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Downtown FD sidewalk work detailed

SSMID gets report on summer accomplishments

September 19, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

A summer's worth of work by city crews has yielded some new curbs and improvements to sidewalk bricks in downtown Fort Dodge, members of the Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District board learned Tuesday.

Public Works Director Greg Koch briefed the panel on what has been accomplished, and what's planned for the remaining weeks of the construction season.

City sanitation workers began repairing brick pavers in the sidewalks of Central Avenue in the spring. They started near 12th Street and worked east.

In the 600 block of Central Avenue, a new curb and gutter was constructed on the south side of the street, according to Koch.

He said the crews will next repair the brick crosswalks where Central Avenue intersects with Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and 10th streets.

Some pavement work will be done around manholes on Central Avenue to create a smoother driving surface, Koch said.

Central Avenue between the City Square and Ninth Street was repaved this summer as part of a larger contract with Fort Dodge Asphalt.

Elsewhere downtown, some work near the Fareway store at First Avenue South and 12th Street is expected to start any day, according to Stephanie Houk Sheetz, the senior city planner. Jensen Builders Ltd., of Fort Dodge, has a contract to build sidewalks and create landscaping there. The district is paying $33,695.10 for that work.

Jensen Builders Ltd. is also rebuilding the municipal parking lot at First Avenue North and 10th Street. That roughly $166,000 project is being paid for with parking revenue, not taxes.

Jim Bird, the vice chairman of the district's board, described the project as a positive outcome from the decision to return parking meters to some downtown streets last year. Those meters, he said, generated the money that made the work possible.

The presence of the meters ''hasn't affected business much,'' he said.

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



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