More security cameras coming to FD

Police say cameras help solve crimes

A security camera system installed in downtown Fort Dodge last year has helped city police make some arrests and investigate traffic crashes.

Building on that success, the City Council on Monday awarded a contract for more security cameras in an area by two schools that have been the site of some recent serious crimes, including a shooting in June that wounded a man.

The new cameras will be going up in an area bordered to the west by North 22nd Street, to the north by Eighth Avenue North, to the east by North 23rd Street and to the south by Sixth Avenue North. Dodger Townhomes, St. Edmond Catholic School and Fort Dodge Senior High School are in that general area.

“First, we have had some significant criminal activity in that area in which cameras would assist a great deal,” Police Chief Roger Porter wrote in a report to the council. “Second, with school starting at both the public and private schools soon, this very high traffic area would benefit from being monitored for the safety of our children.”

The council hired Iowa Fire Control LLC, of Fort Dodge, to install the cameras at a cost of $38,918.70.

Also on Monday, the council hired McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge, to oversee the construction of a new lab and odor control facilities at the wastewater treatment plant. The company will be paid $498,700. McClure Engineering Co. designed those improvements.

Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, has an $8,312,700 contract to build the facilities.


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