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Council backs Thoreson pool site

Project to move forward

September 22, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

In a 5-2 vote, the Estherville City Council affirmed the Parks & Rec board recommendation of the Thoreson Park site for a new Estherville Municipal pool.

The next steps include establishing a capital campaign cabinet, fundraising, applying for grants, and conducting a referendum in March 2018.

Cost containment was behind the dissents of council members Dave Seylar and Ann Goebel. Seylar suggested finding out if citizens would vote "with their pocketbooks."

"For my support of the RWC location, cost is a big factor," Seylar said.

"What if we have the capital campaign, and if we raise [sufficient funds], we approve Thoreson at that time. If not, we could still build it at the RWC because it's more affordable. We ought to find out if people will pony up the money for the project," Seylar said.

Council member Julie Clark said, "We cannot start a capital campaign for one site, then change it."

City administrator Penny Clayton said, "There is a long road between where we are now and a construction project, including acquiring land and a bond issue."

In other business, the city council also approved a service line warranty program through the National League of Cities, operated by Utility Service Partners, Inc.

Coverage under the warranty covers sewer and septic lateral coverage, water line, and interior plumbing coverage for lines that fall under the responsibility of the homeowner. The warranty protects the homeowner for leaking, clogged or broken water and sewer lines from the point of utility connection to the home exterior.

"Repairs will be made by licensed, local contractors," Beth Burton, city finance director, said.

Utility Service Partners markets the program by direct mailing, and not by automated phone call. The company could call a homeowner if they choose to enroll and provide their phone number.

The council also approved a sign permit for Heartland Co-op, a collection of seven businesses listed on a chalkboard-painted door that will stand inside the glass doors in the former Heartland Americana building. Owners Franny Bergeson and Elaine Jacobsen requested permission to use chalk to list the current businesses, and change them as businesses enter and leave the Co-op.

In other business, the city directed the city attorney's office to proceed with abatement of a nuisance at 520 Fourth St. in Estherville, removal of wood and debris from a garage demolished last year.

The next meeting of the Estherville City Council will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 in the board room of Estherville City Hall.



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