Sioux Falls City Council still considers their ‘SPECIAL’ meeting on Jan 31 the 1st Regular meeting of February

As you can see below the city council only held two regular meetings in February and skipped the 3rd regular Tuesday meeting this month. They are only required to have one regular meeting a month so skipping the 3rd is not a big deal except for the fact they normally have three.

What does this say?

It says they still consider the special meeting on January 31, the 1st regular meeting of February.

You would think with all the issues they are having with employees . . . they would at least try to do something right, like designating meetings correctly. But not this bunch.

Cruise control government has just officially gone over the rumblestrips and straight for the ditch.


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 02.18.22 at 10:59 pm

The Chinese Communist Party controls Smithfield. The evening hours of January 31st are February 1st in China. So, just wear a tie and get with the program.

Also, February 1st became the Year of the Tiger (But not in Cincinnati). South China Tiger. Triumph Tiger. Tony the Tiger. Detroit Tigers. Huron Tigers. Tiger meat. Tiger blood. Tiger Woods. Tiger King. Tigger the Tiger. “Put a Tiger in Your Tank”. Tigris-Euphrates?…. I’m…. I’m not really sure where I’m going with this …. I’m tired of it, however, and maybe that’s the council’s problem too.

#2 "Woodstock" on 02.18.22 at 11:05 pm

“Ya, but Mao never wore a tie”…. “He always wore what we called in the West a Nehru shirt”…. “We couldn’t call it a Mao shirt back then, because that was before we allowed communist countries to buy businesses in capitalistic countries”… (“You would think a communist business would have a really strong union, wouldn’t you?”…. #WorkersUniteMyAss )

#3 D@ily Spin on 02.19.22 at 7:52 am

Indirectly comparing the city to China! Except for the prison camps, how about North Korea? Missing a council meeting is no big deal. They don’t represent citizens anyway. Supposedly the mayor decides everything. Realistically, it’s his sponsor. Council meetings are merely where councilor egos get displayed. The mayor would save a lot of utility cost at Carnegie without council meetings. More TIF’s for his buddies.

#4 D@ily Spin on 02.19.22 at 11:39 am

I’ve moved to Hartford. It’s like escaping North Korea. People are genuine. There’s no city oppression. It’s refreshing to enter city hall without a guard. Law enforcement is one county deputy. No deviant police or fire.

Once I’m settled I’ll be visiting surrounding cities giving public input regarding fascism and lack of due process inherent with Home Rule Charter. Now that I’m safe outside from city harassment, this is possible. The commentary and history should be useful for constitutional court cases. It’s important to me that Strong Arm Charter doesn’t infect the rest of the state. Sioux Falls has become politically corrupt with major public money scandal. It might be compared to inner city Chicago or Detroit. It’s to late for change. It’s important to preserve and protect bedroom communities.

Hartford will have the first Pot store. There should be major sales tax revenue. Infrastructure is already excellent but there should be more growth and commerce. Sioux Falls ran out of land for inferior construction. With better ordinances and zoning, nearby cities can now grow for the population and not for organized criminal developers.

#5 Further Fear & Loathing on 02.19.22 at 12:12 pm

Say, what has any one heard? Will it be a good banana crop this year? What about our drought?

#6 Mike Lee Zitterich on 02.19.22 at 4:39 pm

I do not think they refer to January 31st Meeting as the ‘regular meeting” or first meeting of February. As the resolution says dated November 16, 2021:

FEBRUARY 1, 2022, TO MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2022.”


That the business to be conducted at the City Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, will be rescheduled to 6 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022.

This resolution is necessary as February 1, 2022, is the date of travel for City Council members and the start of events for the 2022 Municipal Government Day at the State Legislature in Pierre, SD.

The corresponding Informational Meeting will be rescheduled as noted above.

City Charter states all they are required of is to host 1 Regular Meeting Per Month to conduct official business of the city; City Ordinance adopted a plan to host 3 City Meetings Per Month to conduct city business, with the first meeting of each month to be “regular” in nature.

The Resolution changed the ‘schedule of meetings’ as such, it transferred 1 City Meeting to the last week of January, which happened to be the same week, but one day sooner, we have done so many times.

It does not change the fact that the “first meeting of each month” is not to be the regular meeting, however the chance in schedule simply made February 8th the “Regular Meeting” of the Month of February.

Both City Charter as well as City Ordinance define a “Special Meeting” as a meeting called no less than 24 hours in advance, to discuss a ‘specific matter’ that is to be urgent to the city – examples are the Water-Sewer Leakage in 2010; the COVID Special Meetings of 2020; and I believe a few Zoning issues that sprung up a few times a year.

To be classified a “Special Meeting” – the Mayor or Council or both must present evidence, facts, and reason for such meeting to be called outside the norm of “regular city council meetings”.

Council Meetings where the either Minnehaha or Lincoln Counties are to be done jointly, are simple JOINT MEETINGS between two governing bodies. Special yes, but defined as “Joint Meetings”

Informational Meetings are defined as “INFO” or working sessions by the Council which has the right to hold public meetings outside of regular meetings.

Still do not believe they did anything wrong legally, by swapping a City Meeting from Feburary to January, and because it was planned 2 months ahead, in order to avoid a conflicted date with the Legislature, all they needed was to cite LEGAL reasons as the law allowed.

Just My Opinion.

#7 Very Stable Genius on 02.19.22 at 7:01 pm

Hartford is my family homeland. It’s where my people are from. I still have relatives there. I have fond memories too of visiting my Grandmother there on Mundt St. I especially remember her Kool-Aid made with local tap water. This was about the same time the Mountain Dew cartoon commercial came on the air as well, but nothing could surpass Hartford Kool-Aid with its sulfur smell and taste. #Yum! #HawHoo!!!

( and Woodstock adds: “Well, that particular Kool-Aid probably explains a lot of things around here”…. )

#8 l3wis on 02.20.22 at 3:04 am

Mike, I think your multitude of man splaining proves if you have to write a novel to defend what they did, they probably f’d up.

#9 Very Stable Genius on 02.20.22 at 9:37 am

Special meeting, council meeting, informational meeting, and city meeting. There are so many different meetings. But what will they call the meetings at the new ZEAL place?

( and Woodstock adds: “Probably the REAL Meetings”….)

#10 The Guy From Guernsey on 02.20.22 at 11:21 am

“Well, that particular Kool-Aid probably explains a lot of things around here”…. )
Woodstock is definitely on to something.
The Hartford Kool-aid, perhaps any Kool-aid made from water in the outer regions of Minnehaha County, causes those who consume it to tilt Blue relative to political ideology.
Those like VSG embrace the Blue; carry it forward as their mantle.
Many however, masquerade as ‘republican’ in order that they can hoodwink the voters and get elected to office. But they always come back to their true color – Blue.
Let’s review the examples –
Tim Rave, now stumping for the Blue politics of one of the state’s largest health systems through the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations;
Deb Peters. You know, that lady who bragged about a yellow wristwatch and overturning an anti-corruption IM adopted by voters. First post-legislative gig was with South Dakota Association of Healthcare Associations. And she runs that heat pac’n PAC which takes out Republican hopefuls who don’t toe the line for the chamber of commerce cronyism-brand of South Dakota politics.
In likely his final legislative hoo-rah, Wayne Steinauer stages a “coming out to my true Blue color” party and carries the water for the big government healthcare policy of South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization Providers (and Tim Rave).
Say, did Denny Daugaard drink that Kool-aid, too? Being “cheap” doesn’t make you a Republican.

#11 Mike Lee Zitterich on 02.20.22 at 1:44 pm

Scott, to my defense, I simply copied the text from the resolution primarily. The resolution describes what they did. I still wrap my head around the fact, they did not do anything wrong here but move a meeting around. Just one of those issues you and I disagree on, and we both know we have common agreements on other issues. With all due respect of course. – Mike Z.

#12 Very Stable Genius on 02.20.22 at 1:56 pm


You also may be on to something. Maybe. Because my Grandmother was a big Democrat. I found a ’32 FDR button in her dresser draw after she passed in 1970 (No Pat Powers, you can’t buy it!). But one of her grandchildren went on to be a big Republican, so I guess he never drank the Kool-Aid, huh, or was he a “masquerader”, too?

#13 Isn't that special on 02.20.22 at 3:21 pm

Aren’t all regular city council meetings special?

#14 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 02.20.22 at 5:58 pm

I know their mommies tell them they are “special”.