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Estherville City Council clears way for summer celebrations

By Staff | Jun 17, 2009

Highway 4 into Estherville has been reduced to look like the roads used by horse and buggies. Estherville City Council learned existing pipes under the road are causing some problems. Photo courtesy of Lyle Hevern

It is evident summertime is nearing as the requests for street closings and fireworks were approved by the Estherville City Council Monday.

These needs materialized in the offices of the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce. A new event the chamber is hosting is Gospel on the Square on Saturday, July 18. The council approved the closing of First Avenue North from 8 a.m. on July 18 to noon on Sunday, July 19. The event will allow local choirs and musicians to perform.

The signature event of the season is Sweet Corn Days, which includes the closing of several streets. The council approved the request that affects streets around Library Square and the Emmet County Courthouse from Thursday, July 30-Sunday, Aug. 2.

The council also approved the fireworks permit for Sweet Corn Days. The aerial display of sparkling colors and bursting bombs will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 31. The rain date is set for Saturday, Aug. 1 at 10 p.m.

In other business, the council was asked to review the bids and accept the best bid submitted for a pick-up truck for wastewater treatment personnel. Estherville Community Development Director Barb Mack said because of timing, the council was being asked to handle the matter instead of the finance committee. The council accepted the low bid of $20,824 from Motor Inn of Spirit Lake for a 2010 Ford F150.

The council:

n Referred the one-way traffic flow study request to the streets and alleys committee for further review. A letter signed by Estherville Lincoln Central Superintendent Richard J. Magnuson requested the study for First Avenue South near the new ELC Middle School located at 1430 First Ave.S.

n Received a thank you from the Relay for Life Committee for the use of Library Square and closure of streets.

n Accepted the retirement notice from Connie Hanson, administrative assistant, whose last working day will be Friday, July 31.

n Was thanked by outgoing Estherville City Administrator Steve Woodley in a memo given to all city employees. It is his hope and expectation that city employees will continue to give incoming city administrator Penny Clayton the same support, assistance, patience and dedication that he has received the past 30 years. Woodley acknowledged that Clayton will “bring new ideas, more energy and her own management style to the city’s operation. The technology level will definitely rise in city hall under her leadership.”

n OK’d the use of a vinyl sign within the span of a year’s time for Silvia Aguilar (Milagros Mexican Store) at 710 Central Ave. The owner and husband will install a permanent sign when financial resources become available.

n Reviewed the figures from the Iowa Department of Revenue with regard to the 2009 estimated Local Option Sales Tax.

n Received information on the flower basket program.

n Approved the following liquor license permits the renewal of a Class C Beer Permit, Sunday Sales Privilege and Carryout Wine for Krause Gentle Corp. dba Kum & Go No. 444, 103 Central Ave.; the renewal of a Class C Liquor License and Outdoor Service for Timothy P. Brashear dba Top Hat Lounge, 704 Central Ave.; approved the renewal of a Class C Liquor License for the V.F.W. Post No. 3388, 314 S. First St. (contingent upon dram shop insurance information); and the application and sketch for a Class B Beer Permit and Outdoor Service Area for the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce dba Sweet Corn Days to be located in the 100 block of North Seventh Street during the festival (contingent upon dram shop insurance information).

The following list of applications for renewal of cigarette permits were also approved Monday: 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; and HyVee Wine and Spirits.