Council to mull animal law, TIF spending

The Fort Dodge City Council will again consider a revamped animal control law when it meets Monday.

The council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop discussion on property and liability insurance.

The regular business meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

That’s when the elected officials will consider approving the first reading of the new animal control law. That measure institutes new license fees, places limits on the number of pets a person can have and requires dog owners to clean up the animal’s waste. Throughout the measure are more precise descriptions and definitions, which officials say will make it easier to enforce.

The council will have to approve the measure three times in order for it to become law.

On Monday, the council will also act on a measure outlining uses of tax increment financing money. It includes these outlays: $180,000 for the downtown street realignment, $125,000 for salaries and professional fees and $35,000 for the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District.

Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside to be reinvested in that area.

The council will also consider applying for a $3.1 million state water quality grant in a joint effort with Webster County. If the grant is received, some of the money will be used to repair or remove the Hydroelectric Dam. Grant money would also be used to improve Soldier Creek in Snell-Crawford Park and upgrade the Badger Lake watershed.