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Hearing is set for airport improvements

By Staff | Apr 9, 2008

Sign permit applications and public hearing dates dominated the Estherville City Council meeting Monday.

Members adopted a resolution to give notice for a hearing on the plans and specifications, form of contract and estimated cost for the Estherville Municipal Airport’s six-unit tee hangar and taxi lanes.

The public hearing is set for May 5 at 5 p.m.

A second public hearing, slated for 5 p.m on Monday, April 21, is to consider a proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance.

The adopted resolution addresses a variance from multi-family residential to light industrial for zoning reclassification of the north 30 feet of outlot 19 and the south 67 feet of outlot 20, Woods Addition and the north 490 feet of outlot 20 and the east half of lots 9 and 10, block 5, Woods Addition.

In other business, council members approved sign permit applications for:

n Avenue of Homes, 2903 Murray Road.

n Estherville Abstract Co., 20 N. Seventh St.

n NAPA Auto Parts, 1108 First Ave. S.

A letter was received from Steven P. Christensen regarding a notice requesting the removal of letters at Sheryl & Company.

He wrote, “We tried one and found the area behind the letter is a different color and will cause damage removing because they are glue on. While I fully support the city’s initiative to make Central Avenue better looking, I believe removing these letters will make this building look much worse.”

He asked if these was a variance available to leave the letters on until a renter is located.

After discussion, council was reminded when a business closes, the sign comes down.

Councilman Larry Anderson suggested the hairstyling/tanning sign be removed as well as the sign facing west.

Council agreed to this and approved a six-month variance for the sign position over the entrance.

It was their belief six months’ time is acceptable to market the building.

By unanimous vote, council voluntarily extended the moratorium on utility disconnection through Tuesday, April 15.