Tama Police Chief Dan Wilkens' retirement plans were announced at the Monday night, April, 1, Tama City Council meeting. A veteran of 33 years in law enforcement, Wilkens will officially retire Aug. 5. With vacation time and floater days, his last day as chief will be July 10.
He has headed the Tama department since September, 2003. Currently there are four other full-time officers and three part-time officers serving on the force.
Prior to that, Wilkens was a Tama County deputy sheriff for 19 years.
Tama Chief of Police
In a letter addressed to Mayor Dan Zimmerman, Wilkens wrote, in part, "It has been an honor to serve in the position of Tama's Police Chief. We here in Tama have a special place and everybody is a true part of this special place. This is not an easy decision to make, but my family and i agree it is time."
Council members accepted the resignation on a 4-0 vote with members Steve Baier, Crystal Kaufman, Mike Carnahan and Kenny McAdoo voting in favor. Member Robert Tyynismaa was absent.
Mayor Zimmerman and council member Baier both called for hiring a new chief from within the current department ranks. This move would require hiring one new patrol officer they said.
Full-time officers are Sgt. Jeff Filloon, Detective Kimberly Schwartz and officers Jason Bina and Barnette Curry.
Yearly Inspection For Water Leaks
Council members approved hiring the Stratford, Iowa, firm Westrum Leak Detection, to perform a check on the city water system to detect leaks once every other year over the next six-year period. Cost is $1,500 annually.
John Lloyd, superintendent of public works, recommended hiring the firm. He said the survey would result in establishing a yearly basis of the city's water usage. This would provide a measure of consumption and would be valuable in determining if the system develops major leaks.
Lloyd said a pair of leaks repaired last year brought down the amount pumped by the city to about 175,000 gallons average daily from 200,000 - 225,000 gallons prior to the detection.
Lloyd was also authorized by council members to do a cost study for water meters which transmit their readings by radio signal. He said the city has 1,200 meters.
He said the time spent reading meters along with obstacles and hazards of fences and dogs for the meter readers made investigating the radio system worth while.
Zimmerman said he feared the cost of the new equipment added to water bills would bot be well received by some residents, particularily older residents.
In other business the council:
approved a $5,000 donation to the Wieting Theatre renovation fund. The funding comes from a total of $9,200 left over from the Tama Sesquicentennial Celebration budget. The theatre in Toledo underwent a $1.3 million restoration completed last year. A total of about $130,000 remains to be raised to pay for the work Jim Roan, the Wieting project manager, wrote in a letter to Zimmerman.
approved a housing rehabilitation payment to Quality Roofing for a property at 307 Jackson St. totaling $27,600 and for a project at 503 Oswego totaling $6,675.
approved a second section of the new City Safety Manual which covered employees and contractors for city work.
approved Jeff Large as an ambulance driver for the Tama Ambulance Service.