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City Council Hires Consultant For Facade Project

By Staff | May 16, 2013

Emmetsburg City Council moved forward with hiring Steve Heldt as consultant for the Faade Project. Action was taken at the Monday, May 13, meeting, following a second meeting of the Finance, Ordinances and Personnel Committee to review the contract.

Hiring Heldt as consultant for the downtown Emmetsburg project went hand-in-hand with his resignation as economic development director. His resignation was effective Monday, May 13.

Council action Monday included: eliminating the position of community developer, with unanimous vote of the council; and, offering a consulting contract to Heldt for the Faade Project, with unanimous vote of the council.

At the committee meeting prior to the council meeting, chairman Brian Campbell pointed out that Emmetsburg’s Faade Project is one of four in the state.

“People are watching and we don’t want to fumble the ball,” said Campbell.

Councilman Corey Gramowski agreed. “After talking to Deb (Hite, Chamber Director), we can’t lose this grant. We have to look at the whole community.”

He later noted, Steve Heldt, as consultant, “would not be an employee of the city and not a representative of the city on any economic development project.”

City Administrator John Bird added, the contract “is limited to faade related business.”

Heldt will have access to office space at city hall, phone, files and the computer relating to the faade project during normal business hours.

The Faade Project is expected to run through November. Plans are currently under review with state historical preservation before bids can be let.

In other business, Police Chief Eric Hanson said the speed trailer has been repaired and is up and running. Speeds of vehicles are being monitored on South Broadway and Hanson said residents can request to have any area monitored.

In a related issue, Councilman Tony Kauten brought up vehicles not yielding to pedestrians.

“People are falling into bad habits again,” he said.

Hanson said the police department will again monitor crosswalks and stop vehicles to remind them of the law. He noted that having crosswalks clearly defined is a big help.

“I hold my breath when I stop, then see a car come flying up in the other lane,” said Campbell.

Bid for the 2013 Emmetsburg Cemetery Trail Project was awarded to Corey Jargens Construction of Estherville. He submitted the low bid of $65,128, which was well under the budget estimate.

Two other bids were submitted: Howery Construction, Rockwell city, $66,495.10; and Deloss Construction, Spencer, $81,905.92.

The council set two public hearings for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28: for proposed amendments to the current City Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013; and, for the Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Residents are reminded not to blow grass clippings onto the street when mowing, said Public Works Director Bill Dickey. Grass clippings clog the storm sewers. Violators can be fined.

Matt Wellik and Andrew Wellik were hired as seasonal, part time employees, at Five Island Golf.