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Eighty-six percent of Estherville residents support new pool

Pool committee presents results of community survey to city council; next step is back to Parks & Rec Board

August 23, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

By Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

Members of the Estherville Pool Committee presented the results of the community survey to the city council at Monday night's meeting.

Eighty-six percent of respondents favored the construction of a new municipal pool.

The Thoreson Park site was the favored site by 62.8 percent to 37.2 percent who favored the space near the Regional Wellness Center.

Sixty-eight percent of those responding said they would still support the project even if their preferred location was not accepted.

A capital campaign to pay for fun extras, including waterslide, water sprays, climbing wall, diving board and shade structures received the support of just over 80 percent of respondents.

The survey received 280 comments. Several comments urged the city to keep the price affordable for lower income families and those with children who swim every day.

Others commented that a facility similar to Fairmont's aquatic park would be a boon to the Estherville area.

Several citizens commenting mentioned the concurrent capital campaign for Avera Holy Family Hospital and wondered if the community could sustain two at once.

One commenter pointed out, "All these years our parents and grandparents supported an outdoor pool for us and our children. I feel we should do the same."

See all the comments on our website at

In other business, the Estherville Firefighters Association provided an update to the council. The Association has formed a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to make it more expedient to apply for grants. The Association raises funds to supplement the funds the city provides to Estherville's volunteer fire department. Jay Chrestiansen said the Association has expanded the fire department's ability to make water rescue by putting a new motor in one of the two rescue boats, and has added equipment and made repairs to several of the department's trucks.

The council also approved the sale of real estate in Carrico Heights addition.

City offices and the Estherville Public Library will be closed for Labor Day. Monday trash pickup will take place Tuesday, Sept. 5.

[subhead] Council goes into closed session on latest dog issue

The council went into closed session to discuss pending litigation. Wednesday, Aug. 16, Brent Kottke, owner of Diesel, a pit bull/Labrador mix who has been ordered out of the city, filed a lawsuit and a certiorari action in district court against the City of Estherville and Police Chief Brent Shatto individually and in his official capacity.

This is in addition to the appeal Kottke and Kayleigh White filed July 20 after the council's July 17 ruling.

Kottke claims the council acted illegally by denying Kottke rights under federal and Iowa constitutions and the Americans with Disabilities Act when it ruled Diesel, as an emotional support animal, does not qualify as a service animal under city statutes or the federal Housing Act.

Kottke also requests the district court in Emmet County to set a hearing date immediately and issue a temporary injunction ordering the City to not apply its breed specific legislation against Kottke pending the outcome of a full trial. If granted, this would allow Diesel to live with Kottke in Estherville until after a trial. Kottke requested a jury trial.

Kottke also asked for declaratory relief, which would involve the judge issuing a statement that the City violated the law under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Regarding Chief Shatto, Kottke's petition states he has a civil cause of action for committing acts intended to deprive Kottke of his rights under federal law. Kottke requests declaratory relief, compensation, and attorney fees.



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