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Council wants to study intersection plan further

August 8, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council decided not to proceed with a proposal for engineering services for a grant application to make intersection improvements at the intersection of Highways 9 and 4.

Last month, the council received recommendations from the Iowa Department of Transportation for making the intersection safer for pedestrians.

A proposal from HR Green was for $3,500 to develop a grant application to the Iowa DOT to reconfigure the traffic lanes to create a dedicated lefthand turn lane and signal.

The deadline to apply for the grant is Aug. 15.

Some council members were concerned with northbound and southbound semi trucks making the right turn onto Central Avenue.

Police chief Eric Milburn also that it would be a "nightmare" for those trucks to make the right turn.

Council members wanted to give further consideration to the left-turn lane and signal concepts.

Action on installing pedestrian push buttons and signals has also been delayed.

Since the grant cycle is annually, council has until next August to decide whether to apply for the grant, which could also include funds for the push buttons and signals.

In other business Monday, council learned that the city will likely get reimbursed for most of the costs associated with the clean up from the severe storm that struck the area on June16. The council appointed city administrator Penny Clayton as the authorized representative for FEMA and Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management Division. City clerk Beth Burton was designated chief financial officer.

Since the city completed the storm clean up within 30 days, FEMA will reimburse the city for 85 percent of the cost with the state reimbursing an additional 10 percent.



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