Council to act on projects’ support

The Fort Dodge City Council is scheduled to declare its support for two development projects when it meets Monday.

The elected officials are to act on resolutions stating support for the redevelopment of the Kemna Auto of Fort Dodge property at First Avenue South and 25th Street and the former Phillips Middle School, 1015 Fifth Ave. N.

The council’s work will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop on the new solid waste collection system to begin in the city next year. That system relies on new trucks that use mechanical arms to lift and empty containers.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building. That’s when the council members will act on the resolutions of support for the Kemna and Phillips projects.

For the Kemna project, the city government may provide up to $76,000 over three years to reimburse the company for the costs of demolishing buildings. That money would come from tax increment financing.

For the Phillips project, the city government would provide a property tax abatement and tax increment financing. It would also give up ownership of Fourth Avenue North between 10th and 11th streets.

The city’s Board of Adjustment has already approved a variance allowing fewer than the required number of onsite parking sites. Foutch Brothers LLC, of Kansas City, Mo., proposes to convert the former school into 67 apartments.