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Tama County Supervisors continue Urban Renewal road benefits study

November 13, 2012
By Joyce Wiese - News Correspondent , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Tama County Supervisors Larry Vest, Chairman, Kendall Jordan and Dan Wilkens shared a conference call with Robert Josten, engineer with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Des Moines, on Monday, Nov. 5.

All cities in the area for the Urban Renewal Plan for the wind farm have now signed up, all being within the two mile radius. County engineer Lyle Brehm has reviewed the area of towers and also for the anticipated road construction project area.

The process to accomplish this includes identifying an appropriate district and the urban renewal plan being prepared.

The Board of Supervisors meets to consider a resolution of necessity, sets a date for a public hearing on the plan and refers the plan to the Tama County Planning and Zoning Commission.

After the public hearing date is set, but before the public hearing is held, the Planning and Zoning Commission needs to meet and review the urban renewal plan and make a written recommendation to the Board of Supervisors as to whether the plan is consistent with the County's overall Development Plan.

A consultation session is held with the other affected taxing bodies, including the school districts and community college. Because there are two required seven-day comment periods, the consultation meeting needs to be held at least sixteen days prior to the public hearing.

The Board of Supervisors then meet and conduct a public hearing on the designation of the urban renewal area and approval of the plan. Any time after the adoption of the plan, the County may at any time proceed to adopt the tax increment ordinance.

Jeff Heil, Vice President of Public Finance, Northland Securities, Inc. , Marshalltown, will be working with the Tama County Supervisors and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

In other business taxes were abated for Judy Powers, Tama, Connie Henricks who had a mobile home on Q Avenue, damaged badly by the wind storm and Ray Anderson, Garwin, who owned a mobile home which burned.

The regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in observance of Veterans Day.

Wednesday, Nov.14 has been set for canvassing the General Election votes of Nov. 6, at 8 a.m. in the board room.



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