Hydro Dam, budgets on Council agenda

The Hydroelectric Dam and more budget data will be discussed by the Fort Dodge City Council Monday.

The council’s activity will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop discussion on the dam.

The dam was built in 1916. Since it stopped generating power in 1971, city leaders have repeatedly debated what to do with it. Late last year, engineers reported that the city may someday have to use the Des Moines River as a source of water, a finding which added another element to the ongoing discussions.

City Manager David Fierke is now recommending that the council expand a current contract with McClure Engineering Co. of Fort Dodge and have that firm do two things: estimate how much water may have to be drawn from the river and determine what, if anything, would have to be done to the dam to make withdrawing that much water possible.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building. The major item on the agenda is a proposed contract for installing emergency generators that would power the pumps on three of the water wells during a power outage.

Following the business meeting, the council will review the proposed 2013-2014 budgets for the Fort Dodge Regional Airport and the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.