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City accepts bid for water tower painting

Council also receives retirement notice of Peggy Alig

April 6, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Estherville city office administrator Peggy Alig wrote a letter to the Estherville City Council which said, in part, "This was my first place of full-time employment, and the work environment must have suited me well, because this turned out to be my only place of employment for 43 plus years."

City administrator Penny Clayton said Alig's first day of work was Aug. 23, 1973.

"[Alig has been] a fabulour member of our staff. We will be so sad to see her go,"?Clayton said.

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Clayton pointed out Alig is the last remaining coffee drinker on staff, so that the industrial coffee maker might not see much use after Alig's last day, April 14. A reception will be held that same day to thank Alig for her many years of service, Clayton said.

2017 West Water Tower Painting Project

The council also approved the plans and specifications to paint the west water tower.

Clayton said, "We are hoping to have the design angled so people will see it as they're coming in from the Lakes area on Highway 9."?

The winning bid of eleven was from K&W Coatings of Elkader, Iowa for $181,150.

DGR?Engineering recommended the city award the bid to K&W Coatings based on the total bid price, and the fact that DGR?Engineering has worked with K&W "on multiple successful coating projects in the past,"?according to DGR's letter to the city.

K&W's proposal was also more beneficial with the life cycle cost analysis of the interior coating of the tank.

Account write-offs

Finance director Beth Burton had presented at last Thursday's Finance Committee meeting a list of accounts to be written off.

The city's auditors requested that receivables and utility accounts more than seven years old are written off.

The seven-year total was $38,757.17.

Wind Test sign

The council approved a sign permit and variance application for their location at 2421 Seventh Ave. South. The company is located in a portion of the SERT?building on the Iowa Lakes Community College campus. The sign will be installed next to the current SERT building sign. The requested variance was for the Wind Test sign to not include the location address, as it is already written on the other sign.


The council approved re-appointments to various city boards.

Airport commission:?Jim Tholkes

Parks &?Recreation Board:?Wayne King,?Bob Jensen, and Laurel Hash.

Board of Adjustment:?Kevin Fraser.

Planning &?Zoning:?John Semrad

Cable Commission:?Ron Anderson

Relay for Life

The council approved a request from the Emmet County Relay for Life committee requested street closures of 1st Ave. North between 6th and 7th Streets and the blocking off of the parking spaces on the Library Square side of 6th and 7th Streets. The closing of the avenue and parking area provides Relay for Life with a larger area for the walkers and reduces the risk of someone coming out from between cars.

The council noted Relay for Life is trying a Friday evening event from 5-11 p.m. on June 2, in hopes of increasing participation.



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