Coincidence? I don’t think so.

Big time Sioux Falls developer and councilor campaign contributor and fundraiser, Craig Lloyd, just had his wife Pat appointed to the Parks and Rec board;

Park and Recreation Board Members

  • Anne Hajek – Term Expires – May 2009
  • Steve Thomas – Term Expires – May 2009
  • Michelle Harvey-Erpenbach – Term Expires – May 2010
  • Kevin Nyberg – Term Expires – May 2010
  • Sandra Pay – Term Expires – May 2010
  • Michael Crane – Term Expires – May 2011
  • Pat Lloyd – Term Expires – May 2012

Not sure if you remember Craig, who owns Lloyd Companies, but he was the main developer who spearheaded the 2nd penny tax increase to a full penny so he could have taxpayers pay for new roads in his developments. He had this to say at the time in the Argus Leader about it all;

Lloyd said he’s tired of the implication that he and other supporters of the package were up against “the citizens of Sioux Falls.” “Last time I checked, I’m a citizen,” he said. “I pay taxes. I support the community. Am I a second-rate citizen?”

Gee, wonder if Pat’s appointment was bought and paid for? These guys have no shame? Huh? Second-rate citizen my ass! Kinda sounds like you are in front of the line.



7 comments ↓

#1 Warren Phear on 03.06.09 at 7:43 am

I should know this, but sadly, I have to ask. These board members of any of the Sioux Falls departments. Are they simply appointed by the mayor? Are they vetted in any way? Any sort of vote involved? I don’t live right in the city, so I don’t know if a citizen of SF has a voice in this or not.

#2 l3wis on 03.06.09 at 8:07 am

Appointed by Mayor. I have often suggested to the council that the Parks should be divided into 4 districts and have elected board members.

#3 Warren Phear on 03.06.09 at 8:25 am

“I have often suggested to the council that the Parks should be divided into 4 districts and have elected board members.”

The fact that Pat Lloyd is even remotely involved in these decisions smells of special interest in the highest order. It really pisses me off that our local newspaper cannot find the story that belongs on their pages. I don’t like finding out about this stuff on a blog.

Yer right. They NEED to be elected board members, not bought and paid for reps for guys like craig lloyd.

#4 l3wis on 03.06.09 at 8:29 am

“It really pisses me off that our local newspaper cannot find the story that belongs on their pages”

Funny you say that, I encouraged the Argus to do a ‘Snippet’ about it in the paper in email yesterday. We’ll see.

#5 Costner on 03.09.09 at 2:13 pm

I like the idea of elected board members, but honestly would it change you sits on the board? The average person who votes would see the name “Nyberg” or “Lloyd” and vote for them anyway based upon name recognition alone, and the average Joe (not the plumber) couldn’t compete with someone that has deep pockets to run a campaign.

I know it wouldn’t be impossible, but it would be very difficult. The current system probably just reaches the inevitable conclusion without all the fuss.

Does that sound as sad as I think it does?

#6 l3wis on 03.09.09 at 2:35 pm

Not neccesarily, Several council members are ‘regular joes’ Not all the members of the Parks board are well connected either. I just find it extremely conflicting to have one of SF’s biggest developer’s wife sitting on the Parks board – where are her allegiances?

Not to you and me.

#7 Brad Johnson on 04.13.09 at 4:11 pm

My fiance and I have had our issues with Lloyd as apartment renters. Does anyone have advice on who to complain to about them-namely within the Lloyd Company about the apartment manager.