City Council

Development Agreement For Downtown Railyard Withdrawn

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  The redevelopment of the downtown Railyard in Sioux Falls has been put on hold, and the future of the project is unclear. City Council unanimously voted to allow the development agreement for Black Iron Railyard L.L.C., owned by David and Erika Billion, to be withdrawn. According to the city, the couple needs more time to review costs…

City Donates Land for State Veterans Cemetery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —  The city has officially donated more than 60 acres of land in northeast Sioux Falls to be used for a state veterans cemetery. The vote was unanimous at tonight’s meeting to give the land to the state. Supporters say the cemetery is a much-needed burial site in eastern South Dakota for 40,000 veterans and their families….

Sioux Falls Council Reaches Agreement on Public Input Final Vote

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — When and how people give general public input at city council meetings have been hot topics for weeks. Tuesday night the council reached a final agreement. After several proposals and hours of public input on the matter, the council passed the ‘Councilors Compromise’ 7-0. Councilor Theresa Stehly had an amendment that allows the public to use photos…

Council Reaches Compromise on Public Input

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Changing the way people express their concerns and ideas at Sioux Falls city council meetings has been a hot topic the past couple of weeks. Tuesday the council discussed a new idea for public input with hopes of moving it forward. It was another full house at council chambers tonight. There were about 40 people gathered with…

Public Weighs in on Input Proposal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The proposal of moving public input from the beginning of Sioux Falls City Council meetings to the end passed a tight first round of voting 4-3 Tuesday night. However it didn’t come without stirring up a lot of debate. Nearly 40 people voiced their opinions on whether the general public input session should be moved. Many were…

Lyft Leads to More Ordinance Changes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-  The introduction of Lyft to Sioux Falls has created new competition for driving companies. Not everyone thinks it’s a level playing field. Those concerns have led city council to re-evaluate some transportation laws. The council unanimously passed two proposals last night. Both brought forward by council member Greg Neitzert. The first change will allow  luxury pick up…

City Council Candidate Voices Concerns Over Government Transparency and Recordkeeping

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A city council candidate and former city attorney is speaking out. Janet Brekke is no stranger to city council meetings. After attending these meetings, her curiosity led her to explore the the city’s recordkeeping process. “This current situation as it currently exists is an unhealthy environment in city government that is ripe for document altering or…

Lyft Suspends Mitchell Man’s Account

MITCHELL, S.D.-Lyft ride-hailing service says they’ve revoked the driver account they’d previously granted to a Mitchell Man convicted of attempted murder 26 years ago.   On Tuesday Mitchell City Council approved Joseph Novak for a taxi cab license, the last step needed for him to drive for Lyft. He passed lyfts background check because under South Dakota law they only…

Brandon Fills Empty Seat On City Council

BRANDON, S.D. – Controversy is brewing in Brandon- after a packed city council meeting Tuesday night. Recently, a Brandon City Council member resigned for health reasons.  Three residents were vying for the open seat in the city’s 3rd ward. Chuck Parsons, James Starzl, and Tim Wakefield Junior applied for the position.  Bryan Read, the city administrator, says the council chose the…

City Councilors Speak Up About Parking Ramp Project and Transparency Concerns

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls city councilors are speaking up after last night’s decision to continue with the controversial $50 million downtown parking project and more importantly who’s behind it. The city has spoken: Aaron Hultgren of Legacy Development is out and Village River LLC is in for the public-private parking ramp project that’s making headlines. Still, the public…

City Council Votes 5-3 For New Golf Course Management

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – In a matter of weeks, Sioux Falls city golf courses will be under new management. People packed Carnegie Town Hall to witness a close vote on Tuesday evening after another long night at city council.  Many people even sat on the floor. Sioux Falls city councilors voted 5 to 3 approving Nebraska-based “Landscapes Unlimited” to oversee…

Village on the River: “There is Definitely a Need”

President of Downtown Sioux Falls outlines why he believes now is the time for a project of this magnitude

President of Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. Joe Batcheller explains why he believes the Village on the River, the major new downtown hotel, mixed-use, and parking ramp project, is the right decision for Sioux Falls and South Dakota. Batcheller sat down with KDLT News Today just days after the Sioux Falls City Council voted to move the project – a $50 million…

Mayor Huether Recommends Brad Goodroad For New Fire Rescue Chief

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – On Friday, Mayor Mike Huether recommended interim Fire Rescue Chief Brad Goodroad to be Sioux Falls’ next Fire Chief. Division Chief Goodroad has been serving as interim chief since Jim Sideras’ departure on May 2nd. Goodroad began his career with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in January 1994, serving as a Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Operator, Captain, Battalion…

Fire Safety Costs For SF Concerts Could Be Increasing For Performers

SIOUX FALLS – Big concerts in Sioux Falls often include pyrotechnics or lasers and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is always on standby at these events to make sure nothing goes wrong. Soon performers may to have to pay more for that service. Fire Marshall Dean Lanier wants to increase the standby fee from $55 an hour per inspector to $90. When…