This email was sent out to hockey parents and forwarded to me;
Fellow Hockey Parents
I’m sending this email as a hockey parent.Â Â I know some of you do not live in Sioux Falls , however we need your support also. Â I wouldÂ encourageÂ Sioux Falls Â voters to supportÂ pro hockey, figure skating, and swimmingÂ candidates.
The two candidates I know that are not very supportive of hockey and figure skating are:
Kermit Staggers. HeÂ does not support CityÂ fundingÂ for aÂ newÂ ice facility.Â He believes the new facility should beÂ privately funded.Â I don’t understand why he singles out an ice facility and supports outdoor fields that are owned and maintained by the City.
Theresa Stehly campaigned against the proposed rec center with an indoor pool and ice rink.Â Â SheÂ supported the outdoor only pool atÂ Drakes Spring.Â Â The City spent money on facility that is only used 3 months out of the year when a rec center could have been used 12 months.
Thanks for time
First off, the Hockey Association is pursuing a private facility. They have not ruled out getting some kind of help from the city, but I think it is pretty clear they want to run the facility themselves. Stehly was only behind the Drake Springs Pool petition drive, she had NOTHING to do with the other projects. Besides, Kermit and Theresa did not get those projects nixed, the voters nixed them. Even the Snowfox swim team opposed the indoor pool in the end because it would not have competitive lanes. As for supporting parks, that is a different ball of wax, the parks can be used for FREE by anybody living in the city. And indoor pool would charge a fee to swim there, just like all the private indoor pools in town currently do.
Don’t believe the rhetoric. City Hall’s responsibility is providing customer service to their citizens. It is not the city’s job to entertain us or provide us ‘indoor ice’. Enough already.