FD council to consider KDG apartment complex plan

A controversial apartment proposal, suggested raises for the elected officials and more budget discussions await the Fort Dodge City Council on Monday.

The council will meet in the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S.

First on the agenda is a budget workshop to begin at 5 p.m. The proposed 2018-2019 spending plans for the Karl King Municipal Band, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge Public Library, Fort Dodge Regional Airport and the Fire Department will be reviewed.

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

At that time, the elected officials will consider the first reading of a rezoning request for the proposed apartment site on North 32nd Street, north of the Rosedale Rapids Aquatics Center.

KDG LLC, of Kansas City, Missouri, is proposing to build three apartment buildings, each with 36 units, and a clubhouse and swimming pool, on the 18.4-acre site. The complex could eventually be expanded to a total of 324 units.

The proposal is not popular with some neighboring property owners. Because 64 percent of the people who own property within 200 feet of the site have signed petitions opposing it, state and city law requires that six of the seven council members must vote for the zoning change in order for it to pass.

KDG LLC is the same company that plans to renovate the Warden Plaza downtown.

The council will also consider the recommendations of the Mayor-Council Salary Advisory Review Board. That panel has recommended that the mayor be paid $16,000 a year and that council members be paid $4,900 a year.

The mayor’s salary is now $15,000 and council members are paid $4,800. Those figures have remained unchanged for more than a decade.