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Wind farm Urban Renewal plan proceeds

By Joyce Wiese

October 26, 2012
News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Roads in Tama County may be eligible for improvements based upon a county Urban Renewal agreement. It provides for certain funding for roads affected by the transportation of equipment to the new Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal Area west of Gladbrook.

County Engineer Lyle Brehm was present at the regular meeting of the Tama County Board of Supervisors on Monday to discuss the agreement.

It includes all cities within two miles of an urban renewal area. This includes all paved roads west of U.S. Highway 63 and north of old Highway 30 (E49), also the Columbia stub road, the quarry road to Highway T47 and all rock roads in Spring Creek Township.

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The Urban Renewal Agreement, according to Chapter 403 of the Code of Iowa states counties have certain renewal powers. In accordance with paragraph 4 of Section 403.17 of the Code of Iowa, a county may exercise urban renewal powers with respect to property which is located within two miles of the boundary of a city, only if the county and city have entered into a joint agreement with respect to such exercise of powers.

The supervisors have been requested to adopt an urban renewal plan and establish an urban renewal area (the Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal Area).

In turn, supervisors have requested the cities of Tama, Toledo, Lincoln, Gladbrook, Garwin, Montour and LeGrand all enter into an agreement in order to enable the county to exercise urban renewal powers within the Vienna Wind Farm Urban Renewal Area.

All Tama County towns have returned their agreement to Brehm and it was reported the City of Legrand has approved the agreement but had not yet returned the agreement.

A public hearing for this project will be held in January and municipal bonds will be selling after the public hearing.

In other business Monday the supervisors:

approved a utility permit for Windstream Communications to place a buried copper telephone cable in Salt Creek Township on 400 Street East of Highway V18.

granted a permit to Alliant Energy to bore under Highway E29 to install a new gas line at 1707 Highway E29, in Howard Township, Section 9.

approved two quarterly reports. The Sheriff's quarterly report shows a balance on hand of $3,186 and receipts including Law Enforcement Contracts in the amount of $50,123 and $100,626.16. Disbursements totaled $93,69, leaving a balance on hand of $10,115. The County Auditor's report shows total receipts of $417. his included $378 for Maps and Plat Books (GIS shapefiles) and $39 for miscellaneous.

learned from Brehm the plans for the last three miles of Highway D65 are in his spring plan with bids being taken in April.

paid claims totaling $108.187.



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