Council to study budget

The proposed 2014-2015 budget and downtown projects will be considered by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

The council will begin its work at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a budget workshop. The elected officials will review the proposed budgets for the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department and the Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

As soon as the budget talks are finished, the officials will have a workshop on preparations for updating the Envision 2030 strategic plan.

The council’s regular business meeting will start at 6 p.m. During that session the council is expected to award a contract for demolishing buildings near First Avenue South and Sixth Street to begin the crosstown connector project.

The council is also slated to award a contract for another downtown project, the reconstruction of First Avenue North between Third and Seventh streets.

Two other road-related items will also come before the council for action. One of those items is a contract for reconfiguring Fifth Avenue South east of Menards, 3319 Fifth Ave. S., to three lanes.

The other item is a resolution endorsing the creation of an industrial park on the city’s east side and extending First Avenue South and South 42nd Street to serve it. That resolution is needed as part of an application for a state grant of about $1.7 million that would help pay for the road extensions.

Other items to be acted upon include a proposed zoning change at 1431 Ave. B and a $130,000 loan that would pay for three new police cars and some computers.