FD council to act on fire chief appointment

A new fire chief and an engineer’s report that recommends using wells instead of the Des Moines River to bolster the water supply in the future await consideration by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

The council will begin its work at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop discussion of planned changes to Fifth Avenue South in the area of the Menards store.

A $550,000 project has been proposed for that area. It calls for installing a permanent traffic signal at the eastern driveway to the store and a right turn lane at its western entrance. It also calls for reducing Fifth Avenue South east of the store from four lanes to three.

The regular council business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. During that session, the council is scheduled to accept the retirement of Fire Chief David Luers. It is also scheduled to act on hiring his replacement, Kent Hulett. If the council approves Hulett’s appointment, his first day on the job will be Tuesday.

The council will also consider approving a 1.25 percent raise for management and non-union employees, effective July 1.

Following the regular business meeting, there will be a workshop discussion on the water supply and the Hydroelectric Dam. A report on those subjects has been prepared by McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge. That report recommends that the city use additional well water from the Jordan aquifer instead of river water. It also suggests that city leaders at least consider removing the dam since it would not be needed to hold back water for city use.