City of Sioux Falls Thursday’s Tidbits

Sioux Falls Ethics Commission met today, but we don’t know why

It says in the agenda;

CONFIDENTIAL REQUEST FOR ADVISORY OPINION 21-1 RECEIVED 10-14-2021 (EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS PURSUANT TO SDCL 1-25-2(1) AND CONSULTING WITH LEGAL COUNSEL PURSUANT TO SDCL 1-25-2(3))

This could be anyone with the city, employee or elected official. Since it is confidential we will never know. I think even if these meetings are in private, they should at least release the question and the decision without exposing who is asking. How do we know if the Ethics Commission made the right decision if we cannot watch the proceedings?

Will the Washington Pavilion be hired to run the Ice Ribbon?

With the new ice ribbon set to be built soon down by Falls Park, some are wondering if the Parks Department has what it takes to run the paid admission facility. Since they will have to have a ticketing booth and some kind of staff to assist people, they will likely have to hire a contractor to do it. While I am sure the Pavilion could handle it, what I don’t understand is why can’t the Parks Department? Oh that’s right, besides the department being ran by a two-faced liar, they can’t even hire part-time lifeguards, now try to find part-time ice guards. Maybe we should just let the Pavilion run our entire parks department, they are already draining our entertainment tax fund every year, might as well put them to work.

Available Liquor Licenses in Sioux Falls

After the 2020 Census, Sioux Falls has become eligible for more ON and OFF-SALE liquor licenses, I am awaiting the official numbers from the city but what I have heard unofficially is there is 27 additional Package (off-sale) licenses and 19 Retail (on-sale) licenses available. Not sure how many are already spoken for. Once I get more information I will let you know.

The Curbside Garbage ordinance is already on next week’s docket

I can almost guarantee the Rubberstamp Council will pass the curbside garbage ordinance and allow haulers to charge extra for valet service:

The Sioux Falls City Council will likely consider an amendment to the city’s garbage ordinances that could allow garbage haulers to require curbside placement of garbage cans for pickup or charge extra to continue valet service.

It should be up to the consumer if they want to do it and there should be NO extra charge for the service. But it sounds like the hauler wants the city to force the consumer to do it, and if they don’t want to, they will be charged extra.

Whether the city council will support the move is another issue. In his Facebook post, Neitzert said he was “torn on this issue,” and asked for feedback from residents, and Councilor Rick Kiley said earlier this year he’d be against any such change if haulers weren’t planning on lowering rates for reduced service.


Councilor Janet Brekke has also regularly expressed her support for the current ordinance and how it keeps trash cans away from the street, improving the city’s aesthetics.

You never know, it might come to a tie vote with Poops siding with the haulers, we will see. You know my feelings on it, I think the city should contract with 4 major PRIVATE haulers and divide the city into 4 sections and pay our garbage bill with our water and sewer. We already own the landfill, why would we charge tipping fees? Yesterday while driving to work thru Cathedral neighborhood I saw two trucks parked next to each other from different haulers collecting cans at the same time on the same street. Dumb.

Oh, and let’s hear about 3 city councilors who profess about apartment dwellers being great for a neighborhood, but don’t live next to them. I do, and I love apartments, but I love my house more.



10 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 11.05.21 at 10:13 am

The interview with 3 councilors impressed me. They’re aware of jobs and housing circumstances. Much of this must happen by itself but they assist here and there for roadblocks. I believe there’s to much focus on the core but that’s just me. There’s no land inside city limits. I’d like to see more housing development in surrounding cities.

#2 D@ily Spin on 11.05.21 at 10:32 am

Thanks L3wis for local news and comment. Take a bow. The networks are weather and sports without in depth reporting. It seems good blogs can readily replace networks and the newspaper. I don’t mind the pop ups and margin ads. It’s how I found a good dating app where I could meet my next ex wife.

#3 Mike Lee Zitterich on 11.05.21 at 2:33 pm

I dont understand why so many feel we are in a housing shortage, there are new houses being built everyday, new apartments being built all over the city. Yes, the city is growing fast, which is good, we cant keep up with demand, which is also a great thing when supply cant keep up with demand, that keeps costs higher, but it also ensures ‘we’ got JOBS.

They CITY cannot just go out and buy LAND, nor develop the land outside the city limits, it DOES NOT own the land, and there has to be a willing seller, and if those outside city limits wish to NOT be annexed into the city limits, nor sell their land, there is nothing the city can do.

The only place they can invest tax dollars is within the CORE, and many people, such as myself, want more investment in our core. I love the new coffee shop idea on 9th/Grange, and I want more investment in the old West Sioux Area, such as revitalizing the Arena, the old Airforce Base/Industrial Park Area, and Covell Lake Area.

You got to maintain the inner core first, before you expand outwards along the edges of city limits. The CORE is where you collect the majority of your tax dollars.

Currently, the (Central) part of town is outvoted on the City Council by a score of 4-1 plus the 3 At Large Chairs tend to vote more in line with the wealthy Developers in those 4 outside districts. This is one of the reasons why I want to reorganize the City in 7 or 9 Districts, under my 7 District Map – the inner Core would have 3 votes on the Council, while you still got the 4 outside districts, so under my proposal, you have a 4 to 3 vote with the 3 votes being the 3 centralized districts. That would be enough to hault many city agenda/projects on the edges, thus placing giving more voting power to those in the core. That and I propose getting rid of 1 At Large Chair for a 9 Member Council.

We got to work on makign sure the residents of this city are well represented on that council first and foremost, before we can move this city forward.

#4 Kiley the dumb a** on 11.06.21 at 9:21 am

It shows how Kiley really doesn’t pay attention to the news, the state is not paying anyone $1,000 to come to South Dakota.

#5 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 11.06.21 at 11:04 am

When you die, you discover that life was nothing but a movie trailer….. I just thought I would add this to the current discussion.

#6 Further Fear & Loathing on 11.06.21 at 11:10 am

I had a nightmare last night. I dreamt that Billie Eilish was getting into rap. No connectivity and way too drawn out.

#7 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 11.06.21 at 12:17 pm

What? Noem is paying everyone a $1000 to come to South Dakota? Really? But won’t that entice illegals to come here, too ? AND, then, will there be enough room for everyone at the eventual fireworks show? But is a $1000 enough to make people want to move to a maskless, drought stricken land, where people are free as long as they don’t want to smoke weed or be able to taste, or smell again?

#8 "Woodstock" on 11.06.21 at 12:18 pm

“The genius is that if you can’t smell, then you can’t turn in your neighbor”….

#9 Sick of Fearing on 11.06.21 at 4:06 pm

A mountain lion was spotted near Aberdeen and a moose was loose on the SDSU gridiron. These are all omens. Else, people in the Hub City finally have something to do and people from State finally have to deal with some crap that doesn’t come from First Premier.

#10 "Woodstock" on 11.06.21 at 4:08 pm

“That moose probably learned that State accepts a lower ACT score than the U.”….