FD City Council On Broadband Utility & Face Covering Recommendation

The Fort Dodge City Council held both a workshop and their regularly scheduled meeting Monday Evening. The workshop was centered around the possible establishment of a municipal broadband internet utility. During the workshop research was discussed that stated the utility if established would not be debt free for 20-26 years. Given that amount of time, councilman Jeff Halter had some reservations.

Councilman Terry Moehnke offered this response.

The council is still mulling over the options of either complete municipally ran broadband or a public/private partnership. Currently, most of the towns in Iowa that have a broadband utility are completely municipally operated.

The Hot button topic from the City Council meeting was a proclamation that was read by Mayor Pro Temp Dave Flattery in the absence of Mayor Matt Bemrich. That proclamation encouraged residents to wear face coverings and encouraged businesses to implement protocols. The proclamation is a recommendation is NOT IN ANY WAY A MASK MANDATE. Council Members Neven Conrad and Jeff Halter took the exception to the language in the proclamation. Halter cited that he was not aware of the proclamation prior to the meeting. Again, the proclamation is not a mask mandate but more of a encouraged recommendation.

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