The City of Sturgis is considering annexing a popular motocross spot: but there’s a lot more to it than that.
The land is owned by the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club, who have been around since before the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began. The Jackpine Gypsies has played a key role in the history of what’s become one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in the world.
At Monday evening’s city council meeting in Sturgis, City Manager Daniel Ainslie laid out 5 reasons why the Jackpine Gypsies property could be annexed by the city.
This was a reading to consider the approval of the annexation, and no formal action has taken place.
The Jackpine Gypsies had representatives at the meeting. The organization has strong feelings on the measure. They’re concerned about the potential for increased taxes and regulations if the historic property is annexed to the city.
“We are completely against annexation. We look at this as a live or die type of thing. We are looking to anyone in the motorcycle community to come to our defense. If this goes through, it will basically be the death of the Jackpine Gypsies,” says Jackpine Gypsies Board Chairman Brett Winsell.
The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club was formed back in the 1930s. Council approved consideration of the issue and a public input hearing is set for March 2.