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City will paint Estherville beautiful

Partnership created to paint homes of residents in need

March 22, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

At Monday's Estherville City Council Meeting, city administrator Penny Clayton announced a project to paint the homes of elderly people and those with low income and/or disabilities.

Under the program, according to a memo from Clayton, the city of Estherville would use funds from a $4,000 grant from the Emmet County Community Foundation to purchase paint and supplies.

Volunteer labor is on deck from Estherville United Methodist Church and potentially others to do the painting.

Clayton said, "Upper Des Moines Opportunity has graciously agreed to receive the applications and determine eligibility for us at no charge."

The city would determine a limited palette of paint colors from which homeowners could choose, in order to make the most efficient use of paint purchased, Clayton said.

Qualified properties are residential, within Estherville city limits, and owner-occupied. Applicants below 200 percent of the 2018 federal poverty guidelines have priority.

Clayton said, "Painting a house not only increases the beauty of our city but it also prevents further deterioration of the structure."

According to information from the Iowa Community Action Association, of which Upper Des Moines Opportunity is a member, 31.69 percent of households served by the agency are at or below 50 percent of the poverty line, with an income of $12,550 or less for a family of four.

In other business, the city council approved an application from the airport commission to the state of Iowa for sandblasting and painting the 50 foot tower and two hangars and roofs at the Estherville Municipal Airport; approved the blocking off of streets for the fourth annual Team Amy Run on Saturday, May 12; approved a resolution endorsing an application for trail funding; and approved new member Mat Kilgore of Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative to the Planning & Zoning Commission as well as two returning members to the Estherville Public Library Board.

The next meeting of the Estherville City Council will be April 2 in the council chambers of city hall.



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