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Sturgis Council tables municipal utility rates resolution, approves agreement with state to pave Otter Road

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council Monday night decided to table the approval of a resolution establishing the municipal utility rates for 2024.

Following the passage of the city’s 2024 budget last week, the council established the community’s revenue estimates based on certain changes to the city’s utility rates.

The water, wastewater and sanitation base rates would increase by 5-percent. The city’s wastewater facility surcharge will go up 6.7-percent, from $15.79 to $16.85.

Sturgis Finance Director Faye Bueno informed council members of some last minute changes she received Monday morning.

Due to the changes, and the need for updated numbers, the council tabled the resolution until the next meeting.

Meanwhile, the council authorized the mayor to sign a joint powers maintenance and financial agreement between the city and the State of South Dakota concerning Otter Road.

Sturgis Public Works Director Rick Bush says the city owns Otter Road and has exclusive jurisdiction and maintenance responsibility over the road. He says Otter Road provides access to the state’s maintenance yard. He says the road is in need of resurfacing, so the city is asking the state to contribute toward the city’s cost of resurfacing it.

Bush says the plan is to pave the road at full depth.

The state’s share would be approximately $80,000. Bush estimates the total cost of the project to be around $160,000, depending on asphalt prices when it is done next year.

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