Council agrees with P&R Board, rejects bid
Tuesday evening, the Estherville City Council met in special session, a meeting that was scheduled in anticipation of approving bids for the municipal pool project. Instead, after learning earlier in the month that bids came in over $710,000 over budget and with the economic impact of COVID-19 already felt in the community, the council voted unanimously to table the project and rebid it at a later date. The Parks and Recreation Board rejected bids at its meeting Monday.
The pool design remains the same. At this time there is no timetable for the project, and it’s doubtful the pool can open in the summer of 2021.
The council also approved temporary changes to employee leave from the city handbook due to COVID-19. A federal directive requires governmental bodies to expand paid leave for employees with COVID-19, those caring for ill family members, or those caring for children whose schools and daycares are closed due to COVID-19.