Councilman Alstott holds sparsely attended Q & A session

Parking concerns emerged Tuesday evening when Fort Dodge City Councilman Kim Alstott had a chat with eight residents during a question and answer session.

City resident Buck Boekelman raised the issue when he said he’s complained to officials about commercial vehicles parked on the streets for days at a time.

”I’ve received polite answers, but nothing happens,” he said.

Alstott said a vehicle can only be be parked on the street for 24 hours.

He told those at the session, held in the Fort Dodge Public Library, to call the police when they observe any vehicle parked for more than 24 hours.

Alstott said he would like to see more stringent enforcement of the rules against parking vehicles in the front lawns of homes. He said that looks bad, and creates a negative impression of the community.

He said he’d like the council to take official action to instruct the Police Department to enforce the ordinances prohibiting parking in front yards.

Richard Higgins, who lives across 10th Avenue North from the aquatic center, said the facility’s lights have been on at night, and are shining into his home.

”We are having problems with lights,” he said. ”I wish someone would come out and take a look at it for us.”

Higgins also said that the once bright colors on the aquatic center slides seem to be fading.

Lori Branderhorst, the city’s director of parks, recreation and forestry, said glare from the lights is striking Higgins’ home because shields have fallen off three light fixtures. She said they will be repaired with a different kind of fastener that’s less likely to fail.

Sunlight and hard water are fading the slide colors, according to Branderhorst. She said her department is seeking bids from companies that could restore them.

Alstott said the city government’s purchase of a house at 526 Second St. N.W. has been completed at a cost of $60,000. The City Council voted on May 6 to buy the house and accompanying garage as long as the price was no more than 120 of the appraised value.

The appraised value was $50,000, Alstott said.

He said after the reconstruction of Sixth Avenue Northwest is completed, the city will sell the property and the money will be placed in the local option sales tax account.

The home was bought because of its proximity to the ongoing street job.