- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - People in the Buffalo Chip Campground area near Sturgis have voted unanimously to make their community South Dakota’s newest city.

Thursday’s vote was 43-0 in favor of incorporation, though the courts might have the final say.

The city of Sturgis unsuccessfully tried several ways to block the election, including an appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court. City officials and adjacent landowners believe the campground is within the city’s 3-mile jurisdiction, and they’re concerned about Buffalo Chip’s ability to annex areas around it. They also believe the citizen petition that prompted the vote had invalid signatures.

Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff wants to turn the campground into a city that can attract businesses friendly to the motorcycle industry. The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws hundreds of thousands of people to the area. The campground hosts hordes of those visitors.

“We’re happy to be here and we’re looking forward actually to utilizing this position as a municipality to be able to develop further economically in this whole region and be able to contribute more to tourism,” Woodruff told KEVN-TV.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie told the Rapid City Journal that the dispute isn’t over.

“The appeal of the county’s decision to approve the petition will still work its way through the courts,” he said.


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