Sioux Falls City Council Agenda, Jan 28, 2020

There is only an informational meeting this week,

Informational • 4 PM

Presentations on golf course contract updates, landscape agreements, triage center, and election updates.

The golf course contract update has taken an interesting twist (FULL DOC);

Good Afternoon City Councilors,

We wanted to share a summary of what we plan to present to you at the informational meeting next Tuesday, January 28th regarding golf course operations. We have received an inquiry from the Argus Leader asking for golf course data in advance of the informational, therefore, we are sharing this with you in advance of the Argus story that is likely to run this week.

So what is the big news story? Oh, it’s good (but really bad);

So our private contractor in charge of managing and promoting our city courses is exploring an RFP to run the Brandon Golf Course. If this course was in Elkpoint, Sioux City or even Mitchell, I wouldn’t see an issue with it, but this is in a community RIGHT NEXT TO SIOUX FALLS! This is a major conflict. I’m not a golfer, but I do know a lot of golf fanatics, they shop regionally, in other words they will play courses all over the region.

This is just another reason why we should have just renewed the contract with Dakota Golf. They would have NEVER explored running another course that is basically in a suburb of Sioux Falls.

Ironically, I am not surprised. As I have said several times about local government, it is predictable, and the scams run amok like clockwork.


#1 D@ily Spin on 01.26.20 at 9:59 am

Municipal golf contracts should be an in state contractor (not Nebraska). As long as it’s competitive bid, doesn’t matter who gets the contract. The city does neither.

#2 D@ily Spin on 01.26.20 at 5:53 pm

There’s an idea for a new board game called ‘Home Rule’. Players are developers (High Roller), Mayor (Dunce Cap), Councilors (ApplePay) and residents (Tents). When developers pass Go they get a TIF. The mayor gets favors. Councilors compete for electronic bribes with cell phones at council meetings. Residents get harassed with codes, disrespect, and potholes. Their neighbors are recruited as witnesses for hearings with promises to forgive citations. Consultant cards make everything look rosy with false expectations. For serious infractions, mayor can appoint a new director named for the problem and blame him. Residents always lose so the goal is to limit the damage or move.

#3 Conservative Here on 01.26.20 at 10:16 pm

Daily Spin – You are on to something here and I am serious. I think we could have a Monoply like rip off of ths board game made and it may sell. You should consider this, I bet we could help you with ideas 🙂

#4 Tiger Weisser on 01.27.20 at 8:56 am

I’m curious why Dakota golf would “NEVER” explore managing the Brandon Golf course? Is it possible that Brandon would “NEVER” hire a small firm to manage it?

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.27.20 at 12:57 pm

There was a time when Tiger was married, and then there was that time, when LMC only cared about Sioux Falls.

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