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Estherville eyes the future

In November, City of Estherville staff and management held a goal-setting session. Funding, of course, will determine whether those goals are met.

January 3, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

As one year turns into another, the City of Estherville is looking at 2014 as a year when it can do a number of projects.

The Estherville City Council Monday night will act on approving those goals for 2014 and beyond.

For the longer term - about two years - the city will consider doing an annexation study and reviewing and updating the city comprehensive zoning plan, according to city administrator Penny Clayton. Another major project is repairing and replacing the outdoor pool in Mickelson Park.

Another goal is promoting housing development, including establishing a new R2 district for townhomes. The city would also like to work on improving inspections to deal with rental housing code infractions.

The city will also review countywide law enforcement with the retirement of chief of police chief Eric Milburn in August.

Clayton said the council will also review solid waste and recycling programs.

For the shorter term, Clayton said the city will look at a new shelter and playground equipment at Joe Hoye Park as well as doing wastewater, street, and electric infrastructure projects. Clayton said the city will also look for funding for the Central Avenue bridge project.

Clayton said the city will also work with Excel Estherville on the facade program and the second-story window grant program.

The demolition assistance program - which can pay up to $1,500 toward landfill costs for disposal of housing materials - will continue to be a focus. Clayton said six to seven demolition programs benefitted from the program this year.

Clayton said the city will also roll out the new city website. Work will also be done on the airport aprons this year.

Another project on the slate for 2014 is repaving Park Road from Fort Defiance State Park to Central Avenue. Another item under consideration is new playground equipment at Wayne King Park.

Clayton said trail work at Thoreson Park is also under consideration as well as completing the Lincoln Park shelter this year.

Clayton noted that the projects under consideration for this year all are subject to budget approval.



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