Council OK’s next stretch of recreational trail development

A new section of trail, including a piece close to the nearly completed middle school, will be constructed this summer.

The Fort Dodge City Council voted on Monday to hire Hovey Construction of Fort Dodge to build the trail along 10th Avenue North at a cost of $386,846.48.

The concrete trail will extend between 22nd and 32nd streets. Chad Schaeffer, the director of engineering, business affairs and community growth, said negotiations for the purchase of some of the needed land are still ongoing.

Other bidders for the trail work included Howrey Construction, Rockwell City, ($402,783.85); Godbersen-Smith Construction Co., Ida Grove, ($413,703.480); Jensen Builders Ltd., Fort Dodge, ($415,112.72); and Absolute Concrete, Slater, ($423,440).

Also on Monday, the council gave final approval to a plan that would make it easier for a downtown business to set up a sidewalk cafe or outdoor retail area. Interested business owners would have to get a permit rather than go through the more involved process of a obtaining a special exception from the Board of Adjustment.

In other business, the council:

  • Extended a lease allowing P & J Holdings, of Fort Dodge, to continue using a city-owned building at 111 S. Sixth St. for $162 a month. That firm owns Carpet World/Flooring America.
  • Sold a portion of an alley to CVS/pharmacy for $50. The alley is immediately south of the proposed store site on Fifth Avenue South between 20th and 21st streets.
  • Purchased software for the Public Works department from Beehive Industries of Lincoln, Neb., for $10,800.