I sent this email to Mayor Paul TenHaken and the Sioux Falls City Council tonight. Hopefully I will get an answer to my question about planning and transparency;

Dear Councilors & Mayor,

I have some concerns with how fast we are pushing the new 5G rules and regulations for Sioux Falls.

First, to the health concerns. I have done some of my own research on this and it seems the ‘jury is out’. While there doesn’t seem to be any short term harmful effects to humans because of the powerful microwaves emitted from 5G antennas, there simply hasn’t been enough long term studies done on it. Now, I’m not saying they are unsafe, but would like to see our local government be very cautious on how close they are placed to dense office, schools, parks and residential areas.

Besides the health impact to the community, there is also a visual impact of these devices. Will they be hidden enough to just blend into their environment or will they stick out like a sore thumb?

I guess my biggest concern is that it seems all these sudden rules, regulations and permitting fees and licensing have been decided behind closed doors with the help of some very powerful people in Washington. I hope this is NOT the case.

I’m wondering if any public meetings were held to get feedback from the community? I am wondering if the public will have a chance to weigh in? I’m also wondering how much my city council and even school board and county commissions got to weigh in on these new rules?

We were promised transparency by the new council, the current sitting council and mayor during the election, I’m hoping moving forward with 5G we will have full openness and transparency, I don’t want to see Sioux Falls residents turned into lab rats for powerful Washington lobbyists and industry. I think 5G is an amazing opportunity for Sioux Falls, if done right.

Please assure me that I’m not being treated like a rat.

Scott L. Ehrisman


Sioux Falls, SD

7 Thoughts on “Open Letter to City Council & Mayor about 5G

  1. Warren Phear on November 24, 2018 at 9:44 pm said:

    Like you Scott, I have read the safety concerns surrounding 5g. They are concerning, but for now I’m more concerned with the cost. Somebody is goibg to pay for it, (us), and somebody is going to profit from it. (thune) I have absolutely no interest in virtual reality or driverless cars, so why should I have to help subsidize the crazy bastards who want to be seen being escorted around in driverless cars?


  2. Taco Bar on November 24, 2018 at 11:23 pm said:

    I have always wanted a driveless muscle car….. Like a ’69 GTO Judge…. That would be cool….. #HangOn!

  3. D@ily Spin on November 25, 2018 at 10:57 am said:

    Microwave energy is invisible light frequencies. There’s more danger from not wearing sunscreen in the sun for more than 30 minutes. Involving city zoning is a farse. Federal law overrides lower government. The city can make demands and carriers might plant a few shrubs. When it’s ready to turn it on, they will without legal ramifications. A private historical society has more power than city ordinances. The city is proven unconstitutional with court cases. They can cry ‘Wolf’ all they want but legal action is dismissed. It’ll make the news, radio talk shows, and blogs. It’s all for free political attention. It’s entertaining but it’s a small step and big laugh ignoring city ordinances.

  4. Parks Poles and 5G on November 26, 2018 at 11:29 am said:

    Part of SF Parks and Rec mission is to have a park within 1/2 mile of every residence.

    This means that all city parks are surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

    As an example Riverdale Park has 16 large poles used for lighting city-organized childrens’ athletic practices/events.

    It is also a park which is surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

    We do not want 5G in our neighborhood.

    Senator Thune, Mayor TenHaken and Sioux Falls City Council, when is public input?

  5. anominous on November 26, 2018 at 8:02 pm said:

    well hopefully it only kills all the bees

  6. Warren Phear on November 27, 2018 at 7:07 am said:

    Speaking of open letters, does anyone know why the latest Sunday argus had zero LTE’s?

  7. D@ily Spin on November 27, 2018 at 11:15 am said:

    It will be interesting to watch 5G presentations for Clown College (SF City Council). It’s like explaining Calculus to kindergarten. Keep some stills from the video. It’ll be funnier than Rolfing eating leg of lamb.

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