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City OKs $10,000 for Excel!

By Staff | Jan 22, 2008

As a generous gesture in good faith, the Estherville City Council Monday decided the budget for the upcoming 2008-09 fiscal year will include $10,000 for the Excel! Estherville Community Strategic Plan.

In his explanation, city mayor Lyle Hevern said a tentative contribution is included in the city’s budget draft.

Services for this plan, he explained, were secured from a strategic planning group in West Des Moines which has overseen 700 projects around Iowa and surrounding states.

About 40-60 individuals have already committed time to Excel! Estherville by being part of various planning committees to define goals and various strategies with the main focus shining on live, work and play.

Hevern said this group of individuals represents a broad representation of the community and that the plan was to be unveiled at the annual banquet of the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce/Estherville Industrial Development Corporation held Monday evening.

The plan has eight goals with about 40 strategies which have been identified as ways to meet the goals.

In other city business, the council received the inspection report on generator No. 5 at the Estherville power plant. Electrical superintendent Pete Redinius and Bret Mace, power plant manager, addressed the council and brought them up to speed.

Mace said one of the bearings had failed some time ago and the council had given the green light for an inspection to be completed.

The manager said the good news from the report is the damages aren’t as bad as anticipated and the inspection cost less than what was projected.

The major damage surrounds a piston and top block erosion.

“It looks better than we expected,” Mace told the council. “And it’s worth overhauling.”

Steve Woodley, city administrator, told those assembled $250,000 is in place in the budget for the overhaul.

“We hope to have it run for 10 more years.”

The inspection proposal cost was listed at $28,675. Because the power plant staff did a major part of disassembling the generator, the final inspection cost amounted to $14,025.64.

Once the overhaul is completed, the generator will be put back together and fired up.

Rounding out the power plant crew are operators Bill Olesen and Dale Bradley.

In other business, the council:

n Approved a sign permit application for the Estherville Building Center, 2303 Central Ave.

n Waived the residency requirement for an Estherville fire fighter who is moving to Armstrong. Travis Sheridan is employed at Echo and would be available for daytime fire calls.

n Waived the residency requirement for the director of library services at the Estherville Public Library who is requesting permission to move outside the city limits. Margaret Gebel and her husband have the opportunity to purchase the family farm and are the only family able to make this purchase allowing ownership of the farm to continue in their line.

n Tabled the appointment of an individual to the Regional Wellness Center Board of Directors.