The Estherville City Council moved forward with the 2013 Water Main Improvement Project on Fifth Avenue North.
Following a public hearing on Monday, council approved the plans and specifications for the project, which is on Fifth Avenue North from North Sixth Street to North Ninth Street.
The contract was awarded to ABC Services of Estherville who submitted the low bid of $93,669. That was under the engineer's estimate of $95,410. The next lowest bid was $99,958.25 from Bob McKiness Excavating from Mason City.
The section of Fifth Avenue North will be closed during the duration of the project.
In other business Monday, council set a date of May 20 for a public hearing on amending the current 2012-13 budget.
City clerk Elizabeth Burton explained much of the adjustment is from the sale of General Obligation Bonds for the wastewater treatment plant digester project.
Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton clarified that the changes will not affect property taxes.
"It's more of a formality," she said.
Also council authorized the city attorney to proceed with the steps necessary to eliminate minimum housing code violations at the following locations:
n 301 Eighth Ave. N.
n 109 Second Ave. N.
n 726 S. 10th St.
n 732 S. 10th St.
n 701 S. 11th St.
Most of those locations have had water and electricity turned off for several months. Also certified letters sent to the owners were returned.
Council approved a request for a driveway variance for the Casey's West location at for the South First Street entrance at 8 Central Avenue.
Council also approved a request from the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce to close the parking on the east side of North Sixth Street from Central Avenue to First Avenue North every Thursday from June 13 through Sept 5 between 3:30 and 7 p.m. for the Downtown Market.
Council also granted a request to permit relief from noise ordinance restrictions at Iowa Lakes Community College from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 29 for a concert by the Rumbles.
The outdoor concert will take place outside between Laker Drive and the softball diamond. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the college gym.