Ready to take a bite out of crime
Monday’s Estherville City Council meeting included an extra special introduction when the newest member of the Estherville Police Department met council and city staff.
Max, a Czechoslovakian-imported German Shepherd, began police duties on March 22, 2008. He was trained for his duties at Brody Canine in Liberty, Tenn.
Canine Handler Matt Reineke told council the dog will be used for tracking articles and drugs, making apprehensions and conducting building searches.
Mayor Lyle Hevern administered the oath to the four-pawed employee who brings the number of officers of the force to 12.
Waiving the three readings after the public hearing was closed, council adopted the ordinance addressing zoning reclassification of the north 30 feet of outlot 19 and the south 56 feet of outlot 20, Woods Addition from multiple family resident to light industrial and the north 490 feet of outlot 20 and the east half of lots 9 and 10, block 5, Woods Addition from multiple family residential to light industrial.
Council revisited the sign code enforcement policy. It was the consensus of the group that both Community Development Director Barb Mack and the city staff have the authority to approve temporary window/door signs until the new/relocated business’s sign permit application is addressed by council.
In other city business, the council:
n Appointed Wayne King, Bob Jensen and Laurel Hash to the Estherville Parks and Recreation Board for three-year terms.
n Re-appointed Carol Ridout to the Board of Adjustment for a five-year term.
n Decided to waive the $630 solid waste collection fee for the Iowa High School Rodeo in Estherville on May 3-4.
n Approved an application for renewal of a Class B Beer permit and Sunday sales privilege for Godfather’s Pizza.
n Heard updates on the North Eighth Street curb/gutter and paving project, Seylar’s Subdivision, clean-up on the former Lincoln School building, Aquila project and other projects.