In Tuesday’s council meeting there are a few items of interest.

Item #28, The motion will approve an agreement with Woods Fuller to accomplish the following: (a) identify the nature and scope of the problems causing the crises, (b) formulate options for potential regulatory and programmatic solutions, and (c) partner with local businesses and community members to implement the best options.

(This is no surprise because the two sponsoring this helped dismantle the internal audit department and job it out, now they are jobbing out policy creation to a private law firm and taking around $75K from taxpayers to do it. I find this ironic considering they NEEDED to hire another staffer to help them. You don’t job out policy, you come up with the ideas, you turn them over to staff to massage and after that you send to the attorney’s office to verify it’s legality. The whole point of being a councilor is to write and establish policy. This is why I asked the council to hire an internal city council attorney instead of a executive assistant. That, and if the state would take all the childcare benefits from the Feds, we would be doing a lot better. I don’t think it is the duty of the CITY to fix this problem, this is something the state and Feds need to work onto together.)


Justin G. Smith

  • Shareholder at Woods, Fuller, Shultz and Smith.
  • Juris Doctor
  • My family has enjoyed making lifetime memories with facilities and services run by
    the Parks and Recreation Board.

Justin chaired the Charter Revision Commission and just left last year, now he is moving to the parks board. While you have all types on the board, and lawyers have served in the past, I think Justin’s appointment has more to do with pushing thru the future bonds that Poops kicked down the road. The irony of all this is that Justin just served on a distinguished city board, so to pick him this quickly to serve on another board is strange. Also, as I have said, there are over 200K people living here, so why are we always appointing the same people to these boards? I think it is time to start picking board members based on districts.

4 Thoughts on “Sioux Falls City Council jobbing out policy

  1. Jon Jermane on May 13, 2024 at 11:57 am said:

    It’s only May 13th and Canadian wildfires are already impacting the quality of our local air. Oh, but that’s right, climate change isn’t happening.

  2. D@ily Spin on May 13, 2024 at 4:03 pm said:

    If policy is set by private interests, is this Strong Mayor Charter? It seems there are countless measures to assign blame to bogus entities. The people voted in Strong Mayor Charter assuming one man could set policy and become responsible for his decisions and actions. What they got was a succession of devious criminals and cowards. What’s needed most is a strong woman mayor to expose the present lack of leadership.

  3. Joe swan on May 15, 2024 at 10:12 am said:

    Another big club and we ain’t in it hire.

    $$$ down the pisser

  4. Lily on May 15, 2024 at 2:30 pm said:

    Good luck to Amy regular person trying to get on the parks board. Also the sale of the Sanford health center is directly related to Sanford staff being on the parks board. Period.

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