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Finance committee weighs requests

By Staff | Jul 11, 2008

An Estherville City Council update from the finance committee meeting on July 3 involved matters of reimbursement, modifications, contributions and a request for water.

The first item noted the newly hired officer to the Estherville Police Department was previously employed by the City of Bloomfield which had financed his Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certification.

The officer, Nathaniel Dunlavy, holds a reimbursement agreement with that city in the amount of $2,720 for the cost of training.

It was noted Bloomfield officials are only requesting reimbursement for the cost of his training. It was also specified Dunlavy would enter into a reimbursement agreement with the City of Estherville.

The finance committee authorized the payment for the reimbursement to Bloomfield.

The second item addressed modifications to the ventilation system at the Estherville Public Library.

It was explained moisture problems over the winter damaged ceiling tile and insulation below the two air intake units on the roof.

Two corrective measures were received. Carolyn Walz, director of library services, said the library board recommended accepting the $7,718 proposal from Christians Sheet Metal. She said Sanborn funds would be used to pay for the work.

The committee accepted this recommendation with a unanimous vote.

The third item addressed involved the amount of contribution from Estherville to the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.

It was six months ago corridor representatives requested $75,000 over a four-year period. The city had already committed to $30,000 over a four-year period in January 2006.

Two payments of $7,500 for fiscal years 2007 and 2008 have been paid.

It was in January additional information was requested. Two corridor representatives attended the finance committee on May 29. The committee reviewed the information received and noted the $7,500 amount has already been budgeted for Fiscal Year 2009.

It was the consensus of the committee to request additional statistics including amounts contributed by other municipalities. Another contribution review will be scheduled at a later date.

Also considered was the request from the Estherville Lincoln Central School District for water service to its newly purchased property west of Tri-State Paving and Seventh Avenue South.

The district plans to have three practice fields and possibly a bus barn at this location. It was requested on June 18 water be provided to the location by September.

The finance committee noted there is no appropriation in the Fiscal Year 2009 budget for this water main extension. The report noted, “To provide water to the site, an 800-foot extension from South 18th Street would be necessary.” The estimated project cost would be about $30,000-$40,000.”

It was the consensus of the committee to provide one-half of the project costs to provide water to the location.