So Far, Sioux Falls City Council falls short on transparency promises from the campaign

I can’t speak for TenHaken and his office yet. We haven’t heard anything from 9th and Dakota, of course there has only been one official meeting, and tomorrow’s city council meeting seems to be some hold overs from the former administration.

Sometimes hearing NOTHING is a good thing, sometimes it is not.

But when it comes to the city council it seems business as usual. The city council, who has complained about the former mayor’s transparency hasn’t opened their books up either. The city council posted their informational meeting agenda on Friday and as of noon today there is still no supporting documents on what those presentations will be.

I’m not sure who is responsible for the agenda of the informational but my guess would be the Clerk’s office and council’s operations employees. Of course it wouldn’t be entirely their fault either, they take their marching orders from the city council.

There is also nothing top secret about the three presentations, there would be no harm in posting the supporting documents ahead of time.

Transparency was the #1 issue in the last municipal election, but was our city government listening?


#1 theresa stehly on 06.04.18 at 4:32 pm

Scott, please don’t put all council members into this “NON transparency box”. Some of us are trying to keep the public and the media informed.

#2 D@ily Spin on 06.04.18 at 4:43 pm

It’s to early to assess this city government. The new mayor and several councilors deserve time to acclimate. No doubt, by accident or on purpose, there will not be full transparency. Optimistically, it has to be better because it couldn’t be any worse than Huether’s dictatorial agenda and deception.

#3 l3wis on 06.04.18 at 7:50 pm

TS- Well one of you must have said something, because about an hour after I posted this the SIRE presentation was up.

#4 Stiles Bitchley on 06.04.18 at 8:02 pm

Or maybe it was a coincidence and you just need to cool your jets.

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.04.18 at 9:14 pm

Co-opting is the art of a smart politician, be careful…..