Council to address business, drainage issues

Business expansions and the start of a major project to improve drainage on the east side of the community will be on the agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

The public portion of the council meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

However, the elected officials’ work will actually begin at 5 p.m. with a closed door session devoted to future property acquisitions.

Iowa’s open meetings law allows governing bodies to meet in non-public sessions to discuss real estate purchases.

However, any actual purchase must be voted on during a public session.

During Monday’s public session, the council will consider placing the property of Kemna Auto Fort Dodge at First Avenue South and 25th Street, Wendy’s on Fifth Avenue South and various properties that will be included in what’s known as the east region storm sewer project into the Center City and Industrial Park Urban Renewal Area.

That move will allow the use of tax increment financing money to support projects there.

Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from designated areas is reinvested in those areas.

A major revamping of the Kemna Auto Fort Dodge property is planned, while a new Wendy’s restaurant is under construction.

Expected council action on Monday will launch the construction phase of the east region storm sewer project.

The council is scheduled to approve a contract for installation of new storm sewers, the creation of a storm water detention pond and road work near First Avenue South and 23rd Street.

JB Holland Construction, of Decorah, submitted the apparent low bid of about $1.5 million.