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Tama City Council approves 13th St. stop sign ordinance

December 1, 2012
By Jimmy Gillispie - Staff Writer , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A handful of items, including a stop sign ordinance and purchase of a concrete saw, were approved by the Tama City Council at its last meeting.

The Nov. 19 Tama City Council meeting was fairly quiet and short, but several items were approved. Those included some public works items and stop signs on West 13th Street.

City of Tama Attorney Dan Rathjen read Ordinance 567, which would place stop signs on 13th Street at the intersection of Sesame Drive, for the second time at the meeting. No public comments were made about the ordinance.

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West 13th Street in Tama.
News-Herald file

However, Council member Mike Carnahan did say he has been asked questions about having two stop signs so close together on 13th Street. There is already a stop sign at 13th and Country Club Drive, just three blocks east of Sesame Drive. That intersection is two blocks south of the South Tama Elementary School.

"My thing is for the kids safety only," Council member Kenny McAdoo said. "I'll make a motion that we go with it."

The motion unanimously passed with a 4-0 vote, with Council member Steve Baier absent.

The city council also voted to waive the third hearing and it passed with a 3-1 vote, with Council member Robert Tyynismaa voting against the motion.

The same 3-1 vote was made to adopt the ordinance. The stop signs are already in place.

The city council also briefly talked about the speed limit changes on West 13th Street, which were recently made by Tama County.

Westbound traffic has a speed limit of 25 mph until west of where the South Tama Recreational Trail crosses 13th Street, then it increases to 40 mph. For eastbound traffic, the speed limit drops to 40 mph and then to 25 mph before the trail.

In other business, the city council unanimously approved the purchase of a concrete cutting saw. The council passed a motion to buy a 13-horsepower, 20-inch blade saw for $3,775 from Eddy Walker Equipment Company out of Des Moines.

"A lot of the concrete cutting we've done, we've had to have that hired," Public Works Director John Lloyd said. "Not that it hasn't worked, because it's worked very well. But we've also ran into situations where we'd like to get something sooner rather than later and we're kind of at the mercy of the company.

"We have a great relationship with Toledo and they said if we were ever interested in doing some things together, let them know," he added. "This is one they would have an interest in splitting the cost with us. Mark Zmolek, their public works director, has said this. I'd like to purchase this, but I want to see if Toledo would want to go in for half with us."

The city council approved the purchase, contingent upon Toledo's approval of splitting the cost.

However, the council said they could still purchase it even if Toledo says no. The Toledo City Council didn't discuss the subject at its meeting Monday night.

Tama's City Council also approved a bid from Hardon's Hardware for $6,495 to purchase two 100,000 BTU shop heaters. The other approval was for ditch work along L Avenue. The winning bid was for $1,000 from Scott Shadden.

The next city council meeting will be Monday night, Dec. 3.



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