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Sioux Falls mayor has many goals for last days in office

February 18, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has written himself an ambitious to-do list before he steps down from his role of eight years on May 15.

Huether told the Argus Leader that he’s sprinting to the finish line and hoping to accomplish at least 30 more “wins” before leaving City Hall.

Huether didn’t share all of his agenda items, but he said he wants to announce the first private partner in the rail yard redevelopment project and open bids for a bike trail project. He also plans to help city councilors with gifting city-owned land for a veterans’ cemetery and putting finishing touches on a mixed-use parking ramp project.

Huether said he doesn’t expect many obstacles to accomplishing his to-do items since many of his goals have been publicly debated. But he said he’s learned from his time as mayor that hurdles always find a way of popping up.

“There’s no such thing as a no-brainer in politics,” he said.

Huether has a long list of accomplishments, including repairing nearly 500 miles of the city’s streets. Though his final two years in office have coincided with many challenges between his administration and the City Council.

Councilor Greg Neitzert said the council will vet all of the mayor’s agenda items as if it’s his first months in office.

“Mayor Huether is a go-getter and ... it’s undeniable he’s been very productive with his time, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from him here at the end,” said Neitzert.


Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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