Council weighs in on events at Fourth Street Depot

A Fort Dodge bar received permission from the City Council for a horseshoe pitching tournament, but not a planned series of tailgate parties.

The council voted 5-2 to grant a special event permit for the horseshoe tournament at Fourth Street Depot, 300 S. Fourth St.

The horseshoes tournament will be held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through September.

Councilmen Kim Alstott. Dave Flattery. Andy Fritz, Jeffrey Halter and Terry Moehnke voted yes. Councilmen Dean Hill and Don Wilson voted no.

Wilson said he’s received many complaints about noise coming from that bar.

”Citizens do have a right to some form of privacy,” he said. ”You can control your patrons.”

The special events permit for the tailgate parties which would have featured a TV and radio outside on the patio on Saturdays during the college football season, was rejected on a 4-3 vote.

Alstott, Hill, Moehnke and Wilson voted no. Flattery, Fritz and Halter voted yes.

”I think this would be even worse than the horseshoes,” Wilson said.

No one addressed the council on behalf of the Fourth Street Depot. None of the people who live nearby spoke to the council either.