Public Input ‘High Five’ 2/17/2015

Spellerberg neighborhood advocate Liz Mulenburg is still trying to get the city to settle the Quit Claim Deed issues with the Veteran’s Administration before the city spends $24 million on the aquatic center. If they are planning to build it, it might as well be with the VA’s blessing. But then again, this city does little with the people’s blessing so why should they care if they have the fed’s?

Remember the money borrowed to build up the flood walls? You know the money the city has to pay back soon? Yea, that money. The money the Feds finally reimbursed us for so we could pay the bonds. Well it’s going to be spent on this pool thanks to this sub-prime credit card administration. So when the Feds need the space and take the park with everything on it, we get stuck with the bill.

I hung out the wash in our 5 minutes (timed myself to the second) and getting the guys upfront to high five each other was a class act. (during my testimony, the mayor and city attorney high fived each other about something) Our city administrators seem to think they can do as they please so long as we are given five minutes to blow off a little steam.

It’s as if they are saying “Who cares if the public is right, we are in charge and will do as we please”.



16 comments ↓

#1 rufusx on 02.18.15 at 10:13 am

You’re only listening to one side of the discussion here – your own. THAT is not communication my friend.

I will tell you, I’ve listened to your issue – and as a result, I took the time to read the details of the deed. I cannot find any language in there that would make the pool construction a problem.

From reading the deed – can you explain exactly what you think the “violation” of it is that might cause the city to lose title because the pool is built?

You have latched onto the idea that an MOU is REQUIRED because of problems with the deed, and simply won’t give it up in the face of reason. THAT IS a problem.

#2 Detroit Lewis on 02.18.15 at 10:29 am

There was a great letter to the editor about the pool issue today in the AL, unfortunately the writer is under the impression that the city will do better in the future with transparency. LOL. It has worked so far for the Mayor, why would he want to change his ways now?

http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/02/17/letter-act-full-transparency-city-projects/23567175/

#3 l3wis on 02.18.15 at 11:26 am

Ruf, you would have to ask Liz the bulk of those questions, but I know the convos I have had with a couple of attorneys (who know quite a bit about government land/zoning) who have read the deed, which I have posted on my site, have said the same thing as you, “They don’t see any issues . . . BUT, it would be a good idea to get an MOU for the unknown.”

That being said, I guess I get even more concerned when the city announces a ‘Salute to Veterans’ therapy pool with out even bothering to call the VA and ask them what they think of it.

#4 Swimmer on 02.18.15 at 12:06 pm

You can name anything any name you want but still does not make it a true therapy pool. So we have a pool “dedicated” to the “vets”. It sounds similar to dedicating a favorite park toilet after a public official.

#5 Blasphemo on 02.18.15 at 2:18 pm

To purchase a single family home – even for a total amount lower than the cost of some new luxury autos available at SF dealerships – citizens are put through a meat grinder of due diligence/documentation/title search/signatures/notarization,et al. But, City Hall can commit $24m of public funds for construction of a permanent structure without recorded documentation pertaining to that use of the land for the project? It flies in the face of common sense.

City Hall: why not avoid the appearance of any impropriety, reassure the public, and get the signed/recorded MOU documentation if the VA is so agreeable anyway? Or, tell us WHY you won’t or can’t get an MOU!!

#6 My Mistake Mike on 02.18.15 at 2:41 pm

They actually high-fived each other during your testimony?? Disrespectful … and bizarre.

#7 l3wis on 02.18.15 at 3:00 pm

‘Bizarre’ – I thought the same thing, but hey, I don’t have any respect for either one of them, so I really don’t care if they respect me.

#8 l3wis on 02.18.15 at 3:15 pm

Blasphemo – I remember I had a meeting with MMM after a couple of years he was in office in his office, and the one thing he ranted about, and continues to rant about is his mistrust and frustration with the Federal government. I can almost guarantee this is another reason we have NOT seen an MOU.

#9 Ol'Bubbleguts on 02.18.15 at 3:17 pm

Why not a thuggish fist-bump?Crooks and liars.
Better yet some weird Masonic Lodge super secret pinky
handshake.
Soon I will be buying bait minnows off my Mayor
Throttled today no pix n video.
Sucks to be me.
Sounds Hilarious and makes my bowels rumble
and mouth getting juicy like I was going to puke
after the imagery was mentally processed (don’t look at me?I voted kermit).
Turned the TV on for first time in 2 weeks (fiancée 2 years died cardiac 02/09 in the dumps) tons of brand spanking new First Premiere commercials.
Hope our mistake Michael is unemployed for the rest of his life when his term ends.
Lik MYknuts
In Art and Labor and SCIENCE
OBG

#10 Not a Fan on 02.18.15 at 3:53 pm

Not only is it very disrespectful to high-five during your talk time, the video makes it look like it happened while you were talking about mental illness. WTH???

Were the mayor and city attorney trying to insult mentally ill people? Is it a joke to them? Or were they ignoring you and carrying on a separate conversation?

Someone needs to ask them about their behavior and what it meant.

Inexcusable. Abhorrent. Immature.

#11 rufusx on 02.18.15 at 3:58 pm

Ummm, DL, I believe if you think bout it -you will find the Mayor’s distrust of the feds is pretty much directly linked to the actions of the Repub. Congress – and their failure to fund programs, and NOT to bureaucratic processes or government in general.

#12 Poly43 on 02.18.15 at 6:17 pm

….the one thing he ranted about, and continues to rant about is his mistrust and frustration with the Federal government….

I’ve had one discussion with the guy at a shut up and listen session. You’re right. He went on a rant about the federal government with respect to the Para-Transit system. I’ll never figure out why this guy has (D) by his name. He seems like the perfect candidate to move to Wisconsin and sing the praises of Scott Walker.

#13 Dan Daily on 02.18.15 at 7:01 pm

The high five deserves a football type 5 yard excessive celebration penalty. What’s troubling is ethics is out the window. Lawyers get major focus on ethics in law school. I’m wondering if the city attorney missed those 3 years. Unfortunately, the mayor sets and picks the panel for an ethics hearing so it will never happen. I’m expecting the next celebration will be a conga line across councilor furniture and around Carnegie Hall.

#14 Dan Daily on 02.18.15 at 7:15 pm

Let’s see if they high five in federal court.

#15 Dan Daily on 02.18.15 at 7:31 pm

The Indoor water feature will happen. It doesn’t belong in an area of RSNK (rich snobs no kids) or retired seniors. If Hollywood is scouting for a location for a ‘Cocoon’ movie sequel, we’ve built the set. Regis & Maury could star with Betty White & Roseanne.

#16 l3wis on 02.18.15 at 10:00 pm

The hits keep coming;

http://www.siouxfalls.org/news/2015/February/18/title-sponsor.aspx