Council to mull open burning

A proposal to allow open burning in Fort Dodge for several days this spring will be considered by the City Council when it meets Monday.

The council will meet in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

The first thing on the elected officials’ agenda is a 5:30 p.m. workshop on the possibility of regulating garage sales.

The regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

During that session, the council will consider allowing open burning from May 31 through June 8.

Open burning, except for recreational fires in fireplaces or fire pits, is illegal in the city. However, the council has in the past lifted the ban on open burning for a few days in the spring and fall. Last fall, a proposal to allow a few days of open burning was rejected by the council.

Also on Monday, the council is set to act on a contract for sanitary sewer improvements along 10th Avenue North. The project would also realign the awkward intersection of 10th Avenue North and 16th Street. Wicks Construction, of Decorah, submitted the apparent low bid of about $1.4 million.

Council members will also act on a proposal to hire Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, to conduct a traffic safety study at a cost of $110,000.

Updates to the city’s building codes are also on Monday’s council agenda.