Mowing bids, reserve police officers and a Reinig Center landscaping bid were a few of the approved items at last week's Toledo City Council meeting.
In addition to several employee hirings, the city council also gave approval for a renovation of the shelter house at the Toledo Heights park. The city council approved taking $5,000 from the city's Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and giving it to the Wieting Theatre. That money will help pay for the loan. It was approved with a 5-0 vote.
City of Toledo Public Works Superintendent Mark Zmolek informed the city council that the city was approved for a $5,000 Tama County Community Foundation grant for the remodeling of the restrooms at the Toledo Park shelter house. The bid for the project came in at $6,650.59.
The city council briefly discussed the project. It suggested adding a door closure to the project. With that addition, the council unanimously approved the project and approved taking the additional $1,651 out of the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund to pay for it.
Zmolek also said the city should begin the remodeling in early April. Once its completed, the city will lock the bathrooms and there will be a key deposit added to the rental agreement.
In other business, the city council hired several employees. Although mowing season hasn't arrived yet, the city has hired someone for its mowing bids. Rod Kinnison was hired to mow both groups of lots for the total cost of $209.
The city council also approved a landscaping bid for the Reinig Center. The Policy and Administration Committee recommended maintaining Jeff Weitzell as the landscaper and having him maintain it all spring and summer. The bid was for the sum of $357 per month for seven months, totaling $2,500.
The other hiring approval was for two reserve officers for the Toledo Police Department. Three applicants were reviewed, but Jeremy Nichols and Shannon Bowers were recommended and approved. Both men have spent time riding with TPD officers and each have 18 months from date of hire to get certified. Until then, they would be volunteer.
The last business at the meeting came from Council Member Travis Mullen. He is looking into the feasibility of improving the frisbee golf course at the Toledo Heights park. The improvements could include adding nine holes. Mullen said he would research the project and report back to the council at a later date.
The next Toledo City Council meeting is set for 7 p.m. April 8.