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Officials say duplex project may be revived

September 11, 2012
By BILL SHEA ( , Messenger News

A recently scrapped plan to build some duplex homes in Fort Dodge may be revived.

The project, called Windstone Circle, would have included 12 duplexes in the area of A Street, Second Avenue South and U.S. Highway 169. However, the developer, Mike McCarville, of Fort Dodge, ended the effort this summer for what he called business reasons.

City leaders learned recently that another developer is thinking about taking over the project.

''Somebody else is stepping up to the plate to work this project,'' Councilman Mark Taylor said Monday night. ''Now it looks like we might get those units up on the west side of Fort Dodge.''

Taylor and Mayor Matt Bemrich said details of the new proposal are expected during the Sept. 24 council meeting.

The council on Monday scheduled a Sept. 24 public hearing on the possibility of using tax increment financing to assist the new developer.

The proposed site of the duplexes was declared a housing urban renewal area by the council this year to make tax increment financing available to pay for a sanitary sewer line to serve McCarville's proposed development.

Tax increment financing occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside to be reinvested in that area.

In other business Monday, the council voted to allow residents to burn yard waste between Oct. 20 and Oct. 28.

Open burning is prohibited by city law, but the council has traditionally suspended that law for a few days every spring and fall.

The measure to allow open burning was approved on a 4-2 vote. Councilmen Kim Alstott, Dean Hill, Mark Taylor and Don Wilson voted yes. Councilmen Dave Flattery and Robert ''Barney'' Patterson voted no.

In other business Monday, Jeff Nemmers, the city clerk and finance director, reported that Saturday's auction of surplus equipment and abandoned bicycles collected by the police generated $35,000 to $40,000. He said auctioneer's fees must be deducted from that.

In the closing minutes of the meeting, Rod Isaacson of 713 Third St. N.W. offered to contribute $1,000 toward making repairs to the Hydroelectric Dam that would raise the water level of the Des Moines River north of the dam.

''I'd like to see it fixed, but it doesn't make sense right now,'' Alstott told him. ''If you want to raise the money, go for it.''

City Manager David Fierke said a bid of about $45,000 to $48,000 had been received for installing plates in the dam that would prevent water from pouring through its broken gates.



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