County maintenance building replaces aging structures
9 Apr 2018
When the roof trusses began to fail, it was clear the Webster County road department needed a new maintenance building.
The problem came about in 2013 on the building at 2096 240th St., the old Otho shed. Every building at that site was either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, Webster County Engineer Randy Will said. The original plan was to replace the equipment repair and storage buildings on the same site.
But Will and others quickly determined that the old site wasn’t adequate.
“The utilities just weren’t there,” Will said. “It was not a big enough site, and it was not well drained.”
To meet state building code requirements. county officials wanted the site connected to city water; the old site had its own well.
Fortunately the county already owned a suitable lot, and the plan was made to build on 10 acres of county-owned property at 1950 225th St., in the Savage Addition of Fort Dodge.
After four years of planning and work, the $5.7 million complex is now complete.
The public is invited to an open house showcasing Webster County’s newest maintenance facility from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. County workers will be there to show visitors around, and the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance will hold a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.
The maintenance section of the main building has a higher ceiling than the rest, and features some shiny new tools which have made the workers happy, Will said.
A 10-ton crane can be moved across all three bays, while one of the bays also has a lift with a 50,000 pound capacity, enough to elevate a motor grader.