City Attorney’s Office Top 10 Wins

  1. City AttorneysRail Yard Relocation Project: The City Attorney’s Office provided the legal assistance for the City’s historic purchase of ten acres of rail yard property in downtown Sioux Falls. This project will spark key economic development and completely change the look of downtown Sioux Falls. The development of this region of downtown will provide benefits to our community for generations to come.
  2. Successful Defense of the Ambulance Services Provider Bidding and Selection Process: The City Attorney’s Office assisted in the defense of legal challenges to the City’s request for proposals and subsequent selection of a sole provider of ambulance services for the city. An unsuccessful bidder challenged the City’s bidding and selection process, commencing legal actions at the administrative level, as well as the federal and state courts. The City prevailed at all levels. This ruling will ensure the highest quality emergency medical services for the citizens of Sioux Falls for many years without the need for a taxpayer-funded subsidy.
  3. Midco® Aquatic Center Project: The City Attorney’s Office drafted the naming rights agreement for the Midco® Aquatic Center, along with the agreement for the construction manager at risk. These agreements will help ensure a high-quality indoor pool facility at an affordable and fixed cost for taxpayers. The naming rights agreement will provide on-going funds for operating the facility for the next ten years.
  4. New Human Rights Community Coordinator, Human Relations Technician, and Public Works Paralegal: The department added a new Human Rights Community Coordinator, Julie Briggs; a new Human Relations Technician, Tina Lemieux; and a new Public Works Paralegal, Angela Richmond, to the team. Each brings extensive experience, which will assist the City Attorney’s Office in all parts of our mission. Briggs will provide outreach to diverse populations in our community and assist with processing discrimination complaints. Lemieux will provide fair housing education and outreach, as well as assistance in the processing of discrimination complaints. Richmond will provide valuable assistance to the Public Works legal advisor.
  5. Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Celebration: The Human Relations Office coordinated and led the City’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The celebration included a day of speakers and activities that were attended by a total of almost 1,000 people. The event also celebrated the diversity within our community!
  6. Successful Defense of South Walmart Election and Rezoning Procedures: The City Attorney’s Office assisted in successfully defending the City from additional legal challenges on the rezoning and subsequent referendum election on the south Walmart store at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls. The State Circuit Court ruled that the City followed the law in all respects.
  7. Events Center Metal Panels Settlement: The City Attorney’s Office assisted in achieving a settlement on the issue of the nonconforming metal panel siding on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. The settlement saved taxpayers considerable time and expense of any additional litigation while achieving a significant settlement that can be used for future physical enhancements to the facility.
  8. State Legislation Ensuring Citizen Input to Their Elected Officials: In response to a recent court decision that precluded citizen input to their local elected officials on certain issues outside of a public meeting, the City Attorney’s Office drafted and assisted in the passage of remedial state legislation. These new state laws will ensure that citizens may provide input to their elected officials at any time, regardless of the type of matter pending before an elected body.
  9. Overhaul of Municipal Election Ordinances: The department assisted the City Clerk’s Office in an extensive review and overhaul of the City’s election ordinances and the Municipal Election Handbook. The City Council adopted these revisions, which will continue to provide equal opportunities for citizens to participate in the democratic process while also respecting free speech rights of individuals. The revisions will ensure that municipal elections remain fair and valid.
  10. Timely and Reliable Legal Support to City Government: The department provided timely and reliable legal support on numerous issues to the entire City government team, including the Mayor, City Council, department directors and staff, and the citizen boards.