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Estherville Parks and Recreation Board No new taxes for pool project

Referendum is Aug. 6

July 14, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton said at Monday night's Parks & Rec board meeting that the new municipal pool will not raise taxes on city residents.

The $4.1 million municipal bond scheduled for referendum Aug. 6 will give Estherville residents the chance to vote up or down continuing a general obligation bond that already exists. Four million will go to building the pool and the other $100,000 will pay for costs of issuing the bonds. The total cost of the project is approximately $4.564 million. The remaining expenses not covered by the bond will be raised with $150,000 from Excel Estherville's recommendation that funds be designated from local option sales tax, a potential Enhance Iowa grant with a possible award of $250,000, additional grants and a capital campaign, according to Clayton.

The Aug. 6 referendum will have a single polling place at the Farm Bureau Building, 421 First Ave. N. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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The special election will also include the election of a new city council member from Ward 1. Cindy Hood was appointed to her position in 2018 and city code requires a council member to run for their spot at the next available election. Interested Ward 1 residents have until tomorrow, Friday, July 12, 2019 at 5 p.m. to file papers at city hall to be on the ballot.

Clayton said almost half, 47 percent of the water area of the pool will be at two to four feet.

"It will be a great area for play. Kids want activities and challenges, but they also just want to play tag or goof around with their friends. It's not the most visible part of the pool complex, but the community play area is a very important part," Clayton said.

The pool will also have other kid-friendly features, including a zero-depth entry, child play features, floatable walk, water slide, climbing wall, one-meter diving tower, and for kids and adults alike to take a break from the sun, shade structures and umbrellas.

If the referendum is passed, the pool would open for the summer of 2021.

The board approved the same officers as last year: Wayne King, chair, Gary Phillips, vice-chair, and Laurel Hash, secretary. The other members are Bob Jensen, Tina Jensen, Ann Ingvall, and Joan Heckard.

In other business, the board announced the installation of the dog park statue Thursday, July 18. The statue is ready. The dog park will not yet open because the rest of the needed infrastructure must also be installed.

The board also approved a request from the Emmet County Fair to use four bleachers and 20 picnic tables for the Fair, which will be held July 25-28 at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. The board also approved a request from the Estherville Sweet Corn Days committee to use Library Square for Sweet Corn Days, scheduled for Aug. 1-4.

The next meeting of the Estherville Parks & Rec Board will take place Monday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.



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