Mayor Huether doesn’t want to ‘Pull the Trigger’ yet.

Citywide use of snowgates is unlikely next winter. Officials are in the process of putting together next year’s budget, and it doesn’t appear that more snowgates will be included. Regardless, Mayor Mike Huether said he wants to test the devices again next winter.

“In business, we would test things multiple times before we would pull the trigger,” he said.

In other words They work really well and we need to test (sabotage) them one more year before killing them;

Snowgate proponent Theresa Stehly said she’s happy the issue’s going to be discussed, but she questions the city’s need to continue studying the issue. Simply put, they’re popular with residents.

“I’ve heard rumors that they’re going to keep them going until they can nail the coffin shut,” she said.

C’mon Big ‘T’ can we be a little more positive like the mayor:

Even so, Huether said he knows there’s popular support for the devices. That’s why it’s important to get an accurate cost-benefit analysis.

“It’s one of those balancing things,” he said. “You’re trying to balance the needs of the city, the wants of the public, and trying to balance that with the other parts of government. And that’s what we’re going to try and do.”

Blah, Blah . . . Blah, Blah, Blah (we need money for an events center) Blah, Blah, Blah.



10 Thoughts on “To Snowgate or NOT to Snowgate, that is the question.

  1. Pathloss on May 30, 2011 at 9:43 am said:

    Huether is Ready-Fire-Aim on an events center but when it comes to a real public service he’s shooting blanks. Amazing how a city of 120K with a $330M budget can’t do a little something for property tax payers once in awhile.

  2. John2 on May 30, 2011 at 11:03 am said:

    “In business, we would test things multiple times before we would pull the trigger,” he said.

    Yep, in business they “studied” whether cigarettes caused cancer for one year at a time for over 40 years.

    Business is lousy training and a worse model for government. By law the only interest a business has is maximizing shareholder profit.
    Not service.
    Not efficiency.
    Not effectiveness.
    Not accountability.
    Not open decision making.
    Just profit.

  3. anominous on May 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm said:

    Yeah, let the CEO test a shovel sometime.

  4. concern liberal on May 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm said:

    Quite frankly, if you want snowgates, then we need to find
    a manufacturer in South Dakota who can make them.

    Government is increasingly unresponsive to the needs of the people. If you want to do something for the people you need to find a way that the “corporatists” can profit from the taxpayers, while the taxpayers receive an additional necessary service. It is unfortunate, but the

    If these snowgates were already made in SD, I can assure you that every major community in SD would have them.

  5. scott on May 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm said:

    Put it to a vote. Snowgates or event center.

  6. l3wis on May 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm said:

    The Events Center would get it’s ass mother fucking kicked.

  7. rufusx on May 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm said:

    POh, I don’t lknow – my sister has a couple properties in the test area – she hates them.

  8. Joan on May 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm said:

    I know several poeple that live in the test area, a couple didn’t like them but they were out voted by six others that liked them.

  9. Lemming on June 1, 2011 at 2:01 am said:

    He’s putting the money into his Events Center Cookie Jar. I guarantee Our Man Mike aint been slinging any snow out of his driveway in the recent past

  10. l3wis on June 1, 2011 at 4:42 am said:

    I think the Argus Endorser’s online poll said over 70% support them. Not sure why our city leaders and local media are not getting the message? WE WANT THEM! WE NEED THEM! AND WE ARE OKAY WITH THEM BEING TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED! Isn’t that what are taxes are for? Services? Isn’t plowing our streets PROPERLY a SERVICE?

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