Sturgis taking second look bike rally proposal

By The Associated Press

STURGIS — The city of Sturgis is taking a second look at an earlier rejected contract for a bike rally.

The board of aldermen voted Tuesday to rescind an earlier vote that rejected the contract with the Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally Board. Under the proposal, the rally board would pay the city $8,500 toward such services as security, sanitation and trash pickup.

Also, some Sturgis business owners say the loss of the rally in 2011 — over the same money issue — had proven costly to their businesses.

Sturgis Mayor Walter Turner says he plans to talk with Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman who agreed to assist Sturgis.

Organizers say the rally, an Oktibbeha County staple for the last 14 years, has been a dependable source of revenue for local hotels and restaurants.