By The Associated Press
STURGIS, Miss. (AP) — Sturgis officials say they’ll renew talks in this year with organizers of a popular motorcycle rally that’s not been held in two years.
Mayor Walter Turner tells the Starkville Daily News (http://bit.ly/S1xVI4) that the board of aldermen has received a proposal from the Sturgis South Bike Rally Board to hold a rally in 2013. He says he doesn’t know when rally organizers will meet with aldermen.
The event was canceled ion 2011 and 2012 in a dispute over funds for city services including security, sanitation and trash collection.
The Sturgis aldermen rejected several revisions of a contract with the bike rally board throughout winter and spring of 2012 before rejecting a final revision in April despite financial assistance from the Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority.
After that April meeting, rally board president Donny Hanson said it would be up to the city to restart discussion of a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, and he said the rally board was considering options in other locales.
Turner said the rally and the economic opportunities lost with it are only part of a larger economic picture.
Organizers say the rally, once an Oktibbeha County staple for 14 straight years, has been a dependable source of revenue for local hotels and restaurants.