Former Sioux Falls City Councilor Stehly sent out a postcard last week asking residents to speak up this coming Tuesday about keeping Public Input where it currently is, at the beginning of the meeting. She wrote a similar Letter to the Editor of the Argus;
Don’t let the business elite push out the average citizens. We need to protect and continue this opportunity to accommodate the citizen’s input at the beginning of the meeting, which is a user friendly time.
It is an important communication tool for the taxpayers and promotes accountability and transparency.
The Vote will be on Tuesday, November 10th during the 7Â p.m.meeting. Please contact the mayor and the council members and tell them to leave public input where it is.
Tell them not to bow to the â€œBusiness Eliteâ€ who think they can pay their way to the front of the line. Contact all the Sioux Falls City Council and let them know you do not want your voice to be shut down:
Theresa Stehly, Mobridge
While I have seen the Argus editorial staff ‘edit’ my letters in the past, I have NEVER seen them blatantly change someone’s residency. When Stehly sent the letter over to the Argus, she put Sioux Falls as her residency. Why? Because that is what it is. Stehly has lived here I believe for over 20 years, she owns a home in Sioux Falls, pays taxes here and votes here. She did take a temporary job over the last couple of months in the Mobridge area, but that doesn’t make her a residency Mobridge, her home is Sioux Falls. It would be like saying a traveling construction worker who owns a home in Sioux Falls is suddenly a resident of Texas because he spent a couple months down there in the winter fixing roofs. It’s ludicrous. In fact there are several wealthy business families in Sioux Falls who donate to community projects and try to influence local government that winter in places like Arizona and California. So are they suddenly ‘residents’ of these states because they spend a couple of months away from Sioux Falls? I am guessing they would disagree.
The only reason I can think of why the Argus did this is to delegitimize Stehly’s voice who has been a strong advocate of open government in Sioux Falls and has fought for many things in this community on and off the council, and she continues to do so.
I think not only the Argus but other media in Sioux Falls have been strong supporters (behind the scenes) of moving public input to the end, so they can get their quick clips at council meetings and run off and write their half-baked stories. It’s their tradition of laziness and ignorance that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
As for Public Input, and decisions made on Tuesday night at the 2nd reading, including moving the meeting time to 6 PM, may be null and void. Bruce Danielson has done this;
Today, Friday, November 6th, 2020I had served on the city of Sioux Falls and the City Council a SDCL 3-21 Notice of Claim concerning the city violating SDCL 1-27-1.16.Â Material relating to open meeting agenda item to be availableâ€“Exceptionsâ€“Violation as misdemeanor.
The SDCL 3-21 notice is necessary to inform the city of harm they have caused. in this case, the harm to me as a citizen who wanted the information displayed and the law requires them to follow. I will be preparing a complaint for the South Dakota Open Meetings Committee for the flagrant violations the City has continued.
The actions taken last Tuesday are illegal because they violated SDCL 1-27-1.16. If the City Council continues with the 2nd reading this coming Tuesday and casts any votes on the illegally passed items, the votes cast will likely be null and void.
The body cannot pass into law an item brought before the body illegally.
â€¢ Printed materials relating to agenda item and is given
to public body, generally must be available to general
â€¢ Posted on website
â€¢ Available at business office
â€¢ Available in meeting room
â€¢ Excludes confidential materials
â€¢ Source: SDCL 1â€27â€1.16
As I look at it, you can’t just do one or two of these things and call it good, you have to do it all.
It will be interesting to see how this goes Tuesday night. You know how I feel about this. I agree with Stehly, this is an effort to put the banksters and welfare developer queens at the beginning of the line, and it is disgusting and pathetic.
BTW, whether you support or oppose, make your voice heard ahead of time. As of right now, councilors Brekke, Starr and Soehl are opposed to the move;
Janet Brekke <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Christine Erickson <email@example.com>,
Alex Jensen <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Rick Kiley <email@example.com>,
Greg Neitzert <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Marshall Selberg <email@example.com>,
Curt Soehl <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Pat Starr <email@example.com>,
Mayor TenHaken <PTenHaken@siouxfalls.org>