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Council plans long meeting

Planning, business portions to span hours

November 3, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

Fort Dodge City Council members will tackle everything from strategic planning to corridor overlay zoning during a Monday session that will begin in the afternoon and continue into the evening.

The council's work will begin with a strategic planning session that will start at 2 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

Mayor Matt Bemrich said the session will give the elected officials the opportunity to consider what the local government has done, what it is currently doing and what needs to be done in the future.

''We will be trying to give staff a pretty good set of directions on how we want to do things,'' he said.

The city charter requires that the local government maintain a five-year strategic plan. Bemrich said the elected officials try to update it annually. Monday's meeting is a part of the update process, he said.

He said the Envision 2030 document written in 2008 forms the basis of the strategic plan.

Bemrich said he expects the strategic planning session to last until the 6 p.m. start of the regular business meeting. That meeting will also be in the Municipal Building.

During that session, the council will consider adopting updated floodplain zoning regulations.

The council will also consider naming the street south of the new middle school Dodger Drive. That name was recommended by Fort Dodge Community School District leaders based on input from students.

A series of infrastructure contracts will also be awarded. That largest of those, totaling about $17 million, will be for expanding the wastewater treatment plant to handle waste from the North Central Ag Industrial Park.

Following the business meeting, there will be a workshop discussion on corridor overlay zoning. Such zoning imposes additional requirements on certain limited areas such as the Fifth Avenue South corridor.



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