UPDATE IV: So I asked Councilor Starr who attended the meeting. He told me it was him, Barranco and Soehl. He also said Selberg had to leave because of it as the city attorney was monitoring the attendance of the councilors at the front door (oh, they know they f’d up royally on this one.)

So the illegally serving councilor Selberg had to leave the illegally posted meeting. Oh the irony. Selberg is not out of the woods yet. If he had one ounce of sense left he would have resigned already and fessed up and taken his punishment.

UPDATE III: I find it funny the mayor livestreamed this on Facebook, but not on YouTube (posted later) or on the City’s Platform. Even the grainy YT video makes you wonder if Poops had some friend film it on a Handycam? I think they know this was a big bad NO, NO.

UPDATE II: The mayor is blaming a ‘clerical error’. Uh, WTF?!

According to multiple city councilors who spoke with The Dakota Scout Thursday evening, the Sioux Falls City Clerk’s Office met the statutorily required 24-hour notice for what was considered a public meeting of the City Council — officially publishing the meeting in the municipal calendar and posting it on the doors of Carnegie Town Hall. 

TenHaken’s sixth State of the City, however, isn’t being held there, and instead, for the second consecutive year, will take place at the Sioux Falls Convention Center, a location that was not listed on the meeting’s agenda. 

As a result, the State of the City won’t be an official public meeting, a technical detail that means a majority of the City Council cannot legally attend.

It may be a ‘clerical error’ but since this is a public policy meeting required by charter to be presented to council each year, that makes it an official meeting, and whether that meeting is on the Moon and NO councilors attend, it is still a public meeting that must be noticed properly. This isn’t about the council’s availability it is about the public’s and the public was misled, this is another reason it is an open meetings violation.

The Charter Lays it out quite plainly;

Section 3.03 Mayor’s duties and responsibility.

The mayor shall, at the beginning of each calendar year, and may at other times give the council information as to the affairs of the city and recommend measures considered necessary and desirable. The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, represent the city in intergovernmental relationships, appoint with the advice and consent of the council the members of the citizen advisory boards and commissions, present an annual state of the city message, and perform other duties specified by the council and by article III. The mayor shall be recognized as head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law.

So who wants to join me in running the gauntlet of where we file a complaint. State’s Attorney? He runs away. AG Jackboots? He’ll tell you to talk to the state auditor who will ultimately send you back to the State’s Attorney who will put you in the circle of BS once again.

I have maintained for a long time the city needs a public information officer (the SFPD have one, but he doesn’t say much) who handles this stuff, and I would put them under the direct management of the city council. This is becoming ridiculous. It really comes down to an elected official who snubs his nose at frivolous rules and all his buddies in county and state government gladly oblige. South Dakota is slowly becoming a criminal enterprise, ironically called the Dutch Mafia.


UPDATE: I guess only 3 councilors will be attending the event tomorrow because they didn’t want quorum with a possible open meetings violation.

WHY CAN’T THE CITY FIGURE OUT HOW TO PROPERLY POST A MEETING? Maybe they will have a group meeting to discuss it, but will probably post the meeting wrong also. Like I said below, I don’t believe this was done intentionally by our City Clerk, but there is certainly a communication issue.

I have been working on some stuff with the City Clerk that I hope to tell you about in May, but during that process the City Clerk was able to get some stuff back under his control after I informed him it was his DUTY to keep these records. I think he is doing a good job, and it is unfortunate that they seem to be pressing forward with an illegal meeting.

Looks like the state of the city may be off right after the mayor announces that we’re buying a $9 million dollar fitness center (more to come later on that). He fails to understand that they did not properly notice the meeting for tomorrow’s state of the city as you can see on the main site they did say it’s at the convention center but if you look at the agenda it has been corrected to say CC, but that was changed sometime between now and 11:42.

I took this screenshot, as you can see it still said Carnegie. They have since changed it, but it was not properly noticed, and not amended or revised;

The official agenda page is what counts and since it wasn’t 24 hours properly noticed the state of the city cannot legally go forward tomorrow and on top of it, it looks like they tried to fix it on the fly. Not good.

I don’t think this was intentional, but it is still illegal. I blame the communication between the clerks office, the council and the administration. They aren’t talking. How can you have one thing on the main page and something different on the OFFICIAL agenda page?

We will see how this gets spun.

15 Thoughts on “UPDATE IV: Will the State of the City have to be postponed?

  1. Jon Jermane on April 17, 2024 at 1:49 pm said:

    Okay, so we have a daycare crisis in this town, food deserts, and affordable housing is very hard to find in this fine city, yet, we’re worried about passing out candy at parades? Really?…. No wonder these two also wanted to put motorcycles, I mean e-bikes that can go up to 28 mph on our bike trail system and pedestrian sidewalks…:


  2. "Woodstock" on April 17, 2024 at 1:51 pm said:

    “Parade candy?”….. So, what other issues are the student council, I mean the city council working on?”….

  3. RobertaK on April 17, 2024 at 3:32 pm said:

    I can only assume their digital communication department is of the highest caliber

  4. D@ily Spin on April 17, 2024 at 7:52 pm said:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Moscow Margarie Green delivered the presentation? At least some would come. Even councilors. There’d be some honesty. Instead of pray, worship Donald Trump while facing toward Mara Lago wearing red ball caps.

  5. scott on April 17, 2024 at 7:55 pm said:

    maybe the city can throw the tax payers a pizza party.

  6. Ruthie on April 18, 2024 at 1:22 am said:

    State of the city here in Sioux falls means nothing. In the end it’s just one big mayor slideshow with some flyovers and a time for him to thank himself and the councilors to think they do anything to help residents. Waste of time and energy. The city should be sharing out all this information all year round, instead of cramming small bits of important info into this one poorly attended and covered event. Also, serve better food or make it a dinner and sell tickets that helps fund a project. Just a waste and it’s also so boring

  7. Virginia on April 18, 2024 at 8:45 am said:

    Just what i want to do. watch mayor selfie “uhhhhh” and “ummmm” his way through the teleprompter trying to be a mayor of the people.

  8. The Guy From Guernsey on April 18, 2024 at 10:58 am said:

    “… the city needs a public information officer …”

    um, the City already employs 20 people in Communications, including four positions titled as “Communication Strategist” tallying $328K+ annual salary; a couple of Supervisors and Managers ($185K annual salary), with oversight by a six figure salaried “Communications and Culture Officer”.

    Lots of chiefing, bossing and strategizing. Action and execution … not so much.

    Add to this that the Mayor’s staff includes a a six figure salaried Pubilic Relations and Communucation Officer, as well as a Chief of Staff, who is ultimately responsible for EVERY aspect and activity of the Mayor’s office and handsomely compensated for that responsibility @ $215K+/yearl.

    That this meeting was improperly noticed is unconscionable.
    The City doesn’t need more people.
    The City needs better people.

  9. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on April 18, 2024 at 11:04 am said:

    Maybe this “pizza party” could involve an encirclement of food trucks around the citizens as the citizens then dance counter-clockwise in true spirtual enjoyment and amusement. #SlowNewsDay

  10. Taylor on April 18, 2024 at 2:20 pm said:

    Sounded like the mayor talked a lot and it was boring and the usual campaign donors and downtown elitists showed up. No thanks

  11. Taylor on April 18, 2024 at 8:43 pm said:

    Guernsey guy’s comment is spot on

  12. D@ily Spin on April 19, 2024 at 11:52 pm said:

    I heard the band is ‘Ten Poops and 6 figure backup bullsh!ters’. The one restroom has dollars for toilet paper. Sometimes there’s mimes called councilors. Political types, directors, and developers wear suits because can’t hide bricks of money in speedos. The State of the City is in a collider building. No parking garage here yet. Talk of another bath house because the new swim tub full of bond debt.

  13. D@ily Spin on April 20, 2024 at 4:49 pm said:

    There’s a disaster brewing. Old homes within 4 miles of city hall are circa 1950. They were painted with lead base paint, insulated with asbestos, there’s radon gas, basements have deadly black mold, and basement rented residential has no window or it’s blocked below finish first floor level. Code enforcers issue hundreds of citations. Renters leave, landlords abandon, and squatters take control. Worst of all, lots lose all property tax income/valuation. There’s the possibility much of the inner city core must be cleared or burned down. City code enforcers ticket with high uncollectable fines. Nobody pays and this game speeds up tearing out the core while both renters and landlords move away. Drink a couple gallons of coffee and go home. Your harrassment is destroying the city.

  14. D@ily Spin on April 20, 2024 at 5:09 pm said:

    Why does it take 5 years to build an airport parking garage? There’s no walls and little plumbing. The EC, the parking garage downtown, the swim center, a city offices 3-st-building, and the plaza theater were built in 3 years. I’m thinking TenHaken is slow and inferior compared to other mayors.

  15. TaylorITexpert on April 22, 2024 at 9:12 am said:

    Looks like the city’s lead environmental specialist also just left, wow sounds like a great place to work! Yikes

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