Rapid City couple may file lawsuit against city following rodeo - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City couple may file lawsuit against city following church rodeo


A north Rapid City couple may bring a lawsuit against the city of Rapid City following a council vote that they claim was illegal. 

Dennis and Chelly Halterman live near the Dove Christian Center.  Last weekend the church hosted a rodeo, which was approved by the city council. The Halterman's say council members didn't have the legal authority to grant permission for the event because of city zoning laws.

Chelly Halterman says she and her husband filed a 'notice of claim' which suggests they received a number of injuries as a result of the council's decision to allow the rodeo. "Now that this has gone through there is a legal precedence that is place now, which all neighborhoods can now fall under," Chelly Halterman said.
City attorney Joel Landeen says it would be inappropriate for him to comment on the legality of the situation given that there may be litigation. He did say the 'notice of claim' was filed before the rodeo happened, so he's not sure what kind of damages they'd actually have.
According to Rapid City Council Vice President Amanda Scott, Landeen did tell council members that they did not have the authority to permit or deny such an event.
At least one city council member, Charity Doyle, says she believed she was within her legal right to approve the rodeo based on direction from the city attorney and the planning department.
Currently there is an ordinance being drafted that will make the issue more clear-cut and give council members the right to approve or deny similar events in the future.

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