Why it is important for City of Sioux Falls Employees to live in the city they work for

I have argued at the Charter Revision Commission that city employees (at least directors, managers and first responders like snowplow operators) should reside in our city because of emergency response. I also think you should pay taxes towards the city that pays your wages.

During the below press conference it was mentioned that snowplow drivers were put up in a downtown hotel to be ready for storm cleanup. We would not have had to do that if 1) they all resided in Sioux Falls and 2) used private contractors to assist.

I’ve been told that the city will pickup snowplow drivers in the city limits to assist, so I am assuming the peeps staying at the hotel were probably out-of-towners.

Once again the city argues my point without even realizing it.

It will also be interesting to see the labor costs the city has incurred paying out overtime instead of contracting with private companies (it has been said city operators have been working 12 hour/7 day shifts since the big storm.)


#1 D@ily Spin on 01.23.23 at 1:13 pm

Putting up snowplow drivers at a 4 star hotel, that’s a good one. Is there room service and laundry? Maybe hire someone to feed their pets and bring in their mail while they’re gone.

#2 What do you mean the Jets ain't in the Super Bowl? on 01.23.23 at 2:07 pm

Maybe the panhandlers would like to learn how to plow snow. Then we could get that Augie interfaith crowd to paint the plows…. Man, boy then we would be in real business! #WhatDoUMeanIDroveOverAFireHydrant?

#3 Gertrude on 01.24.23 at 12:23 pm

I’d like to know how many and how many rooms were booked and where and see the final receipts.

#4 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 01.25.23 at 1:57 pm

Say, are there any Irish Travelers available to help us plow the snow? They often have their own RVs…. (…. “And then after we plow it, we’ll black top it for you”….
🙂 )

#5 Gaye Wead on 01.25.23 at 2:10 pm

Why is it always a ‘Gertrude’ who asks questions like that?