Jack Nicklaus Drive could be completed by year end, if a Memorarandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Elk Point and Elk Point Investments, LLP (EPI) can be completed in the next several weeks.

The council considered the MOU at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 3. It states EPI will complete the street and construct a detention basin and accompanying associated stormwater management systems. It will also replat the detention area, all by Dec. 31, 2021. Once the work has been granted a certificate of completion from EPI’s engineers, the city will take over ownership and maintenance of the street and basin.

However, City Engineer Kim McLaury had questions on how drainage will be handled. The plans submitted by EPI’s engineers call for water to drain into a culvert from both west and east and travel into the detention basin.

“My gut feeling, I don’t think that culvert is deep enough,” McLaury said.

He also worried about a four-foot deep ditch that will run between two lots on either side of the street. The street would also have a dip with two drop inlets to drain water. He said buried pipe will be more suitable. City Attorney Craig Thompson wondered whether EPI would want to city to pay the extra expense for the pipe. Council member Steve Nelson asked if the city could trade the cost of the pipe for ownership of a 10-foot wide stretch of land that would provide a cart path through to the golf course.

McLaury will talk to EPI’s engineers and Thompson will communicate with their lawyer, John Archer, to get a revised MOU ready for the council’s next meeting. The council tabled the MOU until that meeting.

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