Ellsworth city council looks at studies

City councilmen in Ellsworth looked at several issues for their community at its regular monthly session for August, including studies regarding the storm water system, street extensions, and the town’s water system. Representatives from MSA Professional Services were at the meeting to discuss those studies.

The studies are to define the parameters of the projects so that if the city council decides the projects would move forward, they would meet the city’s needs without a lot of extras. Costs for the studies would be $2,000 or $10,000, depending on which option is chosen. It would cost $5,000 to meet with city representatives to develop options and cost estimates, and $7,000 is the cost of the water system study.

The city council will review the proposals and discuss them at their September meeting.

Another visitor at the meeting was from Pagel Window and Door of Webster City, there to answer questions from the council about window replacements for the community center. Several options for the windows were discussed, and the company will submit a new estimate with different options and costs for review at the September council meeting.

In other business, the council again took up the issue of rental property inspection. The vote was unanimous to terminate the agreement for inspection services with Midiowa Consulting and Inspection Service. There will no longer be inspections of residential rental properties.

Paula Neuman was appointed by the council to fill the vacancy on the town’s Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment.