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P&R Board approves library corner concept

But funding and details still in question

January 14, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board approved the concept of a proposal to improve the look of the corners in Library Square.

However, the board wants to research details and funding before moving any further.

The design proposal presented to the board includes enhancing the southwest corner of the square where the clock donated by Estherville Rotary stands.

It includes a stone retaining wall and ledger cap with aggregate colored concrete.

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton said the concept was "ideally proposed for both corners" along Central Avenue.

Board members said it was a good idea, but currently they have other priorities for their budget.

"I'd like to see our money put elsewhere," said board member Laurel Hash. "There's other things I'd rather use our budget for."

In other business, the board approved the Adopt-A-Park program for the 2013 season.

Board members noted there are a couple individuals who take care of Wayne King Park. Juvenile court services has provided workers at Trinity Park over the years.

The board also discussed shade structures at Lincoln Park.

Clayton presented a few proposals, but no decision was made Monday.

The board has set aside $14,00 for two shade structures and the concrete pad in the budget.

"Durability should be the main focus," said board member Bob Jensen.

The board also reviewed possible changes in fees for 2013.

Clayton proposed that the swimming pool daily rate remain the same, but proposed an $5 increase for each of the season passes-individual, family.

She also proposed increased fees for Little League, tennis and soccer.

None of the changes were finalized Monday.

In updates, Clayton reported that bids for work around the Estherville Rock Garden to protect it from future flooding will be coming in Feb. 6 and the board will review them at its next meeting.

She also reported five teams signed up for slowbreak basketball league, which stated Jan. 2.

Finally, warm weather has prevented formation of the ice skating rink.



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