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The Sturgis Board of Aldermen will hold a workshop to discuss a motorcycle rally counterproposal Tuesday at Sturgis City Hall immediately following a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. on an emergency generator for the cityâ€™s water supply.
The aldermen voted in January to hold the workshop and develop a counterproposal to the Sturgis South Bike Rally Boardâ€™s 2013 motorcycle rally proposal. Sturgis Mayor Walter Turner said alderman liaison Mike Collins will then bring this counterproposal before the rally board to give its members a clearer idea of the cityâ€™s needs.
â€ś(After that,) I expect the (rally board) to have their meeting and go from there,â€ť Turner said. â€śThe (city) board... (wants) to look at the revenue and expenses, lay it all out, put everything on the table and see what they think about having a rallyÂ for this year. Iâ€™m just going to have all the figures I presented to the board last year on security, trash, (etc.) (The aldermen) can come up with their figures and look at the offer the rally board has already made.â€ť
Turner said the workshop will be open to the public, but the aldermen will not make any binding decisions about the rally at the workshop.
â€śYou canâ€™t have any motions or anything during a workshop, but itâ€™s still open to the public,â€ť Turner said. â€śI would imagine we could send something back to the rally board and not have to wait for the next meeting to do that. Thatâ€™s not really a decision type that has to come before a regular board meeting because ... weâ€™re just forwarding information.â€ť
The specially called meeting pertains to a new generator to keep Sturgisâ€™s water supply running during an electrical outage, Turner said. This generator comes from a grant that the city recently extended, but the projectâ€™s first bid was for a generator that automatically activated when the power went out, which cost more money than the grant allowed.Â