SF City government is soooooooooooooo predictable

Just like clockwork, when you question a city department in Sioux Falls, they send out one of there unconstitutional* code enforcement letters. If it wasn’t so pathetic it would be comical.

A few months ago, after addressing (chewing out) the city council one night, I brought up the benefits of the community development loan I received. A few days later I received a letter from the SF community development office that they did not have a copy of my insurance. Who cares?! My bank owns the loan, not the city. They claimed ‘law’ says they have to have it on record. Whatever.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a letter to the editor about the bloated Parks and Rec budget. Yesterday I received a letter from them informing me that my tree on the blvd (the one the city owns) needed trimming (yeah, because people trim their trees in the middle of winter).

Just like clockwork, the city goes after people who question them. They harrass the very people who put food on their tables and it is digusting. Let’s put it in perspective; it would be like your boss telling you had to learn a new software program and you looked at him and said ‘F’ck You’!

Guess what would happen?

The city departments need to learn they are here to serve the taxpayers-not to screw them. We are your boss – not the mayor.

Figure it out and knock it off.

*(Code enforcement in Sioux Falls violates the 5th Amendment of the US Constitution which addresses ‘Due Process’ and the right to a court trial)


#1 Plaintiff Guy on 03.02.09 at 6:29 am

Oh, so you’ve learned about the socialist Sioux Falls code enforcement vendeta process. Be careful, Sadam will torture you or make you disappear.

#2 Plaintiff Guy on 03.02.09 at 6:36 am

They not only violate the 5th amendment. In every respect, they ignore the South Dakota Civil Procedures Act. Someone should take them to the state supreme court. Maybe also, a state supreme court code of conduct hearing for a certain someone at the city attorney’s office.

#3 l3wis on 03.02.09 at 7:32 am

Yeah, it’s obvious harrassment. The ‘branch’ they are talking about is 11.6′ above the street instead of 12′. I’m thinking about cutting the whole 6 inches of the 1/4″ branch, grinding it up into sawdust, throwing it in a catalog envelope with a note that says, “I trimmed my branch, are yah happy now?” and mailing it to parks and rec. We obviously have too many people working for the city if they have time to respond to letters to the editor in the form of code violations.

It is about as petty as when Jodi Schwan read my post about the POS city calendar and called her old buddies at KELO-TV to cry about it.

#4 Ghost of Dude on 03.02.09 at 8:20 am

Hey, that calenadr is useful. Plus, Mr. March happens to be our favorite cop, Officer Gaye Moustache.

#5 l3wis on 03.02.09 at 8:28 am

Well, that is one person I know that didn’t throw it in the recycling.

#6 Warren Phear on 03.02.09 at 9:16 am

I was just lookin at my city calendar.

Did you know? According to a city survey, 95% of Sioux falls residents feel safe in their neighborhoods during the day where city owned trees have branches higher than 12′?

Yeah…it’s all there.

Oh…and don’t forget Sunday is “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery, Fire Prevention day.

They also put in a handy dandy phone number at the bottom of this month’s page.

It says.


Pothole Hotline.

Callers can leave information 24 hours/day regarding potholes that need to be repaired. Call 367-8002.”

I guess that explains why we have a pothole free city.

#7 l3wis on 03.02.09 at 9:38 am

I like the goofy little truck they have that fills potholes, and they still have to have 6-7 guys standing around leaning on shovels.

#8 Ghost of Dude on 03.02.09 at 10:02 am

Those guys are there to make sure the machine doesn’t go rogue and destroy the city. Apparently, the shovels make good weapons when controlling a machine like that.

#9 l3wis on 03.02.09 at 12:24 pm

I almost took a picture the other day of some fine city handiwork. They fixed a water main by Lincoln and when they filled the hole they just threw asphalt in it instead of concrete. Well that was good for about 2 days until it turned into a POS. So they were out there the other day, and there was literally 8 guys leaning on shovels. They took out all the asphalt, but instead of filling the hole with concrete they refilled it with asphalt. A couple of days later it looks just as bad as it did when they fixed it.


#10 Plaintiff Guy on 03.02.09 at 12:56 pm

Dig a 6″ hole around the base of the tree or call and tell them you cut off 0.152 meters. The code enforcer can put the 6 inches in the same hole you wipe with citations.

#11 l3wis on 03.02.09 at 1:16 pm

It’s like they have nothing better to do but spy on the citizens and see if they can bust them.

#12 l3wis on 03.02.09 at 1:16 pm

We could cut the city employee number in half if they would end all of this pettiness.

#13 Ghost of Dude on 03.02.09 at 1:58 pm

Maybe I should start poking around in their shady deals and see how many code enforcement letters I can get. I don’t have any trees in the boulevard area, but I’m sure they can find something. Maybe they won’t like my vegetable garden’s fence.

#14 l3wis on 03.03.09 at 7:28 am

Park an old car in your front yard that’ll get them over there.

#15 Ghost of Dude on 03.03.09 at 8:09 am

That would get my neighbors over too.

#16 l3wis on 03.03.09 at 8:51 am

Make a planter box out of it.

They also bugged Theresa Stehly about her mulch pile, they said it was too big or something, if you have ever seen Theresa’s yard you would know why she has a large mulch pile, she needs it. She teaches gardening classes for the school district and her yard is basically a classroom, it is amazing. Like I said, harrassers.