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Estherville to work toward energy efficiency

By Staff | Jul 21, 2009

The Estherville City Council was presented with a request from the Iowa Legislature at Monday’s meeting and it appears many mental light bulbs will need to illuminate the plan of action.

City clerk Vaughn Brua noted in 2008, Iowa lawmakers approved legislation requiring municipal gas and electric utilities to establish energy efficiency goals and cost effective programs designed to meet the goal.

It was stipulated by this legislation that every municipal utility submit a specific plan to the Iowa Utilities Board by Jan. 1, 2010.

Closer to home, the assessment for Estherville shows that an energy reduction of 1.07 percent is attainable by 2012 and would include an energy needs decrease of 672,000 kWhs. The memo to the council noted the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities is recommending utilities expend 2 percent of annual revenue to achieve energy efficiency goals, which would be $101,500.

Brua informed the council that all utilities must set preliminary efficiency goals and expenditures and provide that information.

Councilman Gene Haukoos said the largest user should be contacted and encouraged to be more efficient. Fellow councilman Larry Anderson said it will be the energy users who will be paying for this.

Brua noted Pete Redinius, electric utility superintendent, had devoted many hours of study to this plan.

By unanimous approval, the council gave its nod to the tentative goals and energy reduction.

In other business, the council:

n Authorized the abatement of a public nuisance at 409 Fourth Ave.N.

n Approved the addition of authorized signers on city accounts.

n Will allow the request to burn non-permitted material during a ceremony in North Riverside Park during the Sweet Corn Days celebration on Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m.

n Passed a resolution for a public hearing (Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.) and bid deadline and opening (Aug. 11 at 1 p.m.) for the 2009 street resurfacing project on North Fourth Street.

n Approved the first reading, waived subsequent readings and adopted an ordinance amending no parking zones in the following areas: on the west side, from 10th Avenue North to a point 150 feet north and on the north side, from North Eighth Street to a point 79 feet west.

n Tentatively accepted an offer for the purchase of lot 8 in Carrico Heights Addition. A Monday, Aug. 3 public hearing has been set for 5 p.m. in the council chambers.

n OK’d the request for proposals for the sale of the old hangar building.