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Larry Anderson ends time on council after 34 years, 8 months

December 20, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

"It hasn't been a bad thing," Larry Anderson said. Anderson spoke to guests at the end of his retirement party Tuesday afternoon, a celebration of three-and-one-half decades of service to his adopted community of Estherville.

Anderson came in 1972 to work in Gene Ringsdorf's accounting office. After a short time, Anderson realized, "This was my community."

Anderson said he wanted to delve into making Estherville better. It was Dick Sidles who helped Anderson get appointed to Ward 1 in the spring of 1983. He would succeed Jack Platter.

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A few years later, he became council member at-large.

During Anderson's tenure, he:

Assisted in the establishment of the Estherville Revolving Loan Fund, the first in the state to use public funds for private development;

Supported the establishment of tax financing districts in Estherville and innovative ways to use the funds to expand job growth and local tax base expansion;

Approved city financial participation in local spec building program;

Supported a change in funding for housing development;

Served as board member and treasurer of the Estherville Industrial Development Corporation;

Supported Estherville and Emmet County's participation in the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, on which he served two terms.

Anderson has won several awards for his service to the community, including the 2015 Public Champion of Economic Development and 2016 Chairman's Awards from the Iowa Lakes Corridor; and from the Estherville Chamber of Commerce, Citizen of the Year in 2003 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

Anderson said one of his best accomplishments was being part of the council that hired Penny Clayton as city administrator.

Clayton presented Anderson with an award from the city of Estherville for 34.8 years of service.

"I won't miss doing budget," Anderson said of his work with the city finance committee.

The meetings, which took place after council, were an opportunity, Anderson said, to "delve into how the city runs and what it takes to make it work."

Anderson said his main regret was what the city did not accomplish in annexation.

"We always want to have more property within Estherville City limits. It was a push all the time," Anderson said.

Anderson said, "It all comes down to numbers. More population brings in more money, which makes a difference."

Anderson said he felt the city was in good hands. "We grow a few steps forward, a few steps back. Estherville has faced hard times, and we've gotten through it all. We're still operating, and well into the black."

Stepping up to serve in a time, 1983, when Estherville's future was in flux due to the Morrell plant closing, the savings and loan and farm crises, and general economic upheaval, Anderson said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve.



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