Judges Ruling Confirms Buffalo Chip Is Not A Town


A South Dakota judge has issued a final ruling confirming that the Buffalo Chip Campground of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fame cannot be a town.

The Rapid City Journal reports Circuit Court Judge Jerome Eckrich has issued a 30-page document with 103 findings supporting the ruling he made in May against the campground’s effort to become an incorporated town.

Meade County commissioners voted in February 2015 to allow the campground to move forward in its bid to become a town. Voters confirmed it in an election months later.

However, Eckrich has ruled that the procedures the commissioners followed when they approved Buffalo Chip’s petition to become a municipality violated state law.

Included in the 103 supporting findings that Eckrich issued is the fact that the campground’s legal residents in February 2015 were 50, not 100 as required by law.

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