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Excel budget modified for shelter grant

July 15, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

The Estherville City Council moved ahead with modifying the Excel! budget to allow a $25,000 grant to the Emmet County Animal Shelter.

The Excel! Estherville Oversight Committee had submitted its recommendation for the grant. Council approved the recommendation on a 6-1 vote with councilperson Ann Goebel casting the dissenting vote.

City administrator Penny Clayton noted that 60 percent of the local option sales tax is required to go towards community betterment programs.

The animal shelter is a 501c3 organization.

Goebel said she has issue with the shelter getting taxpayer money.

Clayton said the grant would have the stipulation that the animal shelter come up with its share of the funds and begins building before they will receive the Excel! monies.

In other business Monday, council approved a recommendation from the Streets 7 Alleys Committee to wide Fifth Avenue North between Sixth and Ninth Streets to maintain two-way traffic.

Also Monday, council and Mayor Kenny Billings honored David Forsyth for his years as city attorney. Forsyth submitted his resignation at the July 1 meeting, which takes effect Aug. 1. Forsyth will be taking a new position as Emmet County Magistrate

"I've really enjoyed my relationship with the city over the years, and had some fun adventures," Forsyth said. "The city s in good hands. The last 25 years council has always had its contingencies' interest and heart."

As magistrate, Forsyth said he'd have conflicts in enforcing city ordinances.

Clayton said she was hoping to have a new city attorney to appoint at Monday's meeting. Council is expected to appoint a city attorney at its next meeting on Aug. 5.



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