Extensive work on Tama's aged sanitary sewer system is still in the works. However, the extent of it and estimated cost has been backed up to $1,145,000. While that is still a big number it's nearly a million dollars less than a possible plan put before the council earlier by Marty Wymore, Region 6 Planning Commission executive director.
City council members voted 3-0 Monday night to authorize Snyder and Associates, the city's engineering firm, to prepare what is termed a facility plan at a cost of $14,600. Voting in favor were Kenny McAdoo, Mike Carnahan and Steve Baier. Members Robert Tyynismaa and Crystal Kaufman were absent.
In an email memo to the city, Kelli Scott, an engineer with the firm, said this will allow ample time to allow submission of a report and applications to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by a Dec. 3 deadline.
John Lloyd, Tama Public Works director, said infiltration of the city system continues to be a problem. Probable sources include the condition of the mains themselves and from sump pumps and other drains which are not allowed.
He said the city could proceed with an application which could net the city $300,000 of the cost of the project with the city paying the rest.
Included in proposed project was work on mains on 5th, McClellan and Harding streets.
A public hearing on the proposed application for Iowa Economic Development Authority Water and Sewer Fund money was set for Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
In other business Monday the council:
approved paying the tuition for Tama Police Officer Barnette Curry to attend the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy 14-week training program beginning in January, 2013.
discussed sale of city vehicles and a all-terrain-vehicle seized by police following damage done by it to the Tama-Toledo Country Club course.
approved William "Chris" Morris as a new member of the fire department and Loren Willey as a new member of the ambulance service.