In April I told you about all the people leaving the administration over the past year. Well this shoe dropped today;

Dr. Charles Chima is out as Mayor Paul TenHaken’s top official in the Sioux Falls Public Health Department — two days shy of his second anniversary in the post, The Dakota Scout has confirmed.

While no reason yet has been given for his departure there have been rumors about the doctor and the mayor not seeing eye to eye on things.

Hopefully, for once, we will get his version of the departure. But like most directors that come from out-of-state he probably just left quietly in the night and never looked back.

A bit of a rant here; A city employee, any city employee, especially a director, has the obligation to be honest with the public. And if the administration or council is doing something they know is wrong or mis-guided, they have an obligation to tell the public.

I’m not holding my breath.


Ironically, it has taken a guy 10 years to build a house that is still not finished! Curt is proposing we stick it to vacant property owners IMMEDIATELY (Item #17)!

(a) The owner of a vacant building shall pay an annual fee of $1,000 for the first year period
the building remains becomes a vacant building. If the property is located in a historic district
identified by the city of Sioux Falls, the owner shall pay an annual fee of $2,000 for the first year
period the building remains becomes a vacant building. Thereafter, if any property remains
vacant unoccupied, the subsequent annual fee shall increase by $1,000 increments each year.
(b) The first annual fee shall be paid not later than 30 days after the building becomes a
vacant building. Any subsequent annual fee shall be due upon renewal of the vacant building
registration. If the fee is not paid within 30 days of being due, the owner shall be in violation of
this subchapter.
(c) The fee shall be paid in full prior to the issuance of any building permits, with the
exception of a demolition permit.

While I support the vacant housing fees, especially for vacant properties that are not being refurbished, I’m not sure 30 days is enough time for a remodel job. In other words if you are renting a property and the tenants move out and you want to do some work to the place before re-renting it, you only have 30 days to get the permits and knock it out. I would suggest an amendment that clarifies if the house has permits pulled for a remodel they should have 6 months before registering the property. If a property owner is actively trying to keep up with maintenance on their homes by remodeling between renters, we should encourage it, not punish them.

Once again the council and administration are pulling rules from their butts without reason or explanation.

7 Thoughts on “Another Domino falls at Sioux Falls City Hall

  1. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on June 13, 2023 at 3:53 am said:

    But a complete house can be built in 30 days and with a taupe-ish quality to it…. 😉 ……..:

    Oh, and what about an events center with bad siding, is that an unfinished remodeling project? How many years has it been?

  2. Further Fear & Loathing on June 13, 2023 at 5:34 pm said:

    Perhaps, the Mayor and the Governor could start a reciprocity program, where former city directors then go work for the Governor, while former Chiefs of Staff for the Governor (I see another one has resigned.) could then go to work for the Mayor. Plus, they could share secrets useful for the 2026 melt down, which is inevitable for the SD GOP that year.

  3. D@ily Spin on June 13, 2023 at 7:55 pm said:

    Hear Ye. Hear Ye.

    If you hold a responsible position at city hall you must accept what the dishonest mayor blames you for. You must leave soon after you arrive so there’s no evidence of mayor mistakes and/or corruption.

    Build it then force the city to accept it. The applications process cannot be conformed to. Even with phased inspections, there is never final acceptance. City ordinances state something overruled with another ordinance. There’s no due process. The city charter is unconstitutional. Courts dismiss city lawsuits. Build it and sit on it. They will cite you repeatedly (double jeopardy) without the ability to collect fines or force action. It’s a little dog that’s always barking worthy of a swift kick between goal posts.

  4. The Guy From Guernsey on June 14, 2023 at 7:47 am said:

    Dr. Chima seemed like an awkward fit with this administration from the jump.

  5. For sale to bidders on June 14, 2023 at 11:05 am said:

    The liquor license actually is in line with the vacant building ordinance changes are similar. Both show how greed of City employees and out of state forces are teaming up to steal property from us. If they can’t steal they are selling us out to the highest bidders.

  6. Very Stable Genius on June 14, 2023 at 2:49 pm said:

    “awkward fit”, indeed.

    But then again, the Mayor always seems to try to overcompensate with the black community to make up for his LGBTQIA+ deficit.

  7. No need to replace. A city this size with 4 hospitals doesn’t need a health director.

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