FD City Council Supports Northern Lights Project | News, Sports, Jobs

The Fort Dodge City Council decided Monday to support the expansion of a local restaurant business.

The board voted unanimously to approve a development agreement with Garst LC for the Northern Lights Food Service building at 2949 Eighth Ave. S. The company plans to create a new freezer building and receiving dock there. Construction is to be completed by January 1, 2023.

To support this plan, the council voted to commit $60,000 from tax increase funding to pay for a new 15-inch-diameter storm sewer there.

Tax increment funding occurs when increased property tax revenue from a designated area is set aside for reinvestment in that area.

In other cases, the council improved the public works department’s fleet with these purchases:

• A garbage truck to replace a 2007 model currently in use at a cost of $184,950 from Elliott Equipment Co., Grimes.

• A large downtown snowblower from MacQueen Equipment, Ankeny, for $185,504.86. It will replace the 2002 model currently in use.

• A backhoe from Ziegler Inc., of Fort Dodge, for $124,537 to replace a 2004 model.

Council also approved two tax breaks that will allow owners to gradually assume the higher tax burden created by new construction.

Collin Hefley received a discount for a home addition at 943 S. 26th St.

Ryan Hefley received a discount for a new detached garage at 1022 S. 26th St.

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