Public Works overhaul, animal laws on tap for FD council Monday

Major changes to the Public Works Department and the animal control laws will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

But first, the council will discuss proposed changes to Sixth and 10th avenues north in the vicinity of Fort Dodge Senior High School and St. Edmond Catholic Schools. Those potential changes include making Sixth Avenue North a one-way street between the schools. That possibility will be discussed during a workshop session to begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

At that time, the elected officials will consider reorganizing the Public Works Department into three divisions instead of the current seven. They will also consider creating a new position of water utility operations manager to head the water division of the department.

In another Public Works Department move, the council will consider buying two new trucks that would be used to pick up both trash and recycling materials. The trucks are equipped with mechanical arms to lift and empty containers.

Also on Monday, the council will consider approving the first reading of a major overhaul of the city’s animal control laws. Among other things, the proposal includes a stronger requirement for keeping pets on leashes, a clause that would require dog owners to pick up the animal waste and new license fees.