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Taking a look at Sioux Falls' ballot measures

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We are nine days away from a city-wide election in Sioux Falls. 

Tuesday, April 8 -- voters will have a few decisions to make. 

First on the ballot -- Initiated Measure 1 -- snow gates.

Voters will decide if snow gates be implemented within the city's snow removal plan.

If voted yes, the snow gates will help city crews remove snow more efficiently from driveways and intersections. But it could take away between $300 and $600,000 from the city's piggy bank.

Next, Initiated Measure Two -- Spellerberg Pool.

If you vote yes, you are supporting a new outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park.

"Voting yes for the Spellerberg outdoor pool because this just is not the right place to be putting a huge indoor aquatic center that would cut the park in half," said Tom VanBockern, for the outdoor pool.

Voting no means you are paving the way for an indoor facility at the park.

"We live in South Dakota. We're asking voters to say no to an outdoor pool that can only be used three months out of the year in hopes we can get back on track for an indoor facility that we can use 12 months out of the year," said Susie Patrick, against the outdoor pool.

Referred Law Three -- Shape Places.

A 'yes' vote would adopt the Shape Places Zoning Plan and a 'no' vote would retain the city's existing zoning ordinance.

And Referred Law Four -- 85th St. and Minn. Ave.

A 'yes' vote would result in the city's proceeding with planning rezoning at 85th St. and Minn. Ave. and a 'no' vote would deny rezoning at this location.

"The north side Walmart that is currently being built and the nearest residential neighborhood is a half mile away and that's good planning. That's appropriate planning. That's smart growth. And then again, we have the south side proposed Walmart showing the single family homes a mere 160 feet away from the proposed Walmart site," said Dana Palmer, 'Save our Neighborhood.'

"There are a number of out lots that border on 85th St. so your 'e not seeing a Walmart store on 85th St. You're seeing these lifestyle convenience businesses like the hair salons and local banks and coffee shops and things like that. So the Walmart is set back and again there will be a lot of trees and landscaping around it as well," said Craig Dewey, 'Building a Better Sioux Falls.'



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