Council to look at bond issue

A new police contract, a major bond issue and the expected emerald ash borer invasion will receive the attention of the Fort Dodge City Council when it meets Monday.

The council will start with a pair of workshop discussions to begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The first of those discussions will focus on planned improvements to the Municipal Building, including the creation of a new council meeting room on the building’s ground floor in what was once the city’s firehouse.

The city’s proposed strategy for dealing with an emerald ash borer infestation will be the subject of the second workshop.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building.

That’s when the council is slated to act on a new contract with Public Professional and Maintenance Employees Local 2003, which represents unionized police officers.

The contract would be for the period that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2017. The officers would receive raises ranging from 1.5 percent to 2.25 percent under the proposed deal.

During the business meeting, the council is also expected to act on borrowing more than $2 million to pay for various projects and purchases. Proposals from financial firms interested in loaning the city government the money are due Monday morning.

Following the business meeting, there will be two more workshops. One will be about the new building codes city officials hope to adopt. The other will be about water rates.