Letter author only proved how little they know about city government

I have often been baffled why so many people are concerned about the presidential election but don’t give two rips about their local government, you know, the people who determine what you pay in over half of your taxes. Just trust them, they say;

We have a progressive city leadership, and I feel they have led proudly through their many achievements.

Don’t compare the success of Downtown, the Events Center and an indoor pool to a $25 million dollar city administration that will be mostly empty and unfinished on day one. That’s not progress, that’s fiscal stupidity. The city would save millions over the next 20-30 years by leasing space. There is NOTHING in city charter that requires the city to OWN the buildings they house workers in. Especially pencil pushers.

(If) We wait another five to six years and decide to build with an increased cost of $8 million to $10 million more?

Yeah, that’s that thing called ‘inflation’ funny how it works. Maybe I should buy a case of candy bars now and freeze them, cause you know, candy bar prices are going up. The problem with his argument is that we don’t need the building today, and we won’t need it 6 years from now. As I have argued, as technology increases, the city should be able to reduce the number of administration workers, or better yet, start a home based worker program, we would save millions and it would boost morale. Let’s truly embrace a REAL progressive idea.

I trust our mayor and elected officials to lead us where we need to go. This city is flourishing.

He is right, the city is flourishing, and it all happened without a new administration building. How did city workers get so much accomplished with stagnant wage increases (while their managers were receiving corporate management style raises) and cramped space? I have often argued that if this building was really needed, we would have built it with cash and reserves before the EC or Indoor Pool. It was an after thought of the mayor, not a progressive idea at all.

There are those poor losers from previous elections that are choosing to make all things at City Hall political.

What part of elected ‘politician’ don’t you understand? Government is NOT business, and vice versa. ANY business our city government does is POLITICAL, whether they are approving a one-day wine license or a $25 million dollar administration building.

I tire of the Kermit Staggers clones that continue to throw cold water rather than seize the moment for numerous advances and the needed update to municipal offices and space. I fear our new council members will be nothing but a drag on continuing progress for Sioux Falls.

Yeah, those darn Staggers followers who got elected in the past election, and their horrible non-progressive ideas like snow gates, gardens in the boulevard and hopefully the elimination of charging for Project Trim. How dare they push these ideas off on us and drag us down by making the city be more customer service oriented, transparent and accountable to the people that fund them. What on God’s green earth are they thinking?

If voters were truly upset by City Council plans, there would be an uprising.

Yeah, because 6,400 signatures in 3 weeks is hardly an uprising.

Pathetic voter turnout is not an encouraging way to promote change; it suggests to me that most voters are complacent but satisfied with this status quo progressive city.

I wish more people would vote, but it seems our town is full of complacency, we do agree on that. But to say they are satisfied, may be a stretch. It’s an education curve, we try hard to get people involved with local government, but every time we do something, we have to hear from letter writers like you who say we are ‘interfering’. The mayor and the city council don’t own our government, WE DO, involvement should be encouraged not scolded.

Nelson Park at 10th Street and Cliff Avenue is the home of a relatively nice outdoor pool complex. Ever notice how much green space is basically wasted on the corner.

We do notice, the complex was supposed to be larger, but it seems some peeps with sour grapes over losing the election cut back on the size of the complex, which is ironic, because Drake Springs is the most popular pool in the city.

Ever wonder how much the city would have saved on the city’s new aquatic center if it had been built eight to 10 years ago on this corner?

We would be spending millions a year on maintenance if we would have built it there. Our aquatic consultant has said in their report that Nelson Park would have been a poor location for an indoor pool due to significant ground water issues that have existed for a 100 years. Besides, voters rejected an indoor pool at that location TWICE.

How bad is the traffic on busy Western Avenue going to congest across the street from a shopping center?

Maybe you should ask our ‘progressive’ and ‘visionary’ mayor and 3 city councilors why Spellerberg was chosen, when the wisest place would have been at the Sanford Sports Complex, with plenty of parking, room for expansion, and a possible partnership with Sanford that would have saved us millions.

The mayor and Councilor Erpenbach should stick to their principles.

Because fiscal stupidity and ignorance should never stand in the way of progress. Go Team!


#1 Concerned citizen on 08.29.16 at 11:08 am

Whoa! This guy appears to knows nothing about the debt this city has! And the underhanded, non transparent ways the accomplishments have transpired!
You think Western Ave is not already busy?? And parking spaces will not be a problem?? Where have you been?
I am not, nor will ever be against progress in our city! It does, however needs to be done honestly and transparently with voters being aware of tax payer’s $$ when it comes to major building projects.
This letter sounds like a plant from MMM!

#2 The D@ily Spin on 08.29.16 at 11:55 am

Sioux Falls government is like a charity except you’re forced to contribute, can’t criticize, and can’t deduct it from federal taxes. The next time you see the mayor with arms outstretched palms up, imagine collection plates in his hands. The money is meant to benefit the people but ends up executive compensation and pays for country club projects. When Huether states ‘We can do it Sioux Falls’ with a drunken slur, it’s at a martini lunch. Meanwhile the meal of the day is a hotdog and rice for city school children.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 08.29.16 at 12:14 pm

The Staggers reference is unforgivable. He was the only councilor who stood for citizens and didn’t become part of city conspiracy. We’re replacing the corrupt council with responsible representatives. One more election and the last 3 Bobblehead Councilors will be chased off.

#4 hornguy on 08.29.16 at 3:26 pm

“There is NOTHING in city charter that requires the city to OWN the buildings they house workers in. Especially pencil pushers.”

If you want to complain about elected officials or appointed department heads, that’s cool. Why the need to be derogatory to a bunch of ordinary people who just go to work every day to try and make the city a better place?

Would it be the worst thing in the world for you to aim your mouth before opening fire? You constantly bemoan (and rightfully so) the lack of decent middle-class jobs in Sioux Falls, and now here you are crapping on the people who hold many of them like they’re either incompetent or getting paid way more than they’re worth.

#5 l3wis on 08.29.16 at 4:10 pm

How is calling someone a ‘pencil pusher’ derogatory? I consider myself a pencil pusher (desk job with no interaction with customers). That’s all I meant by the term. I’m not saying their jobs aren’t important, they just don’t need a special facility to do it, a desk and a computer will do.

#6 LJL on 08.29.16 at 7:37 pm

Desk jockeys

#7 heaven help us on 08.30.16 at 5:45 am

bitching about candybars
hah cubicle commandos
join me in the country
may we come up?
find your own tree

OBG way too early

#8 The D@ily Spin on 08.30.16 at 11:28 am

They’re Desk Jockeys that are win, place, and show. The other 9 are on vacation or don’t bother with coming to work. Some are political appointments who clean out their empty mail box when another mayor gets elected. What’s especially sad is they believe they’re important.