By PETER KASPARI
The Fort Dodge City Council unanimously approved an application for a grant that will be used for cleaning up property throughout the city.
The grant was approved at a special City Council meeting held Monday night.
The application will be used to request $400,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency, which offers a grant program for Brownfields and Land Revitalization.
A brownfield is classified as a property that could cause environmental problems due to hazardous substances and pollutants in the event of an expansion, redevelopment or reuse.
If approved, the grant money would be used for city staff to create a plan for the project, which would include identifying sites that would benefit from the grant.
The money would also be used for consultants and to determine if the project needed to be broken up into different phases.
In 2000, Fort Dodge received $200,000 for the same grant. That money was used on several projects, including the Hawkeye Avenue Elevator, Soldier Creek Dump and Fort Dodge Steel.
Because of the environmental work done to those sites, cleanup was able to be completed.
The deadline for the city to apply for the grant is Dec. 3, which is why the special meeting was scheduled.