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Sioux Falls City Council public input, July 19, 2016

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Kicking back night & donuts at Council

There’s the troubled five again. Good thing the mayor has given them a name even though the membership is always changing, Tim Stanga proudly wears the label July 19, 2016 at the Sioux Falls City Council meeting.

is the label because he is trouble or because it troubles the mayor when he and his cohorts show up to speak?

Sierra Broussard did a photo presentation thanking some police department personnel for the assistance she received the previous weekend. The police seemed to be pleased with their free donuts.

Shocking behavior. All is good and not one got hurt.

Waambulance Rate Increase Vote, July 7, 2016

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Call the wambulance, the people are going to be shocked I tell you with the rate increase. If the citizens are shocked by the crappy service the ambulance company gives now, what are they going to do next? Shocked and appalled is one way to feel.

Shocked I tell you shocked. The next thing we are going to need to do is give several people in the room hearing tests or issue Red Bulls to keep them stimulated enough to pay attention. Shocked I tell you, Shocked!

Two Thumbs up to Zach DeBoer, Two Thumbs down to the SF traffic department

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I applaud Zach for his perseverance and volunteerism;

A local business owner says he was so determined to see more parking in downtown that he proposed an idea, involving 60 new parking spots and a bicycle lane. It’s been a project that’s been a year in the making and, with the approval of the City Council, it’s almost complete.

In the early afternoon heat of Thursday morning, the sound of spray paint could be heard along north Main Avenue in downtown Sioux Falls.

“I said ‘Listen, I think this is important for these reasons and I’ll do it, like I’ll come out and I’ll paint it myself” said Zach DeBoer, owner of Exposure Art Gallery on Phillips Avenue.

And for the last two days, that’s exactly what he’s done, putting the finishing touches on a project that he’s been working on for the last year.

What was once duct tape outlining parking spots one September for Food Truck Friday… is now permanent.

So you might be wondering, how is this legal and how did Zach DeBoer do it? After the success of the duct tape parking spots last September, DeBoer drew some “amateur versions” of the proposed new ideas to the City Traffic Engineer with one question, was it possible?

From there, a team looked at the idea and said that the measurements and everything was good. He just needed to get the neighborhood on board.

“What I needed to do is get approval from 80 percent of the property owners located on both sides of the street that would be affected by it,” explained DeBoer. He went door to door and explained that the new idea would not only help their businesses by bringing in more customers with more parking spots but that it would also increase the property’s value.

The hardest part, DeBoer explained, was tracking down phone numbers and email addresses of property owners and getting them to listen past ‘Hey, so…’. But with the 80% approval the project moved forward, to changing the stretch of road on north Main Avenue.

Starting Tuesday, workers stripped the only center lines and painted not only the new center but also the bike lane. That’s when Zach DeBoer, owner of Exposure Art Gallery located on Phillips Avenue, bought spray paint and started painting the 60 new parking spots.

While the city claims that it is legal for Zach to do this because of the 80% approval from the neighborhood, one has to question the liability of the city and and safety concerns of having a citizen buying his own paint and standing in a public street painting stripes?

It’s bad enough citizens risk their safety trimming city owned trees in the boulevard now they have citizens striping the streets, something public works and the traffic department should have paid for and contracted after Zach did the legwork of the approval process. Are we so destitute for money in the city we now are having citizens buying and painting city streets?

Two thumbs down to the city of Sioux Falls.

*Note; I did not speak with Mr. DeBoer about this before posting or his feelings on volunteering his time and capital.

Mayor Huether set to give 2017 budget address on Tuesday

I wonder if he will make a decision on his veto by the time he makes his address?

Hidden Hills apartments ‘Affordable’?

Remember when the developers of Hidden Hills were asking for special funding from the feds and TIFs to build four blocks of block like apartments on North Cliff? $680 a month is NOT affordable housing. If you were lucky enough to make a living wage as a single person in Sioux Falls, you would have to work a week and half to just pay the rent (no utilities included. Let’s say you make $12 an hour, you would have to work 2 weeks to just pay the rent. Sorry folks, this is NOT affordable housing. The property tax payers of this town were duped again.

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Mayor Huether will probably veto admin building repeal

During Dem Forum today, he brought up the administration building and the importance of the proposed structure, he also ‘claimed’ the last council approved the bonding of the facility. That is not true, it was a 4-4 tie with him being the tie-breaker.

After his words today, I suspect he will veto the repeal.

He also told councilors Neitzert and Stehly that were in attendance today that they need to learn how to work together as a team . . .

Step Right Up!

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I wonder if he will accuse me of being an atheist again?

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Come with your questions, that he won’t answer, but it’s fun to watch him sweat;

• Are you running for governor?

• Will you veto the admin building repeal?

• Why do you want to limit public testimony?

Admin Building Re-Vote, July 19, 2016

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The new Sioux Falls City Council has spoken and it was strong. Our newest members worked as a team with Christine Erickson and slammed the brakes on the administration’s new office building.

It looks like we might be seeing a Council working together to help forge a new vision of possibilities. Actions taken July 19, 2016 show the Council is the policy making body of the Charter. The policy is look and see what else we can do to do it better.

The administration decided to spring this building idea on the town and City Council April 14, 2015. With no warning and in the usual great secrecy, the mayor started swinging (with a PowerPoint). It appears his elbow surgery had been a success, allowing him to aggressively push his plans and knock out people’s teeth.

It took 15 months to get some sanity into the building discussion and sanity said stop until there is real dialogue with our other state and local governments.

With five years in this gig, the mayor and his staff were a bit off their game getting names confused and losing their places. It was interesting to watch city employees popping up like it was their spur of the moment decision to get into the fray.

Councilor Rolfing & Mayor Huether are planning changes to public input

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The key word here is ‘planning’. I warned councilor Rolfing last night in public input that he should be cautious about moving forward on changes because he would have a big fight on his hands.

He supposedly cooked up his proposal in the top secret operations committee meeting in the basement of Carnegie on Tuesday. I am unclear what is all in the proposal, but I heard it involves ‘comment cards’.

The plan is to have each commenter sign in with a comment card and write down the topic they choose to speak about. Then the mayor or Rolfing would sort through the cards and pick the commenters they wish to speak by calling them forward.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

While I am not opposed to signing a sheet to say I will comment (it’s good for the clerk to have the correct spelling of the commenter’s name for the minutes and the record) I am not in favor of being called up like I am in 3rd grade speech class.

Picking and choosing the commenters is a blatant disregard for the spirit of free speech and the 1st Amendment. Elected officials are in place to serve us, not the other way around. I often say if they have a problem with that arrangement, do us all a favor and resign.

As I have reminded the mayor and council in the past, if public input is disruptive or offensive, the commenter can be gaveled at that time and asked to stop or even leave. The chair has that power and I agree with that procedure. Some people do get out of control and can be frivolous.

But picking and choosing who can comment and about what is favoritism and goes against transparency and open government as a whole. Something the mayor absolutely hates with a passion.

I know that some other folks in the media are aware of the proposal and won’t stand for it either.

Like I told Rolfing last night, I welcome the debate about changing public input, bring it on, because you are going to lose, and lose big time, and in the process you are going to look very foolish, if you don’t already.