiny is too much, go home and someone else will take their place).
* The ability of media or malicious people to snip clips and use them out of context (as if this can’t happen now).
* Don’t just do the Park Board, do all 44 citizen boards (all we can say is YES!!!! but do them all once the routine is perfected).

Cameraman Bruce is looking forward to being at a few of these meetings just to record them. If the bloated Parks Department budget can’t find a few dollars to buy a decent camcorder and instead uses a crappy tape recorder to try and prove their point, we will be comparing the results of both. We know this mayor always plans to fail when he needs to prove a point and plans to win at all costs when he needs too.

As a side note, when you watch or attend most city board meetings you will find the comfortable nature of the participants shows many of the decisions were probably made long before the public displays.

Councilor Erickson says she is still considering a run for mayor on KSOO

This shouldn’t be a big surprise. Several months ago Christine told me she was keeping her ‘options open’ when it comes to running for mayor and she repeated that same sentiment today on KSOO. Even last week she asked my opinion about another possible candidate running for the job. She also commented she didn’t know if she would even run for re-election on council because her family business keeps her so busy.

She has become quite popular with the SD GOP and while the race is typically non-partisan, I don’t see Christine shying away from calling herself a proud Republican if she does decide to run for mayor.

I wish her luck no matter what she decides.

As I told another candidate recently, I may stay out of the race this time and not support anyone specifically.

A Proper Invocation (Jan 17, 2017)

Pastor Bob Chell, of St. Dysmas of South Dakota graced the Sioux Falls City Council meeting on January 17, 2017 with an example of what a real invocation should be modeled on.

This is a thought provoking message for all of faith and not. Thanks Pastor!

Found on Facebook

Award & Reward Night (Jan 17, 2017)

Stop the Funding gave our appreciation plaques to the 8 current and former Sioux Falls city Council members on January 17, 2016 during the Public Input section of the meeting. Some members of the dais were not very happy.

Thank you to Greg Jamison, Dean Karsky, Kermit Stagger, Christine Erickson, Greg Neitzert, Marshall Selberg, Theresa Stehly and Patrick Starr for all you did with your votes and support for the 6,404 signers!

The video has no audio because of Sioux Falls City Attorney ruling just prior to the the meeting so to hear the entire video as it was to be played click here: Romantix Annex Groundbreaking https://youtu.be/vXCDb1_3PzU or www.southdacola.com.

Sioux Falls City Council anoints a new Dr. No

Meet the Council’s new Dr. No

Well, Rex Rolfing has been working on it for awhile, and after voting against recording the Park Board meetings tonight (Erpenbach also voted no) he has cemented the deal. He also wanted to vote against gifting the Glory House city land, but realizing he was out numbered he voted for it.

I want to say bravo to the city council for standing up for transparency in government tonight. It’s easy to do the right thing. There really is no excuse for closed government. Heck, even at one point, Rolfing suggested we should be fair and record all board meetings (but didn’t offer an amendment) he was just being cynical as usual.

To Grant or Not Street (Jan 3, 2017)

Is this a misunderstanding, a good project gone bad or just plainly a mistake? Grant Street is one of those forgotten pieces and places of Sioux Falls. A neighborhood without the promised neighbors, a mud road instead of the promised paved street all courtesy of poor planning on the part of the city of Sioux Falls.

Grant Street is a forgotten place in need of our help. It should not be an industrial park because of a flying fickled finger of fate put it in a battle to be livable. On January 3, 2017 the Grant Street neighbors banded together to fight a development of storage units instead of the once promised twin homes with a city street.

Fix the street, fix the neighborhood and make it something any of us would be willing to live in. The city of Sioux Falls allowed this problem to exist, now solve it.