After getting rid of two small pieces of priority, the city of Estherville recently was awarded two more properties through the court system.
At its regular meeting Monday, the council approved the final sale of excess real estate at 216 and 220 S. Sixth St. Both properties were sold to neighbors.
Council was then informed the city acquired properties at 533 S. Ninth St. and 409 S. Seventh Street through court action as the properties violated the city's nuisance ordinance.
On behalf of the city of Estherville, Mayor Ken Billings accepts a flag used during Operation Iraqi Freedom and its certificate of authenticity from Dick Sidles whose son Jeffrey refueled planes in mid-air during the conflict.
EDN photo by David Swartz
Estherville Community Development Director Barb Mack told council members they had two options. The first is to demolish the houses and then sell the properties.
The second option is to take bids on the properties with the condition that the nuisance is abated by July 1, 2013.
Both are residential properties and Mack said neighbors may be interested in acquiring them.
Council approved the second option with council member Gene Haukoos noting they can always go with the first option if no bids are received.
In other business Monday, Dick Sidles presented officially flag that was flown over Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the city. Sidles said his son Jeffrey was stationed at the Qatar base.
Sidles said the Air Force asked its members if they wished to take flags on the missions that Jeffrey flew. Jeffrey's job was to refuel planes in the air. He is currently stationed at the Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas.
Council passed a resolution eliminating interest payments on customer utility deposits. The interest rate on deposits is 5 percent. The resolution takes effect Nov. 15.
Council also increased the fee from $20 to $30 for payments returned due to nonsufficient funds.
Council approved the extension of the retirement date for Ivan Brosh. Brosh, who will turn 70, requested the extension in a letter to council.
Council approved sign permits for Central Fuel Injection Service, located at 2403 Murray road and a sign permit for The Cutting Edge, located at 23 S. Sixth St.