In accordance with the sewer rate increase being passed from Sioux City to Dakota Dunes, Dakota Dunes is raising their sewer rates as well. The Dakota Dunes Board of Supervisors discussed a 24-cent per 1,000 gallons increase at prior meetings but didn’t discuss raising the base rate. At their Dec. 21 meeting, the board increased the base sewer rate for residents from $15 to $16 and for commercial properties from $30 to $32. This change would have a public hearing before going into effect July 1.

As of now, no water increase is expected, but further discussions may be had on raising the base rate, especially on higher water users.

A credit of $5,302.50 went to Tyson Foods for their cooling tower sewer usage. This credit comes from water that evaporates from the cooling tower instead of going down the sewer system.

The board approved a lease for a street sweeper for five years. The cost of the sweeper is $210,000 and will be leased at $46,731 per year with the option for the Dunes to purchase at the end of the five-year contract.

A draft of a sewer and water use plan was reviewed by the board and will be discussed further in later meetings.

An executive session for personnel matters and economic development resulted in action. A wage increase of 3.6 percent was given to employees and the incentive pool was set at $22,187. The incentive pool is for all employees who complete extra projects or training.

The next meeting was scheduled for Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Dakota Dunes Welcome Center.