Sioux Falls City Council Agenda, June 8, 2021

Ethics Commission Meeting • 1:30 PM • Commission Chambers at City Hall

David Zokaites is asking for an investigation into widespread bribes and Councilor Janet Brekke is looking to start ethics training for elected officials.

Informational • 4 PM

• Southeast Technical College General Updates by Bob Griggs, President, Southeast Technical College (I think this is a yearly update because I think the city does give funding to the school)

• YMCA Downtown Community Youth Center and Call to Freedom – Marissa’s Housing Project by Mike Murphy, YMCA Interim President and CEO; and Becky Rasmussen, Call to Freedom Executive Director (I’m not sure what this is about, but they may be getting affordable housing funding from the city, but I have no idea).

Regular Meeting • 6 PM

Item #14, 2nd Reading, Motorized Foot Scooters (This item is being withdrawn. I wonder if they will re-visit it after fixing it and meeting with the public, which they should have done to begin with).

Item #15, 1st Reading, An ordinance sponsored by the Mayor to ‘stall’ Med Mary in Sioux Falls until the state comes up with regulation. So the mayor and council have decided to do nothing until October. Cruise control government at its finest;

WHEREAS, medical cannabis state laws under SDCL 34-20G are effective July 1, 2021. The
South Dakota Department of Health shall promulgate rules pursuant to Chapter 1-26 not later
than October 29, 2021, as defined by SDCL 34-20G-72. During the time between July 1, 2021,
and potentially as late as October 29, 2021, local units of government will not yet know
standards for medical cannabis and will not be able to adequately assess the local zoning and
licensing requirements necessary to approve local permits and to better ensure applicants have a
more predictable permitting process and avoid stranded investments;

Item #16, 1st Reading, the council is reorganizing the committee structure and creating a regulatory committee, which is ironic, because this is already their duty according to the charter.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 06.06.21 at 8:45 pm

Cruise control requires a governor, but since we have no real governor, then how can we successfully cruise with any since of control and/or knowledge of where we are going?

#2 D@ily Spin on 06.07.21 at 10:52 am

#16 Committee to Regulatory committee? Sounds like double talk or it wasn’t me denial.

#3 Mike Lee Zitterich on 06.07.21 at 11:24 am

Oh I don’t understand why you want this “fast paced government” in our lives, when I hear people say government on cruise control, I tend to hold my breath. I enjoy a “Slow moving, Limited Government in our Lives” I do not like when government fast tracks legislation down our throats, let alone, moves so fast, it takes out the most important aspect – PUBLIC INPUT and DEBATE.

Now Scott – I have remained respectful, and I have heard you say countless times you want more Public Input, a more Transparent Government, and one were Due Process is enforced…Then I am dumbfounded when I then hear from you, that you want to fast track this legislation on to the people of Sioux Falls regardless – it seems in this exact situation, you are taking out the public input, the due process, the transparent debate that we should have as ‘we’ draft, write a city ordinance. I am confused here….

What is so wrong with slowing down, putting a pause on, as to wait for the Legislature place in the law those regulations. What is the rush?

It is NOT like you are going to be able to purchase Medical Marijuna today, since no Business can obtain a LICENSE from the State…the city is going to hand out all these permits while you will have to wait until November to go into business…

Scott, I sell used cars, IF I conduct that activity without a LICENSE, I get fined, penalized, told to cease and desist.

Please explain your thoughts on your thinking behind “Cruise Control Govt” then compare that to your earlier comments on how that same govt supposedy wants to limit public input, discussion, be non-transparent.

– Mike Zitterich