The Estherville City Council moved forward with planned street projects for this summer at its regular meeting Monday.
However, a few questions remain about the street replacement of Fifth Avenue North from North Sixth Street to North Ninth Street.
Residents along the area questioned the widening of the street and whether it would be better to make it a one-way street in that area.
The residents agreed with the necessity of the curb and gutter project. However they questioned the widening of the street and how close vehicles would be to the sidewalk.
City administrator Penny Clayton noted the sidewalk distance would still be consistent with other areas in town.
Following the public hearing, council approved to move forward and approved the bids. However, the issue will be sent to the Estherville Streets and Alleys Committee to determine if a one-way street is a good fit for the area and if so, which direction the one-way street will go.
Low bid for the 2013 reconstruction of Fifth Avenue North was approved with Cory Juergens Construction of Estherville submitting the bid of $134,378.75. Randy Helmers Construction of Estherville submitted the lone bid for the curb and gutter improvements. His bid of $26,025.50 was nearly $900 lower than the engineer's estimate.
In other business Monday, council approved a proposal to conduct a storm sewer capacity evaluation for the watershed area that includes Eighth Avenue North and North Eighth Street.
The city planning and zoning commission recommended and the board of adjustment approved a request for a special exception use permit from Avera Holy Family Hospital to construct private parking lots south and west of the hospital with a few conditions.
On condition was to request the city conduct this storm sewer capacity study as several people expressed drainage concerns, specifically at the intersection of Eighth Avenue North and Eight Street and on North Seventh Street.
Because Jacobson-Westergard is providing services to the hospital related to this project, Clayton solicited a fee estimate from Bolton and Menk to conduct this survey. The study will cost $6,000.
The work would include collecting rim and invert elevations for manholes and selected intakes, confirming pipe sizes, obtaining contour elevation information, modeling the watershed area and evaluating the existing and proposed conditions.
Council will review the information upon the study's completion. The study is expected to be completed in 30 days.