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Dunk Sioux Falls City Councilor Stehly for a good cause

I warned Theresa that she may raise the most money for the day. I believe this is Saturday at the Barrel House.

Bee Smart!

As councilor Stehly points out, let’s join the fight to save the bees.


Greetings Dear Citizens, The topic at hand this month is Citi¬zen Safety. I am grateful that our Mayor Paul TenHaken organized a Town Hall meeting on gunshot violence on July 30th at the Kenny Anderson Center. The Argus Leader reported that over 350 citizens showed up to voice their safety concerns to the Police Depart¬ment about the increasing gunshot/gang activity. The messages I heard were: 1. Lock your cars and homes. 2. Start a Neighborhood Watch Group. 3. Call 911 for suspicious behavior. No one wants a gunshot outside their home or into their home. We all need to watch out for each other as our community grows. Let’s keep Sioux Falls a safe place for all citizens.


On August 13th, Councilor Pat Starr and I will be proposing a resolution asking the Mayor to consider allowing citizens to make a donation to the Banquet’s school supply program in lieu of paying an overtime parking fine. The City collects approximately $250,000 a year in overtime parking fines. The school supply program has been heavily supported by the generosity of Kmart and Shopko. Of course we have lost both stores. We would like to give citizens the option of donating their fine to help the school supply fund for a week or two in the month of August. Overtime tickets are $10.00. Citizens can also donate now to the SOS program by dropping off school supplies to the Banquet.

PETITION DRIVE STARTING FOR CHARTER CHANGES “The Triple Check the Charter petition drive” will allow (1) a re¬turn to simple Council elections, (2) allows the Mayor to leave the Council to concentrate on the town plus (3) require a super majority of members to pass bonding. (Providing a safely gauge for the tax¬payers.) The charter amendment process requires voters to sign petitions and then vote to improve the Home Rule by implementing positive functional changes to the Sioux Falls City Council. To sign or get one to circulate call 376-8087.

10TH STREET BUSINESS OWNERS BRING CONCERNS TO THE CITY Last month I had the pleasure of attending several meetings with business owners in the 10th street and Indiana area. (This is also known as the Whittier neighborhood.) I listened to concerns about crime, vandalism and vagrancy. We have a vibrant gleaming down¬town area. The businesses on the east side of the 10th Street Bridge deserve to have the same opportunity for economic growth, safety and beatification. After several initial conversations, I was concerned enough to ask the Handy Man employees to help me facilitate a meeting with City staff and Police to seek solutions. I want to give a special word of thanks to Handy Man and Andy’s Alignment for being leaders for this effort. Some suggestions from the meeting were: 1. Provide porta potties for the Bishop Dudley residents. 2. Increase Police foot patrol. 3. On site Police officer for the Bishop Dudley. 4. Prohibit single serve high potency alcohol in the Bishop Dudley area. 5. Establish a small Police Precinct in the area. 6. Develop a drop in day center for Bishop Dudley residents. 7. Develop a business association district. 8. Make stronger laws for public intoxication and vagrancy. We look forward for good things to come for homeowners and businesses in this area.

EVENT CENTER STUDY GROUP UPDATE by Cheryl Rath I have attended all meetings of the Events Center Campus Study Group since March 2019 when the meetings were opened to the public. On august 1st they met to discuss the draft for their final recommendations. The final recommendations and attached costs will be presented at their August 21st meeting. It is scheduled to be at the Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. #1. Demolish the Arena #2. Double the Convention Center’s flat floor space to 120,000 square feet #3. Seek a Public/Private partnership to build a second on-site hotel #4. Demolish and Relocate the Sioux Falls Baseball Stadium (*re¬quest a new Task Force be formed to look at this option) There was NO media present at this meeting, and NO mention of putting this to a Public Vote. 

CHARTER DRAFTERS PROPOSE CHANGES IN THE CHARTER by Joe Kirby Twenty-five years ago, we started drafting the Sioux Falls City Charter. We feel the mayor council form of government we put in place back then has been a huge improvement over the commission form of government it replaced. But, not all aspects of city govern¬ment have worked as well as they could. So, we are in favor of look¬ing at ways to make it operate even better. Here are some possible charter changes we believe would improve city government: • Return to plurality voting for council seats, or in the alternative, adopt ranked choice voting. • Reduce the legislative role of the mayor by eliminating his tie break vote. Keep the veto power, however. • Require a super majority of 6 on bonding issues. We see these changes as a thoughtful, good faith effort to restore the intended power and function of the city council, to return our city elections to a more logical system and to enhance the protection of taxpayers from a mess like they are experiencing with Village on the River.

COME ON OUT TO LEVITT AT THE FALLS AND ENJOY A FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY CONCERT BEFORE THE SEASON IS OVER! Everyone is welcome. For more info, visit www.levittsiouxfalls.org. The High Kings Thursday, August 8 7 PM Farewell Angelina Friday, August 9 7 PM KORY & the FIREFLIES Saturday, August 10 7 PM

THERE’S STILL TIME FOR FREE BUS RIDES AND LUNCHES FOR KIDS by Cathy Brechtelsbauer Thanks to a group of sixth-grade girls who went to the City Coun¬cil, the children of Sioux Falls ride city buses for free in the summers, and more could. (Thanks also to City Councilors, who unanimously approved their idea.) Until school starts, there is still time to go out and enjoy getting around the city. Your school ID serves as your bus pass. If you don’t have one, get a “Freedom Pass” at the SAM office, 500 E 6th St, with proof of age. Last summer, kids took over 9000 free rides and showed them¬selves to be well-behaved, respectful citizens of our city. We’d love for kids to get to the free lunches on weekdays. Free summer meals help reduce hunger and prevent the summer learn¬ing slump. To find lunch info, google “summer meals Sioux Falls” for locations, dates and hours.

Sioux Falls City Councilor Stehly on Forum

Theresa touches on many topics.

Highlights of July Stehly Report

Dear Citizens, Happy Fourth of July to my dear Shopping News friends. I hope your gardens are vibrant and your air conditioners are working!! The weather conditions have produced a bumper crop of weeds and flowers in my yard. Thank the Lord for wonderful neighbor kids who are willing to help. We are reminded this week of the freedom we enjoy in our country. Many died to secure this for all of us. It is also the perfect time to reflect on our local government. Of course, it belongs to you, the citizens. Openness and transparency help to keep accountability in the governmental process. All the decisions we make, and the discussions we have, need to be open to the citizens. It’s your money, and your business. God Bless.


Councilor Janet Brekke and I are crafting an ordinance that would ban cell phone usage at the Council meetings. We would like to limit the practice of private communication during the meetings via text and email. We both have concerns about the type of private correspondence some of our colleagues might be sending and receiving during meetings and the effect that private conversations during open meetings can have on public trust in government. Citizens attending the meeting are given a very limited timeframe when they can speak. Allowing “special citizens” to have unfettered private dialogue with certain select council members via text/email is not appropriate or transparent. We don’t believe that Council members should ever be taking private directives/input from outside entities during a council meeting. Also being discussed is the practice of attending to personal business during the meeting and the practice of exchanging private strategies and dialogue among council members themselves during the meeting. Turning off the cell phone is a first step to ensure that integrity and accountability are being embraced at the meetings. City Council members make approximately $1400 a month to attend the meetings. We owe it to the citizens to shut off the phones and pay attention to the issues and public discussions at hand.


In a world of ever changing technology it is incumbent upon the City Council to reevaluate its policies and procedures to make sure that its public meetings are being conducted in a manner that insures the trust and integrity of the governmental process. The city council will be discussing three issues that have arisen as a result of electronic communications involving the use of cellphones and laptop computers during public meetings. The three issues are: 1) Select members of the public having private, unrestricted access to individual councilmembers through electronic means during public meetings; 2) Councilmembers having the ability to engage electronically with other councilmembers in private conversations during public meetings; 3) Councilmembers having the ability to conduct personal and private business during public meetings using electronic devices. The City of Sioux Falls is not unique. These discussions are occurring across the Country. If the process lacks integrity and is not respected, the decisions made will lack integrity and respect as well. The infusion of electronic communications into the governmental decision making process is a game changer. Is important and needs to be addressed by having appropriate legal and policy discussions. A multitude of issues come before the city council but our government structure is the legacy we leave behind and governs the conduct of our leaders now and in the future. It is important that we adapt to a changing environment by adopting policies and practices that create trust in government.


Last month, a group of volunteers, City staff and railroad crew worked on a Saturday morning to clean garbage from the railroad ditch from 5th Avenue to Covell Avenue. We collected over 1,000 pounds of garbage. It truly was a labor of love and we definitely “got our hands dirty!” We found knives, syringes, a couch, bicycle and tires among other repugnant things. Leaving the debris promotes flooding, rodents and overall sanitary issues. It would be wonderful if the railroad would find the funds to mow the long grass now that the garbage has been removed.

What’s going on with Frank Olson Pool?

Councilor Stehly recently sent this notice out;

As we enter into the warmth of summer, I invite you to buy a pass to our outdoor pools. Last year I enjoyed swimming laps at the large traditional Frank Olson pool, located on east 18th street.  This pool is a wonderful addition to our “Water Park” pools. I have encouraged Don Kearney from the Parks Department to develop more activities for adults like lap swimming, water walking and Zumba classes during the noon hour and the evening family swim. Last summer at Drake springs Adults could bring in their own beverage and listen to upbeat music during the noon activities. All pools need to offer the same attractions.

The summer passes are very reasonable and can be purchased at any pool. (Children $30, Adult $70, Senior $40, Veteran, $40, Family $100, reduced income adult $40, Reduced income family $50.)

She has been concerned that Frank Olson pool is on the chopping block. She noticed Thursday night that there are NO extra activities scheduled at the pool.

She had requested extra signage be installed off 18th street and that they add a noon adult time with music, water walking and lap swimming. Hasn’t happened yet.

Alex Jensen to run for At-Large seat currently held by Stehly

Let’s talk about getting in the game early. I guess his treasurer, Matt Paulson wants to get a head’s up on the game. I guess it takes awhile to raise $100K.

You may remember when Alex was in the legislature, he had to move out of his district 12, but before he resigned that position he decided to take out papers to run in his new district 13, then he lost.

Is this best you could find Paulson?


UPDATE: TenHaken could have killed Village on the River before it got this far

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that the bonds were sold before PTH came into office. So if he would have killed the project, it likely would have cost us in fines. I think I predicted about $2 million at the time. But in hindsight it would have saved us in the long run, because now we have a structure without a private partner.

Over on the WussCollege chief talking mouth, Pitty, is trying to defend the mayor’s position on the parking ramp. But early on PTH could have killed the project, and did not. As one commenter said;

When Mayor TenHaken took office, he announced his administration was vetting the project and development agreement and subsequently endorsed the project during a press conference in July 2018

I also find it a bit ironic that while Pitty likes to throw Stehly under the bus, she is the only one (with Starr) who has tried to stop this project while Pitty’s buddies Neitzert and Erickson steamed forward.

VIDEO BELOW is last night’s CC meeting;

So why didn’t PTH stop the project before it got this far? As someone put it to me last night, he didn’t have a legal team in place at that time that knew their heads from a hole in the ground. While I commended PTH last night for killing the project, he really could have stopped it much sooner. While real leaders do get things done, they also get things done right and know how to say NO when necessary. It seems the only two leaders we have right now in city government is Stehly and Starr who had the vision and foresight to know this was doomed from the very beginning.

Mayor Paul TenHaken’s office plays the bait and switch again tonight, or is it less complicated then that?

I’m actually surprised a good X-Tian like PTH doesn’t know what the NT has said about hypocrites;

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22

So this has happened three times now;

Stehly and Starr suggest we fund pothole fillin’ more, resolution gets voted down yet the mayor sends out an army to fill potholes (a couple an hour).

Stehly and Starr suggest Events Center Book Club meetings are open to the public, resolution gets voted down (or thrown out) can’t remember. Mayor opens up the meetings (yet no recordings have happened yet).

Tonight, happens again, Starr and Stehly suggest the housing summit’s registration is FREE and video recorded. It fails in a 4/3 vote with mayor breaking tie. But during the discussion, Tea, SD resident and Housing Director for SF, Chellac Unruh announces the fee will be waived (for the poor folk) and it will be video recorded.

So if Stehly and Starr’s resolutions are so bad and fail to pass, why is the mayor implementing the policy anyway?

Oh, right, that thing about being a hypocrite, I forgot.

Stehly responds to ED Board

I couldn’t have said it better myself, and for the record I never saw this response until I read it online a few minutes ago. I know some people think that I ‘feed’ Theresa stuff, but I have often contended she is her own person;

I will continue to make decisions and take actions to support, inform and protect the citizens I am pledged to represent.  I refuse to go along to get along as the Editorial Board suggests. I will continue to promote constituent concerns while reaching out to help the taxpayers. They are the boss and taxpayer revenues are theirs. I will strive to make prudent, informed decisions, even if my colleagues don’t agree with me.

Yes Theresa, unfortunately it’s all about the Reindeer Games in Sioux Falls.