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Sioux Falls City Council discusses public input

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Theresa Stehly is one of Sioux Falls most vocal residents. She's provided testimony on the texting ban, the Events Center, and most recently, snow gates.

"All of those things had unlimited public input," said Stehly. "And, then when we have an issue like snow gates that some of the council members don't support, then they have suppression on citizens."

Back on December 18th, the City Council listened to public input about implementing snow gates. But, both proponents and opponents were limited to 20 minutes.

"We really shouldn't be picking winners and losers on topics. Either you have twenty minutes per side or you don't," said councilor Greg Jamison.

That's why he has decided to look into the matter of public input consistency.

"Limited discussion is a bad idea generally, but you do need to have some parameters and some order involved in those discussions," said Jamison. "Otherwise it can turn into quite a night."

The Council did find rules that do allow for additional testimony if a Councilor asks for more time.

"We want to be doing things in our city that encourages people to become engaged in the process," said Stehly.

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