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October 5th, 2015 — Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
A South DaCola Foot Soldier contacted me last night asking me to try to remember if a promise was made to us about the ice storm. He wondered if the city promised to replant some trees that were taken down due to the ice storm. I couldn’t remember. I also couldn’t remember how much FEMA money we received, but after checking some news stories, it looks like $4.9 million.
A city councilor contacted the city’s forestry director, Duane Stahl, and he said besides the HelpLine and the Argus Leader teaming up to voluntarily replant trees, the city had no plan. So I guess the $4.9 million in FEMA money went to out of state contractors to cut down our trees but to not replace.
August 24th, 2015 — Mike Huether, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
As you can see, the doors are locked unless you have an appointment. I guess they are finding out operating a facility like this isn’t very lucrative when you only have 102 members. Heck, they can’t even hire a teenager to pick up the garbage and mow the weeds at the joint. Better call code enforcement, those weeds look noxious and that garbage could be considered a ‘public nuisance’. I wonder how long before Great Life buys this place on a auction?
August 10th, 2015 — Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
The irony and the political posturing couldn’t be more obvious;
Sioux Falls public pools will begin to close at the end of this week. Come to the news conference to learn how pool closing dates are determined, how staffing levels are affected by college start dates and fall high school activity start dates, and which pools will close first across Sioux Falls.
So now the sour grapes of the late school start date are starting to affect city politics. Wild Water West must be giddy. I can’t tell you how stupid this is. We complain that the (snowfox team) can’t swim in the winter, yet we close the city pools weeks before the first leaf falls from the trees. This obvious political ploy is disgusting.
August 4th, 2015 — SFPD, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
Seems Heritage Park still has some trouble;
Complaint calls about Heritage Park have ranged from illegal use of alcohol to fights, and even public urination. It’s a situation that has property owners in the area fed up.
We spoke with Dwaine Thill who owns two houses across the street from Heritage Park, and he says the indecent and illegal behavior at Heritage Park is only getting worse. He feels the close proximity to the Bishop Dudley House is leading to an increase of people at the park. Thill says he’s concerned not only for his property, but keeping his tenants as well.
Photos taken from a neighbor in the area show people drinking alcohol and even urinating on her property.
“It’s the scrud of the city, coming over here and they have a place to congregate, drink, shoot up, and whatever else they want to do out there,” Property Owner Dwaine Thill said.
But not according to the SFPD. Just ignore the number of calls, the neighbors, the violations and that we have a homeless shelter close by;
In June and July, police responded to 141 calls at the park. Even though the crimes at the park are minor, Clemens says police are keeping an eye on the area to prevent any dangerous situations. While some people are calling Heritage Park the new Van Eps Park, Clemens says this isn’t the case.
I think Mr. Thill has the best suggestion to fixing the problem;
Even so, Thill wants the city to do something about it.
“If the mayor wants to have them up in his area, more power to him. I’d like to have him live beside them awhile,” Thill said.
The streets in that neighborhood are so nice, the homeless would be scared to walk on them.
July 25th, 2015 — SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
The Sioux Falls Park Board kinda met on July 21, 2015 in a very small meeting room in the headquarters building. Not only is it hard for the public to find these meetings but apparently the board members have problems driving down to them. Five of the members called in to join them. We guess it’s alright but it would have been better is it was televised on CityLink and internet so all could really join in.
Cameraman Bruce was able to get a very clear and concise answer from the board concerning the proposed pool rate hikes. “Let’s park the decision with the City Council and get it out of here!” (FF: 7:00 )
So it’s up to the Council to make the final rate decisions. If you want to make a difference you have to show-up. If you want to be part of the solution you have to be there. If you want to change bad policy you have to use your voice and body to show your election officials you want answers.
July 17th, 2015 — Public Works, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
I guess I haven’t really thought about it much until the past couple of days as people have pointed out to me that they haven’t seen many honey bees or beneficial bugs. I have several wild flower pots in my backyard, and I have only noticed one bumble bee so far this summer, and no honey bees. There are products that can be used that don’t affect the honey bees and beneficial bugs, and different application practices (avoid aerial and spraying during the day) this product uses a bacteria that kills mosquitos;
“Bti”, Bacillus thuringienis ssp. israelensis, are bacteria which infect and kill mosquito larvae. These bacteria are highly selective, killing only mosquitoes and their close relatives like gnats and black flies. Formulations of Bti will only kill these types of insects and do not harm other kinds of insects, fish, birds, worms or mammals.
– Bti is harmless to other wildlife
– Easy to apply!
– Effective within 24 hours.
– May be applied pre-flood.
When Bti are eaten by the mosquito larvae, they damage the gut cells and quickly paralyze them, then kill the larvae quickly and efficiently. A moderate to heavy dose has been shown to reduce the mosquito population by one half in 15 minutes and the rest within one hour.
Using non-biological insecticides have proven to kill honey bees;
Problems may arise if these insecticides come into contact with honey bees. Honey bees are susceptible to many insecticides, and in fact pesticides are a major cause of honey bee deaths.
Public awareness of the importance of honey bees is growing. Besides providing the beeswax, honey, propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly that are the basis for countless businesses, honey bees are essential for producing a substantial portion of our agricultural crops. As pollinators, honey bees are unsurpassed in their service to farmers producing fruits and vegetables such as apples, cucumbers, squash, melons, blueberries, pears, etc. Without a large and steady supply of bee colonies, commercial growers would not be able to produce these crops, and their businesses would fail.
As for the beneficial insects, it may be affecting them also;
With the threat of new emerging infectious diseases in the United States (West Nile virus, Malaria, Dengue), the clamor for novel personal protection/vector control devices has increased significantly over recent years. The two new tactics that have been introduced for controlling disease-carrying insects in a residential setting consist of fogging the vegetation surrounding the home withlong-lasting insecticides and the installation of residential misting systems that spray the desired area with aninsecticide on a daily basis. There have been some preliminary studies conducted that show that these tactics can have some effect on the mosquito populations in the backyard setting. However, these new control tactics and devices may have an adverse effect on the beneficial insects providing natural biological control of pest species in the areas subjected to the chemical treatments.
Beneficial insects include all the organisms that occur in the environment (may be augmented by the homeowner) that help to keep pest arthropod populations low, pollinate various plant species, and prevent major damage to backyard landscaping.
Some of those beneficial bugs are Lady Bugs, Spiders, Preying Mantids, Assassin Bugs, Ambush Bugs, Thread-Legged Bugs, and Ground Beetles.
As for songbirds disappearing, I am only speculating they are not around because their favorite food is mosquitos, flies and gnats.
Not sure what kind of product the city is currently using, but there are numerous other biologically safe ways to kill the mosquitos and save the bees and beneficial bugs.
July 17th, 2015 — SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
Are you noticing a change at Sioux Falls Carnegie Town Hall lately? Like, how unprepared City of Sioux Falls Parks staff is to answer real questions with real answers? Our HandiCam was handy for the City Council working session on July 15, 2015 as we caught most of the pool rate increase meeting.
It was quite a meeting of council members ready to work and the city Parks and Rec staff not expecting to. The ill-prepared staff met a council wanting to be engaged. The council allowed the public to contribute information, especially when the Parks staff could not find a body orifice to pull data out of.
It made some wonder, what has happened to the old rubber stamp? The council is getting tired of be taken advantage of just like their citizens.
July 15th, 2015 — SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
The meeting will be at Carnegie Hall at 4 PM Downtown. I enjoy the work sessions because it is a pretty open forum where sometimes people from the public attending can participate. They usually hold the meeting in the foyer.
UPDATE: Many things occurred at the work session (hope to have a video up soon). One thing was clear at the end of the meeting, the indoor aquatic center is NOT being built for the same users as the outdoor pools.
I was able to address the council and dispel a couple of things discussed, I told them;
1) Our pool rates CANNOT be compared to other communities in South Dakota, our sales tax base is totally different because of our retail.
2) User fees increases (which I support) should be based on inflation, not pulling numbers out of the sky like the administration and some council members did today
3) Keep the free pool passes for the poor, but ask for a free will donation when they acquire them.
July 14th, 2015 — Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
The Midco Aquatic Center (I heard a couple of rumors about this yesterday) $220K per year for 10 years. Now if we can just get 3-4 more sponsors like that we won’t have to subsidize the operations of the joint. Heck, I would be willing to sell the place to Midco for $.80 on the dollar, after completed.
Any guesses who it might be?
||News conference to announce the title sponsor and the name of the City’s first indoor aquatic center, being built at Spellerberg Park
||Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I have no idea, I know people have been saying it will NOT be Sanford or Avera. If I had to make a wild guess I would say ‘Orthopedic Institute’.
July 13th, 2015 — Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Parks and Rec
If there is one thing that has been consistent about the indoor aquatic center, it has been lies, broken promises and half-truths. The Argus Leader did a video interview today with a construction manager of the site, he was explaining the three different pools that were going to be built inside the building, and when he was talking about the therapy pool he said it would/could “be used by the veterans from the VA.”
Nobody from the VA has ever confirmed this, but the administration, the parks department and NOW the construction manager continue to peddle this to the public.
Enough! Until you get a signed agreement with the VA about this, stop telling people that is the case. Now there will be nothing stopping veterans from using the pool on their own time, but don’t affiliate that with the VA.