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Sturgis city borrows $4.6 million, bids come in too high


News Staff - May 21, 2018

STURGIS, SD – The trade war between the United States and China has reached Sturgis.

When Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on imported steel from China, the price skyrocketed and is being pointed to as the main reason that bids for a progressive city project came in much higher than anticipated.

How the Sturgis City Council will move forward on the $4.6 million dollar federal loan it has received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build a new city public works infrastructure isn't yet known. But Sturgis Public Works Director Rick Bush remains optimistic about the project.

Currently, facilities and equipment are scattered in various locations and in out-dated buildings. The loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide funds to completely rebuild the public works campus.

Plans include demolishing three older buildings and replacing them with a newly constructed 38,000 square foot structure.  The city plans to consolidate the parks, cemetery and water departments on the new public works campus.

Terms of the federal loan repayment by Sturgis taxpayers were not immediately available.



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