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Sturgis Council sets public hearings for annexation proposals

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council has set public hearings of February 3 for two involuntary annexations.

The council is releasing an intent of annexing property owned by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle club and the Big Rig RV Park on Doland Creek Road.

The Jackpine Gypsies already receive city services such as water and sewer, but the RV park does not.

Jill Netterberg represented the RV Park and told the council Monday night she opposes the annexation.

“I have gotten this letter and I don’t see any services from Sturgis other than our clientele, staying with us to drive downtown to spend their money during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and that’s the primary reason they stay in our park, and we’re open 14 days a year.”

However, Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says city roadways are needed to get to their properties — roadways paid for by Sturgis taxpayers.

“Fire and EMS Services are currently being provided to you, and throughout the year, there are hundreds of people driving those roads to access your property.”

More than a dozen annexations have been completed in the last seven years. Last year, the city completed three separate involuntary annexations.

As for voluntary annexations, the council ialso set a public hearing of February 3 for an annexation petition from Sturgis Hideaway L.L.C., on ballpark road.

The council will hear public comment about the proposed annexations at that meeting.

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