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Estherville seeks ways to reduce flooding

Council takes action to mitigate floods by learning more from other cities

July 7, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

The Estherville city council discussed river dam mitigation at Monday's regular meeting. The West Fork of the Des Moines River has flooded its banks nearly every spring the last several years and there are ways to stop it.

City administrator Penny Clayton said one factor in choosing a mitigation method is making sure the river retains a high quality of fishing and aquatic life.

To find out more, members of the council and other community leaders have organized a bus tour of other mitigation sites on Wednesday, July 17.

The bus travels to Mason City, then down to the Mitchell County line to view its cross-bain arrangement. Afterward, the group travels to Charles City's Whitewater Park.

Clayton said a whitewater solution may not be workable for the local segment of the Des Moines River in Estherville.

The group plans lunch at Pizza Ranch in Mason City and will return around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Fact Box

City fireworks law

The Estherville Police Department issued a statement Monday on the legality of fireworks in Estherville city limits.

Fireworks discharge in the City Limits of Estherville is still against the city ordinance. You can discharge fireworks in the City Limits if you obtain a permit from City Hall. The last City Council Meeting to be able to get a permit was tonight.

Otherwise, nothing has changed within the City Limits as far as discharging fireworks is concerned. If you discharge fireworks within the city, you may be charged with a violation and face a fine and loss of your newly purchased fireworks.

Please consider finding a safe location outside of Estherville if you plan to discharge fireworks. Many animals and people don't like the fireworks. Please be considerate of your neighbors.

In other business, the city council approved the final fireworks permits until its July 15 meeting, as well as a noise variance permit for Jason Bendixen for an Estherville High School class of 1989 party. Bendixen plans to have live music Saturday, August 3, 2019 until 12:30 a.m.

Fireworks permits were granted to George Condon, Rick Wilhelms, Gary & Marcie Taylor, Merle Pattinson, David Astello and Paul & Linda Martens.

The council also approved the Federal Aviation Administration Administration's Grant Agreement for the Construct Partial Parallel Taxiway Phase I Design.

The next meeting of the Estherville city council will take place Monday, July 15 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

 
 
 

 

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