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Sioux Falls City Council Agenda June 3-4, 2020

City Council Informational Meeting • 4 PM • June 3

Presentations on Siouxland Library Services and Programming Update, Summer Parks Programming and Youth Sports, and 2021 Legislative Priorities

Regular City Council Meeting • 7 PM • June 3

Item #6, Approval of Contracts, Sub Item #6, Provide Information Technology Insurance Coverage to the City’s Policy. As I understand this item, the city is seeking a policy to protect them from hackers (instead of just putting safeguards in place to protect us from hackers) $83K.

SIDENOTE: I also have heard that the SD Attorney General is giving Sioux Falls the permission to train their own officers. On one hand, this is a good thing (so we can hire more officers faster) but on the other hand, not sure how this training program will be ran. Hopefully we will hear more about this.

Item #38, The Breaks Coffee House (right next to Total Drag and Common Sense) is applying for a Beer and Wine license. This is awesome because adults will be able to have an adult beverage before attending shows at Total Drag.

Planning Commission Meeting • 6 PM • June 4

Item #5B, Children’s Inn is asking for a Rezone to build on the Campus of the School for the Death (where the current track field is)

Sioux Falls City Council Candidate Count Jensen lacks the transparency it takes to be a leader

So there is a lot of talk about transparency as a candidate for city council but little action. While the blog up North wants to rip on Stehly for a tiny donation from a well known Democrat, there has been little mention of Jensen getting endorsements and donations from two well known Democrats, Jack Billion and Scott Heidepreim. I will commend the Count for at least talking about it.

But what is startling is the lack of transparency on his financial report. You spent all this money on ‘advertising’ but didn’t break it down? How much on consulting, meals, TV ads, Social Media, radio, publications, postage, printing, etc.

So why is this? I think he hired the blogger up North to run the whole campaign. So no one knows how much money is being made and where it is being spent.

The way one runs a campaign is comparable to how they will govern. If you can’t even tell us how much you spent on stamps, how can we trust you as an elected leader? We can’t. There is a lot of people running a cottage industry from making money from suckers like Jensen, and the ring leaders are cashing in. I took very little in when running 4 successful campaigns. Why? Because I believed in them and didn’t care about the payola.

And for the record, I have received NO money from the Stehly campaign and the only consulting I had with her was contentious conversations about how she was doing it wrong. That is why I respect Big ‘T’ because I can have disagreements with her and it is water under the bridge. I don’t owe her a damn thing, and she doesn’t owe me.

Jensen is running a ‘big money’ campaign not because he wants to win but because he is lining the pockets of those who are supposed to be helping him. It is pathetic, disgusting and the reason why politics have become so gutter.

While I have my issues with Theresa sometimes, I would NEVER question her intentions, integrity or looking at the bigger picture. Theresa could give ‘two-sh*ts’ about what it takes to win a campaign, she learned from the best of them (Staggers) that it is about human contact and connecting with constituents, you can’t put a price tag on that. That’s why I think she will pull this off. Trust me it will be close, but I know who her supporters are, and they vote. If she loses, oh well, it will only fortify that scheming and scamming is the only strategy that gets BAD candidates elected.

UPDATE: Minnehaha State’s Attorney Candidate Bengford seems to be concerned about residency

I had to chuckle a little bit about Paul’s concern;

A candidate for State’s Attorney is accusing his competitors of violating residency requirements for living outside of Minnehaha County.

Paul Bengford, an assistant city attorney for the city of Sioux Falls pursuing the county’s top prosecutor’s job, this week took to radio airwaves and reporters’ inboxes calling on two others in the race to suspend their campaigns because they have residences in Lincoln County.

“Crystal Johnson and Daniel Haggar have broken faith with voters by filing petitions falsely claiming each has a primary residence in Minnehaha County,” Bengford said in a news release Wednesday.

UPDATE: First of all, it is completely legal to be a State’s Attorney and live in another ‘adjoining’ county. Marty Jackley served in a county he did not live in. If it is a small county. It doesn’t apply in Minnehaha;

7-16-31. Residency requirements for state’s attorney in counties with low population. In any county with a population of less than five thousand persons, no state’s attorney is disqualified from holding office for failure to be a resident of that county if the state’s attorney is a resident of a county which is contiguous to the county in which the state’s attorney holds such office.
Source: SL 2004, ch 69, § 1.

But the concern really made me chuckle, because Bengford has been an attorney with the City of Sioux Falls for several years and has never said anything about the massive amount of city employees who don’t live in Sioux Falls or pay property taxes here. For example one of the city attorneys lives in Madison, our Fire Chief lives in Canton (he told councilors when he was appointed to the job that SF wasn’t a safe place to raise kids) and our Library Director lives in Minnesota. I think I was told once about a third of the city’s employees don’t live in Sioux Falls. I have often recommended that at least management and directors have a requirement to live in the city they serve, especially someone who works in public safety like our Fire Chief. Many councilors have told me they were not really concerned about it, so no ordinances have been proposed. It is pretty obvious Bengford is just trying to make this into a political football. Remember, Paul was the city attorney who went after Cameraman Bruce for a raspberry bush in his fenced off back yard as a public nuance. Bengford lost that case and many other code enforcement cases. Not only is Paul not qualified to be State’s Attorney, he barely is qualified to be a city attorney.

Vote for Crystal Johnson.

I also chuckled about Daniel Haggar defending his residency. His sister Jenna was rumored to be living out of state with her husband while serving her last year in the legislature. The legislature was asked to investigate the claims, but nothing was ever done about it. She resigned after the session was over.

Sioux Falls City Council Candidate Julian Beaudion picks up a ton of endorsements

Anything is possible!

Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you! Thank you to former city councilmen Kenny Anderson. Your family has done a great job ensuring their is diversity within our city leadership and I look forward to stepping up, doing the same! Thank you for your endorsement!Please remember to vote on Tuesday June 2, 2020. You can vote early by visiting 220 W. 6th St to cast your vote.Learn more about my campaign, please visit my website at JulianForSiouxFalls.com

Posted by Julian Beaudion on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Anything is possible!

Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you! Tamien Dysart of Think 3D Solutions has been a great friend and mentor to me over the years. Thank you for what you do for our community and thank you for this endorsement! Please remember to vote on Tuesday June 2, 2020. You can vote early by visiting 220 W. 6th St to cast your vote.Learn more about my campaign, please visit my website at JulianForSiouxFalls.com#Endorsement #Voting #CityCouncil #OneSiouxFalls #Julian2020

Posted by Julian Beaudion on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Endorsement by City Council member Pat Starr

This endorsement means a lot! Thank you to Pat Starr for publicly supporting me and my goal of becoming the Northwest City Council representative.Please remember to vote on Tuesday June 2, 2020. You can vote early by visiting 220 W. 6th St to cast your vote.Learn more about my campaign, please visit my website at JulianForSiouxFalls.com

Posted by Julian Beaudion on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

“I am impressed with Julian Beaudion’s decade of law enforcement service and his commitment to helping citizens throughout our diverse community. These priorities along with his business experience will make him a perfect addition to the Sioux Falls City Council. With your support, I look forward to serving alongside Julian and making sure every neighborhood is represented on the Council!”

City Council member Janet Brekke is a former small business owner and long-time Sioux Falls City Attorney, serving under five different mayors.

Brekke’s endorsement is significant, given her unique position as a current City Council member and her significant role in shaping Sioux Falls city government over the last few decades! Thank you Janet!

Please remember to vote on Tuesday June 2, 2020. You can vote early by visiting 220 W. 6th St to cast your vote.

Learn more about my campaign, please visit my website atJulianForSiouxFalls.com

#Endorsement #Julian2020 #ForYouForUs #Vote

Sioux Falls City Councilor Neitzert doesn’t deserve re-election

Greg has stabbed a lot of people in the back over the last four years, not only myself who helped him get elected in the first place, laying out his campaign marketing strategy, but many citizens along the way. Let’s look at Greg’s supposed record of leadership.

• Voted for property tax increases all four years on the council. He claims to have been the champion of killing the cable tax hike, but I didn’t have a problem with it because cable is a luxury, affordable housing is not.

• His reversal on the administration building. This was the first time Greg started to show his true colors. The building was not needed, and originally Greg knew this, but apparently someone got him in a dark corner and gave him a titty twister. The taxpayers are also holding the bag on the HVAC replacement.

• Greg slipped out of ethics violations by getting the Ethics Board to play legal tricks with the charter. Greg also has violated ethics by continuing to attack his fellow councilors in private emails (I have seen them-they are nasty and childish) on FB and in public meetings.

• Greg didn’t do an extensive search for an internal auditor though the audit committee asked him to.

• But Greg’s biggest folly is supporting the Bunker Ramp. To this day, he has yet to apologize for the fiasco. He defended the developers, he defended the pricetag, and he defended both mayors on this disastrous project. Anybody who would continue to defend this is NOT fit to lead.

Like I have said before, I don’t know much about his opponent Julian, but I do know as a State Highway Patrolman (recruiter) Julian must always work with the highest level of transparency and integrity, because if he lacked these things, he would have been unemployed years ago. The best part about this choice, is that by NOT voting for Greg, we will actually get someone who is qualified.

Should the Sioux Steel TIF be rescinded?

As we have been hearing through sparse media reports, the project is on hold until 2021. What does this mean? Well, it means if it does rear it’s head next year, and that’s a big if, the project may change. This of course means the TIF would be null and void. I have encouraged councilors to rescind the TIF ASAP and get it off the books until we actually know what is going to happen.

Mayor TenHaken’s (former) Deputy COS, T.J. Nelson gets another demotion

As you can see about 10 days ago Mayor ‘COG’ handed another demotion to T.J. Typeover, he removed him from the CVB Bid Board. I asked someone why T.J. still continues to keep his job (and pay scale) when he keeps getting demotions. The answer I got, “Because he is probably running Paul’s gubernatorial campaign on the taxpayer’s dime.” No one has seen T.J. in months either, oh that’s right, like many city managers, directors and pencil pushing administrators he’s been ‘working’ at home.

Alex Jensen campaign misleads candidates and puts out a ‘hit’ piece on Stehly

A certain Republican blogger who lives 40 minutes north of us runs a campaign consulting and marketing business, the one he was running while working as Deputy SOS (which he had to ultimately quit because of the conflict). He apparently has been helping with marketing materials for Count Jensen. Yesterday around 40,000 (an estimate) Republicans in Sioux Falls got a mailer promoting Jensen and other Republican primary candidates. Many candidates who have advertised in the rag were told this was going to be a positive campaign mailer. They were misled. Some Republican candidates were also snubbed and not allowed to be in the mailer. Several of the candidates have actually reached out to Stehly apologizing and explaining to her how they were misled. While there are many positive stories in the mailer and ads there is a huge hit piece on Stehly. They even lied about her employment.

The sad part about this is that Stehly has been a life long Republican who essentially has been stabbed in the back by her party, mostly by that guy up north, sadly, in a non-partisan race.

If I were any of the candidates who paid to be in this piece of garbage mailer, I would ask for my money back.

I have never understood why the city races have become more and more partisan over the past few years – oh that’s right, because we continue to elect partisans.

If I was Stehly the first thing I would do next Wednesday morning is register Independent and tell the Republican party to go fly a kite!

Sioux Falls City Council Agenda, May 26, 2020

State of the City Address (Online only) • Tuesday May 26, 1 PM

Some on the council are questioning why this is only online. Just two hours after the address there will be a PUBLIC meeting at Carnegie. Heck even last Thursday the council candidate forums were open to the public. Once again, I’m pointing out the hypocrisy of our mayor who seems to be hunkered down while the rest of us are working and getting on with our lives. Heck, I even sat on a patio yesterday and had a beer and a bite to eat at one of our fine downtown eating establishments. If I could ever accuse Mayor ‘COG’ of one thing, it is how inconsistent he is on his decision making process. But this is something we should expect from a guy who wears a suit and tie when Denny’s checkbook is out and trucker hat when talking to constituents about a pandemic.

Special City Council Meeting • Tuesday May 26, 3 PM

More inconsistencies, while it is true the 4th council meeting of the month is usually considered ‘special’ what is not special about it is it should be held at it’s regular time of 7 PM. This administration has done these meetings at many different times, 10:30 AM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM and 6 PM. This is a backdoor way of preventing the public from showing up to testify. Even if you don’t have to work at these times, will you even know the meeting is being held? It reminds of the transit task force and their eventual plan. Nobody knows what it is, because it keeps changing. Heck, we don’t even know if it is moving forward. During a crisis, there are very simple, common sense rules all elected leaders should follow, the easiest one is consistency, this city government (not just the mayor) has failed miserably at consistency.

Also notice in this meeting, the general public input at the beginning of the meeting has been eliminated. This is not a violation of law, because they are still having public input during the items, but proves once again how much this administration HATES transparency and open government.

Item #4, 2nd Reading: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD, REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 47-20 ADOPTING THE SIOUX FALLS BOARD OF HEALTH BUSINESS REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) DATED MAY 1, 2020.

So this is interesting, on one hand, they are passing an ORDINANCE (a city law) to lift the restrictions then pass a resolution (a suggestion with no legal teeth) telling people to be safe;

Item #5, A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF SIOUX FALLS, SD, ENCOURAGING THE PEOPLE OF SIOUX FALLS TO BE DILIGENT IN THEIR ACTIONS AND BEHAVIOR TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES COVID-19 AND TO PROTECT VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.

• Wash hands often;
• Take precautions every day to keep space between others (stay a minimum of 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths);
• Keep away from people who are sick;
• Maintain an adequate supply of essential items;
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched services;
• Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential travel; and
• Call a health care professional with questions about underlying medical condition, COVID-19, or if you are sick.

Only this administration and city council would pass a law lifting restrictions why telling everyone (nicely) to restrict themselves – all in the same meeting. I know, weird.

I’m still waiting for them to pass an ordinance that requires all administrative and manager staff with the city to go back to the office.

Is it time to allow Downtown Sioux Falls Bars to sell open container?

Across the country this has been common practice for awhile, and with Covid many businesses have been adapting by selling cocktails to go in takeaway orders.

I have advocated for a long time that city ordinance should change, specifically during the summer months, that Downtown bars should be able to sell drinks to go in plastic cups for strolling Downtown strictly.

I don’t think this should be a free for all, but I think it would help out the Downtown hospitality industry in extra sales.

Give me your pros and cons.