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Council explores new Thoreson parking concept

$50,000 plan would add 100 parking spots adjacent to ball fields

April 19, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Parking at Thoreson Park for baseball and softball games has been an ongoing issue.

Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton said in a memo to the mayor and council, "As we are all aware, parking at Thoreson park during little league ball games is at a premium. Vehicles are parked in all available space and on street for several surrounding blocks. We have been discussing a much-needed solution to this problem."

The solution rests in an easement granted by the Good Samaritan Society in 2007.

Clayton said, "If we extend North 17th Street to the north approximately 600 feet and create perpendicular, on-street parking along said street, we would gain approximately 100 parking spaces. Long term, it would be ideal to connect the extended North 17th Street to the 9th Ave. North stub on North 15th to allow a second means of egress."

The proposal calls for extending the street to a gravel road in 2018 for 600 feet from the city park property to the property line of Good Samaritan and to pave it at a later date.

Creating this extension would add 100 parking spaces to Thoreson Park.

Estimated cost for the project is $50,000 and could utilize road use tax funds.

The council approved moving forward with the project. Next steps, according to Clayton's memo, include getting competitive quotes.

In other business, the council approved a request to waive solid waste fees for the Estherville High School and Junior High Rodeo, to be held May 5 and 6.

The council tabled a resolution to approve plats for Sherwood Forest addition.

The council also approved a city budget amendment as well as liquor license renewals for Brey's on Seventh and Godfather's Pizza.



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