"It wasn't until we were able to test these things and get a taste of the service and say wow, we like this for our tax dollars this make sense to us," snow gate petition organizer Theresa Stehly said.
The snow gates are here to stay.
"Moving forward, we're excited that this is going to be implemented. The snow plow operators have been practicing to make this work efficiently," Stehly
Stehly helped organized a snow gate petition to put the issue on the citywide election ballot. They received 8,400 signatures. That momentum and support carried through to the election. Voters approved snow gates by more than 75 percent.
"There was such an energy that came to our petitioners to show their support for this. I had every confidence that this was going to pass. I didn't think by this margin but it's just another indicator of how popular this is going to be for our city," Stehly said.
The benefit of snow gates is that the devices prevent that heap of snow from piling up at the end of driveways, so homeowners who've just finished shoveling don't have to bust up a pile of snow along the street.
"During the pilot we had a lot of public meetings and during those public meetings we had a lot of public feedback. So the vote was ultimately not a surprised and now we will carry out their wishes," Sioux Falls Public Works Director Mark Cotter said.