It is no surprise that city officials were lukewarm and the mayor was tone deaf on the offer by the Flandreau Santee Tribe to build a casino in Sioux Falls and share the profits with the City. This town has always shown it's position regarding gambling and casinos. We do not like it and we do not support it.
It is easy to get caught up in that factoid when reading the ARGUS LEADER article about the tribe's offer. The article is about whether the city can be bought by the image of dollar bills dancing in our heads. I think everyone knows the answer to that question. The answer is no.
The real issue behind this story is "Council members were not told about the meetings with the tribe."
Director Smith said there was no point in talking about it until it has the governor's support and they don't make private development projects public. The City Council gets to read about it in the local newspaper with the rest of us. It is really kind of humorous when you think about this story and the players. Darrin Smith used to be a city councilor and was all about being vocal on how the mayor's administration should keep the councilors informed on issues. Now he is a director and the shoe is on the other foot and he makes excuses for not informing councilor leadership.
Once again, the transparency promise is broken. This time to the City Council. That's the real issue behind this story.