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Fort Dodge council approves demolitions, truck purchases

Two more abandoned houses will have a date with a wrecking crew as a result of Fort Dodge City Council action Monday.

The houses at 165 N. Fifth St. and 175 N. Fifth St. were previously acquired by the city government via the state’s abandoned buildings law. On Monday, the council hired Doyle Construction, of Fort Dodge, to knock them down at a cost of $24,180. The work is to be done by April 10.

Other bidders for the job were Rasch Construction, of Fort Dodge ($26,784), and Schrader Excavating and Grading Co., of Walford ($51,325).

The council also approved a couple of truck purchases.

A Ford F350 pickup was purchased for the Public Works Department from Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota for $29,855. It will replace an 18-year-old truck now in use.

Two Ford F450 chassis were bought from Fort Dodge Ford Lincoln Toyota for $74,866. One chassis will become the mechanics service truck for the Public Works Department. The other will become a 1-ton dump truck for that department. Both units will replace 19-year-old trucks now in service.

Also on Monday, the council approved property tax abatements for Tice Farm Housing LLC. The abatements will allow the developer to phase in the property taxes for new houses at 2015 Williams Drive and 2019 Williams Drive in the new Williams Bend neighborhood.