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Council OKs emergency management plan

November 24, 2019
By Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council Monday approved the Emmet County Emergency Management Plan for Emergency Support Function 14 Long-Term Community Recovery.

The council also granted a request for a building variance for Sonia and Guadelupe Castillo, who plan to open an auto shop at 620 S. Ninth St. The Castillos plan to add grey or taupe steel to the top two-thirds of the concrete block building and dark brown steel to the bottom one-third in the front, then grey on the sides and back.

The council also set Dec. 2, 2019 at 5 p.m. as the date and time of a public hearing to amend the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget.

The council also reviewed an economic development report by Lyle Hevern, Estherville and Emmet County economic development director. Hevern said the 700 (Central Avenue) building had benefited from a "good group of volunteers," including Jeff Griffith, Dale Breuer, John Wittneben, Dave Seylar, and Alan Morphew.

"The floors and ceilings are wide open on the second floor," Hevern said.

Bruce Olsen will lay brick, with an expected completion this week. The bricks are repurposed from an 1894 building in Fairmont, a similar timeframe to the 700 building. By the end of the year, glass will be installed and the plywood shelter currently covering the front and west side of the building will be removed, Hevern said. Dave Spoo is doing carpentry, putting up walls on the exterior sides of the building and preparing for spray foam insulation.

Heartland Team Solutions, a local computer security company, is planning a launch from Studio 12, which will open space in the Studio for a new tenant.

Hevern said among the new prospects on the horizon for Emmet County are a brew pub, a new buyer for the Ringsted hardware store, and a possible sports bar.



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