City of Sioux Falls ‘IS’ assisting residents w/cleanup

I’m still puzzled why the Mayor’s office said the city and hired contractors would NOT pickup private property rubbish, but have been doing it all week. Which is good.

These pictures were sent to me by city councilor Stehly today (her and Brekke were volunteering). Stehly told me that Team Rubicon came this person’s house and assisted with some chainsaw work. The branches were drug out to the curb and the city picked them up and hauled them away.

It’ going to be interesting to watch how the administration explains the change in policy.

If I were PTH, I would just come out and say that the situation was reassessed and they decided to just pick up everything. I would also apologize for the confusion.


#1 The Guy From Guernsey on 09.16.19 at 11:13 am

It is pretty clear that the labor and equipment time of paid contractors is being parlayed as almost entirely the result of the ‘good-faith and earnest volunteer efforts of the good citizens of Sioux Falls’.
And, you are correct! This is a great result.
Why not come out and concede that a re-assessment has altered curbside practices? Acknowledge the significant lift to the efforts from volunteers from paid contractors – who seem to just doing the job in front of them, regardless the stated policy?
TBH, I don’t think PTH and his crew have a clue that which is actually happening curbside. Too busy on Facebook constructing the talking point which is ‘the great volunteer effort’ and attacking Councilor Stehly. Contractors are putting in yeoman’s effort (and doing a great job!), likely simply logging the hours and submitting the invoices to the City for payment. They have earned every penny.
And there are plenty of examples of ‘neighbors helping neighbors’ too.
And this is a good result as well.

#2 l3wis on 09.16.19 at 1:09 pm

As I stated before, when a natural disaster occurs you take a multi-tiered approach. Volunteers should be a part of that tier, and I applaud those people for stepping up. But you must have other tiers, like private insurance, the Red Cross, specialized volunteers like Rubicon and city resources. The only missing puzzle piece is state assistance and FEMA. Where is our governor on this? The only thing she has signed was a piece of paper telling people to stay out of flooded parks. Thanks.

#3 jimmy Doxx on 09.16.19 at 2:31 pm

The city is working on helping residents, but asking for that is somehow not allowed? Greg and Christine are sad individuals.

#4 T.J. needs to resign! on 09.16.19 at 2:56 pm

G & C are a couple of tools….. Say, AirBnB was offering free accommodations in SF, because of the storm: Were they utilizing Christine’s place(s)?

#5 l3wis on 09.16.19 at 3:20 pm

She was offering ‘shelter’ at her places.

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