FD Council OKs generators

The Fort Dodge City Council awarded a contract Monday for the installation of backup generators at three water wells.

The council voted unanimously to hire K-W Electric, of Emmetsburg, to install the generators at a cost of $435,622.

City Engineer Chad Schaeffer said the work was estimated to cost $550,000.

”We’re in good shape from a budget standpoint,” he said.

The generators are intended to keep the pumps on the wells working during a power outage.

Other bidders for the project were Waldinger Corp., Des Moines, ($477,335); Bemrich Electric and Telephone, Fort Dodge, ($482,000); and NAI Electrical Contractors, Ames, ($532,000).

In other business, the council hired Andrew Midtling, of Webster City, to be a firefighter. Midtling is a paramedic at Trinity Regional Medical Center.

He will replace Ron Hedeen, who will retire Thursday after 34 years of service.

Also on Monday, the council gave final approval to a measure that will allow buildings along part of Fifth Avenue South to be up to 80 feet back from the road.