FD capital improvement plan OK’d

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday submitted a grant application for Friendship Haven and approved a capital improvement plan.

Council members voted unanimously to apply for a $420,000 Community Facilities Grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

If the grant is awarded, the money will go to Friendship Haven to help pay for a new building on its Kenyon Road campus that would house the Generations Adult Day Care Program.

”The adult day care provides innovative programming for disabled adults, frail and cognitively impaired elderly persons and includes programming specifically for dementia related diseases,” Vickie Reeck, the city’s community development manager, wrote in a report to the council.

Reeck wrote that in the past several years, 75 percent of the program’s participants qualified as having low to moderate incomes.

Also on Monday, the council approved a capital improvements plan outlining the major infrastructure work to be done between this year and 2018. It includes street, water system, sewer and storm sewer work.

The crosstown connector project is included in the plan. The document calls for connecting First and Second avenues south with a new section of road near Fourth Street next year. It calls for rebuilding First Avenue South between Eighth and 10th streets in 2015, and creating a roundabout intersection at First Avenue South and 12th Street in 2017.

In other business, the council:

  • Rezoned the site of some townhomes on Regency West Court from office commercial to residential.
  • Approved property tax abatements for improvements at 704 First Ave. N., 405 N. Ninth St. and 929 Fourth Ave. N.
  • Approved the use of Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District money to hire Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, to develop a marketing program for the downtown plan. The company will be paid up to $29,500.
  • Approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing buildings on part of Fifth Avenue South to be 80 feet back from the road.