SSMID board OK’s crosstown connector cash

Leaders of the Fort Dodge Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District voted Tuesday to contribute $400,000 for the crosstown connector project during the current fiscal year.

The vote was hardly a surprising development, because the board had committed $589,872 to the project in December 2011.

Tuesday’s action essentially transfers the money from the district to the city government account being used to pay for the effort.

The crosstown connector project will turn First Avenue South into a two-way street for its entire length. A key downtown element is the creation of new link between First and Second avenues south at Sixth Street. A roundabout intersection will be created there.

Earlier this year, buildings at First Avenue South and Sixth Street that once housed Carpet World/Flooring America were demolished to make way for the new intersection.

Also on Tuesday, the district’s board members looked at proposals for new markers that would be placed at the entryways to downtown.

They would be placed at these locations:

-At the south end of the Bridge of Fallen Heroes on North Third Street.

– At the intersection of Second Avenue South and Third Street.

– In the new roundabout intersection at Sixth Street and First Avenue South.

– In a roundabout intersection at First Avenue South and 12th Street.

The staff of Snyder & Associates, of Ankeny, have prepared designs that call for brick pillars and banners at those intersections. A clock would be included in the marker at First Avenue South and 12th Street.

The proposed markers would cost an estimated $635,000.

The markers apparently won’t be going up any time soon because city leaders still have to figure out how to pay for them.

The Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District is a roughly 33 block area in which property owners pay an extra tax to finance improvements there.