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Council OKs alley project near Gardston

By Staff | Mar 22, 2011

Having finished one alley project in 2010, Estherville City Council moved forward with another alley project for 2011.

At its regular meeting Monday, council approved the plan specifications and low bid to reconstruct the alley on the east side of the Gardston building from Central Avenue to First Avenue North.

Council awarded the low bid of $48,745 from Tug Helmers Construction of Estherville.

Three other bids were received ranging the bid of $48,762 from Cory Juergens Construction of Estherville to a bid of $64, 867 from Berg Construction of Spirit Lake. The engineer’s estimate for the project was $55,751.25.

Prior to approving the 2011 project, council closed out the 2010 alley project which consisted of the alley between South Fifth Street and South Seventh Street.

In other action, council approved adjusting compensation for members of the Estherville Fire Department as follows.

Chief – $3,000 to $3,200 per year

Assistant chief $1,325 to $1,500 per year

Captain – $850 to $950 per year

Lieutenant – $625 to $725 per year

Firefighter – $12.50 per hour to $13 per hour.

Estherville Administrator Penny Clayton said compensation for firefighters hadn’t been increased since 2009. The new rates take effect July 1, 2011.

Council briefly discussed the Carrico Heights Addition.

Initially, the city of Estherville had a 10-year agreement with the Carricos. The agreement ended last fall and currently only four homes occupy five lots.

Clayton said one concern about the lots is they were too small and suggested combining lots and also selling the lots for less. She did mention one area developer was concerned what lowering the price would do to the market.

Council will discuss the issue at future meetings. No action was taken Monday.