While Tama City Council members appear willing to negotiate with a Tama industry, they are making it clear Kruger Commodities will be responsible for setting up a testing station for waste to be carried in the city's sanitary sewer system.
In a letter to Tama Public Works Director John Lloyd, brought before the council at its regular meeting Monday, Kruger representative Terry Pfannensteil said the company intends to use facilities at the Iowa Premium Beef plant in Tama once it is up and running.
The letter also reveals Kruger plans to process byproducts from the packing plant.
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However, Pfannensteil also says Kruger recognizes concerns Iowa Premium Beef may not start up operations and the city wants an agreement in place for existing discharges. Kruger Commodities is a rendering company and currently collects and processes restaurant grease at the Tama plant.
The letter states an offer to negotiate an agreement with the city of Tama if plans to use the Iowa Premium Beef facility do not work out by March 30,2013.
Lloyd was directed to contact Pfannensteil to state the city position on the testing station responsibility and related concerns.
Truck Route To Third Reading
Council members approved the second reading of a truck route ordinance which establishes 5th Street from Business Route 30 to State Street (U.S. Highway 63) as a designated truck route. The ordinance changes the existing route which runs from Business 30 to Jackson Street, then south to 3rd Street and westward to State Street.
The change is part of a funding application requirement for a plan to revitalize the east side corridor into Tama.
The ordinance now goes to a third reading before the council.
In other business the council;
learned from City Clerk Judy Welch two residents had expressed concern because Tama was a not taking part in the county CodeRed emergency alert system. Council member Steve Baier, acting as mayor pro tem, said the council had determined there were other ways including weather alert radio, television and commercial radio to alert residents and the cost of the CodeRed based upon the city population was magnified if only a small number of residents sign up for it.
heard John Lloyd, public works director, would contact the Iowa Department of Transportation about water main valves at 13th and Harding under U.S. 63 which are possibly in need of replacement. Because the city mains are under a federal highway, the DOT has authority to determine what repairs are made to them Lloyd indicated.
approved a transfer of $30,000 in capital reserve fund money to the 150th celebration fund to help pay for Tama Sesquicentennial Celebration expenses.
approved the city's 10 percent payment totaling $2,499 for rehabilitation of a home at 611 Harding under the Home Ownership Assistance Program administered by the Region 6 Planning Commission.
approved closing East 3rd Street from State to Harmon for outdoor service during the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival and outdoor service liquor license on Saturday, May 19, for the Tama-Toledo Eagles.
approved hiring David Chubb for summer help primarily for mowing. It was reported two applicants approved for summer help declined the jobs. Lloyd, the public works director, said he expects to hire a second person this week.
approved a right-of-way use request for burying fiber optics in the vicinity of South Tama High School for New Co Tech.
approved over-the-counter liquor sales license renewals for Aqui Te Espero Bar and Grill and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.