Supreme Court: Sioux Falls must release $1M arena contract
Sep. 21, 2017
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled Sioux Falls officials must make public a contract the city negotiated over repairs to the Denny Sanford Premier Center.
Sioux Falls officials have refused to release details of the contract, which reimbursed the city $1 million. City officials negotiated the settlement with contractors who worked on the project are warping was discovered on exterior metal panels of the $115 million arena.
Argus Leader Media sued in 2015 to force the city to release the contract. A judge ruled in favor of the city, but the state Supreme Court reversed that decision Thursday, arguing the contract cannot be kept secret.
The Argus Leader reports the high court concluded the contract does not meet exceptions to South Dakota's open records law.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Mike Huether says city officials are reviewing the decision.
Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com