Watch out, don’t disappoint the Godfather (Image: KELO-TV screenshot)

Enough already! After viewing last night’s city council meeting, I have decided that the debate is over concerning the Events Center. It is time to move forward. I don’t care about the diversity of the selection committee (which consists of ten white men, five of which are city employees). All creeds are bias on one level or another. Not important, especially when the voters should be deciding location, funding, etc.

VIDEO OF COUNCIL MEETING

The extended version.

Stormland TV‘s condensed version.

So what should be done?

1) Skip the design analysis and do an economic impact study of both locations instead, first, present those numbers to the public ASAP.

2) Put it on the ballot, ask three questions; Approval, Location, Funding. Done deal.

These debates between a bull-headed mayor and and his former contractor, who is just as bull-headed, is getting tiresome. Heck, councilor Erpenbach even had to interject and remind the mayor that public input is for ‘listening’ not ‘debating.’ (should have told that to gavel happy Munson 🙂

We have not only beaten this dead horse enough, we have beaten it clear to China. Present the impact numbers and let the public vote already!

On a side note, I was rather irritated by Councilor (short-timer) Litz’s comments in reference to public input;

“(paraphrasing) I appreciate people’s passion on this issue and I appreciate your (mayor) passion to get this information out, but I think somewhere though, and I think I am pretty liberal when it comes to applications of the process, but somehow this is turning into berate the mayor” Litz.

“Yeah.” Huether.

“And normally we allow people to come up and do their five minutes, and do their statement and maybe we refer it, and somehow we are going to wind up eating up a lot of the council meeting’s time of business we are supposed to be taking care of, so somehow I hope we can find a solution to this.”

First off, Huether agreeing just shows how big his freaking head is. If I were the mayor, I would have told Bob that it is part of the job as a public officials to take heat. If you can’t stand it, get out of the kitchen (which ironically Mr. Litz is doing).

As for Bob’s comment about eating up time I was unaware that the council meetings were timed. If you think your time is being wasted, why don’t you resign TODAY so we can appoint or elect a councilor that actually gives a shit what the public has to say.

As for doing our five minutes. Screw You! I watched you last Monday night (one day before the election, which had your name on the ballot) blab and blab and blab on every freaking topic you possibly could. Not only wasting the other councilor’s time for your campaign info-commercial but wasting taxpayer’s time.

Litz, meet kettle.

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I think this says it all;

That gives the city council time to talk about appointing a new member. It’s a process Litz himself is already familiar with.

“Ironically when council member Litz was first appointed he went through that process himself a few years back,” Sioux Falls City Clerk Debra Owen said.

I think Bob realized he could make more money and work less as county auditor and used his name recognition to skate into the job. While I am happy to see the flip-flopper leave the city council, his title as auditor doesn’t exactly make me feel to good either. I also grow weary of politicians who are ‘quitter ladder climbers’. When something better comes along, they just quit and move along. While that is fine and dandy in the private sector, in the public sector you have made a commitment to the taxpayers to at least finish out your term. That is what has chapped my hide about the appointment of Darrin Smith to the Huether administration. Maybe they will let Bob work from home since there probably isn’t a parking space at the county administration big enough for his aircraft carrier of a truck he drives. Everytime I drive by him, I get the image of the BP oil well spurting oil into the Gulf.

I sorta agree that the councilors and mayor shouldn’t have to feed meters (mind you, when they are on official city business);

The mayor and city councilors may park free in Sioux Falls, thanks to an executive order issued by Mayor Mike Huether.

Officials now can display permits in their car to avoid plugging meters or paying at parking ramps and lots while on city business. It makes city government more efficient, Huether said.

But Bob Litz’s reasoning is a bit silly;

“Other city people have an office. Other city people even get a car. We at the council have to fumble around for quarters. It was kind of one of those digs,” Litz said.

Dismissing the tickets can be a time-consuming process for city employees and city councilors, Huether said.

Litz agrees.

“The whole thing was ridiculously absurd,” he said.

Bob, you are absurd. Who has time for quarters when they are a city councilor? I think we should tear all of the meters out. I don’t have time to fumble around with quarters either.

A little birdy told me yesterday that Bob filed paperwork to collect petitions to run for Minnehaha county auditor. It will be an open seat in 2010. I believe (?) four Republicans have filed paperwork so far.

First off, I guess Bob would plan to pull a Darren Smith and just bail on his commitment as city councilor if he wins (which he won’t) and secondly, I remarked to someone today, “Does he even know what a county auditor does?”

These guys crack me up.

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Temper, Temper now, Bob;

Litz accused Staggers of “planting” the people in the meeting. Staggers denied the accusation and told Litz that he would have him “personally removed” if he ever made it again.

“If you want me to leave, Mr. Chairman, I’d be happy to,” Litz said. He gathered his papers and walked out.

BAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, because Kermit has that much control over people he can get them to show up to meetings. Kind of sounds like a group of citizens feeling they are getting screwed over, maybe that is why they showed up?

Earlier, Litz accused Staggers of using the meeting to make a “political rant.”

More like challenging the ‘Status Quo’ – What’s wrong with that?

When asked about the issue with Westwick, the city’s zoning enforcement manager declined to talk about it unless it was done in executive session – a meeting closed to the public.

“I’m not at liberty to put it out there and have the jury of public opinion discussed here,” Shawna Goldammer said.

This is the same ‘Shawna Goldhammer’ that was asked if the city could relax regulations a little to speed up the Whittier neighborhood revival and her stern and direct answer was “NO!” This chick won’t budge on shit. I have a feeling if Staggers gets elected she will be unemployed.

The meeting wasn’t entirely about the campground issue. Former Minnehaha County Commissioner Jerry Noonan complained the city is harassing him about a vacant property.

He said the process and staff at City Hall are unfriendly.

“I think I should be treated a little civilized in that particular process,” Noonan said.

I don’t think they are unfriendly – just really f’ing stupid.