Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings administered the oath of office to Brent Shatto as the new police chief at Monday's regular council meeting.
Earlier this year, Shatto was selected to take over the duties of retiring chief Eric Milburn. Milburn's last day was Friday, Aug. 22 as Shatto officially begins his tenure as chief today (Saturday).
Shatto has been with the Estherville Police Department for 26 years. Also Monday, Shatto was appointed as a city representative on the Emmet County Emergency Management and #-911 boards.
Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings swears in new chief of police Brent Shatto during Monday’s council meeting. Shatto officially begins his duties today.
Photo by David Swartz
In other business, council set its next meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 2, as the date for a public hearing to reclassify the zoning of 122 S. 18th St. from highway commercial to light industrial. The property has been purchased by Mike and Valerie Grems, owners of Dynatech Dynamometer. The zoning changed is needed because the company plans to assemble dynamometers on the site.
Council also approved a request from Pizza Hut for a variance from commercial building standards. Pizza Hut officials plan some exterior remodeling, including moving the cupola, according to city development director Barb Mack.
Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lexie Ruter presented the annual hotel-motel tax report. She noted monies were spent to purchase chamber building on First Avenue South and also toward making it a Welcome Center for Estherville.