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Estherville – Swinging ahead

By Staff | May 4, 2011

The Estherville City Council moved ahead with plans to improve one of the town’s unique features, the swinging bridge, at its regular meeting on Monday.

According to Estherville City Administrator Penny Clayton, the bridge has been deemed one of the town’s special features.

Planned improvements will be mostly cosmetic-not structural.

They include:

n Remove existing fencing and word walkway

n Replace the decking on the west ramp and the bridge

n Install new vinyl coated fence.

n provide galvanized steel enclosure at the top of the fence to cover fence cable

n Install four runs of LED drop lighting

n Paint both pipe entrance structures

Clayton said city officials have been working with Christensen Construction to get the job done.

Excel! Estherville has reserved $60,000 for the project.

The estimated work approved by council on Monday is estimated at $48,100.

Mayor Lyle Hevern, who also works for Christensen Construction, said the company has been working on and off on the project for about six months.

“We would welcome other ideas as long as they’re not over the top,” he said.

The project is expected to be completed during the 2011 construction season.

In other business Monday, council approved an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for an easement under the trestle bridge to accommodate a future trail crossing. The city will have to pay a one-time fee of $2,500 for the easement.

Council authorized the city crews to clean up the yard at 216 S. Sixth St. Council also authorized the city attorney’s office to approve with the legal process of attaining the property through the city’s public nuisance ordinance.

Council set a public hearing for 5 p.m., Monday, May 16, on a budget amendment for the current fiscal year.