Sioux Falls City Council Agenda, Jan 12, 2021

Informational Meeting • 4 PM

• Tuthill House Resource Group: Thursday, January 7, 2021 (Council Member Brekke)

• Vacant Home Registration Fees For Historic Districts and Non-Historic Districts by Matt Tobias, Planning and Development Services Manager; and Diane deKoeyer, Neighborhood And Preservation Planner. As you can see, the city continues to NOT post documents in advance on SIRE to review before the meeting, so I have NO idea what this is about. I’m not a realtor or a rental home owner so my best guess is the city wants to register vacant homes on some list? Or charge for it? If anyone knows, send me a note.

Regular Meeting • 6 PM

Item #6, Approval of Contracts;

Sub Item #7, School Park Site Coordination – Marion Road Utility Relocate;
Amendment to relocation agreement, Xcel Energy, $42K. While I have no doubt this needs to be done AND Xcel has to do it, I wonder why the SFSD isn’t paying for this? The city isn’t building a new school, they are.

Sub Item #12, Option to Extend: Extending agreement for after-hours
answering service for various City departments, Helpline Center, $17,500. While the city DOES need a service, I don’t understand why this can’t just be electronic? Heck, even when you call city departments during the work week you rarely get a real person. I have called city councilor’s office numbers, the water department, the public works department, the attorney’s office and the mayors office and rarely had a real person answer during the day. I will say that when I do leave a message I do get a return call. I always chuckle how our Mayor consistently talks about 5G and taking on technological advances for the city but operates it like it is the 1960’s. We have a city council agenda page and video system that continues to fail, we have a city website that is nearly impossible to navigate and virtually have zero access to administrative actions (like ethics insurance). I have also heard from city employees that the city is extremely vulnerable to hacking. What this city needs is an IT Director that will come in and overhaul the entire system without the mayor tying their hands for accolades about free atta-boy coins and lapel pins.

Item #16-17, Resolutions, A RESOLUTION VACATING A PORTION OF THE ARROWHEAD PARKWAY RIGHT OF WAY, AS SHOWN ON EXHIBIT A. (Tracts 2-3 Willows Edge Addition) The hearing is going to be set for February 9. I’m not sure if this has to do with the controversy that happened early last year where several folks showed up to the Parks Board meeting and protested to vacation. We will see.

Item #18, Ordinance, A MOTION TO RECONSIDER AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD, PROVIDING A PROVISIONAL ONE-TIME SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION TO FUND A COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. (Health, $100,000) (The ordinance was considered at the meeting of January 5, 2021.) Last week there was talk that this will go towards an education program about getting a vaccination. While I agree with that, I don’t know why we are paying an outside ad agency to create this program as mentioned at the meeting. The city’s media department could easily create a PSA and put it on CityLink. They could also post on YouTube and Facebook at NO cost to taxpayers. We already pay city employees at Falls Community Health, The Health Director and Media services, we don’t need to waste $100K on an outside agency that will essentially tell people ‘Get a shot.’ On top of that, after the media department created the PSA they could distribute to the local TV stations and ask them to play it. We could also adapt it for radio and ask them to do the same. This is just another clever way the administration is finding a way to funnel money to his pals in the advertising world. The good news is that his former(?) ad agency will NOT be getting the contract. I guess they probably figured it would be hard for them to create a PSA about Covid Safety and Vaccination after running a campaign that promoted Covid Tourism.

Also, who doesn’t already know about the Covid vaccinations? It has been on the news for over a month. Sure there will be people that don’t want to get one, but at this point, it is NOT about education, it’s about getting enough doses in arms of the people who do want to get one. Shouldn’t we be getting them through the line first before worrying about the Q-NON anti-vaxxer weirdos?


#1 D@ily Spin on 01.10.21 at 1:05 pm

If homes are vacant why create a list? Real estate values are rising. Some homes are unoccupied and held as investment. If the owner of record is not paying property taxes, it’s the county’s problem. If there’s trash, post a notice. Nobody responds or pays a fine. The only trash is a yard full of city citations. A city list of vacant property can be considered civil rights infringement worthy of another ACLU topic.

What’s sad about paying a private contractor for web site development is there won’t be any improvement. An in state contractor could be held liable while out of state invoices and escapes. Is this a method to redirect funds to a buddy IT guy who then rewards the mayor with private consideration?

#2 Bruce on 01.10.21 at 1:09 pm

Sub Item #7, Sioux Falls is preparing for the major 41st street upgrade and I29 bridge replacement from Marion to Louise

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.10.21 at 5:01 pm

*********** NON GERMANE WARNING ***********

There’s been a clown on 41st and Marion this weekend, between Lewis Drug and Wells Fargo, with out-of-state plates, who is pushing Trump merchandise.

I asked him if he did a sales tax license and he just laughed. I reported him to the police and they told me they already had an officer on their way.

Keep your eye out for him or others like him. My guess is he’ll only show up on weekends. If he shows up again next weekend, then I guess I’ll have to contact the state revenue office, too.

#4 Mike Lee Zitterich on 01.11.21 at 10:47 am

Why report a “PATRIOT” doing great for the PEOPLE?

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.11.21 at 2:59 pm

Trump has already devalued the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Please don’t devalue the term “PATRIOT” now, too.

#6 Warren Phear on 01.11.21 at 3:55 pm

Mike Z…. Like the patriots last Wednesday at the US Capitol?

#7 Mike Lee Zitterich on 01.13.21 at 12:29 pm

Oh good lord Warren, you are comparing a group of antifa rioters to an older gentleman selling Donald Trump souveniors to the public on a street corner. Wow … Please get a grip.

We should be pushing, informing, and helping to educate people on becoming good Patriots willing to stand up against Tyranny, just as our forefathers did in 1774.

You all speak of “Freedom of Speech” until speech goes against your agenda, then you call these people Domestic Terrorists for doing nothing more than standing on a street corner – expressing their “Freedom of Speech” by selling banners, shirts, hats, pins, etc.

Scott made some very nice points last night at the 1/13/2021 council session referring to Public Input/Free Speech, whether or not I fully agree, Scott made some interesting comments about ‘protecting free speech’.

You cannot have it both ways, you cant restrict free speech based on “viewpoints” of another, just cause you disagree with someone.

As per the comments by Various Stable Genius, if you need to stump this poor mans “freedom of speech” by reporting him to the REVENUE OFFICE, in order to stop or limit his “Freedom of Speech” then that is also wrong.

You see – you all believe in FREE SPEECH when it benefits your viewpoint, but you wish to ‘regulate’ that free speech when it goes against your view point.

Telling someone, thru words or regulations, or taxes of what they cannot speak on, or share thru free speech is “Discrimination” of Free Speech.

Controlling the “Content” that can spoken on during a public meeting is NOT restricting free speech, where the people commonly agree to participate in a public meeting.

Mike Zitterich

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.13.21 at 2:17 pm

Freedom of speech doesn’t give one the right to break a law. If you sell products in South Dakota, then you need to have a sales tax license.

As far as this “poor mans”, which you refer to, well, he’s a part of Trumpism and Trumpism is Nazism, and whenever it is found, it must be stopped. I make no apology for that. #ZeroTolerance

#9 Angry Guy on 01.13.21 at 3:21 pm

OMG Michael! You must be some kind of Constitutional Scholar to know that much about the 1st Amendment.
Oh… wait.. no. You clearly don’t know SHIT about freedom of speech and how it applies to the private sector.

The guy selling Trump merch was reported because he likely don’t have a sales and use tax license from the Department of Revenue. Him taking your money and not submitting that 6.5% in sales tax is literally stealing from our state’s coffers. It has NOTHING to do with his opinion. I’d turn him in if he was selling Biden merch too.

Freedom of Speech only protects you from being persecuted legally for said speech. What it DOESN’T do is protect you from being identified as a bigot/racist/trumper/idiot/fascist.

Oh.. and “Stop” using quotation marks in every “sentence.” That makes you look like a “mouth breather.”

#10 "Woodstock" on 01.13.21 at 3:54 pm

“I just heard that Stormy has a new movie coming out with a Trump cameo”…. “Yah, it’s entitled: ‘Zip Ties & an INsurRection”…

#11 scott on 01.13.21 at 5:42 pm

it’s one thing if he’s giving the junk away, another if he’s selling it and pocketing the money himself. if you think he’s sending the money to trump, i’ve got an island in the big sioux to sell you.

#12 "Woodstock" on 01.13.21 at 6:40 pm


#13 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.13.21 at 11:17 pm

There’s this song in my head, and I can’t get it out. It’s entitled: ‘Impeached Again’

#14 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.14.21 at 12:12 am

I’ve got a problem. I’m falling for Liz Cheney. I wonder what it’s like to have a Dick for a father-in-law?

#15 Mike Lee Zitterich on 01.14.21 at 12:59 am

Again – you all are “making assumptions” – none of you know what he is doing with the money; most likely he is purchasing the items and selling at his ‘cost’ while using the money to raise awareness of becoming a PATRIOT.

TRUMP is not a nazi, nor is TRUMPISM some form of nazism, you are silly…

I know about the constitution than most likely half of you commenting …

If you want to discuss it with me, here is my Phone # (605) 376-0527, come meet with me one on one at my place of business and I will be glad to sit down and talk. I hide from no one.

Mike Zitterich

#16 Odds? on 01.14.21 at 9:54 am

What kind of odds you giving me that Biden will fall asleep at his crowning on the 20th?

I like how VSG is assuming because someone is selling something he doesn’t like on a street corner, that person obviously doesnt have a permit and isnt paying taxes and he “Nancy” needs to call the popo.

Nazism? Really? You do realize just because libs and their keepers “the media” keep repeating this lie, doesn’t make it true, right? You libs haven’t been happy since we took your slaves away and gave them the right to vote AND bear arms. That is when this gun control movement actually started…when the dems didnt want the “negroes” to have guns. And that is a fact, look it up.

#17 The Great Compromiser on 01.14.21 at 12:36 pm

The Great Compromiser shall speak again. A few things to ponder:

1) The Greatest Mouse Trap has been Set in D.C
2) Donald Trump has ordered the D.C Emergency Act
3) Donald Trump has committed 50,000 Troops to D.C
4) 100,000 Arrest Warrants have Been issued.
5) The Biden Inauguation is the ‘Mouse Trap’
6) Donald Trump will now attend live
7) As soon as Biden puts his hand on bible, take the oath; it is show time …
8) Each Member of the Military has a Packet, and is ordered to arrest one individual.
9) All These D.C Criminals will be placed on public trial.
10) Members of Committed to Imeaching Biden.

Think: The D.C Emergency Act is just one small aspect to the 1807 Insurrection Act – 10 U.S Code, Sec. 253

7 Days – it is SHOW TIME

The 1871 U.S Corporate Government will be brought to its knees, the British Central Banking System will be removed, and Donald Trump will get a 2nd Term.

The Great Compromiser

#18 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.14.21 at 12:49 pm


Trump now doesn’t want to pay Giuliani for his legal work. So it’s a fair assumption that one of his followers would practice scoff law by not having the appropriate licenses.

Nazism was a cult and so is Trumpism. Trump’s dad was once arrested at a Nazi rally in New York in ’27. Trump’s manner of leadership was no doubt fascist.

Black Americans really didn’t have the right to vote until the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s, which were passed under Democratic leadership.


You criticize assumptions, then you make assumptions.

Trump is a fascist and Nazism was and is a form of fascism. That riot and insurrection – which was inspired by Trump – at the US Capitol last week was an American version of the Nazi Kristallnacht.

#19 Sheep on 01.14.21 at 8:24 pm

Now that the libral sheep have voted, Pelosi goes ahead and OK’s the Covid relieve because “we have a different president”, Cum-Ho says NY must open up now (as Your President has been saying for months), Mayor Beetlejuice is begging the Governor of Illinois to open up (just like Your President has been saying for months). Can you clowns admit that the weasels that are the DemocRATs used Covid to hold us hostage for political gain?

#20 "Very Stable Genius" on 01.15.21 at 2:40 pm


Have you listened to the Woodward tapes, yet?