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Motion expires on table

By Staff | Feb 19, 2008

The motion died for lack of a second.

The offer on the table, voiced by Estherville City Councilperson Lori Donovan at Monday night’s regular meeting, was to change the residency requirements for employees of the City of Estherville to include residences located up to 15 miles outside the city limits of Estherville.

Councilman Gene Haukoos did agree the policy needs to be studied and perhaps on a case-by-case basis.

City Administrator Steven Woodley told the council the residency requirement has been a part of the city’s hiring policy for about 35 years.

“I have a strong philosophical support for the policy. … “this requirement is simple to me–that full-time employees of the City of Estherville should contribute to the property tax base and utility revenues that pay our salaries.

Woodley reiterated it is his belief this is a fair and reasonable policy. “Since it is not a unilateral policy established solely by the City Council, but rather a mutually agreed upon item within our labor contracts, it is also defendable in my opinion.

The residence requirement as stated in the labor agreement for the police department and public works in Section 2 states:

“All persons employed by the City of Estherville, IA, as full-time employees after Jan. 1, 1971, shall within 12 months after their appointment, establish and maintain residence within the city limits of Estherville. Exceptions to this rule may be made with the approval of the Estherville City Council.”

It was noted over the years, council has approved certain exceptions.

In other matters, council accepted the low bids submitted by Schany Construction of Graettinger for two water main improvement projects.

The bid of $60,140.85 was submitted for the South 12th Street project. The engineer’s estimate for total costs stands at $66,075.

Schany Construction submitted an $83,986.10 bid for Westwood Court Phase II. The engineer’s estimate for the project is listed as $92,068.

Three other contractors had also submitted bids for both projects.

In other business, the council:

n Passed a resolution adopting the annual budget for Fiscal Year 2008-09.

n Adopted a preliminary resolution for the 2008 Curb/Gutter Project on First Avenue South and Second Avenue South.

n Learned the city needs to name a representative to the Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Authority board.

n Entertained two offers for the purpose of selling real estate to the city for right-of-way to allow for the future connection of Maplecrest Drive with 17th Avenue North. Both offers were approved for a total cost of $4,500.

n Was informed via letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that city’s wastewater treatment plant is in compliance with the requirements of the NPDES permit.

n Adopted a Fiscal Year 2008 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Goal for improvements at the Estherville Municipal Airport.

n Set a public hearing date as Monday, March 3 at 5 p.m. to reclassify the zoning of lots 14, 15 and the East 88 feet of lot 16, block 6, Woods Addition (Randy’s Body Shop located 1020 Sixth Avenue South) from Multiple-Family Residential to Light Industrial.