UPDATE: City of Sioux Falls dismissed from Copper Lounge collapse lawsuit

UPDATE: So I reported on this on March 22. After a couple of days I wondered why NO ONE in our local media said anything. Then it occurred to me, because the city didn’t put out a press release about it (which surprised me) or they couldn’t scrap it from another news agency. So this past Tuesday I ask Sneve at the Informational Meeting, “Why hasn’t the Argus done a story about this?” The next day the AL does a story, then as I predicted all the other news agencies fell inline.

Lazy asses. And I’m the ‘un-credentialed journalist.’

On Tuesday, March 19, Circuit Judge Camela Theeler entered a Memorandum Opinion and Order dismissing the City of Sioux Falls from the lawsuit in which the Plaintiffs alleged that the City had liability as a result of the December 2, 2016 building collapse.

Attached a copy of the Judge’s written decision; MMO_DISMISS


#1 anonymous on 03.22.19 at 8:45 pm


#2 l3wis on 03.22.19 at 8:53 pm

Read the decision, apparently the city says if they grant a permit, they are NOT responsible if the rules of that permit are not followed. They are also not responsible if someone does work without a permit (even if they have been notified that non permitted work is being done). In other words the building permitting process doesn’t do anything to protect citizens/workers from hazardous building practices. So why even have it?

#3 l3wis on 03.22.19 at 8:57 pm

I had a friend go thru a similar situation with their roof. Even though the city signed off on a roof inspection, they told them to take it up with the contractor. The city refused accountability. My friend finally threatened the contractor with several bad reviews on Yelp and FB. They fixed the roof at no charge in a matter of days.

#4 Blasphemo on 04.04.19 at 10:01 am

It’s great that Joe Sneve took your question to heart & led the Argus to publish the story. In all fairness to Sneve specifically, I’m sure you’re likely aware he was away from the Argus at the end of March (vacation?) and would agree he was not personally on the job when this story first broke.

#5 l3wis on 04.04.19 at 10:11 am

Yeah, I knew that, that is why I told him. He acted surprised that Ellis didn’t cover it. There is also;


#6 Bruce on 04.04.19 at 10:11 am

The building permit process in Sioux Falls is only so your taxes can be raised every time you spend some money on fixing up the property. You spend money on the property so it is now worth more but let it go to hell and they its still worth as much as your neighbor.