When was Mayor TenHaken going to tell the council and public about this?

So I have been getting several calls today about what Poops said about the Wastewater Treatment Plant in this interview yesterday;

TenHaken says city is trying to remain cognizant of rising inflation

But as he looked toward the next year, he said the city is also trying to remain cognizant of rising inflation and that many people are dealing with “incredible monetary tension” at the moment as they consider any sort of city fees or rate increases.

It’s hitting the city, too. TenHaken said groundbreaking on the 
expansion of the city’s wastewater plant has been postponed as “historic price escalations” began piling up.
“We’re not ready to break ground yet,” TenHaken said, “because we still got a lot of pencil sharpening to do now based on the price escalation we’re seeing.”

To be honest with you, it surprised me also. The city has bonded $260 Million dollars for the plant, and has been working on it (not sure what the groundbreaking is about). The city has been spending the money and construction has begun. I look at this project as essential for growth, and it should have been started 10 years ago. Why didn’t that happen? Well because Huether put it off so he could bond for the Midco, City Admin, Bunker Ramp and Events Center. Ten Haken continued with the Bunker Ramp and has been handing out TIFs and other Booty Prizes like a drunken pirate, including $10 million last night to DSU.

There is absolutely no reason this project should be stalled and the contractors need to be held to their bid obligations. You also have to take into account that this department in the city is funded mostly by FEES and not taxes because it is an enterprise fund, and our fees have been drastically raised to help pay the bonds on this. If we need to take money from the 2nd penny to finish it, we have to do it, plain and simple.

Still curious why the public and council have not been alerted about a pause on a $260 million dollar essential infrastructure project? Oh, I forgot, it’s that transparency thing the administration hates so much.


#1 Mike Lee Zitterich on 03.16.22 at 7:29 pm

Now…is this not what the “RESERVES” are for?

Could we simply take money from the reserves, then pay it back to the Treasury @ 1.00% Interest. Meaning, pay it back in full, plus allocate an additional 1% on top of the payment basically paying interest back to yourself…

#2 Very Stable Genius on 03.16.22 at 7:45 pm

Just another example of how local government is not for the people anymore, rather its for the developers. Whether it be the ignoring of street cleaning, sanding, plowing, or this, our local city government has been hijacked for the interests of the few and not the many.

Like a poor country or a communist country, they will make the capital city gleam, or in this class the downtown area of our fine city, while the people or peasants will suffer and or be ignored.

#3 Steve on 03.16.22 at 8:25 pm

PTH has never believed that transparency is needed. He just wants to continue trying to be a one man show to help out his deep pocket developer groupies. I am curious how much his campaign raised on Wednesday.

#4 it's coming on 03.16.22 at 9:35 pm

get ready. look for tif loving sioux steel developer to start planting seeds of needing more from the city due to cost increases…or should i say profit decreases for him.
but hey, let’s give some more tax payer money away.

#5 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.16.22 at 9:48 pm

Will we need to move to a systrm of alternate flushing days [i.e. odd house numbers flush on odd numbered calendar dates] in order to accommodate the inability of the City to provide one of the basic functions of a municipal government?

And will portable toilets be a standard fixture at Foundation Park?
Maybe the supervisors at the Amazon Distribution Center will be able to restrict Employee bathroom breaks such to fit within current wastewater treatment capacity?

Boom Town (!!!!)

#6 More water on 03.17.22 at 7:29 am

Hopefully we add more water to our system to support the much needed car washes as the population explodes because of the leadership of Gov Noem and the mayor. God Bless South Dakota!!!

#7 D@ily Spin on 03.17.22 at 8:05 am

I’ve moved. Seems like just in time. I encourage others to do so. Growth in Sioux Falls must slow. Water is better in other parts of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. It’s evident developer oligarchs are not city planners. Strong Mayor has succumbed to them.

#8 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.17.22 at 9:23 am

“Alternate flushing days”, didn’t we have to do that during the Carter presidency? Oh no, that was gas, which comes first.

#9 anominous on 03.17.22 at 10:00 am

dont the mayor know a little dirty waters not gonna hurt you, i mean, kristi wouldnt be all bellyachein’ about it

#10 Further Fear & Loathing on 03.17.22 at 3:21 pm

No money for the toilets, while they flush cash down the drain for things like a Bunker Ramp. Sioux Falls has become a kleptocracy and the developers are the oligarchs. Or, is it merely Ceausescu politics at its finest. Nothing better for Sioux Falls. Oh, and with Andy’s gone, we now are in need of two new “boutique grocers” in town, or should I just add these wishes to my list, which includes a 19 story skyscraper, a Trader Joe’s, and a new facade for Wells Fargo?

#11 NTNLIQ on 03.17.22 at 4:52 pm

Hey d@aily, have you moved? It’s hard to tell when you’ve only announced it 15 times.

#12 "Woodstock" on 03.17.22 at 6:29 pm

(“I wonder if ‘NTNLIQ’ will ever move?”)….

#13 l3wis on 03.17.22 at 7:02 pm

Funny, he actually lives in Nutzert’s district, Northwest, but maybe he desires to move to Taupeville someday. I call the NW district the CC of SF and the SE District the MCC of SF.

#14 "Woodstock" on 03.17.22 at 7:14 pm

“Which has more Silverstars, the CC or MCC one?”… “I am just asking for a friend”… “Ya, that’s it”…. “But what I really like about the CC one is that you can buy a $750,000 home there, with a private lake, and then stare off at the big white Ellis elevator in the near distance”…. #ExecutiveLiving #BOOM! #RIPZipFeeds

#15 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 03.17.22 at 7:21 pm

Thanks to recent new tax assessments, that $750,000 is now $900,000. Silverstar or not.

#16 anominous on 03.18.22 at 12:31 pm

chuds out house shopping are buying any shack with all black trim, the new sf real estate quick-sell gimmick. make it match ur truck, ur gun, & ur steak. sold.

#17 NTNLIQ on 03.18.22 at 2:33 pm

Pretty sure d@ily has told us at least 5 times that he moved to Hartford. ??

#18 Sick of Fearing on 03.18.22 at 3:16 pm

“‘5 times?'” …. And you have dossiers on how many people?…. But can you fit them all into one toolbox?

#19 Fear Not! on 03.18.22 at 3:21 pm

So, we have water issues while our number one economic plan recently has been to have multiple new car wash places built here in our fine town, is that right?…. So, then, I am just standing here taking this all in and chewing on the newest local chicken sandwich, and wondering…. WTF? #DoTheyRecycle?