The Cherokee County Conservation Board is moving forward with plans to build showers at the Silver Sioux Recreation Area, Ginger Vietor, conservation board director, informed the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Along with the installation of the showers the project includes replacing pit toilets with flush toilets and adding sinks in the cinder block building that currently has no water. This building will be extended under the plan. There will be four uni-sex showers with one big enough to meet handicapped accessible standards. Vietor presented a diagram of the planned facility to the supervisors.
This project, or a project like it, has been under discussion for a number of years and resulted in a dispute between the CCCB and the supervisors several years back. The plan reviewed Tuesday was scaled back from what was proposed several years ago and extends onto an existing structure to save money.
The facility will be seasonal, with water drained for the winter months. It has been decided that use will be free rather than attempting to put in coin operated equipment.
"We need to discontinue the use of the pits. They are smelly and unpleasant," Vietor said.
"The present facility just doesn't work," Terry Graybill, supervisor, said.
"I agree. This is what we need and it makes sense to extend the existing building," Ron Wetherell, supervisor, said.
Bids for construction will be received by the CCCB in September and the project will hopefully be completed in the fall.
Vietor said that the supervisors need to act to make encumbered funds available. This includes land acquisition funds and REAP funds. Vietor said that it was her understanding that land acquisition funds can also be used for capital improvements. That will be looked into.