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Estherville council amends budget

In economic development report, Lyle Hevern says there’s lots of news but he can’t talk about it

June 21, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

At Monday's meeting, the Estherville city council held a public hearing on amending the 2019-20 fiscal year budget. The budget amendment covered a re-funding of a current municipal bond for $1,115,000 that comes due today. The council passed the amendment, which will save the city money due to a favorable new rate.

The council also approved cigarette permits for several local stores, a residential fireworks permit for July 5, and the closing of a sidewalk and parking stalls on South 7th Street adjacent to the building at 700 Central Ave. The ELC football team will be assisting with demolition on the project June 28.

Lyle Hevern, executive director of the Estherville Area Growth Partnership, said, "Our intent is to have volunteers work on demo and clean up when available to avoid having to pay someone to do that work."

The council also agreed to lend two dump trucks and supply other needs to the project.

Hevern also provided an economic development report to the council.

"I'm seeing the fruition of a lot of projects that contribute to the quality of life in Estherville," Hevern said.

Hevern reported an oral surgeon is making plans to move their practice to Estherville. There is rumor, Hevern said, of a store going in to the former Sears building. An office of the US Dept. of Agriculture is seeking a space in Estherville. Work continues on developing a brew pub in the city with a UNI student who created a business plan for a pub two years ago. A new business is possibly going in to the Sanderson building, a spot that once housed the Fareway store.

Entrepreneurs are attracted to Estherville. A service and a retail business are each looking at plans to locate in town.

There is a building expansion Hevern said he cannot talk about.

Among other items Hevern said he couldn't talk about were current progress on the Department of Defense tech manufacturing project and a manufacturing business through Iowa Lakes Corridor whose leaders specifically asked about Estherville.

During public forum, the council discussed second floor apartments downtown and the need for parking and nearby amenities to attract tenants.

The next meeting of the Estherville city council will take place July 1 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.



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