No surprise, Entenman found to have no conflict of interest

I could have predicted this one by licking my finger and sticking it in the wind;

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Sioux Falls city council member Jim Entenman does not have a conflict of interest when it comes to building an events center near the current arena.

That ruling Thursday from the board of ethics for the city of Sioux Falls.

I felt all along that it would be hard to prove a ‘potential’ economic benefit to Entenman, such as an increase in property value. I also don’t think the Board of Ethics is qualified to make unbiased decisions. Look at the witch hunt on Staggers. Another reason I talk about qualifications is because of some pre-meeting chatter I heard between two of the members before their last meeting. One member told another that Rex Rolfing was seeking an opinion (he did not go into detail) then the other member said, “Is he a city employee?” And the other member said, “NO! He is a city Councilor.” Where the other replied, “I did not know that.” It worries me a bit that a board that has to give legal opinions to elected officials, doesn’t even know who those elected officials are.


#1 Pathloss on 06.03.11 at 8:34 am

Like Staggers, BID effected damage that can’t be recovered from. Citizens are becoming alert as to how corrupt city government has become. Regardless, this is a big step toward voting down an Events Center. There must be a similar ethics assault on Huether. He lied when he took an oath ‘to protect and defend the constitution’. It’s obvious and to be proven from pending litigation.

#2 l3wis on 06.03.11 at 9:10 am

Well, he certainly broke open meetings laws, that is for sure.

#3 Sy on 06.03.11 at 10:37 am

At the very least, the Board of Ethics is made up of people who are from Sioux Falls and have seen the broken promises of growth at the Arena firsthand. You don’t need to be Warren Buffett to read that chart.

Our Yanktonian Mayor is also well aware of this but per his corporate training, he’s going to press the issue using some and mirrors.

#4 Sy on 06.03.11 at 10:52 am

BTW, the new plan Pfeiffle is talking about is for the City to buy the Moose lodge building across the street and tear it down. How much they get and how long it’s on the market will impact neighborhood values as well, so the Ethics Board may have jumped the gun on their ruling.

#5 Sy on 06.03.11 at 10:53 am

oops…left out “smoke” in my post #3. Can’t forget the smoke.

#6 l3wis on 06.03.11 at 9:42 pm

What was that short lived rock club that was there for awhile? I liked that place, saw some really good shows.

#7 Lemming on 06.04.11 at 12:42 am

I think it was a good ruling. Entenman is a class act and is a helluva lot smarter than a couple of these rejects on the City Council. If we get stuck with this thing I hope its at least at the AS where there is actual parking and access to the interstate. For all the R-Tards voting for DT…Been to Minervas on weekend? Hello…you have to park 3 blocks away for dinner

#8 Mitch Rapp on 06.04.11 at 6:11 am

Actually Lemming, there is a parking ramp a half block away from Minervas that probably has 300 open spots on nights/weekends. Maybe you should learn how to use it or keep your county ass in Pukwana.

#9 scott on 06.04.11 at 8:50 am

People have a problem with parking 3 blocks away from Minerva’s but don’t seem to have a problem walking the equivalent of 5 blocks away in a parking lot. Go figure. I will vote no period, but if it passes would rather see it downtown.

#10 rufusx on 06.04.11 at 10:23 am

The Lemming and his also highly GOAL oriented brothers and sisters don’t REALLY care about the “distance”. What upsets them is that there are OTHER THINGS along the way between their parking slot and their “goal”. In addition, they are forced by the nature of block structures to make square corners. It’s the meandering a bit (even of the overall distance is equal or less) that uposets them. They are straight-line, linear thinkers. Goal oriented, not process oriented. It’s a genetic thing (brain structure) as well as an artifact of their public school education. (finish the test, finish the test, finish the test – SCORE!!! – get a reward.) Gotta get that reward – ASAP – get outta my way!!

#11 l3wis on 06.04.11 at 1:58 pm

Ruf – You hit the nail on the head. While I would agree with Lemming that Entenman is probably a smart man, it still doesn’t change the fact about his character and his intentions. I question people who have attained there wealth by daddy giving them a job.

#12 I guess Mike Huether disagrees with the Ethics Board — South DaCola on 12.19.11 at 12:07 am

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