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City of Estherville Budget hearing reset for March 3

February 7, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council rescheduled its public hearing on the 2014-15 budget to 5 p.m., March 3 at the regular meeting this past Monday.

The new budget is expected to include a beginning fund balance of $10,929.661 and an ending fund balance of $10,662.926. The estimated property tax levy is $16.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

In other business Monday, council heard annual reports from the electric distribution and generation department and the water department.

In his report, electric utility superintendent Mitch Eveleth told about the continued underground conversion of West Central Avenue.

"We have already removed about 80 percent of the poles and have the new LED lights and poles in place," Eveleth said.

The electric department will continue replacing polls and lights throughout the city.

Eveleth noted that replacing 13 of the old lights with the LED lights saved the city approximately $1,000.

The LED conversion was completed in Country Club Estates and Sherwood Forest.

"The changeover to all LED lights will take about five years to complete," said Eveleth. "We have a total of around 900 lights to replace."

Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton provided highlights of the water department report.

Raw water use increased 8 percent from 355,254,516 gallons in 2012 to 382,776,456 gallons-an average of just more than a million gallons per day.

Major water system improves including installation of 200 feet of 6-inch PVC for Westwood drive and 1,350 feet of 12-inch PVC on North Sixth Street from Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue and on Fifth Avenue north from Sixth to Ninth streets.



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