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Cable rates to rise

By Staff | Oct 22, 2008

Pleasure derived from cable television viewing is getting a bit more expensive for Estherville residents.

Members of Estherville City Council learned Monday Mediacom is raising rates on or about Nov. 15, 2008, with a justifiable reason.

In a letter, John Varvel, senior manager, government relations, said, “We have been required to invest millions of dollars in our fiber optic network to help prepare our systems for the upcoming digital transition in February of next year.

“To cover these increased costs, we now find it necessary to implement the following rate changes on or about Nov. 15, 2008:

In other matters, information on the airport improvement program was presented and included an update on the status of the hangar/taxilanes project.

Estherville City Clerk Vaughn Brua explained that while $22,000 was budgeted, the city will need a total amount of $30,000 if the project is approved. Work is expected to begin in the summer of 2009.

Of the estimated total cost of $562,532, the city’s match will be 5 percent. Brua noted official notification of federal funding will be received only when the congressional release of funds is announced. Information from the Federal Aviation Administration indicates the project appears to be a favorable one for 2009.

The council also passed a resolution approving the submittal of this capital improvement program and acknowledges that for the state and federal aid to be approved, the following provisions must be met, including:

n Approval of the five-year capital improvement program.

n Approval of the airport improvement program data sheets with the sponsor’s signature.

n Certification that the local match exists if the grant is awarded.

n Authorization to submit the proposed projects for federal grants.

During the meeting, two individuals introduced themselves to the council and expressed interest in being appointed to fill the Ward II council position recently vacated. They are Jason Henning and John Wittneben.

In other matters, the council:

n Learned from Dave Spurgin, director of the parks and recreation department, the final phase of the pool’s deck and piping replacement program was completed this summer. The project replaced cracked concrete decking and repaired sources of water loss.

n Considered in concept the possibility leasing a portion of the former railroad right-of-way to Open Road Repair located at 620 S. 12th St. The council said the concept proposal must be resubmitted to the parks and recreation board.

n Heard of a plan to submit an application for the Community Visioning Program by the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce. The council agreed to compose a letter of endorsement.

n Approved two unappropriated expenditures requested by the Estherville Public Library Board.

n Approved an application for renewal of a Class C Liquor License and Sunday Sales Privilege for ENAL, Inc., dba Mother Nature’s, 1027 Central Ave.