Social host ordinance on agenda for FD council

A proposed new law that would penalize adults for underage drinking in certain situations will be discussed by the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

A contract extension for City Manager David Fierke, a development agreement for part of the Williams Bend neighborhood and some rezoning items are also on the agenda.

The council’s activity will begin at 5 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S., with a workshop on the proposed new social host ordinance.

The proposal is being suggested by Community & Family Resources, a Fort Dodge addiction treatment provider, as a way to combat underage drinking.

The measure would make it illegal for adults to knowingly allow underage people to drink or possess alcoholic beverages on property that they own or control. A person convicted of a first offense would have to pay a $250 fine.

At 5:30 p.m. the council will have a second workshop, which will be about a budget amendment related to the Fire Department’s ambulance service. Budget amendments are routine for most Iowa cities as they reconcile actual revenues and expenditures with what was included in the budget as it was originally passed. For the current fiscal year, Fort Dodge will have a big budget amendment because the Fire Department assumed full responsibility for the ambulance service once provided by UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center. That change is generating adding expenditures and added revenues.

The council’s regular business meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

During that session, the council will consider a development agreement with Northwest Iowa Building Co. LLC, of Ankeny, under which the company would get up to $1.2 million from city tax increment financing. That money would reimburse the company for building streets and other infrastructure in the new Williams Bend neighborhood.

A four-year contract extension for Fierke, who has been city manager since 2006, is also on the agenda. That proposed contract extension includes a base salary of $160,764 and a $600 per month car allowance.

The council will consider rezoning measures regarding property in Williams Bend and at 3018 Seventh Ave. S. and 228 Kenyon Road West.

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