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Estherville Council renews sharing with drug task force

December 17, 2012
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville City Council renewed its 28E Agreement with the Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force on Monday.

At council's regular meeting, Estherville Police Chief Eric Milburn explained the updated agreement was mostly to clean up the language in the agreement.

Agencies that are part of the task force include police departments from Arnolds Park, Estherville, Lake Park, Okoboji, Sheldon, Spencer and Spirit Lake, along with sheriff's offices from Dickinson, Emmet, O'Brien and Osceola counties.

The purpose of the multi-jurisdictional task force is to combat illegal trafficking of drugs.

Also Monday, the council passed an ordinance making changes to parking on North Sixth Street north of Second Avenue North on the west side.

The ordinance:

n Eliminates the two-hour parking restriction on the first 10 spaces north of Second Avenue North on the west side

n Eliminates the 15-minute parking restriction in the 11th space

n Adds a new 15-minute parking space on the first space

The ordinance will take effect once it has been published as required by law.

In other business, council approved the sale of property at 312 N. Sixth St. to Dennis and Betty Lukins for a bid of $500. The sale is on condition that the buyers clear the property.

No bids were received for a property at 315 Seventh Ave. N. Council agreed to follow the recommendation of city staff that the city's street department demolish the structure on this property and then put the vacant lot up for sale.

Council also:

n Approved plans and specifications for the 2012 digester improvements project.

n Accepted and approved the pay estimate for the 2012 street resurfacing project of $356,880.62. City administrator Penny Clayton noted that it is not the final payment for the project.

n Council approved the fiscal year 2014 capital improvement program for the airport.



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