City of Sioux Falls files Water Reclamation Lawsuit, but who knew?

Last night the Argus Leader put up a story about the lawsuit and how the city is suing for ‘millions of dollars’ in damages and loses. Basically the city contracted with a company to install a system that would suck nasty gas particles from reclamation to power a generator to save electrical costs at the plant.

Sounds like a great idea. But it didn’t work.

Where the story gets bizarre is the timeline.

The whole process started in 2015 and was installed by 2017. The city realized right away that it wasn’t working and since the company has not resolved the issue, they are suing.

Makes sense.

But even if you give the company a year to resolve the problems (2018) why has it taken 4 years to decide to sue? (we still don’t know the outcome of the failed geo-thermal HVAC system at the administration building – probably safe to assume the taxpayers ate that $300K F’up)

I asked a city mole why we are hearing this from the Argus and not the city? Wouldn’t the city at least want to put a press release out about the pending litigation before a surprise story appears in the paper?

This person said they were unsure if many people in leadership even knew about it.


I’m still digging around on that statement because if it is true how does the city file a lawsuit seeking millions in damages without knowing they filed it? Did the mayor know? Did the lead city attorney know? Did the council know? Did the public works director know? Did the guy who cleans the mayor’s toilet know? Bueller? Bueller?

Maybe they did and just didn’t bother telling us. Maybe they wanted the Argus to crack this nut?

But this isn’t like Joe Sixpack getting sued over some bushes and piles of shingles in his backyard. This is a long strung out process with millions in taxpayer money wasted. Oh, that’s right, the city is good at those sort of things, at the end of the day we will probably end up paying them a settlement 🙂

But you have to wonder, did a subordinate file the suit (or hire outside counsel to do so) without anyone in leadership knowing? Well folks, that is how cruise control government works, let the minions worry about the lawsuits so it frees up more time to write children’s books.


#1 D@ily Spin on 04.26.22 at 7:26 pm

They didn’t start a lawsuit because they can’t win because of the wording of the judicial ordinance. What’s especially suspicious is how did this stay hidden so long and until soon after an election. The difference between the city and a crime cartel is there’s cartel performance and they have good lawyers.

#2 My Mistake Mike on 04.27.22 at 8:43 am

City Center = Huether’s Folly. The gift that will keep on giving.

Many cautioned about forcing geo-thermal into a project that sits on a bed of granite. The added expense of blasting and excavating would never be recovered. Now this, too?!?

#3 "Woodstock" on 04.28.22 at 11:18 am

“Just in case you missed the news”….. :

#4 Very Stable Genius on 04.28.22 at 4:23 pm

Street cleaners passed-by my house today – and in April, too – like the old days. So, I just want to say thank you to those city people who read this blog. Now, don’t forget, however, to come-by my house in July and November, too. Just like you used to before Huether. #TogetherWeCanReturnToPreHuetherStandards!

#5 Disinformation on 04.29.22 at 7:41 am

I’m worried the Chief Dementia Character in Charge is going to have his disinformation czar shut down this blog….oh well, it’s been fun

#6 "Woodstock" on 04.29.22 at 11:38 am

“‘Chief Dementia Character in Charge’?”….. “Boy, that’s some culture”….