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Sturgis begins redistricting discussion

STURGIS, S.D. – City officials in Sturgis have begun discussions on the re-districting of wards.

Re-districting is required following the release of the latest census, which shows Sturgis has grown to 7,020 people.

City Manager Daniel Ainslie says they have been looking at several options.

“There are several different options and our staff has come up with several different scenarious. We are trying to ensure they are as logical as possible so the new districts follow the geographical boundaries.”

Of those options, he says there is one being heavily favored by staff.

“In this option, to the north, there would be Ward 1, and that one would kind of grow further south. So, it would include all of Sturgis up to Sherman Street and then the division between Wards 2 and 3 would essentially be Junction Avenue. Then, to the south, I-90, would separate Ward 4. ”

Ainslie says Sturgis will still have four wards. He says using the population of 7,020, each ward should have approximately 1,755 citizens.

You can see the various options, including the most favored one, which is option 6, by visiting the city’s website.

The city hopes to hold first reading of the redistricting ordinance at it’s next meeting.

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