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Sidewalk policies under discussion

Cafe, loan program may be considered

February 26, 2013

A new procedure to make it easier to set up a sidewalk cafe or an outdoor retail area in downtown Fort Dodge is moving closer to reality....

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Feb-27-13 1:02 AM

whats up with that slab of cement down by little dam? they trying to make it so people cant fish down there or something? whatever that is I think will be bad idea...if its a walk path how many peoploe will get robbed or shot and killed bad place to have cant fix stupid know can ya fort dodge

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Feb-26-13 3:49 PM

Will we have to build more bump outs on the street so wheel chairs have plenty of access to get around these "outside retail" areas? That was used for the excuse on 1st north for them. I would think a wheel chair being used would want to be near the buildings and not next to a curb just for saftey reasons. Sometimes saftey is over looked if the wrong people have their way. Those tombstones in the intersections on 5th south block your views but they still put them in. On the other hand if it makes somebody money (speed camera car) then it is all about saftey. We really need to start hiring better qualified people and not just yes puppets for the city manager.

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Feb-26-13 2:45 PM

Everytime I see this, after the word "cafe" are always the words "outdoor retail area". I think it is a way to allow retailers in the Office Commercial districts to put their merchandise outside of their building on the sidewalks. I was always of the understanding that it was not allowable except when there was an area wide "sidewalk sales event". I know some are doing it everyday, but I don't think it is allowable under the city laws. This would allow them to obtain a permit and put their merchandise outside on the sidewalk.

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Feb-26-13 9:31 AM

Lord, NO, Mr. Hill, having a bit of Parisian, old-world charm in Dodge would be bad enough without have someone sipping a glass or two of some alcoholic beverage in full view of the public. Philistines, indeed!

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