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Council to act on contract for Sixth Avenue Northwest

Open burning period will also be considered Monday

September 8, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

The Fort Dodge City Council is scheduled to act on a contract for the controversial reconstruction of part of Sixth Avenue Northwest on Monday.

Hovey Construction, of Fort Dodge, has submitted the apparent low bid of about $304,000. The cost of the job was previously estimated at $350,000.

The council will also consider allowing residents to burn leaves for several days next month.

The council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop discussion on the storm water utility fund.

Money for that fund comes from a monthly storm water fee paid by homeowners and businesses. Most homeowners pay $3 a month in storm water fees.

The workshop discussion was prompted by a council decision to install new storm sewers along 10th Avenue North east of 32nd Street. As originally conceived, that project was to be financed with special assessments added to the property tax bills of the homeowners there. But the council decided earlier this summer to do that roughly $167,000 project without the assessments. That means more money will have to be taken from the storm water account to pay for it.

Mayor Matt Bemrich has described the decision to do the project without assessments as a tax increase on all residents.

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

During that session, the council will consider awarding a contract to rebuild Sixth Avenue Northwest between Second and Third streets northwest. That section of road is on a steep hill.

Although just one house faces it, Councilman Mark Taylor has said the street is used regularly by the people who live in 80 houses at the top of the hill. He has described it as ''one of the only roads in the neighborhood that is a through street.''

Last year, the council's Engineering and Streets Committee recommended abandoning the street. The issue was discussed repeatedly this year, and last month the council voted 4-3 to seek bids for the reconstruction of the street.

In an unrelated matter, the council will turn its attention to the burning of yard waste. Open burning is prohibited in the city, but the council suspends that rule for few days every spring and fall.

The measure to be acted on by the council Monday would allow the burning of yard waste from Oct. 20 to Oct. 28.



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