City of Sioux Falls Mayor TenHaken delivers his dirty SOC

While the replay is working just fine, when it streamed on the city’s FB page it didn’t start until about 11 minutes in. Even when they are streaming on social media they can’t get the video to work properly.

While Paul did introduce the council, he didn’t take a roll call vote, I wonder if you can even do an official meeting like this;

Section 3.03  Mayor’s duties and responsibility.

The mayor shall, at the beginning of each calendar year, and may at other times give the council information as to the affairs of the city and recommend measures considered necessary and desirable. The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, represent the city in intergovernmental relationships, appoint with the advice and consent of the council the members of the citizen advisory boards and commissions, present an annual state of the city message, and perform other duties specified by the council and by article III. The mayor shall be recognized as head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law.

I was pleasantly surprised when he raised an initiative about cleaning up the core, something I have suggested for over a decade. While he was short on details, I welcome it. I asked a couple of councilors if they knew anything about it and they said notta. I would still like to see tax rebates in the initiative, but I will wait for details. While it is good he is working on it, it really should be the job of the city council to push this policy (kind of their job). I know that councilor Brekke has been working on this for several months and it is good to know the mayor has been listening. I don’t care who takes credit for good ideas, as long as they help the city.

He also proposed a Mayor’s Youth Council, while a worthwhile endeavor, telling us he wants input from the youth of the city, I’m wondering when he is going to get input from the adult taxpaying voting citizens? This same mayor has done ZERO coffees, cracker barrels or listening and learning sessions with citizens in his first term. He also moved public input to the back of the council meetings. He may want to hear from the kids in town, but not the adults.


I Also heard today that more TIFs for Downtown developers is coming down the pike in the area around Cherapa Place and the Railroad Redevelopment area. Brace yourselves. I’m still baffled why we are giving out TIFs when this city has a 2% unemployment rate and an affordable housing crisis with building permits going thru the roof. Developer welfare in the shape of growth for growth sake.


Not sure how a city councilor can inject themselves on county initiatives or state initiatives, but Greg has;

Sioux Falls City Councilor Greg Neitzert has been researching licensing, locations, and even the number of dispensaries in the city.

“We need to do something in the interim, it wouldn’t be a moratorium, but something is so that we could wait until we have regulations because we don’t even know what the regulatory framework is going to be the counties have to wrestle with this as well are they going to allow people to grow marijuana in the county, that’s their decision, they’re gonna have to decide on that. But cities are also gonna have to make that same determination as well. So we both have our own jurisdictions and then we have our joint jurisdiction. So that’s where we need to work together,” said Neitzert.

Neitzert says he has briefed Mayor Ten Haken on his findings. Whether the city or the county will be ready for the legalization of Medical Marijuana, is yet to be seen.

State law dictates that city’s have to follow those laws. As Commissioner Barth points out;

Barth is frustrated in what he believes to be the stalling of working out the details.

“So, the powers that be, want Minnehaha County to put a moratorium on medical marijuana operations. Now they’ve had since last November, to try to get their ducks in order. They didn’t in fact they did everything they could to prevent it from moving forward. And now we’re getting to the tenth hour, and they’re asking us to take the hit because they have refused to do their job,” said Barth.

Of the fifteen years, he’s been a commissioner, this is the first time he’s seen a template to assist the county to write an ordinance.

“If it just goes into effect. Coming up on July 1 That’s the way it goes,” said Barth.

He is exactly correct, get your poop in a group and figure it out.


#1 Very Stable Genius on 05.04.21 at 12:29 am

I like the tie. He looks like a mayor. He sounds like a mayor, too. Now, if only he would act like a mayor and deal with crime, snow, streets, and wages instead of worrying about mentoring and running with fellow Republican leaders.

#2 Mike Lee Zitterich on 05.04.21 at 2:53 am

part of the problem with your so called “amendment a” is that it gives tons of power to the Cities and Counties (local govts) to kind of regulate it as they wish, the CITY can also ‘ban’ the drug if they wish to within the city limits. Part of the issue with Amendment A in the first place, it transfers power from one government entity to another, and there is your revision….the main reason I voted NO on the amendment, should have requested the Convention of the People.
– Mike Zitterich

#3 l3wis on 05.04.21 at 7:29 am

Mike, we are not talking about Amendment A, this is about IM 26

#4 Homer out of the park on 05.04.21 at 7:43 am

We are a Home Rule Charter community granted by South Dakota law to create law under certain circumstances the ability to establish law where there is none.

Sioux Falls can allow dispensary businesses because they are commercial enterprises that the newly passed law allows. The city and state actually has no interest in stopping after July 1st because their actions to this point have not blocked anything.

The Supreme Court’s decision will likely rule in favor of the voter’s decision to start the sales and the decision will likely cause the sales to start within 24 hours of the announcement. \

Noem, commissioners and Neitzert putting their heads in the toilet will do nothing but create more problems then washing their hair in shit.

#5 D@ily Spin on 05.04.21 at 11:20 am

Suddenly Neitzert wants exposure. It’s his last term. Maybe a run for mayor. I doubt he’d beat Tenor. There must be someone who could.