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Heckard takes his seat on city council

Also, business planned on First Avenue South

August 23, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Estherville Mayor Kenny Billings swore in Gary Heckard as Ward 1 city council member at Monday night's meeting. Heckard won a special election Aug. 6. The special election was necessary because state code requires an official who was appointed to run in the next available election for his or her seat. Cindy Hood was appointed by the council in January, 2018 to fill the Ward 1 seat vacated by Brandon Carlin, who ran for the at-large seat vacated by Larry Anderson when he retired in 2017. Per state code, Heckard will have to run again in November as the term of the Ward 1 seat ends Dec. 31, 2019.

In other business, the city council approved an ordinance amending the city zoning code to reclassify use restrictions from the 700 block of First Avenue South through the 800 block of First Avenue South including the 10 blocks of South Eighth and South Ninth streets.

This was important because of a new family business opening up. Cheryl Lundgren announced her purchase with Jeff Minton of the building known as the old Fareway/Sanderson Law Firm building. The use will be half retail, half residence for the Lundgrens. The business is an event rental store for weddings and other events.

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Lundgren said, "I've spent 30 years as a project manager," adding that she wanted to put her experience into planning weddings and events. Services will include consulting on finding a venue and rentals of tables, chairs, party tents and other items. The couple hopes to start the business by the end of 2019.

The city council also held a public hearing on permitted and conditional uses in heavy industrial areas, and approved a certificate of substantial completion for the 2017 Wastewater Facilities Improvement Project.

The council also approved payment of an estimate in the amount of $29,754.40 for the 2018 Storm Sewer Improvements project, addressed two minimum housing code violations, and reviewed the Abstract of Votes for the Emmet County election canvass.

The council skipped its usual forum for public input at the end of its meeting.

The next meeting of the Estherville city council will be Tuesday, Sept. 3 due to the Labor Day holiday at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.



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