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Plans to replace Tama's 9th Street bridge move ahead

October 6, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

It won't be any time soon for completion of the work, but replacement of a bridge on East 9th Street over Mud Creek leading to Tama's Oak Hill Cemetery and possible areas of future city development took a step forward Monday night.

Council members voted 4-0 to proceed to with Phase I of the project. During it, Calhoun-Burns and Associates, a Des Moines engineering firm, will perform a variety of preliminary steps. Tama City Clerk Judy Welch said this will range from, soil sampling to surveying and even assuring trees for bat habitat will be in place.

The first Phase will cost about $25,000.

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Bridge on East 9th Street is a route to Oak Hill Cemetery and a potential gateway to future Tama development on the northeast side city officials say. News-Herald file/John Speer

An estimate of the total cost is $532,000, Welch said. The bridge replacement is a partially federally-funded project with an expected three-year wait. The city's share of the bill will be 20 percent of the cost with the grant picking up the rest.

In the meantime, Calhoun-Burns is expected to also complete Phase II which would include right-of-way acquisition.

The third Phase will involve the actual bidding for the work and will be conducted through the office of the Tama County engineer.

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It is believed the current bridge will be replaced by culverts because the Iowa department of transportation authorized the use of downstream on the creek where it flows under Business route 30 near the Lincoln Highway Bridge.

Alcohol Consumption

On City Property

Clarification of city policy on alcohol consumption is being sought by the police department Mayor Dan Zimmerman told council members.

Council members said they recognized something of a tradition for firefighters to occasionally drink beer at the fire station. However, member Crystal Kaufman observed "times are changing" with liability concerns expressed by some council members.

The council also discussed alcohol use at city parks the Tama County All-Terrain Vehicle Park and Cherry Lake, all owned by the city.

They said it appears alcohol consumption is only currently prohibited at the lake.

The alcohol consumption policy will be discussed at the next city safety meeting on Oct. 15.

City Employee

Seatbelt Usage

Safety was also part of establishment Monday night of a new city employee policy requiring seatbelt usage in city vehicles. Because of insurance regulations and coverage, the city is required to put rules in effect Mayor Zimmerman said.

Council members voted 4-0 to set policy which will result in a verbal warning for a first offense, a letter to the employee for a second offense and a one-day suspension from work without pay or a $100 fine for a third offense. The period covered will be for a calendar year.

In other business the council:

approved a Community Development block Grant owner-occupied housing rehabilitation project for Darrell Blocker at 211 East 5th St. The work is part of a program through the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The contract for the work totaling $25,410 was awarded to TJA Construction, Oskaloosa.

heard John Lloyd, public works director, explain a possible scaled-back Community Development block Grant project. The council has been studying a $2 million Community Development Block Grant for major sewer system improvements. Lloyd said the alternative discussed with Snyder and Associates city engineers involves primarily televising older sewer lines and three lines running under railroad tracks.

approved attendance of City Clerk Welch and Assistant city Clerk Nancy Carlson at the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers meeting in Des Moines on Oct-17-19.



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