Greg Neitzert

South DaCola Podcast Ep 014 Janet Brekke


Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Special Guest Janet Brekke candidate for Sioux Falls City Council At-Large Seat A.

https://www.facebook.com/JANETBREKKE4CITYCOUNCILATLARGE/

http://janetbrekke.net/blog/

janet@janetbrekke.net

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

Tags and Topics

Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Janet Brekke, Rex Rolfing, Run off elections, signatures, Michelle Erpenbach, City Attorney, code enforcement, Project NICE, Project KEEP, Sidewalks, project trim, broken windows syndrome, adopt a highway, adopt a neighborhood, neighborhood watch, affordable housing, NAFTA, Drugs, Gangs, Violence, Growth, Embracing Diversity, Diversity Education, English Language, Clean, Safe, mental health, addicts, rehab, Mayor, long range strategic planning, public input, civility, Theresa Stehly, open meeting laws, Pat Starr, Greg Neitzert, Rick Knobe, Honey Baked, Honeybaked Ham, deregulation, Touch of Europe, Health Inspectors, texting ban, distracted driving, institutional memory, policy specifics

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South DaCola Podcast Episode 010 The Parking Ramp Debate


South DaCola Podcast Episode 010  The Parking Ramp Debate

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Special Guests Sioux Falls City Council Member Pat Starr and Responsive Government Advocate Bruce Danielson aka “Cameraman Bruce”.

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

Tags and Topics

Scott Ehrisman, Robert Mehling, Cameraman Bruce, Mike Huether, Sioux Falls, Downtown Parking, Government Transparency, Open Government, Pat Star, Game of Thrones, Theresa Stehly, Copper Lounge, OSHA Violations, Aaron Hultgren, Hultgren Construction, Liability, Conflict of Interest, Cindy Huether, Event Center Siding, Gannett Media, Argus Leader, Greg Belfrage, Pat Starr, Bruce Danielson, Greg Neitzert

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City Council Member Greg Neitzert On The Event Center Settlement

The recent events center settlement revealed that we received $485,004 in cash and forgiveness of bills owed to the contractors. The other $514,996 of the settlement was in the form of a write-down of the ‘contractor contingency’ which is a block of money that the owner (the City) allows the contractor (Mortenson) to access during construction to cover eventualities out of the control of the contractor (i.e. a subcontractor walks off the job, raw material prices spike, etc). At the end of the project, there was $1,524,402 left in the Contractor Contingency fund. Note this is OUR money (it never went to the contractor – it was in our bank account). At the end of the project, industry documents state, and in fact our contract states, that we retain that unused contingency. Now the city asserts it is not ‘our money’ because the contractor could access it. They assert that per the contract, if we were to find a ‘latent’ (hidden and not seen but NOT based on contractor negligence or fraud) defect within the 10 year statute of repose (time limit in South Dakota to find a defect that was hidden and go after the contractor) that they would have the right to access the contractor contingency fund to fix it.

That is TECHNICALLY true, in CERTAIN cases, however, it would have to be specifically a latent defect and something that we actually called the contractor back to fix among other requirements. The fact is the unused contingency money was in the city bank account, never left the bank account, and still remains in our bank account (we call it the ‘second-day’ fund). We intend to drain that account in 2018 and put it towards the events center bond payment. The money is not legally encumbered or restricted in any way. The city asserts that *IF* (and it’s a BIG IF), that if we found a latent defect and called the contractor back, they could ask to use the unused portion of the contractor contingency fund. That *MIGHT* be legally possible, depending on how you read the contract. I wanted to try to get to the bottom of this, so I reached out to experts in the industry, including those that actually DO construction manager at risk projects.

Events Center Settlement Siding

Events Center Settlement Siding

In short, they made clear at the end of the project, at closeout and reconciliation, any unused contractor contingency is NOT given to the contractor, and it is just assumed that it was money that wasn’t needed, and it is, was, and always will be the owners’ money. It was further stated that they had never once had it come up where they actually accessed the contractor contingency after the project was complete. In the real world, it just doesn’t happen (according to them). They (the contractors) consider it the owners money and don’t give it a second thought. Based on all I have learned, it appears clear to me that despite the city protestation of it being a big win, that contractors who do this don’t consider it as such. My impression is that it would have been met with a yawn by a contractor. After all, they consider the unused contractor contingency the owner’s money, they never had it, so why would they care if that line item was changed after the project was closed out? Also, consider one other thing. Does anyone find it coincidental that the reduction in the contractor contingency line item (which again happened well after the project was COMPLETE) was $514,996, which just by DUMB LUCK (?!?!) made the headline settlement number 1 MILLION dollars EXACTLY?

All of this leads to one inescapable common sense conclusion. The contractor contingency write-down was an accounting gimmick, used to make the settlement sound impressive, and give the administration the ability to brag that we got ‘a million bucks’ when in reality we got $485,004. Based on all of the above, I strongly believe this was a $485,004 settlement, NOT a million dollar settlement, and continuing to assert the 1 million dollar figure is deceptive. Ironically, based on new information I have gathered I believe the $485,004 was actually a ‘win’ for the city, because it appears rather clear to me we approved the siding, we were there daily on-site watching it go up for a year, and only after people started to complain – 30 days after the west wall was finished – did the city suddenly decide it wasn’t good enough. I happen to believe the city when they assert litigation would have been very risky.

I agree, based on the facts I think it is clear we got what we paid for, and the panels are installed to manufacturer specifications, and there is no defect, and we approved them, hence there is no negligence or bad acts to hold other parties responsible for. This appears to have been about one thing, saving face, and dropping the blame on other parties. We got what we asked for, and we complained after the fact, after watching the panels go up for a year, continuing to pay the contractor all the while. The other parties settled from what I can tell for one reason, not because there was any fault, but because it was simply a matter of deciding is it better to settle and pay something known, or go into court and pay hundreds of thousands in legal fees, which would likely result in a settlement at the end anyway.

To be clear I have found no evidence of corruption or malfeasance, at best it was only an error in judgement/bad decision. It may not have even been that. We knew the panels oil canned and deflected before they went on the wall. We moved forward anyway. That’s not the contractor’s fault. Consider it from their perspective, they created the mockups the city asked for before construction started, all parties were there to see them including multiple city employees, the city, its architect, and construction manager signed off on the panels. The panels were installed to manufacturer specifications INCLUDING on the radius, because although it is a curve, it is within the tolerance of the panels (although the curve accentuates the oil canning and deflection it is still within the required specifications), and the owner (city), architect, and construction manager were on site, day after day watching the panels going up, and obviously saw what they looked like, and continued to issue payments to the subcontractor(s) throughout that year, with nary a peep. You can’t choose the material, approve the install, and then watch it go on for a year and then complain after the fact. It’s that simple.

In the end, we got what we paid for. Some like the aesthetic effect, some don’t (myself included). Regardless, it is what we paid for and we knew what we were getting. The facts are undeniable on that point. The paper trail, the documentation, and first hand testimony make it undeniable in my mind.

Taken with permission from a Greg Neitzert Facebook Post on 10/26/2017

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Sioux Empire Podcast 083 – All About Sioux Falls City Council Member Greg Neitzert

Greg Neitzert is back this week to talk to the podcast crew (Robert Mehling and Natasha Estes) about his first term on the Sioux Falls City Council.  We get into Greg Neitzert’s background and things that have surprised him about being on the Council.  We also talk about work-life balance, citizen feedback, and Greg explains what a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) is and why it matters in city government.  This episode is sponsored by The DakotaBall Podcast, ‘Life, Love & basketball in a small town’ is an explorative journey into small town living and midwestern dreams of big-time high school basketball. Much more than just sports this podcast explores life in small and tiny towns.  This episode is also sponsored by Superstitions – A Psychological Spectacle.  From the mind games of Zac Tenneboe (@zstonish) comes his new show, “Superstitions.” It’s more than just a magic show, but a stunning one-man performance weaving mystery and theater. No rabbits. No top hats. No smoke and mirrors. Witness a different way to experience illusion.  The first 50 people to use promo code “siouxempire” will receive $1 off each ticket purchased online. Don’t miss out on this discount deal before it’s too late!  The Sioux Empire Podcast will do whatever it takes to impress Pickle Rick.  

  

Lloyd TIF Uptown Project

http://kwsn.com/news/articles/2017/sep/14/new-tif-tif-in-sioux-falls/

 

Rick and Morty (Robert’s Shameless Plug)

http://www.adultswim.com/videos/rick-and-morty/

 

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup (Natasha’s Shameless Plug)

https://gfp.sd.gov/state-parks/directory/custer/events/buffalo-roundup/

 

Holly Cross Trunk-Or-Treat (Greg’s Shameless Plug)

https://www.facebook.com/events/124165728043170/

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Sioux Empire Podcast 082- Sioux Falls City Council Member Greg Neitzert


The Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling and Natasha Estes) welcomes Sioux Falls City Council Member Greg Neitzert without making him do a run-off election to be this week’s guest.  We talk about 50 Percent Threshold in city elections, right turn on red, no mow policies, and more.  This episode is sponsored by The DakotaBall Podcast, ‘Life, Love & basketball in a small town’ is an explorative journey into small town living and midwestern dreams of big-time high school basketball. Much more than just sports this podcast explores life in small and tiny towns.  This episode is also sponsored by Superstitions – A Psychological Spectacle.  From the mind games of Zac Tenneboe (@zstonish) comes his new show, “Superstitions.” It’s more than just a magic show, but a stunning one-man performance weaving mystery and theater. No rabbits. No top hats. No smoke and mirrors. Witness a different way to experience illusion.  The first 50 people to use promo code “siouxempire” will receive $1 off each ticket purchased online. Don’t miss out on this discount deal before it’s too late!  The Sioux Empire Podcast always yields to pedestrians.

 

50 Percent Threshold/Elections next year

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/09/12/council-candidates-critical-proposal-raise-election-bar/658789001/

 

Right turn on red downtown

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/city/2017/09/13/cyclists-slam-mayor-huethers-right-turns-red-changes-downtown/662667001/

 

No Mow Policies

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/09/11/after-city-denied-its-existence-parks-no-mow-list-leaked-councilor/655444001/

 

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House (Greg Shameless Plug)

https://www.bdhh.org/

 

The Compass Center (Greg Shameless Plug)

http://www.abusecounselingsiouxfalls.com/

 

A Good American (Film from Robert’s Shameless Plug)

http://agoodamerican.org/

 

Halloween Store (Natasha Shameless Plug)

https://stores.spirithalloween.com/sd/siouxfalls/halloween-store-65060.html

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Sioux Empire Podcast 077- All About Sioux Falls City Council Member Theresa Stehly


Sioux Falls City Council Member Theresa Stehly is back for week two to forcibly annex our hearts here on The Sioux Empire Podcast.  The Sioux Empire Podcast Task Force (Robert Mehling, Natasha Estes, and Seth Glover) gives Theresa a second reading on issues we missed in part one like Forced Annexation, which is a catch 22 in which the city has the money to annex your community (and possibly assess up to $80,000 on your home) but can’t seem to find the funds to tell you they are about to do that.  Other topics include Gestapo lawn code enforcement, the mayor calls law abiding human beings freeloaders (We’re sure that won’t come back to bite you down the road), Big Brother code enforcement sticky notes, ruling Sioux Falls by fear, no warning citations, and so much more. This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  The Sioux Empire Podcast is so thankful for the flowers from Theresa Stehly, time to up your game future guest hosts!

Tags and Topics:

Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Theresa Stehly, Sioux Falls, City Council, Mike Huether, Rex Rolfing, Greg Neitzert, Forced Annexation, Task Force, Downtown Library, Wessington, Berk, Assessment, Curb and Gutter, Split Rock, Skyline Heights, Martindale, Prairie Meadows, City Speak, Snow Gates, Swimming Pools, Freeloaders, Big Brother, Code Enforcement, Gestapo, Truth, Flowers, Community, Compassion, Garbage Handlers, Mark Cotter, Kermit Staggers, Police Union, Mediation, Back Pay, Greg Jamison, Retaliation, City Attorney’s Office, Performance Audit, Dave Munson, Operation TRIM, Tree Trimming Protection Racket, Mobridge, Rodeo, Drivers Education, Life Skills, Education, New Music, Mozart, Chicago (Band), You’re The Inspiration, Washington Pavilion, Verdi Requiem, Downton Abbey, Lord of the Rings, Dunkirk, War Room, Oriental Lily, Dustin Buri, Tattoos, Billie Sutton

Listen to Part One here:

Sioux Empire Podcast 076- Parks and Recreation with Sioux Falls City Council Member Theresa Stehly

 

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South DaCola Podcast 003 Wooo!

South DaCola Podcast 003 Wooo!

Host Scott L. Ehrisman and nameless co-host.

Produced by Robert Mehling

Theme Music “Rainy Day” by Brian Masek & Friends

Tags and Topics

Scott L. Ehrisman, South DaCola, Robert Mehling, Elections, Billie Sutton, Mike Huether, Fundraising, Kermit Staggers, Dusty Johnson, Shantel Krebs, Charlie Brown, Marty Jackley, Kristi Noem, Democrats, Republicans, Brewery, Remedy Brewing Company, IPA, Lager, Hydra Brewing, Woodgrain Brewing, Monk’s Tap House, Prairie Berry, Brewers Row, Granite City, Busch Light, PBR, Washington Pavilion, Kara Dirkson, Jason Fokerts, Art Director, Museum Accreditation, KELO, Bubble-Gum Martini, Beef-O-Brady’s, Garth Brooks, Sack Lunch, Road Trip, Punk Rock, Teri Schmidt, Annette Bosworth, South Dakota State Supreme Court, Medical License, Political Retaliation, Theresa Stehly, Parks Board, Pat Starr, City Audit, Open Meeting Laws, Greg Neitzert, Michelle Erpenbach, Rex Rolfing, Rick Kiley

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Sioux Empire Podcast 076- Parks and Recreation with Sioux Falls City Council Member Theresa Stehly

Sioux Falls City Council Member Theresa Stehly is in the studio to rock the boat on The Sioux Empire Podcast this week.  Theresa gives the podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes) the rundown on her many adventures in local government from her first year on the Sioux Falls City Council.  No amount of gaveling can stop Theresa from telling us all about her work to bring transparency to city government and fighting for the little guy.  This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sioux Empire Podcast Network, specifically “The Art of Bombing” podcast with Dan Bublitz Jr.  Also, Chaos Reigns podcast with Ari Show and Dominic Wieneke.  I’m a Millennial, so I had to look it up on Wikipedia, but Theresa says we used to live in something called a “Community.”  Apparently, it involved caring about your neighbors and constituents beyond your capacity to extract money from them.  Weird.

Tags and Topics:

Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Natasha Estes, Theresa Stehly, Sioux Falls, City Council, Mike Huether, Rex Rolfing, Greg Neitzert, Pat Starr, Benson’s Flea Market, Argus Leader, Letters to the Editor, Snow Gates, Community, Kermit Staggers, Parks Department, Boards, Media, City Employees, Advocate, Conflict of Interest, Gavel, Executive Session, Bruce Danielson, Scott Ehrisman, School Board Election, Christine Erickson, Pioneer Park, Spray Pad, Drake Springs, Parks Board, Spellerberg Park, KSFY, David Zokaites, Mayoral Election, Greg Jamison, Kenny Anderson Jr., Jim Entenman, Nick Weiland, Michael Gunn, Bloggers, TV, Radio, KELOLAND, Conspiracy Theories, Sasquatch, Performance Audits, Rates, Fees, Fines, What Works Cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ambulance Service, Flowers, Garden, Grilling, Summer, Softball, Dustin Buri, Tattoos,  Chester Bennington, Linkin Park

 

This episode is pretty mild compared to most but our regular hosts are uncensored, so just in case:
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SEP070 – Read All About it with Joe Sneve

Extra!  Extra!  Listen all about it!  This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) sit down with Argus Leader Metro Watchdog reporter and motorcycle rebel Joe Sneve.  We talk with him about everything from Snapchat cabbies and rouge interns to goings on at Sioux Falls City Hall and lots of mental territory in between.  This week’s episode is brought to you by the Chaos Reigns podcast.  A podcast about independent filmmaking, acting, horror films, and whatever else strikes us. With Dominic Wieneke and Ari Show.  Stay tuned to the Sioux Empire Podcast for all your hard-hitting highway pig investigative journalism.   

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Joe Sneve Links:

http://www.argusleader.com/

https://twitter.com/Argus_Joe

http://www.argusleader.com/staff/13171/joe-sneve/

https://www.facebook.com/joesnevereporter

Story Tips Direct Line: 605-331-2318

jsneve@argusleader.com

 

Farmers market shakedown

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/05/24/farmers-market-concedes-state-collect-tourism-tax/343926001/

Snapchat Cabbie:

http://www.argusleader.com/…/snapchat-cabbie-cli…/370905001/

Theresa Stehly:

Lawn violation-

http://www.argusleader.com/…/news/city/2017/05/30/cou/3569…/

God –

http://www.argusleader.com/…/god-government-and-…/100987062/

Candidates and public input characters:

http://www.argusleader.com/…/candidate-potluck-k…/330385001/

http://www.argusleader.com/…/sneve-mount-rushmore…/98915332/

The plagiarizing intern

http://www.argusleader.com/…/argus-leader-comple…/377434001/

iMediaEthics Story about Intern

http://www.imediaethics.org/south-dakota-argus-leader-newspaper-retracts-11-articles-fake-quotes-unverifiable-quotes-info/

Hiway Pig

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/03/30/highway-pig-saved-slaughter-house/99732028/

SEP070 - Read All About it with Joe Sneve

SEP070 – Read All About it with Joe Sneve

 

Tags and Topics:

Argus Leader, Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Natasha Estes, Joe Sneve, Greg Belfrage, Metro Watchdog Reporter, Top Dog, Miracle of Birth Center, Falls Park Farmers Market, South Dakota Department of Revenue, Snapchat, Metro Cab, Paramedics Plus, Theresa Stehly, Bill Maher, Donald Trump, Lawn Care, Simpsons, Highway Pig, False Flag, Wastewater Treatment Plant Digester, Catholicism, Nuns, Greg Neitzert, Republicans, Midterm Elections, Sioux Falls Mayor Race, Paywall, Atheists, Apostate, Missionaries, Humanism, Apologetics, persecution complex, rude neighbors, Dell Rapids, Mike Huether, Code Enforcement, Minnehaha County, Burke, Billie Sutton, Public Input, David Zokaites, Bruce Danielson, Scott Ehrisman, Sarah Burchard, Crime, Gang Violence, Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Apartheid, Robert Mehling for City Council, Monk’s, Hungry for Truth, Cheese Platter, Cory Myers, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Internship, Al Neuharth Media Center, Main Street Pub, The Volante, Twitter, Facebook, Story Tips, Metrics, Post Malone, Urban Indianz Podcast, Gabriel Night Shield, Levi Hansen, Char Green-Maximo, Chaos Reigns, Ari Show, Dominic Wieneke

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SEP069 – Live-ish from SiouxperCon 2017

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This week the Sioux Empire Podcast crew (Robert Mehling, Seth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, and Natasha Estes) are live-ish from SiouxperCon 2017 The Sioux Empire Strikes Back.  We started off trying to talk about podcasting and the process involved and ended up talking with the audience about Cosplay crotch bulges.  You know, like we do.  Robert also explains the things that come out of our things, and then people put our things in their ears.  Seth tells the audience that podcasting is all about sharing your experience with the world.  He then tells the audience he has nothing to share.  The crew also takes some time to cut on the one poor guy there from Aberdeen.  A great big Sioux Empire Podcast Thank you to everyone who came to our live show and the fantastic SiouxperCon staff!

 

Tags and Topics:

Robert Mehling, Sloth Glover, Emily Gheorghiu, Natasha Estes, Amanda Mehling, Cosplay, SiouxperCon, RSS, Podcast, Bonus Round, Pinball, Back to the Future, The DeLorean, Alcohol, Splendor, Kegbot, Skittles, Wednesday Comics, Travis Nye, Z*Stonish, Pokehon, Chaos Reigns, Death Rot, Dominic Wieneke, Ari Show, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History, Lore, Welcome Nightvale, Greg Neitzert, Up With People, Roland R-05, Mixers, Audacity, Sioux Falls Saints, St. Paul Saints, PAC-Man Suit, Sam Kinison, Eggplant, Rick and Morty

SEP069 - Live-ish from SiouxperCon 2017

SEP069 – Live-ish from SiouxperCon 2017

 

SEP069 - Live-ish from SiouxperCon 2017

SEP069 – Live-ish from SiouxperCon 2017

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