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Estherville City Council - Street project moves foward

Tri-State Paving bid approved

August 6, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville Council moved forward with the 2012 street resurfacing project on Monday.

The council held a hearing on the project, which mostly entails South Fifth Street to First Avenue North and First Avenue North from Fifth Street to Ninth Street.

With no comment from the public, council moved forward with approving the lone bid for the project submitted by Tri-State Paving Company of Estherville.

Their bid of $349,896.50 was just over $40,000 over the engineer's project estimate.

However, Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton said the bid was still within the city's budgeted amount for the project.

In other business Monday, council moved forward with an amended engineering agreement for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Primary Digester project.

According to Clayton, the equipment was being sandblasted and multiple defects were discovered.

"There were too many too count," said Clayton.

The project will require a solution and it will be expensive.

However, council action Monday only dealt with the engineering costs which will increase from $14,500 to $84,100.

Also Monday, council upheld the policy requiring employees to reside within the city. John Schmaus had submitted a request for an exception to the requirement.

Council appointed Clayton to represent the city on the Regional Wellness Center Board. Former parks and recreation Dave Spurgin had held the position.

Clayton requested input from the council on options regarding the disposal of property located at 216 and 200 S. Sixth St. The houses on those sites were recently demolished. The lots are zoned general business.

Clayton asked council if they should be sold as one lot if neither of the adjacent landowners is interested in the property.

Council approved a sign permit application for Russ and Mary Hecht at 814 W. Central Ave. (Highway 9 Antiques).

Council approved a street closing request from Calvary Gospel Assembly. The request is to close the 700 block of First Avenue North from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26 for a block party.

Concerning a nuisance abatement at 702 N. Ninth St., council authorized the city attorney's office to proceed as necessary.



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