SF City Council Votes Unanimously To Advance Public Input Ordinance

Sioux Falls City Council Meeting

It’s spurred a lot of controversy and discussions, and on Tuesday night the Sioux Falls City Council came to a unanimous agreement, for now, on when and how public input will happen at their meetings.

The council voted eight to zero to approve the first reading of an ordinance that keeps public input at the beginning of the agenda. This plan would limit public input to 30 minutes. Unlike before, public comments would be allowed on both first and second readings. But instead of having five minutes to talk, people will be limited to three.     

After last week’s heated meeting, Mayor Paul TenHaken talked with each council member about the issue. Ahead of their unanimous vote tonight, councilors weighed in on the ordinance.

“I’m going to support the compromise, I think it’s the way that, good government is about compromise. We all don’t always get what we want. But that’s why I’m going to support it,” city councilor Curt Soehl said.

“The product that you see in front of you is just that- it is compromise. It is talking about how we can make this better for everyone,” city councilor Christine Erickson said.

The second reading on this ordinance will happen on Tuesday, July 3.

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