The City of Sturgis’ Public Works Department conducted a study on their department with regards to management and facilities. The report revealed many inefficiencies including over crowded conditions, duplication of equipment and administration. It was determined that cost savings could be achieved through consolidation of facilities into a singular Public Works Department Campus.
With USDA Rural Development funding in the amount of $4,600,000, the City of Sturgis’ infrastructure Campus has become a reality. The federal funds will assist with the removal of three buildings and the construction of one main Campus. The Campus will consist of two shops, one for maintenance and one for vehicle/equipment storage. The two shop buildings will be connected by administration office space, and training space. The new building space will be 38,000 sq. ft. and the existing building that remains is 2,604 sq. ft. and it will be re-purposed for garbage truck storage. Additionally, a salt storage building, three-sided vehicle storage, a fueling station and a public water outlet will be constructed.
“We see ourselves as a partner to all of you that are on the ground and have a vision for the future of your communities,” said Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for USDA Rural Development. “I know these things don’t happen overnight. Often times it’s many months, many years in the making, and so, some heartfelt congratulations to you.”