A new mood of cooperation was obvious at Monday's City Council meeting.
That's very good news after the months of confrontation and stalemate that became the norm this year as the council considered a way forward regarding the crosstown connector issue.
At last a compromise has been achieved. While it won't please everyone, progress on an array of critical infrastructure projects should now be possible. There appears to be consensus on the following:
Council members also are on the verge of adopting a crucial capital improvement plan that will outline the city's game plan for infrastructure work in the years just ahead. It is important that finalization of a strategy occur without further delay.
City leaders and members of the public must quickly move beyond the bickering of the last few months. Fort Dodge must address sensibly a complicated array of infrastructure needs if it is to capitalize on the exciting economic opportunities present and pending corporate investment can afford our town and county.
One of the keys to getting and keeping such investment is a city government that has a sound plan for addressing the community's deficiencies responsibly. Investors don't expect a town to be perfect. They do, however, expect it to have a realistic plan for dealing with whatever shortcomings exist and a commitment to its implementation with a minimum of drama.
The agreement that has been reached regarding the crosstown connector is a hopeful sign that the members of the Fort Dodge City Council are learning to work together in the best interests of the community.
The Messenger applauds this encouraging development.