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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.

UPDATED: Click on the below image to enlarge and read the bottom caption.


Food Truck Regulations Explained


Peter Chang (Who owns ‘Street Eats’ food truck) does a fantastic job explaining on THIS episode of ‘Inside Town Hall’ the GOOD regs and the BAD regs about food trucks.

UPDATE: I’m crying to Mike about the Events Center profits, but not for the same reasons you are


UPDATE: WOW, that was fast! City News video already up.

Another Academy award winning performance by MMM, crying about the profits of the Events Center and chastising the naysayer’s (who actually use math instead of emotions to point out the FACTS). But let’s look at those FACTUAL(?) numbers.

Interesting again the way Tracy Turbak plays with numbers?

6 Month Statistics

$1.1 million net operating income $962,383.40 sales tax payable 408,807 attendance (October 3, 2014-April 2, 2015- not including Grand Opening events) 94 event dates (includes multiple events in one day) 11 sold-out events 8 total pop/rock concerts 5 total country concerts 32 basketball games

Let’s forget about the events. What is important is the actual numbers of revenue including sponsorships.

Does the city collect sales tax on the sponsorship rights including the ‘non-profit’ Sanford Hospital system naming rights?

Does the city collect revenue on the rental of the events center itself?

Backing into the total taxable revenue of the Events Center shows about $16,000,000. Using a minimum tax rate for Sioux Falls business of 6% (I know some revenue was at 7% for entertainment / food but let’s be conservative) we find the SD Sales Tax revenue is close to the $962,383.40 reported.

Now look at the SD Sales Tax in terms of attendees.

Let’s say we break down tax collected per reported person. If we have $962,383.40 Sales Tax payable and we have 408,807 people showing up to an event, the city collected only $2.35 per person. So we built an events center where the city claims each person spent approximately $39.18 to attend the complex. $39.18 for tickets and concessions?

Let’s just look at the 13 sold out concerts:

10,000 (sold out concert tickets)

$60 (per ticket)

               13 (concerts)

$7,800,000 (total) * .07 tax rate = $546,000 (Sales Tax due State of South Dakota)

$7,800,000 (total) * .06 tax rate = $468,000 (Sales Tax due State of South Dakota)

Who is paying all the sales taxes? Where are they? Something once again does not add up. In each of the 94 events, $10,238.12 was collected. How? Once again the numbers are not adding up. It appears we are just to be excited by big numbers without understanding the actual audit. Tracy once again is playing with fuzzy math.

And let’s pretend for a moment that the EC does make $2.2 million this year. That doesn’t even come close to paying the almost $10 million dollar mortgage per year. Hardly in the black. Like I said before the vote, this place was built to make other people money, contractors, promoters, scalpers and management companies, while the taxpayer’s of this city foot the mortgage.


UPDATE: Still NO comment on the siding.

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.


Press & Dakotan

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.

The SF City Council ‘almost’ grows a backbone

I don’t know how many times I have told individual councilors in private and them as a body (as I did tonight) in a public meeting, that the only way you can stop the mayor from stepping all over you is to stand up to him (still waiting).

I suggested tonight they vote against the website contract, and even further suggested, even if they support it, to vote against it, and come up with their own contract. (I also noted that a jobs website was unessary and too expensive).

No luck, but no surprise, as I counted out the YES votes on my fingers with my hand in the air at the meeting they approved the very contract they cried about being constructed in secrecy. It’s like saying it’s okay for a homeless person to steal food because they are hungry and have no money.

The big disappointment of the night was Kenny Anderson Jr. While he talks a big game that he was against the way the mayor handled the contract spending in private, he votes for it tonight, with Erpenbach, Karksy, & Rolfing (Kiley absent). And bravo to Erickson, Staggers and Jamison for voting against it.

I told them in public testimony, the only way to stop the backdoor deals is to not approve them. Extra kudos to Jamison for asking Darrin Smith who chose to put the mayor’s mug on the billboards? Darrin said it was his idea.


Only a city director can lie this straight face in a meeting. He must be getting lessons from Cooper and Schmidt. He mumbled something about the mayor being the face of our city. Funny, I have always thought SF was quite attractive on the surface, apparently I was wrong :(

I will say it again, the only way you stop the mayor from continuing to sidestep you on important decisions is to start voting against his proposed contracts and resolutions, and as a legislative body, present your own. It’s kind of your job. You know, like how you should have postponed the meeting tonight because it was in violation of city charter for proper notice of a public meeting.

We do pay the city council to be our check and balance against the mayor, start acting like you are actually punched in and doing your job, otherwise, do us all a favor and resign.

Fiddle Faddle’s Law Lesson of the Day; Councilors stop talking to people

The almighty City Attorney (in between calling special city council meetings) is gonna school the council at Tuesday’s informational meeting about the ‘Dick Kelly Law’ HB 1106.

I expect him to tell them to not discuss contracts with private contractors wishing to do business with the city.

Should be entertaining watching LoopHole Dave explain his interpretation of the law. Bring your barf bags and whoopie cushions.



The South Dakota Supreme Court Ruling; (Doc: hanson-vs-minnehaha)

HB1106 enrolled law; (Doc: HB1106ENR)

UPDATE: Is the city of Sioux Falls ignoring it’s own charter when it comes to posting agendas?

Last week I pointed out after seeing the city council’s informational meeting agenda on Friday afternoon that an item was removed by Monday (Mayor communications).

This Friday I noticed that the agenda was not posted by 5 PM. According to city charter;

§ 30.014  AGENDA.

   (c)   The proposed agenda shall be posted at the city clerk’s office and placed on the city’s website, with email notice sent to those persons who have requested notice pursuant to law by the close of business on the Friday preceding any meeting to take place on the following Tuesday. Proposed additions to the agenda, in their complete and final format, including a signed agenda approval form, shall be delivered to the city clerk’s office no later than Monday at 12:00 p.m. before the Tuesday meeting the next day. These items shall be listed as “Items added after agenda deadline” on a revised agenda which shall be posted, placed on the website and noticed at least 24 hours in advance of the Tuesday meeting to the council, the mayor, the directors and all persons who have requested notice pursuant to law. Any item to be placed on a revised agenda must be separately approved for the agenda by a vote of a majority of the city council members present in order to be considered that same evening.

As of Noon today, the agenda was still not posted, not even an amended one (I believe it is up now). This would be a violation of city charter by the Clerk’s office. But according to state law, there only needs to be a 24 hour notice;

The open meeting law is contained in SDCL chapter 1-25. Municipalities are required to hold open meetings. This includes any association, authority, board, commission, committee, council, or task force which is created by statute, ordinance, or resolution and is vested with the authority to exercise any sovereign power derived from state law (SDCL 1-25-1).

Prior to any city council, commission or board meeting, a notice including the proposed agenda must be posted in city hall in a place where it is visible, readable, and accessible for at last an entire 24 hours. The proposed agenda shall include the date, time and location of the meeting. The notice shall also be posted on the public body’s website upon dissemination of the notice, if such website exists. This requirement is mandatory for all meetings of the board, council or commission (SDCL 1-25-1.1).

When an entity is appointed by the governing body but does not meet the definition of an entity required to hold an open meeting, any report to the governing body must be given to the governing body in an open meeting. The governing body shall delay taking any official action on the recommendations, findings, or reports until the next meeting of the governing body (SDCL 1-27-1.18).

For special or rescheduled regular meetings, all bodies shall also comply with the public notice provisions of this section for regular meetings to the extent that circumstances permit. In addition, information in the notice must be given, in person, by mail, e-mail, or by telephone, to members of the local news media who have requested notice (SDCL 1-25-1.1).

So which is it? Good question. But I think if a city in South Dakota doesn’t follow it’s own Home Rule Charter there could be consequences, we will see.

UPDATE: Seems the city was a little worried about the misstep;


According to hipsters in Minneapolis, Sioux Falls is a “backwater metropolis.”

City Pages tells us that they are about to get some smiling Mike Billboards;

Billboards showing Huether’s smiling face next to copy that reads, “Welcome to Sioux Falls! Thousands of jobs waiting for you” will go up soon in Minneapolis in a brazen attempt to poach our brightest minds.

I’m sure they will be effective . . . next time, why not just put my tax dollars in a burn barrel and send smoke signals instead, it would be a better way to spend my money.

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!

A very ‘Unusual’ SF School Board meeting

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I was not in attendance, but one of my foot soldiers sent me this;

It was short, but quite unbelievable!

Kent Alberty momentarily FORGOT that approval of the 2015-2016 calendar was on the agenda.

Then, just two days after the public vote where voters gave her another three year term, Kate Parker wanted to change the school calendar which the infamous calendar committee had just formulated. 

Fortunately, Doug Morrison injected some common sense into the discussion and ultimately, the vote was 4-1 in favor of not touching what the calendar committee had just come up with!

Like I said, I wasn’t there, and have yet to watch the video, but I am uncertain how Parker felt she could skirt state law? Oh wait, I guess it was OK for some of the teachers to skate that fine line, so why not an elected school board member?

These people! When are they going to figure out the initiative and referendum process is a check and balance?