Sioux Falls City Government needs to have some contingency plans in place ASAP!

While we have been putting up billboards and closing down telephone booth casinos across the city, we are ignoring plans we could implement right away to help us get through this.

Even after the virus spread is over and a vaccine is in place, the repercussions of this will be enormous and long lasting. Even the things we don’t think about are now starting to rear their heads in the national news like suicides and domestic violence. Tonight on PBS Newshour (BTW, the only news source I have been following for fair and accurate reporting during this crisis) they had on a national expert about domestic violence pleading with people to watch out for you neighbors. It is only one issue we are dealing with.

Here is a very short but important list of what our local government needs to do to assure we can weather the storm, and BTW, screw the lawyers, the city has the legal authority to do this thru executive and legislative powers under the home rule charter. A lot of these things are not at a crisis level yet, but we need to have a plan in place;

• Marshall the Events Center, the Convention Center and Arena for a temporary hospital for NON-emergency and NON-corona virus patients. This will free up our hospitals for critical emergencies and protect those patients from being infected in the regular hospital setting.

• Demand our local food banks and grocers work together to have a safe food distribution system where people who have food insecurity can pull up in the safety of their vehicle to get food by simply opening their trunk and have people give them essentials without person to person contact.

• Free city utilities for the next 3 months if not longer.

• Rental assistance from the general fund in combination with private donations. (the city has around a $60 million dollar surplus, specifically designed to help us in a time of an emergency).

• A sales tax holiday on at least food for the next few months – city and statewide.

• Flood preparedness. Let’s face it, this will come in the middle of this meltdown, and if we are not better prepared this time around it will compound our problems.

• Seek volunteers to assist in anyway possible who are young and healthy to help with this crisis.

• Require public employees (who have job security) to pitch in where they can, manning phones from home, helping with temporary hospitals, checking on the elderly with food and medicine delivery, etc. Do you know there are several public employees who we are paying right now that are not doing anything. This is what we pay taxes for, they need to help us in a crisis. I’m not shaming them, they are only following directives of their managers and elected officials, and their managers need to put them to work – NOW!

• Lead and don’t look back. This is the most important. Don’t worry about the critics (like myself). Put on your big boy pants and make quick, smart, decisive decisions. This is why we elect you, to help us in times of a crisis. It isn’t about ribbon cuttings and new parks, it’s about assisting those who fund this society through our taxes. If it is too much for you, please, step aside and let those willing and capable to do the job. We won’t hold it against you. You can only fail if you choose to do nothing.

Trust me, I am trying to stay positive through this, because I know the sh*t storm hasn’t even begun, and it is going to get much worse before it gets better. But if we have a strong plan of attack, we can come out of this with less scars. I do agree with our president on one point, we can recover, and we can come back from this nightmare, but where I disagree is that it won’t come from wishful thinking and crossing our fingers behind our back. It will happen with a solid plan. If we do all this and we didn’t need to implement some of these plans – GREAT!

Get to work for those of us that are out of work. I’m praying for you, and I don’t need a live streamed pastor to tell me that is also a part of the equation. Blood, sweat and tears solve problems, wringing your hands solves nothing. Let’s make some solid plans and let’s do it NOW!

I’ll leave you with one my favorite songs (I can actually play the harmonica parts). Helping each other will be the key to our survival.


#1 D@ily Spin on 03.27.20 at 6:03 am

Good ideas but to practical and common sense for this mayor and council. Noem (statement Wednesday) let out a sick condolences for Thune. Does he have the virus? He was standing next to Trump a day earlier somewhat out of sort.
Restaurants closed? If you want to go out to eat, you must dress down and go to ‘The Banquet’ or ‘Bishop Dudley’.

#2 Megan on 03.27.20 at 8:46 am

Feeding South Dakota closed pantries for safety last week and has drive-thru distribution underway. Volunteers are very much needed in Sioux Falls, Pierre and Rapid as food insecurity will only continue to increase.

#3 scott on 03.27.20 at 10:05 am

get ready for more tifs.

#4 Come On on 03.27.20 at 1:28 pm

How do you know that the city isn’t planning ahead for this type of stuff? Just because they don’t publicize it doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t still doing the planning for it, right?

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.27.20 at 1:35 pm

I can’t wait until the Feds bail out South Dakota for the second time in twelve years, while Republicans in this state will continue to brag about balanced budgets and living within our means, and the glories of a sales tax based revenue source versus an income tax based revenue source.

#6 l3wis on 03.27.20 at 3:36 pm

Because people who plan ahead usually share that with people. There would really be no reason to keep it a secret. I’ve followed city government long enough to know they are not planning for crap.

#7 l3wis on 03.27.20 at 8:01 pm

“Edwards detailed a plan in the works to use the New Orleans Convention Center as an overflow site for COVID-19 patients in the region. He said the metro is already nearing a point where hospitals could become overwhelmed by the second week of April.

The first phase of the convention center plan, which is in the process of being finalized through contracts, will include 1,120 hospital beds.”

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.27.20 at 8:08 pm

Best not to tear down the Arena. It can be used for the virus and future ones. Rename it Sanford Arena, and then miraculously everyone will agree with this concept.