The Estherville City Council got one piece of city property off its books and began the process to get two more sold.
At its regular meeting Tuesday, council approved the sale of the city property located at 1315 Third Ave. N., following a public hearing.
The council received one bid for the project and accepted the offer of $87,500 from Lou and Deborah Nitchals. Council had set a minimum bid of $85,000.
Estherville Community Development Director Barb Mack then discuss the sale of city-owned property at 216 and 220 S. Sixth St. The discussion on that property was tabled at a previous meeting.
Mack said two dilapidated houses were torn down from those signs. She proposed taking separate bids on one property or one bid on both properties with the neighbors having the option to purchase them.
"The properties are zoned 'general business' so uses for them are limited," said Mack.
Council directed Mack to continue with the process to sell the properties.
In another property issue, council approved to reclassify the zoning of the property at 27 S. 18th St. from Highway Commercial to Light Industrial.
A house previously stood on the property, but it was torn down after a fire.
Satern Custom Machining is on the neighboring property and its owners are looking at expanding. The reclassification is needed to match their property.
In other business council accepted a bid from Marcus Pattison Services of $3,000 for residential recycling between Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.
Shamrock Recycling Inc. submitted the only other bid, which was $4,897.
Council approved sign permits for both Shopko at 2702 Central Avenue, and for Dollar General's incoming new store at 1700 Central Avenue.
Council approved a request to close First Avenue North between Sixth and Seventh streets from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sept. 22 for the Fourth Annual Gospel on the Square.