The Ethics Board has rendered its decision and it is time to put the issue of Entenman's conflict regarding his building at Burnside behind us. This has been a very heated debate in the public, sometimes not very civil. However, this issue needed to be addressed by the proper governmental body and it was - so be it.
This is what an Ethics Board member stated: "Whatever we've done in that area hasn't necessarily had a good financial outcome for area businesses," board member Bill O'Connor said. The Argus Leader reported the board based its decision in part on the fact that land values didn't go up after the Sioux Falls Convention Center was built in the mid-1990s and after upgrades were made to Sioux Falls Stadium in 2000.
There is great irony in the Ethics Board decision. Entenman is cleared of a conflict of interest so he can now vote with the mayor on putting the biggest economic engine this city will see in decades in a place that even the Ethics Board sees as having no land value potential.
Although Entenman argued that a new events center wouldn't do much for landowners in the area, he did maintain that it still would be good for the city. "That's where the power of having it there is going to be," he said.
The mayor and his team of 4 councilor followers are hell bent on not changing their position regarding the Arena/Convention Center site. I just don't get the mentality that once you make a decision, you can't change it. It's like they have adopted a stance of "don't confuse me with the facts."
The irony of it all. This would all be funny if it weren't so sad for the city.