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Estherville Council - Hearing set for property sales

November 19, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville City Council again addressed several issues concerning housing and property on Monday.

At its regular meeting, council was presented with offers to buy excess city property at 533 S. Ninth St. and at 409 S. Seventh St. There was one offer for each property.

Roger Johnson submitted an offer of $1,000 for the South Ninth Street property while Stuart Johnson offered $513 for the property on South Seventh Street.

Council set a public hearing on the properties for the next meeting at 5 p.m., Dec. 3.

Council also learned of property at 312 N. Sixth St., which the city received through court proceedings. Estherville Community Development Director Barb Mack said there is interest in the property from neighbors and she recommended the council seek bids as has been done with similar properties. Council approved that recommendation.

In other property matters, council approved a community development and housing needs assessment as presented by city administrator Penny Clayton.

Clayton said the assessment is needed so the city can submit a Housing Fund Grant application.

Following council's approval of the assessment, a public hearing was held on submitting the grant application.

Clayton noted that if the city receives the $334,000 grant, it would be used to help 10 homes in an area bounded by the west fork of the Des Moines River on the west; North Sixth Street on the east; Central Avenue on the south and 10th Avenue on the north. The grant is for low-income households.

Clayton said 23 applications have already been received, but the grant is based on need, so there is no guarantee who will benefit.

Also Monday, council approved an application from Steven and Joleen Planting requesting a property tax exemption as defined in the city's Urban Revitalization Plan.

Council approved sign permit applications for Excel Plumbing & Heating, located at 620 S. 12th St. and for M.E.'s Body Shop at 2209 Murray Road. Both businesses plan to put up new signs.



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