2020 is a year that no one wants to relive. Everyone is ready to put the year behind them and focus on 2021, making it better than 2020, and, hopefully, getting back to their own sense of normalcy. However, before we try to completely forget 2020 ever existed, let’s look back on what major events, decision and good/bad things happened throughout the year.

Justifying July

Even during the pandemic many people still enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday with annual displays in the North Sioux City area. Zorts held their display and people parked in many open lots in a old drive-through movie fashion.

After Rodd Slater was appointed as mayor by the city council, his seat on the council became vacant. Applications were taken for people wanting to be part of the council. The council decided to put names into a hat and draw. Joan Christiansen was appointed to the vacant seat. Another appointment was Amy Lilly as the North Sioux City Finance Officer. She was appointed at the July 20 council meeting to begin her duties Aug. 17.

In order to replace their current ladder truck, the Dakota Valley Emergency Services District went through an opt out for $500,000. It was an estimated increase of $60 in taxes on a $300,000 home. Their current truck is 30 years old when the lifespan is usually 25 years.

The North Sioux City Fire Department conducted a controlled burn July 19 on the Bridget Flynn house and barn. The property now belongs to them and will be the location for their new training facilities.

The Dakota Valley School Board made sure to have an in-person graduation ceremony for their seniors. Held outdoors on the football field, the ceremony was July 25.

Bill Leberman joined the Panther staff as the new Upper Elementary/Middle School Principal.

The Dakota Valley School pushed back their start date of school by two days for further training and implementation of new COVID-19 protocols. The board also decided to require mask usage within all the buildings and on campus.

Aggravating August

Residents of North Sioux City spoke out against the preliminary drawings on the Northshore Master Plan, mainly residents along Penrose Drive as the street is currently a dead end. They don’t want to see their quiet street turn into a thoroughfare.

Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District decided to install security cameras in their two parks due to vandalism that occurred earlier in the year. Andrew Tramp was recognized as the finance officer for the CID, replacing long-time employee Kim Hoffman.

The CID Board of Supervisors were presented a proposed master plan to add more homes to Dakota Dunes. It was proposed by Connelly Development as the Shay Road housing and commercial development concept.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.