City plan, trails on agenda

Fort Dodge’s strategic plan will be discussed in a public workshop before the Fort Dodge City Council meeting Tuesday night. A second workshop will cover street projects for 2014.

The regular meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday due to Veterans Day. The workshops will begin after a 5 p.m. closed session regarding property disposal.

The council will consider a bid from Rasch Construction to demolish Expo Pool. The Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry department received two bids for the demolition, one from Rasch Construction for $78,000, and one from Hovey Construction for $146,000.

The road through Loomis Park, which is no longer used as a through street, would be reclassified as a park drive instead of a city right of way under a proposed ordinance being considered. The land along Loomis Park Drive would also be rezoned, in order to move forward with the long-term plan for Loomis Park.

The council will also address rebuilding of the Soldier Creek Nature Trail. The connection of the trail to 170th Street is closed due to an expansion project at BHJ USA Inc. The city gave the company the land in May 2012 as part of a development agreement, in exchange for BHJ paying the construction costs to rebuild that portion of the trail.

To rebuild the trail, a driveway belonging to Duane and Janice Burger will have to be relocated. If approved Tuesday night, the city will relocate the trail. Funds to construct the new trail will be paid by BHJ USA Inc. with a rebate back to the company from the increment produced from the expansion project.

The city will consider change orders for two construction companies working on a project begun in November 2012 to improve the city’s raw water supply, in order to meet the needs at the Iowa Crossroads of Global Innovation ag park.

The final considerations of a new sewer ordinance and a new snow route ordinance will also be voted on Tuesday night.

The modifications were previously presented to first the City Council and then the Iowa Department of Natural Resources beginning in February 2013.

The purpose of the pretreatment program is to prevent pollutants from entering the water pollution control facility which would interfere with its operation, to prevent pollutants that would pass through the treatment works and to improve opportunities to recycle and reclaim municipal and industrial wastewaters and sludges.