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A deliberate nature center that may be alongside the Des Moines River in downtown Fort Dodge obtained a lift from the Fort Dodge City Council Monday.

The nature center could be owned and operated by Webster County Conservation. The City Council on Monday authorised an agreement with Webster County permitting it to make use of its tax increment financing cash inside the metropolis limits to construct the center.

Tax increment financing happens when elevated property tax income from a specified space is put aside to be reinvested in that space.

The $5.5 million center can be alongside the riverfront on the west finish of Central Avenue. Architects are actually engaged on the plans for it. County officers hope to hunt bids from building contractors early subsequent 12 months.

The council additionally employed Allers Associates Architects, of Fort Dodge, to design renovations of the east finish of the second flooring of the Municipal Building, 819 First Ave. S. The firm can be paid $86,000.

That renovation job would be the newest step in a significant improve of the constructing, which has been carried out in phases since 2009.

Also on Monday, Vickie Reeck, the town’s neighborhood and financial growth supervisor, advised the council {that a} $250,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is being sought to pay for eradicating asbestos from the previous Greenleaf Healthcare Facility at 1305 N. twenty second St.

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