Mayor TenHaken’s Budget Address

During his address today there were a couple of interesting tidbits;

• He is proposing hiring an Art Specialist. He didn’t give many details but it sounded like a full time position. While I am somewhat supportive, (I think this idea has been floated by Mayor Huether and maybe even Mayor Munson) as someone said to me tonight, it seems like more of an authoritarian move to control the arts advancement in Sioux Falls (tourism). Not sure if I see that, so I will keep an open mind about the job duties. I think this will be a controversial addition and there may be dissenters on the council. I remember when TenHaken asked for a cultural officer and she quit. He may have a fight on his hands.

• Paul said there will be an announcement soon about a TIF being granted for an affordable housing project. Like the Art Specialist there were few details. I have felt that TIFs for affordable housing is a reasonable use of them, but I want to see if the TIF will benefit the dwellers or the developers.

While the meeting WAS posted in advanced on the city website, the PPT was not included. When the meeting started there was NO link to the live feed on the city website for at least 10 minutes at the beginning. Fortunately, Dakotanews was streaming the meeting on FB with their own cameras. I just find it ironic that Mr. TechNology was so concerned about his PPT being posted in advance they had to delay the live feed so it would NOT appear until after the meeting started.


#1 "Mon nom est 'Woodstock'"... on 07.22.22 at 3:00 am

“First a cultural officer and now an Art Specialist, when did we become so French?”…. #FreedomFries #TheFrenchConnection #FrenchMafia #FrenchToast

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 07.22.22 at 3:25 am

I think it would be funny if the Specialist’s first name was Art. #WardenGordonBorden #TheBobNewhartShow

#3 Genius Stable Very on 07.22.22 at 3:48 am

If we had a true Chief Cultural Officer, then we would not need an Art Specialist. AND, they should bring back the 3rd floor cafeteria at City Hall, but with a maitre d’. Also, restore Seney Island and call it: Seine Island. French fur traders created the name “Sioux” from the Ojibwe’s nickname for the Sioux, which was Nadowessioux. So, there you go. #CafeteriaIsFrench #ChiliSpecialEveryWednesdayNoon #SiouxFrench

#4 Further Fear & Loathing on 07.22.22 at 11:13 am

What about a Chick-fil-A franchise? But still no Cordon Bleu. Maybe Warden Gordon Borden could help.

#5 scott on 07.22.22 at 12:00 pm

you can’t go wrong when the government determines what is art. or can you? what sayeth mike z?

#6 Mike Lee Zitterich on 07.22.22 at 12:16 pm

The Mayor can create or establish any OFFICE he so desires. I think the goal here is to appoint or hire a “ART SPECIALIST” as a position to regulate, manage, and work with the Art Community in beautifying community public things, buildings, objects, etc. I see nothing wrong with this, and as a FREE PEOPLE we have the right to self govern, manage ourselves, to do things in OUR IMAGE. GOD created us in his image, an GOD gave us the ability to mould ourselves in the image we wish to become. “WE” elected a Mayor who wishes to beautify the City in his image, of which “WE” consented to as we voted for and chose him to be our mayor. 70% of the residents support his decisions.

#7 D@ily Spin on 07.22.22 at 2:15 pm

Art director sounds like another temporary thing like so many recent other appointments. Sounds like a way to give a lazy relative a job then 6 months severance pay. There are advertising firms that could handle this with short term contracts.

#8 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 07.22.22 at 3:10 pm

Art and government? Do you mean like Jesse Helms and Mapplethorpe?

#9 anominous on 07.23.22 at 12:55 pm

I am sure he will hire the prettiest candidate for this one. She will be beautiful.

#10 Doja Dogg on 07.23.22 at 5:08 pm

She’ll probably be a Chippendaleville admirer, if you know what I mean. And, if you cannot find her in her late model black SUV, then maybe you’ll find her running on the bike trail in her Lululemon yoga wear, who then briefly stops to like the Mayor’s most recent post. #NowThatsArt #ArtsyFartsy #KardashianKrazy #RangeRover! #G-Unit! #Limitl……

#11 VSG on 07.23.22 at 5:17 pm

70%? It was actually 73 percent! Don’t you remember? 😉


#12 D@ily Spin on 07.23.22 at 5:55 pm

Sounds like a Trump FAB (find a blonde). Trump is like a Cicada. A worm that comes out of the ground every 4 years to become an insect that makes a lot of noise.

#13 scott on 07.24.22 at 11:50 am

70% of the “people” agree with pth’s decisions 100% of the time.

#14 VSG on 07.24.22 at 1:12 pm

Now, these “people” are an interesting coalition of the failed who try to identify with success thinking it makes them successful, and successful people who have no time for the failed. #TagAlongs #BeingUsed

#15 scott on 07.24.22 at 1:47 pm

“WE” elected a Mayor who wishes to beautify the City in his image”. just what we need, paintings and statues of pth.

#16 math is hard on 07.25.22 at 12:36 pm

prove to me that 70% of the people approve of his decisions. more accurate wording is 70% of the people who voted approve of his decisions. i see a lot wrong with paying an “art specialist” a 6 figure salary, when our streets are shit and prices on everything are skyrocketing. couple that with the fact pritchett is already setting us up for yet another tax increase with his talk of declining revenues due to reduced spending due to inflation.

#17 l3wis on 07.25.22 at 1:00 pm

You bring up a great point. In this last election PTH managed to get his supporters out to vote, SESF (North Harrisburg) while the rest of the city hardly bothered. It was thru and very well managed web/FB advertising strategy.