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City paves way for curb, gutter project

By Staff | Jun 18, 2008

Public hearings, resolutions, bid tabulations and the awarding of the bid dominated a sizable portion of Monday’s Estherville City Council meeting for the 2008 curb and gutter project targeted for First Avenue South and Second Avenue South from South Ninth Street to South 12th Street.

City Administrator Steve Woodley gave a project overview and explained the reasoning for the increase in the city’s share of project costs. He also noted some of the changes will not affect the city’s cost.

Mayor Lyle Hevern opened the public meeting.

Woodley said the dollar amount assessed for each property owner is different because it is based on the linear front footage. This figure represents the maximum amount allowable. “The figure can be less but not more.”

A few residents noted the condition of 12th Street in that section is deplorable. Woodley said it will be resurfaced at the same time.

Some discussion was about driveway paving. Woodley said information would be given to affected property owners on the various options.

Hevern closed the public meeting. The resolution of necessity for this project was introduced and received council approval.

A second public hearing was opened on the curb and gutter construction project with a presentation of the two-bid tabulation.

When Hevern closed the public hearing, the council approved the plans and specifications.

The engineer’s estimate totaled to $111,472.90. The low bid at $89,433.51 was submitted by Tug Helmers of Estherville. By unanimous vote, the low bid was accepted.

In other business, council addressed a resolution tentatively approving the proposed sale of the 16-foot wide vacated alley in block 1, Loughs 2nd Addition and Auditor’s Plat 11-73. The body also established terms and conditions for the sale and scheduled a time and place for a public hearing.

There are 10 parcels with nine having sole bids. One parcel had two bidders. Council was instructed each parcel must be assigned to an individual before any action could be conducted on the resolution.

Parcel 2A included a $101 bid from Matthew and Yolanda Sheridan and a $75 bid from Sharon J. and Darwin C. Zitterich.

Councilwoman Sue Nelson said the adjacent property owner should be awarded the parcel despite the fact the bid was $75.

A motion was made to award the parcel to the Sheridan couple and was defeated by a 5-1 vote. A subsequent motion was approved 5-1 with the action awarding the parcel to the Zitterich couple.

The council made note of certain terms and conditions for the sale proposal. A public hearing on the proposed sale was scheduled for the next regular council meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, July 7.

In other matters, council approved:

n The second consideration and also waived the third consideration for the adoption of an ordinance amendment to clarify what structures are intended to be covered by the city’s commercial building standards.

n The service agreement with RIDES for the period July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.

n Reappointment of Joyce Moklestad, Kathy Knudson and Jeannene Larson for a six-year term to the library board.

n A sign permit for Kelly Simmonds (Central Avenue Consignments) at 618 Central Ave.

n A sign permit for Paige Morris (Cool Beans Coffee House) at 800 Central Ave.

n A Class B Beer Permit and Outdoor Service Area for the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce dba Sweet Corn Days, in the 100 block of North Seventh Street.

n An application for an Outdoor Service Area for Timothy P. Brashear dba Top Hat Lounge, 704 Central Ave.

n An application for renewal of a Class C Liquor License for VFW Post No. 3388, 314 South First Street.

n The renewal of cigarette permits for 2008-09 for Casey’s General Store No. 1328, Casey’s General Store No. 1329, Fareway Stores Inc., HyVee Inc., Kum & Go No. 444, Kum & Go No. 445, HyVee Wine & Spirits and Top Hat Tavern.

In one other action, council refused to waive impoundment and storage charges incurred for a vehicle owned by Brad Devoll.

Be sure to read Thursday’s edition of the Estherville Daily News for the final report of Monday’s city council meeting.