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Issue over snow gate wording on ballot

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Sioux Falls voters have just two days to go before casting their ballots for the city and school board elections.

One of the measures this year -- whether or not the city should use snow gates.

While snow removal may have been the last thing on our minds today, people responsible for getting the issue on the ballot are upset by its wording.

One Sioux Falls woman put in a lot of work to make sure snow gates would be on the ballot. But she thinks the wording voters will see on the ballot is not how they wanted it to appear.

Theresa Stehly worked hard to get snow gates on this year's Sioux Falls election ballot.

But now there's some controversy over the wording.

"I would like that ballot wording to be the same as it was on our initial petition wording, which is that the city may use discretion when it comes to the use of emergency snow routes," said Stehly.

Changing discretionary use to no use on snow emergency routes does not sit well with Stehly.

"That's too closed ended for us, because we only put that wording in in case of heavy snow," she said.

But City Attorney, Dave Pfeifle, said they did not want to hide anything from voters.

He said this decision was made based on testing the snow gates over the past few years.

"In terms of what our public testing did through the six site areas for snow gates. They take too long and there's other chemicals being used on emergency snow routes, we have to use truck plows to get that snow removed more quickly through the routes that remain after the chemicals melting it so again we didn't want to hide the ball," said Pfeifle.

Pfeifle added they need to keep traffic moving on those emergency routes, and using the snow gates would add six to eight hours to plowing time.

Even though they may not agree on the wording, both Pfeifle and Stehly want to encourage everyone to get out and vote this Tuesday.

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