In the last couple of months, the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) has been discussing the possibilities of a pedestrian, bike trail from Dakota Dunes Boulevard north down Sioux Point Road to Shay Road. As of Monday, June 21, the CID Board of Supervisors are moving forward with phase 1. The board approved sending a letter of intent to the South Dakota Department of Transportation Alternative Program for $297,912. As the estimated project cost is $397,912, the Dunes will fund the remaining $100,000. The hope is to connect Dakota Dunes to North Sioux City, Dakota Valley School District and Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.

A bid was awarded to Knife River for $56,714.62 to do repairs along the existing bike path along the interstate. They will be milling off the existing path from Prairie Park to the Big Sioux Levee, replacing the asphalt and then sealing it. Knife River will patch and seal the other half of the trail.

The board approved naming Community Improvement District District Manager Jeff Dooley as the alternate member to the Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee.

A scope of work from HDR Engineering was approved for $32,000. They will look at the Dunes’ water source, distribution and storage facilities plan to see if another water tower is needed. Dooley said with the current drought conditions, the Dunes went through 2.7 million gallons of water one day last week. On that same day, Yankton, SD (population 14,000) went through four million gallons. He stated that something is going to have to be looked at.

“So you can kind of see the disparity there between the usage and the population,” Dooley said. “I think Dakota Dunes is a little bit unique in that our community 99 percent of the homes probably have irrigation systems. Where you get to older communities that number is maybe 50 percent. So it’s very important that our residents follow the irrigation ordinance. The amount of water we’re using is just driving us towards making sure that our facilities are adequate and storage is a big part of that.

“We have the ability to shut irrigation systems off by ordinance if they’re not adhering to it,” Dooley continued. “It is tough to do for a number of different reasons. For one, watering is usually going on at night. We have a certain order, but we have discussed different ways we could enact restrictions if we need to.”

He gave the example of Sioux Falls and what they have done. Stage 1 is normal watering; Stage 2 is people can only water once a day; Stage 3 is no irrigation.

“We’re not doing any of that,” Dooley said, “But we are thinking about what we might do if it comes to that. We’re not there yet, but it’s something that has to be looked at given the amount of water we use.”

The next meeting was scheduled for July 19 at 7 p.m.