Chamber of Commerce wants 3rd party to review Premier Center siding

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce said in a newsletter on Tuesday, it believes a third-party contractor needs to take a look at the siding on the Premier Center.

"We actively follow government at all levels and then what we try and do is communicate with our members and our leadership kind of what's going on from the perspective of the chamber's policies and platform," said Mark Lee, Director of Communications for the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce.

One of those things that's been going on -- the release of the settlement the city made with sub-contractors -- regarding rippled panels on the sides of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

"So that's really why we embarked in this -- it was too big of an issue to ignore of course," said Lee.

Lee said the Chamber tries to present any city government issues in the most neutral way possible -- including this one.

"It's basically saying, 'Listen, there were decisions that were made by the city, you may agree or disagree with those decisions,'" Lee said.

But, he said, there's one question that people are still asking, that needs an answer.

"And that lingering issue is whether or not the siding is doing its job and whether or not its actually protecting the integrity of the Events Center," Lee said.

The Chamber was a busy place Wednesday morning, as mayoral candidate Greg Jamison was on hand for a ribbon cutting, and to support the Chamber's position.

"It's imperative that that information come out," Jamison said. "I support the Chambers' position and here's why: The Events Center is our crown jewel in this community."

Jamison said taxpayers and business owners in the community spent millions supporting the building of the Premier Center.

"That building deserves to be done right," said Jamison. "It deserves to have all the information put out in the open and the best part is we gotta get past this."

Lee agreed, he'd like to get the issue wrapped up too, but said he has more faith in the city administration than most of its critics.

"I don't buy into any conspiracy theories," Lee said. "I don't really worry about that. I'm just focused on just this one remaining issue. It seems to be the one thing people want answered. Let's get it answered."

Lee said should the city take his suggestion into consideration, he believes the city administration should decide on which contractor to hire to evaluate the panels, without the City Council.

Jamison, on the other hand, has openly supported the release of all documents related to the settlement, and has said that if he's elected, plans to release all of them, including a report that is still being kept from the public because the city says it's just a "draft."