Sioux Falls City Council meetings still don’t livestream properly

Unfortunately it is NO surprise to me that the city council meetings didn’t stream properly yesterday. They were both replaying fine today (INFOREGULAR) The SIRE system they use to post agendas and stream video has been marginally working for over a decade. In fact the past three city clerks have struggled with the system. You would think by now it would be scrapped. At the very least you would expect them to just automatically livestream the video on YouTube, and heck, on Facebook also. In fact, the Mayor is doing his state of the city address from the State Theatre(?) and it will only be streamed on Facebook, which is questionable since you must subscribe to FB to watch it. The ongoing Hatefest towards transparency is mind boggling.

With our Mayor and his administration consistently talking about the technological advances of the city you would think that with over a DECADE of problems with SIRE it would have gotten the boot a very long time ago. A Dotard could have figured that out, but somehow two mayors, three city clerks, multiple councilors, consultants and city IT personnel still seem to be baffled with a system we have thrown millions at when we could use a FREE service called YouTube.


Of course the Devil is in the details. During the informational meeting the city got a presentation on the new proposed facility. While Sioux Falls taxpayers are footing the bill for the land and pipe upgrades (hey Noem, that is called infrastructure), the organization will provide all the other funding privately. When asked where that money will come from, they really didn’t have an answer. Kind of reminds me of the Bunker Ramp and just taking the developer’s word on it. Here we go again. The city council never learns.

I also found it interesting that the agenda item for this presentation was posted on Friday with NO attached documents (Power Point) which seems the SOP for this administration. But when I checked back on Tuesday morning, the presentation was still absent (Until about 2 PM) But interestingly enough had a story up that morning about the vet village, then the Argus and Dakotanews soon followed. So how is a presentation that is put on the agenda on a Friday not have supporting documents until 2 hours before the meeting yet everyone in the media knows what the presentation is about? Taxpayers should always take priority. If my tax dollars are being used to pay a communications specialist, which I am ok with, the public should receive those communications before the media. I also wonder if Pigeon is getting PAID to post these stories? The city has a way of getting information out to the public without using private media except in press releases.

• Put the details/presentation in the Agenda online when posting the agenda on Friday (DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!)
• Post on main city website
• Put on Citylink or do a YouTube video
• Post on Facebook and Twitter
• Send the media a press release and grant interviews (this should be done last)

I’m all for the media doing a story about this, and I learned a lot from the Pigeon story, but when tax dollars are being spent on projects, that information should be granted to the public before the Fourth Estate.


During the Sioux Falls City Council Regular meeting, Councilor Starr asked a planning department staffer how the planning commission can even function when only 5 members are approving plans with a 9 member board. You could hear Mayor Stoneless grunt and sigh into his microphone. Of course excuses were given because we all know that planning decision are directed by the mayor and granted by the ‘approval’ process of the appointed, paid, planning staffers. The Commission meetings themselves are merely Bread & Circus.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 04.07.21 at 4:29 pm

Maybe they should use FB Live. I know it worked for the Chick-fil-A announcement.

#2 Mike Lee Zitterich on 04.08.21 at 10:31 am

You may want to change ‘state law’ first, cause the law says that for any quorum to meet publically, you must first get no less than 5 people, or 5 of the members of the board to first host such quorum. Even the City Council can meet with just 5 members present. By definition of law, it shows that a clear majority of those boards are present and the population has lawfully represented at those public functions. Even if the other 4 showed up, you still have the 5 YES or NO VOTES to pass on the legislation. Even if you got a 4-1 vote or a 3-2 vote, you still have a body that voted to pass legislation on thru, and shows a clearn ‘yes vote’ of the majority, even if the other 4 members showed up, at least 2 or 3 of them would have voted in support of. Most importantly, it is State Law that preempts the city here.
– Mike

#3 D@ily Spin on 04.08.21 at 4:28 pm

Oligarchy at its finest.

#4 My Mistake Mike on 04.09.21 at 8:43 am

Mike, we all understand how quorums work.

The point here is that four people need to be removed and replaced on the Planning Commission because they don’t actively participate. They are simply trying to build their resume and protect their developer friends instead of truly engaging in public service. It is shameful and they should be held to account.