Lincoln Park upgrades complete
Lincoln Park’s upgrades should be mostly complete following final work on the new shelter and restrooms.
The Estherville Parks and Recreation Board learned Monday the timer mechanism on the doors was one of the final pieces to finish the restrooms. Also, the playground area was closed this past Monday so that patching could be done on the playground surface.
Also this week, Estherville Noon Kiwanians, who have adopted the park, completed plantings in the corners of the decorative fence and around the park sign.
In other business, Estherville City Administrator updated the board an Iowa Supreme Court ruling concerning utility crossings through railroad right of way.
The board is planning to construct a new shelter in Joe Hoye Park, but needed to first determine if they were going to use a septic tank for the restrooms or if they could cross the railroad right-of-way and connect to the city’s sewer system.
Clayton said a recent court ruling concerning Hawkeye Land Company versus the Iowa Utility Board indicated the city may just need to pay a $750 access fee to cross the right-of-way rather than $10,000.
The Parks and Recreation Board currently has $225,000 set aside for the new shelter in what has been saved over the past few years as well as what is budgeted for the upcoming year.
Clayton also updated the board on a planned sidewalk near the swinging bridge. She said Tug Helmers has the bid and the plan is to install sidewalk from North First Street to the ramp in early to mid-July.
In final business, Clayton said the pool is scheduled to open Monday, June 16. The repaving of West South First Street is expected to be completed for the facility’s opening day.