City asking for another $1.5 million to fill holes in the parking ramp

As I heard earlier in the week, the rumors were true (Item #79);

Public Parking
Amend Capital Improvements Program Project No. 19002, New Parking Facility, by increasing the amount of funding for construction by $1,500,000 in 2019. The additional funding will not require an increase in appropriations as it will be funded by public parking user fees.

As you can see from the resolution, few details of what the money is for. I asked some city officials today about it and they said the administration is giving few details, and that the city attorney says they will probably get very few on Tuesday night. I guess they think this will be a way to quell the litigation by blocking the holes.

Why do I have an image of a Dutch boy and a leaking Levee in my mind?

The biggest question is why we didn’t have enough in our contingency fund to complete the ramp? Isn’t that why we have CMAR’s is to handle these things? You know, like when we got the million dollar event center settlement from money that was ours to begin with.

This of course will pass, but I at least hope a little shaming ensues by those opposed before hand.


#1 Joe on 11.01.19 at 6:56 pm

Remember, the city didn’t actually get a $1 million settlement at all. It got about half that.

#2 SL on 11.01.19 at 7:10 pm

Yes it will pass. Will it be a 5-3 vote, or 6-2?

#3 Fear & Loating in Sioux Falls on 11.01.19 at 8:01 pm

So we are going to spend $1.5 million for something that we are also being sued for even having? That usually only happens with a mistress and an ex-wife, except that this time its a third party – the taxpayers – who are the ones getting screwed.

#4 D@ily Spin on 11.01.19 at 10:36 pm

How do you explain away such a huge mistake? Deny, deny, and refuse to admit. I must admit that I’m sympathetic with the present regime. Huether prompted this mess. Anything Huether was a disaster. It’s time to properly impose the blame. Then, there can be a correction for such a miserable absence of leadership and drain on city budget.

#5 SL on 11.02.19 at 5:41 am

When the Mayor and 7 out of 8 Councilors will not discuss this supposed extra money needed, that, in my opinion is showing unethical city management. Where is this ‘transparency ‘ that is spoken about by these same people? Actions like this continue to chip away at the trust that citizens should have towards city administration, yet sadly is not being earned.

#6 Bruce on 11.02.19 at 8:11 am

The city did not actually get any money in the EC settlement. It lost the building warranty, double paid for the work done and only received the remainder of the city’s own savings account as a settlement.

We got screwed then and we are getting screwed again.