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No lift at Cruisin’

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, July 11th, 2013

The Custer Cruisin’ Committee was forced to scrap plans for a photo tower for the upcoming Rally during its June 28 meeting, since the proper insurance could not be obtained.
“I talked with Laurie (Woodward, city finance officer), about additional insurance on the lift and we haven’t heard anything,” said Rex Harris, community development director. “I don’t think it will fly.”
The idea came up for businesses or a private party to insure or sponsor the lift, allowing visitors to the Custer Cruisin’ Rally to climb up the lift and take pictures of  the bikes and people on Mount Rushmore Road.
“Why can’t we get private insurance and have them carry the liability?” asked R.E. “Rock” Roeck, committee member. “Why not see how much it would cost to be privately insured?”
“If the city can’t do it, we probably won’t do it,” Harris said. “If somebody wants to take that on privately, that’s on them.”
However, privately doing an event for the rally goes against why the committee was founded.
“The whole philosophy behind Custer Cruisin’ is to help organize things like this. All these events (we’re doing) would be sponsored by Custer Cruisin’,” Harris said. “If there was a music show or bike event, those were not part of Custer Cruisin’. Instead they were put on by a business or group of people because it was good for them. That was the philosophy behind the establishment of Custer Cruisin’.”

The Custer Cruisin’ Committee was forced to scrap plans for a photo tower for the upcoming Rally during its June 28 meeting, since the proper insurance could not be obtained.

“I talked with Laurie (Woodward, city finance officer), about additional insurance on the lift and we haven’t heard anything,” said Rex Harris, community development director. “I don’t think it will fly.”

The idea came up for businesses or a private party to insure or sponsor the lift, allowing visitors to the Custer Cruisin’ Rally to climb up the lift and take pictures of  the bikes and people on Mount Rushmore Road.

“Why can’t we get private insurance and have them carry the liability?” asked R.E. “Rock” Roeck, committee member. “Why not see how much it would cost to be privately insured?”

“If the city can’t do it, we probably won’t do it,” Harris said. “If somebody wants to take that on privately, that’s on them.”

However, privately doing an event for the rally goes against why the committee was founded.

“The whole philosophy behind Custer Cruisin’ is to help organize things like this. All these events (we’re doing) would be sponsored by Custer Cruisin’,” Harris said. “If there was a music show or bike event, those were not part of Custer Cruisin’. Instead they were put on by a business or group of people because it was good for them. That was the philosophy behind the establishment of Custer Cruisin’.”

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