Two candidates for Estherville mayor

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There will be competition for the Estherville mayor’s seat in the Jan. 25 special election, the Emmet County Board of Supervisors learned at the Tuesday, Dec. 28 meeting.
Emmet County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Amy Sathoff said former Mayor Kenny Billings will be on the ballot as well as Estherville Councilperson Ann Goebel. The mayor’s seat opened when former Mayor Joseph May announced he would be leaving the area shortly before the Nov. 2 general election in which his was the only name on the ballot. There was not enough time to remove May’s name from the ballot, and Billings received the lion’s share of the small number of write-in votes.
Sathoff said the winner Jan. 25 will serve out most of the remainder of May’s two-year term. Candidates have until Jan. 3 to file petitions.
In other business, supervisors discussed meetings they had attended. They also approved a personnel policy that states that public funds may be used for lodging only at motels where staff is trained in human trafficking prevention, as per Iowa code.
The board also discussed a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board regarding the proposed Navigator pipeline. Emmet County Attorney Melanie Summers Bauler suggested some minor change before formal approval.
Supervisor John Pluth said he was considering going to the Iowa Legislature to address the matter of the pipeline to district lawmakers.
The board also approved a $10,000 budget amendment to cover additional cost for youth shelter.
The next supervisors meeting will be 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, the first business day of the new year.

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