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Sturgis Council planning public hearing to discuss possibly moving municipal election from April to June

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis council received an informational report on moving the city’s municipal election from April to June at their meeting Monday.

Municipal elections are generally set by statute to occur on the second Tuesday of April. However, the election statutes allow the City Council to establish a different election date in June.

The council may establish a standalone June municipal election or may opt to create a joint election with the school district during the school board elections.

The general budgetary impact of shifting the April election to June will be nominal, however a jointly held and shared election may decrease election costs by sharing them between the school district and/or county.

If the city decides to establish a June election date, it will need to do so by resolution, passed on or before January 14th.

The council would like to get public input on the matter and plans to announce a public hearing date at its next meeting.

In other action Monday, the council approved medical cannabis dispensary licenses for two establishments.

Both Puffy’s and Northern Hills Alternative Health were in compliance and both submitted the renewal application fee of $7,500.

Since the issuance of the two licenses, no changes in operations or ownership had been made and no complaiints had been filed with Code Enforcement or Law Enforcement.

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