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Solid waste deficit prompts user increase

By Staff | Mar 4, 2008

It’s in the bag!

One thin dime, with the blessing of Estherville City Council Monday night, has been added to the cost of residential curb side blue bag.

The action was necessary because of the ongoing operating deficit in solid waste department.

Take that increase times 10 bags and the purchase rises a buck to $6. Ten custom bags will carry the price tag of $8.

The base monthly charge reflected on the utility bill will increase by 50 cents to an even $5.

Council also gave its nod to increase commercial solid waste rates. Standing pat are the monthly recycling charge of $2.50.

Prior to the vote on the solid waste hike, council members approved the motion to amend the ordinance pertaining to base fees and collection bag prices.

On the commercial end, customers will also see rates increase which will hinge on the size of dumpster and pick-up cycle. City Administrator Steve Woodley said commercial customers will be contacted individually.

City Clerk/Finance Director Vaughn Brua reported to council the solid waste department in the current fiscal year had experienced an operational loss of $26,576.26 as of the last day of the first month of this year.

The new rates take affect immediately.

In other matters, the council took no further action on the request from Green Plains Renewable Energy for a letter of support for the Superior Ethanol Discharge permit.

On Dec. 18, 2007, Woodley wrote and requested a public meeting. He told council Monday that was the only letter he intended to write.

In reference to that agenda item, Arnolds Park resident and Estherville Attorney Richard Meyer approached council and expressed his opinion on the mismanagement of the entire project from the beginning. He is concerned the discharge will greatly affect Emmet County and the newly installed water trails on the West Fork of the Des Moines River.

Unanimous approval was given by council members to the proposed development agreement for Seylar’s Subdivision.

A bid tabulation was presented around the table for the construction of the N.W. Addition to the Street Garage project.

After reviewing the proposed work and submitted bids, council elected Christensen Construction to take charge of the demolition element and wood framing element at a total cost of $38,545, while John Semrad was awarded the concrete element at a cost of $34,800.

Woodley said the total estimate for the entire project including roof, electrical, etc., should be in the $85,000 ballpark.

City Council also Monday approved:

n A zoning reclassification request for lots 14, 15 and the east 88 feet of lot 16, block 6, Woods Addition (Randy’s Body Shop,, 1020 Sixth Ave. S.) from a multiple-family residential to light industrial.

n A request from the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce to close First Avenue North between North Seventh Street and North Sixth Street on Saturday, March 15 from 7-11 a.m. for the annual Easter Egg and Candy Drop.

n A sign permit application for Avenue of Homes at 2903 Murray Road.

n A sign permit application for Curves at its new location, 618 Central Ave.

n A sign permit application for Iowa Realty at its new location, 2 South Eighth Street.