Overlook Café Contract appears to be a ‘done deal’ before council even approves it

Okay, I will be the first to admit, Stensland Dairy was the only company to bid on the Café contract, so it would seem inevitable that they would get the contract. They also have a very good reputation and I’m sure they will do a good job.

But what if the only bid was ‘Bob’s Taco Cart’? Would the city automatically give the contract to them? Probably not.

I found it ironic at the Feb 20th Parks Board meeting Stensland already had a menu (with pricing) done and a Catering agreement with an independent chef before they approved the contract. As the Parks Board has stated in the past, their approvals are ONLY preliminary, the City Council has to approve the final contract. They also will get approval next week on a beer and wine license.

So I guess if you are the only bidder, have a menu ready to go and a alcohol license before the contract is approved by the council, they have no choice to approve it? Talk about getting the cart in front of the horse. I think it would be funny to send a message to city administrators (parks, licensing, planning etc.) and reject the contract based solely on the fact that they didn’t go to the council first before doing everything else.


#1 Scott Linder on 03.01.19 at 10:19 am

Typical Governmental actions from Huether….oh wait, isn’t he gone now? It appears his methods continue with the current administration.

#2 Bruce on 03.01.19 at 10:34 am

Why doesn’t this administration just put a stop to this behavior? Authoritarians at the gate of power don’t want anyone to get in the way of the inevitable. Their decisions are always right and should never be questioned. It is as if they are on the mission from gawd and don’t be a devil asking them to follow the rules you have to follw. They have their own.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.01.19 at 12:27 pm

Speaking of contracts, why was the new 10 year contract with Poet for less money, than the prior 10 year contract?

Is it, because overal natural gas prices have collapsed since 2009?


#4 D@ily Spin on 03.01.19 at 1:06 pm

Contractors have learned not to bid on city contracts. Daniels Construction remodeled the Cafe and didn’t get paid (Daniels vs City of Sioux Falls). It takes nepotism or you must be an insider oligarchist.

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