Video of Sioux Falls City Council vote on $20.6 Million Parking Ramp and Development Down Town
“City of Sioux Falls we have an elected official who has refused to perform his role.” – Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether
So the historic vote was last night, it was one of the wildest City Council Meetings I’ve ever seen. Here are some highlights.
At around 55:27 The Parking Ramp Discussion Starts.
At around 1:09 Public Input starts. Mayoral Candidate David Zokaites opens public input with an interesting slide show.
At 1:58 the Mayor stops public input to summarize what people for and against have said and announced that the next member of the public will be the last to give input.
At 2:05 Councillor Pat Starr asks Mayor Mike Huether to continue public input since this is the only chance the public will have to give input. The Mayor denies this request. Then the council begins the discussion.
At 2:09 Audio cuts out because I suck at live stream. My Bad. You can still see councilor Theresa Stehly’s slide show.
I fix the audio at 2:16.
At 2:21 the council member Rex Rolfing goes off on council member Theresa Stehly for sharing his contact info on her materials urging voters to speak out against the ramp and to contact their elected officials. Mayor tells him to get back to the matter at hand.
At 2:22 the vote happens and things fall apart. The ramp passes 6-1 with Pat Starr trying to obtain. A short debate ensues about whether a council member can abstain from a vote while present. It ends with Pat Starr leaving the room. Mayor asks council chair to bring him back and he refuses. Mayor declares council member Pat Starr to have “City of Sioux Falls we have an elected official who has refused to perform his role.” Then applause breaks out among the public in the chamber. The mayor reprimands the applauders.
2:51 after a heated debate about an amendment from council member Theresa Stehly, council member Pat Starr returns to the chamber. Council member Rex Rolfing asks if it is appropriate for council member Pat Starr to return and vote in the meeting. Mayor tells him that he checked and it is.
And thus, a public-private partnership parking ramp is born in Sioux Falls.
If you’re curious about what council member Pat Starr had to say about all of this the night before this vote, check out the episode of South DaCola podcast we recorded with him almost exactly 24 hours before.