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Council OKs referendum for pool

Vote for $4.1 million bond is Aug. 6, 2019

May 22, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council approved moving forward with a bond referendum at Monday night's meeting. The city will submit bond referendum language and submit a grant proposal to Excel Estherville for some of the funds above and beyond the bond the community must raise to meet the full cost of $4.564 million. The bond is not to exceed $4.1 million.

August 6 is the date of the special election, requiring Estherville residents to accept or reject the bond. The measure must pass by 60 percent.

If the measure passes, the city will authorize the preparation of plans and specifications for the bidding process. Plans and specifications would go to the state for approval in February 2020, and after approval the city would advertise for construction bids. In March 2020, bids would be opened, with contracts awarded in April 2020 and construction beginning next May.

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Meanwhile, the city would establish a capital campaign cabinet in September. The capital campaign would begin in October 2019 and is expected to be completed in January 2021. The city will apply for an Enhance Iowa Grant for up to $200,000 and an Emmet County Community Foundation grant.

Construction would be complete in time for the pool to be used in June 2021 and finish construction would be complete in December 2021.

The council also approved the final pool plan designed by Burbach Aquatics, Inc. The latest alterations to the plan included changing the bathhouse structure and incorporating the new splash pad into the design.

The pool will have a zero depth entry, one meter dive tower, and in front, a drop off lane so swimmers will not be dropped off with a parking lot to navigate before reaching the admission area.

City administrator Penny Clayton said, "This wasn't the public's first choice, but after [the plan at Thoreson Park] fell through, this is what we have chosen."

A pool committee worked for approximately two years developing the core of the pool's design before the committee dissolved. Work on the project has continued with the Estherville Parks & Recreation Board.

This summer, the city pool will again partner with the Regional Wellness Center for public swimming hours. The Parks & Rec Board previously approved a $7,500 stipend to the RWC to subsidize expenses for the summer. The RWC's cost analysis has led them to propose raising the rate 50 cents this year. The children's admission rate would be $2.00 and adults $2.50.

The splashpad is scheduled to be open this summer. It will run during selected daylight hours and is free to use. To meet regulations, the RWC will have someone in its building during times the splashpad is open, and the RWC's central restrooms will be open for those who need it, also due to state regulations for splash pads. When the municipal pool is open, one family restroom will face the outside of the pool fence so it can be used by splashpad patrons.

The pool will have a patron capacity of 412.

In other business, the city council approved a budget amendment, tabled action on regulations regarding temporary merchants, saved $46,000 by reissuing municipal bonds at a lower interest rate, changed return to work policies to align with current statutes, approved a work order for engineering consulting services with Bolton & Menk, Inc. for engineering work on a taxiway at the Estherville Municipal Airport, and discussed an assessment schedule to collect unpaid invoices for nuisance abatement and dealt with a specific resident's nuisance abatement issues.

The council also discussed annexing Ridge Road, which would bring 39 new residents into Estherville, phasing in the property owners' city tax bills. The issue was tabled as the city looks into available alternate phase-in schedules.

The next meeting of the Estherville City Council will be June 3 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall.

 
 
 

 

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