Sioux Falls City Council takes first steps to gifting the land to the Glory House

As you know I support this, not just for charitable or moral reasons but it makes economic sense (DOC: gloryhouse);

The money taxpayers will save by keeping ex-cons out of jail while they rehab in a safe place is priceless.



15 comments ↓

#1 The Don on 01.13.17 at 9:10 pm

That property will be pretty valuable when 49th goes through I would guess. Best interest to the public to give away 7 figure property value? Try again.

#2 l3wis on 01.13.17 at 9:47 pm

Really? What does a typical murder trial cost taxpayers? Then take that times 10, then take that times 5 years.

Your ‘fuzzy math’ just doesn’t add up. Keep ex-cons out of jail and making they productive tax payers saves us millions each year.

#3 Theresa stehly on 01.14.17 at 12:09 am

Many thanks to Councilor Pat Starr for his diligent efforts to make this project a reality. Our community will be a better place for everyone if we can give these individuals an opportunity to turn their lives around.
Tune into the Council meeting (on channel 16) on Tuesday January 17th to watch the dialogue, or better yet, show up at 7:00 and give your opinion at public input.

#4 Warren_Phear on 01.14.17 at 8:02 am

Of the eight councilors which are the ones moving this forward, and which will oppose it? How does mmm stand on this?

#5 Blasphemo on 01.14.17 at 10:15 am

Excellent assertion, L3wis. Furthermore, the public would be best served by an immediate benefit, rather than a postponed – if even possible – one. Putting something up for sale and selling it are two VERY different things. Reference that wonderful land donation from Bob & Kari Hall with sale proceeds to fund the cost of a County Museum warehouse on the remaining portion of the parcel. Those acres were apparently a pretty tough sell.

#6 The D@ily Spin on 01.14.17 at 10:42 am

It’s about time. The city is not known for social programs, period. The county is overwhelmed with welfare on their very low budget. ‘The Don’ (aka Huether) would have rather built himself another Wimbledon or Indoor Ocean. Apparently, the council finally realized public property is meant for public purpose not hotels and TIF’s.

#7 The D@ily Spin on 01.14.17 at 10:47 am

Interesting that L Ron Huether regards himself ‘The Don’. Someday soon we’ll replace this mafia godfather with a mayor.

#8 The D@ily Spin on 01.14.17 at 11:16 am

Per the WSJ, the Dept. Of Justice came into Chicago yesterday to clean up the police. They’ll probably stay and work on the reset for all of Illinois corruption. The Admin Building for offices for federal agents?

#9 l3wis on 01.14.17 at 11:22 am

Blas- It needs 4 votes to proceed. I believe they have them, but not sure who those all will be. This of course is the first hurdle, if it passes Tuesday night, as I understand the contract must go through a 1st and 2nd reading, then another resolution. I would assume the mayor is against it, but I do know it is simply surplus land that the city really doesn’t need.

#10 LJL on 01.14.17 at 11:40 am

Its the right thing to do. The glory house should do nothing with the property and sell with the completion of 49th to maximize it’s potential value.

Has the city made any offers with AB propane or Kaneb to complete 49th street project?

#11 The Don on 01.14.17 at 3:02 pm

Oh relax. Just stirring. Why so serious?

#12 l3wis on 01.14.17 at 10:24 pm

http://www.argusleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/01/13/letter-affordable-apartments-assist-treatment/96553832/

#13 The D@ily Spin on 01.15.17 at 10:07 pm

When it come to city policy, what’s the mayor/councilor skim and what have they done for we (the people) lately?

#14 Joe Smith on 01.16.17 at 10:39 am

As someone that had to spend a couple of weeks at the Glory House, I hope all of the facts are presented.
1. The goal of the Glory House is to help ex-convicts employment and/or treatment. Once the individual obtains a job, the Glory House keeps a percentage of the wages that the individual is paid. Even though the DOC or the BOP is paying the Glory House at the same level throughout the individuals stay.
2. If an individual does not obtain employment there are arbitrary “punishments” that are handed down. Let’s face it, Sioux Falls is not the best place in the world for felons looking for employment.
3. This is a “non-profit”, but the Exec. Director treats this facility/business as his own personal fiefdom. If counselors don’t agree with him, they’re gone. If a resident doesn’t agree with him, they are threatened with going back to prison.
4. As someone that obtained employment very quickly once I arrived, the staff is on you very, very quickly when you get that first check to get their share. However, when leaving the facility and you ask for the remainder of your funds that takes 30-45 days.

Facilities like these are needed, but we need facilities that are doing everything they can to get ex-convicts jobs and back into society. In my opinion, the Glory House management and staff could care less as long as they are getting their share of the resident’s check.

#15 Warren Phear on 01.16.17 at 3:51 pm

Joe….interesing comment.