The Fort Dodge City Council approved plans for a new building in the 2500 block of 5th Avenue South that will house Dunkin' Donuts and an AT&T store. In approving the sale of property to Fort Dodge-based SMO Real Estate for $68,000, the city avoided a public bidding war between SMO and Woodruff Construction, who also submitted a proposal to purchase the property. City Manager David Fierke told the council that Woodruff Construction, who previously also bid $68,000, had upped their offering price to $102,000 less than an hour before the council's workshop began. The company's proposal stated they were pursuing national retail and food chains, but no specifics were identified. City Councilman David Flattery suggested both during and after the meeting that rules be set for future property sales:
City Engineer Chad Schaeffer told the council his recommendation was to accept the proposal from SMO Real Estate. The council voted 5-2 in favor, with Don Wilson and Dean Hill voting against. SMO representatives Jim Bird and Joe Cain said they're ready to begin construction as soon as possible.