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P&R board accepts lowest trail bid

By Staff | Aug 12, 2008

The Estherville Parks and Recreation board had a decision to make Monday evening. Lucky for them, the answer was easy.

The board received three bids for the South 15th Street Trail.

“I was pleased with the results of the bid opening,” said Dave Spurgin, Parks and Recreation director.

The board accepted the low bid of $6,630 submitted by ABC Services. City staff’s estimate for the project was $12,500. ABC Services is also extending the water line in that area, so they will already have a crew onsite and will not have to move equipment.

Now the Parks and Rec Department will start looking for signage and benches. Board members preferred like signs to mark 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 miles, with the possibility of marking 50-yard and 100-yard lines for sprinters.

A report of the July 21 state pool inspection was given.

According to Spurgin, the inspector said the water quality was perfect, but had a few fixes he would like to see. “No Diving” signs need to be posted, even though it is painted on the ground around the pool. The backflow preventers were missing, and fencing work will need to be done at the drive-in gate.

The board also reviewed the July pool log.

“It’s almost a mirror image of last July,” said Spurgin.

With the overwhelming popularity of the new benches and chaise chairs, it was recommended the board consider ordering more for next year.

The last day for the pool is set for Aug. 17, but there is flexibility to stay open if the weather permits.

Election of officers was also on the agenda. Wayne King was re-elected as chairman. Vice chair and secretary were tabled until current office holders could be present.

A request was made from Barb Blaise of Treats to Treasure to use picnic tables and garbage containersto serve evening meals the first Friday of each month, from May-Sept., for the Black Knights Car Club at Library Square. The board approved the request for the remainder of 2008 with the conditions that they transport the tables and containers, clean the area and reapply next year.