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Emergency repair goes deep

By Staff | May 5, 2017

The sewer issues that began in front of Envy Salon went deeper than anyone in the city realized, Penny Clayton said at Monday night’s Estherville City Council meeting.

Workers originally thought the work would take five days, finishing Monday, May 1. However, the underground cameras showed the riser in front of Envy had fallen off. This expanded the scope of work to include most of the 600 block of Central Avenue, from Style Loft to the east edge of the Don Jose’s property. This presents unexpected repair work and unexpected expense to the city, Clayton said.

In other business, the council heard from Natalie Jensen, administrative assistant at Windtest, the German company located in the SERT building at Iowa Lakes Community College.

“There is not much understanding of what we do,” Jensen said.

Windtest develops and delivers measurement systems for wind turbines, Jensen said.

“We work with General Electric, Nordex, whomever has a wind turbine, we work on measuring the turbine’s performance and capacity,” Jensen said.

“We are excited to be here. We are acquiring several new projects,” Jensen said.

Windtest engineer Martin Falk was also in attendance. Falk said, “We do site analysis. We act as a third party, and we verify that a company’s internal tests are accurate.”

The company is in no way affiliated with the college, other than sharing space, though they are testing the new Chava wind turbine at the Emmetsburg campus. “Chava is now in a phase to get its initial issues corrected. Soon we will have it at full functioning,” Falk said.

Council member Julie Clark asked if Windtest’s processes include addressing concerns of property owners located near wind turbines.

“We run tests for sound, flicker, and validate what the companies’ results are saying,” Falk said.