This KELO piece is priceless (well actually, it cost us several million), starring the two actors who cooked up this plan behind closed doors. Love the color coordination in their shirts. Do you think they called each other before the interview? 🙂

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  1. Testor15 on August 25, 2013 at 2:13 pm said:

    I love this commentator’s remarks: “Im 37 years old and can never remember the big sioux flooding downtown SF. I think they will be ok.” Kurtis you should live a little longer or should pay attention. Those who were here in 1969 will remember what flooding was.

    I guess Kurtis was not paying much attention in 1997 when the water was out of its banks and the spillway was working overtime. We all watched to make sure the temporary flood control measures the Army Corps of Engineers used to keep the flooding in Sioux Falls to a minimum. A great deal of Sioux Falls was ready to move out in a flash if the dikes broke.

    I guess we shouldn’t have to worry if we have buildings again in the floodplain or cute ornaments along the flood prone Sioux River.

  2. Oh why did I watch that.

    “When we were negotiating we said: city you must do this river greenway”.

    That makes me want to puke. Just who was he “negotiating ” with.

    ‘It’s been a real public and private partnership”

    Raven and CCNA have been paying on there side. WHERE THE FUCK IS YOUR INVESTMENT JEFF SCHLICKMEISTER.

    Well he built the building there , right rufux. HE COULD HAVE BUILT IT ANYWHERE. I am so glad we funded his beautiful 6th floor view.

    Will you please test the depth of the river with a swan dive from the roof Jeffy.

  3. Hey, he donated some money for the pedestrian bridge.

  4. I think it was something like $50 or $100K, and I also heard he took up donations for it. Maybe Sly Sy can fill us in.

    I was waiting for Jeff to say, “Yeah, I only had to threaten to sue the city once in a public meeting to get this project done.”

  5. anominous on August 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm said:

    That KELO story is just like a really dry, bitter, ridiculously oversized buffalo burger that no one has the courage to review poorly.

  6. Outside looikng In on August 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm said:

    The corporate welfare rolls on in America thanks to the democrats and the Rino’s.

  7. anonymous on August 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm said:

    Actually, Lewis, Scherschligt did NOT donate a cent for the million dollar pedestrian bridge.

    What he did do was publicly threaten then Mayor Dave Munson and the City Council (at a Council meeting) with a lawsuit if they did not follow through with the million dollar bridge. The bridge had cleverly been written into TIF #5 in 2005.

    I wish he HAD put money into the bridge as it would have set a precedent…….

    Because I believe Craig Lloyd, developer of CNA and a partner along with Hegg in the new Hilton Garden Inn are trying to pressure the City into a second pedestrian bridge to replace the one in front of the new hotel.

    Back to Scherschligt….

    What he DID contribute to Phase I of the River Greenway are the quartzite caps on the concrete walls. Jon Jacobson of Confluence told the Park Board Scherschligt did not like the look of the concrete walls in front of Cherapa, so he contributed approx $150,000 for the quartzite caps.

    A $150,0000 investment for over FIVE MILLION DOLLARS in landscaping in front of Cherapa I and the future Cherapa II.

    Look for him to go after other TIFs in the future if the Railroad Relocation project is approved by the Feds. He needs the ground east of Cherapa I for parking for Cherapa II. (Yes, part of the 10 acres involved in the Railroad Relocation Project will become parking….remember, these 10 acres are going to cost the taxpayers AT LEAST 35 million dollars).


    How do you spell……S C O U N D R E L……….

    BTW, KELO, you failed to mention Raven Industries was the recipient of TIF #13, which includes the west bank of the river, know as Site D 3.5 million (source:, Community Development, Development Incentives, TIF #13, page 14)

  8. You mean KELO didn’t do any research before they did this story? Get out of here!

    Reminds me of the junket story about Kermit that was handed into Jorgi’s lap by Q-tip Smith. Didn’t even bother to call the city clerk and ask her about the council’s trip fund that they budget for. Just take Q-Tip Quitter’s word for it.

  9. But but but Jeff donates to charity, blah,blah, blah.

  10. I might be jumping to a conclusion here but: how long do you think it will be until Hilton sets out patio furniture at the new water feature and runs the public off. Maybe not, we’ll see

    Wonder if the city will spring for the pond in my front yard I am thinking of installing? I’ll set out a few chairs next to sidewalk for the “public”.

  11. Sorry L3wis, there’s simply too much BS in this thread..I don’t even know where to start.

    Next time I see Jeff though, I think I’ll see if he’s interested in supporting a new cause to help the community: free mental health counseling for SDCola users.

  12. Sy – Do you honestly think Jeff was being honest in this interview? No mention of a closed door meeting with Munson, no mention that he threatened to sue the city in a public meeting over the River Greenway, no mention that Raven is paying for their upgrades with a TIF. Is this all BS? I think not.

  13. anonymous on August 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm said:

    Sy on 08.27.13 at 9:16 am

    Sorry L3wis, there’s simply too much BS in this thread..I don’t even know where to start.

    I don’t know Sy, my comments were full of facts.

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