SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Almost exactly one month ago, KELOLAND News brought you live coverage of a heavily flooded neighborhood in south Sioux Falls just south of the Big Sioux River.
Monday night the Sioux Falls City Council considered an ordinance to provide money to buy homes in that area and passed it unanimously: eight to zero. It’s a voluntary program that would provide $1 million for the city to buy homes on Rose and Lotta Streets just south of Tomar Park, which borders the Big Sioux River. The city is looking at 55 properties.
“First of all, I’m going to state that I am in favor of this, and thankful that the administration has brought it forward,” councilor Rick Kiley said. “I think number one, what I’m hearing, is that these individuals want some direction.”
“I think the urgent thing to do is to allocate this money so we can get it to the important things, is how do we spend it and how do we protect this neighborhood,” councilor Curt Soehl said.
“I want to personally commend the mayor and his staff for stepping up and addressing this issue, and I think you’re doing it with compassion and responsiveness and generosity,” councilor Theresa Stehly said.
The ordinance now moves on to a second reading in one week.