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Bid opening set for Central Bridge project

Council moves forward with vital repairs to bridge

October 25, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

The Estherville City Council moved forward with the Central Avenue Bridge Enhancements Project, several improvements expected to cost $185,000. The sealed bids for the improvements are due by 10 a.m. Nov. 26, 2019, at the city offices, to be acted upon at a public hearing set for the regular council meeting Dec. 2, 2019, at 5 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall. The improvements include widening the street and placing a decorative fence similar to the black iron-look fence at Lincoln Park, replacing the worn chain-link fence currently in place. City administrator Penny Clayton said the city has set aside $225,000 for the project.

Last year, the city council rejected all bids for a more ambitious project as those bids were coming in well over budget with quotes as high as $600,000.

In other business, the city council approved a variance for Neil Slater of CSP, LLC, who is rebuilding the car wash at 2203 Murray Rd. The car wash was damaged last summer in a wind storm that included sightings of tornado touchdowns east and west of Estherville. Slater said his proposed building will be all steel with contrasting tones of grey steel on the building and a red roof, four overhead door wash bays and a pet wash station. The all-steel building is a variance from city code, which usually requires new buildings on Central Avenue to include stone or brick. Slater said brick and stone would erode more quickly with the chemicals used in the car wash. Slater said the finished building will resemble the J&S Auto building, which was a remodel of the old Pamida building.

The council also approved the $3,000 purchase of land from Jerry and Rose Hansen to extend the Trail Improvements project from Second Avenue South to First Avenue South near the Hansen's Hometown Motors building. Clayton said, "As I was thinking about the trail purpose - to provide a walkable community, connecting people with places they want to go - realized that stopping the trail at Second Avenue South was short-sighted. The pedestrian route along Second Avenue South is less than desirable including the crossing at South 13th Street."

Connecting the trail at the First to Second Avenue location would provide greater access to the school and the Fareway grocery store, Clayton said.

The council also approved the renaming of a street in Carrico Heights Second Addition from Beth E Lane to Beth Elaine Court, paid an estimate for the 2019 Streets Improvement Project, and approved the purchase of two distressed properties for the purpose of demolition.



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