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Rain delays completion of Highway 4

By Staff | Oct 6, 2009

The recent rains will delay the opening of South Ninth Street (Highway 4) until probably the end of the month.

The announcement came from Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton as she updated council on the project’s progress on Monday.

At the Sept. 21 council meeting, city officials were expecting the road to be open the week of Oct. 12.

However Estherville has received almost 3 inches of rain in the first week of October.

“I’m told they still have 50 cubic feet of concrete to lay-I think at the intersection of Sixth Avenue South,” said Clayton.

She also said contractors plan to smooth out the underpass and take care of storm sewer castings.

The council approved two public hearings for the Monday, Oct. 19, city council meeting. Both deal with zoning reclassifications.

The first request is to reclassify two lots in the 700 block for South 10th Street from light industrial to multi-family residential. The owners play to construct a house.

The second reclassification requests would change the plat at 33 S. 18th St. from highway commercial to light industrial.

Council approved a various from the minimum standards for commercial structures submitted by Ernie Williams, Ltd (John Deere implement).

The business plans an addition to an accessory building that is nearly 400 feet back from the street. It also is on the back side of the building, making it nearly invisible from the street.

In other business, council:

– approved hours the polls will be open for the Nov. 3, 2009 city election. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

– approved in concept a request from Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens to use the west water towner for new law enforcement center communications antennas. Clayton said several conditions will be discussed, but there will be no cost to the city.

– approved Class C Liquor License, Sunday Sales Privilege and an Outdoor Service area for Top Hat Lounge at 704 Central Ave

-approved a renewal of a Class E Liquor, Carry-out Beer, Carry Out Wine and Sunday Sales Privilege for Hy-Vee Wine nd Spirits at 2608 E. Central Ave.

– heard an update from Clayton that the wastewater treatment plant disinfection building should be complete by the end of the calendar year so it can begin operating in March.

– heard an update from Clayton that various resurfacing projects will begin throughout town.