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Estherville reviews 2011 goals’ progress

By Staff | Apr 5, 2011

Once you’ve set goals, it’s a good idea to review how far you’ve come and where you still need to go.

That’s what the Estherville City Council did Monday as city administrator Penny Clayton submitted a quarterly review of the 2001 goals.

Completed projects include the water plant expansion, the paving of South Sixth Street, the development and adoption of a rental housing code.

One project council members asked about was the progress of the swimming pool evaluation and improvement study.

Clayton reported the evaluation and a preliminary improvement has been done. The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board is expected to continue with the project at an upcoming meeting.

Clayton also was asked about trails.

She told council she made a presentation for an enhancement grant last Friday. The city was approved for $250,000 for Phase A of the city’s trail plans which encompasses a trail along the river from Joe Hoye Park to Mickelson Park. However, the grants are approved five years in advance, so the city won’t receive the money until the summer of 2015.

Clayton said with those funds available later, the trails committee may consider working on a different portion of the proposed recreation trail plan. City officials have a trail plan on file that essentially encircles a majority of the town while passing popular destinations.

In other business, council

– Approved the 2011 water main improvement project at 22n Avenue North. The city received four bids for the project and accepted the low bid of $28,980.50 from ABC Services of Estherville. The project is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1 so that the roadway repair can be done as part of a street resurfacing project.

-Approved a request from the Estherville Addle Club to waive solid waste collection fees for the Estherville High School Rodeo on April 30 and May 1.

-Held a public hearing on the 2011 alley project and then approved the plans and specifications. The alley being reconstructed is on the east side of the Gardston Building.