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Sidewalk café ordinance passed

May 25, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council waived a third reading and passed an amendment allowing for sidewalk caf seating in downtown Estherville for businesses that have obtained a license and insurance, between March 1 and October 31. Don Jose Restaurant had requested the allowance in order to offer outdoor seating south of the corner of Central Avenue and South Sixth Street.

The city council also passed an amendment to the budget for the current fiscal year to allow for extra expenses for snow removal.

The council also approved a contract with Regional Transit Authority/RIDES for bus service from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 in the same amount as last year, $7,500.

The council heard an update from Lyle Hevern, Estherville and Emmet County economic development director. In addition to an update on the RedRock Wind Energy project (see separate story in this issue), Hevern said the pursuit of more housing in Estherville is on track to provide homes next year. The Estherville Area Partnership for Growth has worked with Scott Taylor on a loan program through NorthStar Bank, and on "stick-build" homes, which should go up next year. Hevern said the partnership would own and market the homes, which would be sold for around $200,000.

Hevern also said Jeff Robinson, financial advisor and host of the radio show Capitalism Today, has brought two business prospects to the Partnership: one is a government facility and one is a client of Robinson's who is seeking to expand a business.

The next meeting of the council will be Monday, June 1 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.



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