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FD council to work on bond issue

Parking fines, plan to borrow $1.9 million on Monday agenda

June 12, 2011
By BILL SHEA, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

A $1.9 million bond issue and some parking fines are on Monday's agenda for the Fort Dodge City Council.

The council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The elected officials will start with a workshop discussion on future improvements to the Municipal Building.

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

During that session, the council members will act on borrowing $1,920,000 via a general obligation bond issue. The debt will be paid off over 10 years with property tax revenue.

That money will be spent on the North 15th Street trail, resurfacing 10th Avenue North, rebuilding a runway at Fort Dodge Regional Airport, purchasing park equipment, replacing a boiler at the Blanden Memorial Art Museum and some demolition work.

The council will also consider the first reading of a measure that would increase the fine for parking on a designated snow emergency route during a snowstorm. That fine is now $5; the item on Monday's agenda would raise it to $50.

A second parking item on the agenda would raise the fine for parking longer than allowed on downtown streets or in parking lots. That fine is now $5. It would be raised to $15. The proposed ordinance would also clear the way for installing parking meters on downtown streets.

Also on Monday, the council will consider giving final approval to rezoning the site of the proposed new middle school from agricultural to multi-family residential use. The school is to be constructed on 65 acres near the intersection of 10th Avenue North and 32nd Street.

Following the regular business meeting, the council will hold workshop discussions on a proposed storm water ordinance and suggested changes in the delivery of emergency medical services.

Contact Bill Shea at (515) 573-2141 or



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