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City Council sticks with concrete concession stand !

Fort Dodge, IA – Confusion over proposed building materials for a concession stand and an ensuing mayoral veto were resolved Monday by the Fort Dodge City Council.

The end result is that Woodruff Construction, of Fort Dodge, will build a concrete concession stand at the north end of Harlan and Hazel Rogers Sports Complex at a cost of $230,000.

The council actually awarded that contract on Nov. 26.

At that meeting, the elected officials were presented with several options. The least expensive of those was said to be a metal-sided building.

Mayor Matt Bemrich said he later learned that the least expensive option would actually be made of a concrete board material with a finish similar to a poured, smooth concrete wall.

Because he wanted the decision to be based on accurate information, on Thursday Bemrich vetoed the resolution awarding the contract to Woodruff Construction for a concrete building.

“Some of the information was not 100 percent accurate,” he told the council Monday.

The council members stuck with their original decision, voting again to award the contract to Woodruff Construction for the $230,000 concrete building. Councilman Jeff Halter was absent from the otherwise unanimous vote.

The building is to be finished by July 1, 2019. It will replace a concession stand that was demolished this year.

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