Candidates for open seats on the Fort Dodge City Council shared their views on a variety of issues during a public forum Tuesday night. Among the topics included the planned crosstown connector, how fast the city should be growing, and the state's open meetings law. Regarding the open meetings law, incumbents Dave Flattery and Andy Fritz said three unnamed councilmen were violating the spirit of the law by meeting in private prior to Monday city council meetings.
Terry Moehnke, a challenger for Mark Taylor's Ward 1 seat, said he wants to address the issue of a seemingly fragmented city council:
The candidates were split on the issue of growth, specifically how fast the city should be moving forward. Taylor and Ward 3 challenger Richard Higgins said they prefer to see the city slow down and wait for returns on the prior and current investments, something Flattery disagreed with:
Quality of life issues were the main sticking point with at-large challenger Jeff Halter:
The next candidate forum is scheduled for 6:30pm Thursday at the Light of the City conference center. it will feature candidates running for Wards 2, 3, and 4.