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Parks & Rec Board discusses plans for Hoye, King parks

August 15, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Esthervile Parks and Recreation Board continued discussion of improvements at Joe Hoye and Wayne King parks at its regular meeting on Monday.

Although no action was taken on either, Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton updated the board on plans for a shelterhouse at Joe Hoye Park.

An obstacle to that project is obtaining a utility right-of-way under the railroad for sanitary sewer and the new restrooms of the shelterhouse.

The land management company that controls the right-of-way was asking for a $10,000 permit fee. A recent Iowa Court case ruled that the fee was too large and that the fee should be the standard $750. However, Clayton talked to officials from the land management company, who said they will appeal the court's decision. Meanwhile, they're willing to let the city of Estherville have a permit for $5,000.

After reviewing the grade of the proposed shelter, it was determined that hooking up to the city's sanitary sewer might not work after all.

Instead, city officials plan to look at their second option, which is updating the current septic system.

Clayton believes the shelterhouse can still be built for under $130,000.

Plans are to build a 20-by-48-foot shelter, which includes restrooms, that is similar to the Sanborn Shelter in Thoreson Park.

Concerning upgrades to the Wayne King Park, located on North 14th St., plans call for all new playground equipment.

The equipment may be installed yet this fall or early next spring.

Swimming pool closes this Sunday

The Estherville Swimming Pool will close for the season at Sunday, Aug. 17. The annual Puppies in the Pool, an annual fundraiser for the Emmet County Animal Shelter, will be held Monday, Aug. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.



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