Bunker Ramp extra funds approved 6-1 (Stehly dissenting, Soehl absent)

Part of the extra $1.5 million of the extra money needed, approved by the Sioux Falls City Council tonight was $467K in ‘Demobilization’ fees. What is this? We are being charged to take down the crane and for them to clean up the site because the hotel is NOT being built. First off, this ‘fee’ should have been in the final costs already, and we shouldn’t be paying for this with extra funding. The developer, contractor and CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) should be paying this, this is why we hire them – TO TAKE ON THE RISK. While I understand we have to ‘fill holes’ and provide safety issues at the facility to get it open, taking down a construction crane is NOT our problem. The CMAR, supposed developer and contractor can hash out that on their own.

Of course, the excuses were flying like the back blades on a manure spreader on an early Spring day, why WE should have to pay for this.

The finance director said the crane had to be taken down and site cleanup to open the ramp. Duh. This would have had to happen whether we built the hotel on top or not, and should have already been budgeted for.

Stehly said during the discussion, there have been very few answers about the demobilization fees. She tried to amend it by taking off the $500K and no one seconded the motion, so it failed.

Only councilors Starr and Brekke had anything to put in towards the discussion.

Towards the end, Brekke said that her ‘hands were clean’ in the matter. I guess Neitzert was making fun of her by whispering to Marshall asking for some soap as they proceeded to pretend to wash their hands (I didn’t catch it on camera, so I’m not sure what he was doing) but Starr commented before the vote, “. . . I wanted to tell Councilor Neitzert that I do have some soap and some hand sanitizer and if you want to sit in leadership and make fun of people while they are making a speech, go for it.” 

LOL.

There was NO response from Neitzert.



11 comments ↓

#1 SL on 11.12.19 at 8:40 pm

The RS5 get another win. Any bets this will be a yearly request to subsidize this ramp? I’m still in shock that this Mayor has a tie on.

#2 Watching from the Deep South on 11.12.19 at 8:41 pm

So GN had on his Kiley hat tonight? Glad to hear PS stand up to him publicly and on record….My guess is that GN was the last one picked when choosing up sides for teams in grade school gym class. And this type of juvenile behavior from a sitting councilor (1 of the 5) should surprise no one. SF voters DO NOT forget this when he runs for any future public office.

#3 l3wis on 11.12.19 at 9:28 pm

I think they need some some soap for Theresa’s mouth after she brought up the ‘Threesome’ that was going on.

LOL.

#4 "Very Stable Genius" on 11.12.19 at 11:23 pm

Hey, it’s “Tie Nite,” what can we say?

So let me get this right. This town is led by leaders who make fun of tornado recovery victims on FB, and then some also make fun of colleagues while literally on the council?

Perhaps, the first issue the new Chief Culture Officer should address would be one of maturity, huh?

Keep in mind too, that this Bunker Ramp is the greatest of boondoggles for this city. It is Sioux Falls’s answer to the “Bridge to Nowhere,” but unlike a hopeful bridge that can take you somewhere, even a just ramp always has its limits, and this one is definitely living up to that reputation, except that its costs appear to be limitless, while its unjust presence and ill reputation appear to be the only things that are not ending and also taking us to nowhere of need.

( – and Woodstock adds: “Say, that reminds me”…. “I still need to apply for that CCO position”….(“I’ll show them some ‘Culture'”….))

#5 Erica on 11.13.19 at 12:47 am

Is the city going to send out bottles of lube with the next property tax increase notices? Who would have ever thought that such a small city would be riddled with so much corruption. Time for the state to start looking into the city finances and maybe even the feds.
#VoteThemOut

#6 D@ily Spin on 11.13.19 at 9:21 am

It’s sad that the city chooses to invest more public money into something with no future and no function. Why not send millions to a mystery account in Nigeria instead? Isn’t this worse than thousands of schemes cheating seniors with phone scams?

#7 By By, Sir Neitzert on 11.13.19 at 11:17 am

Neitzert thinks so highly of himself, and is so very, very immature. He is flattered and manipulated by the powerful and has abandoned citizens whom he supposedly represents. Disgusting little boy!!

Any replacement would be better!

#8 Bruce on 11.13.19 at 11:33 am

Dirty hands seem to be an issue for the Sioux Falls City Council RS-5 on November 12, 2019.

#9 anominous on 11.14.19 at 8:43 am

could probly get hard rock to finish it up for a hotel crisino like that one they done in New Orlene’s

#10 Neitzert? Neitzert? on 11.15.19 at 7:17 am

“There was NO response from Neitzert.” Of course there won’t be because he is a childish bully who folds like the cheap suits he wears?

#11 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.15.19 at 10:37 am

At least his “cheap suits” include a tie. 😉

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