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ELC, city work on property plan

By Staff | Nov 12, 2008

The Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District and City of Estherville are ironing out an agreement for use of the former Lincoln School site for a city park.

Two lots which comprised the northern leg of the Lincoln property were sold to a private property earlier this fall. The city has asked that the remaining four lots, which comprise the southern half of the block, be set aside for a neighborhood park. The park concept is an Excel! Estherville-inspired project.

ELC Superintendent Dick Magnuson told the board Monday night that the City of Estherville would be responsible for any construction that it chooses to do on the property. The school district would retain ownership of the property. The city would be responsible for liability on any facilities it erects on the property while the school district would be responsible for liability on the land itself. All utilities would be at the city’s expense.

While the agreement would be in perpetuity, it could be terminated by either party.

Board member Don Schiltz asked about the possibility of using the property for a bus stop.

Magnuson said the district would approve whatever shelter/bus stop structure went on the property.