During the Sturgis (S.D.) Motorcycle Rally it is home to more than 500 employees and a temporary home to thousands of visitors. But come May, the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground could be South Dakota’s newest city, as reported by television station KOTA.
A special election is set to decide whether the campground will become a town.
Early Friday afternoon (Feb. 27), after hours of discussion, Meade County commissioners voted to accept the incorporation petition filed by campground attorney Kent Hagg.
The debate centered on whether to accept an amendment to the petition, correcting some mistakes made by a land surveyor.
In the end, commissioners decided that the changes complied with state law. According to statute, an election date was set for May 7, 2015.
“My job isn’t to decide whether the Buffalo Chip should be a town, it’s to decide whether they complied with all the rules to start a town. And in my judgment they did comply with all the rules,” said Meade County Commissioner Alan Aker.
The May election may be moot, according to Aker. He believes there is a 90% chance that a lawsuit will be filed to stop incorporation.
Hagg hopes that’s not the case because of the promising economic development investments that are pending the Chip’s city status.
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