Recently Joe Kirby wrote a post about why another slaughterhouse is NOT a good idea for Sioux Falls;

Slaughterhouses are a horrible fit for our community. Affordable housing and workforce availability are already huge concerns. The idea of adding lots of difficult, low-paying, low-skill jobs, the type that have traditionally been a drag on our progress and success, makes no sense to me. And expanding the presence inside our city of an industry which has long caused pollution problems in our river and air makes no sense. I simply don’t understand why we would want more of this in Sioux Falls.

I agree, I don’t want another slaughterhouse built, but I would much more prefer there was an effort to not only STOP Wholestone but to close down Smithfields.

The issue with this entire fiasco has nothing to do with Wholestone vs. the Citizens vs. the City, it has to do with South Dakota voters, including right here in Sioux Falls who vote against their own interests. When the City Council passed Shape Places, several citizens said this was a bad thing and wanted to see some changes to the zoning ordinances, so they referred it to a vote. The development community along with some councilors said nothing to see here, move along, and the voters ultimately passed the original plan.

The argument then is still the argument today, Shape Places took power away from the council to make conditional use decisions, and when you take power from our citizen representatives, you take power from us.

I think if the council still had that power instead giving total control over to the developers Wholestone would have been denied by the Council or scaled way back and it has little to do with water quality or air quality, it has to do with water supply.

Where do you think WF will get their water? The reason WF is building within the city limits has nothing to do with the labor market, it has to do with using city resources, they will be using a lot.

Besides letting the developers take over almost all branches of city government we have also let them plan this city instead of the government and citizens;

Granted, the city does a lot of planning. It has a parks plan, a capital spending plan, a downtown plan and much more. But I am not aware of any sort of comprehensive plan for our city with direct participation of the mayor and council.  In support of that, some council members and candidates have told me they wished they could be involved in that sort of big-picture, strategic planning. If there was such a plan, I doubt it would have included the phrase, “add more slaughterhouses”.

This is something Janet Brekke stressed in her entire 4 years on the council. Her colleagues on the dais ignored her and did nothing. I think if she would have gotten re-elected and we would have changed a couple of other seats, Brekke would have been successful moving it forward.

Once again, in Sioux Falls and the rest of the state we continue to vote against our own best interests, and until that changes, you will see NO change in the status quo; DEVELOPERS RUN OUR CITY.

9 Thoughts on “The water problem with Wholestone’s packing plant

  1. if shape places was voted on, why can’t there be an effort to vote it out?

  2. Where is the crime hotspot for this city? 6th and Cleveland

    Where does Smithfield provide van service for employees to be picked up and dropped off? 6th and Cleveland

    Bacon so good its to die for.

    The inbred “republicans” (Knoem LOVERS) in this state are betting Wholestone will put Smithfields out of business. Smart money knows the Chinese will own them both.

  3. scott, the city council can amend it at any time to put back in those conditional uses. They amend the zoning ordinances all the time for updated building code and fees. They could easily fix this if they wanted to.

  4. D@ily Spin on September 12, 2022 at 11:33 am said:

    It’s a matter of what the population (hence voters) wants. There’s a big block of workers, retirees, and families who support meat packing operations. Likely, another plant will happen. Then, the focus becomes imposing restrictions, health, and aesthetics. There will be more low income blight, crime, and infrastructure impact. Get ready for more taxes.

  5. Very Stable Genius on September 12, 2022 at 3:02 pm said:

    “…. The idea of adding lots of difficult, low-paying, low-skill jobs, the type that have traditionally been a drag on our progress and success, makes no sense to me…”

    But hasn’t that been the case with almost all of our jobs?

    ( and Woodstock adds: “As the quarry fills, why can’t we just use that water and run an above ground pipeline down Madison and Burnside, then onto 6th, then north on Cliff, and then east on Russell to the new slaughterhouse?”… “Then also on hot days, they could open up some of the valves along the way to entertain and spray the poor kids of ‘The Jungle’-Land”… )

  6. The Guy From Guernsey on September 13, 2022 at 7:47 am said:

    Wasn’t one of the underpinnings of securing for the region federal funding for the Lewis & Clark water system, with priority plumbing to Sioux Falls! mostly about having adequate water supply to service the prospective needs of development in the industrial parcels identified (and zoned) in the city?

  7. The Guy From Guernsey on September 13, 2022 at 7:51 am said:

    Woodstock describes perfectly “The Aquaduct of Dreams”.

    Could this concept be made sexy enough such that the backslappers in the Society of Mutual Self Congratulations would get on board?

    Could the backslappers convince Dale Lamphere (the sculptor) to be the lead engineer for the project?

    A TIF for artistic engineering? Why not? But who gets it? And how much?

    Would the valves offer for the poor kids ‘Showers to Success’ or ‘Droplets of Dreams’?

    So many questions.

    I would be torn on the issue of providing along the route of The Aquaduct of Dreams clothes-washing stations for the proletariat, however.
    I much prefer the visage of the poors washing their clothes on the banks of the Big Sioux in the shadows of The Arch of Dreams.
    In addition to being a more artistic rendering of life in Boom Town, that is so much more … well, ‘aspirational’.

  8. "Woodstock" on September 13, 2022 at 1:33 pm said:

    “‘The Aquaduct of Dreams’?”… “What do you think this is, the Roman Empire?”… “Actually, it’s more like Taupeville (Nord Hari-Bourgeois) with Limitless Lululemon”… “Plus, wasn’t ‘The Aquaduct of Dreams’ an old movie starring Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire?”…. “I believe in that movie, some pipelines broke so people just started dancing in the rain on the streets”…. )

  9. "Woodstock" on September 13, 2022 at 1:44 pm said:

    “OH, this is a much better one of Dua”…. “Especially at 02:45″… (…”What was I thinking?”…) #Enjoy!

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