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Council OKs assistance for duplex housing project

September 25, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

A rejuvenated duplex housing proposal for Fort Dodge will receive financial assistance for the installation of a sanitary sewer line following action by the City Council Monday.

Council members voted unanimously to approve spending up to $150,000 in tax increment financing to reimburse the developer of Windstone Circle for installing the sewer line.

That developer, Jim Kesterson, of Fort Dodge, plans to build 12 duplexes on land surrounded by A Street, Second Avenue South and U.S. Highway 169.

Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside to be reinvested in that area. When tax increment financing is used to support a housing project, a portion of the increased revenue must be used to assist low-income housing efforts anywhere in the community.

The proposal acted on by the council Monday is the second version of Windstone Circle to be introduced. Earlier this year, the original developer, Mike McCarville, of Fort Dodge, unveiled a plan that he later scrapped.

The duplexes in the new plan are smaller than those proposed by McCarville, but they will have two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.

A schedule for building the homes wasn't revealed during Monday's council meeting.

In other business Monday, the council approved another major infrastructure project to support the growth of the North central Ag Industrial Park.

The council hired Woodruff Construction of Fort Dodge to build the additions to the wastewater treatment system at a cost of $3,040,700.

According to City Engineer Chad Schaeffer, the company will upgrade the pump station at the Ag Industrial Park. He added that the company will build a screen to catch solid matter before it gets into the sewer system. Lastly, it will build a system for injecting chemicals into the wastewater that will be housed in a structure called an alkalinity building. All of those features will be on the grounds of the Ag Industrial park.

Other bidders for the job included Rice Lake Construction, Deerwood, Minn. ($3,148,000); Story Construction Co, Ames ($3,210,000); Magney Construction Inc., Chanhassen, Minn. ($3,337,600); and Building Crafts Inc., Wilder, Ky ($3,374,992).

Also Monday, the council invoked the city's local buying preference law to purchase a pickup for use at the John W. Pray Water Facility on Phinney Park Drive. The two lowest bids were $18,150 from Charles Gabus Ford of Des Moines and $18,274 from Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota.

The local preference rule allows the council to purchase an item from a local bidder if their price is within 2 percent of the low bid.

Other bidders were Kemna Auto Fort Dodge ($20,000) and Shimkat Motor Co. ($21,423).

The new truck will replace a 1988 model.



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