Trail work OK’d by FD council

Construction of yet another trail segment in Fort Dodge will begin this year.

The Fort Dodge City Council on Monday hired Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, to build the trail section along parts of Second Avenue South and A Street at a cost of $427,212.

Chad Schaeffer, the city’s director of engineering, business affairs and community growth, said the trail will begin on the south side of Second Avenue South at its intersection with Third Street, continue across the Karl King Viaduct and up the hill to A Street. At A Street it will turn south and end near Regency Court West.

Other bidders for the job were Godbersen-Smith Construction, of Ida Grove ($438,671); and Hovey Construction Inc., of Fort Dodge ($460,207).

Also on Monday, the council hired Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, to design some changes to part of Fifth Avenue South at a cost of $49,700. The firm will design new a traffic light arrangement for the eastern driveway to Menards, 3319 Fifth Ave. S., and the conversion of Fifth Avenue South from four lanes to three east of that driveway. The work is expected to be done next year.

The council also approved an application 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 on the Des Moines River. Grant money would also be used to improve Soldier Creek in Snell-Crawford park and upgrade the Badger Lake watershed.

Additionally, the council approved the resignation of firefighter Joshua Carter.