The first meeting of 2021 for the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District Board of Supervisors held Jan. 18 saw discussions on increasing water rates for higher-end irrigation users. While no decision was made, the board looked over two different options presented by District Manager Jeff Dooley to keep the income to expense ratio at 1. This would help collect for depreciation and replace future assets as needed.

The idea in each of the options was that the higher-end water users would pay more to compensate for the amount of water they utilize. The board is trying to deter excessive irrigation so that another water tower doesn’t have to be built.

The board asked to see at least one more option before approving any type of water increase. Further discussions will be held at their next meeting.

In other action, the board heard a financial report from Finance Officer Andrew Tramp and approved a 12-month CD renewal at Liberty National Bank with a .65 percent interest rating. They also authorized Tramp to pay bills on time and to later be ratified at their monthly meetings.

Particular goals for the 2021 year were discussed with some as incentives for employees. One such goal was to keep up the beautification processes of Dakota Dunes.

Board chairman Ken Beaulieu brought up concerns from the Community Association Advisory Council about dirt in peoples’ yards along Firethorn Trail from the construction taking place in Winged Foot development. They had also brought up the grinding of sidewalks which, unless there is nice weather for more than a couple days, will most likely not be completed until spring.

The board moved into executive session for economic development purposes and reconvened with no action.

The next meeting was scheduled for Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Dakota Dunes CID Welcome Center.