- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City church that drew the ire of neighbors three years ago with a rodeo event is again causing a stir by seeking city approval for a motorcycle show.

Neighbors of the Dove Christian Center in 2013 fought the plans for the rodeo, saying it would disrupt the neighborhood. The city eventually allowed the event, and it resulted in a sheep getting loose and roaming the area for about a month before being caught during a blizzard.

Now, the church is proposing a motorcycle event next month, and neighbors are once again protesting.

Mike Quasney told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2acSjld ) that the event would be a better fit for an arena or fairgrounds, not a residential area. Dennis Halterman said the church holds many family events that are appropriate for the neighborhood, but a motorcycle show crosses the line.

“It appears we have the intent of what’s called ‘normalization of deviation,’ where we’re gradually stripping away our low-density residential protection that we all have,” he said.

Pastor Timothy Stuen said the event will have a fenced-off jump arena equipped to handle up to 2,000 people, and will “heed to all safety regulations and fire hazards.”

“No damage or disruption will occur on our property or surrounding areas,” he said. “The property has substantially been improved since the bull riding event in 2013 and will continue to improve over the next several years.”

The City Council is expected to decide the matter on Monday.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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