Council mulls buying property

A property that would be potentially affected by the reconstruction of part of Sixth Avenue Northwest this year may be purchased by the Fort Dodge City Council.

The council will consider buying the property at 526 Second St. N.W. from Don Woodman for $60,000 when it meets Monday. The council had previously voted to spend about $1,250 to shore up the garage on that property so that it would not collapse during the work on the street. That structure extends about two feet into the public right of way, according to city officials.

The real estate purchase is one of several issues facing the council during its Monday meeting in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The council’s work will begin at 5 p.m. with a workshop discussion on storm sewer improvements on the city’s east side. Engineers will give a presentation on the phases in which the upgrades will be completed.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to the land purchase, the council will consider approving a two-year contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 61. The deal would require the workers to pay part of their health insurance premiums. The employees would receive a 1.25 raise on July 1, a 2 percent raise on Jan. 1, 2014, and a 2.25 percent raise on July 1, 2014.

The council will consider giving final approval to a package of tax incentives intended to spur more housing construction. The elected officials will also consider the second reading of a proposal to make it easier for downtown businesses to get permission to have a sidewalk cafe or outdoor retail area.

Following the business meeting, the council will have a workshop discussion on the new style of garbage trucks that will be key to a new solid waste collection system city leaders hope to implement later this year. The council will also get an update on the sanitary sewer evaluation study.