UPDATE: As Majority of Sioux Falls City Council prepares to skewer Stehly, they trip over procedure

UPDATE: Belfrage misses the point entirely;

Can someone check on Councilor Starr and see if he’s lost his voice? He left Stehly twisting in the wind without a word.

Hey, McFly, maybe Starr didn’t 2nd the motion, because Stehly got to make her point without the rest of the council beating her up? And that is what exactly what happened. If anyone looked like a winner after the motion didn’t receive a 2nd, it was Theresa, not Paul.

The last item of the night at the city council meeting was under new business and Stehly’s motion to encourage the city to help with storm cleanup. Stehly was actually attempting to amend the motion to actually THANK the city for helping (even though the messaging didn’t align with that from the administration). She never got there, but the public did.

Several people came up to say the city DID help and were thankful, but confused and disappointed with the communication of this help.

So it came time to 2nd Stehly’s motion and NO one did. This killed it, which killed the discussion.

Mission accomplished anyway.

Mayor was told by the public that he needs to be better at planning for disasters and communication. I agree. No need to fight about political grandstanding. Tell it like it is. Help each other and communicate better. End of discussion.

It was refreshing.

I wonder who from the city council staff had to stay late and shred all the vitriol that didn’t get used? Hopefully the mayor gives them one of his lucky coins.

At first I was confused. Then I had a very good laugh. Well played councilor ‘X’. Well played.



8 comments ↓

#1 Scott on 09.18.19 at 7:24 am

I wasn’t able to get to this meeting last night so chose the DVR version instead which turned out to be a wise choice. Wasn’t as much picking at each other as I was expecting which I think everyone appreciated. Thankfully I could fast forward thru the long winded explanations from Neitzert and Kiley. Please get to the point already. What really disappointed was that not one Councilor offered any discussion, pro or con, to the proposed property tax increase. Let’s just pass it, whether it is needed or not. Very disappointing.

#2 Watcher on 09.18.19 at 7:25 am

The RS5 hatred of Stehly is so strong they continue to screwup everything. You hear it in Christine’s voice when she called for adjournment.

#3 Vote On chief culture officer on 09.18.19 at 8:19 am

Just when did Brekke become such an ass-kisser of the mayor?

a true government bureaucrat, not the crusader she has tried to make herself out to be…..

#4 Bruce on 09.18.19 at 9:29 am

VOcco, Per the Charter, Brekke and the rest of the Council really can’t get into the workings of the mayor’s office. If the mayor wants to appoint his own propaganda officer using the authoritarian naming conventions or phrasings, then he can.

It appears the RS5 ruled the day again with their games of forcing the mayor to own it while giving cover to those who were queasy.

#5 D@ily Spin on 09.18.19 at 9:42 am

It’s not a council. It’s a tribunal with self interest that’s not for the benefit of the public.

#6 don't get it on 09.18.19 at 11:53 am

ok, so now we have a chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, innovation director and culture director. someone please tell me what the fug does the mayor do? i disagree with brekke’s assessment. didn’t have to fund the postion. make pauly “hide” it somewhere.
every time kiley or erickson speak, i want to throw up. nothing ever simple for nietzert, (and, by the way, having fewer city employees per capita might be a good thing greg. it’s not really a contest.)
selberg looks and sounds like a dimwit. but, for once, soehl made a cogent argument. don’t expect any more of those.

#7 An inspiring "Chief of Facebook Responses" for the Mayor of SF on 09.18.19 at 4:52 pm

Apparently, the mayor is building a “Leadership Team,” but at taxpayers’ expense.

#8 Plausible Deniability on 09.19.19 at 9:38 am

Pity The Poor Phool Pitty Pat Powers who swallowed the little fishies bait hook, line, sinker & Viagra. You could really get your jollies off watching the 3-way between Belchfrage, Tenfingers and Powders, sucking up smug satisfaction . . . blissfully unaware they’d been played by their S(mart) & M(ature) Councilor masters.

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