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Council OKs one-way traffic for alley

January 6, 2016
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

By Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

On a 6-1 vote Monday, the Estherville City Council formally adopted an ordinance to create one way traffic in the alley between Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant and the 12 S. Sixth St. building owned by the Estherville Industrial Development Corporation. The change was requested by Jeff Nixx, the owner of the Spice Market, a new business planning to open in what is called the Excel building.

At their previous two meetings, council heard opposition from some adjacent business owners, concerned about the impact on traffic in the alley. No one spoke at Monday's meeting and the council voted six-to-one to approve ordinance. Brandon Carlin cast the dissenting vote.

In a related matter, Council also adopted an ordinance regarding parking in alleyways to limit its permission to the delivery and receipt of goods and services. The council waived the second and third readings of the ordinance and adopted Section I, Title II, Division 1, Chapter 2, Article 10, Section 212-1006(15) of the City Code to state that the vehicle parked to receive or deliver goods or services is permitted to park in the alley, "only for the length of time as may be necessary to deliver or receive goods or services."

In other business Monday, ?Mayor Kenny Billings signed a proclamation for National Mentoring Month for January. Billings said he called "upon public officials, businesses and community leaders, and educators, and encourage all Estherville citizens to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities and programs." ?Paula Edwards from Kinship said, YMCA Kinship, serving Emmet and Dickinson counties, currently has 10 active youth/adult matches, seven children on the waiting list, and added, "We need adults who can serve as positive role models for children in our communities."

The proclamation will "hopefully raise awareness of the need for adult volunteers to invest in our kids," Edwards said.

In making committee appointments, Carlin was appointed to the city's Labor Relations Board. Council member Julie Clark was appointed to the Streets & Alleys committee. Ron Duer agreed to another six-year appointment to the Airport Commission. Clayton pointed out that while the city strives to maintain a gender balance on its boards and commissions, that they had a shortage of opposite-sex applications for the open positions this round.

Council approved assessing a civil penalty of $300 against Fareway for a tobacco retailer violation. If the city doesn't prosecute, the state will and the fines will go to the state fund. With city officials moving forward with the action, the fines will go to the city General Fund.

The council also approved a sign permit application for Randy Colsrud for Highway Mini Storage, and approved residential and commercial tax exemptions as defined in the city's Urban Revitalization Plan for Chris and Shannon Schiltz, Walter Davis-Oeth, Deb and Steve Satern, Estherville Red Power, Tom and Doug Evans, Tim and Mary Burrell, and Comfortec.



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